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Three Qualities of an Ideal Dog Food

Three Qualities of an Ideal Dog Food

There are several thousand commercially available dog foods to choose from in the United States alone.  Almost every one of these contains long lists of ingredients and hard to understand “guaranteed analysis” and imprecise feeding recommendations.  Unfortunately, this plethora of information and fo... »

Feeding a Senior Dog: Seven Functional Foods

Feeding a Senior Dog: Seven Functional Foods

Like humans, as a dog ages, their body will be less able to fight off disease and recover from daily physical and mental stress.  As a result, it is crucial that a senior dog is fed a healthy and functional diet, so that they will live a long and high quality life.   From a macro perspective, m... »

Can Turmeric Help Stave off Obesity in Dogs?

Can Turmeric Help Stave off Obesity in Dogs?

What we eat and how much of it we eat can have a major impact on our overall health and lifespan. The same is true for our dogs. Our decisions on which foods to buy, and how much to serve at each meal, will have a marked impact on the dog’s overall health and wellness.   If you or your pet need... »

Dog Food Labels Suck- Part 2

Dog Food Labels Suck- Part 2

In our last post, we discussed the problems with using the feeding instructions on dog food labels.  Following these can easily result in  over-feeding.   Today we will examine the monetary cost of overfeeding your dog. We will use the example that we used in Part 1 of this series.  We had a 60 lb. ... »

Why Dog Food Labels Suck – Part 1

Why Dog Food Labels Suck – Part 1

I often wonder why we have such a massive canine/pet obesity problem in this country. Is it because we don’t care about the health and well being of our dogs and would prefer that they live shorter lives?  I don’t think so (MV notwithstanding)! Is it because we don’t care about the... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Protein Part 3

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Protein Part 3

Evaluating the protein in a dog food requires a multi-faceted approach.   Besides looking for named meat and fish as the primary protein source, one must also watch for other added protein sources that, while helping increase the total protein content of the dog food, might not be really species app... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Protein Part 2

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Protein Part 2

I have previously discussed protein and how specific, named proteins (e.g. Chicken) should be fed to a dog instead of non-specific proteins (e.g. Poultry).  Yet, there are more ways to scrutinize protein sources in dog foods besides this rule of thumb.     Proteins in dog food, whether spe... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Vitamins & Minerals

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Vitamins & Minerals

Commercially available dog foods will typically contain long lists of ingredients.  In fact, the average dog food contains over 40 different ingredients in a single recipe.  One of the reasons that dog foods contain so many ingredients is due to the fact that they are generally formulated to be “com... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Coloring

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Coloring

One of the most senseless ingredient functions in dog food is coloring.  Dog food color can be enhanced in many ways, but when ingredients are added specifically to add color while adding no nutritional value, then those ingredients are at best, useless and at worst, harmful.   Why Colorings ar... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Sweeteners

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Sweeteners

Like in the case for humans, a dog’s taste buds allow them to taste sweetness.  And for many dogs, some sweetness is considered to be a good thing when it comes to their foods.  Pet food manufacturers are well aware of this fact, and in an attempt to improve palatability, will often include ingredie... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Preservatives

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Preservatives

Preservatives are, unfortunately, a critical component in most pet foods, especially the dry variety.  A bag of dog food might not actually be purchased and opened by the consumer for 6-9 months or longer due to the industry’s long (slow) supply chain.  As a result, dog foods must have relatively lo... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Carbs

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Carbs

Although dogs will eat like omnivores, they are descendants of the carnivore wolf and thus will thrive on diets high in protein and fat.  By definition, this also means that dogs require little in the way of carbohydrates.   Canine Ancestral Diet = Low Carbohydrates A canine ancestral diet, the... »

Feed Your Dog This, Not That: Fat

Feed Your Dog This, Not That: Fat

Most healthy dogs are meant to thrive on a diet that is high in protein and fat.  Adequate amounts of fat will provide a variety of health benefits to a dog.   Benefits of Dietary Fat to a Dog: Fat is a dense source of energy (calories) that is necessary to keep a dog active. Fat provides essen... »

