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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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For Whom the Bowels Toll (Inflammatory Bowel Disease In Dogs & Cats)

Inflamed intestines

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), sometimes called Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS), is a term that actually refers to several diseases that cause chronic intestinal problems. The lining of the intestines becomes inflamed due to an overactive immune system and overgrowth of intestinal bacteria, which causes the body to no longer properly digest foods . . . → Read More: For Whom the Bowels Toll (Inflammatory Bowel Disease In Dogs & Cats)

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