As the proud owner of two demanding and finicky cats, I have often wondered what constitutes the "best" diet to ensure my pets' health. We have addressed in earlier articles one of the most important concerns with dry pet food is the protein/grain ratio. Many pet food companies use cheap filler grain, such as corn, as one of the first ingredients. Unfortunately, corn has very little nutritional value for your pet - except for putting on weight! The protein content is crucial. Quite often, the adage "you get what you pay for" is true. The cheaper foods on the shelf (for example, most of what is in your grocery store) have far more filler than substance. Take some time perusing the ingredients list on your next bag of cat or dog - you may be surprised.

What is even more interesting is our pets benefit from substantial amounts of vegetables in their food. You may be able to convince the family dog veggies in his bowl are part of the main meal, but you will probably need to buy food with the veggies already included for your cat. Ask your veterinarian about the most nutritionally sound foods and supplements.

Our featured pet today is Duncan, an energetic, playful Husky/Shepherd mix. Duncan has a medium-weight, glossy, black and white coat that invites you to sink your fingers into it. Duncan is still very puppy-ish and will jump up and "bop" you with his head when he wants attention. We are sure with some basic training, he will become the perfect companion for someone who leads an active lifestyle.

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