Feed This, Not That: Protein

Feed This, Not That: Protein

In theory, every single ingredient in a dog food formulation has a purpose, a specific reason or benefit that made the food company include it in the recipe.  It could be that the ingredient is to provide protein, or perhaps it acts as a preservative.  Whatever specific role needs to be filled, ther... »

Three Pet Food Additives to Avoid

Three Pet Food Additives to Avoid

When choosing a food for your dog, it is just as important to consider what should NOT be in the food as to consider what should be in the food.  Today, I am focusing on some ingredients that should not be in a dog’s food.  And when it comes to ingredients to avoid, there are several food additives ... »

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Average Protein, Fat, and Carb Content in Dog Foods

When choosing an appropriate dog food for a dog, the first indicator of suitability for the species is the macronutrient profile.  The macronutrient profile is the percentage makeup of the macronutrients—the protein, fat, and carbs—in the dog food.  Because dogs are of carnivore descent, they will t... »

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Average Calorie Content in Dog Foods

It has been some time since I have published updated statistics on key dog food indicators and today’s post will do this, focusing on the average calorie content in dog food.  I used our pet food database, which currently consists of near 3,000 dog foods along with their calories, ingredients, macro... »

Do You Really Want to Feed your Dog a Diet Food?

Do You Really Want to Feed your Dog a Diet Food?

Last week, in the final post on the top things that people don’t know about dog food series, I made mention of the fact that weight control foods are not necessarily a good option for an overweight dog.  I wanted to expand on that topic a bit this week with updated data on calories and carbohydrates... »

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Purina Dog Food Recall, March 2016

Purina announced on March 8, 2016, that some of their products were being recalled because, according to the Company website, “some of our 10-oz. wet dog food tubs may not contain the recommended level of added vitamins and minerals.”  The recall includes select wet dog food 10-oz. tubs under the Be... »

Fromm Family Dog Food Recall, March 2016

Fromm Family Dog Food Recall, March 2016

Fromm Family Pet Food, of Mequon WI, US, is voluntarily recalling three of its products sold in the U.S. due to improper vitamin and mineral content.  The voluntary recall, announced on March 18,2016, was specifically made due to elevated Vitamin D levels in the recalled foods. The three Fromm Famil... »

Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 5

Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 5

This week is the last part of the continuing series on things that people don’t know about dog food.  The first four installments are available by clicking the links below: Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 1 Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 2 Things People Don&#... »

Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 4

Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 4

This week is part 4 of the continuing series on things that people don’t know about dog food.  The first three installments are available by clicking the links below: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3   Dog food contains an average of 39 ingredients. Anyone who has looked at a dog food label knows that the ... »

Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 3

Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 3

This week is part 3 of the continuing series on things that people don’t know about dog food.  The first two installments are available here and here.   Meat as the first ingredient is a good rule, but by itself is not a true indication of a foods overall quality or appropriateness.  Ingredient... »

Top Ten Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 2

Top Ten Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 2

Last week, I began a list of things that people don’t know about dog food. Continuing on with this theme, here are two more facts that are not common knowledge to pet parents.     Grain free dog food is not low carb dog food, nor is it necessarily better.  Grain free diets are all the rage... »

Top Ten Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 1

Top Ten Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 1

Over the past several years, there has been a sea change in the pet food industry.  Driven by the humanization of pets and the fact that more homes in the U.S. now have pets than have children, the premium pet food market has exploded and more and more pet owners are educating themselves on how to r... »

Best Protein Sources for Dogs

Best Protein Sources for Dogs

Last week, I wrote about amino acids and why some are considered essential from a dietary perspective – the essential amino acids are those that the dog’s body can’t produce on its own and therefore these aminos must be supplied via diet.  The implication of this is that a dog should be fed fo... »

