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:
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.
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.
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 �
Many cats eat in cycles, a trait passed down from wild ancestors that hunted for food. Don't mistake these peaks and valleys as signs that your cat dislikes its food. Switching pet food brands frequently in response to your cat's whims can reinforce bad eating habits and create finicky eaters.
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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.
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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. & Read more �
Many cat owners are discovering that providing their cat with live greenery to nibble on is a safe and healthy way to bring a taste of the outdoors to their indoor cat.
Cat owners may be surprised when they see their carnivorous feline indulging in greenery. PetSmart’s feline expert and veterinarian Dr. Robyn Jaynes, says that Pet Parents frequently ask why & Read more �
Along with regular exercise and veterinary care, a healthy diet is perhaps the best way you can contribute to your Pet's prolonged good health. But what makes a healthy diet and how can you tell if what you are feeding your Pet is indeed healthy? Knowing the basic nutrients your Pet needs is a good start.
Your Pet's basic nutrient needs
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 & Read more �