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January 30, 2014

Alternatives to conventional sour cream treat for dogs

NORMAN — Dear Dr. Fox: My girlfriend gives my little Yorkie a large spoonful of sour cream every night. She says it’s no problem, but I’m not sure. What do you say?

— H.L., St. Louis

Dear H.L.: I appreciate your concern for your girlfriend’s indulgence of your little dog. Yorkies can have a lot of genetic and other health problems, especially when it comes to their teeth.

A better evening ritual would be a teeth cleaning with a doggie dental brush or finger cot designed for this purpose. Doggy-friendly toothpaste is available in pet stores.

Organic sour cream would be preferable to conventional because the latter will probably be lower in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and is likely from cows injected with genetically engineered bovine growth hormone, which is prohibited in Europe for consumer health reasons.

A tablespoon of organic kefir or plain yogurt might be a healthier choice for this little dog; you could also try a thimble of organic butter from free-range dairy cows, plus a few drops of organic flax seed oil mixed in with the dog’s food. Check my website, DrFoxVet.com, for some good dog food brands and my home-prepared dog food diet.

Dear Dr. Fox: I had the same problem with carsickness with my beautiful Aussie when I adopted him a couple years ago. There was a simple solution — peppermint oil on the bottom of his feet before getting into car. I have given lots of bottles to friends with the same issues, and it always works.

— J.N., St Louis

Dear J.N.: Thanks for the photo of your very beautiful dog you included with your letter. I find animals generally far more attractive in many ways than most people, which is not my bias, I believe, but what is so self-evident in the demeanor and eyes of our animal relations than in so many of our own species.

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