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The Importance of Nutrition for Your Pet


WelThe-Importance-of-Nutritioncome to National Pet Food Nutrition Month. This is the perfect time to consider whether what you feed your pet is the most nutritious choice. Some pet owners buy their food by default, meaning they pick the most inexpensive option from the store shelf. However, it's important to consider your pet's species, age, and special health requirements when purchasing food. Additionally, make sure that you are aware of common marketing ploys from pet food manufacturers to avoid needlessly spending more money.

Unfortunately, pet food manufacturing is not closely regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any company can include words like natural, organic, holistic, low fat, or a similar term without having to prove that the contents of the food actually meet that description. All pet food in a bag or a can is processed, no matter how healthy the manufacturers claim it is. That means it contains flavor enhancers, extra fats, additives, and preservatives to enable the food to stay fresh for up to several months until a consumer purchases it.

How to Know if a Pet Food Meets Basic Nutritional Requirements
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is an organization offering voluntary membership to federal, state, and local agencies responsible for regulating the distribution and sale of food for animals. Any product with AAFCO certification means that it meets the organization's minimum standards for vitamins and trace minerals. Here is some of the criteria AAFCO uses when granting certification:


Flea & Tick Prevention is Even More Important in the Spring


While you need to protect your dog or cat from fleas and ticks all year long, this becomes even more crucial once spring arrives. These parasites become increasingly prevalent once the snow melts and the weather gets warmer. With your pet spending more time outdoors, it's only a matter of time before he becomes an unwilling host to fleas, ticks, or both.

These parasites must feast on the blood of a host animal to survive. As the most common type of external parasite, fleas cause allergic dermatitis approximately half of the time. This causes persistent itching, biting, and licking of the affected area. Some of the other indications that your pet may have fleas include:

Cedar Pet Clinic to Collect Pet Food Donations for Annual Food Share Campaign in March

Food Share



            For the sixth consecutive year, Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo will join forces with Valley Outreach during the Minnesota Food Share March campaign. The agency, which provides food, clothing, and emergency funds to people experiencing a financial crisis, depends on the support of local organizations to help meet its goals. 

Dr. John Baillie, the owner and medical director of Cedar Pet Clinic, chose to participate in this event because he knows how important pets are to their families. Receiving a donation of pet food during a period of financial difficulty can mean the difference between keeping a beloved pet and having to surrender him or her to a shelter. 

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