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A Life and Death Matter

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman As Chief Scientific Officer for the Center for Canine Behavior Studies along with Dr. James Serpell PhD of the University of Pennsylvania, we propose an Animal Ownership Interaction Study designed to determine the precise impact dog owners have on their pets’ behavior. The Halo Pet Foundation has generously helped fund this […]
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Sexual Aggression in Cats

by Dr. Nicholas DodmanContributor: Ms. Margot Raicek (a DVM/MPH Candidate 2016) Background and Description Feline aggression is a significant problem reported to behaviorists, second only to inappropriate elimination in its frequency. A wide variety of motivators for feline aggression exist and distinguishing between them is critical to resolution of the problem. One particular subset of […]
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Seizure-based aggression in cats

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman Rarely, a cat will develop a focal seizure in a part of its brain that oversees the function of aggression. The clinical picture is that of a cat which, for no apparent reason, suddenly starts to launch savage attacks toward its owner(s). Following an attack, cats remain in a heightened state […]
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Feline Non-Recognition Aggression

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman I have already addressed inter-cat territorial aggression and feline redirected aggression in earlier blogs. Another type of aggression that cats can express is referred to as non-recognition aggression. What happens in non-recognition aggression (so-called) is that a cat returning from a veterinarian’s office is attacked by another resident cat with whom […]
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Feline Redirected Aggression

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman Sometimes cats who have cohabited peacefully for years – perhaps ones cats who were formerly mutually bonded – suddenly break into fights, with chasing, biting, fur flying and horrendous blood-curdling yowls and screaming. Sudden onset aggression of this type is almost always a result of redirected aggression. The scenario usually goes […]
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Inter-Cat Territorial Aggression

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman Aggression is one of the most common feline behavior problems reported to behaviorists. Cats may exhibit several different types of aggression including territorial aggression, non-recognition aggression, status-related aggression, fear aggression, redirected aggression and medically-induced aggression. Here I will address territorial aggression – one of the most common expressions of feline aggression. […]
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Feline House Soiling

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman Nothing is quite as distressing for an owner as having a cat that urinates or defecates around the house instead of in its litterbox. As long suffering as some owners are, there’s a limit to the amount of time some of them can, or will, put up with living in a […]
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Celebrated Trainer Says Good, Nutritious Food Helps Dogs’ Emotional Well Being

By Kim Barnett, Follow My Lead IACP Working as a dog trainer and behaviour consultant for several rescue organizations as well as having private clients, I get to see a broad spectrum of dogs, many of whom are suffering from anxiety based issues to various forms of aggression, and everything in between. In as much […]
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Whole Food Supplements

What are pet supplements? Pet supplements are food or food nutrients which are taken orally in order to provide a health benefit, either for prevention or treatment of disease. My pet’s food is supplemented with vitamins and minerals. Is there benefit from additional supplementation? During the normal processing of pet foods, many natural vital nutrients […]
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Halo Helps With Dental Health

Dental disease is one of the most common conditions affecting both dogs and cats. Many pet owners question when or if their pet should be fed a special dental diet. While approved dental diets can help with plaque, it is the added chemicals in these foods which are binding to and facilitating the breakdown of […]
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Common Feeding Pitfalls Resulting in Fat Cats

The wrong kind of treats. Treats may be our biggest enemy in the fat cat battle as they pack a surprising calorie punch. The average adult housecat requires only about 180 to 200 calories each day so a one inch cube of cheddar cheese (about 70 calories) can wreak havoc on your cat’s weight. When […]
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Put the brakes on “gas” in your pet!

Halo may be an excellent choice if your pet has digestive health issues. Whether it is gas, soft stool, diarrhea, or even bloating, Halo’s natural cat food and natural dog food might be the answer you have been looking for to help improve your pet’s stool quality and get them on the path to their […]
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Keep it clean for safety!

With the increasingly frequent reports of Salmonella in pet food and other bacteria all over the news, pet owners should take a few precautions to keep all members of their family safe: Wash your pet’s bowls EVERY DAY! Large amounts of bacteria lurk in food and water bowls. The bacteria from your pet’s mouth (and […]
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How are Toy & Small Breed dogs different?