Mystery Solved

Mystery Solved

In the past we’ve written about the various crops grown at the farms around our house where we walk the dogs. We have avocados – tons of them – even in our own yard, lemons, oranges, tomatoes, celery and red peppers.   A few months ago, we noticed they planted something differ... »

Amino Acids the Building Blocks of Protein for Dogs

Amino Acids the Building Blocks of Protein for Dogs

When it comes to a dog’s diet, protein is the starting point when building a species appropriate feeding regimen.   But while feeding a dog adequate amounts of protein is important, feeding a dog the correct type of protein is just as important (if not more important).  Like it is with carbohydrates... »

Why Carbohydrates are Bad for Dogs

Why Carbohydrates are Bad for Dogs

Last week I discussed the reasons why some carbohydrates are actually good for a dog’s health.  However, not all carbs are created equal and there are many which are generally unhealthy for a dog’s body.  These carbs, which are often included in many commercially dog food recipes, should be avoided ... »

Why Carbohydrates Are Good For Dogs

Why Carbohydrates Are Good For Dogs

I am a big believer in feeding a dog in a way that is appropriate for their carnivore ancestry.  This means feeding a diet that is high in protein and fat and relatively low in carbohydrates (e.g. carbs should not make up more than 40% of the macronutrients in a food). However, there are many health... »

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Carnivore Meat Company Dog Food Recall Alert, Jan 2016

On January 15, 2016, the Carnivore Meat Company announced that it is recalling a select lot of Carnivore Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Patties Entrée for Dogs because they have tested positive for Salmonella in a July 2015 FDA sample collection initiative. It is not clear why it took six months fr... »

Feeding a Dog to Lose Weight

Feeding a Dog to Lose Weight

Every other dog, and then some, in the United States is overweight according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). That means that there are around 44 million overweight or, worse, obese dogs in this country. These dogs need help and that help needs to come from their family in the f... »

Wellness Pet Food: Marketing vs. Food Ingredients

Wellness Pet Food: Marketing vs. Food Ingredients

Several weeks ago, I introduced the idea of using a word cloud analysis to check if a given pet food Brand’s marketing messages are consistent with the actual ingredients in their product portfolio.  In today’s post, I will share the results of my analysis of the Wellness Pet Food Brand.   Abou... »

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Big Dog Natural Dog Food Recall Alert

Big Dog Natural of Brick, NJ is voluntary recalling a select production lot of Big Dog Natural raw dehydrated dog food Chicken Supreme potentially contaminated with Salmonella and Fish Supreme potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes that was shipped in the week of 10/31/2015 to 11/13/20... »

New Year’s Resolutions to Feed Your Dog Better

New Year’s Resolutions to Feed Your Dog Better

New Year’s is a time that most people review the past year and resolve to make improvements for the coming year.  With that in mind, I offer 5 resolutions that will help a dog parent ensure that their dog is fed the proper amount of food and fed healthier, more species appropriate food.  ... »

Herbs and Spices in Dog Food

Herbs and Spices in Dog Food

Herbs and spices can be an important but often overlooked ingredient category when it comes to pet food. Herbs and spices have been used for centuries by humans add flavor and coloring to food and in many cases, to treat illness. They are also commonly used in commercially available dog food recipes... »

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Stella and Chewy’s Dog Food Alert, December 2015

Stella & Chewy’s is voluntarily recalling four of its products sold in the U.S. and Canada due to concerns of a possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The recall affects a total of 990 cases (964 cases in the U.S and 26 cases in Canada). The recall was prompted by a positive test con... »

Hydrolyzed Soy in Dog Food

Hydrolyzed Soy in Dog Food

I was recently updating some pet food recipe information in our pet food database and happened to be updating a handful of prescription recipes when I noticed the ‘allergen free’ and ‘hypo allergenic’ (and similar) foods. Most of these types of foods use hydrolyzed proteins as a key ingredient that ... »

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Bravo Pet Food Recall Alert, December 2015

Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT is recalling a select lot of Bravo Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats with a best used by date of 11/13/16 due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella . Out of an abundance of caution, Bravo is also recalling three additional items that did not test p... »

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Grains in Dog Food

The humanization and overall consumer preference for premium pet food has led to the growth in grain free pet foods, which are marketed as being better and healthier than foods containing grains. Although dogs do not need grains for their bodies to function properly, grains are not necessarily bad i... »

Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs: Chinese Medicine

Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs: Chinese Medicine

Like proteins, fruits and vegetables are also categorized by Chinese medicine into one of the three categories: warming, neutral, and cooling. As we showed last week, there are some fruits and vegetables that are commonly used in commercial pet food recipes. Today we will look at the Chinese medicin... »

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Common Fruits and Vegetables in Dog Food

Fruits and vegetables are becoming an increasingly popular ingredient in commercial dog food recipes. Most dog foods contain one or more of these, with some of the higher quality foods containing a half-dozen or more. Which raises a question: which vegetables are the most commonly found in commercia... »

Can I Give my Dog Holiday Food at Thanksgiving?

Can I Give my Dog Holiday Food at Thanksgiving?

Holiday Food Calories and the Exercise Your Dog Will Need to Burn it Off Holiday season is once again upon us. In the U.S., we will be celebrating our Thanksgiving holiday in less than two weeks and will soon follow this up with Christmas/Hanukkah, and New Year celebrations. Most people will tend to... »

Which Proteins are Best for a Dog with Cancer?

Which Proteins are Best for a Dog with Cancer?

As mentioned in previous posts, I recently consulted with holistic veterinarian Dr. Patrick Mahaney as part of our dog Maggie’s treatment for Osteosarcoma. Dr. Mahaney believes that when treating a serious disease like cancer, a combination of modern medicine and smart nutrition is the best approach... »

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Most Common Proteins in Dog Food

As a pet parent of a dog with Osteosarcoma, I have been forced to deal with the reality that my dog Maggie is in need of modern medicine and modern medical care to enable her to live a high quality of life for the time she has remaining. Yet, my belief in using food as a ‘weapon’ to fight disease is... »

A Few Extra Pounds on a Dog can Change Their Life

A Few Extra Pounds on a Dog can Change Their Life

Pet obesity is a major problem in the U.S. and other countries and it can lead to shortened life spans and lower quality of life for overweight pets. Many dog owners do not think about their pet’s excess weight in proportion to their pet’s overall body size, which is one reason why the pet obesity p... »

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K-9 Kraving Dog Food Recall Alert

K-9 Kraving Dog Food of Baltimore MD., has announced a voluntary recall of their Chicken Patties Dog Food shipped between July 13th and July 17th, 2015 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes can affect animals eati... »

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Hill’s Pet Food: Marketing vs. Food Ingredients

I recently started to use a word cloud analysis to compare a pet food Brand’s marketing messaging to the actual ingredients in the Brand’s pet food. The goal is to look for consistency in messaging versus the ingredients to determine if the marketing is just talk or is it backed up by the quality of... »

OC Raw Dog Food Recall Alert

OC Raw Dog Food Recall Alert

OC Raw Dog of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is voluntarily recalling 640 lbs. of Chicken, Fish & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation. The product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported and no other OC Raw Dog manufactured products are affected.  ... »

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Royal Canin Pet Food: Marketing vs. Food Ingredients

Last week, I introduced the idea of using a word cloud analysis to check if a given pet food Brand’s marketing messages are consistent with the actual ingredients in their product portfolio. In today’s post, I will share the results of the first analysis, which was done on the Royal Canin Brand. &nb... »

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Dog Food: Marketing Messages vs Food Realities

In my role as Vice President, Food, at Petnet.io, I am responsible for the Petnet SmartFood program, which is a pet food subscription and automated delivery service for those pet owners who use the SmartFeeder, a web connected “intelligent” pet feeder. Among other things, we learn the specific Brand... »

Adjusting a Dog’s Food Portions

Adjusting a Dog’s Food Portions

Over the past few weeks, I have detailed the steps that are needed to determine the proper amount of food to feed a dog each day. The steps involve a few calculations but are well worth the effort in the long run.   For those pet parents who have worked through the steps, determined a daily pet feed... »

How Many Cups of Food Should I Feed My Dog?

