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Canadians have gone to the dogs!

According to a recent survey conducted for the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI), Canadians’ passion for dogs continues to grow. Indeed, from 2016 to 2018, the canine population increased from 7.6 million to 8.2 million. According to the same study, about 41% of households in the country now own at least one dog. Finally, still…
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Are cats actually heartless freeloaders?

According to a recent study, cats appreciate humans much more than we think. Researchers have demonstrated that most cats prefer human contact to food. As a matter of fact, more than half of all cats who participated in this study preferred to interact with a person even though they had access to food, a game,…
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Between dog and wolf

I really like the company of dogs and cats; I find that they bring a lot of happiness and spontaneity to our lives. I’ve had the good fortune to live with a number of pets throughout my childhood and although I know them well, some of their behaviour remains a mystery to me. I remember…
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A boy and his cat

I met Blackie during my first year of university. One evening, when I came back from work, he was there at my doorstep, an alley cat as can be found everywhere. His fur was black with the exception of a very small white patch under his chin, which made him look very cute! He was…
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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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Green tea is good for your dog’s teeth!

By Sophie Lavallée M.Sc., Agr. What green tea components are good for the teeth of dogs? Green tea extract is a highly concentrated source of catechin, a type of flavonoid, also called condensed tannins, with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. How does catechin promote good oral hygiene in dogs? According to a study1 of dogs…
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