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Pet Emergency Kit (from PetMD.com)

From Petmd.com When disaster strikes, being stocked and ready to face an emergency is the best way to keep your family safe. Your pets can’t fend for themselves and are especially vulnerable if you’re forced to batten down the hatches because of bad weather. Here, ten items to include in a pet emergency kit so […]

How to Choose the Best Large Breed Puppy Food and Lower Your Dog’s Risk of Hip Dysplasia

The following is from the Dog Food Advisor website: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/best-large-breed-puppy-food/   Choosing the best large breed puppy foods — and feeding them in the right amount — can significantly lower your dog’s risk of developing hip dysplasia during growth.1 That’s because the nutritional needs of large and giant breedpuppies are different from those of small […]

Introducing Acana Regionals

Announcing the addition of Acana Regionals! From Champion Pet Foods…..the makers of Orijen.  Made from Canada’s best and freshest ingredients, ACANA Regionals reflect our local heritage and express the diversity of fresh authentic foods produced from western Canada’s vast ranchlands, rich prairies, fertile valleys, and pristine waters. Rich in protein, low in carbohydrates and entirely grain-free, these […]

Comparing Dog Food Labels

To follow-up on dog food labeling here is a label from a leading seller that many think is a great pet food. GUARANTEED ANALYSIS 25.0%    Crude Protein (min) 10.0%     Crude Fat (min) 4.0%      Crude Fiber (max) 14.0%    Moisture (max) 1.5%     Linoleic Acid (min) 1.0%     Calcium (Ca) (min) 0.2 mg/kg   Selenium (Se) (min) 10,000 IU/kg   Vitamin […]

What’s All that Stuff in the Ingredient List?  

  Here is a description of various ingredients that you might see in many pet foods.   This is from AAFCO…..   You may be surprised! Meat is the clean flesh derived from slaughtered mammals and is limited to that part of the striate muscle which is skeletal or that part which is found in the tongue, in […]

Pet Food Labeling….Crude Protein?

So what is crude protein?    How much crude protein does my dog or cat need in their diet?     Crude protein is a calculated value based on a laboratory evaluation of the nitrogen level in the food ingredients.   Protein can be derived from any number of animal and/or non-animal sources.    A pet food containing many […]

Rate Your Dog’s Condition

UNDERWEIGHT Your dog is not getting enough to eat if you can easily see its ribs, vertebrae, and pelvic bones, feel no fat on the bones, and possibly notice some loss of muscle mass. If chronically underfed, adult dogs may experience impaired ability to nurse young and perform work, and increased susceptibility to bac- terial […]

So What’s In a Pet Food Label?

So what’s in a pet food label?   The Association of American Feed Control Officials stipulate 8 items that must be included on a pet food label.    There’s a lot of fine print regarding what has to go where on the bag and some of the terminology but in essence here are the 8:   […]