Ken Tudor - Wednesday, February 25, 2015
All of the sudden your dog starts drinking a lot of water. He needs to go out more frequently to urinate. You also notice that the urine is clearer
and less yellow than it used to be. After blood and urine tests your vet tells you your dog’s kidneys are failing and will need a special low protein
diet for the rest of its life. You leave the vets office with so many unanswered questions. What is kidney disease? What caused it? Why my dog?
What do these treatments do? Why does my dog need a special food? What if my dog won’t eat the food, then what? You need answers. Read more...
Ken Tudor - Sunday, February 15, 2015
Your neighbor tells you her dog has had long episodes of vomiting and diarrhea for the last two years. She is convinced that it is some sort of reaction
to the ingredients in the food. She just hasn’t found the right food that will stop the symptoms and recover the lost weight. You tell her that
those symptoms may be a sign of something more serious and she should take her dog to the vet. Instead she says she is going to the pet store and find out which food the 18-year old dog food expert behind the counter recommends for her sick dog. You’re right. This dog needs a trip to
the vet, not the pet store. The dog could be suffering from inflammatory bowel disease or IBD. With proper treatment and diet, her dog could enjoy
a quality, symptom free, longer life.
Ken Tudor - Sunday, February 08, 2015
You shop for a dog food with lots of protein. But did you know that the type of protein in the food is even more important than the total amount of protein? Proteins are not all the same. It turns out that the proteins used in regular dog food are not as healthy as you would like to believe. Read more...
Ken Tudor - Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Almost overnight, your dog’s pupils turn white, she walks more carefully around the house and bumps into the furniture. She acts like she’s blind. The vet confirms that she is blind because of cataracts in the lens of her eyes. He asks to perform some blood and urine tests. The tests reveal very high levels of glucose or sugar in both the blood and the urine. The vet kindly breaks the bad news, “Your dog has diabetes.” He assures you that with insulin injections and diet changes, diabetes can be managed. What about the cataracts and blindness? Read more...
Ken Tudor - Monday, January 19, 2015
Have you ever heard of a disease called “glomerulonephritis? Not many dog owners have. But this is a special type of kidney disease that is very common in dogs, especially certain breeds. It can be detected much earlier than other types of kidney diseases that lead to kidney failure. Early detection, the right treatment and the right diet can improve the quality of life for dogs with glomerulonephritis. Read more...
Ken Tudor - Thursday, January 15, 2015
Do you get a runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes certain times of the year? If you do your doctor has probably told you that you have allergies. Your body’s immune system is overreacting to the proteins in pollens. That overreaction causes the release of histamines from white blood cells and the uncomfortable symptoms. The protein in certain foods can also cause the same allergic release of histamines in dogs, but the symptoms are different.
Ken Tudor - Thursday, January 08, 2015
The main reason dogs are not adopted from shelters is their lack of response to our play signals. Our body language is not always clear to dogs. New research just published in Scientific American shows that signals we think will excite our dogs don’t really want to make them play. It is sad to think that thousands of dogs are not adopted and possibly put to sleep every year because humans gave the wrong play sign.
Ken Tudor - Friday, December 26, 2014
Early in my veterinary career I had to perform emergency surgery on a dog to remove pieces of a Jacuzzi control box, complete with wiring, from the intestine of a young Siberian husky. The wires and metal fragments he had eaten had been in the intestines long enough to cause infection throughout the intestines. A large area was dead so I had to remove a long segment of the small and large intestines. After he recovered, he was unable to form normal stool and often had uncontrollable diarrhea when fed normal dog food. His shortened bowel did not allow thorough digestion and absorption of his food. His short bowel syndrome (SBS) needed to be controlled. But how?
Ken Tudor - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
You look at your dog’s x-ray with the vet and she says it looks like there is
a calcium oxalate stone in the bladder. She recommends surgery to remove the stone
and lab analysis to positively identify it. Sure enough, it turns out to be a calcium
oxalate stone. Your heart sinks when the vet tells you that these stones have a
high chance of recurrence even with the available diets for managing the problem.
Your vet may not know that there is a diet with better success.
Ken Tudor - Monday, December 08, 2014
You already know a good diet is important for your dog’s health. Did you know that dogs that are fit live almost 2 years longer? A 12-year study of Golden Retrievers proved that puppies and dogs that stayed fit their whole life lived almost 2 years longer than their overweight littermates. Not grossly obese littermates, just overweight! The reason is that body fat doesn’t just insulate against cold and provide energy. Fat is very active and not in a good way.