8 foods dog owners shouldn’t feed their pets

Dog owners: we’ve all done it. When those puppy-dog eyes beg to us from under the dinner table, we can’t resist. A little scrap of people food becomes dog food thanks to a guilty Dog Mom or Dad. (Kudos to those of you who hold strong against the relentless force of the sad puppy-dog eyes.)

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The Real Reason Why Dogs Tilt Their Heads to the Side – Good Housekeeping Are they confused? Are they curious? Or are they simply just being adorable?

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Veterinarians warn of effects of xylitol on dogs

Veterinarians across the country are warning pet owners about xylitol, a sugar alcohol-derived sweetener used in an increasing number of foods, which can pose a serious and potentially fatal threat to dogs and other animals when ingested even in small amounts.

Most recently, xylitol has been used as an ingredient in high-protein peanut butter and […]

Are raw meat-based diets right for your cats and dogs?

In recent years raw meat-based diets (RMBD) for pets have increased in popularity due to nutritional and health benefit claims from some pet owners. While The American Animal Hospital Association and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association have recently adopted statements discouraging this type of diet, there previously has been very little published data that would […]

Study evaluates mycotoxins in commercial dog food

Several studies have recently made headlines involving mycotoxin levels in commercial pet foods, and according to the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences from the University of Bologna in Italy, even more are needed.

This conclusion comes after one study of Italian pet food looked at levels of contamination of the most important mycotoxins including deoxynivalenol, […]

Study finds common children’s allergens in pet food

When it comes to food allergies, avoidance is key. However, while it may be easy to avoid foods you know you are allergic to, oftentimes allergic reactions occur when we are unaware that a potential allergen exists.

For example, a new study is demonstrating this to be true in the case of children who have […]

National Love Your Pet Day highlights pet food safety

With the influx of cat videos on the Internet, family portraits featuring four-legged friends and luxury pet spas now becoming a viable business, it’s no secret that people love their pets. But if you needed an excuse to spend the day cuddled up with your furry friend or just another reason to pamper, play and […]