Category: Nutrition

“Expert” answers pet food questions

Today’s New York Times featured Dr. Tony Buffington, of The Ohio State University, answering questions about pet food. (Click here to read the full article in the NYT.) For fun, I thought I’d take a shot at answering the same…

Lifestages, Lifestyles, and Cat Food

The number and types of commercial cat food seems multiplying like rabbits. One online store carries 353 different dry foods, and 735 varieties of canned food! Here’s a sampling of the lifestages cat food is made for: Babycat (0 to…

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are natural compounds that are important in the neutralization or scavenging of “oxygen free radicals,” which are normal by-products of body metabolism. Controlled amounts of free radicals are normally made by the body as weapons against viruses and bacteria,…

Omega-3s are Essential for Cats and Dogs!

No doubt you’ve heard of Omega-3 fatty acids, Omega-6 fatty acids, and essential fatty acids. You may even take them yourself. But did you know that they are essential for pets, too? The term “essential” means that the body cannot…

Fluoride in Pet Food — A New Danger?

By Jean Hofve, DVM According to a report by the Environmental Working Group, excessive amounts of fluoride were found in 8 major national brands of dog and puppy food. The foods contained fluoride at levels between 1.6 and 2.5 times…

Homemade Diets for Cats and Dogs

REVISED 6/30/19. Balanced homemade diets are the best for our cats and dogs. By making your pet’s food at home, you control the quality of the ingredients, and commercial food additives such as colorings and preservatives can be avoided. Once…

Humane Pet Food?

By Jean Hofve, DVM The headline reads: “The HSUS Launches New Line of Natural, Organic Pet Food” “Selecting a high-quality pet food is one of the most important decisions a pet parent can make. To celebrate pets, The Humane Society…

Pet Food Marketing Hype

By Jean Hofve, DVM A trip down the pet food aisle these days will boggle the mind with all the wonderful claims made by manufacturers for their particular products. But what’s the truth behind all this marvelous hype? You might…

Pet Food Regulation

By Jean Hofve, DVM A note from Dr. Jean: I wrote this for The Whole Dog Journal around 2001. I put it online after the 2007 pet food recall scandal, so you can understand how such a thing could happen,…

Pet Food, People, and the FDA

By Jean Hofve, DVM Pet food labels are plenty obscure, but labels on human food are just as bad. As you get better at assessing pet food, you’ll also want to check out a few labels at the grocery store,…

Probiotics: A Dietary Powerhouse for Your Cat

By Jean Hofve, DVM There are many cats (and dogs) who need extra help with digestive and other health issues. Probiotics have helped solve these problems for many pets. The term “probiotics” (which means “promoting life”) covers a variety of…

Switching Foods

By Jean Hofve, DVM The spice of life is variety, or so they say. If that’s true for people, what about our dogs and cats? I love the commercial where the lady puts down a bowl of new dog food,…

The “Dangers” of a Raw Diet

REVISED 6/30/10 Many proponents tout the benefits of feeding meat raw to our our carnivorous feline and canine companions. But most veterinarians and self-styled “experts” claim that raw diets are highly dangerous to everyone in the household. So who’s right?…

The Right Weight Loss Program for Cats!

By Jean Hofve, DVM A reader recently emailed us to ask how she could help her cat lose weight. Indeed, obesity is a serious problem for our feline friends. Many serious health problems can result from obesity, such as arthritis,…

Water Water Everywhere, but What’s a Cat to Drink?

Everyone is familiar with the 3 basic nutrient categories: protein, fat and carbohydrate. But there’s a 4th nutrient that’s just as important (if not more!), yet it is usually overlooked by most guardians and even veterinarians—water! You may know that…

Why Cats Need Canned Food

Cats are true carnivores, requiring a meat-based diet for optimal health. Their natural diet is prey, such as rodents, rabbits, lizards, insects, and birds. These prey consist primarily of water, protein and fat, with less than 10% carbohydrate (starch, sugar…

Does Dry Food Clean the Teeth?

By Jean Hofve, DVM Let’s get this one straight once and for all: dry food does not clean your cat’s teeth! In fact, dry food really does not benefit the cat at all. It is merely a convenience for the…

BioSuperfood Case Reports

Here are a few of the cases where BioSuperfood has helped animals get healthy! For more information, see the BioSuperfood main page, or go right to the information on choosing the right product. Cassandra, 10 year old female Dachsund This…

BioSuperfood: Choosing the Right Product

Updated 9/23/19 BioSuperfood and BioPreparation formulas are “superfoods” that contain powerful detoxifiers. Unless there is an immediate health crisis that requires a high dose, start with a very small amount (as much as fits on the flat end of a…

BioSuperfood for Super Health

Revised 9/23/19 There are a zillion products out there that make marvelous claims about how they will improve your animal companion’s health. Many of these claims are exaggerated, and sometimes so fantastic that they seem too good to be true–and…