ASK-THE-VET: MINI POM WITH A VERY BAD TUMMY

Pomeranian 3Question: My dog is on science diet ID, I want her off! Her breath smells awful on this food! She weighs 6 lbs. And is a mini pom with a very bad tummy. She gets the poo’s very easy! She only likes can food. I would like her to eat some dry but can’t get her to. She was very abused so I want the best for her any advice? The Vet keeps pushing the ID.

Answer: Thanks for your question. If you are not thrilled with the i/d diet, my suggestion would be to speak to your vet about the characteristics of the diet he wants your dog on.

Dogs prone to digestive disturbances can often do very well on a natural diet that contains a highly digestible protein source, are low to moderate in fat content, and have added fiber (a blend of both soluble and insoluble).

Natural diets that contain no artificial preservatives or dyes can help minimize adverse reactions. A high quality probiotic is often very helpful at maintaining gastrointestinal health as well.

Hope this information helps.
Dr. Donna Spector

Answers provided to pet owners by Dr. Donna Spector should be considered information and not specific advice. Answers are to be used for general information purposes only and not as a substitute for in-person evaluation or specific professional advice from your veterinarian. Communications on this site are very limited and should never be used in possible cases of emergency.

Halo, Purely for Pets will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on any information or content contained in a blog or article post. If you have consulted your veterinarian and if you are still concerned about your pet’s condition or if your pet has chronic, complicated or undiagnosed problems, Dr. Spector can offer consultations for you and your veterinarian via www.SpectorDVM.com.

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HALO-SPONSORED SHELTER ME AIRS IN SAN FRANCISCO, CHICAGO, WEST PALM AND MORE

Shelter_Me_EdieSHELTER ME: Second Chances” the 3rd episode in the series sponsored by Halo, Purely for Pets premiers on PBS.

SHELTER ME: Second Chances” is the 3rd episode hosted by Edie Falco in the inspiring series about shelter pets improving people’s lives. The 1st episode Shelter Me was hosted by actress Katherine Heigl and the 2nd episode “SHELTER ME: Let’s Go Home” was hosted by Jane Lynch; all three hosts are animal advocates.

Shelter Me is about helping others and making a difference. They focus on the success stories to bring more people into the shelters to give these incredible animals a second chance.

Here is this coming week’s airing schedule:

CALIFORNIA:
San Francisco: KRCB
Episode 2 – Thursday, April 17 at 8pm.

FLORIDA:
West Palm: WXEL
Saturday, April 12 at 8pm.
Wednesday, April 16 at 12pm.
Episode 1 – Wednesday, April 16 at 1pm.

HAWAII:
Honolulu: KHET/KMEB/KHET
Saturday, April 12 at 8pm.
Episode 2 – Saturday, April 12 at 9pm.

ILLINOIS:
Chicago: WTTD
Sunday, April 13 at 3am.
Chicago: WTTD2
Friday, April 11 at 4pm.

INDIANA:
SOUTH BEND-ELKHART: WNIT2
Monday, April 14 at 1pm.

OHIO:
Toledo: WGTE2
Friday, April 18 at 11pm.
Episode 1 – April 11 at 11pm.
Episode 1 – April 12 at 3am.

TEXAS:
Austin: KLRU3
Episode 2 – Tuesday, April 15 at 9pm.
Episode 2 – Wednesday, April 16 at 1am.

UTAH:
Salt Lake City: KUEN
Tuesday, April 15 at 9pm.
Saturday, April 19 at 1am.

WYOMING:
Casper-Riverton: KCWC
Saturday, April 12 at 4pm.

Click here for the complete Episode Three Broadcast Schedule – 2014 Schedule

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HEALTHY WEIGHT CHALLENGE—WEEK 8 RESULTS—SLOW AND STEADY WILL ALWAYS WIN THIS RACE!

FritzBefore2Here we are in week 8 of the 12-week Halo Healthy Weight Challenge. Fritz continues his slow and steady weight loss and successfully weighs in with another 0.6 pounds of weight loss. He is at a slimmer and trimmer 45.5 pounds—way to go Fritz!

While our original goal for Fritz had been to lose ½ to 1 pound each week, Fritz’s body seems to be more comfortable losing at about 0.3 pounds per week. At this rate, his hunger is also more manageable for his owner and everyone seems content.

Although every weight loss plan should start with a target of how much weight to lose per week AND an ultimate final weight goal, adjustments will be required as we go along. It is most important to follow trends instead of the absolute numbers. We feel like we have found Fritz’s slow and steady weight loss rate—at this pace he will most certainly finish and win his weight loss race!

Weekly Weight Loss Tip: If your dog has been on a diet and exercising with no appreciable weight loss in 3 months, changes must be made. If you haven’t been working with your veterinarian, now is the time to get him or her involved in a specific weight loss program. Your vet can make more specific calorie calculations and help fine-tune your weight loss efforts. As each dog’s metabolism is a bit different, a new diet approach may be warranted—your vet may want to consider a high protein, low-calorie diet or perhaps a higher fiber diet to help your dog with weight loss.

Fritz is the first participant enrolled in the Halo Healthy Weight Challenge on THE EXPERT VET of the RADIO PET LADY NETWORK. Fritz is eating Halo’s Healthy Weight Turkey & Duck Recipe and canned Spot’s Stew Wholesome Chicken as his main diet.

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ASK-THE-VET: MY PUPPY ATE A MILK PRODUCT

puppymilkQuestion: What can you do if your puppy ate some mac n cheese that was made with milk?

Answer: Thanks for your question. Generally most dogs will be okay after getting a single bite of mac n’ cheese.

If your puppy ate a larger amount she may experience diarrhea as dogs tend to lose the enzymes that help them break down and digest milk products.

Sometimes a dog can develop a more serious condition called pancreatitis after eating a food like this but fortunately this is not as common in puppies when compared to adult dogs.

Hope this helps.
Dr. Donna Spector

Answers provided to pet owners by Dr. Donna Spector should be considered information and not specific advice. Answers are to be used for general information purposes only and not as a substitute for in-person evaluation or specific professional advice from your veterinarian. Communications on this site are very limited and should never be used in possible cases of emergency.

Halo, Purely for Pets will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on any information or content contained in a blog or article post. If you have consulted your veterinarian and if you are still concerned about your pet’s condition or if your pet has chronic, complicated or undiagnosed problems, Dr. Spector can offer consultations for you and your veterinarian via www.SpectorDVM.com.

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FREEKIBBLE.COM AND HALO PETS DONATE TO PETS LIFELINE

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FreeKibble.com, in partnership with the Olate Dogs and Everybody is a Star Foundation, donated 10,000 meals of Halo Pets Spot’s Stew to the dogs and cats of Pets Lifeline, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and nurturing the lives of cats and dogs in Sonoma Valley by bringing people and animals together through sheltering, adoption and education.

The donation is a celebration to kickoff the Le Sauvetage (The Rescue), the film’s premiere at the Sonoma Film Festival, which ends on April 6th. Not in Sonoma? Watch the film here at halopets.com/film.

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