Does your dog or cat have seasonal allergies? How do you know? Well if your pet goes through cycles during the year when they have itchy eyes, itchy skin, hot spots, and other secondary infections, they may have seasonal allergies. Like us, the environment has an effect on our health and how we respond to it. Unlike our response to seasonal allergies such as hayfever, dogs and cats often show their response through their skin.
Most of us already know that chocolate is not good for our dogs, but why? What happens if they eat too much chocolate? How much is too much? I know I’ve had a dog occasionally eat a little chocolate, and nothing seemed to happen, so what does chocolate do to our dogs?
Have you seen your pet food claim to be “natural” on its label? Well this is a marketing buzzword that may not be what you think it means. Most of us think of natural as meaning “not caused or made by humankind.” But the organization that defines terms allowed on labels has a different definition. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) defines natural to be: (as cited in Dr. Becker’s Article “Can You Decipher This Pet Food Insider Double Talk?”)
Therefore, go by this rule: If pet food is cheap, there’s a reason and it’s probably not very healthy. But if pet food is expensive, you don’t know that it’s healthy!
Could be or NOT! Prescription and gimmicky foods can be very expensive but it doesn’t mean they are healthy. Don’t be pressured by your veterinarian to purchase food from them. Go home, do some research and then decide. You are your pet’s best advocate, so speak up and ask questions. If you don’t like the answers, don’t just submissively go along with what they say. Inform yourself and don’t be intimidated. A good veterinarian will listen to you, answer your questions and hopefully lead you in a direction you and your vet feels will be best for your pet.