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Duck meat in pet foods !

By Sophie Lavallée M.Sc., Agr. Duck has become a very popular ingredient in many dog and cat food products lately, particularly as a new protein for hypoallergenic diets. From a nutritional standpoint, duck is used as a substitute for chicken and turkey. Of the new proteins now used in pet food products, duck is without…
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Types of minerals and their role in your pet’s diet!

By Sophie Lavallée M.Sc., Agr. Dietary studies on pet nutrition provide a lot of information on vital nutrients like protein, fiber, amino acids and fat, but you don’t hear that much about the dietary role of essential minerals in pet nutrition. And since pets can’t synthesize minerals, they must be provided through their diet, as…
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Demystifying pet food formulas that promote an “optimal urinary pH”

By Sophie Lavallée M.Sc., Agr.   Many cat and dog foods are now formulated to control urinary pH levels, but what is an optimal urinary pH? Pets whose urine is acidic (a urinary pH of 6.0 to 6.5) are less likely to develop struvite crystals. Their likelihood of developing calcium oxalates also decreases when their…
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Demystifying the ash content of commercial pet food…

By Sophie Lavallée M.Sc., Agr. What does ash content in pet food refer to? The ash content of pet food refers to bone fragments found in bone meal or fish meal, as well as some of the minerals found in plant products. This ash is mostly comprised of Calcium (Ca), Phosphorus (P) and Magnesium (Mg)….
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Dogs and kids : When to be careful

« The bite came out of nowhere! » « He was so patient with the baby! »                                             Accidents always happen when least expected. If a parent had any doubts that his child would get bitten by his…
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From St-Hyacinthe to China

It has been almost ten years since we launched Oven-Baked Tradition. Ten wonderful and busy years.                                         Like most stories, it started with a dream. We wanted to do things differently, go back to the good…
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5 signs of a stressed cat

A life of naps, food, and petting sessions : Why would any cat be stressed, right? But some are, for numerous reasons. Cats might get stressed by visitors, by loud music, by a change in your work schedule, or even a new cat food flavor in their dish.                …
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DOGOPEDIA – hunting dogs

All dogs love to hunt, but not all dogs would turn out to be great hunting dogs. Interested to read further? May we suggest these previous blogposts : Herding dogs : Dogs for finding missing people : In spring the nature wakes up, and so does your dog’s natural instinct :  

Why being a foster home is awesome!

Foster homes save lives. Too many pets are abandonned, and shelters cannot help them all. Living in a shelter is stressful, no matter how hard the volonteers work to make sure that cats and dogs have all they need. For some animals, shelters are just not the right environment. Puppies, for instance, need proper socialisation…
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Herding dogs used to herd sheeps. Noawadays, the popular breeds are more prone to herding their canine friends at the dog park or retrieving tirelessly a worn ball. But it is always interesting to know where our dogs come from, right? So that we can understand why they do what they do, and what they…
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