Nutrition

The role of diet in obese cats and dogs

By Sophie Lavallée M.Sc., Agr. According to the latest statistics, 52.7% of dogs and 57.9% of cats are obese or overweight in the United States. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association defines the terms obesity and overweight using a standard 1-9 scale system, where 1 is thin and 9, morbidly obese.  A pet is considered overweight…
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The benefits of legumes as a pet food ingredient!

By Sophie Lavallée M.Sc., Agr. A new ingredient category has recently made its way to cat and dog food products: legumes such as peas, chick peas and lentils. Many legumes are now found in grain-free formulas and have become so popular that they are even used as a substitute for potatoes and tapioca. What are…
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The role of antioxidants as a natural pet food preservative

By Sophie Lavallée M.Sc., Agr. We’ve all heard of antioxidants, right? But did you know that the shelf life of pet food can be extended to 18-24 months when antioxidants are used during the manufacturing process? Because dog and cat food products contain such raw materials as animal bonemeal, oils and fats, they can easily…
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Miscanthus: A new type of dietary fiber for cats and dogs!

By Sophie Lavallée M.Sc., Agr. Have you heard of miscanthus? Miscanthus is a perennial glass plant whose scientific name is Miscanthus X gigantus. In the United States, it is grown as a grass plant, while in Quebec and Ontario it has been the subject of many biomass and biofuel projects. Known for its rapid growth,…
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The vital role of real meat and bone meal in your pet’s diet

By Sophie Lavallée M.Sc., Agr. Did you know that both the amount of protein and the quality of proteins consumed by dogs and cats is critical to their growth and health? Dietary proteins are essential nutrients that play vital metabolic roles such as producing hormones, neurotransmitters and enzymes. Although real meat is often seen as better…
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Why you should transition your pet to a new food gradually

Your pet probably eats the same dry food daily. Except for some treats here and there, or some stolen table scraps, your cat and your dog probably gets 99.9% of their nutrition need and daily energy from their dry food diet. Imagine if you changed EVERYTHING you eat in a day, in one day. Imagine…
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New canned dog food from Oven-Baked Tradition

We have wonderful news for you today: You will find new Oven-Baked Tradition canned food in stores this spring, yeah! Fresh and high-quality ingredients, a slow cooking method, no artificial flavours or colours, no preservations…it sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Our canned food recipes share the same standard as our dry food recipes that your pet…
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Food allergies and food intolerances in dogs and cats

Like us humans, pets can suffer from food allergies and food intolerances. These are in fact very common: More than 10% of dogs are known to have food allergies; this proportion is a little bit less documented in cats. In addition to allergies, a lot of cats and dogs suffer from specific food intolerances, and…
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Advent Calendar for dogs from Oven-Baked Tradition

Pets are part of their families, and pets are often part of their families’ festivities!  It only made sense for us to conceive an advent calendar for dogs so that they can have their own countdown until Christmas. Of course, no chocolate for your pet friends! Our Advent Calendar hides 25 tasty bacon-flavored treats shaped…
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Apples and dogs : Going apple picking with your dogs and apple treats for your dogs

Apple picking is a popular family tradition during this time of the year. It is a great activity to enjoy our beautiful autumn days, and the outcome is delicious apples that can cheer up any rainy days.   Do you know that your dog could probably be part of this fun tradition with the rest…
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