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Natural and Organic Pet Foods: There is a difference

Written By Christina Brownlow   As more Pet Parents are giving careful consideration to what’s going into their pet’s food bowls, natural and organic pet foods are becoming increasingly popular choices.  In fact, Pet Parents spent $1 billion last year on natural pet food and $67 million on organic pet food, according to PetFoodIndustry.com Amid the buzz whirling around & Read more �

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Using Milk Replacer for Puppies

What is Milk Replacer for Puppies? Sometimes mothers aren’t able to nurse their pups, whether it’s because of absence, psychological inability or a failure to produce milk. These puppies can still grow to be healthy and strong if cared for properly. Commercially available milk replacers offer an alternative that regular, store-bought cow’s or goat’s milk can’t (do not attempt to feed & Read more �

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Are You Feeding Your Dog the Best Food?

As the old adage goes, you are what you eat. The same rings true for your pet. But with so many food options to choose from, how do you know you’re feeding your dog the very best? Mark Finke, Ph.D., a pet nutritionist and director of Merchandising Technical Services at PetSmart, gives us his expert opinion on how to choose & Read more �

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FAQs on Dog Treats

How many treats can I give my dog each day? The most important thing you need to know is that treats should be no more than 10% of your pet's total calorie intake. How many treats can I give my dog each day? The most important thing you need to know is that dog treats should be no more than 10% of your & Read more �

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How to Properly and Safely Store Your Pet's Food

No one – including cats and dogs – likes stale food or eating mold and insects. That’s why it’s critically important to store your pet food properly. How to store it, though, depends on the type of food your pet eats and the climate in your area. Mark Finke, PetSmart’s director of Merchandising Technical Services, recommends the following guidelines: No one & Read more �

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How to Choose the Right Bowl/Feeder for Your Pet

You have plenty of choices when it comes to pet food and water bowls for your pet, and there’s a good reason for that. Pets and Pet Parents alike have unique individual needs, and there are varieties to meet just about all of them. According to PetSmart Buyer Reyna Jew – who personally selects the bowls carried in PetSmart stores & Read more �

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Keeping the Garden Safe for Your Pets

A leafy green yard is a retreat from everyday stresses for people, but could present a minefield of health problems for rambunctious pets -- if you're not careful. A leafy green yard is a retreat from everyday stresses for people, but could present a minefield of health problems for rambunctious pets -- if you're not careful. Take the lawn, for & Read more �

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Choosing the Right Rawhide for Your Dog

Rawhide can be a great treat for your dog, but which one is the right choice for your pup? Here are some tips to help you choose the right chew. How do I know I'm choosing the right type of rawhide? Rawhide can be a great treat for your dog, but which one is the right choice for your pup? Here are some tips to & Read more �

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What Does Organic Mean and other FAQs About Organic Pet Food

Considering feeding your pet an organic diet? Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about organic pet foods:   Considering feeding your pet an organic diet? Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about organic pet foods:   WHY SHOULD DOG AND CAT PARENTS CHOOSE ORGANIC FOOD AND TREATS?   REASON #1: SAFETY   Feeding organic takes pet food and treat safety to a & Read more �

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Nutrition for Small Dogs

Is your dog a small dog? Small dogs like Yorkshire Terriers, Dachshunds and Chihuahuas can weigh between 6 and 20 pounds and stand between 6 and 17 inches tall. When choosing the right food for your small dog, consider these special nutritional needs:   -         Small dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs. Premium foods with high-quality ingredients and protein sources & Read more �

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Your Dog's Health

Preventive care Good preventive care begins with careful attention to the basics: Nutrition A healthy, nutritious diet builds a foundation for well-being and disease prevention throughout your Pet's life. As a dog ages, their nutritional needs change; for example, a puppy needs a diet high in calories and protein to maintain its active lifestyle and to grow healthy bones and muscles. An older & Read more �

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How to Change Your Pet's Diet

If you have decided to change your pet's diet, feed your pet a combination of the new and old food over a 10-day period to get them used to the new texture and smell. Abrupt changes to a pet's diet can trigger diarrhea and other intestinal upsets, especially if your pet has a sensitive stomach, so be deliberate and consistent & Read more �

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Keep ''people food'' off your pet's holiday menu

Keep your pet safe and healthy this holiday season by saying "no" to the following holiday foods: Keep your pet safe and healthy this holiday season by saying "no" to the following holiday foods: Just say no to holiday table scraps. Pets love rich scraps such as drippings, gravy and poultry skin; however, they can cause pets to suffer from severe indigestion, diarrhea & Read more �

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Make a Healthy Treat for Your Pet

Everyone loves a special treat, even your pets. If you have some extra time or are looking for a fun project to do with the kids, make a healthy, low-calorie treat for your furry family member. And when feeding your pet treats, remember to keep them in moderation and count them as part of their daily dietary intake.   Look’n lean liver treats   Ingredients: 3 1/2 oz. jar of & Read more �

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Macadamia Nuts, Tomatoes Added to List of Dangerous Foods for Dogs

As a Pet Parent, you know chocolate and alcoholic beverages can be toxic to dogs. Now you can add macadamia nuts, tomatoes and a few more foods to that list. According to the "Hound Health Handbook" by Betsy Brevitz, DVM, the following foods can be unhealthy, even toxic, to your best friend: As a Pet Parent, you know chocolate and alcoholic beverages & Read more �

