Veterinarians Need to Use Common Sense

Veterinarians Need to Use Common Sense

I recently received this email: My 5 month old 8lb Cavapoo just went to the vet. I am a new dog owner, I’ve never had an animal and I apparently made the mistake of just trusting my vet. During that one visit they gave her Nextguard chew, a heartworm chew, a lepto...
Balancing Home-Made Diets

Balancing Home-Made Diets

With so many pet food recalls cropping up, it’s no wonder pet parents have a strong desire to prepare their own meals for their furkids. Unfortunately, this desire to do the right thing has led to doing a lot of the wrong thing. Every day in the office I speak...
Higher Price Does Not Mean More Meat

Higher Price Does Not Mean More Meat

Analysts for Woof Whiskers recently undertook a survey of pet foods offered for sale on a popular website. They compared protein content to price per pound. They hypothesized that higher price would coincide with higher protein content, since protein tends to be the...
Got Dry Skin? How to Stop Wintertime Scratching

Got Dry Skin? How to Stop Wintertime Scratching

Dry skin is no fun for us or our pets. Dryness leads to flaking and itching, which can then lead to secondary bacterial and yeast infections from incessant licking and scratching. I know I go through a ton of hand cream and lip balm during the winter months with low...
Alternative Treatment for Oral Tumor

Alternative Treatment for Oral Tumor

I have the pleasure of working with the lovely dogs at Monkey’s House Senior Dog Hospice and Sanctuary. They come into rescue with many medical problems, which often includes cancer. Recently, a beautiful lab mix named Violet, came in for a dental cleaning and...
Voluntary Versus Mandatory Food Recalls

Voluntary Versus Mandatory Food Recalls

Lately it seems there are weekly recalls in the pet food industry; contamination with euthanasia solution, bacteria, or endotoxins, over or under-supplementation of vitamins and minerals, and inclusion of foreign material in food may all result in a recall. If it...
Vegan Pets – To Be or Not to Be?

Vegan Pets – To Be or Not to Be?

Veganism among humans is certainly on the rise. According to one 2017 report, 6% of US consumers claim to eat a plant-based diet – a 600% increase since 2014. There are two main reasons people elect to feed their pets a vegan diet: Personal ethics (the human’s)...
Pulling Apart an Ingredient Label

Pulling Apart an Ingredient Label

This is a demonstration of misleading pet food labeling. Here is the list of ingredients for a weight management dry dog food labeled as “With Real Chicken and accented with apples, carrots and green beans”: Chicken, chicken by-product meal, whole grain...
Canning Pet Food

Canning Pet Food

This past week, the time I spent at the Kansas State University course on commercial pet food manufacturing was extremely helpful for understanding the processes involved in making complete processed pet foods. I’ve never been a big fan of dry kibble food, for...