The Skinny on Pet Skin Care

OakForest_iStock_000045008956_Large (1)Scratching, biting, and repetitive licking… These symptoms are among the most mentioned by pet owners during a pet’s exam, especially during the spring. Yet pet skin care or dermatological problems often get written off as, “a pet just being a pet” – scratching is what a dog does, after all.

While most pets will find relief from scratching themselves from time to time, chronic scratching and biting at the skin can signal a health concern.

Taking the Bite Out of Parasites

When a pet becomes itchy, one of the first thoughts that may come to mind is FLEAS. For good reason. Parasites lurk among humans and four-leggeds year-round, ready to find a host. As the weather warms, these pests become active and exposure is greater since we spend more time outside with our pets. Continue…

Healthy Pet Foods: You Are What You Eat

Elmhurst_BevHills_iStock_000068352321_LargeOpening a new bag of potato chips can sound like a symphony, and the anticipation of crunchy, salty goodness can be too much to bear… Junk food doesn’t just appeal to humans, though. Many pets are acutely aware of the precise moment that a tasty treat is about to be enjoyed – and the sport of begging and pleading for just one little nibble ensues.

It feels good to include your pet in your indulgence, and it seems to make them happy, too; but sharing table scraps or junk food with your animal companion has serious ramifications.

So, instead of sharing one more piece of cheese or one of your last coveted Girl Scout Cookies, the staff at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates has teamed up to offer our ideas of healthy pet foods. We’re sure that these foods will satiate your pet’s appetite, and keep him or her healthy and happy for years to come. Continue…

The 411 on Making Your Own Pet Food

beagle in kitchenWhether it is in search of a healthier option, concerns about food allergies, or looking to save a few dollars, pet owners everywhere are turning to making their pet’s dinner in their own kitchen.

Putting together a nutritious, delicious meal for your dog or cat may seem like an easy task, however it is more of a challenge than many people anticipate. Keep reading to learn more about making your own pet food before taking the leap.

The Positives of Designing a Custom Diet

There are many reasons why pet owners choose to make a diet at home for their pet, and there is no doubt that there are potential upsides to doing so. A nutritious, balanced diet is absolutely crucial to your pet’s overall health and well-being.

Formulating your own diet can:

  • Allow you to know the source and quality of every ingredient your pet is consuming
  • Give you flexibility in adding or avoiding certain ingredients
  • Let you tailor the diet more specifically to your pet’s individual needs