Caring For Your Senior Pet

Aging is a process we will all experience. Unfortunately, our beloved pets will age much faster than we do. Many Guardians wonder how much time their pets have left and how they can slow down the process of aging. By ages 7-8, Veterinary medicine considers most dogs a senior, and cats a senior by age […]

Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) 

By Dr. Al Townshend Pet Planet Staff Veterinary Released: 07/12/19 On June 27, 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued their third update on the issue of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) and a potential link with specific diets. The investigation began in 2014 but picked up in 2018 when an increase in the number […]

Finding the Right Leashes, Collars and Harnesses for Your Pet

By Dr. Al Townshend When bringing a new pet into your home, a leash, collar, and harness are essential. It’s the first thing you put on your pet, that set the tone to welcoming your pet home, and starting your journey together. The right leash, collar and harness will also be key in teaching your […]

Tummy Trouble

By Dr. Al Townshend Our pets, like their Guardians, are known to suffer from digestive issues. Causes can range from a simple digestive upset to serious medical conditions. According to statistics compiled by Embrace Pet Insurance in 2018, gastrointestinal issues were the most common reason why pets went to the veterinarian. The average cost was […]

Things You Can do to Help Your Pet’s Digestion

By Dr. Al Townshend Today, Guardians understand that quality nutrition and proper digestion are keys to a long, happy and healthy life for their beloved pets. They are also aware that the cost of better, natural nutrition is significant, especially when compared to lesser quality foods often marketed through multiple media outlets. Guardians that want […]

The Benefits of a High Meat/Low Carbohydrate Diet

By Dr. Al Townshend The domestic dog and cat we know today have evolved from their ancestors in the wild, the Grey Wolf and African Wild Cat. Their evolution has also been influenced by man for some 20-40 thousand years. Man, through selective breeding, has created the variety we see in both dogs and cats. […]

Prebiotics and Probiotics are Essential to Your Pet’s Digestive and Immune Health

By Dr. Al Townshend The term Probiotics refers to the live microorganisms (mostly bacteria) that inhabit the digestive tract of all animals. They are the specific microorganisms that can exert benefit when in the proper levels in the digestive tract. Many refer to them as the “Good Bacteria” because they are so important to the […]

Why Rawhide is Bad for Your Pet

By Dr. Al Townshend The canine species has evolved as a predator. As such, they use their powerful jaws to hunt and consume their prey. Chewing keeps their teeth clean and their gums healthy, so they can effectively capture and kill. While the domestic dog of today no longer needs to hunt for its food, […]

Traveling Safely (How to Keep Your Pet Safe)

By Dr. Al Townshend Having your pet along when you travel can bring even more pleasure to the trip and to the experiences at your destination. That all sounds fine but unless one plans well in advance the experience can be a disaster for the Guardian and for the pet. Even taking your pet on […]

How Hot Is Too Hot for Your Pet?

By Dr. Al Townshend Summer is almost here and it’s time to think about getting outside. Depending on where you live, the warmer weather that summer brings can be a welcome relief from the chills of winter, or it can be a potential threat to your pet’s health and safety. In the southern portion of […]