Category: Nutrition

Tiptoeing from Treats into Home Cooking for Pets

I often hear from frustrated clients who are unable to find a commercial pet food that does not contain an ingredient or ingredients to which their pet may react. This is definitely a shortcoming from an industry that provides an abundance of choices. My suggestion is always to home cook and freeze meals for a…

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Weight Control for Optimal Health

Pet Obesity: A National Epidemic In 2012, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found that 52.5% of dogs are overweight or obese. Also in 2012, Banfield Pet Hospital demonstrated a link between pet obesity and illness. The report analyzed data from > 2 million dogs, finding:• 42% of diabetic, 40% of arthritic, and 61% of…

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Vitamins and Minerals – Supplementation and Overdoing It

Vitamins and minerals supplementation is a precise science as it depends upon a delicate balance between appropriate amounts versus the potential for deficiency or toxicity. This is particularly important regarding calcium and phosphorus, which Diana Laverdure and I discuss at length in our book, Canine Nutrigenomics: The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum…

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Dog and Cat Pea Intolerance

Commercial pet food manufacturers are increasingly adding peas or pea fiber to dog and cat food. Several reasons exist for this uptick.1. Peas are considered a “better-for-you” replacement for consumers demanding soy-free and grain-free pet foods.2. Peas are used instead of white potatoes which rank high on the glycemic index and prevalent sensitivities.3. Pea and…

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GMO Foods and Mycotoxins in Pet Foods

Introduction There is little doubt today that nutrition plays a key role in maintaining the health and longevity of human and animal populations and their resistance to disease (1-3). Food and diet can directly affect the expression of our genetic potential. In the last 15 years, medical, veterinary and nutrition scientists have begun applying genomics…

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The No-Carb Kick Needs to Be Checked

Feeding overcooked white rice is an age old method to curb mild diarrhea in dogs. White rice does rank high on the glycemic index so I suggest only feeding it for a very short period of time and in moderation. Better still, feed well-cooked brown rice instead. (Persistent diarrhea needs to be attended to by…

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Pancreatitis in Dogs & Cats

Background As part of the endocrine and digestive system, the pancreas is necessary for digestion of foods, producing enzymes that digest food, and producing insulin. Pancreatitis, inflammation of the pancreas, disrupts the flow of these enzymes into the digestive tract and leaking them into the abdomen. Rapid enzymatic digestion of the exposed tissues occurs, along…

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