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Benefits of Warm Food for Pets

Picture this: You’ve just peeled off your scarf, heavy coat, gloves and snow shoes after spending the afternoon shoveling cold, wet snow from your driveway. Your mind drifts to images of the perfect food to thaw you out – a steaming cup of soup, or perhaps a hearty, warm casserole. Have you ever noticed that as the seasons change, so does your taste in food?… {Read More}

Turkey Tips for Pets: Is Turkey Safe for Your Dog or Cat?

When I was growing up, my “sister” was an apricot-colored Toy Poodle named Taffy. Taffy lived almost 17 years on a varied homemade diet lovingly prepared each day by my mom. But one food mom never gave Taffy was turkey. She always told me that dogs shouldn’t eat turkey, although she never specified a reason. As I entered adulthood, adopted my own dog and delved… {Read More}

The Wonders of Winter Squash for Pets

Autumn is such a lovely season for its cool breezes, beautiful leaves and harvest picking. We conjure idyllic images of ourselves sipping hot cocoa, wearing a cable knit sweater and cozy scarf while picking apples at an orchard or pumpkins from a patch. We take the pumpkins home, carve them for Halloween, and roast the seeds. Pumpkin is a particularly prevalent ingredient this time of… {Read More}

Benefits of Curcumin for Pets

Inflammation in the body is not necessarily a bad thing. It is an important part of the immune system to attempt to heal the body from injury, defend against viruses and bacteria and to repair tissue. However, it is a mechanism that often goes awry and causes many chronic conditions such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), arthritis, asthma, colitis, Crohn’s Disease and ulcers. In such… {Read More}

Purchasing Probiotics for Dogs and Cats

The health of your pet’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract is essential to his or her wellbeing. In this post I discuss in detail the topic of probiotics for dogs and cats, along with tips on purchasing probiotics for dogs and cats. Approximately 70 percent of the immune system is located in the GI tract, and the beneficial bacteria (microflora) that live there play a significant role… {Read More}

Protein Meal in Pet Food: Is it Bad?

In this article, we will take a closer look at two more aspects to consider when selecting a food for your dog or cat: protein meal in pet food and ingredient splitting. A common tip when selecting a dry pet food (kibble) is to make sure that the first few ingredients listed are fresh meat, such as chicken, beef, lamb, goat, etc. This would seem… {Read More}

Protein Quality in Pet Foods

This article goes beyond the “numbers” on pet food labels to take a closer look at determining protein quality in pet foods. My recent article, Comparing Protein in Commercial Pet Foods, covered making sense of the Guaranteed Analysis on pet food labels. In that article, I showed how to convert the “as fed” listings to “dry matter” (DM) in order to accurately compare amounts of… {Read More}

Guide to Purchasing Fish Oil for Pets

Fish oil is a rich source of the essential omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which have been shown to provide an immense variety of health benefits, from decreasing inflammation and supporting a healthy nervous system to promoting kidney health, helping fight cancer and benefiting the skin and coat. The purpose of this particular post, however, is not to discuss the health benefits of fish… {Read More}

Vomiting and Regurgitating in Dogs: Know the Differences

The following article on the differences between vomiting and regurgitating in dogs is written by my friend and mentor, Dr. Jean Dodds. In this article, Dr. Dodds tells us how to distinguish between vomiting and regurgitating in dogs – which is important when determining a diagnosis and treatment protocol. Let’s take a look at what Dr. Dodds has to say on the topic of vomiting… {Read More}

Comparing Protein in Commercial Pet Foods

Comparing protein in commercial pet foods is critical to determine which food is best for your dog or cat – and determining how you spend your money. Comparing protein in commercial pet foods can be confusing, no matter how savvy a pet food consumer you are. That’s why, in this post, I want to get back to basics and, in particular, discuss the “trick” of… {Read More}