Category: Nutrition

Fruit and Vegetable Washes: Yes or No?

Fruit & Vegetable Washes: Yes or No?

As much as we at Hemopet advocate feeding your animal and bird companions some fruits and vegetables, we also have been writing about what’s lurking in your water and food. So, you might be thinking, “Maybe I should reconsider the use of fruit and vegetable washes.” Are they better than water to rinse off your…

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How to Get Your Companion Pet to Take Medication

How to Get Your Companion Pet to Take Medication

Was your first reaction, “That’s easy. Peanut butter.”? Peanut butter is definitely one method to get your companion pet to take medication. Problem is that peanut butter is highly allergenic and a dog or cat might become intolerant of (sensitive to) it. Another reason is a person in your household might actually have a peanut…

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Nitrates and Nitrites in Pet Food

Nitrates and Nitrites in Pet Food

A disturbing and tragic report came out in 1997 that chronicled the deaths of three cats in New Zealand. Upon necropsy, each of the cats’ blood had a brownish discoloration. This abnormal color suggested methemoglobinemia, which is due to nitrate or nitrite poisoning. The commercial cat foods they were eating were tested for nitrite, a…

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UN Lays Out the Case for Plant-Based Diets to Combat Climate Change

UN Lays Out the Case for Plant-Based Diets

Before we get into the United Nations (UN) report entitled “Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems”, we would like to address some of the headlines we’ve read covering this report. Yahoo News: “People ‘have to…

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dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs a study on protein source

Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs: Study on Protein Source

Null Hypothesis: Animal ingredients are essential for amino acid homeostasis in dogs. Alternative Hypothesis: Animal ingredients are not essential for amino acid homeostasis in dogs. Homeostasis Definition: Any process that living things use to actively maintain fairly stable conditions necessary for survival. Prospective Study: Amino Acid Concentrations and Echocardiographic Findings in Dogs Fed a Commercial…

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More Need-to-Knows About Raw Diets for Pets

More Need-to-Knows About Raw Pet Food Diets

Dr. Dodds and many veterinarians advocate feeding raw pet food to companion dogs and cats. We have discussed the topic of raw pet food diets numerous times before as in our article, Pet Foods: Raw Vs. Cooked Food Diets and Bacteria Concerns. We have noticed that the health and vigor of pets improve immensely when…

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Hemopet Responds to the FDA Implicating 16 Brands of Dog Food That May Cause Heart Disease in Dogs

Hemopet Responds to the FDA Implicating 16 Brands of Dog Food That May Cause Heart Disease in Dogs

On June 27, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) named 16 brands of dog food that may cause heart disease in dogs. The specific heart condition is called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). This release has caused national and international concern bordering upon hysteria, without any admitted good reason for listing these food brands. In…

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