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winter nutrition

Do you tend to get the winter blues? Do you feel unmotivated, lethargic, or pack on a few extra pounds during the cold months? Cold winter days and nights not only affect our motivation, weight, and health, but our dogs’ too! But no need to fear, the right foods are here! Make sure your pet …

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From colorful fruits and vegetables to mushrooms and seaweed, these amazing cancer-fighting foods are packed full of nutrients. Cancer is an increasingly common health problem in dogs of all ages. The best way to help prevent cancer from affecting your own canine companion is to give him a healthy lifestyle that includes a nutritious whole …

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fruit and veggie mix for your dog

Whether you home-prepare your dog’s food, or give him a premium packaged or raw frozen diet, this easy-to-make veggie and fruit mix will add some extra nutrition to his meals. Just like us, dogs should eat a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits with their meals. Whether home-prepared or purchased, high quality whole food diets …

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pet food consumers

Twice a year, State Department of Agriculture officials meet with members of the FDA to discuss your pet’s food – from ingredients to labeling and everything in between. But who’s on your pet’s side? You (the consumer) deserve a voice when it comes to your dog or cat’s food. Consumer advocates like Susan Thixton are …

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B.A.R.F. diets for dogs

A B.A.R.F. diet is a popular – and responsible – choice for your pet. But there are some factors you need to consider before going this route. It’s a sound principle. Dogs and cats should be nourished with the food their bodies are designed by nature to thrive on. But species-appropriate nutrition cannot be found …

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why cats can't be vegetarian

Your cat needs a meat-based diet in order to stay healthy. Many people who choose to be vegetarian do so for ethical reasons. But while a vegetarian diet may be a good choice for us (I’m vegetarian myself), it’s unhealthy and dangerous for our cats. Those who force their cats to eat meat-free diets are …

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coconut for pets

From oils and treats to shampoos and balms, the humble coconut is making its way into a lot of pet products. How does this popular tropical food benefit your dog or cat’s health? In recent years, the world has been discovering the health benefits of the coconut – not just for themselves, but for their …

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choosing quality pet food for your dog or cat

Making optimal dietary choices for your pet is crucial to his health, happiness and longevity. The key is to look for the best quality you can afford. It can be challenging to determine which pet food is good for your dog or cat, and which isn’t. The first step is to know the difference between …

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skin problems in dogs and cats

Following these 7 nutritional guidelines can significantly reduce your dog or cat’s skin problems. Switching a dog or cat with skin problems to a fresh food diet often brings about an improvement in itchiness. We have seen some skin cases clear up completely thanks to dietary changes. This article will give you some nutritional guidelines …

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turkey truffettes for dogs

Looking or a way to involve your dog in this year’s Thanksgiving festivities? He’ll love these delicious Turkey Truffettes!  When making Turkey Truffettes – and any recipe, for that matter – choose organic ingredients whenever possible! Ingredients 1-1/2 cups whole grain flour of your choice, or a pseudo grain, like quinoa and teff 2 tablespoons …

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holiday spices to share with your dog – Animal Wellness Magazine

When you think of the holidays, I bet you envision family, a warm fire, good food, and your favorite holiday flavor or spice. Maybe it’s the warm taste of apple cider with a hint of cinnamon that tickles your fancy. Here are six classic holiday spices and herbs that are not only safe for dogs, …

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understanding pet food labels

Make healthier and more informed pet food choices for your dog or cat by learning how to read and interpret pet food labels.  Trying to decipher pet food labels is more than a little intimidating. How do you make sense of all those fancy names and ingredients, let alone decide whether or not a particular …

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Redbarn Pet Products

This all-natural pet food company helps people make quality nutritional decisions for their dogs and cats. Canadian-born Jeff Baikie and Howard Bloxam became friends when they were 12 years old, and playing on the same hockey team. They took separate paths when they grew up, but their bond remained strong. In the early 1990s, Howard …

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Pet Fooled Documentary

The popular and highly acclaimed documentary Pet Fooled was released on Netflix earlier this year. The film has created a lot of buzz among pet parents and within the pet food industry, which was exactly the creator’s intention. Featuring commentary by respected veterinarians Dr. Karen Becker and Dr. Barbara Royal, Pet Fooled exposes the long-kept …

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dog treats

We all love to treat our dogs, but it’s important to make sure we’re giving them something that’s healthy and low-cal as well as delicious. Many of the fruits, vegetables and meats we enjoy also make delicious, healthy dog treats! Pet stores are filled with dog treats of all kinds. But many are bad choices …

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noni

Noni has great potential for the treatment and possible prevention of many diseases in pets. Noni fruit is nothing short of amazing. It’s been in use for centuries across the Pacific region, not just for food but for its health benefits as well. Noni is reported to have a broad range of therapeutic effects that …

