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  1. How to reduce tartar buildup on your dog’s teeth by 80%?

    We all have seen it. That yellow nasty buildup on a dog’s teeth. The medical term to describe this build up is calculus (not the one where you have to do some math if you’re wondering). Now Researchers from Brazil and Norway have proven in a controlled study that eating raw bones is actually an excellent way to remove “established” calculus in dogs. In other words, bones can reverse existing buildups regardless of how nasty they are. One of the many cases presented to vet clinics with severe calculus formation. This is a very advanced stage but vets still see similar cases frequently. Dogs commonly suffer from oral diseases. One of the most common oral diseases is a condition called periodontal disease, which starts as inflammation of the gum. If the disease is not caught early it progresses to cause looseness of the tooth. The consequences are familiar to many dog owners. The typ

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  2. How much does the actual content of canned pet food differ from the label claim?

    How much does the actual content of canned pet food differ from the label claim?

    How much does the actual content of canned pet food differ from the label? Remember the horse meat scandal in Europe in 2013? When authorities found that meat packers mixed horse meat with beef to make that special burger? Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) found that many burgers sold in the UK supermarket had horse muscle DNA. The molecular test used is one of the most sensitive and specific tests available to investigators today and therefore proved beyond any doubt that horse meat was mixed with other meat. I don’t know about you, but I have strong feelings about eating someone’s pet. The scandal proved to be much wider than what initially thought and the same practice was discovered across Europe.
    Researchers from the University of Nottingham suspected that the same problems extend to the pet food industry. After all, despite the regulations, monitoring of many aspects of pet food manufacturing process is largely self-regulated. Thi

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  3. The improtance of socialization in new puppies

    The improtance of socialization in new puppies

    Socialization is an often overlooked aspects of a new puppy training. In this video made by The Dog Geek, an in-depth explaination of how socialization affects the development of your dog is provided.

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  4. Superglue

    Gorilla Glue® is an incredibly strong glue known for its industrial holding power and versatility, even in wet conditions and regardless of the surfaces to be bound. It easily bonds wood, stone, metal, ceramic, foam, glass and more. Because this glue is often found in many households, Gorilla Glue® ingestion is a common emergency in dogs and is a very serious medical condition. If swallowed, any amount of this glue can expand to a size that may cause an obstruction of your dog’s stomach where emergency surgery would be necessary. This time-lapse video, “When Gorilla Glue® Gets Wet,” shows what happens when Gorilla Glue is eaten by a dog – which, given its sweet taste, happens far more often than you might think.

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  5. FEEDING CANNED DOG FOOD CAN TRIPLE PBA LEVELS IN THE BODY

    FEEDING CANNED DOG FOOD CAN TRIPLE PBA LEVELS IN THE BODY

    Canned food is a very convenient way for feeding pets. It is easy to ship, store, and feed. Many people argue it is superior. A research team from the University of Missouri Led by Dr. Cheryl Rosenfeld has uncovered that Bisphenol A (BPA) present in canned dog food has tripled the levels of BPA in the blood of dogs consuming the canned food within just two weeks. The switch to canned food has also affected the gut’s microbiome (the bacteria inside the dog’s gut) in a negative way (dysbiosis).

    The impact of BPA cannot be overestimated.

    The study:

    Bisphenol A (BPA) is a widely present endocrine disruptor chemical found in many household items. Pets and their owners are often exposed to environmental chemicals that can act as hormone/endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). The main issue with EDCs is that they bind and

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  6. Salmon poisoning: Signs, causes, and prevention

    Salmon poisoning: Signs, causes, and prevention

    Salmon poisoning disease (SPD) is a very serious and sometimes fatal condition, occurring when a dog eats raw salmon that is infected with the Neorickettsia helminthoeca parasite. This disease typically begins in the tissues of the small intestine, where it causes hemorrhaging. Soon after, it spreads throughout the body.

    The dog owner typically observes the following:

    • Acute onset of anorexia (loss of appetite) and lethargy associated with fever
    • Vomiting and bloody diarrhea are common (funny color diarrhea) 
    • Eye and nose ischarges occasionally reported

     Your vet will usually find the following when doing physical exam of the dog: 

    • Fever
    • Lymphadenopathy (severely enlarged lymph nodes
    • Signs of hypovolemic shock that include
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  7. Your guide to starting a puppy on RawChoice

    Your guide to starting a puppy on RawChoice

     

    Starting a puppy on RawChoice is easy. First, start by figuring out how much do you need to feed your puppy. This depends on the age and the anticipated body weight. You can use our calculator (http://www.rawchoice.ca/calculator.html) or use the following general guideline:

     

    8 weeks to 16 weeks: Anticipated Adult Weight x 2%

     

    16 weeks to 9 months: Anticipated Adult Weight x 2.5%

     

    6 months to 18 months (high energy breeds only): Anticipated Adult Weight x 3%

     

    Examples:

     

    Example 1:

     

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  8. What supplements veterinarians give their own dogs?

    What supplements veterinarians give their own dogs?

    A word of caution before we proceed:

    Consult your veterinarian BEFORE giving your dog any supplement or vitamin

    It's hugely important not to give your dog, and especially senior ones, anything  without consulting your veterinarian first if he/she has any underlying health problems or is taking any medications or other supplements. Even a 'natural' remedy could have some serious health consequences.

    Even if your dog appears healthy, it's always a good idea to check with your vet before starting giving supplements, vitamins, herbal or holistic remedies, or other products. Giving supplements should be part of an overall health strategy, not the only strategy.

    As someone who has licensed and consulted for licensing products with Health Canada and has over 9 years of Good Manufacturing Practices experience, I am very picky when it comes to which supplements I use and recommend. In many cases, the science supporting the supplement claims

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