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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

We hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving Day and getting their fill of family, food and fun. Last year we created a great info-graphic with some turkey day advice. We think it deserves a re-post:   And to help prevent you & your pup from over-indulging today, here’s a few arti... »

Is Rosemary Bad for Dogs?

Is Rosemary Bad for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “R” in our dog food ingredient series. As we are nearing the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, today’s ingredient is rosemary, a common component of many stuffing recipes.   What is Rosemary? Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen shrub that has leaves similar to hemlock ne... »

Is Quinoa Good for Dogs?

Is Quinoa Good for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “Q” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the use of quinoa in dog food.   What is Quinoa? Although quinoa is consumed like a cereal grain (e.g. oats and wheat), it actually belongs to the same food family that contains spinach, beets, and Swi... »

Is Papaya Good for Dogs?

Is Papaya Good for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “P” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the use of papaya in dog food.   What is Papaya? Papaya is the fruit of the tropical tree-like plant. The papaya plant grows large with a single stem growing from 16 to 33 ft. tall (5 to 10 m tall). &n... »

Is Overfeeding Your Pet a Sign of Love?

Is Overfeeding Your Pet a Sign of Love?

Dumb Ass Dog Owners or DADO’s. When I read about this blog hop last week, I wasn’t sure if I would join because I wasn’t sure what to write about and then it hit me…the biggest DADO of all and a real pet peeve, the people who think that having a fat pet shows that they are we... »

Is Olive Oil Good for Dogs?

Is Olive Oil Good for Dogs?

Moving on to the letter “O” in our dog food ingredient series, today we are writing about the use of olive oil in dog food.   What is Olive Oil? Olive oil is the oil (fat) obtained by pressing whole olives.   Common names for Olive Oil In dog food, we have not seen any other names besides ... »

What is Natural Flavor and is it Good for My Dog?

What is Natural Flavor and is it Good for My Dog?

As we are up to the letter “N” in our dog food ingredient series, today we are writing about the ubiquitous and ambiguous “Natural Flavor”.   What is Natural Flavor? Natural flavor is a flavoring additive that is present in many pet foods and treats. Even though natural flavors sound perfectly ... »

Marigold as a Dog Food Ingredient

Marigold as a Dog Food Ingredient

Continuing our analysis of dog food ingredients, we are now up to the letter M. Today’s dog food ingredient is Marigold.   What is Marigold? Marigold, in the plant genus Calundula, is a short-lived aromatic and herbaceous perennial, growing to 80 cm (31 inches) tall. The marigold blooms in vivi... »

Lecithin as a Dog Food Ingredient

Lecithin as a Dog Food Ingredient

We are now up to the letter L in our second pass through the A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today’s dog food ingredient is Lecithin.   What is Lecithin? Lecithin is a fatty substance found in plants and animals. It is produced naturally in the body.   Common names for Lecithin The most... »

Pet Obesity: The Cost of Having an Overweight Dog

Pet Obesity: The Cost of Having an Overweight Dog

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day was created by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) to help raise awareness of both the seriousness of and pervasiveness of the pet obesity problem we have in the U.S. It also provides the perfect opportunity to highlight the substantial financial cost... »

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Bravo Pet Food Recall September 2014

Pet food manufacturer Bravo is recalling select lots of Bravo Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. &nbs... »

Protein in Dog Food: Common Non-Meat Sources

Protein in Dog Food: Common Non-Meat Sources

We have already looked at some of the more common named and unnamed meat based proteins in dog food. Today we will look at other protein sources in dog food, namely plant (or vegetable), legume, and grain sources.   Besides meat and fish, there are other dog food ingredients that can increase t... »

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Protein in Dog Food: Common Meat Sources

