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Mud Bay talked to our in-house veterinarian, Dr. Katy Patterson-Miller, to get answers to your top seven questions about grain-free dog food, taurine and heart disease (DCM) in dogs. We also included a handout that explains everything we currently know about the FDA investigation, as well as our dietary recommendations for concerned dog owners.
“Prebiotics help the body maintain good bacteria at an optimal level,” explains InClover Research President Rebecca Rose. “Current research focused on animals and humans show that there is a real link between an imbalance of bacteria in the system and overweight or underweight animals and humans.”
“Prebiotics are essentially a type of fiber that selectively feeds the beneficial bacteria already the gut. When an animal ingests food that contains prebiotics, the prebiotics goes into the intestine, and the beneficial bacteria eat the prebiotics,” explains InClover Research President Rebecca Rose.
“I’ve looked at the studies surrounding muscle loss and senior dogs, and if your dog doesn’t have a health condition that requires a low protein food, it’s better to look for a food with at least 24 percent dry matter protein,” advises Dr. Katy Patterson-Miller. “If you look at the back of a can, pouch or bag of dog food that translates to 8% for raw frozen dog food; 5 % for wet food; and 22% for kibble and freeze-dried foods.”
“If you’re anticipating a stressful event like the Fourth of July, your best bet is to prepare a game plan in advance, including environmental and behavioral techniques as well as calmatives to make your pet’s experience more relaxing,” advises Learning and Development Specialist Maggie Nelson.
“You can save a ton of time by doing all of your food prep on the weekend, instead of trying to measure out raw food several times a day before every meal,” explains Data Quality Specialist Sarah Carter. “Not only do you save time measuring, but it’s easier because you only have to clean utensils and the counterspace once after dividing the raw food.”
“Salmon oil contains a high level of Omega 3s,” explains Category Manager Cherish Morrison. “These are longer chain fatty acids that can help with skin and coat health, swelling reduction and overall inflammation. Both people and pets tend to eat foods that have a lot of omega 6s. So, adding omega 3s can help bring a pet’s diet into balance.”