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mint

It doesn’t just flavor food or freshen breath – mint offers a range of nutritional and health benefits that can boost your dog’s wellness.  Mint is a pungent herb well-loved for its flavors, scents and pest-repelling qualities, but did you know it’s also good for your dog? When used to season recipes, or made into …

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hemp

Hemp is a durable, eco-friendly fiber that has woven its way into a range of natural and sustainable products for dogs. One of the most versatile materials on the planet, hemp is valued for its hypoallergenic and earth-friendly qualities. Hemp is made from the fibers of the cannabis sativa plant. It’s used to make everything …

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Homemade diets are popular with a lot of pet owners. But when you’re developing your dog or cat’s menu, you need to ensure he’s getting all the nutrients he needs, and in the right amounts. One of those important nutrients is calcium. Your pet’s body cannot, on its own, maintain the appropriate levels of calcium …

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The most important ingredient in this recipe is love! Ingredients 4 cups whole grain flour (e.g. oat, spelt or a combination) ½ cup oatmeal 1 egg 2 tablespoons safflower oil 1 teaspoon carob powder 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1½ cups filtered water Instructions Preheat oven to 300°F. Mix all ingredients together, then turn out onto a …

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addison's disease

Your pet’s immune system plays an essential role in maintaining his health and resistance to disease. However, just like your own immune system, it isn’t immune to problems. Both genetic and environmental factors can cause or “trigger” immune dysfunction, leading to either immune deficiency – or immune stimulation, also called autoimmune disease. Addison’s disease is …

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pet food

From by-products to soy to rendered fats – here are some ingredients to steer clear of when buying pet food for your dog or cat. Educating yourself about healthy nutrition for your dog and cat may seem daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. One of the best ways to begin is learning how to …

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superfruits for your dog

From acai berries to wolfberries, these healing superfruits offer as many health benefits to your dog as they do to you. Superfruits are so densely packed with nutrients that they act as medicine as well as food. And they don’t just benefit our own bodies; they can also give a health boost to our dogs. With …

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garlic dogs

The answer is yes! Find out why garlic has received such a bad rap, and how it can actually benefit your pet’s health. Garlic has long been regarded as a beneficial herb. Yet many people believe it’s harmful to dogs and should never be fed. The truth is, it is as safe and healthy for our …

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diet and behaviors

Find out how certain dietary nutrients and calming supplements may curb aggression, anxiety and other unwanted behaviors in dogs. Did you know that nutrition plays a role in canine behavior? Aggression, anxiety, begging, destructiveness, excessive barking and house soiling are just a few of the unwanted behaviors dog owners sometimes contend with. Socialization and training …

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sprouts

Sprouts are mini-powerhouses of nutrition, and they’re just as good for your dog or cat as they are for you. Instead of whole grains for your dog or cat, try sprouts instead. They make a simple addition to his diet, whether mixed into his food, added as a topper, or included in a whole foods …

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pumpkin power for canines

Share the health benefits of pumpkin with your four-legged friend. Spicy pumpkin pies and jack o’lanterns…this time of year, these are the images pumpkins conjure up. But this fat orange vegetable is more than just a Thanksgiving and Halloween staple. It’s actually one of the world’s healthiest foods – both for us and our companion animals. …

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the problem with wheat in dog food

People and animals have been eating wheat for thousands of years, so why has it started causing health issues in so many? The answer may shock you. Wheat has been a staple grain for centuries. It forms the basis for a large number of foods eaten by both people and animals. Yet it’s only relatively recently …

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From chia to hemp to sesame seeds — they’re packed with goodness. Give these healthy recipes a try! Seeds may seem small and nondescript, but they’re packed with goodness. Many varieties have become highly popular thanks to their nutritional benefits. Here’s a look at seven of the best, along with some super-simple recipes you can …

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obesity and other health concerns

Most of our kitties, at some point in their lives, will develop issues such as kidney disease, dental problems, or obesity. The good news is that many of these common conditions are preventable with good nutrition and regular veterinary care. Here’s a look at the top five diseases that cats are susceptible to. 1. Obesity …

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At Animal Wellness Magazine, we believe the foundation of optimal wellness and happiness is built upon FOUR PILLARS — Natural Health, Natural Nutrition, Positive Training, and Active Lifestyle. Each of these Pillars plays a supporting role in providing your animal companion with the longest, best quality of life possible. And who better to showcase the …

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nervous

Many things can affect your dog’s nervous system. Good nutrition helps ensure it continues to do its job properly. When you think about your dog’s health, you might not factor in his nervous system. But maintaining its proper function is very important to his well being. Your dog’s nervous system evolved to match the environment …

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