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    Manual vs. Free Choice Feeding for Your Cat

    In the wild, cats are natural hunters. A wild cat might hunt down and eat 10 small meals per day, filled with meat because of their carnivorous diets! When it comes to domesticated cats, though, hunting for food isn’t an option or a necessity. It is up to the cat owner to provide enough food for the pet each day.

    Why Do Cats Eat Grass and Is It Safe?

    As almost any cat owner who lets their feline friends outside knows, cats have a strange obsession with grass. They’ll poke and prod at it, play with it, sniff it and even bite it—a lot. Cats eating grass is a pretty normal occurrence, and so is the pile of vomit you’re sure to find shortly after.

    How Does A Euthanasia Drug Find Its Way Into Dog Food?

    Last Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that traces of a drug called pentobarbital might be found in numerous popular dog food brands. Pentobarbital is a barbiturate that is commonly used to put dogs, cats and sometimes horses to sleep.

    If Cats Are Carnivores Then Why All The Carbs?

    It is evident that the common domestic short-haired cat has become North America’s most popular pet. Unlike dogs, cats are undeniably carnivores. We know this because when cats are fed a low protein diet, they do not deregulate their liver enzymes to spare protein from becoming energy, like a dog would normally do.

    Pet Food Allergies? Try Supplementing with Health Fats

    You may have heard that essential fatty acids (EFA’s) are important for your pet's wellbeing. Especially, omega fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory and are both safe and effective to help with pet food allergies!

    Pet Obesity: Facts and Risks

    According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 54% of American pets are estimated to be obese. The Canadian Veterinary Medical association estimates that around 60% of Canadian pets are obese or overweight. Being overweight or obese puts pets at significant risk for many health problems and shorter lives. The unfortunate thing is that fat is not an innocent substance that simply hangs around in undesirable places. It creates excess stress on the joints.  Additionally, fatty tissue secretes hormones and other factors that cause inflammation in the body. This chronic state of inflammation predisposes the pet to numerous diseases.

    Food Therapy for Dogs

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    Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) Food therapy is used to treat specific health conditions, and to prevent disease. Homemade diets are the foundation of food therapy.

    The goals of food therapy are to improve quality of life, slow progression of disease, and help the body breakdown, digest and utilize as many vital nutrients as possible.

    Homemade Diets: Natural Remedies for Cancer in Dogs

    In the last post I wrote about the importance of diet and cancer treatment. I wanted to include a basic diet that could be used if your beloved pup is dealing with dog cancer. In Chinese medicine, cancer is considered a form of stagnant, toxic heat. The principles involve using foods to clear heat and relieve stagnation.

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