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Dangers of Raw Meat Diets

This blog post addresses nutritional and health concerns related to feeding raw meat diets to companion animals, by examining relevant peer-reviewed research. Scientific evidence is overwhelming – raw diets are unhealthy and dangerous, from nutritional, health and sanitary perspectives. Raw meat-based diets are defined as those that include uncooked animal ingredients and that are fed to dogs or cats living in home environments. These ingredients can include skeletal muscles, internal organs and bones from mammals, fish, or poultry, as well as unpasteurized milk and uncooked eggs1. Raw meat diets have gained popularity in the recent years among dog and cat guardians. Since they contain meat flesh, they are sometimes perceived as more ‘natural’ and nutritious. In fact, many vegetarians and...

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How Soy Works in Pet Food

 Soy is a staple ingredient in many plant-based formulas for cats and dogs. In fact, soy is considered to be the best protein source for domestic animals, due to two important factors: availability of essential amino-acids and their excellent digestibility. Excellent source of essential amino-acids Of all plant protein sources, soy is considered the best ingredient for dogs and cats from the amino-acid perspective. It has a high protein content as well as a well-balanced amino acid profile. 1 Table below depicts protein concentration (%) and essential amino acid composition (g/100g protein) in soy (soy protein concentrate) versus meat by-product (poultry). Nutritional requirements of dogs and cats (%) are also included. 2,3 Table 1. Amino-Acid Comparison in Soy and...

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BENEFITS OF CORN IN VEGAN PET FOOD

Corn is a staple ingredient in most plant-based formulas for cats and dogs. Corn is sometimes undeservingly being called a ‘filler’ – that is, an ingredient that provides little or no nutritional value. In fact, corn supplies many essential nutrients to companion animals. This easily digestible plant is packed with essential amino-acids, proteins, carbohydrates and anti-oxidants, and overall provides balanced nutrition to domestic animals. The following explains further that corn, in fact, is not a filler -    Essential fatty acids for healthy skin and coat (especially linoleic and linolenic acids). These acids serve important roles in the immune system and central nervous system as well.1 Natural antioxidants - beta-carotene, vitamin E and lutein. These antioxidants contained in corn help...

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Methionine and Vegan Pet Foods

Dogs use Methonine as the pre-requisite for synthesizing taurine, while cats require methionine for proper liver function. In either case, methionine must be received from the diet. Methionine is found in highest concentrations in animal proteins and in lower concentrations in plant-based proteins - cereal grains and pulses, such as wheat gluten, corn meal, brown rice, soy and whole peas.

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