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DCM and grain-free diets: issue with meat-based dog food?

Recently, FDA issued a statement about a potential association between DCM and grain-free diets that contain legumes. In their statement, they caution dog guardians against feeding these diets to their dogs. Upon careful review of the report and other literature, we can see that the report is biased and contains several 'confounding factors'. These factors include small sample size, environmental factors and sampling bias. Furthermore, the reported DCM cases are connected with specific commercial brands and we should not generalize these findings to all dog foods. FDA report U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement in 2019 about a potential association between certain dog foods and a heart disease called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). In their statement, the FDA implicated specific ingredients,...

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Cats SHOULD be Veganized – Interview with Len Goldberg

Mikhail Goussev, the founder of Vecado Plant-Based Pet Foods, spoke with Len Goldberg on the topic of plant-based cat diet on June 9, 2020. Check out our live stream video and below excerpts from the interview, where you will find answers to common questions on the topic. Len Goldberg:  Mikhail is the owner of Vecado – a long running vegan company which specializes in distributing vegan food for dogs and cats. Lets start with asking Mikhail the most basic question that people have on their minds regarding the topic. Cats are carnivores, so why would anyone suggest that we would not be feeding them conventional food, comprised of fish and chickens? And instead would be feeding them plants?  Mikhail Goussev: ...

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Antioxidants – important components of your dog and cat’s diet

What are antioxidants? Antioxidants are natural compounds that inhibit oxidation – a chemical reaction that damages cells and contributes to development of several chronic diseases in dogs, cats and humans.  While some antioxidants (such as ‘antioxidant enzymes’) can be produced in the body, other types must be added in dietary form. These include vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene, lutein and selenium. Why are they important? Antioxidants are important because they fight and neutralize free radicals – highly reactive, unstable molecules that damage cell membranes, enzymes and even DNA. Activity of free radicals leads to cell mutation and causes new cells to grow erroneously. For this reason, these molecules play a role in development of several chronic illnesses and premature aging in...

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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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14 tips to extend lives of companion animals

If you are a guardian to a Cat, Dog, Ferret, Rabbit, Gerbil or a Mouse, please read information below. These tips will save you money and time and add years to your animal's life. Please share this information with others. Kidney failure and cancer are a common cause of death in animals fed commercial products. This is a result of pesticides & herbicides in the food, added chemical preservatives and chemicals, and heavy metals in tap water.   Here are some health tips that we have developed to prolong lives of cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals that we have cared for in our little sanctuary. We hope these tips will become useful in your household.   1. We always use distilled water for drinking and for mixing with...

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