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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 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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Long Ingredient Lists in Pet Food

When was the last time that you looked, and I mean really looked, at the label on your pet’s food?  If you have looked closely, one of the first things you might notice is that the list of ingredients is rather long, ...

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Common Fat Sources in Pet Food

Fat, just like protein, is a crucial component to a pet’s diet and provides many health benefits to our pets. However, in addition to the amount of fat in a pet food, the source of fat is just as important. Above and ...

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Common Sources of Protein in Pet Food

In our post Dog and Cat Food Macronutrients: Protein Part 1,  we started our discussion of Protein, the foundation for a quality pet food.  Today we will examine the common pet food proteins – real meat, meal, and by ...