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Determining Daily Calorie Requirements for Dogs

Determining how many calories a dog burns each day is crucial for knowing how much to feed a dog.  When people are unsure of how many calories their dogs really need, they tend to overfeed, which can cause a multitu...

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Cats and Carbs

We read a lot about “carbs” and how much you should have in your diet. We also see lots of fad diets promoting “low carb”, or “high carb” come and go. It’s hard to keep track of how much carbohydrates is good in your ...

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Weight Loss Caloric Needs for Cats

Over 57% of cats in the US are overweight or obese. That’s a lot of cats carrying around extra weight and living shorter lives as a result. Taking weight off dogs is a little simpler than cats because you can exercise...

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Not All Carbs Are Created Equal

The three macronutrients (besides water) that make up the majority of a pet food are protein, fat, and carbohydrates.  A pet owner who reads their pet’s food label will notice that protein and fat percentages are re...

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Daily Calorie Needs for Cats

Pet obesity is a major problem in the U.S. According to the 2013 survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), almost 53% of dogs and 58% of cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Perhaps e...

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Sweeteners in Pet Food: Dogs vs. Cats

When it comes to pet food, sugar and forms of sugar like fructose, cane, and caramel, are used to enhance taste while providing little nutritional value to the pet.  Sugar is a high calorie, low benefit ingredient tha...

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Should you Feed your Pet Diet Food

Just as with humans, where almost 70 % of U.S. adults are overweight and more than a third are considered obese according to the Center for Disease Control, there is a similar problem with our pets.  According to Asso...

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Kale: Good For You and Your Pup

A lesser-known healthy treat for dogs is kale chips!  Kale is a “super food” and it's good for dogs as well as people. You can read more about it and other super foods for dogs/humans here, but basically it's a “prove...

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Veggies: Low Calorie Wonder: Wordless Wednesday

Veggies can provide a low calorie source of fiber, sweetness, and vitamins for your dog.  Some dogs love them!

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Venison: Pet Food Ingredients A to Z

We continue our Pet Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “V”. Today's ingredient is Venison. What is Venison? Venison is the meat of the game animal deer.  Deer is a member of the Cervidae family. Common na...

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Quail: Pet Food Ingredients A to Z

We now move to the letter “Q” in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring Quail as our ingredient of the day. What is Quail? Quail is a collective name for several families of mid-sized birds generally consider...