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How Does Your Pet’s Food Stack Up?

If you’ve ever scratched your head over all the ingredients present in the unending varieties of pet food, feeling unsure of what’s good or bad for your pet, scratch no more! With Petnet’s pet food rating system, we ...

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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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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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Sources of Protein for Cats

What veterinary nutritionists recommend most is a higher level of protein for cats than for dogs.Protein sources typically found in cat food include: Chicken Turkey Fish Lamb While these are excellent sources...

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Protein Needs of Senior Cats

It’s important to note that senior cats have slightly different nutritional needs, just as kittens do. Kittens need slightly MORE protein than adult cats and contrary to conventional wisdom out there, senior cats prot...

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Not All Proteins Are Created Equal

Overview of a Pet Food Proteins Dogs and cats are carnivores, which means that they are meant to eat a diet high in protein. However, when it comes to pet food, all protein sources are not created equal. This means...

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5 Unneeded Pet Food Ingredients

We often say that reading a pet food label shouldn’t be rocket science even though it seems that you need a Ph.D. to figure out what is in your pet’s food.  Pet food labels are long and confusing to most people, yet, ...

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Worst Reasons to Choose a Pet Food: Grain Free

Grain free pet food is one of the fasting growing segments in the pet food industry.  GfK Research recently reported that sales of grain free pet food grew a whopping 28% from September 2012 to September 2013 in US re...

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Do Dogs and Cats Need Carbohydrates in their Diet

It has been well established that dogs and cats need a diet high in protein and with adequate fat.  But what about carbohydrates- is this macro-nutrient essential to a pet’s diet?  To answer this question, let’s first...

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Why Fats are Important for your Pet

As discussed in our posts on protein, both dogs and cats require diets that are high in animal proteins.  Many pet owners don’t realize that their pets are also well suited to diets that are moderately high in fat as ...

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Dog and Cat Food Macronutrients: Protein Part 1

Both dogs and cats were meant to eat diets high in animal proteins (and fat). This is because they are both carnivorous and their bodies require nutrition from animal flesh.  Dogs, generally classified as either omniv...

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Rotational Diet to Reduce Allergy Risk and Improve Health

Growing up, our family always had at least one dog in the house. Back then, we didn’t pay much attention to food labels, assuming that if it was being sold then it was OK.  We were also under the impression that once ...

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