Standing in the dog food aisle of a pet store can quickly leave a dog parent overwhelmed and confused. We’re inundated with options and each brand is telling us that their food is the healthiest dog food on the shelves.
Offal, also known as organ meats or variety meats, the literal definition of offal is to “fall off”—that is, whatever falls off the skeleton during the butchering process.
Formulating a complete and balanced meat-based canine diet can be surprisingly tricky. Attempts can easily come up short on nutrition or long on calories if they don’t follow well-designed guidelines
One of the worst mistakes I’ve see with homemade recipes and even some popular commercial raw diets is improper amounts of calcium (Ca) and especially phosphorus (P) when feeding puppies.
Selenium (Se) is an essential trace mineral of fundamental importance to human, canine, and feline health. It is receiving considerable attention for its possible role as an effective naturally occurring anti-carcinogenic agent.
I worry about too much copper more than I worry about not enough copper. Especially in the “feed-a meal-of-liver” advice from a popular author and in some commercial raw foods.
We all know that we need vitamin D, either through sun exposure or through our food, in order to be healthy. It’s an essential vitamin for humans, which means we can’t live without it, and the same is true for our dogs and cats.
Manganese (Mn) is a trace mineral, required in small amounts measured in parts per million, that is necessary for the health of all animals, including being vital for development, metabolism, and the antioxidant system.
By paying careful attention to detail and using lean meats, one can make homemade and prey model ruminant (beef, bison, lamb) diets with zinc contents that meet ancestral diet amounts, and scientific standards for adult dogs and all life stages for cats.