As World Cancer Day approaches on February 41, we are reminded of friends and family who have fought the illness and think about what we might do to prevent cancer in the future. This includes for our four-legged family members. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately six million dogs and will receive a cancer diagnosis this year in the US, making cancer the number one killer of dogs over the age of two.2 While these statistics are not comforting, it is reassuring to know that there are ways pet parents can help prevent cancer in their dogs and cats.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Recently, a high-profile television celebrity and pet food company announced plans for a new vegan dog food. A vegan diet is one that contains no animal content like meat, fish or poultry, and also no products that come from animals, such as milk or eggs. The spokesperson and manufacturer of the vegan pet food are certainly very well-meaning in their intent to do what’s best for pet. However, in this situation they may have let the marketers override the scientists. Most pet experts agree a vegan diet not the best option for healthy dogs and cats.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
As we set our own new year’s resolutions, there is a good chance that eating better is among them. What about your dog or cat? Pets rely on us for their care and wellbeing, so January is a good time to think about their health, too. Improving your pet’s nutrition with a better food will lead to noticeable results for your pet’s health this year.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
The science of genetic engineering has made it possible to alter the genetic material, like DNA, of many organisms, including bacteria, plants and even some animals. The resulting products are called Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs. Agricultural biotechnology creates genetically modified organisms for specific benefits. Developing a crop resistant to pests, herbicides, or harsh environmental conditions leads to more efficient and less expensive food production in the world. GMOs also may be created to improve the nutritional value of a food, such as a genetically-modified sweet potato that is enhanced with protein and other nutrients.1 Such benefits can be life-saving to people in food-scarce parts of the world.