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What is Colostrum?

Life’s perfect first food, colostrum is the pre-milk fluid produced by all female mammals prior to giving birth. Naturally rich in immune and growth factors, colostrum helps insure the health of the newborn. Animals of all ages can benefit from taking colostrum because it has applications for every stage of life and it’s never too […]

The Genetic Link to Cancer

This is Kali in 1997. She died May 5, 2003 of Hemangiosarcoma. So did her brother, Czar, in 2004 and her sister, Bailey, in 2006. There is a lot of speculation about the causes of the epidemic rates of cancer in our dogs today. One area that warrants in-depth research is breeding practices. With cancer […]

The Dangers of Rawhide for Dogs

It is natural for all dogs and especially puppies to chew – that’s one of the ways they explore and learn. Rawhide is one of the most common items given to dogs to chew but beware as it is also the most dangerous. What is Rawhide? Rawhide is the tough inner layer of bull, cow, […]

The Canine Biting Louse – Trichodectes Canis

Trichodectes Canis Is your dog scratching a lot? Are they having trouble sleeping (restless)? Is the coat dry and “scruffy” looking? They may have Alberta’s most prevalent canine parasite – lice! Canine Biting Lice are very common in Alberta, especially during the winter and spring months. Recent years have been especially ‘good’ years for lice, […]

Pet Health Myths

Pet Planet believes good health starts with superior nutrition, which is why we choose the foods we carry with great care. Responsible pet Guardians make decisions for the animals in their care based on advice they receive from professionals in the pet industry. Occasionally, the nutritional information from one source may contradict the information provided by […]

Essential Oils

Dogs and Essential Oils During their long evolution, the dog’s genes became adapted to the balance of fats that nature intended for best health. The fats that are necessary for good health, but which cannot be manufactured by their body are called essential fatty acids. They are termed essential because, like vitamins and minerals, they […]

Possible Signs of Cancer in Dogs and Cats and Options for Treatment

The Possible Signs of Cancer The rate of cancer in our animal companions is alarming. Recognizing the signs that THE disease may be present in your pet is the first step in helping. With many illnesses, early diagnosis and treatment are key to favorable progress.  The signs of cancer are varied and can be seen […]

Weight Loss Q&A

My significant other says our dog is fat – I think they’re just fluffy. How can we tell? What should we do if they are overweight? Between 25 and 40 percent of dogs are overweight, but Guardians often don’t know it until they take their dog to the veterinarian for another reason. You can judge […]

Understanding Raw Diets

Raw Diet At Pet Planet, we are often asked to explain the difference between raw pet foods and more traditional forms of pet food. Raw diets consist of bones, ground meat vegetables, fruit and other whole foods. The theory behind feeding raw food is that our pets’ ancestors ate raw meat and bones, and that […]

The Glycemic Index

What is the Glycemic Index? Glycemic Index (GI) is a scale that ranks the carbohydrates in food by how much they raise the blood glucose levels compared to sugar Carbohydrates break down to form sugar which gives your pet energy. After eating, blood-glucose levels rise. Low GI foods provide more consistent energy levels throughout the […]

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