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THE PET NUTRITION CORNER
By Wendy C. Brooks, DVM, DipABVP
Educational Director, VeterinaryPartner.com

This information DOES NOT replace professional veterinary care. It is solely for educational purposes. Your pet's medical condition should be evaluated by a veterinarian before any medical decisions are implemented. If there is a potentially life-threatening emergency involving your pet, take your pet to a veterinarian or veterinary facility IMMEDIATELY.

Food canning is a 200-year old process of nutrient preservation and was performed centuries before anyone had any knowledge of food poisoning bacteria.
Did you know that skin diseases account for as much as 25% of the cases seen by small animal veterinarians?
There are many misconceptions when it comes to considering food allergy for pets. In this brief summary, we hope to bust a few myths and present an overview of the problem.
Food is supposed to provide nutrients so that those who partake in it can maintain health and grow stronger. Over thousands of years, the human race has concerned itself with the preservation of foods to prevent spoilage and the preparation of foods to reduce contamination.
Prior to the commercialization of pet foods, people fed their pets table scraps, leftovers, or meat scraps purchased especially for pets.
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) sets guidelines and definitions for animal feed, including pet foods. This list includes definitions of some of the more common words and phrases used in pet food labels.
Pet food labels are practically in secret code to those who do not know what they're reading. Instead of relying on the clerk at the pet food store or from advertisements to decide what food is best suited for your pet, learn the facts about nutrition to help you separate the facts from the hype.
How do you know if the food you are buying is really any good? And can it be fed appropriately to your pet?

   
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