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Magnesium Stearate: Harmful for Your Dog or Cat?

The Internet can be a wonderful place to research your most burning questions, but it can also cause a ton of confusion and is known to share some misleading and downright false information. For that reason, one of the things I like to do is peruse the Internet for “information” that my clients and readers may come across and then to provide the facts if… {Read More}

Bacterial and Yeast Infections in Dogs and Cats

Dr. Jean Dodds wrote this article about bacterial and yeast infections in dogs and cats and has kindly allowed me to share it with you. It contains extremely important information that everyone who cares for a canine or feline companion should know. [divider style=”2″] Just because your dog doesn’t smell like a bag of corn chips; he still could have a yeast infection. And, if… {Read More}

Organic Food for Pets: A Good Idea or Hype?

I have a confession to make. I own a t-shirt that says “Kale University” on it. I eat a lot of kale. I have even made kale brownies (hint: kale does not belong in brownies). The point is that because I eat so much kale, I purchase it organic. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization that provides research-based information about the… {Read More}

Golden Paste for Pets: Is it a Good Idea?

I recently wrote about the benefits of curcumin, a compound in turmeric, for pets. In this article, I’d like to delve into the issue of Golden Paste for pets, especially since Golden Paste is such a widely touted home remedy for dogs these days. But, is it necessarily good for our four-legged friends? Read on to find out. What is Golden Paste? Golden Paste, as… {Read More}

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}