Last week, we discussed the use of unnamed proteins in dog food and found that they are more commonly used than I would have expected. We also asked our readers to try and guess the order of the most frequently used meat proteins in dog food. The choices were:   Salmon Beef Pork Lamb Chicken Du... »

unnamed dog food proteins

Protein in Dog Food: Common Unnamed Proteins

In the first part of this series on dog food proteins, we discussed the primary sources of protein in commercially available dog food. Today we will use the SlimDoggy dog food database to determine the usage patterns of the lower quality, unnamed proteins source that are used in dog food.   Unn... »

Sources of Protein in Dog Food

Sources of Protein in Dog Food

Most normally healthy dogs require a diet that is high in protein. Thus, the amount of protein in a dog food, as calculated on a dry matter basis, is important when evaluating a dog food. But it is only part of the protein story. The source of protein in dog food, the specific ingredients that are u... »

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Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Dog Food Recall: Update

The Mars Company, owners of the Pedigree line of pet food has announced the expansion of its recall on Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products due to the possible presence of a foreign material.  The recall has been expanded to include 55-pound bags of PEDIGREE Adult Complete Nutriti... »

Pedigree pet food

Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Dog Food Recall

The Mars Company, owner of the Pedigree pet food brand, has announced today a voluntary recall of their Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food due to the possible presence of a foreign material.  This is a limited recall of 22 bags of food.  Affected bags are the 15 lb.size which were sold b... »

Is the Latest Superfood, Kale Good for Dogs?

Is the Latest Superfood, Kale Good for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter K in our second pass through the A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today’s dog food ingredient is the “superfood” Kale.     What is Kale? Kale, sometimes classified as a “superfood”, is a leafy green vegetable. It is found in curly, ornamental, or dinosaur vari... »

What are Juniper Berries and Why are they in Dog Food?

What are Juniper Berries and Why are they in Dog Food?

We are now up to the letter J in our second pass through the A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today’s dog food ingredient is Juniper Berries.   What are Juniper Berries? Juniper Berries, scientifically called Juniperus communis, come from the Juniper shrub and are widely found throughout the ... »

Q&A With Dr. Katy Nelson Part 1: Food’s Role in your Pet’s Health

Q&A With Dr. Katy Nelson Part 1: Food’s Role in your Pet’s Health

Dr. Katy Nelson is a practicing veterinarian, the host of the Pet Show with Dr. Katy on Washington DC’s ABC affiliate, and a tireless advocate for keeping pets fit and healthy using a combination of proper feeding and exercise. Dr. Katy was recently chosen as one of the nominees to be America’s Favo... »

The New and Improved SlimDoggy Dog Food Rankings

The New and Improved SlimDoggy Dog Food Rankings

We are pleased to announce that we have updated our dog food database and made some improvements in our dog food ranking system. A summary of our approach is provided below. For a full description of our methodology please refer to the dog food ranking reference page. Click here to jump to the Frequ... »

What is Inositol and Why is it in Dog Food?

What is Inositol and Why is it in Dog Food?

We are now up to the letter I in our second pass through the A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today’s dog food ingredient is Inositol.   What is Inositol? Inositol is a vitamin-like substance. It is found in many plants and animals. Because dogs can produce this internally by breaking down su... »

Diet Dog Food: Worth it or Worthless?

Diet Dog Food: Worth it or Worthless?

Just as it is with humans, where almost 70 % of U.S. adults are overweight and more than a third are considered obese according to the Center for Disease Control, there is a similar problem with our pets. According to Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of all dogs and cats in the... »

SlimDoggy Dog Food Database

SlimDoggy Dog Food Database

Today is another “Blog the Change for Animals” day, a special event sponsored by Be The Change 4 Animals. It’s a day when pet bloggers & pet lovers come together and blog about their favorite animal-related cause in an effort to raise awareness and understanding. In the past we’... »

Hydrolyzed Protein in Dog Food

Hydrolyzed Protein in Dog Food

Moving on to the letter H in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series, today we will examine hydrolyzed proteins in dog food.   What is Hydrolyzed Protein? According to Wikipedia, hydrolyzed protein is protein that has been hydrolyzed or broken down into its component amino acids. As the name impl... »

