Special Presentation July 31

Special Presentation ‘Paws, Claws, & Laws: Tails of Regulations, Advocacy, and Proper Labeling’ Healthy Pet Products is excited to present, “Paws, Claws, and Laws: Tails of Regulations, Advocacy, and Proper Labeling.” This full day event will feature industry experts who will be discussing the importance of what and how we feed our pets, what it […]

The Natural/Holistic Pet Food Myth

Most pet foods that claim to be “natural” or “holistic” are indeed not! All you need to do is look at the official definitions of these terms to understand what I’m saying. The standards for pet food labels are set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). AAFCO’s definition of natural is: “a […]

The Body’s Wisdom is Smarter than Nutritionists

Nutritional reductionists believe that they can formulate complete and balanced diets for dogs and cats. They create pet foods from ingredients that the ancestors of our dogs and cats did not have access to. The conditions under which the animal body was finely tuned over millions of years can give us insight into what is […]

Your Vet’s Pet Food Misunderstanding

As explained in last week’s blog, determinism is the belief that any subject can be best understood by understanding its parts. When determinism is applied to nutrition you get the kind of silly statements that veterinary nutritionists and pet food manufacturers make all the time. These experts will tell you that it is not the […]

Side Effects from Raw Food

As a holistic practitioner, I treat the whole pet. Animals often come to me because they have a specific problem. The Western medicine way of dealing with such difficulties is to only focus on the issue at hand. In veterinary school we really learn more about disease care than we do about health care. The […]

Research from 1979 Refutes Current Dog Food Pyramid

There is a common notion that dogs are omnivores. And, the bottom line is that they are omnivores. Of course that’s because they have no choice but to eat what we feed them. This is typically processed kibble containing at least 30% carbohydrates. Think about this; if we captured all the polar bears in the […]

The “Highly Digestible Pet Food” Myth

Digestibility is a measure of how easily a pet food ingredient is broken down by the digestive system and absorbed into the body. The more digestible the food, the quicker the nutrients enter the pet’s bloodstream.  Pet food companies sometimes brag about their food’s digestibility. On the surface, this sounds like a good thing. Who […]

Pet Peeves of a Holistic Vet

I don’t like to complain. Generally I take what’s coming to me with nary a grumble. But every once in a while, even the most even keeled person needs to vent. So here are a few things I would like to get off my chest. If you have a pet that is seriously ill, please […]

Answers Pet Food Beats FDA

I believe that probiotic bacteria are a missing nutrient in the diets of our pets. Think about it, the ancestors of dogs and cats were regularly exposed to bacteria in their food from the intestines of their prey. Here’s more information on the benefits of probiotics. With all the health benefits of probiotics, it makes […]

Holistic Treatment of an Allergic Reaction

Any emergency brings to light the importance of being prepared for any pet emergency. The time to prepare for an emergency is NOT while in the midst of one. Every pet caregiver should have an emergency kit nearby at all times. You also need to have the phone number for, and directions to, the nearest […]