How Many Cups of Food Should I Feed My Dog?

Last week, I provided some benchmark values that can be used to estimate how many calories a dog needs each day to maintain a certain weight. The next step in determining how much food to feed a dog is to use this calorie estimate in conjunction with the caloric values of their foods and treats, to ... »

Calculating a Dog’s Daily Calorie Needs

Calculating a Dog’s Daily Calorie Needs

Determining how many calories a dog burns each day is crucial for knowing how much to feed the dog. Most people are not aware of how many calories their dog really needs, and the result is that many pet owners are over feeding, which can cause a multitude of health problems for the dog.   Today... »

How Much to Feed Your Dog: Importance of an Ideal Weight

How Much to Feed Your Dog: Importance of an Ideal Weight

Far too many people are not aware of the amount of food their dogs really require each day to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.   According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), a majority of dogs in the U.S. are overweight. Just like with people, an overweight dog will have a s... »

Are Large Bags of Dry Dog Food Cheaper than Small Bags?

Are Large Bags of Dry Dog Food Cheaper than Small Bags?

Dry food is by far the most popular form of pet food sold. I saw some data on petfoodindustry.com that said that dry food makes up almost 75% of all pet food sales in the world. There are several reasons for this. First of all, dry food is convenient and doesn’t require refrigeration. Second, dry fo... »

Senior Dog Food: Protein, Fat, and Carbs

Senior Dog Food: Protein, Fat, and Carbs

Last week, I discussed one of the longstanding myths that says that senior dogs should be fed a lower protein food. Although this approach was recognized as viable for many years, more recent research supports the notion that older dogs in fact, require higher amounts of protein, not lower amounts. ... »

Spice up Your Dog’s Food

Spice up Your Dog’s Food

You can’t get away from all the cooking shows and competitions on TV anymore – it seems they are on 24/7. I like watching them and learning about different spices and herbs to use in cooking. It got me thinking about spices and herbs that are good for our dogs too, so I raided our Dog Fo... »

Purina and Merrick Pet Food Deal & Dog Food Recalls

Purina and Merrick Pet Food Deal & Dog Food Recalls

There was a lot of news last week in the pet food industry, so much so that it deserved a recap. Besides the stunning news that Purina has purchased Merrick Pet Foods, there was also not one, but two pet food recalls announced late last week.   Purina Purchased Merrick Pet Care The announcement... »

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Nature’s Variety Dog Food Recall Alert

Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of their Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for dogs with a “Best By” date of 04/27/16 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.   The affected products are limited to the Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Frozen Diets as listed below: &n... »

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Bravo Pet Food Recall Alert, July 2015

Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella. This is the fifth recall by Bravo since 2013- there were recalls in March and April 2013, and May and September 2014. Yes, that is right, th... »

Feeding a Senior Dog: Do Older Dogs need Less Protein?

Feeding a Senior Dog: Do Older Dogs need Less Protein?

Over the years, there has been a lot of confusion, or at least uncertainty, about proper diets for senior dogs.   In a 2011 study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, researchers polled more than 1,300 people online about their perceptions about senior foods. According ... »

Is the First Ingredient a Good Judge of a Dog Food

Is the First Ingredient a Good Judge of a Dog Food

One of the most common rules that pet owners use to choose a food is the 1st ingredient rule. The 1st ingredient rule simply means that the 1st ingredient in the ingredient list should be a meat or fish. At its core, this rule makes sense because dogs are carnivores and their food should contain ani... »

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Vital Essentials Dog Food Recall Alert

On July 8, 2015, the Carnivore Meat Company announced that it is recalling select products and lots of Carnivore Vital Essentials pet foods because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.   The effected foods are for the specific products and lots below: Vital Es... »

FDA Approval of Dog Food Ingredients – Does it Matter?

