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Nutrition Center - Blogs

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

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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...

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What Type of Water Bowl is Best for Cats?

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Some owners spend a lot of time thinking about how much water their cats are drinking, and for good reason. A number of feline health conditions are associated or treated with increased water consumption. Chronic kidney disease decreases...

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Sick Dogs Need to Eat Sooner Rather than Later

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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,...

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Cat Food for “Real” Cats

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I’ve been noticing a trend in the cat food aisle over the last few years. The diets on display are described in terms that you might find on the menu of the hot, new restaurant that just opened up down the block. Here are a few examples...

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What is Magnesium and Why is It Important?

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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...

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Using Diet to Treat Arthritis in Cats

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Managing arthritis in cats is difficult. The drug class that is the mainstay of treatment for both dogs and people—nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)—can be quite toxic to cats. While I might consider using NSAIDs for short...

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Another Danger of Homemade Dog Food

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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...

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Are You Overfeeding Your Cat?

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Cats… they’re small and tend to spend a most of their day sleeping. What does this mean? They need tiny meals. But many owners have trouble feeding their cats so little, even when a failure to do so inexorably leads to obesity. So...

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A New Way to Look at Weight Loss in Dogs

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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...

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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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Nutrition Questions
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Q. My pet is overweight, what should I look for in a food?

A. There are many therapeutic food options available. These foods have been formulated...

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Q. My cat will not eat the renal food my veterinarian recommended, can I feed a grocery store food?

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