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Dogs Naturally Column

  • AAFCO and Pet Food Regulations

    One aspect of pet food that many dog owners find mystifying is regulation. Some pet owners and stores believe that AAFCO, The Association of American Feed Control Officials is responsible for approving pet foods but in fact this isn’t the case. Here are a few facts and examples of what AAFCO does and does not do, to help clarify the situation.

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  • A Moderate Approach to Natural Nutrition

    Your dog’s diet is comprised of several different categories of food. In this article, we explore what those categories are, what value they hold for your dog, and what emphasis should be placed on each of them as you select what to offer for dinner.

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  • Nutrition for Puppies: A Foundation for Good Health

    Welcoming a new puppy into your home is an exciting time, and for many people, there is a lot to learn. It can take a huge amount of dedication to ensure that a puppy is raised to be a healthy, polite adult dog. Along with choosing a puppy from a responsible, ethical breeder (or a shelter or reputable rescue organization), there is a great deal you can do to promote your new family member’s optimal long-term health.

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  • Caring for Your Dog’s Ears…Naturally

    Ear problems are one of the top routine reasons why dogs visit the veterinarian, and many dogs suffer with painful and unpleasant ear conditions for years on end before a true long-standing cure is found. A holistic approach to the problem considers the environment in which the dog lives, what he eats and his lifestyle.

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  • Maintaining Healthy Pearly Whites

    Dental problems can pose a serious threat to a dog’s health if left untreated. Although dogs don’t typically seem to suffer with dental decay or cavities, any plaque that’s allowed to build up excessively on the teeth, can turn into hardened tartar, which results in bad breath, and can cause bacteria to build up at the border with the gums.

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  • The Elimination Diet for Food Allergies

    A true pet food allergy is defined as an actual immune system or inflammatory response, that‘s triggered by eating certain foods. While the term ‘food allergy’ is used widely by vets and pet owners, the incidence of this type of reaction to a food (like the reaction a person might have to eating a peanut, for example), is actually quite rare. Most pets who are described as having ‘food allergies’ only have a food sensitivity – a less severe, low-grade problem, but troublesome all the same.

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  • The Importance of Pigments in Foods

    Did you know, there’s much more than just a visual difference between brown processed pet food pellets and fresh, minimally touched, colorful foods? Phytonutrients, the pigments that give fresh foods their vibrant hues of red, green, purple, yellow and orange do more than just make a pretty meal; they contain powerful antioxidant properties that can have a profound effect on total health.

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  • Eating Disorders in Dogs

    An eating disorder isn’t among the list of challenges most dogs owners expect to encounter, but the problem actually plagues a surprisingly high number of animals. There’s a lot of speculation about the cause of a dog’s refusal to eat his meals - and a wide array of approaches, when it comes to how owners choose to deal with the situation.

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  • Natural Solutions for Itchy Skin

    Chronic itchy skin, hot-spots, dandruff and a smelly, oily coat, are the bane of a worrying number of dogs, and can become chronic problems that cause years of pain and discomfort if the underlying cause isn’t pinpointed and addressed. Itchiness on the outside is often a sign of a problem that goes more than skin deep.

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  • Benefits of a Higher Moisture Diet

    It’s often challenging to think about a new approach to something, when we’ve become so accustomed to a particular way of doing things for decades on end. There is no truer example of this, than the type of food that many people serve to their pets each day. The vast majority of the population have somehow come to view a homogenous diet of ‘little round pellets’ as the most appropriate and normal thing to feed to its companion animals.

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