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New Recipe for Cosmo

As noted in previous posts regarding Cosmo's food, I have used Royal Canin Urinary SO (moderate calorie) canned food as an oxalate-free source of vitamins and other essential nutrients that are below the RDA in his homemade food recipe. In many ways, I am using the Urinary SO as one would use a "Balance IT" additive. One of the problems with an oxa...

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Cosmo's Current Diet (12/ 24/ 19)

Before discussing Cosmo's diet, let me say that he is doing well. He turned 11 in November 2019 and as of August had no more bladder stones. His hyperlipidemia seems to be under control and the soft stool problem he had for most of 2018 has also abated through the use of daily doses of Tylosin and Metamucil. I do think that the Pet Diet Designer so...

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The Importance of Fiber in Cosmo's Canine Diet

As mentioned in previous posts, Cosmo requires a special diet due to his propensity to form calcium oxalate bladder stones. In addition, he developed hyperlipidemia last year which necessitated a low-fat diet. We started his low-oxalate, low-fat diet early in 2018 and two ingredients which were good sources of fiber (banana chips and pita chip...

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Why we use Metabolizable Energy (ME) and not Metabolic Weight (MW)

There seems to be a great deal of confusion about how nutrient requirements for pets are determined. "Pet nutritionists" fall into two camps. One group chooses to define nutrient requirements using Metabolizable Energy (ME), while the other group insists that Metabolic Weight (MW) is more accurate for an individual pet. We want to discuss both appr...

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Earth Animal Raw Complete Powder Cat & Dog Food Supplement

Are Raw Food diets complete? No! Dr. Bob Goldstein has formulated the Daily Raw Complete Powder, a nutritional supplement to add to Raw Meat diets. It is a culmination of essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes, probiotics and high levels of Vitamin E that will give the nutrients necessary if you are feeding Raw Food.Many nutri...

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Canine Hyperlipidemia Diet for Cosmo

Last November I learned that Cosmo, our 9 1/2-year-old Miniature Schnauzer, had hyperlipidemia in addition to his propensity to form calcium oxalate stones in his bladder. He has had three surgeries for the latter condition. I have written several previous posts on our efforts to find a diet which will reduce, if not eliminate, these stones. We hav...

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Balance IT Carnivore Blend

​Balance IT is a website that sells supplements that can help you create complete and balanced homemade meals for your dog or cat, using a limited amount of some common foods. Balance IT is based on the commercial AAFCO standard. The supplement we will be adding to our database contains all minerals and vitamins needed on a daily basis by dogs and ...

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Next Generation Pet Diet Designer

It has been a while since our last update. Many of our customers have been asking when our next update will be released. Well grab a coffee/tea and sit back while we share with you this blog that will fully explain the status of our next update as well as our future direction. Pet Diet Designer for Windows (PDD) has been successful beyond our wilde...

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Cosmo's Urinary Stones - Part 3

As mentioned previously, Cosmo has had a re-occurrence of his calcium oxalate bladder stones. He has had two bladder surgeries to remove them since November 2014, and now another surgery seems inevitable. His latest crop of stones was found with an x-ray by our vet in late July, but we decided to put off the surgery until they create a problem (e.g...

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Sardines Packed in Spring Water

Sardines are rich in protein, fats, vitamins, and minerals. They contain concentrated sources of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA). Sardines are inexpensive, sustainable, and contain low levels of mercury and PCBs. Packed full of minerals, such as calcium, copper, iodine, and selenium, sardines are a superfood for your dogs and cats.  Note tha...

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Safe Upper Limits for Dog Diets

When formulating a diet for Dogs it is important to make sure that there are no excesses for some nutrients. Safe upper limits will be integrated into the stable (1.0) release. The following tables list the safe upper limit of key nutrients for dogs based on the NRC recommended allowance. The 1.0 release of the software will have these limits built...

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Safe Upper Limits for Cat Diets

When formulating a diet for Cats it is important to make sure that there are no excesses for some nutrients. Safe upper limits will be integrated into the stable (1.0) release. The following tables list the safe upper limit of key nutrients based on the NRC recommended allowance. The 1.0 release of the software will have these limits built in autom...

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Food Wizard: Eggshell Calcium Powder

Eggshells can be sterilized, ground and used as a highly available source of calcium in your pet's diet. Containing trace minerals that are important in bone mineralization, eggshells are a great and inexpensive calcium alternative to bone meal or limestone. This tutorial will demonstrate how to enter eggshell calcium powder into the Food Wiza...

