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Humans have small glands called parathyroid glands on the back of the thyroid gland in the neck. Human milk is invaluable to very preterm infants. However, passive absorption through the paracellular pathway is dependent on concentration gradients. Pyramiding can permanently disfigure a turtle. The owls ate 10 times more beetles when the dung was present, suggesting the waste did not build up by accident. For breastfeeding support and information:

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If you chose to feed raw and kibble, do not feed both raw and kibble together, and do not feed kibble immediately followed by raw. This is a common mistake, following a bowl of kibble with some raw 'dessert', but when fed in this order the raw food gets backed up in the digestive tract behind the slower processing kibble, and remains in the stomach for a much longer period of time that it otherwise would.

This extended time can result in a buildup of bacteria that is not healthy for your dog. Better to either feed raw followed by kibble, or to feed in separate meals - raw one meal, kibble in a se per ate meal altogether. We have given your new pup the best start possible in life, and we highly recommend you continue your pup's health and hip supplement support, from the time they arrive home to you, on both NuVet Plus to support your pup's immune system for optimal health, and NuJoint Plus to help reduce the risk of Hip Dysplasia.

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When used with moderation to feed the average active pup that this is never really a problem, but pay attention. If your pup starts to get chunky, you need to slow down on the extras. Satin Balls are a total canine diet. They can be feed by by themselves or as a supplement, used to build up a show dog, or develop a healthy appetite for a picky eater.

Again, Satin Balls are high in protein and are well used as treats and to supplement to a puppy's diet. Care must be taken not to cause the pup to become overweight by feeding too much Satin Balls to a young and growing pup. We feed raw eggs to all the adult dogs at various times. Eggs are very good for dogs.

In fact, they are the most concentrated, valuable form of protein that a dog can get. Egg whites contain an enzyme inhibitor which can make them difficult to digest for very young puppies, sick dogs, old dogs, or dogs with pancreatitis. Apart from that, unless a dog has an allergy to eggs, there should be no problem. Egg whites contain a substance called avidin, which binds with the vitamin biotin a member of the B Complex group , making it unavailable for your dog.

This has been shown in studies to not be a problem when a dog is fed a balanced healthy diet - only when a dog was fed no biotin for weeks while being fed large amounts of eggs did it begin to cause a deficiency.

Also, egg yolks contain a high amount of biotin so when whole eggs are fed it is not a problem. The yolks are healthier for the dog uncooked, but in the instances listed above, the whites are better cooked than raw. This is the reason for dropping the eggs for just 30 seconds in boiling water. It gives the best benefit from both the whites partially cooked and the yolk still uncooked. The reason you include the entire egg - shells and all - is because the shells are high in calcium, phosphorous and other minerals.

You can always throw the whole egg, shell and all, in the blender before mixing with the recipe to avoid shell pieces. Spread mixture on greased cookie sheet. Bake at degrees for 20 minutes. Allow to cool 10 minutes; cut into squares while still warm. Another variation is to add an egg to the above recipe, and then force-knead in flour after mixing the above recipe until the dough no longer sticks to the working surface.

The result will be a crunchy crust with a chewy interior. The light that we bought seems to be smaller than what we had before, it is a repti-glo5.

We also went from using news papers to reptile bark, so it would be easier for the lady that kept our animals. I am very concerned. He is still eating and moving about. He is still using his bathing tub, he is pretty much acting as normal.

I guess I should also tell you that he only eats Rep-Cal adult iguana food. He use to eat the fresh fruits and veggies, but he quit eating about 2 years ago, and all I could get him to eat was the pellets.

I hope that you can give me some insight. We do not have any exotic vets in the area. We would have to travel about 90 miles for a vet. We will take him if you think it is needed, but I also know that that much time in a car will stress him out.

Thank you for your time. Hopefully you can help us. Sounds like he has picked up an infection. Most importantly get him in to your veterinarian Monday and get him some antibiotics. Thank you so much for your help. I will let you know about the vet issue. We do have a vet here in town that we use on a regular basis.

Maybe she wikl be willing to help. I just had a question… I feel silly asking but how can i tell the sex of my iguana? I am a new owner and I am learning as I go. He is very sweet actually and loves when I hold him so I just want to do the best for him. Thank you for your help — Crystal. As mature animals, male iguanas have pores along the bottom side of their legs and a bulge just behind their vent along each side of their tails where their hemipenes male organ that transfers semen fold back into the tail.

