What is the right food to feed my pet? What happens when my pet needs a special diet? There’s a lot of conflicting information and confusion out there about specialty pet food and pet supplements. Dr. Candice Bittner, DVM has offered up some expert knowledge to help pet parents choose the right food for their pets. Q: What’s the most important aspect of pet nutrition? What should pet parents look for? A: I’ll start by saying that aside from being a veterinarian, I’m also a pet parent. More specifically, I’m a pet parent to a dog with skin issues, so I
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Many of the concerns cat owners bring to their vets are related to diarrhea. If your cat is producing loose or wet stool, you might be wondering what you should do. Luckily, we are here to help! Why Do Cats Get Diarrhea? Just like humans, cats are susceptible to the occasional episode of diarrhea. In fact, cats often develop diarrhea for many of the same reasons that humans do! In most cases, cat diarrhea occurs because their gastrointestinal tract cannot absorb nutrients properly. It may also result when the digestive system cannot function at full capacity, often the result of
One of the most rewarding things you can do as a pet parent is finding a local pet business that knows your pet and their needs and treats them with love and respect. At Hello Ralphie, we support these local, independent businesses and have chosen to highlight a few of our favorites in the state of Virginia!
Written by Dr. Sam Parker, DVM We all know the holiday season will not look the same for most of us, but we will likely still be decorating and making favorite holiday foods. Listed below are holiday safety risks for pets and holiday pet safety tips to minimize them during these festive times. If there is suspicious or concern that a pet may have consumed something toxic, please call the pet poison helpline at 855-764-7661 or the ASPCA poison control at 888-426-4435. These lines are available 24/7 to help pet parents assess if a pet has ingested a toxin in a
Written by Dr. Leslie Brooks, DVM In need of tips for a pet who won’t eat? A pet that will eat one type of food one day and then turn their nose up at it the next? Or how about a pet that holds out on eating only for the good stuff? Or maybe your pet is sick or just recently got over an illness. My Pet Won’t Eat What to do when your pet won’t eat! It can be quite frustrating and exhausting when you try to entice your pet to eat and they just refuse, especially if you are needing
It’s time to sit down for dinner. Napkin on lap, fork in hand, here comes the first bite. And there it is- that feeling of being watched with sad, soulful, begging eyes. The dog is begging for food again. Below, Dr. Parker, a vet with Hello Ralphie, gives a run-down of what fruits and vegetables are okay for pets, the best ways to prepare them, and what to avoid. Can My Dog Eat the Same Fruits and Vegetables as Me? You want to be able to share food with your pets (mealtime is family time, after all!) but know that we