4 Ways You Can Use Food as Medicine for Your Dog

Food and Nutrition for Managing Dog Disease

We live in times of considerable transformation. I’m not talking about politics or current world news, but rather the inclusion of integrative medicine into our society. Holistic medicine with complementary treatments such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, and nutrition focus on healing the body as a whole, not just the physical symptoms of the disease. Understanding how to heal the body in its entirety has begun to modify the way that we view our pets. My primary focus is Nutrition, using food as therapy. In viewing what we feed our pets as a means of warding off disease and illness, … Continue reading

What Should You Really Look For in Dog Food?

Dog Food Tips for a Healthy Pet

Food is the foundation of good health! But finding the right food for your dog can be a bit overwhelming. Try going to the grocery store or online and you will quickly become aware of just how many choices there are out there! A customized nutrition plan is the way to go, however; if you’re in a bind, can’t afford a customized nutrition plan, or you just want to know how to choose if you ever need to, we’ve put together some tips just for you! Top 8 Things to Look for in Dog Food: 8. Made in the USA … Continue reading

How to Keep Your Dog Happy & Safe During the Holidays

Holidays for Your Dogs? How to Keep Your Pet Safe…

The winter holidays are a time for feasting and fun. Naturally you want to share the good times with your dogs, include them in family gatherings, give them presents and maybe some special food treats. But the holidays can also be treacherous and stressful for dogs (and other pets, for that matter). Even the most innocent items become serious dangers when pets are around. Excited dogs can knock down trees or candles; and ornaments, holiday foods, and even presents can be health hazards. Keep These Things in Mind So Your Dogs Stay Safe Through the Holidays: Trees Natural foods may … Continue reading

10 Must-Have Dog Products

Products and Dog Toys Your Pet Need

Americans spend a lot of money on their pets. In fact, the American Pet Products Association predicts that we’ll spend over $60 billion this year on products. With so many  choices, how do we know what we need?  How do we keep from spending $60 billion ourselves? I’ve compiled a list of products that dog parents must have: 1) Bed: This is one of the first things we bought Coco, but one of the first things I replaced. There are many types of beds. It’ll be helpful to pay attention to how your dog sleeps before you buy a bed, … Continue reading

A Personal Story: Trust Your Intuition When It Comes to Your Dog’s Health

Dogs and Dog health: Ares after surgery

Last week was a rough week for 4Knines… We were dog sitting my mom’s Great Dane Riley who is an expert counter surfer.  We know this, therefore, whenever we leave the house we make sure there is no food or tempting items on the counter.  However, we never even thought about putting up a pill bottle that was on the counter. Our Doberman Ana has incontinence issues and is on a medication to help her. We leave it on the counter right next to their food bowls so that we remember to give it to her.  Well, since we have a … Continue reading

The 5 BEST Remedies for Dog Allergies

Allergies in Your Pet Dogs and How to Stop It

You can clearly see that your dog is itchy and miserable. So you take her to the vet and he tells you she has allergies. The first thing he suggests is switching her food. Okay, easy enough. So you switch, but it’s been months and she’s still having issues. Now, hold off on the Benadryl and/or steroids. There ARE other solutions that are gentler on her, more natural AND actually work. We researched the BEST way to relieve your pup’s allergies because we know you just want her to feel better and get back to being her happy self. 1. … Continue reading

Got a Dog? Get a Kong! (Part 1)

Kong for Dogs to Keep Them Intellectually and Physically Challenged

There are things we want, and there are things we need. If you are a dog owner, dog lover, kennel worker, shelter staffer, or pet sitter, then you need to have Kongs handy.  Lots of them. We use Kongs all the time in our family, and I recommend them to anyone who owns a dog. They are amazing and they make life with a dog much easier and less stressful!  I’ll explain why. Kongs are Enrichment The Kong is a nontoxic, dishwasher-safe rubber toy. When stuffed with food and treats, it provides dogs with a healthy outlet for their natural desire to … Continue reading

Top 6 Nutritional Needs of Puppies

Puppies and Their Important Health Needs

Puppies can be a lot of fun, but their nutritional needs aren’t as easy as you’d expect. Here are my top 6 recommendations as a veterinarian for the unique nutritional needs of puppies: 1. Complete and Balanced Meals Dogs can’t grow on meat alone. They need an appropriate combination of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and more. Most commercially available puppy foods have been formulated to be nutritionally complete and balanced for puppy growth and will include a statement that such foods have met requirements of the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). “Nutritionally complete” means that all the … Continue reading