FDA Approval of Dog Food Ingredients – Does it Matter?

Like with human foods, the FDA requires that ingredients in dog food are “safe” before they can be included in a recipe. Many pet owners think that if the FDA has approved an ingredient for use in pet food, it must be safe for their dogs. Some pet food companies will point to the fact that some of t... »

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Stella and Chewy’s Dog Food Alert

On July 2, 2015, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced on its website that they have issued a stop sale order on Stella and Chewy’s freeze dried chicken patties dog food, which has tested positive of Listeria monocytogenes. The lot number is: 111-15. The bags will have a use by date... »

Overview of Carbohydrates in Dog Food

Overview of Carbohydrates in Dog Food

The three macronutrients (besides water) that make up the majority of a pet food are protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Pet food labels, which are required to report certain crucial nutritional data, list protein and fat percentages but rarely is there a reference to the carbohydrate content. This is ... »

People Food that’s GOOD for Dogs

People Food that’s GOOD for Dogs

We frequently get asked whether the latest “super food” is also good for our dogs. Our A to Z Ingredients series pulls in the most visitors on our site and we’ve tried to cover the major “super foods” in the course of the series.     We thought we’d revi... »

Is Coconut Oil Good for Dogs?

Is Coconut Oil Good for Dogs?

We have had many readers ask us about the benefits of coconut oil and whether it is good for their dogs. Even though we aren’t doing another ingredients series for awhile, we wanted to respond to our readers questions with our thoughts on coconut oil.   Fats are an important part of a dog... »

The Problem with Online Dog Food Reviews

The Problem with Online Dog Food Reviews

One of my ‘pet peeves’ when it comes to pet food is related to the online reviews. Over the years, I have stumbled upon these reviews while collecting data and doing my research on pet food ingredients, calories and macronutrients. To illustrate the problem with online reviews, I will use a recipe p... »

Overview of Fats in Dog Food

Overview of Fats in Dog Food

Dogs require moderate amounts of healthy fats in their diet. Much like protein, fats are a crucial part of a pet’s diet. Some of the key benefits of fat include: Fat provides essential nutrients such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are vital to keeping your pet’s skin and coat healthy. Res... »

Overview of Dog Food Protein

Overview of Dog Food Protein

Dogs are carnivores by nature, 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 that you can’t simply look at the total protein in a food and instead, must examine both the total protein and the s... »

Overview of a Good Dog Food

Overview of a Good Dog Food

When it comes to dog food, reading the labels can be complicated and when people ask me for some tips, I can often talk for hours on end about the nuances and tricks that are needed to decipher the label. With that said, I have created a simpler approach, a crib notes version if you will, that can b... »

Feeding a Dog for a Healthy Liver

Feeding a Dog for a Healthy Liver

One of the workhorse organs in the body, and one that normally doesn’t get much thought unless there is a problem with it, is the liver. A well balanced diet can ensure that the liver is functioning properly. There are specific food ingredients that are particularly supportive of proper liver functi... »

OC Raw Dog Pet Food Recall May 2015

OC Raw Dog Pet Food Recall May 2015

Pet food manufacturer OC Raw Dog is voluntarily recalling 2055 lbs. of Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet pro... »

Beneful Dog Food in the Shopping Cart

Beneful Dog Food in the Shopping Cart

As a staunch proponent of the many benefits of using quality, healthy food to keep a dog healthy and happy, I often cringe when I walk down the pet food aisle in the grocery store. I realize that I am generalizing a bit with my next few statements, but I will say them anyway. Looking at the dog food... »

