Pet Nutrition Basics

What’s the Best Food for your New Puppy?

While good nutrition is important for all dogs, it’s especially critical for growing puppies due to their special nutritional needs. Therefore, you’ll want to be sure you’re selecting best food for your new family member.
Follow this step-by-step guide to make sure you’re feeding the best possible food to your puppy.

To Chelate or Not to Chelate [Minerals]?

Minerals in pet food can come from the main ingredients or be added as concentrated inorganic or chelated supplements. We review the differences in these sources so that pet owners can better understand the ingredients in their pet’s food.

Carb Confusion: Part 2 – Measuring and Comparing Carbohydrate in Pet Foods

The determination of the amount of carbohydrate in pet foods is more complicated than most pet owners realize. We review how carbohydrate is “measured” in pet food and the limitations of this process.

Diet-Associated DCM: Research Update

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

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.

Carb Confusion Part 1: The Role of Carbohydrate in Pet Foods

There is a lot of confusing and contradictory information out there about feeding carbohydrate to pets. We review the science of how dogs and cats utilize dietary carbohydrate.

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!

How Often Should I Feed My Pet?

Is there a “best” schedule for feeding pets? This is a common question, so we’ve provided some general guidelines to help you find the best fit for your household.

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.

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