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Lectins: The Least Understood Hot Nutritional Topic These Days

Lectins are among the hot nutritional topics these days thatneed a dose of reality. Some people are touting “Avoid!” Other people respond, “Impossible.” I am firmly in the second camp; we need lectins. So, before discussing them, let’s put them in perspective. In life, we hope to simplify decision-making into black or white outcomes. Indeed,…

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The 6 Pillars of Choosing Commercial Pet Foods

Choosing pet foods is possibly one of the most overwhelming decisions. Think about choosing pet food like choosing a pizza for yourself. Pizza 1. Do you want a wheat crust or white crust?2. Do you want a gluten-free crust?3. Do you want thin, original, New York or Chicago style?4. Do you want tomato sauce?5. If…

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Protein and Senior Dogs by Diana Laverdure-Dunetz

Diana Laverdure-Dunetz is my co-author for Canine Nutrigenomics: TheNew Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum Health and The Canine ThyroidEpidemic: Answers You Need for Your Dog. I am pleased to share with you an excerpt from her two-part article covering preventative measures on canine aging. Her originalarticle is very comprehensive and covers topics I…

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Balancing Phytoestrogens for Companion Pets

    A phytoestrogen is an estrogen-like compound occurring naturally in plants of the legume family and in grains, vegetables, and fruits.  Phytoestrogens have been widely researched for their health benefits to help prevent certain types of cancer and other aging-related disorders but are also believed to be endocrine disruptors.  In the instance of phytoestrogens,…

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Raw Diets and Bloodwork Results: Should you be concerned?

For almost two decades, the veterinary community has debated the effects of raw diets on laboratory blood and urine results. Unfortunately, the debate has not been definitively resolved and is now sending confusing mixed messages to companion animal parents. I want to give my conclusive opinion, based upon published results and personal experience. Blood is my thing. I am…

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The Six Processed Forms of Dog and Cat Food

The numerous pet food options available today often present a quagmire to most pet owners – as it can be difficult to process all of it! Essentially, dog and cat foods are processed six different ways to become the end product – kibble, canned, dehydrated, freeze dried, raw, or home cooking – that your pet…

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