Pet owners, veterinarians and retailers often rely on the guaranteed analysis (GA) of pet foods to help determine if the food provides adequate nutrition and to assess quality. Is this a good way to evaluate foods? The GA provides percentages – but does it tell us anything about the grams of protein, fat or other amount of other nutrients like calcium?
These are commonly recommended and used by pet parents all over. However, there is some evidence to suggest that the typical ‘maze’ style feeders may actually cause more harm than good. This is because the nose is one of the most sensitive part of a dogs body since it is filled with nerve endings. Constant ‘poking’ while dogs attempt to eat from traditional slow feeders can sometimes cause food aversion, frustration (e.g. tipping the bowl) and lack of joy around
2020 surely had it’s fair share of problems – however the pet industry has also still been fighting off a fair amount of bad press, and misrepresentation of data and information surrounding grain-free and grain-inclusive pet foods. So what’s the verdict? In September of 2020 the FDA determined that there was no inherent danger to feeding grain-free pet foods. In fact, heart disease, specifically Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a multifactorial issue that will be studied for years to come. For
Everything you NEED to know about pet poison control in one helpful link. While we hope you never need it – it’s always good to have the Pet Poison Control number saved in case you ever do! Here are some little-known facts surrounding the Pet Poison Control service in hopes it helps you to avoid some frustration and save you previous time in the event of an emergency.
I often get asked where I learned ‘everything’ I know about pet nutrition. The truth is, the more I learn the more I realize I don’t know… that’s because nutrition, much like medicine, is an art. It will be applied differently based on the situation in front of you which can have a lot of variables.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us all to look at the world a bit differently. It’s influenced the way we work, how we shop, and even the way we gather. But there’s another way the pandemic is influencing our lives: the names of our pets. According to a survey conducted by Rover.com, a network of pet sitters and dog walkers, top-trending COVID-19-related names include Covi, Rona, Corona, and Covie.
The word holistic started gaining popularity in the late 1960’s and has been increasing in popularity ever since. The word has many different meanings to many different people. For most, the word brings about thoughts of wholesome, healthy, natural, fresh, etc. As consumers, we’re conditioned to think holistic represents at least some level of quality, purity, or healthfulness of a pet food product bearing the term. It gives us a sense of confidence and trust in the product. But what is special about pet food packaging that proudly claims the product is holistic? Are there any guarantees?
Since 2018, Canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) has been a hot topic in the pet food industry, the veterinary community, the press and among pet owners. Although some veterinarians hypothesized there may be a potential association, there has never been a proven direct link (i.e., cause and effect) to grain-free foods (both over the counter or therapeutic) causing DCM in dogs including the FDA investigation.