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Nurturing a dog or cat is not as easy at it looks from the outside. Suddenly, you find yourself fretting over collars, shampoos, treats... Once you have finally picked the right food, then you have to decide which method of feeding you are going to use. There are two main methods, both of which have their own benefits and drawbacks. Credit: Getty Creative Free Feeding Free feeding is when you fill a bowl and leave it out for your pet, allowing her to eat as much as she chooses when she chooses to. This method works best with dry foods, since they do not spoil as quickly as wet foods. One of the obvious advantages of free choice feeding is that you do not have to worry about making it home...

Dogs Are What They Eat

Feeding a high quality diet is one of the most important things you, as a dog owner, can do to keep your dog healthy and active. But what constitutes a high quality dog food and how can you tell if your dog is receiving the nutrition he needs to thrive? Credit: Getty Creative A high quality diet is one that is complete and balanced, containing all of the nutrients necessary to support your dog's body functions. There are six nutrient groups that are important for all dogs: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. RELATED: Large Breed Puppy Food vs. Adult Dog Food: What's the Difference? Proteins Proteins perform many functions and are important for growth,...

WASHINGTON - US authorities have yet to determine what exactly caused the deaths of more than 1,000 dogs that consumed jerky pet treats made in China, a Congressional panel heard Tuesday. Credit: Getty Creative Major pet supply retailers Petco and Petsmart have said they will phase out all China-made pet food in their stores over the coming months, amid growing consumer jitters about the safety of their ingredients. Tracey Forfa of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told the Congressional-Executive Commission on China that more than 5,600 dogs in the United States are known to have fallen ill since 2007 due to jerky products imported from China. "Unfortunately, to date, the FDA has...

Best Food for Pets with Cancer

Nutrition can play a significant role in the management of dogs and cats with cancer, a predominant illness and killer among pets. But how? Credit: Getty Creative RELATED: Who's For Safer Pet Foods? The FDA, For One Although the ideal nutritional requirements for pets with cancer remains unknown, we do know that these animals show signs of alterations in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and that changes in the metabolism of these nutrients will often precede any clinical signs of disease and/or cachexia. Therefore, general dietary recommendations for pets with cancer typically consist of a combination of: –Small amounts of complex carbohydrates (crude fiber levels >...

Probiotics are all the rage. Numerous nutritional supplements, and even foods like yogurt, contain these live microorganisms (bacteria and/or yeast) that can provide health benefits when given to an animal or person. We tend to think of probiotics when considering gastrointestinal health or disease, and they certainly do play an important role in this regard. Credit: Getty Creative Take a dog with diarrhea, for example. Whatever the cause - stress, dietary indiscretion, infection, antibiotic therapy, etc. - the diarrhea sometimes persists even after the inciting issue has been handled. This often results from an imbalance between the microorganisms in the gut that promote normal function...

Unfortunately, one of the topics that we seem to touch upon frequently here is pet food safety, or more specifically, the lack thereof. A rule late last month proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the 2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act could potentially change that. The goal of the proposed rule, called "Preventive Control for Food for Animals," is to protect all animal foods, including those fed to companion animals and livestock, from disease-causing bacteria, chemicals, and other contaminants. RELATED: Large Breed Puppy Food vs. Adult Dog Food: What's The Difference? Under current regulations, the FDA tends to only get fully involved once a problem has been...