We provide that service at your first visit. Is it possible to over feed my Juvenile Iggy? As long as everything else is good I would not worry about that behavior. Is that good or not? They end up just drying out. I bought some vitamin supplement yesterday. It only has vitamin D3 and calcium in it. If I put that on his peas, will that be sufficient enough for the little guy? It looks just like the Reptiglo 5.

That said, the idea that reptiles need UVA is a misconception. UVA causes skin cancer and sunburn. It does not stimulate appetite, or alter behavior. Those things are stimulated by heat infra-red wavelength light. My recommendation is that you leave the heat light in place all day off at night as per the discussion above.

The peas are a good food for a growing iguana. Combined with a good UV-B light source you should be fine. I recommend against using the vitamin supplement. We see a too many iguanas die of kidney failure that age given vitamin D3. Try mixing them in with the peas! Very few trees have leaves that are toxic to iguanas. Some Oak leaves have very high levels of tannin and, of course, Oleander is famous for being poisonus. Most other trees are OK. A quick Google search for the plant you think you want to use would be in order.

Here is a good list of poisonous plants from Wikipedia. I took it out when I saw he ate a few bites of it. Do you think he will be OK? The sap is only in the stems right? Please get back to me. Dustin The toxic material, calcium oxalates, are in all parts of the plant. Small amounts cause irritation to the mouth and throat hence the name. Large amounts over an extended period may cause other tissue damage mostly kidney damage. The few bites your iguana took should not be a problem.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Dieffenbachia dumb cane Pothos, Epipremnum aureum. I just got 2 iguanas, a female and a male. I provided then with treebark and branches I bought from a petstore which narrowed the area that they live in. They are not drinking water that much what should I do? I read in an iguana handbook that I have to wash them everyday while there skin sheds.

Please reply as fast as possible. I really appreciate what you are doing for the sake of the iguanas and helping people understand the life and learn about the habitats of the iguanas and how to treat them with respect. Sounds like you have a good start. Young iguanas like having a somewhat crowded cage with lots of climbing and perching sites. Double check temperatures very important! My daughter got a baby iguana. You must supply adequate heat and UV see the article above and get your iguana to eat a healthy diet.

Caring for a pet is a lot like being a parent. I just received an iguana from a lady who was unable to take care of him properly. She has no idea of age or sex. The cage was nasty. I have just a few questions. By the time an iguana is 4 feet long you can sex it by the presence or absence of femoral pores. In general, larger cages are better, but there comes a point where heating the environment becomes difficult. It is better to make the largest dimension long vs tall as heating a 6 foot tall cage is impractical.

Lastly, even iguanas that are handled as hatchlings may become dangerous as adults. Your new green ward will become more comfortable with you if you do get it out and handle it but always be aware and do not put yourself in a position were you can be bit. We have had females over 20 years old lay!!! Hi, We have an iguana that is about a year old. Sometimes she will be sitting still or laying on the log and all of a sudden she jumps as if she had a hiccup. Also, she has started to eat the paper on the bottom of the cage.

Will this hurt her. Eating paper is not normal but will not hurt your iguana in small amounts. Is the paper flat on the bottom of shredded into bedding? First of all I want to thank you for the info you provide on our little green friends I am new to the world of iguanas I have had the one for couple of months and he is about 18 inches and seems to be healthy eats good and is very active but when I got him he was missing a toe and had one that looked dead and since then has fallen off is this common or should I be worried will they grow back thanks so much.

Iguanas seem to abuse their toes. When I was chasing them around the wild it seemed that all of them had missing toes, missing toe nails, broken and dislocated toes. They seem to do fine without them and a missing toe is better than an infected one! I have a iguana that is about 6 months old. One of his back legs is bigger than the other.

These are caused by metabolic bone disease MBD. MBD is common in young iguanas. It is caused by lack of exposure to UV-B, low calcium content of diet and low environmental temperature. To confirm that MBD is the problem your veterinarian may need to take a radiograph X-ray.

Treatment will include correcting the underlying problem and, in some cases, supplements and pain medicine. Hope all turns out OK. Dan You need to get your iguana to a veterinarian as soon as posible. He may have eaten something poisonous or noxious some plants, insects,etc.

