Friday, July 29, 2011

How Diet Can Help Prevent Heart Disease in Dogs

Recently, we read about a common health problem in dogs – heart disease – and some ways to help prevent it. In a recent article on MercolaHealthyPets.com¹, veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker discusses how heart disease in pets is more common that we might think, and that it can be present in seemingly healthy dogs. One of Dr. Becker's suggestions for protecting your dog's heart health is to “feed a high quality, species-appropriate diet, which meets your pet's nutritional requirements for optimal protein (and amino acid) levels, healthy fat and coenzyme Q10.” Here’s how a diet of Nature's Logic could help protect your dog from heart disease.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Decoding the Terms “Human Grade” & “Table Grade” in Pet Food

Recently a federal judge approved a class-action lawsuit against Natura Pet Foods, the makers of Innova, Evo, California Natural, HealthWise, Mother Nature, and Karma brands of pet food. The suit alleges “that Natura violated California’s Business and Professions Code when advertising their dog and cat food products and allegedly made false and misleading statements about the human grade quality of its food in its advertisements, promotional materials and labeling.”¹ There is a great deal of misinformation out there so the Natura lawsuit provides a good opportunity to explain some terms and regulations used in human and pet food manufacturing. Many of these terms are used in pet food marketing to create perceptions about the quality of the food that may not be accurate.   

Human Edible Processing Plants

“Human grade” is not an official term defined by human or pet food

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What Your Cat is Trying to Tell You About His Food

This past week, we came across an interesting article in the news section of PetfoodIndustry.com¹ that brought attention to a 2010 study done on adult cats. “The study, 'Geometric analysis of macronutrient selection in adult domestic cats, Felis catus,' looked at whether adult domesticated cats, given a choice of three foods with variable amounts of protein, carbohydrate and fat, would deliberately select a food that is biologically appropriate for them.” After looking over the study, as well as reading's well-written summary of the study, we are confident that cats would choose Nature's Logic over other brands. Our formulas are created to be as close as what a feline would eat in the wild, including lots of protein and naturally-derived vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Why Consumer Reports is Dead Wrong about Pet Food

Recently Consumer Reports published Six Ways To Save On Your Pet.¹ The stated goal of the article was to help “pet owners to curb expenses and still provide the best of care.” Yet following their suggestions for pet food will most certainly not provide the best of care for dogs and cats. The oversimplified advice is misleading and irresponsible, based only on price with no consideration given to pet food ingredients, quality, or safety. 

Cheap Pet Food Will Keep Pets Alive, But They Won’t Thrive

Ever see the 2004 documentary, Super Size Me? In the film, for 30 days Morgan Spurlock eats nothing but what he can buy at McDonald’s. The work vividly displays the negative effects of a poor diet on one’s physical and

Monday, July 11, 2011

Are There Hidden Proteins in Your Pet's Food?

Some dogs and cats develop sensitivities to certain proteins, requiring their pet parents to read the labels even more carefully. Nature’s Logic is often asked why there seems to be a source of chicken protein in all of our dry formulas (except for our dry beef formula). We thought we would address this topic a bit more thoroughly than the answer found in our Frequently Asked Questions.*

Hidden Protein Sources in Most Pet Food

You might be surprised to know that despite the fact that you may only see one protein source listed on an ingredient panel, there are actually very few commercial diets - if any - that do not contain proteins from a number of sources. Several possible ingredients could be the source of these different proteins. For example, “natural flavoring” is a very common ingredient found on most bags of dry pet food. So what is this natural flavoring? Most often it is a hydrolyzed form of dried or liquid chicken liver. But you won’t see this chicken protein listed on the ingredient panel of the pet food because it falls under “natural flavoring.”

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Win Whole Food Supplements for Both You and Your Pet!

Do You Eat As Well As Your Pet?

If you are like most pet parents these days, you are looking more carefully at what you feed your pet. Dogs and cats thrive on foods high in animal protein, rich in natural nutrients, and free of common allergens like corn, wheat, rice, soy, tapioca and potato. When you feed your pet Nature’s Logic® you are giving your pet all the nutrients he needs and those nutrients are coming only from whole foods and 100% natural ingredients.  But what about you? Are you getting enough nutrients from food alone? Read more and enter to win healthy nutrtion for you both!