Size matters when it comes to selecting the right food for your dog! Nutrition is not “one size fits all”—while a 4 pound Chihuahua and a 140 pound Great Dane have many loveable canine similarities—they do have important differences when it comes to nutrition. Different nutritional needs Energy requirements. Small breed dogs have much higher […]
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Holiday Food Alert

Many holiday foods can be dangerous for your dog. There is no need to forego your favorite holiday goodies, just be careful what your dog is given….or tries to steal! Be particularly attentive to the following food hazards: Avoid chocolate. Especially dark or baking chocolate, but all chocolate should be avoided. There are toxins present […]
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Avoid holiday CATastrophes!

Cats are notorious for jumping on the holiday tree, batting ornaments around as if they were mice, and seeking out the warmth from candle light and burning potpourri.  Although beautiful, the hazards of the holiday season are numerous.  Following are a few tips on preventing holiday mishaps with your adventuresome feline. Poisonous plants.  Holly, mistletoe, […]
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Canine Obesity – Fun Facts

Did you know…..approximately 50% of U.S. dogs are overweight or obese. Do you have a pudgy pooch? If you break a sweat when picking your dog up or you notice he cleans the floors with his stomach—there is a problem! All joking aside, health risks of obesity are real. It contributes to many medical conditions […]
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Feline Obesity – Fun Facts

Did you know…..approximately 50% of U.S. cats are overweight or obese. Do you have a flabby feline? If you notice she cleans the floors with her stomach—there is a problem! All joking aside, health risks of obesity are real. It contributes to many medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, heart and lung disease, high blood […]
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Breast Cancer in Pets – Teaching Pet Owners to Think Pink!

Did you know that dogs and cats get breast cancer too? In fact, breast cancer is the most common tumor in female dogs and the third most common tumor in female cats. Now is the perfect time to learn how to check yourself and your pet! How do I check my pet for breast cancer? […]
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Cocoa Mulch Toxicity

As spring and summer approach, many people begin tending to their lawns and gardens.  Many will consider using cocoa bean mulch as a natural, chemical-free fertilizer.  This mulch is made from the shells of spent cocoa beans used in chocolate production.  It degrades into an organic fertilizer which naturally deters slugs, snails and other pests, […]
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A Guide to Halo for Your Adopted Pet

Many pets that end up in shelters have been poorly cared for and had poor nutrition.  Some are too fat, some are too thin and many have been malnourished by not eating well-balanced food intended for their species.  This is the right time to transition your new pet to Halo1. The quality of ingredients a […]
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Caring for an Adopted Shelter Pet – Special Needs

You have adopted a new pet…congratulations!  Get your new pet started off on the right paw with these basic behavioral and health care pointers: Be gentle and patient—animals in shelters are usually under tremendous amounts of stress.  Most often they are not used to being housed in cages and may not be used to other […]
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Basics: Adopting a Shelter Pet 101

Adopting a pet involves more than picking an adorable pet out of a cage and bringing it home.  Every shelter has their own approach to finding new homes for pets but all try to balance the interests of the pet and the adopter.  The adoption process usually involves the following steps: Filling out an adoption […]
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Why Adopt From an Animal Shelter?

SAVE A LIFE! Adopting a pet from an animal shelter has many rewards.  First and most importantly, you save the life of a pet.  In the United States, 8 to 10 million dogs and cats are brought to shelters every year—either found as strays or turned over by owners who no longer want them—and it […]
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Animal Shelters – What They Are and Why We Need Them

Most people are aware that animal shelters exist but many people don’t know exactly what a shelter is or why we need them.  What is an animal shelter? An animal shelter is a facility devoted to the temporary housing and care of homeless and unwanted pets.  Not all shelters are alike.  Some are actually part […]
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Dry skin (dandruff) in your pet: common causes and natural remedies

