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Raw Food

Pet Nutrition
Looks like I stirred up a hornet’s nest with my raw feeding column.  I think we all get lost sometimes in the science, and forget the logic.  There is a lot to be said for scientific research, but you have to take in all of that research and not just pick and choose.  Don’t get me wrong, a dog can live a long, healthy

Real Food

Pet Nutrition
For millenia, dogs and cats ate real food.  Raw prey animals.    Its only the past 100 years of so that "pet food" in the form of dry pebbles or cans of cooked mush have been available. Before this convenience foods were invented, cats hunted, and dogs got food bought from the butcher.  Scraps or horsemeat, bones and liver
How often do we read the sides of a package?  Not often enough, really.  Even when we do, can we figure out what some of those ingredients are, or why they are even in the item we’re purchasing?   The science of food processing allows companies to create products that are more attractive to us, making them more commercially

Poop

Pet Nutrition
Poop.  Its a fact of life.  Everything poops.  Being in the pet industry, it is amazing how much time I spend talking poop.   That's OK.  People who would never discuss having a digestive problem themselves have no issues discussing their dog's canon butt at length with me.  Which is a good thing, because a pet's
In today’s fast paced world, we look to improve our lives and save time with prepared foods, and many look to improve the nutrition we may be missing by using supplements.  We also may have an activity or an affliction that requires us to add more of something to our diet, or avoid certain things. Those same reasons also apply to our

Pet Allergies

Pet Nutrition
Pet allergies.  Nothing to sneeze at, there are two sides to this topic, and good news, there are answers for both!   People that have allergies to pets but still want to have a companion animal do have options.  Hypo-allergenic dogs do exist.  The most popular of these are poodles, bichons, and soft coated wheaton

Omega-3

Pet Nutrition
Omega 3.  Its a big buzzword in nutrition, both for us and our companion animals.  Lately, it has been getting a lot of attention, and for good reason.    Omega 3 fatty acids are a vital part of our diet, important for our metabolism.  They are known to have natural anti-inflamatory properties, as well as improvements in

Obesity

Pet Nutrition
Far too many of us struggle with weight issues.  Our modern life of drive through convenience and daily routines that are far from routine leave us eating a far different diet than that of our ancestors.  The last hundred years has seen a huge change in our lives, and in our health.   How does this relate to our pets?  Well,

Raw Bones

Pet Nutrition
With pet dental month coming to a close, there has been a lot of questions raised about bones.  Raw, smoked, boiled, baked... are they safe for dogs?   Cooked chicken bones are very dangerous, but raw ones are safe, as long as they are not gulped whole, which could be a choking hazard.  Normal digestive juices break raw ones down