Benefits of Green Tea for Dogs

Benefits of Green Tea for Dogs

Moving on to the letter G in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series, today we discuss the benefits of Green Tea for dogs.   What is Green Tea? Green tea is made from the leaves from the plant Camellia sinensis. Unlike black tea, green tea leaves have undergone minimal oxidation during processing... »

Fresh Dog Food at your Door

Fresh Dog Food at your Door

Q & A with Empawer Pet Food CEO Alex Trauteaud Empawer is a new pet food brand with a very interesting approach to pet food, namely, using human grade ingredients to create custom made, fresh pet foods that are delivered to your door. Empawer Founder and CEO Alex Trauteaud (pronounced “True toe”... »

Benefits of Fenugreek for Dogs

Benefits of Fenugreek for Dogs

Moving on to the letter F in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series, today we discuss the benefits of Fenugreek for dogs.   What is Fenugreek? Fenugreek is an annual plant in the Fabaceae family with leaves consisting of three small obovate (i.e. with narrow ends) to oblong leaflets. It is culti... »

Ethoxyquin in Dog Food. Worth the Risk?

Ethoxyquin in Dog Food. Worth the Risk?

Moving on to the letter E in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series, today we discuss why Ethoxyquin is in dog food.   What is Ethoxyquin? Ethoxyquin is a controversial and artificial ingredient that has been used in dog food for many years—it was approved as an additive to pet food in 1959. Eth... »

Hill’s Pet Nutrition Dog Food Recall Alert

Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. of Topeka, KS is voluntarily recalling 62 bags of Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed™ dry dog food as they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The suspect product, part of a single production run, was distributed to 17 veterinary clinic and pet st... »

Dl-Methionine in Dog Food

Dl-Methionine in Dog Food

Moving on to the letter D in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today we examine why Dl-Methionine is in Dog Food.   What is Dl-Methionine? Methionine is an essential amino acid that is important for many bodily functions. Dl-Methionine is a synthetic version of this amino acid. Methionine ... »

Pet Center Lamb Crunchy’s Recall Alert

The FDA confirmed that Pet Center, Inc of Los Angeles, CA. has issued a voluntary recall of its 3 oz bag of Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.   The full FDA recall press release can be found on their site here http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Re... »

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What is in Dog Food? Reading Beyond the Name

We often stress the importance of reading the details on a dog food label. It is really the only way to evaluate if the food is a good fit for your dog. Yet, many people simply look at the Brand and recipe name (along with the packaging) when making their pet’s food decisions.   This had me won... »

Carrageenan in Dog Food

Carrageenan in Dog Food

Moving on to the letter C in our 2nd A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today we examine why Carrageenan is in Dog Food. What is Carrageenan? According to Wikipedia, Carrageenans are a family of carbohydrate structures that are extracted from red edible seaweeds.   Common names for Carrageenan ... »

Do Dogs Need Carbs?

Do Dogs Need Carbs?

Having a fit and healthy dog requires a combination of proper exercise and proper feeding. Because dogs are decedents of carnivores, most dogs are well suited for high protein, high fat diets. While dogs can tolerate carbohydrates, the way that their bodies utilize macronutrients for energy is diffe... »

Bravo Pets Foods

Bravo Pet Food Recall

Bravo Pet Foods, a Connecticut-based raw pet food manufacturer is recalling two of its dog and cat food products after they tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly food-borne bacterium.   Bravo is recalling its Raw Food Diet Bravo! Beef Blend for Dogs and Cats, which was sold in 2-, ... »

Are Blueberries Good for Dogs?

Are Blueberries Good for Dogs?

