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During the past decade, access to board-certified veterinarians has increased, which has resulted in more pets being cared for by multiple veterinarians, often at > 1 facility. This availability of board-certified veterinarians benefits pets

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In December 2005, 2 dogs died of acute hepatic failure after consuming a commercially available food formulated for dogs. Food toxicosis was suspected. The product manufacturer a was notified by the attending veterinarian, and necropsy of the

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to be increasing interest among veterinarians and pet owners regarding use of noncommercial foods for their pets, including homemade and raw food diets. 1,8–10 Proponents of home-prepared or raw food diets cite various benefits, including control

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subtle changes in a cat's behavior at home may be caused by osteoarthritis-associated pain. Veterinarians should closely evaluate patients' joints at every annual examination and discuss signs of osteoarthritis and pain with clients. To prevent disease

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perceived by the owner to be more palatable. Regardless of the reason for the decision to prepare their pet's food at home, once this decision is made, many pet owners seek advice on the preparation of meals from veterinarians, websites, books, newsgroups

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, and the desire to feed a more natural diet. 1 Recipes published by veterinarians and lay writers are readily accessible to pet owners in the popular media (Internet, pet magazines, and books). However, current recommendations are that home

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contamination, clients may rely more heavily on veterinarians for advice in choosing safe diets for their pets and minimizing the risk of salmonellosis in their households. By keeping current on recalls and understanding the basics of how contamination with

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common reason that veterinarians recommend administration of JHPs is for use in dogs with musculoskeletal pain related to osteoarthritis. There have been only a limited number of in vivo studies whose results support the use of JHPs in dogs with

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vegetables) listed on the label parallels consumers’ beliefs that these foods are good for the health and well-being of their pets. Understanding what constitutes a natural pet food and how to assess its quality is necessary to enable veterinarians to

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