Common causes of pet dandruff Dandruff or scaly skin may simply be caused by dry, poorly hydrated skin.  This is common as most pets eat dry kibble which is very low in moisture and don’t drink enough water every day—leading to constant mild dehydration.  The skin is very sensitive to dehydration and will readily become […]
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Canine Influenza: everything you need to know about Dog Flu

With flu season in full swing, Americans are concerned about the health of their pets. Although human flu doesn’t tend to infect dogs, there is a canine influenza virus that all dog owners should know about. Dog Flu: H3N8 The dog flu virus (Influenza A subtype H3N8) was discovered in 2004 in racing Greyhounds in […]
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Natural Remedies for Constipation

In pets constipation is defined as infrequent and difficult defecation of hard feces. Constipated pets often strain to pass stool and act very uncomfortable. Constipation usually results from food moving too slowly through the digestive system. As a result of the slow passage, the colon absorbs too much water from the stool, resulting in feces […]
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Halo’s philosophy on grains for dogs and cats

What grains does Halo use?  Are certain grains better than others? Halo uses only the whole grains of oats and barley in their natural cat and dog foods.  Whole grains are preferential to refined grains (e.g. white rice) because they provide a rich source of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, oils and proteins.  When a grain is […]
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Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

Happy Holidays to you and yours! Along with the excitement and merriment of the holidays come possible dangers for your pet. The following guidelines will help you make your home a safe haven for your pet this holiday season. Plants and Holiday Decorations Although beautiful, the hazards of holiday decorations are numerous. Be a responsible […]
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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun-filled holiday for children and adults; however, the scary creatures, silly costumes, decorations and treats can be frightening and even dangerous for dogs and cats. I recommend following these guidelines to keep your pet safe and stress-free on Halloween: Who doesn’t love a pet in costume? You may, but your pet may […]
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How do I transition my dog or cat to a new food?

Most pets require 7-10 days to adjust to a new food because their intestinal tracts contain unique bacteria and enzymes that need to adapt to the proper digestion of a new food. It is recommended that dogs and cats eat a combination of dry and canned food every day. Their bodies are made of 75% […]
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Promoting Intestinal Health: Prebiotics and Probiotics

As research continues to shed new light on how food and food additives affect the health of our pets, many new products are showing up in pet food aisles across America.  It can be difficult to know which products have valid scientific research supporting their claims and which are just hype.  Two new areas of […]
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Microchipping: proper identification for all pets!

Imagine this… your indoor cat who doesn’t wear a collar escapes out the front door left ajar by the men delivering your new furniture.  Won’t ever happen to you?  That is what I thought, until it happened to me in June.  I was lucky enough to observe the escape and rescue my cat.  But what […]
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Why Does My Dog Eat Poop?

Copraphagia (poop eating) is usually a nasty learned habit and not a medical problem. Here are the top reasons why dogs eat poop and what you can do to curb their appetite! 1. Oral fixation habit—puppies (like human children) go through a phase where they put anything and everything in their mouths in order to […]
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Empty Calories and Fillers

What are “empty calories”? "Empty calories" are calories that are present in high-energy foods with poor nutritional profiles.  Although an "empty calorie" has the same energy content of any other calorie, these calories lack accompanying beneficial nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fiber and/or antioxidants.  In pet foods, "empty calories" often come from common […]
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Common Pet Food Ingredients

There are varying opinions about the best food for your dog or cat. Your vet may say one thing and you may read another on the internet. In today’s vast landscape of pet nutrition, one thing is certain—it is imperative to read the labels and understand the ingredients—for the best health of your dog and […]
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Cats rough sandpaper tongues are just one of the many things that make them special!

