Nutrition & Food

  • Is Your Pet Overweight?

    Packing on the pounds is just as dangerous for your pet as it is for you. Being overweight or obese can lead to many of the same health problems whether you are a human, dog or cat. Luckily, with your help, your furry friend can easily lose that excess weight and enjoy a healthier, happier life with your help.

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  • What is a Raw Diet?

    Raw diets offer an alternative to commercially prepared pet food and can be a good choice for some pets. Serving raw foods offer a variety of benefits, although the diet isn't appropriate for every cat or dog. Why Offer Raw Food? Commercially available pet food often contains preservatives or chemicals

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  • Why Your Guinea Pig Needs Vitamin C But Your Dog Doesn't

    Scurvy: A deficiency of Vitamin C causes a syndrome called scurvy. Symptoms include bleeding and bruising. There is poor healing and decreased immunity. Animals are commonly anemic and may have loose teeth. We all need to eat a complete and balanced diet. We feed our dogs and cats food

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  • Why Pet Nutrition Matters

    How to Pick the Right Food for Your Pet With an almost overwhelming number of food choices in today’s pet superstores, choosing the right food for your pet can be a challenge. Your veterinarian can help. Ask your veterinarian the following: • How much food should I feed my pet each day?

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  • What is in Your Pets' Food?

    Is the Pet Food Label Helpful? The pet food label can still be helpful, just not for the ingredient list. The most important thing to look for is a statement that says " this food is formulated according to AAFCO standards and has had feeding trials." AAFCO stands for the Association of American

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  • Pet Weight Critical to Wellness of Cats and Dogs

    Easy Choices to Help Maintain Healthy Pet Weight Your dog's or cat's body weight plays a vital role in its well being. Overall good health is important to your pet living its best life possible. You can take small steps to move your pet to better health with each bite and bit of playtime. Eliminate

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  • Pet Food Safety Measures to Avoid Health Complications

    Food Safety Measures to Avoid Health Complications Wellness visits to your veterinarian must be consistent so your pet's health and eating habits may be regularly monitored. Inadequate nutrient-packed portions, spoiled foods or overfeeding can have health complications. When talking with your

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  • Pet Food Allergies? The Rules for a Pet Food Trial Have Changed

    Food allergies are common in dogs and cats. It usually manifests as itchy skin, chronic vomiting, or diarrhea. If you suspect that your pet may have a food allergy, you will need to investigate by performing a food trial. There are no intradermal skin tests or blood tests that are valid for determining

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  • Obesity in Dogs

    Is Your Dog Overweight? If your dog is overweight, talk to your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can recommend an ideal weight range for your dog and help formulate a safe and effective weight loss plan. Begin by evaluating your dog’s food. Check the label; has it been formulated according

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  • Nutrition Terms

    Terms that have no defined meaning on pet food labels: 3.1.1.Holistic3.1.2.Human grade3.1.3.Human quality3.1.4.Premium3.1.5.Super Premium3.1.6.Gourmet As pets have become more important to their owners, what the pets are fed has become more important as well. Most pet owners are concerned

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  • How Safe is Your Dog’s Food?

    My dog’s food was recalled – what should I do now? 1. Immediately stop feeding your dog the recalled food; save a small sample of the food and the barcode label in case government regulators need to test the food. 2. Disinfect everything, including your dog’s food bowl, food storage container

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  • Foods to Avoid for Pets on Low Sodium Diets

    Pets afflicted with heart failure or high blood pressure should not be fed salty foods, as they cause fluid to be retained in the body and make it harder for the heart to work. They also can lead to fluid developing in the lungs (pulmonary edema). Most commercial dog foods have a decent level of sodium,

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  • Food Allergies

    Did You Know? If you pet is obese or carrying extra weight, it can: 1. Increase the risk of heart disease by forcing the heart to work harder. 2. Increase the risk of arthritis as extra weight can stress the joints, cause joint pain, and make it harder for your pet to move around comfortably. 3.Cause

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  • Fitting Fiber into Fido's Food Bowl

    Supporting Your Pet's Good Digestion? Pets need fiber in their food bowls to support and help with proper digestion. Soluble fiber can help your pet feel full without taking in unnecessary extra calories and suffering from weight gain. Fiber that is "soluble" is contained in foods such as beans,

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  • A Guide to Pet Nutrition

    Did You Know? Foods to avoid giving your pet include: •Apricots •Broccoli •"By-products" or "meal" •Chocolate •Corn •Grapes •Peaches •Potato peelings (or green potatoes) •Raisins •Tea & Coffee (water is best) •Tobacco products •Tomato leaves and stems •Yeast products

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  • Captive Reptiles May Have Nutritional Deficiency

    Common Nutritional Disease Can Be Recognized Early in Pet Reptiles Your pet reptile may have a nutritional disease that is commonly referred to as metabolic bone disease. Reptile pets in captivity typically show signs and symptoms of the nutritional deficiency early in the disease. Owners can

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