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July Ask the Vet

Dr. Moser

Dr. Moser

This month, Dr. Moser talks about dog allergies and help for a dog with loose stools.

Q: I have a collie that has loose stools. Usually she does best on a high fiber diet. Which of the Wellness foods would be best for her?

A: I would recommend that you ask your veterinary hospital to perform a parasite check on your dog’s stool sample.  Intestinal parasites can produce abnormal stool and any dog can be infected.

I have two recommendations for Wellness high fiber dry kibble diet choices for you to try with your Collie that has fiber responsive diarrhea.

- One is Wellness® Super5Mix ®Healthy Weight Dog Food (about 8 % crude fiber and 325 kcal ME per cup).

- The second is the Grain-Free Wellness® CORE® Reduced Fat Dog Food (about 8.5% crude fiber and 350 kcal ME per cup).

Q: I have a 14 year old Lhasa Apso who is very healthy but I do know he has allergies…not sure to what but he gets allergy pills/shot from the vet.  He still constantly licks at his paws.  Do you have any recommendations as to what I can do to help him?

A: Your veterinarian is currently treating the dog for atopy.  A food trial would be appropriate because many itchy dogs have a combination of food and environmental allergies.  Only about 20% of allergic dogs are “only food allergic”, but up to 40% are “also food allergic” says Dr. Goulet a board certified dermatologist based in Florida quoted in a recent veterinary journal.

Wellness Simple Food Solutions are novel protein diets.  The diets are: Rice and Duck, Rice and Lamb and Rice and Salmon.  Select the diet whose protein source the dog has not been exposed to in the last year.

Experts agree that, owners must be strict with the trial diet, which can last 8 to 12 weeks.  No treats, no table scraps, no chewable pills, etc.  Feed only the Simple Food Solutions diet.

June 25th is Take Your Dog to Work Day

Isabelle enjoying the festivities outdoors at Wellness Take Your Dog to Work Day

Isabelle enjoying the festivities outdoors at Wellness Take Your Dog to Work Day

This year show your pooch just how much you love him by…bringing him to work!

June 25th is Take Your Dog to Work Day.  If you are able to celebrate this day with your dog there are 5 important tips to keep in mind.

1. You will need to pack your pet a bag of goodies for the many hours that he will be away from home. A treat such as Wellness® WellBites® Chicken and Lamb Recipe Treats are sure to satisfy your pooch at snack time.

2. Be sure to pack food (such as Wellness® SuperMix® Complete Health Chicken Recipe Dog Food), a water dish and some of his favorite toys to keep him entertained. Each are absolute musts to ensure a great experience for your dog. You may even want to bring a small dog bed or blankets if your dog likes to nap.

3. And don’t forget the leash!  Your dog will need frequent trips outside, not only for bathroom breaks, but also for exercise.

4. If your dog is the excitable type, you may want to keep him close by on a tethered leash.  This will prevent any inappropriate jumping or over excitedly greeting your coworkers.

5. It goes without saying that an unsocial aggressive or dog aggressive pooch would be best left at home.

Looking to convince your employer to celebrate the holiday?  Just cite the calming, stress reducing effect a dog has.  Not to mention this fun event can improve company morale.  While some occupations you simply may not be able to bring your dog along you can still join in the fun.  Bring a photo of your dog to work to show your colleagues, display on your desk, or carry with you.

Wellness Take Your Dog to Work Day: Our Photo Gallery

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Quincy Meets Wellness WellBites

Quincy poses with his WellBites

What Motivates Quincy During his Agility Trials?

Quincy

Wellness WellBites Beef & Turkey Treats!

At an agility trial in MA this weekend – we spotted Quincy coming down to the rings with his Wellness® WellBites® Beef & Turkey Treats. He was very cute and proud of himself getting prepared for his run. His owner is Pete Freeman from Randolph NJ was pleased to let us take a few photos! A big thanks to Quincy, Pete and Faith for sharing this True WellnessTM moment!