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    Breaking Down The Facts – Meat Quality & Digestibility

    We talk a lot about meat quality and digestibility here at The Thoughtful Pet Food store, but what exactly do we mean?  Protein is the staple component of all high-quality pet foods. It is one of the primary sources of energy for both dogs and cats (alongside fat) and is vital for growth, development, and […]

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    Our Quick & Easy Guide To Joint Care Ingredients

    Dogs and cats of all breeds and sizes can benefit from added joint care. Providing a joint care regime from an early age can help delay the onset of arthritis and other inflammatory joint diseases. Many pet foods now include joint care ingredients as standard and our handy guide will help you identify them and […]

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    Heart Conditions – What Is The Right Diet For Your Pet?

    Cardiomyopathies, or heart conditions, are defined as being “any structural (microscopic or macroscopic) abnormality of the heart that may or may not result in heart failure1“. This can include conditions such as dilated cardiomyopathy, commonly seen in dogs and is a result of the heart being enlarged, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, commonly seen in cats and […]

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    Is Your Pet’s Food Making Them Itch And Scratch?

    As pet owners, we all know that it is perfectly natural for our dogs and cats to have the occasional scratch from time to time. Reoccurring or persistent itching and scratching can, however, be a sign that all is not well with your pet. Some pet foods contain ingredients that your pet may not be […]

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    Britain’s Pet Obesity Crisis – The Importance Of Maintaining Your Pet’s Weight

    Maintaining your pet’s weight is an important part of pet ownership. Just like humans, animals that become overweight have the potential to develop a variety of health issues and this can have a negative impact on their quality of life. The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) released a report in 2014 specifically aimed at pet […]

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    Storage Mites – A Common Cause Of Skin Allergies In Dogs

    All dogs scratch and itch from time to time and there is nothing wrong with your dog having the odd scratch, provided that is all it is. Atopic dermatitis is an allergic and chronic skin reaction to specific allergens found in your dog’s environment. Dogs are more prone to atopic dermatitis than cats; however, both […]

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    What The Pet Food Label Doesn’t Tell You – Part One

    In this article, we look at the regulation surrounding labelling a pet food “natural” “hypoallergenic” or “Sensitive” and what is required of a pet food manufacturer before it can make these claims. We also offer our thoughts on what to consider before you buy a pet food labelled “natural”, “hypoallergenic” or “sensitive”. There has been much media attention in the last decade […]

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    Looking After Your Dog’s Teeth

    Keeping our dogs’ teeth healthy is a vital part of your dog’s general health. The simple fact is that daily brushing of your dog’s teeth remains the single most effective way of helping your dog maintain healthy teeth and gums. Periodontal disease is the collective term for several plaque-associated inflammatory conditions that affect our dogs’ […]

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    Joint Care – The Importance of Good Quality Food & Supplements

    Taking steps to help maintain our pets’ joint health can help improve mobility and improve their quality of life. Arthritis and osteoarthritis are a common occurrence, especially in dogs. In the UK, it is estimated that over 30% of dogs and 10% of cats undergo veterinary treatment for conditions such as arthritis. WHO NEEDS JOINT […]

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    Dietary Protein For Dogs & Cats – The Importance Of Digestibility

    Protein is such an important part of your pet’s diet, however, it is also important to understand why your pet requires dietary protein and how it affects your pet’s health and wellbeing. Pet food packaging may not always provide you with all the information that you need. WHY PROTEIN? Dogs and cats need dietary protein […]

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