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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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What’s the Difference Between Adult Dog Food and Puppy Food?

A lot of what you see on a pet food label is marketing. Pictures of handsome dogs or appealing foods and even words like “holistic,” “ancestral,” “instinctual,” or “premium” have no bearing on what’s inside. But there are important differences between foods designed for adult dogs and puppies.   Reputable manufacturers produce foods that follow […]

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How to Compare Pet Food Nutrient Profiles: Part 2

Last week we talked about how veterinarians typically compare the nutrient profiles of pet foods. It involves a lot of math, conversions, and some estimation… not ideal, to say the least. Today, let’s look at another method. It’s a relatively new approach (at least for me), but is a bit more user-friendly.   No matter […]

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How to Compare Pet Food Nutrient Profiles: Part 1

Is improving your pet’s health and nutrition part of your New Year’s resolution? If so, you’re eventually going to find yourself comparing pet foods. This is not as easy as you might think. Today, let’s review the essentials of how most veterinarians and owners currently compare one food to another.   First of all, you […]

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Canned Dog Food – Expensive But Worth It?

Most owners feed their dogs dry food. The benefits of kibble are hard to overlook.   Convenience — Dry food can be left out in a bowl for long periods of time without becoming rancid or contaminated with bacteria. Owners can even load up an automatic feeder and more or less forget about it for days […]

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Large Breed Dogs — Diet Can Help With Loose Stools

I recently ran across a paper presented at the 2015 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) conference that might explain a couple of cases I had a while back where I couldn’t pinpoint the reason for the dogs having loose stools.   The first dog was a female, spayed Great Dane—around three years old […]

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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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