After a short break, it is time to resume our dog food ingredients series where we walk through the alphabet and pick a pet food ingredient to analyze. Today’s ingredient is Blueberry.   What are Blueberries? According to Wikipedia, blueberries are perennial flowering plants with indigo-colored... »

Worst Reasons to Choose a Dog Food: Grain Free

Worst Reasons to Choose a Dog Food: Grain Free

Grain free pet food is one of the fasting growing segments in the pet food industry. GfK Research recently reported that sales of grain free pet food grew a whopping 28% from September 2012 to September 2013 in US retail stores. For comparison, the American Pet Products Association 2013 Survey and F... »

A List of Must-Needs When You’re Buying a Dog

A List of Must-Needs When You’re Buying a Dog

Thinking about getting a dog? Hopefully visiting a shelter or calling a rescue is your first idea. But once you’ve got the dog, what do you need to keep them fit, healthy, well-rested and well-fed? We offer some suggestions in another of our eHow video series.     A List of Must-Need... »

Supplements for Pets Part 1:  Food Synergy

Supplements for Pets Part 1: Food Synergy

What are Supplements? According to Wikipedia, a dietary supplement is intended to provide nutrients that may otherwise not be consumed in sufficient quantities. Supplements as generally understood include vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, among other substances. For our ‘... »

How to Save on Your Dog’s Pet Food Budget

How to Save on Your Dog’s Pet Food Budget

Do you know how much you spend on your pet’s food? Have you ever added it all up for a year? One of the biggest issues we have with pet owners is overfeeding. Overfeeding not only leads to obesity, but you are wasting money. We provide some tips for saving $$ on your pet food budget in our lat... »

Pet Food Recall Alert: Robert Abady Dog Food Company

The Robert Abady Dog Food Company has issued a recall on their “Highest Quality Maintenance and Growth Formula for Cats” due to possible Salmonella contamination.   Read the specifics on the FDA website.   Disturbingly, this is the second recall from this manufacturer in less than a... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Alfalfa

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Alfalfa

Today we start a new challenge for the month of April. It’s the A to Z Challenge and we have to write a post a day using a theme for each letter of the alphabet. No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke… Today, being April 1st, we start with the letter “A” and our post... »

filet mignon dog food?

Worst Reasons to Choose a Dog Food: The Name

We had a great reaction to the first installment of our “Worst reasons to choose a dog food” series.  Today we present another questionable reason for choosing a dog food: the NAME.   What is in a Dog Food Name? One of the most common traps that pet owners fall into when choosing a pet food is ... »

colorful dog food

Worst Reasons to Choose a Dog Food: Color

It has already been established that reading a dog food label can be confusing.  Long lists of ingredients, obtuse or incomplete macronutrient (protein, fat, and carbs) information, and misleading “marketing speak”, can make it difficult to determine which are the best foods for your pet.   Today we... »

Dog Food Database and Calorie Tracking Now Available

Dog Food Database and Calorie Tracking Now Available

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new web tools for our dog loving readers, the SlimDoggy Food Database and the SlimDoggy Calorie Tracker.   First, we have published our dog food data including calorie amounts, macronutrients (protein, fat and carbs), ingredients, and our Slimdoggy... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z:  Zinc

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Zinc

Wow!  Today, at last, we have reached the end of the alphabet in our “Ingredients A to Z” series.   Today’s letter is Z and our ingredient is Zinc.  Including today, we have written 27 A to Z ingredient posts (we did two consecutive posts on the letter M due to a reader request).   This ha... »

5 Tips to Help Keep Your Dog Fit and Healthy

5 Tips to Help Keep Your Dog Fit and Healthy

Last week we discussed the high cost of having an overweight dog.  This week we provide 5 tips to help keep your dog fit and healthy.  You will notice that most of these have to do with food and feeding.  That’s because the amount and quality of food you serve your dog is the single biggest fa... »

Yucca plant

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Yucca Schidigera

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “Y”. Today’s ingredient is Yucca Schidigera.     What is Yucca Schidigera? Yucca schidigera is a flowering plant that is native to the Mojave Desert, Chihuahuan Desert and Sonoran Desert of southeastern Ca... »

