All About Pet Food

Diet-Associated DCM: Research Update

Recently published research studies are shedding light on diet-associated dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs.

Should You Be Weighing Your Pet’s Food?

‘How much are you feeding your pet?’ is a common question you’ve likely heard when your dog or cat has a visit to the veterinarian. But how accurate is the answer you might be giving? Weighing out your pet’s food may help your veterinarian better understand your pet’s needs and provide more tailored recommendations.

Whisker worry: Are cats’ whiskers a key to their eating pleasure?

Is there evidence for whisker stress in cats and do whisker-friendly dishes help cats enjoy their food more? Results of a recent study begin to answer these questions.

Is it the food? Pet food-associated illness

Pet food-associated illness or “food poisoning” is rare in pets but can cause serious illness. We review some situations that should raise your suspicion for food-associated illness and the steps you should take to figure out the problem, treat your pet, and help prevent other pets from getting ill.

Out of options? What to do if your pet’s food is out of stock

COVID-19 has caused turmoil in people’s lives this past year, but it has also had an impact on our pets’ lives, most recently because of some pet foods being temporarily out of stock. Here are some thoughts on ways to prevent running out and what to do if you do end up in that situation.

Did You Know? AAFCO Doesn’t Approve Pet Foods

There is no such thing as “AAFCO-approved” or “AAFCO-certified” pet foods!

What Is Guaranteed about the Guaranteed Analysis?

I often hear from pet owners, breeders, and even veterinarians about how they’ve selected a particular pet food based on the food’s guaranteed analysis.  The “guaranteed analysis” is required information on all dog and cat food labels and sounds very official and scientific.  While the guaranteed analysis does provide a tiny bit of information, in reality, it’s not very useful.

The Scoop on Storing Pet Food

If you’re like most pet owners, you buy a bag of pet food, open it, and pour it into a container for storage.  But it turns out that this common practice may make your pet’s food less nutritious and potentially expose your pet to health risks.

Supermarket Surprises: Great Pet Food Options You Can Find at the Grocery Store

Good quality pet foods can be found at many retailers, including grocery and mass market stores. Here are some tips for selecting a good food no matter what your price range or favorite store.

Fiber Frustrations

Fiber can be frustrating because of the many different types and effects as well as the inaccuracy of most measurements of fiber in pet foods. We explain the common types of fiber and the ways that it can be reported in foods.

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