The tongue is an essential grooming tool–it is covered in backwards-facing, barb or hook-like structures called "papillae" that wash, smooth, and help dry the coat simultaneously. Better than silverware–these hooks also help cats hold food–especially cats who may be dealing with live prey. Their unique tongue shape also helps cats lap water and other liquids […]
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Food allergy in pets

Food allergy is a common concern for pet owners, however, true food allergy is not very common in dogs and cats, and is a condition that is frequently over-diagnosed by veterinarians.      Food allergies account for only 10% of all pet allergies.  Flea allergy and environmental allergies (called atopy) are a much more common cause […]
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Get Your Puppy Started on the Right Paw

Puppies depend on their owners for everything; from food and shelter to love and companionship.  Owning a puppy is a privilege and a responsibility—one that involves more than food, water and walks.  It includes providing an enriched environment, training, love, respect, patience and taking care of your puppy as a unique individual.  Following are some […]
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Feline Urinary Problems

Recent ground-breaking research has shed much needed light on cat urinary issues. If your cat suffers from urinary problems, read the advice here and then work with your veterinarian to tailor a plan specifically for your cat. Common urinary problems The most common feline urinary tract problem, accounting for 50-70% of all cases, is called […]
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How to Socialize a Puppy

First, why is it important to socialize your puppy?  Dogs are social animals by nature and truly enjoy the company of other dogs and people if care is taken to socialize them properly. As puppy play times, doggie day cares, dog parks, and other dog-oriented activities have gained in popularity with dog owners, having a […]
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Top 10 Green Pet Tips for Earth Day

Help your pet tread more lightly on Mother Earth with a few easy changes! Scooping poop!  Use biodegradable bags to collect your dog’s waste.  Ordinary plastic bags can take decades to decompose in landfills.  If your bag meets biodegradability standards (ASTM D6400) they will decompose in just months.   Avoid clumping clay litter for cats.  Not […]
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Dogs and cats may be the proverbial canaries in the coal mine

High levels of industrial chemicals are showing up in American pets.  A fairly recent study performed by the Environmental Working Group (http://www.ewg.org/reports/pets) has documented that pets were positive for 48 of the 70 chemicals tested.  On average, dogs had 40% higher and cats had 96% higher levels of these chemicals than were found in people.  […]
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Top 10 Secrets to Aging Gracefully

The key to helping pet’s live longer and healthier lives is early recognition of problems that come naturally with aging.  Follow these guidelines to help your pet make the most of their Golden Years.     1 – Become informed about the common aging changes and medical conditions affecting older pets and the options for therapy.  […]
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Common Aging Changes – What is Normal and How to Care for Senior Pets

Certain changes are natural and expected as pets age.  Not every pet experiences the same changes or the same severity of changes—it often depends on the species, breed and any previous injuries or medical conditions.  For example, small breed dogs are more prone to degenerative heart conditions; whereas cats often experience kidney changes with advancing […]
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Healthy Eating for Your Cat

Healthy eating has become a top priority for many American families…including the pets! While whole grains and vegetables are the superstars of a holistic diet for you and your dog, your cat has very different requirements. As an obligate carnivore, your cat requires a meat-based diet with minimal grains and vegetables to achieve their optimal […]
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Healthy Snacking for Your Dog

What better way to show you care, than giving your dog a delicious treat?  Dog owners love giving treats and with the advent of delectable doggie bakeries, in addition to your dinner plate, the sky is the limit.  With all of these options, how do you choose a nutritious treat? In general, owners tend to […]
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Weight Loss Tips

The "Fat Cat" Dilemma Mirroring the human obesity epidemic, U.S. pets have reached monumental proportions. It is estimated that 50% of U.S. pets are overweight or obese. Unfortunately, many people don’t see overweight pets as a problem. In fact, fat pets are often seen as "cute and cuddly" or as subjects of humor….they often grace […]
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Tips on Lowering Veterinary Bills and Pet Expenses

With the economy down and jobs disappearing, many pet owners are foregoing pet healthcare because they just can’t afford hundreds of dollars in vet bills. While it is still important to visit your veterinarian yearly for an examination, you can cut out many unnecessary tests and procedures by keeping your pet as healthy as possible […]
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Winter Care For Your Dog

Brrrr…..winter is here! Does your dog love the winter wonderland or would he rather cuddle up on the couch under a cozy blanket? Either way, you must be prepared to protect him when he ventures out into the elements. Let’s talk temperature! If it is too cold for you to stand at the door without […]
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High Cholesterol in Pets

