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How to Choose the Right Dog Food for your Precious Canine Friend

8713418-dachshund-dog-eating-dog-food-out-of-her-dishBeing a pet lover, you want to provide your dogs with the best food in the market. There is a wide array of dog food offers in the market, all of them promising positive results for your canine friend. You want to give the best food for your pet. The variety of dog food offers, however, makes you more confused than enlightened.

The truth is this. Dogs have distinct needs. This is why you have to take time out from your busy schedule to go to your favorite local store and determine the right food for your canine friend. Online shopping may be convenient, but nothing beats seeing, touching, reading, and scrutinizing a product before purchase.

Things you need to consider in choosing the right dog food.

1. Age group of your dog

As soon as you reach the store go directly to the aisle selling food for the age group of your dog. There are three categories, the puppies, adults, and elders.

2. Brand name

There are well-known brands you may have heard from your friends and relatives. See the products included in their merchandise and take time to read the label.

3. Ingredients

Like humans, all-natural foods are the best for health and wellness. Dog food manufacturers are aware of this so you can easily get one for your dog. Think twice before choosing a pack with artificial colors and preservatives.

4. Flavor

Dogs are meat lovers. They are carnivorous. If you want them to enjoy their meal, the best choices for flavors are lamb, liver, beef, and chicken. You can go for salmon, too as an alternative. Avoid buying packs that read meat by-product.

5. Texture

Dry food is convenient and clean. Just place the tiny bits of food in your dog bowl and let your dog devour it through the meal. There are no mess, no spills, and the bowl is easier to clean.

6. Color

Choose a product with soft colors of the earth; Strong hues indicate additional chemicals and preservatives.

7. Price

You have the means to buy the most expensive dog food as you love to pamper your precious pet. High price alone, however, cannot guarantee the good appetite and health of your pet. The same is true with cheap offers. You must not be attracted to large discounts.

8. Others

Your furry friends may have some allergies you may or may not be aware of. Always keep an eye on what you are giving to your dog.

Keeping all these factors in mind, you may now head for your pet supply store and look for the right dog food for your pets. Scrutinize the product before purchase. Your dog deserves the best.

This article was written by Artchee Mendoza exclusively for this site. Artchee also writes for www.paws-unleashed.com, Dog Grooming Charlotte NC.

Give Me Some Sugar! Canine Low Blood Sugar–Symptoms And Treatments

Canine Diabetes

Is your dog diabetic?

There is a dog blood-glucose disorder that goes by three names:  Canine Hypoglycemia , Exertional Hypoglycemia and Sugar Fits.   These names refer to one single condition:  cells in your canine’s body aren’t receiving the needed amount of glucose.  Your dog’s energy is derived from glucose that is supplied by the blood, but with Canine Hypoglycemia, blood glucose levels lower than 70 mg/dL  should be cause for concern and are considered increasingly dangerous, of course, as the numbers go down.   The normal level is 70-150 mg/dL.

Different factors enter into the cause, but if you suspect your beloved family member might be diabetic, it’s important to have your canine-cutie diagnosed properly, and quickly, since untreated hypoglycemia can, ultimately, result in seizure/coma and death.

Symptoms Of Canine Hypoglycemia:

  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Trembling lip
  • Seizures (dogs 4 or over are more prone)
  • Weakness-shakiness-dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Lack-luster personality/lethargy/depression


Obviously, the goal is to raise your pet’s blood-sugar level or maintain normal sugar levels; and this can be achieved in several ways:

  • Feed your pet smaller, more frequent meals.  There is a food supplement known as PetAlive GlucoBalance which aides in pancreatic and liver functions.   Smaller meals, plus the PetAlive, can potentially correct the problem, but a blood test from your pet’s vet is required to properly determine if this regime-change will have made a difference.  Treats should be avoided, at this time, unless permitted by your dog’s doctor.
  • If you suspect your canine’s blood sugar is low,  visiting the vet is crucial.  The vet will, automatically, check blood-sugar levels.  If necessary, a form of glucose will be fed intravenously -directly into the bloodstream.  Your pooch won’t be able to take a drive home until the vet is convinced your dog is acting normally and eating normally for a full 24-hour period.
  • According to the College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, Alabama,  if you suspect low blood-sugar and/or the possibility of an on-coming seizure and cannot see your dog’s vet within a very short period of time, there are ‘quick fix’, emergency solutions you can attempt at home.   They include administering Karo syrup, cake icing,  honey, fruit juices, colas, vanilla ice cream or Gatorade.  About 1 teaspoon of these ‘quick-sugars’ can be given to small dogs; 2-3 teaspoons for medium dogs; and 2 Tablespoons for larger breeds.  These specific foods are ‘fast-acting’  types of sugars and are absorbed quickly, unlike some other sugar foods that would perform too slowly.  This begs the question:  “What if my dog refuses to eat or drink anything?”  So glad you asked— If your canine refuses to drink or eat, simply rub Karo syrup, for example,  on his gum and it will absorb.  Your pooch should respond within only a couple minutes.  No liquid solutions should, ever, be poured directly into your dog’s mouth due to the possibility of inhalation into the lungs.
  • Your dog’s vet will, likely, prescribe insulin injections for your dog which would include a 1 or 2 injection per day dosage   It’s very important to keep any insulin refrigerated.  You will,  also, need to consistently monitor your dog’s glucose level by using blood-test strips or a handheld glucometer.

As an owner of a precious pet who is dealing with hypoglycemia, you are not alone!  An estimated 1 in 500 canines develop diabetese each year.   If diagnosed and treated early,  your dog can lead a happy, healthy life with you and your family when given a lifestyle of consistent, necessary, caring intervention!

Miss Carlson enjoys to write about many different topics.  One topic she covers is insulin dependent diabetes and type 1 diabetes treatment.

How to Help New Mexico’s Rescue Groups & Shelters

Albuquerque VetCo is proud to work with so many different rescue groups and shelters to provide veterinary services to rescue animals. Our community has many homeless and in-need animals. This is due to abandonment, run-aways, not spaying or neutering your pet and rescues from abusive and neglectful situations. We help by providing vet services like spay’s, neuters and vaccinations to rescue animals.  We also connect people with rescue groups so they can give back to the community.  Maybe it is time for you to give back as well!

How can you help?

  • Spay and neuter your pets!-This will help cut down on the number of unwanted pets and potential strays.
  • Adopt a rescue animal
  • Report abandoned, neglected or stray animals – don’t let these animals go abandoned. By reporting them, you are helping them get the veterinary help they need, as well as helping them find a home.
  • Volunteer! – Many animal rescue groups need people to help them. This might mean helping with adoptions, taking care of animals, volunteering at their facility. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and help out our furry friends.

Call today to make an appointment to get your pet spayed, neutered and get their vaccinations updated.

Click here to see a full list of New Mexico shelters and rescue organizations.


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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.