Healthy Dog Diets: Foods that Reduce Inflammation

Healthy Dog Diets: Foods that Reduce Inflammation

Chronic inflammation, which is internal inflammation that persists and serves no healing purpose, is linked to many health issues including obesity, heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. The inflammation that occurs after an injury is the body’s natural response to the trauma. Its purpose it to floo... »

Feeding a Dog for a Healthy Heart

Feeding a Dog for a Healthy Heart

A healthy heart is (obviously) a precursor to a healthy body. As the engine that pumps the blood through the body, the heart needs to be in top working order to properly perform its job. Unlike the skeletal muscles (e.g. leg muscles), which can rest, the heart is always working, involuntarily, to ke... »

Brain Foods for your Dog

Brain Foods for your Dog

The fairly well known expression, “a healthy body is a healthy mind”, implies that one’s physical health can have an impact on one’s mental wellbeing. This saying is actually derived from a work by Roman Poet, Juvenal based on the latin adage “Mens sana in corpore sano”. This phrase is often transla... »

Feeding a Dog for Healthy Joints

Feeding a Dog for Healthy Joints

A common ailment that afflicts both humans and dogs is osteoarthritis. This has led to an explosion in demand for NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Humans often use drugs like Naprosyn and Ibuprofen to reduce the pain, while dogs are often prescribed Rimadyl (carprofen) or Deramaxx (de... »

Feeding a Dog for Healthy Muscles

Feeding a Dog for Healthy Muscles

Continuing our series on foods that support a healthy body, today we are focusing on the nutrients that are required to support healthy muscle function. As most of us know, protein and the building block amino acids that protein is made of, are the foundations for muscle growth. However, there are s... »

Strong Bones: What Should I Feed My Dog?

Strong Bones: What Should I Feed My Dog?

Besides proving energy for basic metabolic functions and movement, food can help support (or hinder) the body’s ability to maintain a strong muscular-skeletal structure, support organ health, enhance the immune systems, and basically ensure that the body is running on “all cylinders”. Active dogs (a... »

Feeding a Dog Cheap Dog Food Can Cost You

Feeding a Dog Cheap Dog Food Can Cost You

In the modern world, food is relatively abundant and there is a wide variety of convenient foods available on the grocery store shelf. More often than not, these foods may contain ingredients of dubious quality, yet the general public mostly chooses to ignore the ingredient label and will still purc... »

Lessons from Beneful Suit: Importance of Reading Dog Food Labels

Lessons from Beneful Suit: Importance of Reading Dog Food Labels

If nothing else, the class action lawsuit against Purina’s Beneful brand of dog food has reawakened the general public on issues concerning the quality and ingredients in pet food. In the case of Beneful (and many other pet food Brands), the ingredient list is laden with artificial ingredients and f... »

Purina Lawsuit: Is Beneful Dog Food Harmful to Dogs?

Purina Lawsuit: Is Beneful Dog Food Harmful to Dogs?

In case you haven’t heard the news, Purina was recently named in a class action law suit due to alleged harm caused by its Beneful dog food product line. CNN.com has a good summary of the suit here.   Historically, there have been many consumer complaints about Beneful products. The customer co... »

SlimDoggy is Acquired by Petnet.io

SlimDoggy is Acquired by Petnet.io

We are pleased to announce that SlimDoggy has been acquired by Petnet. Petnet is an innovative iOT (internet of things) technology company that is building a “Smart” line of pet products including the Smart Feeder and Smart Bowl. Petnet will be integrating the SlimDoggy pet food database of almost 6... »

Influencing Obesity Genes in Dogs

Influencing Obesity Genes in Dogs

Nutrigenomics, the study of how food and nutrition can alter a body’s gene expression, is an interesting and relatively new field of study that can help uncover the true power of food as the first line of disease prevention, or in the case of poor dietary choices, the power of food as a facilitator ... »

Nutrisca Pet Food Recall February 2015

Nutrisca Pet Food Recall February 2015

Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc. of Perham, MN is voluntarily recalling specific lots of 4 lb. bags of Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Tuffy’s manufactured the product for Nutrisca.   Pets with Salmonella ... »

Can a High Lysine Diet Change a Dog’s Genes and Reduce Obesity?

