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Canine dilated cardiomyopathy: What’s the cause?

September 14, 2018

In July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced they are investigating a possible link between canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and certain pet foods. The foods being looked at are made with peas, lentils, other legume seeds or potatoes as main ingredients, the typical makeup of grain-free dog food. The number of dogs affected …

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Counting Calories for Your Pet

July 12, 2018

If food is love, America’s pets are being loved to death. Veterinary professionals estimate that 60 percent of cats and 56 percent of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese, according to a 2017 survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Those extra pounds can lead to diabetes, arthritis, kidney disease, high blood …

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Artificial Food Coloring: Is it good for your pet?

June 28, 2018

It’s no accident that pet food often comes in a rainbow of colors. When you open a bag, it’s comforting to see the golden yellow of chicken, the red of rare beef and the green of fresh vegetables — all hues that the original ingredients may lose during the manufacturing process. Often, these colors are …

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Simple Living: Life Lessons From Your Pets

February 1, 2018

Ah, the carefree life of a dog or cat. Naps in a sliver of sunlight. Meals served to you without having to lift a paw. Tummy rubs. No stressful job, unhappy relationship or unpaid bills. What’s not to love? If only your life could be less complicated. Well, maybe it can be! If we take …

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