Category: Nutrition

Residue and Resistance: Antibiotics in Meat

    The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) issued an alarming report the first week of April 2018 about a superbug nicknamed “nightmare bacteria”, scientifically named Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), that is resistant to antibiotics. To give you a point of reference, you are probably more familiar with other superbugs such as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus…

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The March to Cage-Free and Free-Range Eggs: Are They Safe and Nutritious?

Approximately 200 companies have pledged to only sell, or use in their products, cage-free eggs. These companies are not just your local food cooperative or all-natural specialty grocery stores like Whole Foods. We are talking about huge, conventional and mainstream companies ranging from McDonald’s to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. This sea change is attributed primarily…

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Nutrient Comparison of Popular Dog Food Ingredients

In February 2018, a study was published in the Canadian Veterinary Journal by Mikkyla Reid, Adronie Verbrugghe and Anna Shoveller that reviewed popular dog food ingredients and their nutritional value among four different international databases. The premise of this study was to assess foods from a different angle and bring the homemadepet food discussion back…

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Mad Cow, Chronic Wasting and Other Prion Diseases

Prion diseases are quite rare and relatively unknown, yet always deadly. This group of diseases has the potential to jump between species via routes such as ingestion or from a blood transfusion. Scientists believe prion diseases could spread between animals through body fluids like feces, saliva, or urine, either through direct or indirect contact through…

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Trichinosis from U.S. Pork Eradicated?

Many veterinarians warn against serving dogs and cats raw or undercooked pork because of Trichinella spiralis, an intestinal roundworm parasite that causes trichinosis (aka trichinellosis). Recently, we have heard that Trichinella spiralis has been virtually eradicated – or effectively diminished – from the United States pork industry. We had specific questions about these claims and…

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Pet Foods: Raw vs. Cooked Food Diets and Bacteria Concerns

The debate over which type of diet is best for dogs and other pets – raw meat-based or cooked meat-based – often stirs strong emotions and polarizes people into taking “sides”, often with no room for acceptance of the other viewpoint. Proponents of raw food diets cite numerous benefits, including: More closely mirrors the evolutionary…

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Green Bananas vs. Ripe Bananas for Dogs and Horses

Are you wondering why a veterinarian is writing on the difference between green bananas and ripe bananas?  Well, dogs and horses can and do eat bananas, which are rich in the minerals potassium and magnesium, as well as folate, a B vitamin. Clearly, we can all feel a texture and taste difference between green and…

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