Hyperlipidemia is a condition in which the amount of fats (also called lipids) in the blood are elevated. The most important lipids are cholesterol and triglyceride. Hyperlipidemia primarily causes heart-related disease in humans and is responsible for 500,000+ American deaths each year. 52 million adults change their diet and 13 million adults must use lipid-lowering […]
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Welcoming Your New Dog

Responsible dog ownership involves more than food, water and walks for "Fido." It includes providing him with an enriched environment, love, respect, patience and taking care of him as a unique individual. It means understanding that great nutrition is the basis of great health—getting him started with proper natural nutrition and holistic care will allow […]
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Choosing the Right Dog Breed

Congratulations…you have made the decision to bring a dog into your life! In doing so, you realize the commitment you are making and are willing to invest the time, energy, and finances necessary to make this a wonderful loving and rewarding relationship! Now for the fun stuff! What dog breed is best for you and […]
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs

What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease? Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a disorder in which one or more sections of the gastrointestinal tract have become invaded with inflammatory cells. Over time, this inflammation causes the intestine to become less efficient at absorbing nutrients from digested food and weight loss, vomiting or diarrhea often result. Early signs […]
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Cats

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a disorder in which one or more sections of the gastrointestinal tract have become invaded with inflammatory cells. Over time, this inflammation causes the intestine to become less efficient at absorbing nutrients from digested food and weight loss, vomiting or diarrhea often result. Early signs are often subtle which allows […]
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Allergies in Cats

Cats are commonly affected by allergies. An allergy occurs when a cat’s immune system overacts to foreign substances or particles (called allergens). This overactive immune system can cause any of the following allergy symptoms in cats: Skin itchiness causing scratching and rubbing Sneezing, coughing or wheezing Vomiting, diarrhea, gas or bloating Types of Cat Allergies […]
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Allergies in Dogs

Does your dog have allergies? He may, if he has any of the following allergy symptoms: Scratches his ears Licks or chews his feet or body Has a reddish discoloration of the hair on the paws or between the toes Rubs his face against the furniture or floor Has a rash, bumps, pimples or open […]
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Supplements for Skin and Coat: How to Achieve a Dream Coat in Your Pet

Why do pets develop dry skin and dull hair coats? Dry skin or drab, lusterless hair coats in pets may indicate a deficiency or an improper balance of essential fatty acids in their diet. Most pet owners assume their pets are getting everything they need from their diet…but fatty acid deficiencies are common, as pet […]
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The Importance of Proper Ear Cleaning in Pets

Keeping pets’ ears clean contribute to their health and wellness by preventing irritation and infection that can be painful and potentially lead to hearing loss. Ear disease is one of the most common conditions in pets. The medical name for inflammation or infection of the outer ear canal is otitis externa. Otitis externa is estimated […]
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The Importance of Proper Eye Care

Keeping pets’ eyes clean contribute to their health and wellness by preventing irritation and infection that can be painful and possibly lead to loss of vision. Pets have very few effective or safe ways to clean their own eyes—they either rub their eyes with paws (that have sharp toenails!) or rub their faces on the […]
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Supplements for puppies and kittens

What are pet supplements? Pet supplements are defined as either dietary or therapeutic supplements. Dietary supplements (also called dietary nutrients) are substances added to pet foods to make them nutritionally complete and balanced. Therapeutic supplements (also called nutraceuticals) are foods or food nutrients that are taken orally to provide a health benefit, either for prevention […]
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Supplements for the Older Pet

What are pet supplements? Pet supplements are defined as either dietary or therapeutic supplements. Dietary supplements (also called dietary nutrients) are substances added to pet foods to make them nutritionally complete and balanced. Therapeutic supplements (called nutraceuticals) are foods or food nutrients that are taken orally to provide a health benefit, either for prevention or […]
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What are pet supplements?