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Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Xanthan Gum

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “X”. Today’s ingredient is Xanthan Gum.   What is Xanthan Gum? Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide (sugar like compound) produced by bacterial fermentation of a sugar-containing medium.  Nutritionally speaking, it ... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z:  Watercress

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Watercress

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “W”. Today’s ingredient is Watercress. What is Watercress? According to Wikipedia, watercress is a fast-growing, aquatic or semi-aquatic, perennial plant native to Europe and Asia.  Related to mustard and radish, it... »

venison

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Venison

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “V”. Today’s ingredient is Venison.   What is Venison? Venison is the meat of the game animal deer.  Deer is a member of the Cervidae family.   Common names for Venison The most common name variation is de... »

ProPet

Dog Food Recall Alert: Hubbard Life Dog Food

  Pro-Pet LLC has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods for possible Salmonella contamination. The effected foods include: Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food Hubbard Life Maintenance Dog Food QC Plus Adult Dog Food Hubbard Life Cat Stars Cat Food Joy Combo Cat... »

USDA Label

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: USDA and other Label Nuances

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “U”. In reality, there are not a lot of ingredients that start with the letter U.  We decided on “USDA”, which in itself is not an ingredient, but is an adjective uses in some rare cases to describe a protein used in the ... »

thyme

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Thyme

Next up in our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “T”. Today’s ingredient is the well known herb, Thyme.   What is Thyme? Thyme is a perennial plant, belonging to the mint family.  The plants can be erect and bushy, reaching 18 inches in height or creeping and ... »

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Dog Food Ingredient Splitting

We decided to re-post and update our important article on ingredient splitting. We updated the statistics and found that there are a lot more instances of ingredient splitting in dog food than we first thought :-(. Remember that glancing at the ingredient list can be misleading. Make sure you look f... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Selenium

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Selenium

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “S”. Today’s ingredient is Selenium.   What is Selenium? Selenium is a trace mineral that our bodies use to produce glutathione peroxidase, an enzyme that serves as a natural antioxidant.   Common names fo... »

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Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Red #3

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “R”. Today’s ingredient is Red #3.   What is Red #3? Red #3, and other red colorings like red #40, as well as all other artificial food colorings, are artificially made food coloring chemicals. Red #3 is a colo... »

Quail

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Quail

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “Q”. Today’s ingredient is Quail. What is Quail? Quail is a collective name for several families of mid-sized birds generally considered in the order Galliformes.   A “game” bird, quail is an alternative sourc... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Pantothenic Acid

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Pantothenic Acid

  Given the season, we considered doing Peppermint Candy Canes for the “P” of our ingredient series, but you don’t find too much peppermint in dog food, and candy canes certainly aren’t good for them, so we went with Pantothenic Acid instead.   What is Pantothenic A... »

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Dog

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Dog

Believe it or not, we are nearing the end of 2013 and about to embark on another holiday season.  With the turn of the calendar, often comes one or more “New Year’s resolutions” by well intended people looking to change or improve their behavior.  This year, why not resolve to keep your pet fit, tri... »

SlimDoggy on eHow – How Much Do You Feed a Puppy?

We did a series of videos on dogs for eHow.com.  In this one, we answer the question: “How much to feed a puppy”. (yes, we paraphrased the exact question that eHow wanted us to answer, but ours is more general).   Rarely will you see a fat puppy.  This is because their metabolism is... »

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Dog Food Dry Matter Basis for Protein, Fat, and Carb Analysis

Pet owners often wonder whether their dog food is high in protein, fat, or carbohydrates- the macro nutrients of the food.  Unfortunately, the answer to these questions is not easily attainable from the dog food label.  To calculate a dog food’s protein, fat, or carb values, the guaranteed analysis ... »

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Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Oat Fiber

