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Another Danger of Homemade Dog Food

I’ve always thought I walk a reasonable line when it comes to homemade dog food. For most owners, myself included, the convenience of having a reputable company design and manufacture a diet that meets all of my dog’s nutritional needs simply can’t be beat. But for those owners who are willing to go the extra […]

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A New Way to Look at Weight Loss in Dogs

I’ve started thinking about weight loss in a slightly different way than I did in the past. I used to put dogs on a diet, get the weight off of them (sometimes), and then worry about how to keep it off later. Now I think of weight loss and weight maintenance as essentially the same […]

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More Evidence That Dogs Can Be Vegetarians… And Cats Can’t

We’ve talked before about whether or not dogs and cats can be vegetarians. My answer has always been “yes” for dogs as long as they eat a food that has been carefully designed to meet all of their nutritional needs, and “no” for cats, since they are true, obligate carnivores and need to eat amino acids […]

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How to Get Dogs to Eat Slower

Most dogs love to eat, but problems can arise when dogs wolf down (no pun intended) their food. Fast eaters tend to swallow more air than do slow eaters, which is a risk factor for a potentially fatal condition called gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV), especially in large and giant breeds of dogs. Research in […]

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A Guide for Using Diet to Treat Vomiting in Dogs

Spend enough time around dogs and you’re bound to notice that they vomit rather frequently. An occasional “upchuck” is simply part of being a dog. Their indiscriminate appetites often lead them astray, with predictable results. Owners do not need to rush to the veterinarian every time a dog vomits. Many cases can be successfully treated […]

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Dog Foods Aren’t Equal – Even Though They Appear to Be

Regular readers of this blog know that my dog Apollo has severe inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). As is suggested by its name, the condition is associated with abnormal inflammation within the gastrointestinal tract.   In health, the gut is protected from all that passes through by multiple defense mechanisms (mucus barriers, channels that selectively admit […]

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Sick Dogs Need to Eat Sooner Rather than Later

I recently wrote a post over on Daily Vet about sickness behaviors in animals. These are “a classic array of behavioral and physiological signs associated with illness, including loss of appetite and reduced feed intake, reduced activity, and attempts to withdraw from social contact.” The gist of the article was that sick animals act in […]

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What is Magnesium and Why is It Important?

Magnesium… You see it listed on dog food ingredient labels and it’s often reported on a patient’s blood work, but what does it do in the body? I confess that I had only the sketchiest of ideas; so I did some research. Here’s what I found.   Magnesium is classified as an essential macromineral. The […]

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Prescription Dog Food – When is it a Good Idea?

Most dogs can eat any of a number of over the counter foods and thrive. Dog foods that follow AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) regulations and are labeled as being nutritionally complete and balanced will meet the needs of “typical” pets… as long as they are healthy.   But when disease strikes, over […]

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How to Feed Dogs with Lymphangiectasia

I have a feeling that if you haven’t taken care of a dog with lymphangiectasia you’ve probably never heard of the disease. Here are some definitions that you’ll need if you want to learn about how to feed dogs with this condition.   Chyle n. a milky fluid formed in the intestines. Chyle transports fats […]

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