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New Study Assesses Health and Well-Being of Cats Fed Plant-based Diets

A recent study from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph investigated owner-reported health and well-being of cats fed plant-based or animal-based diets. Dr. Sarah Dodd, a practicing veterinarian and a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Adronie Verbrugghe, reported findings from the study at the European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition Congress in Turin, Italy in September of this year.     Initial results from the study show that cats fed plant-based were reported to be in “very good” health, had mostly ideal body weight, and were comparable in age to cats fed animal-based diets. Reported prevalence of disease in cats fed plant-based were comparable or lower than those in cats fed animal-based diets, and...

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Announcement: Price Increase

Dear friends, thank you for being with Vecado all this time. During the last 5 years years we kept our prices steady despite the increasing supplier costs. To stay in sync we will be raising prices by 5-15% for some of our products. New pricing will take effect on November 6, 2019. Affected brands: Ami Evolution Diet Benevo VegePet The old prices will be in effect until November 5. Please take advantage of the old pricing this week and place your order in advance. Thank you for your support and understanding. Sincerely, Team Vecado

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What Do The Vets Say About Plant-Based Pet Diet?

The number of veterinarians knowledgeable and supportive of plant-based diets for cats and dogs is growing daily. These dedicated professionals have created a strong community advising a responsible approach to a vegan diet. They urge dog and cat guardians to choose quality, well-balanced plant-based products, and educate community on benefits of healthy plant-based nutrition. They base their opinions and recommendations on a growing body of research studies as well as their personal experiences from their practices. Here is what they say: Dr. Armaiti May, DVM Armaiti May is a practicing veterinarian and an outspoken vegan advocate, living in Santa Monica, California. Dr. Armaiti May is knowledgeable in plant-based nutrition of dogs and cats believes that if a healthful vegan diet can be...

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Dogs Are Not Wolves – They Adapted to Plant-Based Diet

A common objection to a plant-based dog diet is that dogs are sometimes classified as ‘carnivores’ (meat-eaters), like their ancestors wolves. It might be surprising to find out that the order Carnivore also includes some well-known omnivores such as raccoons and skunks, as well as the giant panda, which is a strict herbivore. From nutritional standpoint, this classification is misleading and inappropriate, and does not reflect evolutionary and physiological evidence about dogs. Modern dogs are now more appropriately classified as ‘omnivores’, that is, mammals that can receive their nutrients from both plant-based and meat-based diets.  Although a dog’s ancestor is a meat-eating wolf, his digestive system changed over the past 10,000-36,000 years, due to adaption to domestication by humans. From...

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How to Add Omega-3 acids to your Dog's diet - the best way

Omega-3 Fatty Acids are a great addition to a dog's food, as this nutrient is beneficial for proper brain function, central nervous system and vision. Flax seeds are one of the best sources of Omega-3's. The seeds have to be fresh ground to get the benefit of Omega-3's. Although frequently added to pet foods, Omega-3 Fatty Acids are destroyed by heat and oxidation and have almost no beneficial effect after extrusion. Cooked flax or pre-ground flax will not offer the advantages of Omega-3 either. The best way to get Omega 3 Fatty Acids in high concentrations is to grind whole flax seed immediately before using and adding it to your dog's food. Add 1 tsp. of freshly ground flax seed...

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