Category Archives: Food

Family Grocery List Goes to the Dogs

According to a recent study published in the journal Agriculture and Human Values, consumers are becoming more aware of what they eat, with health consciousness linked to less illness, greater physical activity and even higher income levels. This awareness extends to what’s served on the dinner table and what’s poured into dog bowls. Some pet […]

Veterinarians Inspire New Dog Foods

At least 7.3 million dogs in the United States are 11 years of age or older, according to researchers at University of California, Davis. Since North American and European dogs have an average life span of 12.8 years, the numbers suggest that more canines than ever are reaching their senior years, likely pushing the life […]

“Natural” Dog Food Explained

What Is the Best Natural Dog Food

“I feel like if she eats healthy now, she’ll stay healthier, and we’ll have fewer vet bills later.” Like Davis, you are probably more concerned about putting “natural,” or minimally processed, foods on your dinner table, and that standard now extends to what’s in Fido’s bowl. Davis says she looks for recognizable ingredients, such as […]

Selecting the Best Kibble for Your Dog

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However, Only 11 percent of U.S. pet owners consider their pet’s age when determining which formula to feed their pet. “I always tell my patients that healthy checkups start on the inside,” says Dr. Katy Nelson. Dr. Nelson is an emergency veterinarian in Alexandria, Va., who is also a member of the Iams Pet Wellness Council, who […]

Is Wet Dog Food Right For Your Dog?

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Prebiotics, New Ingredients, and Recipes This year, expect to see flavor combinations and ingredients usually associated with your foods — such as simmered beef, marinated chicken, garden vegetables, and juicy turkey. Just remember that these foods are specially formulated to meet your dog’s nutritional needs, which are different from human requirements. Look for prebiotics, a […]

The Best Way To Feed Your Dog

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and specialized nutrients,” says Dr. Amy Dicke, a veterinarian who also consults on the nutritional aspects of pet food.  As a general rule, it’s wise to feed your pet the best food you can afford. “From foods which use human-quality sources, to foods which use the scraps off of the slaughterhouse floor, you truly do […]

Feeding Your Dog the Environmentally Friendly Way

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“If you’re going to do it right, you need to be eco-conscious right across the board.” The Green Dog Movement As you seek out more natural foods for yourself, and continue to recycle packaging, think about doing so for your dogs.  “I think for all my clients, sustainability takes a backseat to nutrition,” says Dr. […]

How Do You Read The Guaranteed Analysis On Dog Food?

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Here, Dicke and Dr. Katy Nelson, an emergency veterinarian in Alexandria, Va., take you through the guaranteed analysis information on dog food, explaining its many benefits — and its limitations. What the Guaranteed Analysis Will and Will Not Do “Guarantees indicate the nutrient will be present at no more or no less, depending on the […]

The Dog Food Manufacture Process: Then and Now

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According to Stephen Zawistowski, science advisor for The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, one day in the mid-1800s, lightning rod salesman James Spratt had a light bulb moment while he was standing on a dock. Spratt, from Ohio, “watched how dogs would eat up hardtack biscuits on fishing docks, and thought, […]