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How Much You Should Feed Your Dog

Far too many people are not aware of the amount of food their dogs really require each day to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.   According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, a majority of dogs in the...

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Proper Protein Needs of Senior Dogs

Over the years, there has been a lot of confusion, or at least uncertainty, about proper diets for senior dogs.   In a 2011 study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, researchers polled m...

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Feeding a Dog for a Healthy Heart

A healthy heart is (obviously) a precursor to a healthy body. As the engine that pumps the blood through the body, the heart needs to be in top working order to properly perform its job. Unlike the skeletal muscles (e...

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FDA Approval: Does it Matter?

Like with human foods, the FDA requires that ingredients in pet food are “safe” before they can be included in a recipe.  Many pet owners think that if the FDA has approved an ingredient for use in pet food, it must...

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Brain Foods for Dogs

The fairly well known expression, “a healthy body is a healthy mind”, implies that one’s physical health can have an impact on one’s mental well-being. This saying is actually derived from a work by Roman Poet, Juvena...

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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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First Ingredient Rule Deconstructed

One common rule that pet owners use to choose a pet food is the first ingredient rule. It states that the first ingredient on the pet food ingredient list should be a meat or fish.  At its core, this rule makes sens...

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Not All Fats Are Created Equal

Dogs and cats both require moderate amounts of healthy fats in their diet.  Much like protein, fats are a crucial part of a pet’s diet.  Some of the key benefits of fat include: 1. Fat provides essential nutrients ...

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The Reliability of Online Food Reviews

One of my pet peeves regarding pet food is the online reviews. Over the years, I have stumbled upon these reviews while collecting data and doing research on pet food ingredients, calories and macronutrients. To ill...