Health and Nutrition

One of the best finds for any type of dog treat is the “Cadaver Bar” (canine dog treat bar) at the Zoom Room in Encinitas. They have an exceptional assortment of high quality exotic dog treats. The stainless steel tables attractively displays large glass jars filled with tasty treats for your dog. Your canine buddy will love the unique treats such as kangaroo jerky, duck feet, fish skins, tripe twist, etc.


A real plus about the bar is being able to create your own “custom” treat bag for your dog. Rather than purchasing a bag of mass produced treats from a local pet chain and finding out that your dog won’t touch the treats, the Zoom Room allows you to create your own custom bag. The selection and quality of the products are amazing and your dog will just love them. Whether your dog is a canine professional in flyball or agility, or just the best dog in the world, you want to give him a special treat. As for a gift for your favorite canine friends, treats from the Zoom Room are a must!


The Zoom Room has the best selection and best prices in town for high quality treats such as cod skins and duck feet starting as low as .99 cents. There is always a knowledgeable and friendly staff member who is available to answer any questions about the treats, products, dog toys, and dog food. Not able to get to the store? Not a problem, the staff is able to make up your own “custom treat bag” and ship it to you.

When you go there, tell them Zoom sent you. Woof, Woof.

Zoom Room
1331 Encinitas Blvd.
Encinitas, CA 92024
858 848 9666


With the recent recalls on commercial dog treats another option of providing tasty, healthy, treats can be found in your own kitchen. Homemade treats can be made for even the most budget minded dog owner. Easy to make, nutritionally balanced, and minimum cost to make. The biggest advantage is the treats are freshly made and not contaminated with deadly bacteria like the recently recalled commercially made treats. You’ll enjoy being a canine chef & your pups will love you for it!

Yams, sweet potatoes, baby carrots, apple slices, and frozen green beans are favorites of our canine friends.

Dried Yams & Sweet Potatoes
Dried yams & sweet potatoes can be made in a gas oven. Thinly slice (1/4 inch). Place single layer of the yams on a cookie sheet. Leave in the oven for 8 hours. The heat from the pilot light will dry out the yams. Turn over the slices so both sides will dry out evenly. Leave in the over for 4 more hours or until the slices are dried and crispy.  If you don’t have a gas stove you can purchase a dehydrator. By drying food yourself will save you 80% of what commercial dog food companies charge.

Baby Carrots
Slice the baby carrots lengthwise into 4 sections.  Stir 1 tsp of chicken baby food into  2/3 cup of warm water, and mix thoroughly.   Add the fresh carrots. Your dog will enjoy the refreshing drink with crispy carrot slices.

Frozen Green Beans
A tasty treat straight out of the bag. This is a good treat for dogs watching their waistline.

Rice chips Easy, no fat, low phosphorous dog treats.
2 tablespoons of Mochiko sweet rice flour (for cookies)
2 tablespoons of water
extra Mochiko for dusting pan (sweet rice flour)

Put  2 tablespoons of Mochiko flour in a small glass bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of warm water.  Mix until consistency of  bread dough.  Place dough on floured wax paper and  kneed until smooth.  You may need to sprinkle more rice flour to keep the mixture from sticking to your hands & wax paper.  Spread dough out to 1/4 inch thickness.  Using a floured knife, cut the dough into desired shapes.  I like to cut the dough into 2 x 1/2 inch strips.  I then round the edges.  Place sheet in the oven, and let the rice dough dry out for 24-48 hours in a gas oven, using the warmth from the  pilot light.

Winchester Wafers (By Mandy C)
2 c. Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Flour (Gluten Free)
¼ tsp. Bob’s Red Mill Xanthan Gum
6 oz. Medium Bananas, Mashed (approx. 1-1/2 bananas)
1 tbsp. Raw Honey
2 tsp. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Preheat oven to 315º.  Mix all ingredients together well (I use a food processor).  Flour surface and roll out dough to desired thickness.  Cut with appropriate sized cookie cutter for dog’s mouth.  Bake for approx. 40 min. (turning cookies over after 20 min.)—or until golden brown on each side.  Cool thoroughly before giving to your dog.

Since these cookies do not have any preservatives, only keep out a few days worth at a time.  They may be frozen for up to 3 months.

This month’s article is by Maja Wichtowski of Tsavo’s Canine Rehabilitation & Fitness Center, Inc.  A graduate of Cornell University, Maja has 18 years of extensive experience in Western Veterinary Medicine. Her diverse background includes oncology, orthopedics, internal medicine, dentistry, emergency/critical care, general practice and canine rehabilitation.

We inquired about the most common canine injury, the CCL-Cranial Cruciate Ligament. Regardless if your dog is a sport athlete in Flyball, agility, herding, frisbee, playing at the dog park or a weekend exercise hound it is important to seek medical care with any injury. Maja provides an overview of treatment options for the dog owner when injury unexpectedly occurs.

