Dog Treats and the Canines Who Love Them

February 18th, 2017 by DCAH Staff

Few and far between are the dogs who don’t appreciate a good treat now and again. Some pooches are pickier than others, but most canine companions will be excited to learn that International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day is February 23. And it would be terrible to ignore this holiday based upon these traditional dog treats!

Not All Dog Treats are Created Equal

A treat is a treat, right? This doesn’t always hold true, as some dog biscuits have more to offer than others. While many dog treats are purely for enjoyment, others have added benefits, including:

  • Glucosamine and other ingredients for joint health (ask us about how much your pet needs to consume in order to be beneficial)
  • Dental health benefits (choose treats endorsed by the Veterinary Oral Health Council to be sure that these claims are substantiated)

Of course, homemade biscuits and treats are always a hit. By making your pet’s treats, you can know for sure what you are offering nutritionally.
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Itty Bitty Pup, Long Life: Explaining the Small Dog Lifespan

February 14th, 2017 by DCAH Staff

Most pet owners wish that their special canine companions could live forever. While that isn’t possible, it is a fact that small breeds tend to live longer than do large breed dogs. But why the small dog lifespan?

Join Deer Creek Animal Hospital in our quest to explain why the small dog lifespan is often much longer than that of their large breed counterparts.

The Small Dog Lifespan Phenomenon

It is a well-documented fact that is widely accepted: the larger the dog, the shorter the lifespan. This trade-off is one that, while commonly noted, has not been thoroughly investigated. That means that we are left to speculate as to the possible explanations. There are a few theories to explain the longer small dog lifespan:
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Valentine’s Day Danger: Pets and Chocolate

February 6th, 2017 by DCAH Staff

Nothing says love quite like delicious chocolate. However, for those with curious pets, the combination of enticing edibles and sweets can also spell danger.

Pets and chocolate poisonings also seem to be ubiquitous this time of year. To keep your furry friend safe, practice the following toxin awareness and prevention measures.

Why Pets and Chocolate Don’t Mix

All forms of chocolate and cocoa can cause serious harm to pets. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, both of which cannot be metabolized by cats and dogs.

The severity of chocolate toxicity depends on many factors, such as the type of chocolate consumed, the size of your pet, and how much was consumed. Dark chocolate and baking cocoa contain enough theobromine to become deadly – even in cases where less than an ounce is ingested.
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