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The Anatomy of Eating

As a faithful companion to humans for some 10,000 years, the trend to humanize our companion dogs comes as no surprise. Yet despite his long and close association with humans, the dog remains closest genetically to the gray wolf, with whom he shares over 99% of his mitochondrial DNA. The…

The Anatomical Differences of Herbivores, Omnivores & Carnivores

To understand the nutritional needs of dogs and cats, it is useful to begin with a basic understanding of their anatomical features, and how they differ from herbivores and omnivores. Milton‘s ―Comparative Anatomy‖ (Milton R. Mills, M.D.) illustrated how all animals are anatomically and physiologically adapted to find and eat…

Conclusions I Cats & Dogs Are Designed For an Almost Exclusively Meat-Based Diet

Several key anatomical features separate dogs and cats from omnivores and herbivores, while clearly classifying them as carnivores with an adaptation for an almost exclusively meat based diet. Dogs & cats possess a short, simple gastro-intestinal tract. Because meat is easily digested (relative to plants) their small intestines are short.…

What's Really in Pet Food

Updated May 2007 - Kindly reprinted from the research conducted by Born Free USA Information on reprints » Download a PDF of this article » Plump whole chickens, choice cuts of beef, fresh grains, and all the wholesome nutrition your dog or cat will ever need. These are the images…

Are Dogs Omnivores?

MYTH: DOGS ARE OMNIVORES This is false. Dogs are carnivores, not omnivores. Dogs ARE very adaptable, but just because they can survive on an omnivorous diet does not mean it is the best diet for them. The assumption that dogs are natural omnivores remains to be proven, whereas the truth…

Animal Source Proteins

Protein is the staff of life for dogs and cats – essential to basic body functions, including cellular regeneration, tissue maintenance, hormone and enzyme production, and the provision of energy. Although protein is essential, not all proteins function equally, with protein qualities varying enormously between various sources. Three factors effecting…

Top 12 Ingredients to Avoid & Who Uses Them

Many of us have been convinced that the "healthy", "natural", "premium" and "recommended by" labels on pet food must mean that the food inside the bag is good for our pets. Alongside these words are claims of 100% complete and balanced that leave us to assume we are providing the…

Animal Source Fats

While often viewed negatively by health conscious people, fat is an essential dietary requirement for dogs and cats. As many people are concerned with reducing their fat intake, we often fail to realize the essential role that fat plays in the diets of our dogs and cats. Just as with…

The Best and Worst Pet Foods

Food Can Either Heal or Harm As proactive animal lovers interested in sustaining the natural good health of companion animals, we encourage pet owners to evaluate their animal's diet, because food is the foundation upon which good or ill health is built. It's important to understand that food has the…

Carbohydrates - As Few As Possible

Carbohydrates are usually the first source of energy available to the body. Proteins and fats also provide energy but carbohydrates are called upon first. According to the NRC guidelines, “Carbohydrates provide an economical source of energy in the diet of dogs.” Carbohydrates are divided into two broad groups: SIMPLE CARBOHYDRATES…

Diet and Routine

The optimum diet and routine for your cat or dog mimic the way Mother Nature intended them to eat — keeping in mind that a domestic lifestyle means your pet requires fewer calories than that of their wild cousins. Indeed, obesity and diabetes are becoming common threats to the health…

Feeding Dogs & Cats According To Their Anatomy

Cats and dogs evolved as hunters and despite a modern lifestyle, their digestive systems and internal anatomical features have remained unchanged for hundreds of years Despite obvious and dramatic changes in their physical appearance, the basic physiology of the modern dog has changed very little with domestication. Today‘s modern dogs…

Ingredient Glossary

This is the pet food ingredient glossary, Listed here are many of the major ingredients you'll see in pet foods, ranging from the cheapest (and accordingly, less beneficial and healthy to your pet) to the finest available. This should assist in reaching conclusions as to what is right and wrong…

The Brief History of Commercial Pet Foods

If dogs are cats are carnivores, evolved for an almost exclusively meat-based diet, why then are commercial pet foods made with such high inclusions of cereal grains and carbohydrates? Understanding the brief history of commercial dry pet food helps explain why most commercial pet foods were developed with convenience and…

Biologically Appropriate Dog & Cat Food

Stated simply, 'Biologically Appropriate' means mimicking the foods that Mother Nature evolved the animal to eat. Herbivores, like cows and sheep for example, evolved flat molars to grind plants, long digestive tracts to ferment plants and amylase in the saliva to break down the carbohydrates found in plants. For herbivores,…

Rich In Animal Proteins & Meat Concentrated

i. Rich In Animal Proteins & Meat Concentrated As carnivores, dogs and cats are adapted for a diet high in meat proteins. The ideal diet for a dog or cat is almost exclusively from animal source, with minimal plant material and no grains at all. Just like their wild cousins,…

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