Nutritional Supplements For Dogs And Cats

Calming Supplements

L-theanine, L-tryptophan and alpha-casozepine are some of the ingredients commonly found in calming supplements for dogs.  L-theanine and L-tryptophan are amino acids that act as precursors for the synthesis of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Alpha-casozepine is a compound obtained from milk, which has calming properties in dogs and other animals.

How to Get the Most Out of a Vet Visit

Regular veterinary check-ups are the cornerstone of dog health. It is recommended that dog parents bring them to the vet twice a year, and this is for a good reason.  Unfortunately, in most cases, when we notice a disease in a dog it is because he or she is very sick. This happens because, in the wild, animals cannot afford to show signs of disease—those who show signs of disease are less likely to survive. Therefore, the only way of detecting disease in dogs early is by doing regular check-ups.  Follow these tips to get the most of your next visit to the vet.

What is Heartworm Disease in Dogs and How to Prevent it

What is Heartworm Disease in Dogs and How to Prevent it

Canine heartworm is a serious disease caused by a parasitic worm called Dirofilaria immitis, which lives in the lungs, heart and associated blood vessels of an infected animal. These parasites are spread from one dog to another by blood-sucking mosquitoes, therefore it is most commonly found in tropical and warm weather conditions. The dog is the definitive host for heartworm parasites, but cats, ferrets, and other mammals are also susceptible to infection.

Preventing Common Dog and Cat Toxicities


Several toxins or poisons can cause tremors or shaking in dogs. Common substances that are poisonous for dogs include chocolate, zinc, flea products, insecticides and xylitol (the sugar substitute found in many chewing gums). Signs of poisoning can vary but may include tremors, weakness, disorientation, depression, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures.

Causes, Treatment and Prevention of Osteoarthritis in Dogs

Causes, Treatment and Prevention of Osteoarthritis in Dogs

What is canine osteoarthritis?

Canine osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative disease that affects one or more joints in the your pet’s body. Affected animals present pain and stiffness that affects their mobility and quality of life.  This disease is characterized by progressive degeneration of articular cartilage. When articular cartilage degenerates, bones and nerves become exposed causing pain and inflammation. There is no cure for osteoarthritis. Treatment and management of canine osteoarthritis usually consists of the use of prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs, dietary supplements and physical activity.