He may have been overheated, or he may be sick. An experienced reptile veterinarian will give your frienf his best chance. Thank you so much Dr. Cleanliness is next to Godliness!!! I have a question. I just got my iguana a couple days ago and I was wondering if I could go outside and get a stick or two and put it in the tank?

Branches from outside are fine. Wash them off and make sure that there are no sharp points that may hurt your new friend. J We just adopted a 4 ft. I am completely new to this. When we went to pick up this kid we were in shock of the living conditions for this animal and he has biten someone and I am wondering what is the best way to calm the kid down.

However I know they can be territoral so would it be best if I go in the cage with it for him to get to know me and trust me or do I just jump in and go for it. I want what is best for him and keep me somewhat safe. When we got him home I was cleaning out the old tank that he was in and he jumped out and ran all over our house tried to climb my bookcase, not a good thing, he is ok.

We tried to put a towel over him to calm him down but it did the oppisite thing it made him more aggresive. Do you Have any suggestions or am I doing what I can. Anything you can tell me would help. A large iguana can be very dangerous. If you have to catch him, cover him with a thick blanket and restrain him behind his neck and at the base of his tail. Be careful of sharp claws and whipping tail!

J, this is Josh. You helped me with my Yoshi a few moths ago, he is doing a lot better now but, I have 1 more question About my Yoshi. His claws are growing out and they seem a little long. Should I clip them or just leave them alone? Josh Sooner or later you will need to clip his nails or have someone clip them.

Before you start this project, you need to buy some Kwik-Stop or similar styptic powder just in case you cut a nail too short and a pair of Resco Nail Clippers. Restrain Yoshi in a thick towel so you do not get bit, scratched or whipped with his tail. You may want someone to hold him for you. You can smooth the end with an emery board I like the foam type that are make for acrylic nails if he does well with the clipping.

Hey doc this is mark I read that its ok to feed frozen vegis to our green iguanas not that I have a ptoblem with the two of mine eating I usually make a salad for them consisting of collared greens cabbage bell peppers and peaches mangos too they love it sometimes i put thawed frozen vegetables in is this ok or not thanks.

Frozen vegetables are OK as a suppliment, but not as a significant part. I think of them as a garnish. The cats and dogs have always been of the longer lived inclination years on generally. Four feet or fewer we have a chance at being friends. Our cats moved in with my folks. Then we moved to Atlanta. The only tree in the block in North Philadelphia. To tell the amusing side of the story, it could only have happened to us.

The tragic side is someone bought it freaked and streeted it. We have no history. It is 2 feet long or so nose to tail. My folks took it to a vet not a specialist who said it had a fungus on its head from lack of sun and some malnutrition. Gave my folks a prescription to apply daily with a q-tip. They did research and found your web-site.

It has had a steady diet of collard greens and yesterday went nuts for a bannana. My Dad kept commenting on how green it was getting having been less healthy , my husband has taken up the getting greener chant. It spends most of the day semi-shaded on the porch and the night indoors. We handle it with gloves so far as we all learn. Is calm when we hold it.

I garden and have always had trouble over-wintering my indoor plants because of spider mites. What about herb plants basils, oregano, rosemary, mints, I have extra of some of these some flowers as well. You said pothos and deiffembacchia were acceptable for in the cage: Will it eat things it should avoid? What do they do in the wild? We will build a larger cage single room no wheels but….

Thank you very much for answering what you can of these. We want to make sure all is well and smooth for as long as possible. Lisa Great story, you have a gift for story telling! In the wild, iguanas grow inches a month. They can and should grow at that rate in captivity but often do not. Temperature is the most important factor affecting their growth rate. He should do well with Atlanta summer but you will have to move it in and provide heat for the winter.

The typically do fine and apparentlythis one did OK living on its own. Your friend will not stay green forever. As young animals they get a grey sheen to their head and sometimes their backs from being out in the sun this may be what he had when found. This would fade with less time in full sunlight. As they grow older they become less green and more grey or even orange. I do have several golden pothos plants. Went to wiki-pedia and downloaded poisonous plant list. I noticed that most of the plants on the list are things I would not have in the house much less put in the cage.

But I also know that some things are more toxic to certain species than to others. Sara 16 year old cat is attracted to my jades, my spider plants and my diffenbacchia.

