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The Benefits of a High Meat/Low Carbohydrate Diet

By Dr. Al Townshend The domestic dog and cat we know today have evolved from their ancestors in the wild, the Grey Wolf and African Wild Cat. Their evolution has also been influenced by man for some 20-40 thousand years. Man, through selective breeding, has created the variety we see in both dogs and cats. […]

Can a Pet’s Diet Affect Their Behavior?

By Dr. Al Townshend One of the most common reasons Guardians give up their pets is due to bad behavior. While diet is not the only cause of behavior issues, what we feed our pets and how we feed them can have a significant impact on their behavior. Common pet behavior issues include: Aggression Mood […]

Can a High Protein Diet Affect A Pet’s Mood and Behavior?

Dr. Al Townshend Guardians are aware that most dogs, and especially cats, do better when the bulk of their total daily nutrition comes from protein and fat, not carbohydrates. However, some question whether a high protein recipe affects a pet’s mood or behavior. The internet frequently comments on this high protein discussion, specifically as it […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Right Pet Food for Your Pets: Protein & Fat

By Dr. Al Townshend The Good and the Bad Basic Ingredients Have you thought about finding the right pet food for your pet? With hundreds of pet foods available today, every brand advertises their food as the right pet food for your pet. But the truth is there is no one food that is right […]

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