Spring is here! In this issue, we will talk about prebiotics, probiotics and enzymes, Giardia, quack grass and the 2011 Veterinary Vaccination Guidelines. If there’s any topic you’d like to get more information on, please let us know and we’d be happy to dig up the dirt!
Dog grass: it’s all it’s quacked up to be!
If your pet chows down on grass, don’t worry! It’s perfectly normal. All three of my dogs – Jamie, Stanley and Sadie – have a hearty appetite for grass all spring and summer long! Even with a diet of fresh, healthy foods, a holistic veterinary perspective believes the urge to eat grass comes from an instinctive drive to fulfill special needs that cannot be addressed by diet alone.
Prebiotics, probiotics and enymes:
Many people believe that you can achieve only a certain level of nutrition from food and therefore supplement their diet with various vitamins and minerals.
Digestive enzymes are useful as well if a pet has a difficult time deriving the nutrients they need from their diet. Enzymes are chemicals that the body uses for all cellular reactions. They allow the body to digest and absorb nutrients from food. Each enzyme has a relatively specific activity. For example, lipases digest fat, amylases digest starches, and proteases digest protein.
There are two types of bacteria that colonize our bodies – good and harmful. Good bacteria normally inhabit the intestines and are critical in maintaining the correct balance of intestinal microflora.
Here comes Giardia – it must be spring!
Giardia is a common parasite and is more common in the spring. Symptoms are characterized by a loss of appetite, diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, gas, bloating or weight loss. The most common means of infestation innocently comes from drinking water (like puddles) that has been infected by an organism in the fecal matter of fish or other animals. Animals tend to be more resistant to it than humans are. The severity of the infestation depends on the overall health of the host. Symptoms manifest 7-10 days after ingestion.
Did you know?
Do you have a picky pet? McFinn’s Gourmet Sprinkles might help. Made in Winnipeg, this is a blend of bonito flakes, organic catnip and digestive enzymes. Sprinkle some on your finicky cat or dog’s food and have them begging for more!
American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
CPV-2 (MLV) – PARVO
AAHA Comments/Recommendations: All MLV-CPV-2 vaccines available today are expected to provide immunity from disease caused by any field variant recognized today (CPV02a, -2b and –2c). Among healthy dogs, all commercially available MLV-CPV-2 vaccines are expected to induce a sustained protective immune response lasting at least 5 years.
CAV-2 (MLV parenteral) – ADENOVIRUS
AAHA Comments/Recommendations: Among healthy dogs, all commercially available MLV-CAV-2 vaccines are expected to induce a sustained protective immune response lasting at least 7 years.
AAHA Comments/Recommendations: Parenterally administered CPiV vaccine does prevent clinical signs but has not been shown to prevent infection and shedding. Veterinarians who elect to administer parenteral CpiV vaccine should follow the same administration recommendations as outlined above for the core vaccines.
Here is the link to AAHA’s full document: http://www.aahanet.org/PublicDocuments/CanineVaccineGuidelines.pdf
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