The first three ingredients are the most important in pet food. You can tell if the food is grain based or meat based.
Ingredients in pet food should be high quality and highly digestible. Your pets cannot digest feathers, hide or hoofs (animal digest / by-products).
Complete and balanced pet food are those with added vitamins and minerals. Those without are labeled as food for supplementary feeding only.
“Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.”
– George Eliot
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
– Roger Caras
"In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats."
Preservatives such as Ethoxyquin and BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) are banned from human consumption. Avoid them in pet food as well.
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.”
– Josh Billings
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.
Dogs scoot because of overly full anal glands. Adding fiber to your dog's diet can minimize the necessity of manual anal gland expression.
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.
"In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this."
- Terry Pratchett
“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”
– Will Rogers
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
– Anatole France
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.
Pet food usually includes these essential nutrients: protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, water.
Digestive enzymes and probiotics can help maintain a healthy digestive tract and improve the absorption of nutrients.
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.
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.
“The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.”
─ Mark Twain
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some low-quality cat litters contain crystalline silica dust. Crystalline silica can may accumulate in your cat’s lungs, resulting in silicosis.
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.
"As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat."
- Ellen Perry Berkeley
Small breeds tend to live longer than larger breeds. Tiny and toy breeds only become "seniors" when they are around age 10.
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