Pet food companies dont have to prove that their products contain the minimum amounts of all the nutrients that are considered essential for dogs before labeling and selling their foods as complete and balanced diets. In fact, in all likelihood, some of the products on the market today perhaps your dogs food? may not meet some of the legal requirements of a complete and balanced food, even though their labels say they do. To help you understand how this is possible, I have to dive into a lot of facts, and explain some things about the pet food industry and how the whole notion of complete and balanced diets is legally defined and regulated.
Why canned dog food might be healthier than dry dog food, and how to pick a good one.
Many owners who feed canned dog food make that selection for a specific reason, for a limited period of time for example, to motivate an elderly dog or a dog suffering from a health condition that causes weight loss and a poor appetite to eat more. The one exception might be...
The following pet food companies not only offer wet dog foods that meet our ingredient selection criteria, but also provided Whole Dog Journal with independent, third-party laboratory nutritional analyses of their dog foods analyses confirming that their canned dog foods are...
Dog Health & Care
Puppy vaccine schedules can be daunting to new dog owners. Why do puppies need so many shots? Are all those puppy vaccinations really necessary? Most veterinarians recommend that puppies are vaccinated for distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus (hepatitis) a number of times,...
Unwelcome Visitors - Fleas and Dogs Just Aren't a Good Match
I was visiting a friend recently, and had brought (with her permission) my adolescent dog Woody along for the ride. Her (quite elderly) mother asked me, as...
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