Can a High Lysine Diet Change a Dog’s Genes and Reduce Obesity?

In our last post, we described some of the research performed by Hill’s Pet Nutrition that concluded that a diet with a high lysine to calorie ratio could change a dog’s gene expression from fat storing to fat burning. These results are certainly encouraging because they could potentially provide gu... »

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J.J. Fuds Dog Food Recall

UPDATE Feb 5, 2014: J.J. Fuds is expanding their recall. Expanding the recall announced Jan 20, 2014, J.J. Fuds an independent pet food company based in Valparaiso, IN, is now including all lots and products of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks, Beef Tender Chunks and Duckling Tender Chunks Pet Food b... »

Can Diet Change a Dog’s Genes to Fat Burning from Fat Storing?

Can Diet Change a Dog’s Genes to Fat Burning from Fat Storing?

The idea of functional foods and, specifically, nutrogenomics (the study of how food and nutrition can impact gene expression), suggests that food can have a direct and marked impact on a person’s or pet’s health. One interesting study, performed at Hills Pet Nutrition, found that specific foods cou... »

What are Functional Foods?

What are Functional Foods?

In our last article, we used the Hippocrates quote “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” to illuminate the idea that food can be a powerful deterrent and cure of many diseases and ailments.   Hippocrates (rightfully) believed that the things that you eat can help the body ... »

Importance of a Balanced and Varied Diet for Dogs

Importance of a Balanced and Varied Diet for Dogs

We have all heard the expression, “you are what you eat” (paraphrased from the original quote by Frenchman Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, who said “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.”) This simple idea holds true for both humans and dogs. Eating a lot of junk foods will res... »

Is Zucchini Good for Dogs?

Is Zucchini Good for Dogs?

We have reached the end of the alphabet for the second time and today’s post, on the letter Z, is all about zucchini.   What is Zucchini? Zucchini is a summer squash that belongs to the species Cucurbita pepo. Zucchini can be dark or light green. A related hybrid, the golden zucchini, is a deep... »

Yellow Colors in Dog Food

Yellow Colors in Dog Food

Since we don’t have another ingredient beginning with the letter “X”, we will skip ahead to the letter “Y” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the yellow colorings in dog food, specifically, yellow #5 and yellow #6.   What is Yellow Coloring? Yellow food coloring is an... »

Is Wheat Bad for Dogs?

Is Wheat Bad for Dogs?

Moving on to the letter “W” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about wheat.   What is Wheat? Wheat is a cereal grain that is the third most produced grain behind maize (corn) and rice in the world.   Common names for Wheat Besides the generic “wheat”, other names inclu... »

Is Vegetable Oil Good for Dogs?

Is Vegetable Oil Good for Dogs?

Moving on to the letter “V” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about vegetable oil.   What is Vegetable Oil? According to Wikipedia, A vegetable oil is a triglyceride extracted from a plant. The AAFCO definition of vegetable oil is: the product of vegetable origin obtained ... »

A to Z: Understanding Dog Food Ingredients

A to Z: Understanding Dog Food Ingredients

For the first time since we began our series of posts on individual dog food ingredients, we have come up to a letter where there is no new ingredient to write about: the letter U. Last time through the alphabet, we took some liberty and used USDA as our U post. While there are several USDA ingredie... »

Is Turmeric Good for Dogs?

Is Turmeric Good for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “T” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the spice Turmeric.   What is Turmeric? Turmeric is a perennial plant of the ginger family that is native to southeast India. Derivatives of the plant are boiled and dried in hot ovens before being gro... »

Is Soy Bad for Dogs?

Is Soy Bad for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “S” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the somewhat controversial Soy, an alternative protein source in some dog foods.   What is Soy? Soy and its derivatives come from the soybean, a legume that is native to East Asia.   Common names ... »

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