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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 you get the hang of it, homemade food is both time and cost-efficient. It’s definitely worth the effort! Before you put your companion animal on a home-prepared diet, please discuss your decision with your veterinarian, or a holistic veterinarian  who understands nutrition and is comfortable with home-made diets. For a ...

2019-06-30T12:38:07-07:00

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 of the United States announces the nationwide launch of a cruelty-free, all natural and certified organic "Humane Choice" dog food. The HSUS developed this new product to offer consumers a wholesome and nutritious dog food that does not contain animal-based proteins or support the factory farming industry." This food will ...

2010-11-18T14:39:01-07:00

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 be very surprised…let's take a look. 1. Niche claims. Today, if you have an indoor cat,  a canine athlete, a Persian, a Bloodhound, or a pet with a tender tummy or itchy feet, you can find a food "designed" just for your pet's personal needs. Niche marketing has arrived in ...

2016-05-25T10:41:27-07:00

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, and who's in charge of fixing it. It's updated as of 2012. WHO'S IN CHARGE? While most pet guardians are certain that "someone" is in charge of regulating the manufacture of commercial dog food in this country, very few people know who that mysterious official or agency might be. But ...

2018-02-11T16:44:11-07:00

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, too. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, in Food Labels May Be Inaccurate Despite FDA Inspections, "It's unfortunate that food labels, which are ideally designed to help you make educated purchasing decisions, have deteriorated over time into little more than deceptive advertising. There are a large variety of ways for food ...

2012-07-04T07:40:28-07:00

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 "friendly" bacteria that are beneficial for the digestive tract. These include Lactobacillus acidophilus and other Lactobacillus species, and certain strains of Bacillus, Enterococcus, Bifidobacteria, and Streptococcus, all of which are commonly found in over-the-counter probiotic supplements. Probiotics are of special importance in cats with any type of digestive problem, including ...

2013-08-17T03:01:31-07:00

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, and the dog shoves it under the rug. The voice-over intones, "(Our food), every day." It's very clever advertising, intended to put all of your pet food dollars into just one manufacturer's pocket. But the concept is all wrong. For many of us, our animal companions are our children. So ...

2013-07-07T11:40:36-07:00

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 bacteria Salmonella is frequently implicated as a major danger from feeding raw meat. A contaminant of some raw meats and eggs, as well as being common in the environment, this bacterium does not appear to pose as great a problem to dogs and cats as to people, due to ...

2019-06-30T13:18:00-07:00

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, diabetes, liver disease, heart failure, and kidney disease. In most feline cases, obesity occurs when tasty, high-carbohydrate food is available 24 hours a day. Single cats may eat out of boredom; when there are multiple cats, when one eats, the others may be inspired to also eat, just to keep ...

2016-11-19T12:33:05-07:00

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

Updated 12/3/22. 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 two-thirds of an animal's body is water, but in molecular terms, the body actually comprises more than 99% water molecules! The kind of water your cat drinks can have a major impact on her health, because all water is not created equal. The basic types are: municipal tap ...

2022-12-03T15:18:51-07:00

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 and fiber) content. Cats are exquisitely adapted to utilize protein and fat for energy. Cats lack the metabolic pathway that humans and dogs use for processing carbohydrates. While cats can digest and utilize a small amount of carbs, cats, the excess gets turned into body fat. Given that more than ...

2015-04-06T09:24:32-07:00

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 guardian. If you haven't already read Why Cats Need Canned Food and 10 Reasons Why Dry Food is Bad for Dogs and Cats, start there in your quest for accurate, up-to-date information on feeding cats. Most cats don't consistently chew dry food; they swallow it whole. Obviously, without contacting the teeth, ...

2015-07-17T12:54:36-07:00

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 dog developed a malignant tumor in her sinus cavity. Started on BSF2 in September, 2003m, mixed with her homemade diet. Aggressive radiation treatment began in October at Colorado State University. She stayed on BSF2 and her usual diet during treatment. The side effects of radiation were so minimal, the clinicians ...

2011-05-04T12:51:44-07:00

BioSuperfood: Choosing the Right Product

BioSuperfood and BioPreparation formulas are 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 toothpick), and gradually work up to 1-2 capsules per day for most animals. Too much can cause diarrhea, vomiting, skin rash, sinus congestion, or other discharge reactions associated with detoxification. Give BSF or BP by opening the capsule and mixing a small amount of the concentrated powder with the animal's food--canned or homemade food is ...

2012-04-06T09:03:18-07:00

BioSuperfood for Super Health

By Dr. Jean Hofve 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 usually, they are! However, several years ago we discovered a product that does everything it claims--and much more. In all these years of looking, we have never found any other product that works quite as well, or that is as palatable to even the fussiest cats and dogs--an ...

2014-02-19T07:33:58-07:00
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