Monday, February 22, 2016

Dog Biscuit Recipies

February 23, 2016 is Dog Biscuit Day!  Lets Celebrate!

Here are a few recipes to make your own home-aid dog biscuits:

Beef Dog Biscuits


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups cracked wheat
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon brewers' yeast
  • 1/2 cup dry milk powder
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1/8 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine white flour, whole wheat flour, cracked wheat, cornmeal, garlic powder, brewer's yeast and instant milk. Stir in 2 cups broth. Mix the ingredients well using either your hands or an heavy duty electric mixer. The dough should be very stiff. Gradually mix in the remaining 1 cup broth to make a bread-dough consistency.
  3. Roll the dough out to a 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thickness on a floured board. Cut out biscuits into any shape you please. Place the biscuits on the prepared cookie sheet. Brush the tops of the biscuits lightly with milk.
  4. Bake the cookies 45 minutes; turn oven off completely but do not remove the biscuits. Let the biscuits sit in the oven overnight (for 10 hours). Store biscuits in an air-tight container.

Chicken Dog Biscuits


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 2 cups bulgur
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup dry milk powder

  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Dissolve yeast in warm water until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the all-purpose, whole wheat, and rye flours with the bulgur, cornmeal and powdered milk. Stir in the yeast mixture, salt and chicken broth to form a stiff dough. Add more broth if necessary to hold dough together. Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut into desired shapes using a cookie cutter. Place biscuits 1 inch apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Combine the egg and milk; brush onto the tops of the biscuits.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, then turn off the oven and let the biscuits sit in the closed oven overnight to become extra hard and crunchy.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups water, or as needed
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. Mix together whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, cornmeal and oats. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and gradually pour in water, oil, eggs, peanut butter and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. On a flat surface use a rolling pin to roll out the dough. Cut the dough into dog biscuit shapes using a cookie cutter. Place the biscuits onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  4. Bake the cookies for 20 minutes. After the biscuits have cooked 20 minutes turn off the oven off but let the biscuits remain inside the oven for another 20 minutes to harden.

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Biscuits


  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten, for brushing


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. Stir together the egg, peanut butter, banana, and honey in a medium bowl; blend thoroughly. Stir in the flour and wheat germ; mix well. Turn dough out onto a floured board and roll to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes with a cookie cutter, place on prepared baking sheet, and brush tops with egg white.
  3. Bake biscuits in preheated oven until dried and golden brown, about 30 minutes, depending on size. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Biscuits


  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.

Sweet Potato Dog Biscuits


  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prick sweet potato several times with a fork.
  2. Heat sweet potato in a microwave on high until tender, about 6 minutes. Cut potato in half and scoop flesh out of the skin into a bowl; discard skin. Mash potato with a fork or potato masher and transfer about 1 cup to a large bowl. Save any remaining sweet potato for another use.
  3. Mix whole wheat flour, applesauce, and eggs in the large bowl with the sweet potato until a dough forms. Turn dough out on a well-floured surface and roll dough to about 1/2-inch thick. Cut out shapes using a cookie cutter or cut dough into strips with a pizza cutter. Arrange cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake until crisp, 35 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Turkey and Cranberry Dog Biscuits


  • 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup shredded cooked turkey
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth, or as needed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets, or line them with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the whole wheat flour and baking powder together until thoroughly combined, and stir in the cooked turkey meat and dried cranberries. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and drop the egg into the center; pour in the olive oil and about 1/2 cup of chicken broth. Mix into a soft dough. If mixture is too dry, mix in more chicken broth, about 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough is of desired consistency.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface, and knead for 1 to 2 minutes. Roll the dough out 1/4 inch thick, and cut out with your favorite cookie cutters.
  4. Bake until the treats turn brown, about 25 minutes. Turn the oven off, and leave the dog treats in the oven an additional 30 minutes to dry out. Refrigerate leftover dog treats.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Low Stress Vet Visits with Pheromones at White House Animal Hospital!

Low Stress is better not only for your pet but also for you!  Have you ever put off taking your pet for their annual wellness?  Don't put off your pets health.  White House Animal Hospital uses multiple low stress methods to help you and your pet have a better experience at White House Animal Hospital as well as receive well rounded care for not only the physical needs!


