pet nutrition

Pet Food Labels in Canada

The dog food label is just a legal document. The influence or regulating what is contained on a dog food label comprises of several organizations. Most pet owners reference what must be on an American pet food label. In Canada, this can be confusing for consumers.

True Synergy: The Human-Animal Bond

There is no denying the abundance of evidence and human-animal interaction science proving what many of us already know – pets are good for us. This growing body of scientific evidence demonstrates the specific health benefits of how the human-animal bond can be used by everyone in order to make informed decisions that improve the health and well being of not only people, but our pets and the communities they live in. The more people learn about the science of the human-animal bond, the more likely they are to take better care of their pets.

Trupanion Medical Insurance

Insurance for Pets

To understand just how valuable pet insurance can be, it’s necessary to understand all the expenses pet owners face. Pet insurance is a health care policy for your pet. It is a financial tool for veterinarians to provide your companion with the best care possible with no restrictions. Limitless care is available as long as the pet owner has the financial means to cover the cost commonly to start up front, as just like us, the veterinary medical field continues to advance.

Calculating Cost of Food Per Day: How Much Does it Cost to Feed Your Dog?

How Much Does it Cost to Feed Your Dog? This is an extremely easy guide to factoring the costs of [commercial] dog diets, as food varieties and dietary choices vary. It is important to appreciate the factors that can influence a dog owner’s choice of food to feed their pet when making a nutritional recommendation. Of which cost is one. The size and activity levels of the animal also dictate the amount of food consumed. The quality of the food may also affect the price, but this often preys on the emotions of the consumer, and it should be noted that “premiumization”, which actually began in the beverage/alcohol industry as a marketing term, does not stem from nutrition or support scientific evidence.

AAFCO

AAFCO has several functions as the official body representing the food industry. They create standards on which states base their feed laws and regulations, but these are only guidelines as they uphold no regulatory authority. AAFCO does not approve, certify or endorse pet foods. Who is AAFCO; what do they do, what is their role; formulating diets based on AAFCO nutrient profiles.

Canine Copper-Associated Hepatopathy

Canine Copper-Associated Hepatopathy is recognized with increasing frequency in dogs. While most evidence and occurrences currently points to genetics, growing studies are demonstrating it is possible that a dietary ingredient, copper (cu), plays a role due to several industry changes, which may give answers to those with an unknown etiology. The latest studies we have from veterinary experts from several different academic institutions believe that the incidence of CT with the changes in the average liver copper concentrations reported are unlikely to be due to the dogs’ excretion of copper, theorizing that diet, and not genetics, is the most critical underlying factor influencing copper accumulation in the liver of dogs.

Why Do We Use a Gram Scale?

Did you know, up to 80% of people overdose when using measuring cups due to the imprecision to weigh out extruded dry kibble? A follow up study with a measuring exercise using standard dog kibble randomizing three measuring devices demonstrated the accuracy ranged from -50% to 150%. Ditch the cup!

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