I have to work to keep it out of her reach. What if I get a young thistle plant instead. Will that be a harmful error or a neutral one? Iguanas are likely less sensitive to poisonous plants than some other animals. Problem is that there have not been any good studies to show just how poisonous any plant is to iguanas. Dandilions are fine we feed then to iguanas in the hospital.

I have seen iguanas in the wild eat thistle family plants apparently not bothered by thorns. Um I have a question I have a baby green iguana thats about 1 foot long and on his back right behind his head its a light brown color and along his back but he is sheading is that ok?

Give it some time and see what happens. If it is shedding skin it should be off in a couple of days. I have another question.

Is it OK if I give my baby green iguana regular sunlight outside every day and spray his body with vitaspray without using a uvb light? The problem comes when temperatures get too cold to go out every day. And is it OK to get a couple sticks from outside so it can climb?

Can I do that or go buy fake ones? How do you keep them warm at night? I know you use a heat lamp during the day, but what about at night? I live in a cold climate area and am interested in someday owning an iguana.

Larger animals use a piglet heater my favorite is the Stanford heater available here. Iguanas that will not use a hide box should have a ceramic heater that keeps the area that the iguana sleeps in at the same temperature. I was told that this iguana is a young male, but he looks pretty adult to me. I make a point of touching him every day and he is getting better. I finally have him eating an assortment of greens, including mulberry leaves, and he LOVES pumpkin blossoms.

I have tortoises, so I am pretty much giving him what I give them. He is a bright flame orange red, head to tail. I have had him for a few months now, and the color has stayed the same. Cyndi The red and orange colored iguanas are just different races of the green iguana Iguana iguana. There are some countries or areas within countries that seem to have more of one color or another and they seem have some genetic link that is to say that iguanas that are red are more likelyh to have offspring that are red.

That said there is no difference in their environmental or dietary needs. Just a very cool colored iguana!!! If you get a chance post pictures to our Facebook page: Are you supposed to feed your lizard by hand? At first he never tried to bite my hand and now he always tries and I feed him by hand. For simplicity reasons alone, I think you are better off teaching him to eat off of a plate or dish. My iguanas tail came off! What do I do? Will it be ok?

Im so upset and worried please help it is a new iguana only a few weeks old. It will regrow, not as nice a tail at it broke off. My nephew dropped his Iguana in a shallow bucket of water with a hint of Fabuloso- the cleaning supply , on Saturday only for a couple of seconds. Is it possible for her eyes to be permanently damaged?

She has stopped eating and there is slowing of pace in her mobility. Is there anything I can do to help nurse it back to health? My nephew is really attached to it. Thanks for your help in advanced.

These may heal but MUST be attended to as soon as possible. Get him to a veterinarian today!!! For the rest of you reading this post, if this was to happen to your pet, rinse their eyes in cool water for as long as you can then take the pet to your veterinarian or veterinary emergency clinic for appropriate treatment.

I have a year old green iguana. I hold him a couple of times a day but he is still very violent. Everytime I get him out of his cage he bites and whips at me. Is there any way to help calm him? Repeated handling will often help but a healthy iguana is an aggressive animal. You will never be able to trust that it will not bit or whip hou and it must be handled accordingly.

It is very difficult to heat a large cage. Follow the recommendations in the above and your new friend should do great!!! I caught a baby iguana on Saturday. I got a cage, Romane letuce and, or course, water. Alain The information you need is all in the instructions above.

A special note, Romaine letuce does not have enough nutritional value to keep your iguana healthy. My green buddy has a gallon tank glass with a bark-based bottom. Is there anything wrong with his environment? When should I use the UVB and vice versa the basking light. Jerry Your green friend will grow out of 10 gallons prety fast. You need to use the UV-b and heat lamp for hours a day.

At night they can get some supportive heat from an under tank heater or a ceramic heater ther one that does not produce any light. My granddaughter won an iguana a carnival today! It was in a very small cage. Also, we put some limbs and logs from outside in the cage. We have yet to get a heat lamp but will get it tomorrow. Is it necessary to get a heating device to put under the cage? I have him in front of a south window so he can get plenty of sunlight. Our house temp is 76 at night.

I am not a fan of this little reptile!! Just want to care for it properly. Be careful with the sunlight coming through the window that it does not get over heated!

I have an Iguana that is 7yrs old, she roams the house like one of our other pets we have, She goes in and out of her cage freely, when we first got her she would get out of her cage and roam the house, there was a few nights I woke up and she was under my pillow asleep with us in bed.