What is Oat Fiber? Oat fiber is derived from oats, a type of cereal grain that is commonly used in livestock feed.  Oat fiber is often extracted from the outer casing of the oat grain.   Common names for Oat Fiber The most common name variations include other oat derivative products including o... »

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Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Niacin

What is Niacin? Niacin, one of the B-vitamins, is an essential vitamin for humans and dogs.  Niacin occurs naturally in many foods, including organ meat like liver, beef, fish, poultry, eggs, and legumes.   Common names for Niacin The most common name variations for Niacin include Vitamin B-3 a... »

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Holiday Food Calories and the Price Your Dog Will Pay

Yes, it is holiday season.  In the U.S., we are celebrating our Thanksgiving holiday and will soon follow this up with Christmas/Hanukkah, and New Years feasts (Hanukkah overlaps with Thanksgiving this year).  Most of us will tend to overindulge and likely will pack on a few pounds if we aren’t care... »

This ‘N That Thursday Thanks – Turkey Day Infographic

This ‘N That Thursday Thanks – Turkey Day Infographic

We created a new infographic for Thanksgiving with some Turkey Day FIT tips. Tips for you and tips for your dog! Food tips, fitness tips. A little of this and a little of that. Enjoy.       We’ll be linking up to the special This ‘N That Thursday Thanksgiving edition spons... »

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Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Montomorillonite

Per special request of our friend Oz the Terrier, we are sticking with the letter  “m” for the second week in a row and are featuring “Montomorillonite” as our ingredient of the day.   What is Montomorillonite? According to Wikipedia, Montmorillonite is a very soft … group of minerals that typi... »

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Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Meat

    We now move to the letter “M” in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring “Meat” as our ingredient of the day.   What is meat? Seems like a trick question, doesn’t it? According to dictionary.com, the definition of meat is: the flesh of animals as used for food.  Accor... »

Zuke’s Giveaways

Zuke’s Giveaways

Poor Jack, his head is about to explode with all the Zuke’s talk going on this month. In case you haven’t noticed they are having a huge giveaway – actually a couple of giveaways. The first giveaway I want to talk about is their #FueltheLove to #FueltheCure program. The campaign in... »

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Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: L-Carnitine

We now move to the letter “L” in our Ingredient A to Z series and are featuring L-Carnitine as our ingredient of the day.   What is L-Carnitine? L-Carnitine is an amino acid that is naturally produced in the body.  It is required for the transport of fatty acids from the cytosol (the liquid ins... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Kelp

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Kelp

We now move to the letter “k” in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring kelp as our ingredient of the day.   What is kelp? According to Wikipedia, kelp as a large seaweed belonging to the brown algae family.   Kelp grow in ocean “kelp forests”.   Common names for kelp T... »

Pet obesity linked to emotional eating?

Pet obesity linked to emotional eating?

Stories like these make me smile and cry at the same time. In an article in the latest edition of the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, Franklin McMillan suggests pets sometimes eat to dispel negative emotions, stress and nervousness   Pet obesity linked to emotional eating – MyWebTimes.com... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Jicama

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Jicama

Today we move to the letter “j” in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring jicama as our ingredient of the day.   What is jicama? According to Wikipedia, jicama, which is scientifically known as Pachyrhizus erosus, is the name of a native Mexican vine, although the name most commonly ref... »

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Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Inulin

Today we move to the letter “I” in our ingredient A to Z series and we are featuring inulin as our ingredient of the day.   What is inulin? According to Wikipedia, inulins are a group of naturally occurring polysaccharides produced by many types of plants. Inulins are dietary fibers that are cl... »

herring

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Herring

Today we move to the letter “h” in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring herring as our ingredient of the day.   What is herring? According to Wikipedia, herring are a forage fish, mostly belonging to the family Clupeidae. They often move in large schools around fishing banks and near ... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z:  Glycerin

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Glycerin

What is glycerin? Glycerin , is a sweetener and binder (humectant) that is commonly produced as a byproduct of soap making.  It has traditionally been used in dog food as a texturing and sweetening agent.   Common names for glycerin The most common name variations include glycerol, vegetable gl... »

