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Practical information about commercial pet foods and what goes into them.




  • hot topic protein and senior pets

    Protein and Senior Pets

    Protein is a key nutrient for dogs and cats and a source of amino acids, the 'building blocks' used to build new proteins in the body. Irrespective of the pet’s age, protein plays many important roles in the body.

    6 min to 10 min

  • hot topic protein in food allergies

    Protein in Food Allergies

    Food allergies are not common in dogs and cats, but pet owners often believe that a pet’s skin or intestinal symptoms are allergic reactions to specific food ingredients.

    6 min to 10 min

  • hot topic source of protein and protein quality

    The Source of Protein and Protein Quality

    Protein is an essential nutrient that can be provided by both plant and animal sources. Are there differences between plant and animal proteins and what is considered a good quality protein?

    6 min to 10 min

  • Vitamins in dog food

    Vitamins in Pet Food

    Vitamins are important nutrients for pets and people. What are their functions, and should pets be given vitamin supplements?

    6 min to 10 min

  • Toxic Foods for Dogs and Cats

    Toxic Foods for Dogs and Cats

    Many common food items found in kitchens are potentially harmful to dogs and cats.

    1 min to 5 min

  • How to Encourage Finicky Pets to Eat

    Pets who are finicky, fussy or not interested in food can be a challenge.

    1 min to 5 min

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    Raw Meat-Based Diets: Current Evidence Regarding Benefits and Risks by Beth A. Hamper, DVM, PhD, DACVN

    Are raw meat-based diets a suitable option for pets?​

    11 min to 15 min

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    Understanding Pet Food Labels - AAFCO

    Understanding the information on a pet food label can help when comparing and choosing pet foods.

    1 min to 5 min

  • Cooking Processes & Commercial Pet Foods

    Various cooking processes are used in preparing commercial pet foods to ensure delivery of highly nutritious, palatable products. The methods used are determined by the final form (e.g., a dry or wet food), desired texture and visual properties, and packaging. Common forms of pet food include dry extruded kibbles and canned wet food.

    6 min to 10 min