Chocolate is toxic to dogs because it contains a chemical called theobromine. The first signs of theobromine poisoning are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and increased urination.

Paraben and its derivatives are commonly found in pet shampoo to prolong shelf life, but they may cause allergic contact dermatitis in pets and human.

The majority of essential oils are toxic to cats. All cats lack glucuronyl transferase, a liver enzyme, that helps to break down most essential oils.

The first three ingredients are the most important in pet food. You can tell if the food is grain based or meat based.

Dogs and cats most often develop allergies to the protein in meat and dairy products.  Hydrolysis is a method to break down protein molecules to prevent food allergies.

Digestive enzymes and probiotics can help maintain a healthy digestive tract and improve the absorption of nutrients.

“The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.”

─ Mark Twain

Complete and balanced pet food are those with added vitamins and minerals.  Those without are labeled as food for supplementary feeding only.

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”

– Will Rogers

Pet food usually includes these essential nutrients: protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, water.

Ingredients in pet food should be high quality and highly digestible. Your pets cannot digest feathers, hide or hoofs (animal digest / by-products).

Dogs scoot because of overly full anal glands. Adding fiber to your dog's diet can minimize the necessity of manual anal gland expression.

Freeze drying is a process that involves freezing the product, lowering pressure, then removing the ice by sublimation. In contrast, conventional drying uses heat to remove water.

Some nutrients are lost due to heat and high pressure in pet food production.  Vitamins and minerals are added to make the food complete and balanced.

Some common house plants are poisonous to dogs and cats. If you see your pets chewing on the plants, it is better to remove the plants.

Small breeds tend to live longer than larger breeds. Tiny and toy breeds only become "seniors" when they are around age 10.

“Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.”

– George Eliot

Both flaxseed oil and fish oil provide omega-3 EFAs. However, the omega-3 EFA in flaxseed oil (ALA) is an inactive form and must be converted to EPA and DHA, the active forms of omega-3 EFA.

Preservatives such as Ethoxyquin and BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) are banned from human consumption. Avoid them in pet food as well.

How much you should feed your pet depends on its age and activity level.  Daily feeding amount in food label only serves as a reference.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.”

– Josh Billings

Grapes, raisins and currants can cause kidney failure in dogs. Currently, it is not known why these fruits are toxic. Individual dogs have different sensitivities to these fruits.

Some low-quality cat litters contain crystalline silica dust.  Crystalline silica can may accumulate in your cat’s lungs, resulting in silicosis.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

– Anatole France

"In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats."

- Unknown

"As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat."

- Ellen Perry Berkeley

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”

– Roger Caras

"In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this."

- Terry Pratchett

Brushing your dog's teeth at least 3 times a week is essential for good dental health.  Train your dog to accept teeth brushing early on. 

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Grain Free Dog Food for Sale (Hong Kong)

Grain free dog food is gaining popularity these days.  These high protein and low carbohydrate diets (carbohydrate level is usually lower in grain free diet but not absolutely true) are usually more palatable than traditional kibble due to the higher meat content. Some grain free dog foods use limited ingredients (e.g. single meat source) to reduce the chance of food allergies.  Grain free dog food also has other benefits such as healthier skin, shinier coat, smaller stool, more energy.  

Not all dogs thrive on grain free dog food.  Dogs with kidney and liver diseases, pancreatitis need to eat a restricted protein and/or fat diet.  It is better to consult your veterinarian if your dog has special need.  Some dogs may have stinky and loose stool when switched from traditional kibble with grains to grain free diet.  Remember to make the switch gradually over 7-10 days.  

Even though grain free diet may help with food allergies, sometimes it may not solve the problem.  In such case, you can consider feeding hypoallergenic dog food made with hydrolyzed protein and simple ingredients.   

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