Monday, May 14, 2012

Why Healthiest Foods for Pets Include Fruits and Vegetables

In nature, dogs and cats are meat-eating predators, or what scientists call carnivores. Cats are called “obligate carnivores,” which means their diet must consist primarily of meat. Therefore species-appropriate diets for dogs and cats are those rich in high-quality animal proteins and low in carbohydrates. But fruit and vegetables also play an important role in your pet’s diet.  

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

More Pet Food Recalls: How to Ensure Your Pet’s Food is Safe

Once again pet parents find themselves frantically checking lot numbers and tossing recalled pet food. The current pet food recall due to Salmonella contamination continues to include more and more brands and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has even sickened people who have handled the pet food or the pet that ate it (1). It is scary to think we might be unknowingly feeding a beloved member of our family a food that might harm them. Here are some tips to make sure your dog or cat’s food has not been recalled and to choose a brand that is far less likely to be recalled in the future.