I just have a few questions, she will eat her fruits and veggies but she also likes the cat and dog food with it hurt her? Thank You if you could answer these questions for me. Lots of peoples iguanas roam the house. It is fine as long as they use that basking lite so that they stay warm enough and get enough UV-b by spending time outside or under a UV light. It sounds like your green friend is happy and successful in its environment.

I currently have him in a hutch that we converted into a turraium for him. We have three separate lights for him, day time heat, night time heat, and his uva light. I feed him fresh fruits and veggies daily on top of fresh plants for him, but he first seem to be growing as rapidly as I thought he would.

When we got him he was just a lil guy bout maybe 15 in now 3 yrs later hes only bout 30 in. If not what should I do? Having a heat light is not enough, you have to know how hot those temperatures are: See the information above.

It may be that you have a female. There is a chance that your iguana is normal. Some female iguanas only get to be feet long. If conditions were poor when the iguana was young their growth is stunted and they never get to their full potential. If there is a chance he is not healthy poor appetite, slow to shed iguanas should never go more than a week or two without some part shedding skin then you may want to have him checked by a good reptile veterinarian.

Most iguana problems are based in husbandry, so first, go through all the information above and make certain that you temperatures are correct. If she does not respond, find an interested veterinarian in your area that you can communicate with well and have them cal me for a consult. Your advice and my experience of reptiles igs in particular tie up.

I was beginning to think that iguanas in the USA and those in the southern hemisphere were different species, or the people were. The advice you give is good, common sense mostly, and I thank you for it! I have always loved iguanas and would eventually like to own one.

The thing is, I was planning to move to canada, where it is not really iguana weather. Iguanas do fine indoors if they are warm enough and have adequate UV-b lighting see the information above. I am having an issue with my 6 year old iguana.

She ate some saran wrap, well a large piece of saran wrap, she passed it 6 days ago. After the saran wrap came out she began to swell. Her legs and tail are swollen, her face is not swollen. Her limbs are not firm to the touch, they are still squishy. She is still eating some and she is not lethargic or extra sleepy. She still participates in her warm baths and climbs up and down her enclosure.

She eats collard greens, kale, mustard greens, dandelion greens, and assorted fruit…all of which is powdered with a multi-vitamin and calcium. Sarah There are many possible causes for the changes you are seeing in your iguana, all are worrisome.

I think you need to find a veterinarian and have a god physical examination done. He is about one foot and three inches long. Please wright me back as soon as you can! Nicole Jeffrey great name! More specific to diet, iguanas are leaf eating lizards. They eat mostly tree leaves that are high in fiber. Fruits, flowers and seeds make up a very small portion of of their diet. Congratulations on your new pet.

Everyday i feed him fresh collards, kale, sweet potatoe an squash. Niether has he shed since having him only when i got him he was finishing a shed. What do you think it could be? These lights are the same as those used for sun tanning in the ss. They were taken off the market because they produced a huge amount of UV-a causes sunburn and skin cancer and almost no UV-b good UV that activates vitamin D.

My cousin has recently left his iguana in my care. He had caught a few wild gardner snakes and put them in the encloser with the iguana. I have read the directions on the suplements and it says only use 1 or 2 times a week, but my cousin comes by and gives it a pretty heavy dose almost everyday.

Any advice other than smacking my idiot cousin would be appreciated. We see more problems caused by too much vitamin D and calcium caused by supplements than we see caused bu no supplements.

I do not use or recommend them at all. I have a red iguana that is about 2 He attempts to but acts like he is choking on his food. We looked inside his mouth and the side of his mouth are black. I would appreciate any advice you can give. Thank you Danna Arnold. Use a rubber spatula to carefully open his mouth and look down his throat be careful not to get bit!!! They can call us for a consult if they have questions.

J Jeffrey has become much more active and attentive and still refuses to eat. I looked around online and read about iquanas, and i think that Jeffrey might have parisites and that is what is causing him to not have a appitite.

Is there anything i can give him? Also i learned that you measure a iguana from the tip of thier nose to the base of thier tale and he is about five inches long but plus his tail he is at least 1ft and three inches.

Do you have any estimate on how old he is i am realy curiose to know. Well my iguana Pickles is a juvenile iguana and he has a cage without a U. Light can he die without it? Also if I hold him to much can he die or will he be more attracted to me. Young iguanas have a great need for UB-b light. See original post on iguana care.

