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What Is Organic Dog Food?
What Is Organic Dog Food?
  You might think that “organic” foods are top-tier and better than nonorganic food. And if organic food is “better” for people to eat, is it the same for dogs? What does it actually mean if a dog food is organic? This article will help you interpret dog food labels related to organic dog food, whether it’s 100% organic or made with some organic ingredients. What Makes a Dog Food...
What's in Natural Dog Food?
  We all want to offer the best in nutrition to our pets, but selecting the right diet can be difficult when there are so many options. In many cases, the terminology and “buzz words” used on pet food labels can make it even more confusing. “Natural” is a term that you’ll find on a lot of pet food packaging. But how is “natural dog food” different from other dog food? Is it an...
What Is a Limited Ingredient Dog Food?
  Limited ingredient dog food is formulated to reduce the number of ingredients that your dog is exposed to within their diet. These diets are used in hypoallergenic dog food trials to diagnose and treat food allergies (adverse food reactions). There’s conflicting evidence about how common food allergies are in dogs. In a dog with allergic symptoms, about 15-20% of those are related to food...
Dry Dog Food vs. Wet Dog Food: Which Is Better?
  The number of dog food products on the market can make it very confusing for you to choose a diet that is appropriate for your pet. Not only are there tons of different brands and ingredients, but even the most basic choice of wet versus dry dog food can be overwhelming. It’s important to always consult your veterinarian for more specific recommendations that best fit your dog’s lifestyle,...
Does My Dog Need Senior Dog Food?
Does My Dog Need Senior Dog Food?
Nutrition is a very powerful tool throughout all stages of a dog’s life. It can be used to maintain health, prevent disease, and even primarily manage some disease conditions. That said, just because your dog is getting older doesn’t necessarily mean they need a diet change. There are many foods out there that are labeled for mature, aging, and senior dogs. There are even diets labeled for...
What Is Human-Grade Dog Food?
What Is Human-Grade Dog Food?
Many pet food brands label their products as being “human-grade,” but what does this really mean? Is human-grade dog food safer or healthier than traditional pet food? Let’s take a look at the ingredients, manufacturing, and packaging requirements that pet foods claim to meet when they use the term “human-grade,” and whether or not they offer any real benefits to pets. What Is...
What Is AAFCO and What Does It Do?
Choosing the right cat food or dog food is a challenge for every pet parent. There are plenty of factors to consider, but one thing that all vets agree on is that whichever pet food you select, it needs to be AAFCO-approved. But what is AAFCO? What does it mean for a pet food to be AAFCO-approved? This guide will break down everything you need to know about AAFCO-approved dog food and cat food...
Can Dogs Eat Raisins?
Can Dogs Eat Raisins?
Raisins may seem like a harmless and healthy snack, but for dogs, they can cause a lot of trouble. Why are raisins bad for dogs if they’re fine for us to eat? Here’s some valuable info on why dogs can’t eat raisins and what to do if you even suspect that your dog ate even one raisin. Are Raisins Bad for Dogs? Raisins are toxic to dogs. They are just dehydrated grapes, which are also toxic...
Pet Food Ingredient and Label Guide
Pet Food Ingredient and Label Guide
Choosing the right food for your pet can be a big decision, and one that weighs heavy on the minds of many pet owners. There are so many options out there—dry, canned, freeze-dried, raw, “all-natural,” grain-free, etc.—and even more information and opinions to support or refute these various options. And then you need to decipher the list of cat food or dog food ingredients in each...
How Much Water Should a Dog Drink?
Reviewed and updated for accuracy on August, 11, 2020 by Jennifer Larsen, DVM, PhD, DAVCN Water is the main component of healthy, living cells of the body. Without water, your dog’s body will not function properly. More specifically, your dog will dehydrate. This can happen if your dog isn’t getting enough water, which is why you should clean and refill your dog’s water bowl daily. You...