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Heavy Metals in Pet Food

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Minerals are naturally occurring inorganic elements that together make up the “ash” content of food – the material that remains after combustion. Minerals play many vital roles in the body, including involvement in numerous metabolic reactions, maintaining pH balance, functioning of the nervous system, muscle contraction, and providing structure for bones and teeth. Some minerals are nutritionally essential for the health of animals and have well-defined roles in the body. Other minerals are found in trace amounts in foods and body tissues, but do not play a known role in health. Deficient or excessive intake of all minerals has the...

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Warning Signs That Your Dog Has Food Sensitivities

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Did you know that your dog may have been experiencing food sensitivities without you realizing it? With food intolerances in dogs seemingly on the rise, it is as important as ever for pet owners to be aware of the warning signs so they can find solutions for improving their pet’s dietary health. _____________________________________________________________ HERE ARE SOME OF THE COMMON WARNING SIGNS THAT YOUR DOG MAY BE STRUGGLING WITH ELEMENTS OF THEIR DIET: Excessive paw licking or chewing, with paws often turning red as a result Chronic or recurrent ear infections Fur loss Itching and rashes, especially around the dog’s face,...

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Cat Food Allergies and Intolerances

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An adverse food reaction (AFR) is a catchall phrase that can be used to describe an inappropriate response to an ingredient found in a food, often a protein. In cats we see food intolerances and food allergies, with food allergies resulting in more severe symptoms. True cat food allergies involve an immune system response where the body attacks the offending agent (food) and sets off a storm of physical events. Adverse food reactions can show up at any age, although the majority of cases first appear earlier in life. Many cats with diagnosed food allergies also have concurrent inhalant or contact allergies...

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Novel Proteins in Cat Food

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Proteins & Allergies Protein is the component in food that is the primary cause for dietary intolerance. If your cat suffers from any of the below symptoms, they may be suffering from a food sensitivity to one of the typical types of protein used in cat food (think chicken, beef, etc.). Changing to novel proteins in cat food can help this. To help identify if your cat is experiencing food sensitivity issues, look for the following signs: Chronic diarrhea Vomiting Loose stools Itchy rashes Chronic ear infections Read More: Cat Food Allergies and Intolerances What are Novel Proteins? Novel proteins are...

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What is the Best Way to Transition Pets to New Foods?

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It’s important to slowly transition your pet to a new food so their system has a chance to adapt to the change. The transition period should be at minimum, ten days and could take upwards of two weeks, depending on your pet’s sensitivity to change: Day 1 & 2: Feed 80% of your pet’s old food with 20% of the new food Day 3 & 4: Feed 60% of your pet’s old food with 40% of the new food Day 5 & 6: Feed 40% of your pet’s old food with 60% of the new food Day 7, 8 &...

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