Coconut oil: The “good” saturated fat

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For some of us, coconuts conjure up images of palm trees and tropical locales. For others, they take us back to mouth-watering memories of our mother’s home-baked coconut cream pie—or even the sweet, gooey center of our favorite childhood candy bar! But did you know that besides tasting delicious, the oil pressed from the meat…

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Avocados – Poisonous to companion animals or not?

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In a post on garlic toxicity I listed the known toxic food to pets, with avocados among them. But people often approach me, insistent that avocados are not toxic to companion animals. Clearly, there is much debate on this topic among both pet parents and veterinary professionals. So, let’s clear up the confusion and settle…

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Is a grain-free diet truly grain-free?

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Is a grain-free diet truly grain-free? | NutriScan

  A publisher of market research in the food, beverage, consumer packaged goods, and demographic sectors—Packaged Facts—reported that 89% of pet owners surveyed purchase kibble, 10% steer towards natural/organic and 6% buy grain-free foods. I was surprised by these findings since the grain-free trend is skyrocketing, and did not think these figures accurately reflected what…

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Food sourcing: Six tips when choosing your pet’s diet

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Pet Food Sourcing

  The earlier chicken jerky crisis and the prior and current pet food recalls— mostly from bacterial or other contamination, presence of heavy metals, and toxic levels of vitamin D — have raised consumer awareness levels about food sourcing. The pets who became critically ill or passed away are truly angel sentinels who saved thousands…

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Should companion pets who have chronic kidney disease eat lower protein diets?

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Should companion animals with kidney disease eat a lower protein diet

  Animals with kidney disease or kidney dysfunction should not eat lower protein diets; as this commonly held belief is misleading. As long as the protein source in their diet is of high quality, such as white fish and eggs and easily digestible, it helps kidney function and overall body nutrition. It is the lower quality, poorly…

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