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Risks Outweigh Benefits of Raw Meat-Based Diets for Pets

“Feeding pets raw meat has become increasingly popular, especially with the availability of more commercial products and home-prepared recipes, but it’s a polarizing issue. Enthusiasts claim it’s a healthier, more natural diet for dogs and cats, yet the American Animal Hospital Association and American Veterinary Medical Association have discouraged the inclusion of raw and undercooked…

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How to Choose Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Originally posted on Dog Food Matters:
With all of the dog food recalls, you have decided to take control of your dog’s nutrition. You choose quality ingredients from the market. You prepare recipes found from popular internet sources. Then you discover that a recent scientific study revealed that 95% of homemade recipes for dogs found…

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Shock as bound body of dog found in drain

“Police are investigating the death of a dog found tied up with nylon rope in Tai Wai near where the limbless carcass of a monkey was found recently. The dog was found with wounds and blood in its mouth and nose. Police said residents found the three- year-old female mongrel named Ah Fa meaning “flower”…

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Dog lovers run with the memories at marathon

“Thoughts of their dear departed pets will be on the minds of some participants at the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon in February. Members of the “Dead Dog Running Club,” set up in late 2009, have been joining the marathon for four years now. Founder Cho Lok-tim, 28, set up the club after his dog…

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What Supplements Does My Dog Need?

Originally posted on Dog Food Matters:
Ideally, every nutrient your dog needs should be present in its dog food. However, nutritional research is generally far ahead of the dog food regulatory standards established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). To gain marketing advantage, many dog food manufacturers are supplementing their foods, but…

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Are Colorful Fruits and Vegetables Good for Dogs?

Originally posted on Dog Food Matters:
What is in colored foods? Colorful fruits and vegetables contain chemicals classified as phytonutrients.  There are no recommended daily allowances for phytonutrients but they may in fact be one of the most important dietary ingredients for animals and humans. Over 100 of these unique, naturally occurring nutrients are found…

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Trick or Treat? Treat Please!

Originally posted on The Science Dog:
One of the things that I love best about training dogs (and there are many, many things to love about training dogs) is that they respond well to so many different types of positive reinforcement. We have a wide variety of “fun stuff” from which to choose that communicates “Yes!!!…