If I hold Pickles my iguana to much will he die or be more attracted to me? Sorry I missed that part! Be careful not to get bit. Be patient with Pickles and I think your efforts will be rewarded. What are some fruit and veggies that have calcium I normally feed him collard greens, tomatoes, and zucchini?

Do any of those have calcium? These would include collard greens, kale, dandelions, mustard greens, spinach, parsley, etc. As a treat you can add. Oh and also my iguana does not have a heat source as in heat lamps and such, can he die? I am so sorry for asking you so much stuff about pickles. Yes, without heat he will die in time. Most die of pneumonia or complications of skin infections. Some eat and digest so poorly they starve to death. J I have had my iguana for about 3 months now.

Whole grains, including their entire complement of nutrients are much more valuable - and this does not only apply for a dog's diet, but for humans as well! Common sense dictates that if this were the case, any dog fed either a commercial food product or a home cooked diet would die from malnutrition within a few weeks. Dietary protein contains the 10 essential amino acids required for building and maintaining muscle, hair, bone and organs and supporting other vital functions.

Essential means that these substances must be supplied in the diet and can not be synthesized by the body. The blend of protein sources is very important. Different ingredients contain different amounts of amino acids, both essential and non-essential. A product that relies on only a single source of meat for example strictly lamb based diets must be balanced by supplying other sources of protein, like whey, alfalfa, potatoes, or grains.

The grain ingredients should not be the main protein source though, but only balance the overall profile of amino acids if necessary. While there is nothing wrong with feeding a particular food if your dog does well on it and you feel comfortable feeding it, the question is whether you have a basis of comparison and whether the formulation of the food has changed over time.

I have seen the effect a better food can have on my own dog. When I adopted him from the shelter, he was a thin little puppy with a brittle coat and a rather strong "doggie odor". I didn't know better yet, fed an average quality food and thought the change in his appearance was stunning, except for the severe reactions he still showed whenever he picked up the occasional flea and got bitten before it died.

He had gained weight, the odor improved and his coat was softer and shinier. I was happy and didn't think that any further improvement was possible - until he had been eating a really high quality food for about a month. His allergy to flea bites disappeared entirely, the muscle tone became much more defined, his coat even glossier, softer and most important, much, much denser. The doggie odor vanished.

If I hadn't at least given the better food a try, feeding it long enough to see results depending on the individual dog this takes about weeks , I would still have been convinced that my dog "did just fine" on the lesser quality food. Now I clearly see the difference between "doing just fine" and truly thriving. Every step up the "quality ladder" will bring improvements, the stray dog who used to survive mostly on garbage will do better once he gets a daily ration of even a relatively cheap food because it supplies more essential nutrients; and a dog who was fed a grocery store brand is guaranteed to improve on a better quality product as well.

Far from the truth. Fats are highly digestible, very palatable, and are an energy dense nutritional ingredient which is essential for healthy coat and skin, reproductive efficiency, kidney function and the absorption of the fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E, and K. It is the main source of energy - one gram of fat supplies 2. As a less well known fact, fat also serves as a metabolic source of water, so a hard working dog is less likely to get dehydrated when fed a diet higher in fat.

Fat metabolism produces g of water for every grams of fat. The fatty acid ratio is important for reducing the production of inflammatory mediators in the dog's skin, plasma, and neutrophils a type of white blood cells.

Omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratios of 7: A statement I have encountered quite often recently, unlike any material that substantiates the claim. According to veterinary literature, the most common causes for pancreatitis are a high fat, low protein diet obesity trauma car accidents, falling other diseases Cushing's syndrome, diabetes tumors some drugs and toxins e.

The fat content is key, and many pets suffer from pancreatitis when fed excessively fatty, greasy table scraps - which are not part of a balanced diet. The most susceptible animals are those who don't eat anything but kibble all year and suddenly get an overload of "goodies" on thanksgiving or other holidays. One other thing that doesn't quite fit the bill is the fact that there is a good number of premium quality dog foods that use pork meal as a protein source.

I very much doubt that a single manufacturer out there would risk their excellent reputation by purposefully including an ingredient in their food that is a proven cause of pancreatitis. The Dog Food Project. No matter how little money and how few possesions you own, having a dog makes you rich.

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