Many situations can be perceived as stressful by dogs, such as loud noises (fireworks, thunderstorms, household appliances), going to the vet, traveling by car, home alone, kenneling/boarding, and changes in the home environment or the composition of the family.  Even small changes in your home and your daily routine can upset your dog and increase stress.

Stress can lead to unhappy behaviors such as hiding, excessive barking and whimpering, soiling in the home, and destroying household items.


White House Animal Hospital uses Adaptil and Feliway Pheromones in our lobby to help your pets relax before coming into the exam room.  The Veterinarians and staff treat their lab coats and scrub tops with pheromones as well as towels and kennels are treated in our hospital recovery to ensure your pets comfort from the time they walk in the door to the time they leave. 


The comforting pheromone in Adaptil has been clinically proven to help increase focus during training in puppies and adult dogs.  Additionally for dogs in stressful situations, Adaptil helps reduce the signs of stress which are usually inappropriate behaviors.
Adaptil is a synthetic pheromone that mimics the pheromone mother dogs emit after giving birth to help their puppies feel calm and secure.  Dogs of all ages recognize this pheromone throughout life.  
White House Animal Hospital has a variety of Adaptil products including diffusers, travel spray and collars to offer help in many situations, both indoors and outdoors, and for short-term and long-term use.


When a cat feels comfortable in their environment, they rub their cheeks against objects leaving a facial pheromone.  Feliway is a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure.  
By mimicking the cat's natural facial pheromone, Feliway creates a state of familiarity and security in the cat's local environment.  As a result, Feliway can be used to help comfort and reassure cats while they cope with a challenging situation such as moving or traveling.  Feliway helps reduce or prevent unwanted behaviors caused by stress.
Feliway is available at White House Animal Hospital in the form form of a plug in diffuser that will diffuse an area of up to 700 square feet.


Sometimes sharing a home can be difficult for cats. In fact, 60% of cat owners with more than 1 cat in the house report issues of tension between cats. If your cats aren’t getting along, use Feliway MultiCat.
Feliway MultiCat can help all cats living under one roof feel more safe and secure with their surroundings and ease animosity. It’s a copy of the feline appeasing pheromone mother cats produce during lactation. Cats of all ages sense this pheromone and it provides a calming effect that cats can recognize throughout life.
Multicat is available at White House Animal Hospital in the form form of a plug in diffuser that will diffuse an area of up to 700 square feet.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

10 Reasons to have your pets Teeth Professionally Cleaned

10 Reasons to have your pets 

Teeth Professionally Cleaned 

February is National Pet Dental Health Month! White House Animal Hospital wants to provide you with the best possible care; and to do so, we start with the teeth.  Have you ever noticed that all pet exams start with your Veterinarian checking your pets teeth?  Here are the reasons why!

1. Healthy Teeth equals Healthy Breath!
2. Dental disease can cause Heart, Liver, and Kidney problems.
3. Retained baby teeth can cause problems with Adult Teeth and crowd your pets mouth causing permanent tooth loss! Did you know that full grown dogs have 42 teeth and full grown cats have 30 teeth? Before their adult teeth grow in, their baby teeth have to fall out the same as people.
4. Caring for your pet’s teeth and preventing tarter and bacteria buildup can prevent serious health issues later in life, saving you tons of money over the long term!
5. You need regular dental care and you brush your teeth everyday – your pets are no different! Your veterinarian and favorite WHAH Technician can help you learn to brush your dog's teeth and your cat's teeth.
6. Did you know that 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of 3 years have some sort of periodontal disease? It can be caused by the buildup of plaque, so it’s important to go in for regular dental checkups and cleanings. Did you know that the health of your pets depends on the health of their teeth and gums.  Schedule your pets FREE Dental Exam today!
7. Pets that don’t get dental care can painfully lose their teeth – this can be terribly painful and cause serious health and digestion problems.
8. Your dog and cat are very good at hiding pain – you might never know that your pet has a serious dental problem until it’s very advanced. This is yet another reason it’s important to take your pet in for regular dental checkups and regular professional teeth cleanings.  Schedule your pets routine dental in the month of February 2016 and save up to 20% of the cost.
9. Teeth wear out! Your pets are tough on their teeth. Learn the symptoms to keep your pet from experiencing the pain of severely worn teeth:  Lack of appetite, refusing hard treats and chews, pawing at the mouth, and excessive drooling.  If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms schedule an exam with Dr. Link, Dr, Gilbreath, or Dr. McRee to stop the pain today!
10. Learn more about the importance of dental care by visiting our Dental Month Facebook Event and our Blog
Call White House Animal Hospital today at 615-672-0357 or schedule online!
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Friday, February 5, 2016

Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats.

Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats.

Does your pet have it?

It’s time to schedule their yearly checkup today and find out.

It’s that time of year again. Love, hugs and chocolate are on everyone’s mind. For your pet, the first two come out way on top! (Chocolate is a no-no, but you already knew that!)

Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats, affecting 78% of dogs and 68% of cats over the age of three. Although most dogs and cats will develop some sort of dental disease, small dog breeds, such as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Dachshunds and Toy Poodles, are more prone to developing periodontal disease than larger breeds.

If your pet has bad breath, it may mean there is a problem with their teeth and gums. This can also contribute to more severe medical conditions. If dental issues are left untreated, you may put your pet at risk for problems in their mouth (periodontitis) or with internal organs (heart disease). The challenge most pet owners face is that even if their pet’s breath smells fine, some dental issues are hard to spot.

Early preventive measures, such as at-home care and in-clinic teeth cleanings will help to reduce the frequency and severity of dental disease later in life. At our hospital, we will perform a comprehensive examination of your pet’s teeth and gums (Free Dental Examination for February 2016). Just like when you visit your dentist, we use special tools to remove tartar from below the gum line and smooth the surface of each tooth to prevent tartar buildup.  Schedule your pets professional teeth cleaning in the month of February and Wellness Rewards Members can save up to 20% the cost!

Keeping your pet healthy from toe to tooth shows the world how much you love them. The best way to keep your pet in tiptop shape is to schedule your pet’s yearly checkup with us.  Schedule online today! We’re committed to your pet’s well being every step of the way. (Because we love them too!)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Why does my dog’s breath smell?

Why does my dog's breath smell?

February Dental Month

            Causes of Bad Breath

Periodontal disease and stomach problems are the two most common reasons for pet halitosis. Canned pet food and à la carte garbage dining can contribute to stinky breath, but if your pet's breath is regularly repulsive, check their teeth. "Periodontal disease is the top health problem vets see, yet few owners ever look inside their pets' mouths," says Marty Becker, DVM, coauthor of Why Do Dogs Drink out of the Toilet?

Periodontal Disease

Studies show that after the age of 3 years, 80 percent of dogs and cats will have signs of periodontal disease.  Classic signs of periodontal disease include red, bleeding gums and brown buildup on teeth, changing in eating behaviors, refusing hard kibble and treats, pawing at the mouth, rubbing face and muzzle on the carpet, and missing teeth.  Avoiding periodontal disease is essential: Animals with periodontal disease experience pain and bacterial infection that can contribute to heart, liver and kidney damage. "Good oral health is the furry fountain of youth," Dr. Becker says. It can help your pet live 15 percent longer.

Dental Exam

Get your pet's mouth checked twice a year.  This February bring your pet to White House Animal Hospital for a Free Dental Exam!  Schedule your pet's free exam online today by clicking here and get a Free Pet Finger Tooth Brush.  If your pet is diagnosed with periodontal disease, book a professional teeth cleaning in February and save up to 20% (including the extraction of loose and infected teeth if necessary). 

Preventing Bad Breath

Help prevent tartar and plaque from building up after your pets professional teeth cleaning by brushing your pet's teeth at least once a week (Get your Free Pet Finger Brush with every Free Dental Exam or Professional Teeth Cleaning) or wiping Clenza dent Gel on your pets teeth.  White House Animal hospital also carries Royal Canine Dental Diets for cats and dogs, as well as a variety of dental chews.  Dental care is an important part of your pet's health care, as teeth can not be replaced.  

Ruling out Digestive Problems

What if your pet's mouth looks healthy? Digestive problems may be the cause of his stinky breath. "If there's unhealthy bacteria in the intestinal tract, it can persist and worsen, causing bad breath," explains Dr. Becker.  Get your pet examined today to rid your pet of bath breath!  Schedule online at or call our office at 615-672-0357!

Kristi May, MS, CVPM, LVT, AHT, BS, ABCDT 
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