Great Dane Lady Approved: How to treat pancreatitis and gastritis through diet

The Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, has more than 40 years of experience as a canine nutritional consultant and breeder. In our Great Dane Lady Approved series, Linda will talk about her research and work with Precise. You can explore Linda’s website at GreatDaneLady.com

Recently, I have received questions on pancreatitis and gastritis in dogs and how to treat these conditions through diet. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas and requires a low-fat diet during the time the pancreas is inflamed. A common misconception about pancreatitis is that protein can be harmful. However, protein is not the issue in pancreatitis, it is the fat content of the diet.

The only food formulas within our line that are suitable for dogs suffering with pancreatitis would be the Precise Light Formula, containing 7% fat, or the Precise Senior Formula, containing 10% fat. Unless the pancreatitis is a chronic condition, I would not suggest the Precise Light Formula be used for more than a month or two because the lack of fat within any formula can cause the dog to shed and have itchy skin. Once the pancreas is no longer inflamed but you still want to be cautious about fat content, the ideal situation is to use the Precise Holistic Complete Senior Formula which is 25% protein with 10% fat. It’s low enough to be gentle on the body, yet the coat does not suffer.

When dogs are affected by gastritis, the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed or swollen. Gastritis can be treated through a more gentle diet and additional Probiotics (such as BakPacPlus). I would recommend the Precise Sensicare Lamb and Rice Formula, dry and/or canned food that provides a balance of natural antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The Sensicare Formula is easier to digest because it is a single source of protein, and lamb is easy in the digestive tract.

Also, keep in mind that if a dog is suffering from either pancreatitis or gastritis and being fed a low-quality grocery store level diet, then simply moving to a quality Precise food can help solve the problem. One example would be the Precise Wild at Heart lineup, Duck/Turkey or Salmon, which would be an excellent option for the dog.

If you are unsure on whether your dog is suffering from a chronic condition or a possible food allergy, visit http://nutriscan.org/ to learn about an at-home saliva allergy test available through Hemopet at a much more reasonable cost and with more accuracy than most allergy tests.

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Ask Our Vet: What Precise formula could help my rescued dogs?

Q: I am trying to find a great nutritional diet for my rescued ex-racing greyhounds (females, ages 3 and almost 4 years, both spayed of course), as they come with thyroid, skin, fur and broken hock problems. I’d like to help to make them healthier than how I received them. Right now they are on a formula that has grains and other unknown substances (at least unknown by me). Please guide me in the right direction.

A: There are a couple of options for feeding your greyhounds. Without knowing more about their thyroid and skin problems, it would be hard to make a specific recommendation but I’ll give you a couple of options.

First, you could try the Precise Sensicare formula. It has been the most tried and true formula we have for trouble skin issues. In fact, it has remained largely unchanged since its beginning because it has been so successful.

Second, these are considered large breed dogs so please think about the Precise Holistic Complete Large and Giant Breed formula. All of the most recent research about the requirements and how to feed the large and giant breed dogs has been put into this formula as well as its puppy version.

Our on-staff veterinarian Dr. Lisa Drapela is on-hand to answer questions about your dog or cat’s health. Whether you’re wondering about the best Precise formula or just have a general health question, visit the Ask Our Vet section here on the website to connect directly with Dr. Drapela. We’ll feature some of her answers here on the blog.

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Pet News Roundup: A Touching Reunion and Insight into how Pets Bond and Dogs Think!

Here on The Dish, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the pet food industry. We’ll have a mix of articles, statistics, news and fun facts from a variety of pet industry sources and Twitter.

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Mailbag: What is ethoxyquin, and how do I make sure it’s not in my pet’s food?

Each month, Marnee White, who knows Precise like the back of her hand, will answer questions we get through our customer service e-mails and phone calls.

Q: I’ve heard that ethoxyquin should be avoided in pet food. What is it, and how do I make sure it’s not in my pet’s food?

A: Ethoxyquin is an illegal fat preservative that is found in many commercial foods, including some popular lines of pet food.

