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A large and pretty comprehensive study was recently undertaken to cull through the hundreds of dog foods currently on the market, and the resulting information may be of interest to those moms and dads who want to give their furbabies the best. The study used a disciplined elimination process that I personally appreciate. Their criteria included, broadly: origin of the food, primary ingredients, and recall issues, and they give a clear explanation of the process and the reasoning behind it. I won't repeat it all here, as you can hop on over to their page to read more about it. I will, however, summarize a couple of things.

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Here are the top ten brands they chose (and I couldn't see that these were in any particular order):

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Orijen

ACANA

Eagle Pack

Fromm

Nature's Logic

Stella & Chewy's

Wysong

Pinnacle

Primal

HiTek Naturals

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I took the process two steps further, in a totally unscientific fashion: I went directly to Amazon, which has the largest cross-section of customer feedback on the planet. Of...

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We've had many cats in our family over the years, and never knew that there is one common ailment among cats that is responsible for up to 25% of all deaths. The disease? Feline chronic kidney disease, or CKD. Looking back, I see that we probably lost a cat to it years ago, but didn't recognize it at the time. This year, however, we lost Milo, an older cat we adopted at 8 years old, but only had for three years before he died of CKD in April. Boy, I miss that little guy, he was my favorite cat of all time.

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It isn't entirely understood why this disease is so common in cats, but there are a number of potential causes that end in the same result—CKD—and these include congenital defects, disease processes, and environmental factors. What isn't known is why a cat's kidneys are such a ready target for these various factors. And it seems that a few breeds are more susceptible: Burmese, Maine Coon, Persian, Abyssinian, Siamese, and Russian blue.

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So I won't go into the total picture, as there...

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