Improving Your Pet’s Mental Health

Dr. Al Townshend    The mental and emotional health of your pets is just as important as their physical well-being. Neglecting their needs can create stress and we all know that stress encourages all sorts of both physical and mental issues that will have a significant effect on a pet’s quality of life and even […]

Can a Pet’s Diet Affect Their Behavior?

By Dr. Al Townshend One of the most common reasons Guardians give up their pets is due to bad behavior. While diet is not the only cause of behavior issues, what we feed our pets and how we feed them can have a significant impact on their behavior. Common pet behavior issues include: Aggression Mood […]

Can a High Protein Diet Affect A Pet’s Mood and Behavior?

Dr. Al Townshend Guardians are aware that most dogs, and especially cats, do better when the bulk of their total daily nutrition comes from protein and fat, not carbohydrates. However, some question whether a high protein recipe affects a pet’s mood or behavior. The internet frequently comments on this high protein discussion, specifically as it […]

Tips on Training Your Pets

Dr. Al Townshend When it comes to our pets, many consider training to be what we once referred to as obedience training. Today we know that training should go far beyond just learning a few commands. Everything begins before the pet comes home. What are the house rules? Is getting on the bed or other […]

Pets are Part of the Family

By: Dr. Al Townshend According to a Harris Poll,  Americans have always had interesting relationships with their pets. Three in five Americans today (62%) have a pet. Among Guardians, seven in ten people have a dog (69%), while half have a cat (51%). Out of the Guardians surveyed nine in ten (91%) considered their pet to […]

The Benefits of Rotational Feeding for Pets

By Dr. Al Townshend Rotational feeding means feeding your pets a variety of foods rather than the same food all the time. This can mean varying the type of animal-based protein (chicken, beef, lamb, etc.) in the type of food you feed or varying the type of foods you feed such as kibble, wet, raw […]

What’s the Scoop: Your Pet’s Poop Can Tell the Story

By: Dr. Al Townshend As responsible Guardians, we are constantly on the lookout for signs of health in our pets. One clear sign of our pet’s everyday health is their poop (veterinarians often refer to poop as stool). We have to clean the litter boxes and/or take our dogs out for walks on a regular […]

How To Read An Ingredient Panel

  By Dr. Al Townshend The number of pet foods available in North America is overwhelming, and each one is claiming they are the very best. Without doing a little bit of homework, it is almost impossible to decide what foods might be best for your pets. Certainly, the staff at all Pet Planet stores […]

Benefits Associated with Food Categories

By: Dr. Al Townshend When it comes to feeding our pets, dry pet foods come to mind for most Guardians. Kibble has been the traditional way of providing a daily diet for dogs and cats, ever since commercial pet foods were developed. Today, the choices go well beyond just kibble to include a variety of […]

The Importance of A High Protein Diet

By Dr. Al Townshend    The domestic dog we know today evolved from their ancestors, the wolf. There is some controversy as to when that happened. Most agree that it began some 20 to 40 thousand years ago. Like wolves, dogs evolved as carnivores or meat eaters. During their domestication process dogs have gained a […]