To ensure your pet’s diet is ethoxyquin-free, read the labels of your pet food carefully and make sure the food is preserved with only Vitamin C and E. Here at Precise, we take great pride in our holistic and natural approach to producing pet food, and that’s why all of our pet food formulas are ethoxyquin-free!

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Ask Our Vet: What Precise food is best for a dog with bladder infections?

Q: My 9 year old dog (schnauzer mix, female, 35 pounds) has issues with bladder infections. She has been x-rayed by the vet to determine if the cause was kidney stones, and there were none. I am currently feeding her duck and potato formula, but I have read numerous websites that say to stay away from potato and go with a low-protein diet. Any suggestions on a Precise dog food that would help?

A: Many older female dogs have recurrent bladder infections, and these over time can lead to bladder stone formation. Thankfully there are no stones at this time but preventing the infections is going to be the key in preventing stones. Infections occur because urine stays in the bladder too long allowing the bacteria to take hold in the wall of the bladder.

Keeping your dog well hydrated and letting her have access to eliminate as often as possible are the best ways to prevent urinary tract infections. Some dogs do not drink lots of water, and those dogs can benefit from the addition of canned food to at least one of their meals every day. We have several types of canned foods available, and they are all very palatable.

Our on-staff veterinarian Dr. Lisa Drapela is on-hand to answer questions about your dog or cat’s health. Whether you’re wondering about the best Precise formula or just have a general health question, visit the Ask Our Vet section here on the website to connect directly with Dr. Drapela. We’ll feature some of her answers here on the blog.

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Pet Tales: Precise Holistic Complete helps keep Rudy feeling and looking great!

Here at Precise, we want to hear from our community. Our Pet Tales blog posts come directly from customers who have submitted stories about their experience with Precise products. Click here to share your own story.

Karen White writes:
Precise Holistic Complete has changed the life of my dog, Rudy. Two years ago I thought I was buying the best food on the market, but then Rudy started sleeping all the time and gaining a lot of weight. He got to where he wouldn’t play with any of his toys. I took him to my vet, and they ran tests and checked him over but couldn’t find a thing wrong except he had gained too much weight.

I decided to change his food, and I compared all the brands of food and the companies. Precise Holistic Complete had everything I wanted in a food. I am now on my second  bag and Rudy is a changed dog! He’s running and playing. He’s a new dog. I never thought a food could make such a difference in a dog. Thank you to all the people on the Precise team!

Thank you Karen for sharing your story! We are excited to hear that Precise is helping Rudy look and feel his best!

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Pet News Roundup: Lifesaving Chocolate, Pet Ownership Scholarship and an Online Feed of Kittens!

Here on The Dish, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the pet food industry. We’ll have a mix of articles, statistics, news and fun facts from a variety of pet industry sources and Twitter.

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Mailbag: Does Precise make a formula with beef?

Each month, Marnee White, who knows Precise like the back of her hand, will answer questions we get through our customer service e-mails and phone calls.

Q: Does Precise make a formula with beef?

A: Though we’re all about beef in Texas, beef is a controversial issue due to past BSE (mad cow) regulations that many governments restrict for import/export. Since we are shipping to over 40 countries, we cannot have beef ingredients in our dry formulas that we produce in our Nacogdoches, Texas plant.  We do offer a compliment of canned formulas in our Precise and Precise Holistic Complete formulations that contain beef ingredients.

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Upcoming Event: Cambridge Lakes Pet Expo, Pingree Grove, III.

Come out this Saturday to the Cambridge Lakes Community Center Pet Expo for a celebration of pets!

When: Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Cambridge Lakes Community Center in Pingree Grove, III.

What: The Cambridge Lakes Community Center Pet Expo will feature various vendors exhibiting pet services, supplies and products. This event is the perfect opportunity to bring your pet and sniff out the latest in the pet care industry!

Precise will be at the Cambridge Lakes Community Center Pet Expo along with our friends from Groomsmart™ Pet Center. Swing by the Groomsmart Pet Center booth and pick up your FREE samples of Precise formulas!

Please note that pets must be up to date with vaccinations and registered with the village. Animals must be leashed at all times. CLCC staff reserves the right to ask any animal to leave at any point in time.

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