Health & Nutrition
Choosing a monthly heartworm, flea & tick preventative is an essential part of caring for your dog or cat. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, we have some great tips to help you.
1) Consider your pet’s “risk factors” and personality. When determining the best heartworm, flea or tick preventative for patients, you need to think about your pet’s lifestyle. “I live on a lake, and my dogs swim. Due to those factors, I use the Seresto collar instead of topical K9 Advantix II, ” Dr. David J. Lambert notes.
Though Advantix is waterproof to an pretty extensive level, if your dogs are swimming superstars all summer, a collar might be a better choice. Thinking about risk factors works the same with cats. For example, if your cat is indoor-only, fleas are going to be a bigger concern than ticks. Advantage Multi might be the perfect choice!
Some factors to consider:
How much time does your pet spend outdoors?
Does your pet easily take pills?
Does your pet swim or get bathed frequently?
Will your pet wear a collar?
2) Consider compliance. Ok – we’ve all struggled with giving heartworm preventatives to a particularly clever dog or forgotten to apply flea and tick preventatives on time. Let’s be honest! Monthly coverage is so important, so when you’re choosing a preventative, think about what you’re going to realistically be able to use. For example, if you have a finicky pup, maybe they’ll like the new Sentinel Spectrum chew for their heartworm prevention. It’s a beef flavored treat! If you’re forgetful about getting topical products on your feline friend, use the 8 month Seresto flea & tick collar.
3) Consider price. Caring for pets year-round can be very affordable if you take advantage of company rebates and the special pricing at Quinebaug Valley Veterinary Hospital. Like most things, buying in “bulk” will help you to save big bucks on keeping your pet safe. Not only that, but buying a year’s worth of prevention will help to keep your pet as healthy as possible. So don’t miss out on months of important prevention due to cost, pick the product that you’re most comfortable with!
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We feed our dogs a balanced diet. We use a 50-50mix of Diamond Performance and 4 Health Performance. We have found that the nutrition is perfect for seniors and puppies. High activity dogs and lazy alike. Diamond puppy chow for nursing moms mixed with 4 health. Prenatal vitamins.
Weight: Male: 75–100 lbs (34–45 kg), Female: 60–90 lbs (27–41 kg)
Please understand the Dobermans weight varies a little bit. A Doberman who weighs 100+ lbs is most likely over weight. The Doberman is supposed to be agile, not look like a tootsie roll. It is cruel to allow your dog to be obese. It causes damage to them. Keep your Doberman healthy.
Now more active dogs may need a performance mix vs a dog that’s less active may get over weight on such diet. Choose your dogs diet by their personality and diet needs. I personally LOVE anything natural for my dog because i know less additives and problems.
A dog's droppings is a good indication of his health and diet. When you feed low quality food the "wastes" stay longer because they have more additives in them. If it’s a higher quality food it will break down faster and actually add nutrients to your soil.
If your pooch has an upset tummy (if he/she eats grass red flag to a tummy ach) You can try a shot of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is AMAZING for dogs helps with so much and it’s actually a natural flea repellant.
When you have a dog suffering from itchy skin or ears, you’ll do just about anything to help. I know I have. And the more things we try, the more we buy… and things start getting expensive.
So it’s nice when finding an itch-reliever is as easy as walking to your kitchen cupboard and grabbing some vinegar.
Organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, to be exact.
While apple cider vinegar has been touted to help with everything from boosting the immune system and detoxifying kidneys to helping lower cholesterol, here are three popular ways it can help your dog.
ACV can help relieve itchy skin and rashes caused by yeast and poison ivy. The best way to apply is by making a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle and applying directly onto itchy spots, but NOT open wounds – the vinegar will sting if the wound is raw.
If you can’t apply topically and yeast is the main concern, you can feed ACV in your pet’s food or water.
According to Donna Starita Mehan, DVM, in The Veterinarians’ Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs by Martin Zucker, yeast does not do well in the acid environment ACV creates, so she suggests feeding 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon twice daily.
Itchy skin is often accompanied by itchy ears – and nobody wants that. Holistic veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker recommends a proactive cleaning regimen using half ACV and half purified water to prevent ear infection.
Check your dog’s ears daily for wax and gunk. Clean dirty ears using individual cotton balls soaked in the solution. Swab out the ears until no gunk appears on the cotton ball.
Flea and Tick Repellant
Even the healthiest, cleanest dog may at some point face the pesky problem of playing host to one or both of these critters. Fortunately, ACV can once again come to the rescue.
Before your dog goes out, spray him with that 50/50 solution of ACV and water.
And for some added oomph, give 2 tablespoons of ACV in your dog’s food or water during flea and tick season. The same acidity in ACV that repels yeast, also repels ticks and fleas.
Please remember our advice is not substitute for vet advice. If your pet is vomiting wont drink or eat please take your animal to a vet NOW. They can become dehydrated quickly and something could seriously be wrong.
-FREE FEEDING IS BAD- Have your loved canine on a schedule!
Do you leave food out for your dog 24/7? If so, you might be doing him a disservice.
There are basically only three ways (or some combination thereof) to feed pets:
1. Free Choice — food is available at all times and the individual picks when and how much their pet eats
2. Time Limited — owners put out food but take it away after a set amount of time
3. Amount Limited — owners offer a pre-determined amount of food and the pet can pick when to eat it
Free choice feeding is definitely the easiest option for owners — just fill up the bowl and top it off whenever you notice it getting low. Unfortunately, "easy for owners" and "good for pets" are frequently at odds with one another. Dogs that are free fed are at a high risk for becoming overweight. Who among us hasn’t snacked when we’re bored, even if we’re not all that hungry? Dogs will do the same thing. My owner’s been gone for awhile and the house is pretty dull without her … I know, I’ll see what’s in the bowl!
Even if your dog isn’t overweight, you should still reconsider free choice feeding. A loss of appetite is one of the first signs of many illnesses. Sure, you’ll eventually notice when your dog has stopped eating entirely (or maybe not if you think someone else in the house is topping off the bowl), but by that point the disease may have progressed past a critical point. I can’t overemphasize how important early diagnosis is to successful treatment.
Finally, leaving food out all the time is not very sanitary. Your dog won’t be the only critter that learns where to find its meal. You’re inviting insects, rodents, bacteria, and who knows what else (I’ve heard many a story of raccoons figuring out the doggie door) into your home when food is readily available.
In my experience, a combination of amount limited and time limited feeding is best for pets. Determine the amount of food that your dog needs to maintain an ideal body condition and offer only that much per day. If your dog hasn’t finished the meal in 15 to 20 minutes, pick up the food, discard the remainder, and do not offer more until the next regularly scheduled meal.
Using this method, you’ll become very familiar with your dog’s eating habits and quickly notice even the smallest variation away from what is normal. For example, a dog with dental disease and oral pain may still finish its meal but could take longer to do so. This is also a good way to feed finicky animals; sometimes pets just need to get a little hungry before they’ll decide to dig into the nutritious meal that you are offering.