Pet supplements are defined as either dietary or therapeutic supplements. Dietary supplements (also called dietary nutrients) are substances added to pet foods to make them nutritionally complete and balanced. Therapeutic supplements (also called nutraceuticals) are foods or food nutrients that are taken orally to provide a health benefit, either for prevention or treatment of disease. […]
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Diabetes in Dogs

Canine diabetes is a disease in which the body is unable to regulate blood sugar (glucose) levels due to a deficiency of insulin (type 1 diabetes). Normally after food is ingested, it is broken down into glucose and absorbed into the blood stream. The presence of glucose in the blood causes the pancreas to secrete […]
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Getting To The “Root” of Bad Breath In Dogs And Cats

Periodontal disease is one of the most common and serious pet health problems, affecting approximately 80% of dogs and 70% of cats by age 3. At-home prevention is as important as regular teeth cleaning by veterinarians. In fact, unless pet owners provide teeth cleaning for dogs and cats at home, periodontal disease will progress regardless […]
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Pet Insurance – is it really worth it

YES! Every day, people are taken aback at the cost of veterinary care for their pets. It is heart-breaking that some pets are unable to receive veterinary care due to their owner’s financial limitations. In 2007, the U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook reported that the average annual veterinary expenditure was $356 for dogs and […]
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Nix the Skin Itch of Summer

Does summer present an itchy situation for your pet? Do they have a skin rash? Dig their ears? Chew their feet? Rub their face against the furniture or floor? Lick or groom incessantly? The culprit can be as simple as flea bites or as complicated as pet allergies. While itchy skin disease can be present […]
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Getting a Leg Up on Dog Arthritis

Arthritis is a common joint problem in dogs and is estimated to affect 20% of dogs older than one year of age (Johnston, 1997). Arthritis develops over time from disorders that cause joint tissue damage and inflammation (see Table 1). Table 1: Joint disorders that lead to arthritis in dogs Ligament or tendon injury (e.g. […]
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Dog Bladder Stones (aka uroliths, cystic calculi)

Many types of bladder stones affect dogs and cats. The most common stones are struvite, calcium oxalate and urate. Each of these stones form under different medical circumstances and some breeds are genetically predisposed to the development of particular stone types. How bladder stones form. All bladder stones are formed from the presence of excess […]
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Feline Diabetes: A New Look at an Old Disease

Diabetes Mellitus (diabetes) is a disorder in which the body is unable to regulate blood sugar levels due to a lack of insulin or insulin action. Insulin is a hormone required to move sugar into body cells where it is used for energy. Without this energy, the cells of the body starve, shut down and […]
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Improving Your Pet’s Health: How to Eliminate Pet Obesity

Obesity is not just a growing problem for Americans—it’s a problem for our pets. As our lifestyles become more sedentary, is it any surprise that veterinarians report that nearly half of their canine patients are overweight? What can we do to help our pets? The first step is admitting that there’s a problem. Of course, […]
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House Soiling (“Inappropriate Elimination”) in Dogs

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman Inappropriate elimination by dogs is an extremely common problem and a tough one to live with if not resolved. All too many dogs are surrendered to shelters because of this usually treatable condition. Here are a few pointers to help owners navigate the stormy seas of house soiling. There are three […]
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Thunderstorm Phobia in Dogs

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman Tis the season to be miserable for certain anxious dogs who are terrified by the unwelcome arrival of summer thunderstorms, complete with lightning, the rumbling or sharp cracking sound of thunder itself, heralded and accompanied by darkening skies, gusting winds and heavy rain. Before and during the storm there may be […]
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Fear Aggression in Dogs

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman One of the most common behavior problems I see is called fear aggression. In a nutshell, it is aggression directed at unfamiliar people or most other dogs. It stems from lack of socialization and/or adverse experiences and — to the dog — it makes perfect sense. If a dog feels threatened […]
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Separation Anxiety – the home alone syndrome

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman Some of the sweetest dogs in the world have separation anxiety. These dogs are a joy to be with and love their owners unconditionally. We sometimes call them Velco dogs because they are so attached to their owners – practically joined at the hip. The problem comes when their owner leaves […]
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An Introduction to Dr. Nicholas Dodman

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman I am absolutely delighted to have been asked to write an occasional blog for Halo, Purely for Pets. I personally know the company’s CEO, Steve Marton, as a successful businessman; a knowledgeable, ethical individual; philanthropist, member of my veterinary school’s advisory board; and also as my friend and advisor. I am […]
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Are Shelter Pets Really More Appreciative?

