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AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. STEPHANIE CLARK (Part II)

This month we conclude our interview with Dr. Stephanie Clark, who is an equally dedicated pet parent and scientist. Dr. Clark is a co-author of a recently published literature review in the Journal of Animal Science. This peer-reviewed journal article entitled, "Review of canine dilated cardiomyopathy in the wake of diet-associated concerns," showed no conclusive correlation between grain-free dog food and DCM. [...] Read more »

AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. STEPHANIE CLARK (Part I)

As many of you know, our mission is to Do Only Good for the health of all dogs and the planet. It has also been our mission to keep you informed of any updates regarding the FDA's report of two years ago regarding the disease dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Recently, a literature review published in the Journal of Animal Science showed no fixed correlation between grain-free dog food and DCM. We sat down with one of the journal articles authors, Dr. Stephanie Clark, to discuss not only her research but her views as a devoted pet parent and the importance of animal nutrition. [...] Read more »

Obesity in Dogs

Since the COVID-19 pandemic and being homebound, many of us have probably provided our beloved pets with more treats/food than usual. On the surface, this may seem a bit harmless (considering your dog is perhaps taking more walks now); however, in the United States, there is an increasing problem with dog obesity. Therefore, this subject needs to be taken more seriously. [...] Read more »

HERBS: SMALL PLANTS – BIG HEALTH BENEFITS

By now, we are all aware that herbs have more uses than just in culinary pursuits. Herbs are used also for both aromatic and medicinal purposes. The volatile or essential oils which come from herbs give each plant its distinctive scent. Often the therapeutic usage of herbs can support the health of our canines. However, it must be made clear that herbs should be given to your dog in controlled amounts, as various planet species can be toxic. [...] Read more »

FATTY ACIDS AND WHY THEY ARE ESSENTIAL

We all now know consuming too much fat is not good for us. However, we humans and our beloved pets require fats within our diet for healthy physical development and to provide the energy we need to live and thrive. [...] Read more »

DIVING DEEPER INTO THE IMPORTANCE OF MINERALS IN YOUR PET’S DIET

In an earlier Nutrition Facts Article on minerals, I discussed what chelation was and its importance for improved bioavailability of minerals in a diet. Now I would like to dig deeper into this subject by examining things like antagonistic interactions, diet efficiency, environmental concerns, and impurities. [...] Read more »

TRANSPARENCY – A Clear Conversation about Ingredients and their Origins

As a Companion Animal Nutritionist, part of my job is not only to understand the functional value of each ingredient that goes into pet food, but also the quality of those ingredients. [...] Read more »

MIXING IT UP – THE BENEFITS OF A COMBINATION DIET FOR YOUR PET

Happy New Year! Perhaps like me, you were exposed to an array of food choices throughout the holiday season.  Having a selection of options (healthy ones, especially) keeps our meals enjoyable and diverse.  This opportunity to experience different kinds of food, not only in taste but in texture, can be beneficial for your dog as well. [...] Read more »

A GUT REACTION – THE DIFFERENCES AND BENEFITS OF PROBIOTICS AND PREBIOTICS

In recent years, we have become a society that spends tens of billions of dollars on probiotics.  It seems we are all aware and proactive about the importance of intestinal health. But few understand the difference between probiotics and prebiotics. Although both works to aid in a healthy gut, there are distinctions between the two, which are worth knowing. [...] Read more »

ROTATIONAL FEEDING  –  OPTIMIZING YOUR PET’S HEALTHY DIET

As a pet nutritionist, I understand all too well the plethora of choices available when feeding your beloved pet.  Moreover, if you are taking the time to read this article, chances are you’re a pet parent already dedicated to the concept of providing excellent nutrition for your dog. [...] Read more »