Month: October 2018

Humans! Raw Food! Bacteria! Oh My!

Tail Blazers was founded on sourcing and offering the most species appropriate diets available in the market.  We have always heavily promoted raw (meat/bone/organ-based) diets as the most species appropriate – what do wild canines and felines eat if not raw animal prey-based diets?  These are the most species appropriate for our domesticated dogs and cats as well.

One of the most common arguments against raw food diets is, you guessed it, BACTERIA and the dangers that those bugs can potentially pose to our pets and ourselves.  But, how harmful is bacteria in raw pet food, and food in general?  Is raw more dangerous?  Are humans really at risk? Continue reading

Pot Safety For Pets

With marijuana (pot) now being legal in Canada, the potential for pets to be exposed to this plant is much higher. For example, in the US, the Pet Poison Helpline has seen a 448% increase in marijuana cases in the last 6 years as more and more states legalize. (source: petpoisonhelpline.com) Let’s discuss the effects of ingestion and what we can do as pet parents to avoid exposure.

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What Can Ketogenic Diets Mean for Your Companion Animal?

Many of you have probably heard about the recent “trendy” ketogenic (keto) weight loss diet for humans (a variation of this diet popped up in the last few decades as the Atkins Diet).  It is otherwise known as a Low Carbohydrate/High Fat/Adequate Protein diet or lifestyle.  The ketogenic diet, as it is known today, was developed in the 1920s at the Mayo Clinic to treat epilepsy.  However, fasting, which mimics ketogenic-type diets, has been used by humans in attempts to treat illness since 500 B.C.

What is a ketogenic or “keto” diet?

The mammalian body (be it human, canine, feline, etc.) has two major metabolic pathways involved in energy production.  The body’s main two pathways use either glucose (sugar derived from carbohydrates, and in some cases protein/amino acids through a process called gluconeogenesis) or ketones (derived from fat) to power its cells.  We generally think of the glucose pathway as the “standard” pathway for bodies to derive energy.

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