I am only …, a tracking novice, … My background is in Zoology with extensive personal and academic studies in canine evolution and behavior. Lately, I have been researching the differences between wolves and the domestic dog, including comparative anatomy and Ethology.
The first basic comment I want to address is the physical differences between dogs and wolves. They are not identical. DNA is only part of the way attributes are displayed within individuals. There are many factors in which genes are ” used” or activated. Dogs have 100% similar DNA yet they display an endless variety of different behavior and physical differences. Wolves are more similar to each other due to their environmental niche being specialized. In the natural environment “different ” is a disadvantage. Wolf DNA is more stable, shows little variety. Dog’s ecological “pressure” is man, which leads to versatility and variety. Humans value the unique, therefore dog DNA has been influenced to be less stable and more varied in phenotype. Continue reading Wolf / Dog similarities, differences & diet
How much should I feed my dog? Does the food I’m providing meet my dog’s nutritional needs? Click here for the pamphlet on Dog Nutrition
Your dog’s nutritional needs.
The information in this pamphlet is based on Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats, a technical report issued by the National Research Council as part of its Animal Nutrition Series. The Food and Drug Administration relies on information in the report to regulate and ensure the safety of pet foods. Continue reading Nutrition
Hill’s Pet Nutrition to reformulate Science Diet petfoods
Release Date: 09/12/2012
Hill’s Pet Nutrition will reformulate its Science Diet dogs and cat foods to add more natural ingredients.
The company made the decision to reformulate the Science Diet petfoods because some consumers were making product choices based primarily on a set criteria for ingredients, rather than the overall promise . . . → Read More: Science diet reformulated
Acquisition allows Merrick to expand its petfood brand into the super-premium petfood segment
Merrick Pet Care Inc. signed an agreement to acquire Castor & Pollux Natural PetWorks, a privately held natural and organic petfood company based in Oregon, USA.
Although specific terms of the deal were not disclosed, Merrick Pet Care says the acquisition of Castor & Pollux further advances its key growth strategies of expanding the company’s brands in the super-premium petfood segment and allows for greater utilization of its manufacturing facilities located in Hereford, Texas, USA. Continue reading Merrick acquires natural, organic petfood company Castor & Pollux
NutriScan is our novel patented diagnostic test based on saliva, which can reveal the latent or pre-clinical form of food sensitivity or food intolerance. Our first test panel for six of the most common allergens has been available since May 2011. Additional allergen panels will be offered in 2012.
Dr. Jean Dodds has introduced NutriScan, a novel, patented food intolerance and canine food sensitivity testing system. This assay system utilizes an important new approach in nutrition – that salivary diagnostics can more accurately identify the foods to be avoided rather than focus on those less like to be reactive. Continue reading Nutri-Scan saliva test patented by Dr. Jean Dodds
Using Saliva to Detect Food Sensitivity and Intolerance in Dogs to Gluten And Other Food Ingredients
Surveys of purebred dog clubs have identified food sensitivity or intolerance as a common health concern. Other than time-consuming feeding trials, which eliminate potential reactive ingredients every several weeks, testing for this condition has used expensive and unsightly skin patch testing or screening of serum samples that often lacks specificity. An accurate and efficient canine food sensitivity and intolerance test can help owners recognize the symptoms and take the right steps to treat and alleviate this problem by using individualized case-specific nutrition. Continue reading Saliva test for Food allergy in Dogs