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The Mother of All Pet Lectures

  For all pet-lovers in the Pittsburgh area, I’ll be speaking from Noon – 2 PM this Sunday (Mother’s Day) at the 2017 PetCon Expo at the Washington County Fairgrounds. My topics are nutrition and integrative medicine. Join me, and bring your mom!   https://petconnections.pet/petcon-expos/        

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 […]

Join Dr. Doug at Pittsburgh Event

Hi Everyone, I will be speaking about pet nutrition and vaccines on Sunday, April 3rd from 2-4 PM at Ringers Pet Dog Training in Natrona Heights (Pittsburgh area). http://www.ringerspetdogtraining.com/Upcoming-Classes—Events.html Please register for this FREE lecture. Call 724-226-4822 or 724-226-9670 or email gsd10@yahoo.com. Sponsored by Answers Raw Pet Food Learn everything you need to know to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Damning Report on Pet Foods

A sustainable foods-oriented, consumer advocacy organization, The Cornucopia Institute, recently released a scathing report on commercial pet foods. Of course, most of what they found will not be shocking to the readers of this blog. It is interesting to have such a group back up many of my concerns and come up with a few […]

Carrageenan: A Nasty Pet Food Toxin

Carrageenan is an ingredient of canned pet diets used to thicken, stabilize, and emulsify the food. It is used in many canned pet foods basically to improve the appearance and texture. There is absolutely no nutritional value to this ingredient. Carrageenan is actually a group of compounds extracted from various species of red seaweed. As […]

Incredible! Research on Raw Cat Food

When I lecture to veterinarians (and especially veterinary students) about raw food for pets I often get the question, “Where’s the research?” The push for “Evidence-Based Medicine” strongly resonates with many veterinarians, especially those with little real-world experience. They tend to think that unless there is a validating study, the idea must be wrong. The […]