Complete and Balanced: Standards or Marketing Buzzwords in Dog Food?

In simple terms, processed foods don’t always have the necessary nutrient levels to prevent illness. When food items like meat, grains, or veggies undergo any form of cooking or heat treatment, they lose some of their essential nutrients. This isn’t news to those in the pet food business. Likewise, the pharmaceutical world recognizes the needContinue reading “Complete and Balanced: Standards or Marketing Buzzwords in Dog Food?”

Making the Switch to Biologically Appropriate Raw Food for Your Dog

Have you ever stared at that bag of kibble and thought, “Is there something better I could be offering my fur-baby?” A raw diet, often referred to as a species-appropriate diet, has gained popularity among pet enthusiasts. But how do you make the switch safely and effectively? Let’s explore! The Transition Process: Step-by-Step You canContinue reading “Making the Switch to Biologically Appropriate Raw Food for Your Dog”

Synthetic Vitamins and Minerals in Dog Food

Dog food manufacturers love to tout the benefits of their products, but do they really know what they’re talking about? As it turns out, not always—and some of their claims are downright misleading. Case in point: synthetic vitamins and minerals in dog food. Synthetic vitamins and minerals are factory-made chemicals that have been designed toContinue reading “Synthetic Vitamins and Minerals in Dog Food”

Aflatoxins in Dog Food

2014 pet food tests revealed potentially harmful information on the food your dog or cat is eating. The findings of tests conducted on over 40 well-known pet meals were made public by the Consumer Council of Hong Kong. Many pet owners were shocked by the findings. Foods produced by Purina, Hill’s, and AvoDerm, three well-knownContinue reading “Aflatoxins in Dog Food”

What is Rendering? How Dog Food is Really Made!

It’s important to understand how dog food is really made. Rendering components “make up 40 percent to 60 percent of most finished kibble formulas for cats and dogs,” according to the pet food industry. On labels, rendered pet food ingredients such as chicken meal or lamb meal are indicated as ‘meal’ animal protein ingredients. InContinue reading “What is Rendering? How Dog Food is Really Made!”

The Scary Truth About Kibble

Note: this contains graphic information, and feel free to skip if you have a weak stomach or would rather not read the details.  According to the Earth Island Journal,  “The rendering plant floor is piled high with ’raw product’: thousands of dead dogs and cats; heads and hooves from cattle, sheep, pigs, and horses; wholeContinue reading “The Scary Truth About Kibble”

Dog Cancer Diet: Is Kibble Acceptable?

When cancer hits, it’s often accompanied by weight loss, loss of muscle, and depression. All of these can significantly impact your dog’s quality of life. Consuming a good diet can improve your dog’s life tremendously. Food can actually prove to be ‘good medicine,’ in a sense… hence why dogs with cancer are often fed aContinue reading “Dog Cancer Diet: Is Kibble Acceptable?”