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Food Wizard: Kelp Help Powder

Kelp Help™ Powder combines the benefits of natural omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids with essential trace minerals and vitamins for healthy skin and a glossy coat. Contains essential Vitamins, Minerals & Amino Acids.  For use in dogs and cats. Kelp Help™ Powder combines the benefits of natural omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids with essential trace m...

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Food Wizard: Osteo-Form SA

​Osteo-Form SA powder is a pet supplement used as an aid in the prevention of dietary deficiencies of calcium, phosphorus and vitamins A and D in dogs, cats, birds and reptiles. Osteo Form SA has an optimally bio-available calcium:phosphorus (1.8:1) formulation which includes key vitamin components critical to cartilage metabolism, healthy bone gro...

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Cosmo's Urinary Stones - Part 2

Cosmo was first diagnosed with calcium oxalate stones in August 2014. These were subsequently removed by surgery in November 2014 and he has been on a special diet since the surgery. The diet consisted of a combination of Royal Canin Urinary SO (moderate calorie) and a low oxalate homemade diet. Then in April 2016 Cosmo's stones returned and were a...

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Balancing a Recipe for a Cat with Food Allergies

The incidence of food allergy in cats remain unknown. Some studies indicate that, overall, food allergies are the third most common type of allergy in cats, eclipsed only by allergies to flea bites and inhalants (atopy).  Novel Proteins and Limited Ingredients Food allergies in cats place huge limits on the type of foods we can successfully us...

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Food Wizard: Seaweed Meal Supplement

This tutorial shows how to add a supplement, how to deal with missing and / or incomplete data, and how to enter common measures. The supplement, Vitagran Seaweed Meal, was chosen for this tutorial because of its relative difficulty in entering the correct values and because of its non-standard common measures.  Note that this tutorial is mean...

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David's Canine Cancer Support

Cancer is becoming more common in senior dogs and the incidence increases with age. Nearly 50 percent of dogs 10 years old and older are now dying of cancer. The role of diet in dogs diagnosed with cancer is important to survival rates.  Some specific nutritional components can be important to both slow the growth and spread of cancerous tissu...

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How to Balance Multiple Recipes in a Day

With Pet Diet Designer you can balance two or more recipes per day. Recipes can be completely different and you can also include snacks. Each meal or snack that you feed may not be balanced by itself but taken together, all meals and snacks can represent a balanced diet. To balance multiple recipes you use the "Multiple Recipes" radio button in the...

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Diet Tracker Overview

The Diet Tracker module lets you keep a detailed diet history for your cat or dog. Record any quantity of meals and snacks by weight, volume, and individual ingredient amount. So powerful it even lets you record partial recipes and any fraction or multiple of a recipe.  There may be times where your veterinarian may ask to see a diet history (...

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Cosmo's Urinary Stones - Part 1

This is a description of our dog's (Cosmo, a male miniature schnauzer) urinary stone problem.... how the problem developed; what was done to remove the stones; and what we are doing to prevent their return.  Symptoms: Cosmo was about 5.5 years old when our grandson noticed that his urine was red while walking him. He didn't seem to be in any d...

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Raw or Cooked

 Should you feed raw food to your cat or dog, or should you feed cooked meals? This topic causes heated debate among pet guardians, veterinarians, and the pet food industry. Pet Diet Designer lets you feed raw, cooked, or a combination of both. Raw feeders claim a host of health benefits while those feeding cooked meals point to a lesser risk ...

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No More Recalls

Are you tired of the endless pet food recalls that can severely injure your beloved pet? So are we! Now you can prepare meals with quality ingredients that are free from harmful chemicals and pesticide residues.  In the past decade there have been thousands of pet food recalls; resulting in tens of thousands of dead pets and hundreds of thousa...

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Introducing Pet Diet Designer

Pet Diet Designer for Windows is nutrition software for dogs and cats. Our main focus is to provide an easy way for pet owners to home-prepare complete and balanced meals for their pets.  Pet Diet Designer performs all the tedious calculations to determine the recommended allowance for 40+ nutrients, balanced specifically for each individual p...

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Pet Diet Designer Overview

Pet Diet Designer for Windows is a software program that lets you create complete and balanced meals for your cat or dog. Pet Diet Designer takes the complexity out of pet nutrition. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) states that "pet nutrition is very complicated and unique to species and individual animals." The AVMA does not reco...

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We offer scientific, evidence-based DIY diet formulation to the world of homemade pet food. Take your pet diet formulation skills to the next level with the world's best pet nutrition software.

Our software complies with the guidelines set by the 2006 NRC publication, "Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats". This publication is the gold standard for dog and cat nutrition worldwide.

Download PDD today and get started designing dog and cat recipes with confidence using our advanced Pet Diet Formulator™. Designing diets is finally fun!

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