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman I know my dog Rusty is appreciative of being “sprung” from the shelter – he was on the very first day we got him, and still is. And my other rescued dog, Jasper, now has a spring in his step and a wag of tail that weren’t there when we first […]
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Biting the Hand that Feeds

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman Many dogs display some level of aggression to their owners over food. Resource guarding – for that’s what it is – is one aspect of what is now referred to as conflict aggression. It is not so much a condition in and of itself but rather reflects an uncertain situation that […]
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Surprisingly Easy Dog Behaviors to Change

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman Whether you acquire your dog from a shelter or from a breeder, some will come with — or develop — vexing behaviors of one sort or another. In fact, some 42% to 90% of owners when asked point blank if their dog exhibits any, even minor, behavior problems will admit that […]
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Things to do Before Returning Your Dog to the Shelter

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman According to a very large study of 1,000 shelters across the United States, approximately 60% of surrendered dogs were eventually placed in new homes. The balance of dogs was euthanized, returned to their owners, or transferred to other entities. The sad thing is that approaching 10% of dogs that are successfully […]
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8 Factors to Consider When Adopting a Cat From a Shelter

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman Cats make wonderful pets and there are far too many these day languishing in shelters. To adopt a cat and save a life is a wonderful thing to do and will provide the adopter a friend for life. Cats are easy keepers. Pretty much all they need is a loving home, […]
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Adopting an Older Dog From a Shelter

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman It is a crying shame that older dogs are so difficult to adopt out of shelters. Almost everyone wants a bouncy young puppy or a really cute-looking younger dog. It’s easy to see why these dogs would be attractive. Youth and beauty can be hard to rival. I once visited the […]
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Factors To Consider When Adopting A Dog From A Shelter

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman By choosing the right shelter dog for you and your family, you are doing yourself a huge favor because of the joy and warmth it will bring to your home. You are also doing the dog a huge favor by giving him a second chance in life. The operative words, however, […]
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Six Things to Consider when bringing your Shelter Cat Home

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman 1. Advance Planning You certainly don’t want to bring your new cat into your home and suddenly find you are lacking some vital accoutrement, like cat food or litter box. So, to avoid this potential downfall, it is a good idea to make a shopping list before the big day and […]
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Submissive Urination

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman … a wee problem that is oh so easy to fix When I adopted my dog Rusty from a shelter at age 8 months it didn’t take me 5 minutes to recognize that he was a submissive urinator. When he greeted me, my wife, or strangers at the door, he would […]
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Whole Food Supplements

What are pet supplements? Pet supplements are food or food nutrients which are taken orally in order to provide a health benefit, either for prevention or treatment of disease. My pet’s food is supplemented with vitamins and minerals. Is there benefit from additional supplementation? During the normal processing of pet foods, many natural vital nutrients […]
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Feeding both Halo canned and dry formulas

I recommend that pets eat a combination of dry and canned food every day.  Their bodies are made of 75% water.  Some pets rarely drink enough water to support excellent hydration and organ function so I recommend at least 25% of a pet’s daily calories come from canned food.    Should you want to mix […]
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Feeding both Halo canned and dry formulas

by Dr. Donna Spector I recommend that pets eat a combination of dry and canned food every day.  Their bodies are made of 75% water.  Some pets rarely drink enough water to support excellent hydration and organ function so I recommend at least 25% of a pet’s daily calories come from canned food.    Should […]
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Getting a New Dog

Choosing the Right Dog Breed by Dr. Donna Spector Congratulations…you have made the decision to bring a dog into your life! In doing so, you realize the commitment you are making and are willing to invest the time, energy, and finances necessary to make this a wonderful loving and rewarding relationship! Now for the fun […]
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Cost of Owning a Pet

It is important that prospective pet parents be aware of the cost and time commitment required in owning a pet.  Millions of unwanted pets are euthanized every year in the United States as a result of unprepared owners.  If an individual is not able to meet the needs of an animal by providing appropriate amounts […]
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