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The Benefits of Rotational Feeding for Pets

By Dr. Al Townshend Rotational feeding means feeding your pets a variety of foods rather than the same food all the time. This can mean varying the type of animal-based protein (chicken, beef, lamb, etc.) in the type of food you feed or varying the type of foods you feed such as kibble, wet, raw […]

What’s the Scoop: Your Pet’s Poop Can Tell the Story

By: Dr. Al Townshend As responsible Guardians, we are constantly on the lookout for signs of health in our pets. One clear sign of our pet’s everyday health is their poop (veterinarians often refer to poop as stool). We have to clean the litter boxes and/or take our dogs out for walks on a regular […]

How To Read An Ingredient Panel

By Dr. Al Townshend The number of pet foods available in North America is overwhelming, and each one is claiming they are the very best. Without doing a little bit of homework, it is almost impossible to decide what foods might be best for your pets. Certainly, the staff at all Pet Planet stores are […]

Benefits Associated with Food Categories

By: Dr. Al Townshend When it comes to feeding our pets, dry pet foods come to mind for most Guardians. Kibble has been the traditional way of providing a daily diet for dogs and cats, ever since commercial pet foods were developed. Today, the choices go well beyond just kibble to include a variety of […]

The Importance of A High Protein Diet

By Dr. Al Townshend The domestic dog we know today evolved from their ancestors, the wolf. There is some controversy as to when that happened. Most agree that it began some 20 to 40 thousand years ago. Like wolves, dogs evolved as carnivores or meat eaters. During their domestication process dogs have gained a better […]

Beyond the Brush – Other Factors of Pet Dental Health

By: Dr. Al Townshend As with humans, regular brushing of your pet’s teeth is considered the best and most effective way to maintain pet dental health. That said, not everyone is willing or able to brush their pet’s teeth every day and still want to do all they can to slow the onset of dental […]

How to Tell If Your Pet Has a Dental Issue

By: Dr. Al Townshend Dental Issue Prevention The first step in avoiding a dental issue is examining your pet’s mouth regularly. Your veterinarian will do a thorough examination of the mouth as part of its annual exam. However, catching problems early is important as dental issues can happen, if not dealt with immediately. Exams are […]

How to Brush Your Dog or Cat’s Teeth

Like human dental hygiene, the best way to slow the process and delay dental cleanings is to brush your pet’s teeth. For instance, The American Veterinary Dental College says; “Brushing your dog’s teeth is the single most effective means to maintain oral health between professional dental examinations”. According to Dr. Morgan Deramus, associate veterinarian at an […]

Why is Dental Health So Important?

Dr. Al Townshend Do you brush your pet’s teeth daily? Because it turns out – many of us don’t! According to the American Veterinary Dental College, by age 3, many dogs and cats will develop dental disease. As with humans, dental health for our pets is one of the essential things we Guardians can do to […]

The Right Food for Your Pets: Carbohydrates & Fiber

By Dr. Al Townshend The Good and the Bad Basic Ingredients There is no doubt that protein and fat are the most important ingredients in a diet designed for a carnivore. There are other ingredients that are essential not only to provide a complete and balanced recipe but to go beyond just meeting the basic […]

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