Understanding Food Allergies in Pets

Food allergies in pets can affect pet health

Having a pet who’s constantly scratching, losing fur, and dealing with rough, scaly, swollen skin or open sores can be extremely frustrating. Not only is your pet miserable, but you’re at a loss as to how to help them feel better.

Coming up with an accurate diagnosis for itchy skin may involve testing for a food allergy. Food allergies in pets can seriously undermine a pet’s health and wellbeing, which is why it’s important that pet owners be able to recognize certain signs and seek treatment as soon as possible.

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Fall Fever: Delicious and Nutritious Pumpkin Recipes for Pets

Beagle sitting on fallen leaves near pumpkinThere’s nothing quite like the pumpkin. The ubiquitous orange globe seems to be our universal symbol for all things fall, and its likeness appears practically everywhere you turn these days, including as an ingredient in almost any type of food or beverage you can think of.

Here at Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic, we don’t think the family pet should be left out of the pumpkin fun. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite pumpkin recipes for pets, as well as some other ways you and your furry friends can enjoy the bounty of fall.

Bon appétit!

Health Benefits of Pumpkins

Canned, roasted, boiled, or shredded; any way you slice it, fall’s signature squash is packed full of vitamins and minerals. Besides being a wonderful digestive aid for dogs and cats (the fiber and moisture in pumpkin helps with both constipation and diarrhea), pumpkins are rich in essential nutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and beta-carotene.

Along with numerous health benefits, pumpkins are also low-calorie and inexpensive, making them the perfect addition to your pet’s healthy diet.

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What Should I Feed My Pet?

By Dr. William Van Hooser

petfoodIf you’ve been wondering whether you should be feeding your pet dry food or canned wet food, you’re not alone. Many pet owners are conflicted with this decision, and it’s a question we seem to be fielding more and more.

There’s a lot to consider when choosing a food for your pet. But when it comes to the dry food vs. canned food conundrum, you may be surprised to know that the answer has more to do with what type of pet you have and how each food impacts their overall system.

Dry and canned foods affect cats and dogs, and their overall health, differently. So if you’ve been asking yourself, “What should I feed my pet?” then look no further. We’re ready to dish on the pros and cons of kibble vs. canned pet food…  Continue…