Category: Nutrition

An Explanation of Nutrigenomics

Nutrigenomics. Scary word, right? It is purely a newer compounded word that even at the time of this writing, Microsoft Word does not recognize it in its dictionary. I want to take a moment to break it down and explain it to you. Nutri = Nutrition Genomics = A discipline in genetics that applies molecular…

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Dietary Modification to Reduce Copper Accumulation

We now realize that the American Cocker Spaniel is susceptible to the heritable accumulation of abnormal amounts of copper in the liver with resultant chronic liver failure. This disease has previously been called chronic active hepatitis. It appears that the problem has been sporadically present in some of the best bloodlines of all three American…

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Diets for Canine Liver Dysfunctions

In general, raw diets can be beneficial for dogs with cancer and most conditions, except if the cancer is in the bowel or liver or if the dog has a clinically expressed liver dysfunction. This is because bacteria in the food could multiply – especially if the contractions and relaxations (peristalsis) of bowel segments are irregular…

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Guest Blog Post: Easy-to-Bake Dog Treats

Thanks to Coleen for providing us with photos and an easy-to-bake dog treat recipe for any dog to enjoy! I make my own treats because after his NutriScan results showed many intolerances there are few commercial options out there and with agility training I reward often! I then can control the ingredients and also the fat…

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Food Sourcing: Six Tips When Choosing Your Pet’s Diet

The chicken jerky crisis and the 2007 pet food recall have raised consumer awareness levels about food sourcing. The pets who passed away are truly angel sentinels who saved thousands of others from the same fate. I often think the topic of food sourcing is brushed aside instead of really discussing solutions and acting on…

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Is a grain-free diet truly grain-free?

Packaged Facts – a publisher of market research in the food, beverage, consumer packaged goods, and demographic sectors – in last year’s report stated that 89% of pet owners surveyed purchase kibble, 10% steer towards natural/organic, and 6% buy grain-free foods. I was surprised by these findings since the grain-free trend is skyrocketing, and did…

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