Cancer in Pets: Dietary Recommendations

Pet nutrition in an animal with cancer should have the goal of maintaining, if not improving, the body condition of the animal.  The diet needs to taste good, be highly digestible, and preferably energy dense.  Pet nutrition products or diets relatively high in fat content … [Read more...]

Liver Disease in Cats- Diet Recommendations

Diet recommendations for cats with liver disease vary depending on the underlying liver disease.  Similar to dogs, cats can develop inflammation, infection, and cancer in their liver.  Diets that are specially formulated for liver disease in cats often have high quality and … [Read more...]

Pet Nutrition- When Sick Pets Need Feeding Tubes

In pets whose caloric intake is marginal to poor, consideration should be given to place a feeding tube to maintain pet nutritional support.  This method of feeding is termed enteral nutrition.  Feeding tubes are an effective and inexpensive means of providing … [Read more...]

Tracking Food-Borne Illness in Pets- PETNet

The Partnership for Food Protection and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the launch of the Pet Event Tracking Network (PETNet) on August 1, 2011.  The Partnership for Food Protection (PFP) was established by the FDA in 2008 in an attempt to bring federal, … [Read more...]

Liver Disease in Dogs- Diet Recommendations

Dogs with liver disease have different dietary needs then a healthy dog.  Depending on the severity of liver disease in dogs, the percentage of protein that they need and can tolerate is variable.  The liver makes different proteins, such as clotting factors and albumin, so … [Read more...]

Veterinary Therapeutic and Wellness Pet Nutrition Products

Veterinary therapeutic and wellness pet nutrition products are designed to meet specific nutritional needs of pets with specific types of disease conditions.  They are designed to be used under the direction and supervision of a veterinarian.  These products often contain … [Read more...]

Pet Food Recall: Nestle Purina Recalls Small Number of Dry Cat Food Bags

On June 27, 2011, Nestle Purina voluntarily recalled 870 bags of dry cat food due to the possibility that they may have been contaminated with Salmonella. These bags of cat food were shipped to retail stores in Colorado, Idaho, and Oregon. The following products with … [Read more...]

Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Pet Nutrition- How to Supplement your Pet’s Diet

Omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are considered essential fatty acids that are being used increasingly in the management of many disease conditions.  Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to have benefits in many diseases in animals, … [Read more...]

Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Pet Nutrition- The Role this Supplement Plays in your Pet’s Diet

Omega-3 fatty acids have gained recent attention due to the increased interest in wellness and disease prevention.  They are thought to play a role in reducing inflammation, having affects on the body’s immune response and potential impact on cell functions throughout the … [Read more...]

Comparing Pet Nutrition Products- Caloric Content

The energy concentration of a pet nutrition product describes the caloric content of the diet.  It helps veterinarians recommend diets and the amounts of food to feed, in order to maintain healthy weights of animals.  It is important to know the energy concentration of a pet … [Read more...]