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Interesting Facts about Taurine

Taurine is an amino acid (2-aminoethanesulfonic acid) - a chemical that acts as building block of proteins. It was discovered in 1846 by English chemist Edmund Ronalds. Taurine is involved in many fundamental biological processes of cats and dogs (and humans too), such as fetal development and growth. It is essential for cardiovascular function, development and function of skeletal muscles, vision, and the central nervous system. Dogs are able to produce their own taurine from sulfur-containing amino acids (primarily cysteine, but also methionine). For this reason, taurine is not considered an essential amino acid for dogs.1 Cats, by contrast, lack the enzyme necessary to produce taurine and must therefore acquire it from their diet. According to the Association of American Feed Control...

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Tips to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections in Cats and Dogs

Evolution Diet is a 100% vegan, award-winning manufacturer of popular plant-based products for cats and dogs, such as Maximum Life and Gourmet Fondue.      In addition to producing healthy plant-based food, this organization has been running a cat/dog/ferret rescue for over 27 years in the USA, which helped thousands of animals. In this blog post, we would like to share their advice on how to care for cats and dogs that are showing signs of urinary tract infections. Use distilled water to keep your cats and dogs hydrated. Distilled water can be made with a table top distiller, purchased directly through a water delivery service, or bought at a grocery store. Clean your cat litter box every day and remove all fecal...

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How do plant ingredients meet nutritional requirements of Dogs?

According to present research, all of the essential nutrients for dogs (proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins, etc.) can be obtained from nonanimal sources.13 Since no single ingredient contains all essential nutrients in sufficient quantities or proportions, plant-based products must be carefully designed to ensure a well-balanced and nutritionally complete diet.13   In this blog post, we will take a look at some common ingredients in plant-based dog food and examine how they meet nutritional requirements of dogs.    Plants are an excellent source of essential nutrients According to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), dogs require at least 20% protein content in their food. This protein requirement is easily fulfilled by addition of high-protein plants as main ingredients in dog...

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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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