Protein Requirement in Chronic Renal Disease

Recent research has raised serious questions regarding dietary protein restriction in dogs with chronic renal disease. It appears that another medical myth has bit the dust. The rationale for protein restriction for chronic renal disease patients appears to have been...

Supplements for Older Dogs

Now that the snow is gone and we can be outside with the dogs, I am amazed at how well Duchess, my 9 year old German Shepherd, is doing. She is still quicker and faster than her 4 year old sister, Ziva. We have many deer where we live and occasionally they get in the...

Zinc and Immunosenescence

I subscribe to many email newsletters. One of the best is that of the Life Extension Foundation (LEF.org). The LEF maintains a huge health database. It is particularly strong in nutrition and functional medicine. The March 2014 issue has an article entitled...

Thiamine Deficient Cat Food

The latest edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Association contains a report from Tufts University College of Veterinary Medicine concerning the thiamine(vitamin B1) content of 90 canned cat foods. The researchers found that 12 of 90 (13.3%) foods were...

Vaccine Titers

As I was reviewing the vaccine titers we have run during the past several years, it became apparent that dogs fed high quality food (usually home prepared) and given supplements almost always had very high titers. Vaccine titers measure the level of antibodies in the...