Are Pet Fad Diets All They’re Cracked Up to Be?

November 20th, 2017 by #DeerCreekCrew

fad pet dietsFad diets have been all the rage for generations and the trend has found its way into the pet food industry. Grain-free, raw foods, vegan, and many more pet fad diets may seem enticing, but are they really all they’re cracked up to be?

Raw food

Raw food diets are designed to mimic what dogs and cats eat “in the wild” and may consist of a combination of raw meats, vegetables, grains, and sometimes bones. Raw food is also often advertised to contain enzymes needed for digestion, which are generally not present in cooked or processed foods.

Besides the fact that pets may not receive the proper balance of nutrients from a raw diet, there is also the risk of food poisoning due to pathogens found in raw and undercooked meat. Bones can splinter and may lead to choking or intestinal blockage, and should never be part of a pet’s meal plan.

Grain-Free

Grain-free pet foods are marketed in a way to suggest that they are more closely aligned to what our pets’ ancestors would have eaten. However pets, especially dogs, are omnivores and have the capability to extract essential fatty acids and other nutritional necessities from carbohydrates, such as grains and legumes.

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A Match Made in Heaven? Your Pet and Your New Baby

November 14th, 2017 by #DeerCreekCrew

pet and new babyThe relationship between kids and pets is an enduring one, but things don’t always fall magically into place. It’s common for a few kinks and wrinkles to dominate for awhile – especially when there hasn’t been ample time to adjust. Never is this more true than when newborns are brought home. Pets who previously got all their owner’s attention now have to compete with a wriggling, shrieking, unpredictable bundle.

You already have a lot on your plate, but before you surprise Fluffy or Fido with your new addition, learn about the potential hurdles your pet and your new baby may encounter.

Before the Birth

As far as your pet is concerned, there are definite items that must get done prior to baby’s arrival. Doing so now will reduce everyone’s stress and anxiety. Make it a positive, fun, and rewarding experience for your pet, and soothe any signs of discomfort or confusion.

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Not So Smooth: Looking Out For Lumps And Bumps On Pets

November 7th, 2017 by #DeerCreekCrew

Many pet owners are familiar with the cold shock of fear that comes from feeling a new and mysterious mass as you stroke your pet’s familiar fur. Your mind races: Is this normal? Could it be cancer? Should I take my pet to the vet right away or is it no big deal?

While most lumps and bumps on pets are benign, any change in your pet’s appearance should be investigated by your veterinarian.
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