Ask Our Vet: Do any of the Precise formulas include taurine and L-carnitine?

Q: Hi, I’ve heard that taurine and L-carnitine are essential for a dog’s diet. Do any of the Precise formulas include those ingredients? Thank you.

A: Thank you for your email. Taurine and L-carnitine are what I call, conditionally essential nutrients for dogs. Dogs can make both taurine and L-carnitine but some do not make enough. Genetics play a large role in the deficiency of these components. I have included links on the topic that I think might help:

Natural Health Bible for Dogs and Cats

Pet Education

All the precursors to taurine and L-carnitine are found in meats and all of the Precise foods are meat-based. The only reason to supplement with more would be for an animal that has a genetic deficiency. It is for a reason that we have added taurine and L-carnitine to some of the Precise Holistic Complete formulas such as the Large & Giant Breed Adult, Large & Giant Breed Puppy, and Senior.

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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Ask Our Vet: What Precise formulas are suitable for my dog with wheat, corn, soya & peanut allergies?

Q: I currently own a 2-year-old, 30 kilogram Golden Retriever. She recently tested positive for allergies to wheat, corn, soya and peanuts. Would any of your products be suitable for my dog?

A: None of our products contain wheat, corn, peanuts or soy proteins. If these are the only allergens she reacts to, I would recommend our Precise Holistic Complete Large/Giant Breed Adult formula.

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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Ask Our Vet: Why is my pup’s stool soft?

Q: I fed our previous 15-year-old Black Lab Precise food with great success. When we adopted our current Black Lab puppy, I continued with Precise. We started with Giant Breed Puppy formula and transitioned to Precise Chicken Meal & Rice Foundation formula. After transitioning, his stool became very soft. It was tested by the vet and the results were fine. What are your suggestions?

A: Loose stools can occur for several reasons, and it sounds like you have addressed the first one by getting your veterinarian to check for intestinal parasites. There are some intestinal parasites that are hard to find on stool tests so be sure to keep that in mind. It might be prudent to do a couple of rounds of Panacur® just in case.

Another reason for the loose stools can be the type of food and how much your puppy is eating. Loose stools will occur if your puppy is eating too much food for his body weight. If you send me your puppy’s weight and the amount of food he is eating, I can help you determine whether or not it is the correct amount.

The other reason for loose stools can be because of medications, treats, training treats or anything else he may be consuming. These often get overlooked, especially during holidays, so be sure you are not overdoing it.

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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Ask Our Vet: What do you recommend for a formula with no wheat, soy or corn?

Q: My 12-year-old West Highland White Terrier is having yeast problems, causing itchy paws. He recently started the Nzymes treatment recommended by Hemopet’s Dr. Jean Dodds. Dr. Dodds advised feeding our dog a grain-free formula with no wheat, soy or corn. What do you recommend?

A: I recommend the Precise Holistic Complete Small/Medium Breed Adult formula. It does not contain wheat, soy or corn. It does not contain potatoes either, which can be a problem when you are fighting yeast problems.

Additionally, I recommend you check into inhalant allergies, also called atopy. The symptoms of atopy are constant licking and chewing of the feet, leaving them constantly moist and in turn helping yeast grow. The yeast problems your dog has may merely be a symptom of a deeper problem, which may be atopy.

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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Ask Our Vet: Tear stains

Q: Do you have any suggestions on what is causing my dog to have prominent tear stains? Is it food related?

A: There are several possible reasons that tear staining occurs. They can range from blocked tear ducts, hair growth, fleas and allergies. Dogs may also have more than one cause of staining. Here is a link that I think best covers the whole tear staining problem. I hope this helps.

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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Ask Our Vet: Could itchy skin be from food allergies?

Q: I have an 11-year-old miniature poodle with many problems. We have tried to change his diet several times, but he still battles itchy skin. He is constantly licking and chewing at his feet. The vet gave us antibiotics and steroids which helped while he was on them. Any suggestions? Should I change food?

A: It is not likely that a food change by itself will cure this problem. Please visit this link about food allergies. One of the most important sections is where it talks about the use of steroids. They do not generally have any effect on food allergies.

You are likely dealing with atopy (inhaled allergies) to something or maybe more than one thing. You need to find a good food from a reputable company that your dog actually likes and stick with it. Then talk to your veterinarian about doing some skin allergy testing just like they do in people, which are more accurate than blood tests.

Good luck, and I hope you find some relief for your dog.

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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Ask Our Vet: Glucosamine and chondroitin

Q: Does your Precise Holistic Complete Large Breed Formula have glucosamine and chondroitin?

A: Yes, both the puppy and the adult Precise Holistic Complete Large Breed Formulas contain glucosamine and chondroitin. It is listed in the ingredient statement as “chicken cartilage.”

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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Ask Our Vet: Dry skin and inflammed ears

Q: My dog has terrible dry skin and inflamed ears. I make all of his dog food and give him soap baths, fish oil, acidophilus and flaxseed to help his skin and intestines. Unfortunately, nothing is helping. How can I help him holistically?

A: I know a lot of people use the Nzymes product with great results. I have never used it, but it would be worth a try. Your next step would be to find a holistic veterinarian in your area and seek his or her advice.

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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Mailbag: I need advice on my pet’s nutrition. Can the Precise team help?

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 need advice on my pet’s nutrition. Can the Precise team help?

A: Of course! At Precise, we have an on-staff veterinarian, Dr. Lisa Drapela, who is happy to answer health and nutrition questions. To submit a question for Dr. Lisa, simply visit the Ask Our Vet page located on the Pet Zone section of our website. You can also read questions that Dr. Lisa has already answered here.

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Ask Our Vet: Food for Great Dane puppies

Q: I have a 16-week-old Great Dane puppy. I have read and heard many conflicting things about the type of food to give him. I was told no puppy food but then I read that Precise Holistic Complete Large and Giant Breed Puppy is a good choice. Should I use this or Precise Holistic Complete Large and Giant Breed Adult?

A: The Precise Holistic Complete Large and Giant Breed Puppy formula is what you should feed. The Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, helped us formulate it, and now she feeds it to her own Great Dane puppies. You can read The Great Dane Lady’s testimonial or visit her website for more information on why she chooses Precise.

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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