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Nutrition Center - Blogs

What Foods Should an Old Cat Eat?

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Our cats are living longer than ever, which leads to the question, “What should old cats eat?” If we’re talking about cats who are truly nearing the end of their lives, I think the answer is “whatever they want.” Cats...

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Prescription Dog Food – When is it a Good Idea?

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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...

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Feed Cats Like They Eat in the 'Wild'

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Researchers have done a lot of work to determine what the feline “natural” diet looks like. The reason is simple. Many of the most common feline diseases we diagnose these days are linked to how and what we feed our cats. Obesity...

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How to Feed Dogs with Lymphangiectasia

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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...

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Most Cat Illnesses Can Be Treated with Small Change in Diet

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Pets Best insurance Services recently published a list of the ten most common diseases in their insured cats for the last ten years: Renal failure (25%) Hyperthyroidism (20%) Diabetes mellitus (11%) Allergies (8%) Inflammatory...

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Should Your Dog be on a Probiotic?

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Probiotic supplements are everywhere. You might be taking one. Should your dog? Nutritional supplements containing live microorganisms (bacteria and/or yeast) that aim to improve health can be considered probiotics. They are typically...

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Cobalamin Supplements - When Do Cats Need Them?

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Does your cat have a chronic gastrointestinal problem? Has the response to treatment been less than optimal? If your answer to either (or both) of these questions is “yes,” your cat may need cobalamin. Cobalamin—or vitamin...

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Are Treats Good for Dogs? This Vet Says ‘No!’

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I’ve made a change at my house. My family and I used to dole out the dog and cat treats at least once a day. I didn’t think it was much of a problem. We didn’t hand out too many, we picked (relatively) healthy varieties, and...

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Want Your Cat to Love You? Put Him On a Diet

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The numbers vary depending on what study you look at, but there is no doubt that cats in the United States are getting fatter. The latest National Pet Obesity survey estimates that 57.9% of our cats are overweight or obese, and the sad truth...

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Is Your Dog’s Food Making Him Fart?

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My dog farts… a lot. Apollo could be the poster child for a support group for farting dogs. He’s a boxer, a breed notorious for producing noxious plumes of gas. He has inflammatory bowel disease and severe food allergies, both of...

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How to Keep Your Cat’s Food Fresh

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You’ve researched your cat’s nutritional needs, compared brands, and purchased the best option for your favorite feline. Now the question arises: “What is the best way to store the food to keep it fresh and wholesome for as...

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Dog Food Delivered to Your Door is More Than Convenient

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One thing I love about being a veterinarian is the ease with which I can manage my own animals. For example, my dog Apollo recently hurt his foot. I think he stepped on a sharp stick while running around our back yard, but whatever the cause,...

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The Usefulness of Lysine Supplements for Cats Under Scrutiny

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Herpesvirus infections in cats (also called feline viral rhinotracheitis) can be a big problem. Most cats are exposed to the virus at some point in their lives. Usually, the illness that results looks a lot like the human cold. Infected cats...

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Helping Dogs Lose Weight - There is a Better Way

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The latest results of the National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey are depressing. It estimated that 17.6% of US dogs (13.9 million individuals) are obese (a body condition score of 5 out of 5) 35.1 % of US dogs (29.9 million individuals)...

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Are Fish Flavored Cat Foods Causing Hyperthyroidism?

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I am all too familiar with hyperthyroidism. It is one of the most common endocrine (hormonal) diseases of cats. I’ve diagnosed many of my patients with the condition, including two of my own cats. First some background. Hyperthyroidism...

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

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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...

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How to Compare Pet Food Nutrient Profiles: Part 2

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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...

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How to Compare Pet Food Nutrient Profiles: Part 1

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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...

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How to Make Homemade Treats for Cats

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Do you have a little extra time on your hands now that the holidays are over? Do you want to give your cat a special treat to celebrate? I’ve put together a couple of recipes for homemade cat treats that are healthy but distinctive enough...

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Canned Dog Food – Expensive But Worth It?

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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...

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Is Too Much Salt Dangerous for Cats?

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Have you heard about the new salt warning that is going into effect in New York City? According to National Public Radio: From now on, the New York City Health Department says chain restaurants with 15 or more locations must display...

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Large Breed Dogs — Diet Can Help With Loose Stools

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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...

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Why Are Cats Such Picky Eaters?

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If your house is anything like mine, holiday leftovers are taking over the refrigerator. Why not share the wealth and give your cats a treat? Good luck with that! Scientists are starting to get to the bottom of just why cats can be so...

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A Guide for Using Diet to Treat Vomiting in Dogs

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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...

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What to Feed a New Cat

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I just adopted a new cat! Our old girl, Victoria, died a few months ago. Truth be told, I was enjoying life without litterboxes and did not feel in need of a new feline friend.But what was I to do when the “perfect” cat for...

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