Maja may be contacted at: Tsavo’s Canine Rehabilitation & Fitness Center, Inc.
Phone 619 846 9531

CCL- Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury

by Maja Wichtowski

So your dog tore their CCL, now what?

For most, our 4-legged kid’s favorite game is playing ball. All is good until suddenly you hear a scream and your dog returns 3-legged.  Is surgery always necessary? What if my dog cannot undergo anesthesia? Is rehabilitation always necessary? We hope to clarify your options.


Typical x-ray of a cruciate tear

Go to Your Vet

If you dog does suddenly become lame, it is imperative that you get them to your veterinarian immediately. Your vet can determine the cause for the lameness. If it is a CCL(cranial cruciate ligament) injury, and it is left untreated, joint degeneration progresses quickly and full recovery becomes less likely. The longer your dog overcompensates with the opposite leg, the more likely that the CCL in that leg will also rupture. Then you have a dog that can’t walk at all!


Basic structures of the knee

Treatment Options


If your dog has completely ruptured their CCL, surgery is probably your best bet for a quick recovery and long-term stability. The orthopedic surgeon will determine which surgery is ideal based on your dog’s age, breed, weight, and activity level. The two most popular surgeries are the TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) and the TTA (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement). They both stabilize the joint by changing the joint’s anatomy, and involve the use of titanium implants. There is also Extracapsular Stabilization, which is the least invasive, but usually only used in dogs under 50lbs.





Immediately following surgery, a combination of NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory), joint supplements, and physical rehabilitation are essential to ensure your pet recovers quickly.   Full recovery commonly takes 6-20 weeks, and is dependent on the type of surgery performed, the age and weight of your dog, and how vigilant you are with post-op care.

Non-Surgical Alternatives

If your dog is lucky to have only suffered a partial CCL rupture, or if they are compromised in some way (health or age) that prohibits anesthesia, here are a few options that are available. A custom knee brace is an essential component to recovery if your dog is not undergoing surgery. It will provide stability and allow them to utilize the limb without further damaging the joint. Once you have a brace, stem-cell regenerative therapy or prolotherapy, and physical rehabilitation are the way to go.

Stem Cell Regenerative Therapy requires a minor surgery to harvest the stem cells from your dog’s fat, as well as a repeat anesthesia to inject the harvested and processed cells into the knee the following visit. This therapy uses the same mechanism the body uses to repair itself; with the cells transforming into any kind of cell that is needed.  Restricted activity, physical rehabilitation, and brace support, are key post-injection for the best results.

Prolotherapy also uses your dog’s healing mechanism to treat the injury.  In this procedure, a solution is injected into the knee directly, causing an inflammatory response which in turn starts the healing process.  Your dog will need to be sedated for this procedure, which is usually repeated monthly for 4-6 injections.  Post-injection protocol is the same as with stem cell therapy.

The Bottom Line

I hope that we were able to give you a good core understanding of your choices of treatment should your dog ever suffer from this kind of injury.  Regardless which route of treatment you and your veterinarian decide on, the benefits of post-op physical rehabilitation shouldn’t be understated.  The sooner you start, the sooner your dog can be back on their feet enjoying life pain free.  Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any further questions.

Maja Wichtowski, RVT, CCRT

Tsavo’s Canine Rehabilitation & Fitness Center, Inc.


By Joanne Matsumoto


One of the best activities in keeping your dog fit is swimming. This low impact exercise benefits dogs through out their life; pup, adolescent, senior and geriatric.

The benefits of this non weight bearing exercise is idea in improving flexibility, muscle tone, range of motion, weight control, post surgery workout and endurance conditioning for sporting dogs (flyball, agility and herding) and “pet” dogs.


By Michele Greer, DVM

Dr. Michele H. Greer is a small animal veterinarian, AVCA certified animal chiropractor, and IVAS trained veterinary acupuncturist.

"Joe Cool"

What is Veterinary Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the placement of needles into specific acupoints to stimulate the body to heal itself by effecting certain physiological changes. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), medical conditions are believed to be caused by imbalances in the flow of qi (chi) or energy in the body. Acupuncture is believed to balance the qi, therefore able to help resolve medical problems.


Article By Alison Spencer White & Natalie Lindberg R.V.T. of
The Total Dog, Canine Fitness & Rehab Center in Oceanside, CA

For many years water therapy (hydrotherapy) has been used with horses. While it provides all of the same benefits for dogs, it has only caught on in the canine arena over the last ten years. “Canine Water Therapy” is now recognized throughout the world as a beneficial modality for fitness, physical and psychological rehabilitation.