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Dog Supplements and Their Benefits

Premium pet foods that are designed for puppy growth and health maintenance supply all the needed vitamins and minerals to sustain normal growth, provided the puppy or dog eats it well. But at times, certain conditions like itchy skin or hip and joint stiffness require additional nutritional care. That's where supplements come in and a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and supplements are & Read more �

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Dog Health Care

Nutrition A healthy, nutritious diet builds a foundation for well-being and disease prevention throughout your Pet's life. As a dog ages, their nutritional needs change; for example, a puppy needs a diet high in calories and protein to maintain its active lifestyle and to grow healthy bones and muscles. An older dog may need a diet restricted in calories and & Read more �

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How Life Stage Dog Foods Differ

When shopping for dog food, it is common to buy by the brand. Beyond the brand of the food, you should take into consideration the life stage of your dog. Life stages refer to the various developmental stages of a pet's life. For dogs it means puppy, adult, senior and for some dogs, a lower calorie diet for inactive or & Read more �

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Pet Food Ingredient Definitions

Animal Digest/Digest The material that results from the chemical and/or enzymatic breakdown of clean animal tissue. If from a particular source may be labeled as such (i.e., chicken digest). Used to enhance the palatability of pet food products. Animal Fat See "Fat/Animal Fat" Ash Ash is a measure of the total minerals in a diet. Since minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron, & Read more �

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Choosing the right food for your dog

Most foods are available in specific formulations tailored to match your dog's age, breed, weight and activity level, called life-stage formulas. Most brands are divided by life stage into the following categories. Most foods are available in specific formulations tailored to match your dog's age, breed, weight and activity level, called life-stage formulas. Most brands are divided by life stage into & Read more �

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Senior Foods for Dogs

As your dog ages he may benefit from a senior diet. While not much is known about the nutrition of older dogs, we know: First, older dogs are more sedentary and require fewer calories (i.e., lower fat) Second, older dogs may benefit from a diet lower in phosphorus Third, a moderate level of fiber in the diet helps prevent constipation and maintain gastro-intestinal & Read more �

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Nutrition

Why does my dog need to have a nutritionally balanced diet? Dogs require a minimum of 39 nutrients, all in the correct proportion, to maintain their health. These nutrients include amino acids, fats, vitamins and minerals. The nutrients must be in a form that can be used by dogs. The food containing these nutrients must also be palatable so dogs & Read more �

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Feeding Your Senior Dog

Join the weight watchers Older dogs tend to put on weight as their metabolism slows and creakiness sets in. But excess weight puts added pressure on sore joints and backs, says Dr. Wynn. Forgo weight-reducing or senior diets, which may not have enough high-quality meat ingredients. Instead, give your dog slightly smaller servings of a high-quality food. Supplement the diet & Read more �

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Nutrition for Small-sized Dogs

Despite their smaller stature, small-sized dogs are often the first to speak and the last to back down. They tend to rely on their wit and clever nature to make up for their small physical state. Small Dogs Aren't Just "Smaller" As you might expect, small dogs differ from larger dog breeds in more ways than reduced size. Despite their & Read more �

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Proper Nutrition for Your New Dog

  Your new family member deserves optimal nutrition Just like humans, dogs have different nutritional needs at different stages of their lives. And just as you would provide good nutrition for someone you love, you will also want to do everything you can to ensure that your dog has a complete, balanced, and tasty menu that provides him with optimal nutrition. This & Read more �

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Keys To Feeding Your Pet A Balanced Diet

How do you make sure your Pet's diet is healthy? Banfield, The Pet Hospital® strongly recommends that you: - Feed premium Pet foods. Premium foods, like those produced by Royal Canin, are usually sold only at Pet stores like PetSmart. These foods offer high-quality ingredients, are made by companies known for nutrition research, and show a solid track record of quality & Read more �

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Did you know... it's normal for dogs and cats to eat grass?

It's normal for dogs and cats to eat grass. In fact, dogs in the wild eat grass to supplement their diet with vegetation. You don't have to discourage your pet from nibbling on grass unless the ground has been treated with herbicides, insecticides or fertilizers, or unless eating grass causes vomiting. Banfield, the Pet Hospital

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Green Paw Print Tip #3: Consider switching to natural or organic pet foods.

These days, there’s a great choice of humanely-produced pet foods from manufacturers who support sustainable production. Many natural pet foods are made from whole ingredients and do not contain artificial preservatives. Organic pet foods are made from ingredients that are raised or grown without manufactured pesticides and fertilizers, drugs or hormones. These days, there’s a great choice of humanely-produced pet foods & Read more �

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How to Choose the Right Natural Chew for Your Dog

Pig Ears and Chew Hooves and Bones, oh my! In addition to rawhide, other natural treats include pig ears, chew hooves and bones. Following is some information to help you decide if these treats are right for your pet. Pig ears are all natural pork, processed without preservatives, artificial coloring or flavoring. They're 100 percent digestible, and easier to digest than rawhide. They're also & Read more �

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Does My Puppy Need Vitamins?

If you're feeding your puppy a puppy specialty food (such as Authority, Blue Buffalo and Eukanuba), additional supplementation probably isn't necessary. But, your dog's age, overall health, exercise level, environment and breed can all be factors to consider in whether or not to add supplements. So talk with your vet, who may suggest certain supplements at certain times of the year, such & Read more �

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