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Nutrition Center - Blogs

Feeding the Finicky Cat

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Why is it that some cats will eat a particular food one day and then turn their nose up at it the next? Sometimes these cats are sick, even if symptoms aren’t readily apparent. Cats are good at blaming the last food they ate as...

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

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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”...

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The Truth About Grain-Free Cat Foods

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Do you feed a grain-free diet to your cat? Why? The most common reason I hear goes something like this: Cats are carnivores and their natural/ancestral diet contains almost no grain, so cat foods should not contain grain. There’s...

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How to Get Dogs to Eat Slower

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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...

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Five Tips for Feeding Kittens

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Good nutrition is essential if a kitten is to live a long and healthy life. The following five tips are key to getting kittens started off right. 1. Do Not Wean Too Early For the first four weeks or so of life, mother’s milk...

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The Vegetarian Dog

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My dog used to be a vegetarian… an accidental vegetarian. While I choose not to eat meat, I have no problems feeding it to my dogs. But Apollo has severe inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). He needs to eat a special type of dog food to...

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High Protein Diets Are Best for Weight Loss in Cats

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Fat cats —they seem to be everywhere (at least to vets). We all know that if fat cats are to enjoy good health and a long life, we need to help them lose weight. But what type of food is best suited to make that happen? A couple of recent...

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Are You Feeding Your Dog the Right Amount?

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One of the best ways to keep dogs healthy is to feed them the right amount of food. Too little and a dog can suffer from nutritional deficiencies. Too much eventually results in obesity and all of the health problems related to that condition...

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Cats with Cancer – What should they Eat?

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Taking care of a cat with cancer is hard enough, but when his or her appetite begins to wane, questions about quality of life soon follow. Watching a sick cat’s food intake is very important for two reasons: Cats will often lose...

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The Truth About Food Allergies in Dogs

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Allergies are a common problem for dogs. Typical symptoms include itchiness resulting in excess scratching, biting, or licking, and sometimes chronic or recurrent skin/ear infections. While dogs most frequently suffer from allergies to environmental...

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All You Ever Wanted to Know About Fatty Acids for Your Cat

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I’m sure you’ve heard about some of the important roles that fatty acids play in the body and how important these nutrients are in a cat’s diet, but do you want to know more? I’ve found a great resource for you —a...

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Confusion Around Diets for Healthy Skin and Coat

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Owners often look to a dog’s diet as the cause and/or solution to skin and coat problems. While this approach is sometimes valid, pet food manufacturers tend to overemphasize this link. A recent study evaluated the “marketing terms,...

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New Evidence Supports the Importance of Vitamin D for Cats

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A recent study published in the online journal PLoS ONE shows how important vitamin D is, especially to sick cats. As the authors explain: “vitamin D metabolism is altered in dogs and cats with a wide range of infectious, inflammatory...

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What to Feed Your Dog for Healthy Skin

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One of the first things that people notice about dogs is the condition of their skin and coat. This isn’t too surprising since the exterior of a dog is out there for all the world to see and touch. Some skin conditions require medical...

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Feed Spayed and Neutered Cats Right to Keep Them Slim

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I just finished reviewing a large number of scientific papers that all try to explain why so many cats get fat after being spayed and neutered. While the research was conducted using various methods and often came to different specific conclusions...

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What is the Best Food for a Dog with a Sensitive Stomach?

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Does your dog sometimes skip meals or occasionally vomit and have diarrhea for no apparent reason? Does everything return to normal with little in the way of treatment only for the symptoms to return at a later date? If so, your dog probably...

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How to Get Cats to Drink More Water

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Water is the most essential nutrient for all animals, including cats. Healthy cats will generally meet their need for water through a combination of what is present in their food and drinking from available sources, but maximizing water intake...

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Sugar-Free Can be Deadly for Dogs

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I’m not sure if it’s the time of year (the pre-bathing suit months?), but lately I’ve been hearing about an unusual number of cases of xylitol poisoning in dogs. Whatever is going on, it seems that a review of the danger that...

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What to Do When a Cat Won’t Eat

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Cats cannot go long periods of time without food. They are built to eat multiple small meals throughout the day, and when those meals stop for any reason (e.g., poor appetite secondary to illness) their physiology goes haywire. Fat is...

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Jerky Treat Update – Some Good News and Some Bad

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We’ve been following the tragic saga of illnesses associated with pets eating jerky treats primarily made in China for years now. In February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued their latest [albeit quite late] update on...

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Is Songbird Fever a Threat to Your Cat?

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I visited a farm this week and had the opportunity to watch their “barn cat” hunt. The object of her attention was a bird. Despite this little lioness’s obvious prowess, the bird escaped unscathed. I was happy for the bird,...

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Feeding Dogs with Intervertebral Disc Disease

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Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is the scourge of our “low rider” canine friends, especially Dachshunds. Those long backs and short legs are caused by chondrodystrophy (atypical cartilage development), a condition that also affects...

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Everything You Need to Know about Cat Food and Protein

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Informed owners know that protein is a vital part of their cat’s diet, but a greater understanding of protein is necessary to make good decisions about what to feed your cat. Protein plays many roles in a cat’s body. It is...

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The Special Nutritional Needs of Puppies

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Puppies are not simply smaller, younger versions of dogs, in the same way that human babies are not miniature adults. Growth and development is hard work, and special nutrition is required to fuel it. Also, young animals are especially...

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Your Cat's Food Obsession May Be a Mental Disorder

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My cat, Victoria, is going bonkers. I just changed the type of canned food I’m giving herand she obviously loves it. After she’s eaten a mealshe simultaneously meows and licks her lips, producing an odd, garbled sound. It seems to...

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Nutrition Questions
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