How much you should feed your pet! Calories, volume, mass and metabolism

Written by Chelsea Kent The amount of food works for my pet is way different from what’s on the package… why? – When a manufacturer is creating a package they have the option of simplifying or complicating their label.  Unfortunately, when it comes to the feeding recommendation guide manufacturers usually make one single chart that… Continue reading How much you should feed your pet! Calories, volume, mass and metabolism

Pentobarbital (Euthanasia drug) has been found in a variety of Pet Foods, even “natural” ones, in the last year. How safe is your pets’ food from this dangerous contaminant?

Written by Chelsea Kent What is Pentobarbital? Pentobarbital is a fatal drug most commonly used to euthanize dogs, cats and most pet horses. It is NEVER used in animals intended for consumption, such as livestock. It is capable of surviving high temperatures associated with cooking if it is put into a pet food product and… Continue reading Pentobarbital (Euthanasia drug) has been found in a variety of Pet Foods, even “natural” ones, in the last year. How safe is your pets’ food from this dangerous contaminant?

Grain Free Kibble and Heart Disease… the science of kibble-borne disease

Written by Chelsea Kent Recent reports have been associating grain-free kibble products with an increase in incidence of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) in breeds that historically have never been diagnosed with this disease.  In theory, the high levels of lectins found in legumes and non-grain binding ingredients are inhibiting conversion of taurine from cysteine. As dogs are… Continue reading Grain Free Kibble and Heart Disease… the science of kibble-borne disease

“Complete and Balanced” vs “For Intermittent and Supplemental Feeding Only” – what it really means

AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) was established over 100 years ago. Only about 35 years ago AAFCO realized that commercially available pet foods were significantly deficient in health-sustaining nutrients, leading to the addition of synthetic vitamin and mineral pre-mixes in commercial pet food products. (1) This supplemental requirement was intended to meet the minimum nutritional requirements to… Continue reading “Complete and Balanced” vs “For Intermittent and Supplemental Feeding Only” – what it really means

AAFCO is looking to change the name “by-product”

AAFCO is currently in the process of trying to find a new name for "by-products." This is because they are aware that consumers feel that by-products are unacceptable and/or undesirable. Rather than eliminating by-products (which consists of all the questionable and unwanted products from other industries) they are simply seeking to change the name so… Continue reading AAFCO is looking to change the name “by-product”