Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Surprising Reason Your Pet Might Be Overweight

Our pets are fat. We know that. We even thought we knew why: Too many treats, free-feeding, or just too much food. To trim them up, we can calculate our pet’s daily caloric requirements and feed just that amount, in regular meals. But not all scientists are convinced too much food is the only reason for the growing waistline of our dogs and cats.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

6 Benefits of Animal Plasma in Your Pet’s Food

In nature, dogs and cats are meat-eating predators, what scientists call carnivores. When wild dogs or cats consume their prey they eat the entire animal, including hair, bones, entrails, stomach contents, and blood. The animal blood is as natural a part of a carnivore’s diet as the meat and bone consumed from prey. No life exists without blood, and the nutrients it provides to carnivorous animals are essential.

The animal plasma in Nature’s Logic’s formulas is an important natural food ingredient. It supplies iron, sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, numerous vitamins, and over 18 amino acids. These nutrients found naturally in animal blood plasma play a large role in creating a safer and more natural diet for pets. The inclusion of animal plasma is one reason Nature’s Logic does NOT need to add any chemically-synthesized vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients to their formulas. Such added supplements are potentially toxic to pets, as demonstrated by a number of pet food recalls in recent years due to excess added vitamins or minerals. In the wild, carnivores do not eat chemically-synthesized nutrients, so we don’t put them in our foods.

Friday, November 19, 2010

5 Steps to Successfully Changing Your Pet’s Food

Changing your pet’s food can sometimes be a challenge. A finicky pet may turn up his nose at your new offering, while a more enthusiastic eater may gobble it up quickly. No matter which type you have, a gradual transition should be considered in order to avoid digestive upset. Don’t be in a hurry. Be prepared to transition slowly over two weeks. Here are some steps you can take to make switching foods easier on your pet.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Does Your Pet Really Need Special Food for Each Life Stage?

Take a stroll down any pet food aisle and you will see a wide variety of specialty foods, many promoted for a specific stage in your dog or cat’s life. You may see “Puppy” or “Mature Adult” or even reduced-calorie foods marketed as “Light” or “Weight Management.” It can leave a pet parent wondering, “What’s the difference between these formulas,” and “Can’t I feed my pet the same thing throughout its life?” Here is a look at the key factors influencing the formulas offered by pet food companies.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Probiotics and Enzymes Support Healthy Digestion in Pets

Your pet’s digestion is essential to his overall health. Good digestion has been linked to a strong immune system, healthy skin and coat, fewer allergies, a reduction in hairballs, as well as less gas and waste. Whole food ingredients, like those used to make Nature’s Logic® foods, naturally contain probiotics and enzymes to help pets maintain good digestive health. 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Added Vitamins and Minerals in Pet Food Carry Unwanted Hidden Ingredients

Most pet guardians don’t realize that “added vitamins and minerals” are very common sources of hidden ingredients and contaminants in pet foods, even so-called natural foods. Truly natural nutrients come only from real food. If a pet food claims to be “natural with added vitamins and minerals,” those vitamins and minerals are NOT natural. This is actually a disclaimer, required by The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), to alert pet parents that the added vitamins and minerals are not natural.