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Homes Alive Pets: 24 Bad Dog Food Ingredients to Avoid

You want the best food for your dog, but that's not easy when marketing and economics get in the way of what's healthful for your pet. Learn to identify bad dog food ingredients so that you can feed your pet the high quality they deserve.  You can't trust the brands themselves, as pet food companies can use tricks to make their food appear better than it actually is. The package and the commercials can be misleading, but the ingredient list offers a more truthful look at what's actually in your dog's food. These bad dog food ingredients are some of the worst offenders in pet food. While all of these ingredients are legal to put in dog food in Canada, they've been...

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Reader's Digest: Do Dogs Have a Sense of Time?

If you've ever wondered how your pup always seems to know when it's time for dinner, you're in the right place. As a dog owner, you might have noticed that your pup sits by her dinner bowl at 5 p.m. every night, or that she gets the zoomies in the minutes leading up to her 7 p.m. walk. Maybe Fido is even more reliable at waking you up in the morning than your trusty alarm clock (um, hello, it’s breakfast time!). If that’s the case, you might have wondered: Do dogs have a sense of time? Because it seems like your pup has figured out how to read the clock. To get to the bottom of this strange phenomenon, we asked an...

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Top Questions You Should Ask Your Dog Food Company

What you feed your furry best friend matters, and when it comes to dog food, not all companies are the same. Here are some of the top questions you should ask your dog food company, so that you know you're feeding your dogs the very best food, made from top quality ingredients.   1. Does the manufacturer employ at least one full-time qualified nutritionist? This means a PhD in animal nutrition or board-certification (and, ideally, both) by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition or the European College of Veterinary Comparative Nutrition. Yes, The K9 Kitchen works closely with our team of veterinarian nutritionists. They all have PhDs in veterinarian medicine and are each members of the American Veterinary Medical Association...

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ANIMAL WELLNESS: Obesity in dogs and cats

The obesity epidemic in dogs and cats is still with us, even though most of us now realize that overweight animals are at higher risk of health problems. Why is this the case, and what can you do if your own dog or cat is on the heavy side?

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ModernDog: Good Guts: How to Improve Your Dog's Gut Health

Chronic disease and cancer are at epidemic levels. Why? In the 20 years of practice at my veterinary hospital, it became clear there was a very close relationship between these issues and the breakdown of gut health. This makes sense, since as much as 80 percent of your dog’s immune system resides in the gastro-intestinal tract. Signs of Gut Health Problems If your dog has vomiting, diarrhea or loss of appetite, those are pretty clear signs that’s something is up. But sometimes the signs can be much harder to detect. Leaky gut syndrome (gut trauma), for example, can be more difficult to spot. It can be behind everything from food allergies to digestive problems, ear infections, and, really, any common...

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