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Organics, Raw Meat, and Designer Diets: New Trends in Dog Food
What's for dinner?
Having a dog you surely know the myriad of choices you have when it comes to selecting your dog’s food. It should not be news that dog food is a multi-billion dollar industry. What is surprising, is the segmentation that now dominates the marketing of dog food, and the variety of niche-sectors being pursued fervently by dog food manufacturers and their marketing agents. As Publisher of The Bark,...
News: Guest Posts
Food for Thought
Pondering the benefits of commercial pet food
When New York Times columnist Jane E. Brody wanted the truth about feeding our dogs and cats, she turned to Bark contributing editors Malden Nesheim, PhD, and Marion Nestle, PhD, who provided details about pet food that Bark regulars know well—such as, higher price doesn’t necessarily mean better quality. But they also presented a bit of a paradigm shift, for me, regarding the $18-billion-a-...
News: Karen B. London
Astronauts’ Diets Vary By Country
The Chinese include dog on the menu
I used to have a roommate from New Zealand and we literally had to eat breakfast separately because my peanut butter-on-toast was as nauseating to him as his vegemite-on-toast was to me. We found each other’s response to what we viewed as such ordinary food a bit amusing.   Sometimes cultural differences about food can be more serious and cause real clashes. For example, a recent news article...
News: Guest Posts
Improving Pet Food Safety
FDA launches site to make reporting problems easier
Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched a new website that aims to make reporting food safety—including pet food—concerns easier. The Safety Reporting Portal is an online form for submitting information (anonymously or not) about adverse reactions to pet foods, treats and animal drugs—as well as human foods and medicines. 
News: JoAnna Lou
Taste Test
Humans and canines put treats head to head.
For humans, healthy food usually comes at the expense of taste. Given how concerned we are about feeding our pups the best, Lou Bendrick at Grist.org decided to run a humorously unscientific study on whether dogs prefer healthy or unhealthy treats.  The testing panel included Burn the Border Collie, Lulu the Cockapoo, Sugar Ray the Pug, and Austin the Australian Shepherd. And to make sure the...
News: Guest Posts
Grieving Together
An Okla. couple is creating a memorial to pets poisoned by melamine
[Editor’s note: It’s been two years since melamine-tainted pet food destroyed the lives of countless dogs and cats and their people. Yesterday, Bark contributor Lisa Wade McCormick reported for Consumer Affairs.com on how one Oklahoma couple has decided to remember the pets they lost.]   A grieving pet owner is creating a memorial to honor the thousands of dogs and cats that died or became...
Wellness: Recipes
Dog Food Recipes: Kaptin's Crunchy Kibble
Makes 20 to 30 servings for a 25 lb. dog
Cooking for your dog is not only healthy and affordable but rewarding too. From stews, stir-fries and other one-pot delectables recipes abound that make it easy—but have you ever thought about making your own kibble? We were happy to find a great kibble recipe from Wendy Nan Rees’s cookbook, The Natural Pet Food Cookbook: Healthful Recipes for Dogs and Cats. Try it out—it’s delicious and...
News: Guest Posts
FDA Now Tweeting
Stay on top of food safety news
Receive alerts about pet food recalls, medication updates and animal safety tips via tweet: The Food and Drug Adminisration's Center for Veterinary Medicine is now on Twitter. If you're wondering if you need the information, consider this: There were two food-safety tweets in the first two weeks.
News: JoAnna Lou
Diets for Dogs
Navigating the canine obesity problem.
This time of year, many people have diets and weight loss on the brain. But humans aren’t the only ones that could stand to lose a few pounds. A study by Pfizer Animal Health found that veterinarians consider 47 percent of their patients to be overweight, making them susceptible to a myriad of health problems and possibly a shorter life span. Earlier this month, I wrote about exercising with your...
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Are Vegan Dogs the Future?
Humane Society goes into the dog food biz
Earlier this month, the Humane Society of the United States announced it would be marketing an all-natural, vegetarian, organic dog food called Humane Choice—responding to the public’s desire for a cruelty-free option with ingredients we can trust. I admire the work of the HSUS, but I greeted this announcement with a big, Huh?   First, is it really a good idea for a nonprofit advocacy...

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