Fennel

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Fennel

Today we move to the letter F in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring fennel as our ingredient of the day.   What is fennel? Fennel is a perennial, aromatic herb with yellow flowers and a bulb like stem.  Although native to the Mediterranean, fennel is now found throughout the world. ... »

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Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Enterococcus Faecium

Today we move to the letter E in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring Enterococcus Faecium as our ingredient of the day.  Admittedly, this is one tough ingredient to understand and there is some conflicting, and somewhat scary, information on it!   What is enterococcus faecium? Entero... »

dandelion greens

Ingredients A to Z: Dandelion Greens in Dog Food

Before we begin today’s “D” entry of our Ingredients A to Z series, we wanted to share a statistic on our previous “C” post on calcium carbonate.  We searched for “calcium carbonate” in our food database and found that it was an ingredient in 45% of all dog foods. A similar search on the term “calci... »

Vitamins and Jack

Ingredients A to Z: Calcium Carbonate in Dog Food

Before we begin today’s “C” entry in our Ingredients A to Z series, we wanted to share a statistic on out previous “B” post on biotin.  We ran the numbers searched for “biotin” in our food database and found that biotin was an ingredient in 79% of all dog foods!  That is one popular ingredient. &nbs... »

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Ingredients A to Z: Biotin in Dog Food

What is biotin? Biotin is water soluble B vitamin that is essential for protein and fatty acid metabolism. Water soluble means that the body will not store excess amounts which are eliminated during urination. Common names for biotin Some common names for Biotin include vitamin B-7, vitamin H, and v... »

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Dear Labby – Why is ascorbic acid in my dog food?

Dear Labby, My dog food label is so confusing and contains many ingredients that I don’t recognize.  Today, I noticed that there is something called Ascorbic Acid in my dog’s food.  Acid?  Should I be concerned?  I don’t want to be feeding my dog acid! Signed, I am not a chemist Dear Chemist,  ... »

common dog food colorings

Colorings in Dog Food: The Numbers

This week we continue our discussion of colorings in dog food by analyzing our data to determine just how common is the use of artificial food colorings in dog food. If you read our MythBuster post yesterday, you would know that dogs don’t really see yellows, oranges or red coloring – so... »

Coloring in Dog Food – Unnecessary Evils

Coloring in Dog Food – Unnecessary Evils

This week, we will discuss one of our ‘pet peeves’ with the commercial dog food industry – food coloring in dog food.  For what it’s worth, we don’t understand or advocate food coloring in human food either but we will keep this focused on dog food. Why is there coloring in dog food? For... »

Sweetener Stats – Sweets in Dog Food and Treats.

Sweetener Stats – Sweets in Dog Food and Treats.

  Last week we wrote about the use of sweeteners in dog food and the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sweetener types.  That post made us wonder just how prevalent are these lower quality sweeteners so we dove into our data to find the answers.   We identified a set of low quality sweet... »

Sweeteners in Dog Food: What to Look For

Sweeteners in Dog Food: What to Look For

Two weeks ago we wrote about the use of preservatives in dog food and hopefully, we were able to shed some light on preservative alternatives.  This week, we will discuss the use of sweeteners in dog food.   A canine’s taste systems are very similar to humans and dog’s do indeed have a taste fo... »

Fruits Can Make a Treat Sweet- Cloud Star Dynamos

Fruits Can Make a Treat Sweet- Cloud Star Dynamos

We are helping to celebrate the two year anniversary of TT this week!  Kol and Sugar, the cohosts, have created an “Iron Chef” type of contest and asked for participants to share recipes or product reviews using a secret ingredient.  In this case, the secret ingredient is…..Fruit! Ironically, we wro... »

