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Demystifying the Dog Food Label

When shopping for a dog food, do you ever wonder just what some of the information printed on the label means? Do you understand what the nutritional information really means for your dog's health? Credit: Flickr/Eliott Mason To help you make sense of it all, petMD, in partnership with Hill's Science Diet has developed a special tool to teach dog owners about balanced diets. This tool is called MyBowl, an interactive method of teaching dog owners what to look for on the dog food label. VIEW SLIDESHOW: Demystifying the Dog Food Label LOOK AT THE LABEL There is a wealth of information to be found on a dog food label. The two main parts of a label are the principal display panel (PDP) and...

Figuring Out Carb Levels in Cat Foods

Given the controversy surrounding carbohydrates in the diets of cats, you'd think it would be relatively easy to determine how many carbs a particular food contains, but that's not the case. Credit: Thinkstock Cat foods that adhere to the standards put forth by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) must provide certain information on their labels. This includes the diet's minimum crude protein percentage, minimum crude fat percentage, maximum crude fiber percentage, and maximum moisture percentage. Note the absence of carbohydrates. RELATED: Choosing Your Cat's Food Should Be Convenient In the past, I haven't been too worried about the lack of a reported number for...

At the risk of upsetting my cat Murphy - who I'm convinced can not only read, but speed-read - here's the latest bulletin from the world of cat feeder facial recognition technology. Credit: YouTube/Meow B. The Bistro smart cat feeder, designed by a team called 42ARK out of Taiwan, is the sort of crazy idea that Just Might Work. Currently in crowdfunding stage, the device combines several different technologies to ensure your cat is eating properly. That's "properly" as defined by humans, not by cats, which is why I just let Murphy outside and am typing this in the closet. Like other automated cat feeders, the Bistro lets owners dispense measured amounts of food when kitty is home...

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...

Dedicated cat owners are a heterogeneous group. I have met some whose lives are focused on their fur kids. Others still love their cats, but have additional interests and/or responsibilities that can distract from their cat's care. I suspect most of us fall somewhere in the middle of this continuum. Credit: Thinkstock If you are an uber-dedicated owner, you may have the time, energy, and money to home-cook your cat's food or make a special trip across town to the boutique pet store to buy a special diet. The rest of us, however, might do better to stick with a readily available brand of cat food. Why? Cats are notoriously resistant to changes in their diet and when you realize you're out...

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,...