Pumpkin: Why is it such a popular treatment for diarrhea?

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Pumpkin: Why is it such a popular treatment for diarrhea?

A recent search of the term “pumpkin diarrhea pets” on Google returned nearly 700,000 results. Of course I did not check all of them, but the ones on the first few pages extolled the virtues of pumpkin for treating diarrhea, predominantly in dogs and cats. Not surprisingly, I often receive this question, “My dog/cat has…

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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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Addressing pet food sensitivities with homemade diets

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Addressing pet food sensitivities | NutriScan, Hemopet

  Previously, we looked at why so many pets react to mass-market, commercially prepared foods. For this reason, more and more people are choosing to take control of their pets’ diets by preparing their meals. In this post, we’ll discuss the benefits of homemade diets and the do’s and don’ts of preparing them. Benefits of…

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