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The Protein Choice Awards (Protein Basics + High Protein Diets)

Protein is essential in the diets of dogs and cats, but more protein is not necessarily better.

When it comes to eating high protein foods, some animals benefit, some animals do not benefit, and some animals are actually harmed by being fed higher protein diets. Each individual’s age, activity level, general health, and breed are . . . → Read More: The Protein Choice Awards (Protein Basics + High Protein Diets)

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Value Judgment (Dry Matter Values)

A few years ago, when my veterinarian recommended that I switch one of my cat’s foods to one that had a certain level of protein levels. That’s when I learned that comparing the Guaranteed Analysis numbers on nutrient panels was not enough for me to properly compare multiple foods.

Comparing a package of dry food . . . → Read More: Value Judgment (Dry Matter Values)

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Going Against The Grain (Grain-Free Pet Food)

The grain-free trend in pet food emerged as scientists began studying the diets of dogs and cats in the wild and the diets of their ancestors. They discovered that dogs’ and cats’ bodies have a limited ability to extract nutrients from non-meat sources.

Although many animals do well on grain-free diets, some animals do better . . . → Read More: Going Against The Grain (Grain-Free Pet Food)

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Corn Gluten Meal – It Don’t Get No Respect!

One of the most misunderstood ingredients in dog and cat food is corn gluten meal.

The main concern I hear people mention is that it’s used as an herbicide. My response to that is that I use something far more destructive (to plants) as an herbicide: a mix of salt & vinegar. Since it’s toxic . . . → Read More: Corn Gluten Meal – It Don’t Get No Respect!

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Reducing Hairballs Is Not A Big Fat Hairy Deal

I love cat fur when I get to pet a soft furry coat. I hate cat fur it when I step on a squishy hairball. Ew!

Frequent hairballs are not normal for cats. If you know a cat who has more than one a month, try some of these tips to reduce or eliminate hairballs.

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