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Wellness: Nutrition Primer
Treats
Rewards with quality and goodness
Dog Treats
Although treats are usually given in small portions (or ought to be!), make sure that you pay the same high level of attention to what’s in them as you do for all of your dog’s food. Look for organic, whole-food ingredients, including named meats, whole grains, lots of good fruit and/or vegetables and natural, food-based sweeteners (if they are used at all)—applesauce, honey or molasses, for...
Wellness: Nutrition Primer
Dry-Matter Basics
A better way to compare dog foods
Dry Dog Food Basic Tips
When you compare different types of foods—canned, kibble, etc. or simply different brands—you need to keep in mind the moisture content so you can compare like to like. Use the dry-matter basis. First, establish the amount of dry matter by subtracting the percentage given for moisture from 100 percent. If the moisture is given as 10 percent, the food’s dry-matter content is 90 percent. Next,...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Diamond Pet Foods Recall Fiasco
Tainted kibble affects both people and pets
In early April, Diamond Pet Foods initiated a recall in response to 14 cases of human salmonella poisoning linked to handling their kibble. At first only a few brands were included, but the list has been steadily growing in the last month. Now the recall has spread to other companies who manufacture products in the same plant, like WellPet. I feed my pups Taste of the Wild, which was only...
Wellness: Health Care
Melamine: Toxicity in Dog Food
Recall Follow-up
Marion Nestle
For the last year or so, we have been working on a book about pet food, What Pets Eat, to be published by Harcourt late in 2009. One of the pleasures of a long-term project like this is the time to follow digressions wherever they lead. Last year’s (2007) massive pet food recall was so much of a diversion that it resulted in a spin-off publication—Pet Food Politics:Chihuahua in the Coal Mine —...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
DIY with Probiotics
Four simple steps to success
The contents of my cabinets — stocked with maca, goji berries, coconut water and the like — confirm it: I’m a sucker for food trends. So, when my social network lit up with talk of probiotics for dogs, I took cautious note. No harm, no foul if I want to get wacky nouveau with the things I eat, but what about my dog, whose nutritional needs I’m responsible for meeting? “Probiotics,” a broad group...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
Himalayan Dog Chew
An All-natural Snack for Serious Chewers
We’ve found a healthy treat to engage even the busiest dogs for hours: Himalayan Dog Chew from Mukilteo, Washington. Slow-heated using a traditional Himalayan recipe, the treat has only three ingredients, all of them 100 percent natural: yak milk, cow milk and lime juice. A treat that has no chemicals or preservatives and lasts for hours? This one’s Lola-approved! And don’t forget to stop back...
Blog: Guest Posts
Recall: Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food
Proctor & Gamble has voluntarily recalled one production lot of Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food, due to detected aflatoxin levels above the accepted limit. Aflatoxin is a naturally 
occurring chemical byproduct from the growth of Aspergillus flavus on corn and other crops and can be harmful to pets if consumed in
significant quantities. Dogs who consumed the product and...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Problems with Imported Chicken Treats
Illness is on the rise due to products such as chicken jerky
It seems like every month there’s a new pet food product that gets recalled. According to the FDA, the number of dogs getting sick from imported chicken flavored treats has been on the rise. The FDA ran extensive tests, but can’t identify the specific contaminant, nor can they attribute the rash of illness to a specific brand. Symptoms have included decreased appetite and activity, vomiting,...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
Raw Food Primer
Raw feeding isn’t just for experts anymore [Expanded]
The web is crowded with passionate bloggers extolling the benefits of the raw-food diet: cleaner teeth, less odor, shinier coats, more energy and far fewer visits to the vet’s office. But when we move beyond anecdotal evidence, does science support it? And what exactly constitutes a healthy home-cooked canine diet anyway? For more than two years, Sir Robert McCarrison, a doctor whose work is...
Wellness: Nutrition Primer
Important Vitamins and Minerals for Your Dog
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Adapted from Allegretti and Sommers, Fougère, and Ackerman   Vitamin A Carrots, spinach, liver, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, fish oil, eggs, turnip greens Vitamin D Marine fish oil, fatty fish, egg yolks, dairy products, liver, beef, cottage cheese Vitamin E Plant oils, leafy green vegetables, seeds, wheat germ, bran, whole grains, liver Vitamin K Liver, leafy...

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