If you've ever stepped up your exercise game to train for a race or amped up your time at the gym, you're probably familiar with the hunger pangs that go hand-in-hand with increased exercise
Just like people, some pets may be hardwired to turn their noses up at the foods they're "supposed" to be eating—such as the dog or cat food you bought specifically for them at the pet store
Even if you don’t own a pet, you should still be concerned about pet food, says EatingWell nutrition advisor Marion Nestle, a professor at New York University and best-selling author of What to Eat. “Contaminated pet foods are early warnings of the safety hazards of globalization.”
Animal by-products are often the parts of the animal that Americans don't like to eat—organ meats, blood and bone from mammals—and can also include necks, feet and underdeveloped eggs from poultry. (Horns, hair, teeth, hooves, intestinal contents and feathers are prohibited.) By-products can add flavor and nutrients to pet food. In fact, these ingredients often have higher levels of iron, copper, calcium, vitamin A, B12 and many other essential nutrients than muscle meat.
You probably picture farm dogs guarding cattle or herding sheep, but these canines are learning new tricks to help grow our food.
Pictured: This pooch is sniffing for citrus disease. Identifying and removing infected trees before they show symptoms helps slow the spread of diseases including citrus greening and canker. Photo courtesy of Scentworx.
Citrus Disease Take-Down
"Should I let my dog sleep with me?" Nearly three-quarters of pet owners answer this question with "yes." In one small study, 41 percent of pet owners said their pets help them sleep by providing a sense of comfort. (On the other hand, 20 percent said their pet kept them awake.) Whether your cat or dog helps or hurts your sleep depends on your pet's temperament, so there is no definitive rule.
Seeing by-products in dog food or cat food ingredient lists probably isn't cause for pause when you're buying pet food, despite the bad buzz this ingredient has gotten.
From stepping on ice to suffering from dry, cracked paws, walking in a winter wonderland can be a less-than-joyful romp for your pets. Here are some winter pet care tips to keep them safe this season.
When snow falls, towel off their paws after going outside and trim the hair around their feet (including the hair between their toes!) to prevent debris and ice from clinging.
You may be wondering if it's a good idea to buy organic food for your dog or cat. Actually 100% organic pet food can be tricky to find with limited options for dog food and cat food. It's a challenge to make one food that meets all of your pet's essential nutrient needs in one serving using only organic ingredients. However, there is no research in cats or dogs to say if organic pet food is healthier than conventional. (Even human studies show conflicting evidence on whether or not organic food delivers more nutrients.)