Special Ingredient Saturday – Green Beans

Special Ingredient Saturday – Green Beans

Green beans aren’t typically thought of as great pet food. But, maybe they should be. Green beans are rich in B vitamins, shown to have impressive antioxidant qualities, and are also a good source of beta-carotenes (just like carrots). Green beans have recently been...

Special Ingredient Saturday – Doggie Frozen Yogurt

Fun recipe for your summer weekend: Doggie frozen yogurt 1 cup almond butter 32 oz plain or greek yogurt 3 ripe bananas Pint blueberries   Blend almond butter, yogurt and bananas until smooth. Stir in blueberries. Spoon into ice cube trays. Freeze. Yield: 3 dozen...

What Really is Healthy Looking Stool?

What Really is Healthy Looking Stool?

Caution: This discussion may be a bit graphic for some. Pet food manufacturers spend a lot of their research dollars making sure that dogs and cats have “good” stools after eating their pet food. Certainly, most pet owners examine their pets’ output and use that as...

Dr. Google vs. You Know, Any Real Doctor

Dr. Google vs. You Know, Any Real Doctor

These days we all do it - we run to the Internet to check for information. Fact checking may be as simple as checking ingredients of a favorite recipe, to something as complicated as diagnosing an unknown illness in a pet. Multiple times over the years, before my...

Special Ingredient Saturday – Vegetable Glycerin

This ingredient spotlight post covers an ingredient found in both pet food and pet grooming products, vegetable glycerin.  Today we’ll talk about the use and benefits of glycerin in pet grooming products. Glycerin’s chemical formula is C3H8O3. It is a by-product of...

Health Coaching for Pets

Health Coaching for Pets

Have you ever just wanted a second opinion, either about your own health or the health care of your pets? Books and the internet are great for general information, background, and education but usually don’t address the specific situation going on in the owner’s...

Special Ingredient Saturday – Alfalfa Sprouts

Alfalfa sprouts are the only plant that supplies the full range of vitamins—from Vitamin A, B complex, C, and E to Vitamin K. They also contain calcium, folic acid, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. Sprouts are rich in antioxidants and...

Special Ingredient Saturday – Sardines

Sardines are a great protein source that provides significant Vitamin B3, B12 and D, selenium, and healthy omega-3 Fatty acids. Sardines are also a good source of phosphorus and...

Why has my Black Cat’s Coat Turned Red?

Why has my Black Cat’s Coat Turned Red?

Black coat color is produced by a pigment called melanin. Melanin is the same pigment in human skin that turns our skin brown(er) when we are exposed to sunshine. Melanin is found in higher concentration in black coated animals than other color coats. Melanin is made...

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