Preservatives in Dog Food – The Good and the Bad

Preservatives in Dog Food – The Good and the Bad

For this week’s Tasty Tuesday post, we will discuss the use of preservatives in commercial dog food.  Let me say up front that I wish that preservatives were not even needed—our belief is that you want to feed your dog (and yourself) things that contain as few unnatural additives as possible and as ... »

Fruits and Vegetables in your Dog’s Food

Fruits and Vegetables in your Dog’s Food

In recent posts, we have written about the importance and sources of the macro nutrients – protein, fat, and carbohydrates—in dog food.  Today we continue our analysis of some of the other key ingredient groups that are common in commercially available dog food, starting with fruits and vegetables. ... »

SlimDoggy Releases a Free Canine and Dog Food Calculator App

SlimDoggy Releases a Free Canine and Dog Food Calculator App

As some of you now know, we just released a free version of our iPhone App!  You can download it in the App store — click here.   For now, the free version provides virtually the same features that our paid version does although the paid version will be getting more frequent functional up... »

Super Food at SuperZoo

Super Food at SuperZoo

This week, we were in Las Vegas at SuperZoo, one of the Pet industry’s biggest trade shows.  There were close to 6,000 exhibitor booths, taking up the entire North Mandalay Bay Convention Center.  We taped a video segment  on PetWorldInsider.com with Robert Semrow which will be airing in a few... »

How Many Ingredients are in Dog Food?

How Many Ingredients are in Dog Food?

Today we begin a multi-part series on dog food ingredients that are typically secondary to the protein, fat, and carbohydrates.  We are going to parse out some of these and explain why they are included in the food recipe and what you should look for when evaluating your dog’s food.  To start, we wi... »

Protein & Fats & Carbs, Oh My!

Protein & Fats & Carbs, Oh My!

This week we continue our analysis of dog food data so that we can provide you with some benchmarks with which to judge the merits of your dog food choices.  We closed last week’s post by posing a question: Does the average dog food contain more protein, fat, or carbohydrates? Based on our prior pos... »

Ingredient Labels, Grains, and Some Data

Ingredient Labels, Grains, and Some Data

Last week we wrote about ingredient splitting and used our data to show that about 17% of all foods and treats have multiple forms of the “fillers” rice, corn, or wheat.  We then asked a related question—what percentage of all foods and treats contain at least one form of any of these fi... »

Maggie checking dog food label

Ingredient Label Tricks – Ingredient Splitting

Looking at the ingredient list on a dog food label is tricky.  In many cases, the lists are long and contain names of ingredients that we are not familiar with.  Today we begin a multi-part series that explains some simple ways to judge the ingredients in your dog’s food and provide some tips to hel... »

Dear Labby, My Rescue Cocker Spaniel is Chubby!

Dear Labby, My Rescue Cocker Spaniel is Chubby!

Dear Labby, My Cocker Spaniel, who we rescued from a shelter 6 months ago, is 5 yrs old and has gained four lbs.  She is looking too chubby and we don’t know what to do! She weighs 27.4 lbs, and the vet thinks she should be at 22-23 lbs. I feed her Nutrisca dry food, chicken and chickpea recip... »

Celery ?!?

Celery ?!?

We have several farms in our neighborhood that grow different crops at different times of the year. The one right at the end of our street usually grows hot red peppers (I think they are ‘Fresno’ Peppers), but this spring they planted something different. For awhile I thought it was pars... »

Is My Dog Food Low in Carbs?

Is My Dog Food Low in Carbs?

Last week we talked about the role of carbohydrates in a dog’s diet, their benefits and sources. Today we will show you how to determine the carbohydrate amount in your dog’s food so that you can easily assess whether your dog food is providing the needed energy requirements from the proper sources.... »

What are you feeding your dog?

What are you feeding your dog?

What’s really in your dogs food? Do you know? We might read the first couple of ingredients, but then our mind goes numb at all those other things you can’t spell or pronounce. The SlimDoggy App and our Widget both provide access to our proprietary Food Database. We’ve captured the... »

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