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Love your pet? Help them eat healthy and live their best life with articles and tips from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.
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Is Cat or Dog Acupuncture Right for My Pet?

Submitted by admin on Wed, 01/04/2017 - 13:26

Cat or dog acupuncture, the practice of inserting small needles into specific points on your pet's body to produce a healing response. It's commonly used for muscle or skeletal problems. It is safe and, anecdotally, it may help relieve pain by increasing blood circulation, relieving muscle spasms and releasing natural pain-controlling hormones. If you want to try it, seek out a vet with the right credentials, such as Certified Veterinary Acupuncturists, or go to the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture website.

Winter Pet Care Tips

Submitted by admin on Wed, 01/04/2017 - 13:14

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.

Is Organic Dog Food or Cat Food Better for My Pet?

Submitted by admin on Tue, 11/29/2016 - 13:05

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.)

Is It OK for My Pet to Eat Leftover Bones?

Submitted by admin on Tue, 11/24/2015 - 09:18

A dog chewing on a bone is iconic; however, the cons of giving bones to your pet outweigh the benefits. Bones can cause some pretty nasty health problems. Chicken and turkey bones become brittle when cooked and are likely to break into sharp pieces and cut your dog’s lips, tongue—or even the esophagus, stomach or intestine, which can cause a potentially life-threatening illness. (Poor pup!)

Are Exotic Meats in Dog or Cat Food Better?

Submitted by admin on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:16

Venison, kangaroo, alligator, duck, rabbit, bison and even eel—these are all trendy exotic meats you may be seeing in pet foods. At the same time, it seems more common proteins like chicken, tuna and beef have earned a bad rep. Pet owners often buy foods containing exotic meats because they believe their pet suffers from a food allergy or they think that these more unusual meats may be “easier to digest.”

Should I Feed My Overweight Pet a Lite Food?

Submitted by admin on Mon, 04/14/2014 - 09:38

Pet foods can vary a lot in calories. There are minimal government restrictions on pet foods labeled as light, lite or low-calorie. Foods labeled “reduced calorie,” “healthy weight” or “obese prone” are unregulated with respect to calories. As a result, pet foods marketed for weight loss can range from 200 to 500 calories per cup (300 calories or less per cup is optimal for weight loss). Adding to the confusion, feeding guidelines on pet food labels vary and usually overestimate how much an overweight animal needs. No wonder helping pets lose weight is challenging!

The Best Vegetables for Dogs and Cats

Submitted by admin on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 12:42

The average dog owner spends $65 on dog treats each year, yet the healthiest and least expensive treats for your pet could already be in your fridge! Many vegetables and fruits can provide a perfect chewy crunch. Especially in light of the recent rawhide recalls, asparagus spears and celery stalks are great chew-toy alternatives for dogs. Yes, really! You might need to give it a few tries if your dog is new to produce. Any crunchy or chewy vegetable can also spark a cat’s interest.

Pet Nutrition: How Can Having a Pet Make Me Healthier?

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:36
By motivating you to get moving, pets—especially dogs—may help you lead a healthier lifestyle. Research indicates that having a pet may lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, increase survival rates after a heart attack and reduce risk of heart disease. For example, one study found cat owners had a 37 percent lower risk of heart attack. Reasons for the healing power of pets may include stress relief and social support—benefits that have been associated with companion animals ranging from goats to snakes. Yet the main benefit seems to be from exercise via dog walking.

With all the recent pet-food recalls, how do I know if my pet’s food is safe?

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 14:03

The good thing about the recalls is that it means some companies are proactively checking their food rather than waiting for animals to get sick. The risk of harmful bacteria depends on the kind of pet food. For canned food, the high-heat processing kills bacteria that might be present in the meat, so it’s not an issue. During the drying, coating and packaging of some dry kibble, it is possible that the kibble may pick up bacteria, but the risk is low.