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Recall of SportMix dry kibble cat & dog foods

The maker of SportMix cat & dog foods has decided to recall some of its foods because tests of some batches indicate “levels of aflatoxin that exceed acceptable limits”. Aflatoxin is produced by molds that grow on corn and other grains. (Locally, this brand is only sold at Tractor Supply Company, Walmart, & a few . . . → Read More: Recall of SportMix dry kibble cat & dog foods

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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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The Broken Hearts Club (Heart Disease In Dogs & Cats)

There are many different causes and treatments for each heart condition that affects dogs and cats.

Canine heart

In dogs, the most often seen forms of heart disease are valve malformations (dysplasias), valve narrowing (stenosis), abnormal openings between the heart chambers (septal defects), a blood vessel not fully forming during development (patent ductus arteriosus), . . . → Read More: The Broken Hearts Club (Heart Disease In Dogs & Cats)

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Pooches & Pussycats With Picky Palates (Feeding Finicky Cats & Dogs)

I bet you know at least one dog or cat who’s picky about their food. It’s pretty common for these guys to turn up their nose at some – or many – of the foods that we offer them. Often this situation is due to how and what they were fed early in their lives. . . . → Read More: Pooches & Pussycats With Picky Palates (Feeding Finicky Cats & Dogs)

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