Trending Topics in Pet Nutrition

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.

Diet-Associated DCM: Research Update

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

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.

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.

Putting the brakes on a chowhound

Some pets eat way too quickly and this can result in health issues. We cover some tips for slowing down the food gulper in your life!

Did You Know? AAFCO Doesn’t Approve Pet Foods

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

Research Review: Comparing “senior” and “adult” cat diets

A recent study compared nutrient levels in cat foods marketed for senior cats versus those marketed for adult cats – we discuss their findings and the implications for feeding older cats.

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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