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Grain-free is not enough; look for MEAT-BASED proteins in your pet’s food

Grain-free dog and cat foods seem to be the latest pet food fad.  But in our minds, the issue is NOT whether a pet food is grain-free, but rather, what is the SOURCE of the food’s protein content?

It’s best to choose a food that is high in MEAT-BASED PROTEINS.  Meat has always been a natural part of dogs’ and cats’ diets and is easiest for their systems to break down and digest.  Plus meat-based proteins contain amino acids that are essential to your pet’s diet.  However, meat is a more costly ingredient, so you are seeing some companies turn to alternative sources of protein – like corn and soy, both plant-based sources of protein.  They are able to raise the so-called protein levels in the food while reducing costs.

Vegetables or meat for the dogWhile some companies will use plant-based proteins like corn, corn is still a GRAIN that turns into starch and then into sugar – potentially leading to obesity and diabetes.  Some pet foods also contain corn gluten – a low-quality protein derived from corn – which is difficult for pets to digest.  Soy is actually a protein blocker.  So if your pet’s diet contains lots of soy, their body will be more prone to absorb these proteins and not the meat based proteins

You will typically find that many of the lower-priced foods contain a greater amount of plant based protein and less meat based protein.  Always read labels carefully.

Feeding some level of plant-based protein to your dog or cat is okay, however it’s not as healthy as meat-based protein.  And not providing a meat-based diet can lead to an increased chance of allergies and obesity.


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Products that can help Fido get physically fit

In case you missed our Pawsitively Healthy workshop on “Are your furry friends too fat?, we handed out some great information to help your dog lose weight.

Our handout on  Products that can help Fido get physically fit includes high nutrition, low-calorie dog foods along with toys that will help keep your dog active.

We recommend that any pet weight loss only be done under the supervision of your veterinarian.

See the handout here: Handout — products to help your DOG lose weight

Guest blog by Dr. Andrea Putt, DVM

Note: This workshop has been rescheduled to October 15, 2015.

Are your furry friends “fluffy” or overweight?  We are here to help and not judge!

Over 55% of both dogs and cats are overweight, but only 45% of owners with overweight pets recognize their pet is overweight. We may be hurting our pets with kindness when were are overfeeding and overtreating them with food.

Overweight pets often have a shorter life span. Obesity can lead to joint pain, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

This informative seminar will help determine if your pet is overweight and give you practical feeding and exercise strategies to use to help overweight pets.

Are your furry friends too fat? will be held Thursday, October 15, 2015, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., at my White Lake store at 6845 Highland Rd. Space is limited; advance registration required. Please remember to leave your pets at home. Donation is $5 per workshop. All proceeds go to Elizabeth Lake Animal Rescue. Click here to register at: http://www.nootersclub.org/PSPworkshops.htm.