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Nutrition Center - Blogs

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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Dogs Don’t Want Carbs

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What would dogs eat if they could choose for themselves? That is the question that a recent study tried to answer — at least with regards to the relative concentrations of protein, fat, and carbohydrate in dry, canned, and “home”...

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The Effects of Diet on Bladder Stones in Cats

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Bladder stones have long been relatively common in cats. In the past, the great majority of these stones were made out of struvite (magnesium ammonium phosphate), but times have changed. Now, a cat is just about equally likely to develop...

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Feeding Your Cat to Avoid Hairballs

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Live with cats for long enough and you’re bound to find a hairball on the floor (or in your bed, if you’re really unlucky), but hairballs don’t have to be a regular part of cat ownership. Cats bring up hairballs frequently...

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All Fiber is Not the Same

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Dietary fiber can be used to treat a variety of health conditions in dogs including obesity, anal gland impactions, diarrhea, and constipation. But all fiber is not the same, and adding the wrong type to the diet can actually make some problems...

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Manage Your Dog's Hyperthyroidism at Home With This Simple Change

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Hyperthyroidism, a very common condition in cats, is exceedingly rare in dogs. Off the top of my head, I can only remember diagnosing one dog with hyperthyroidism in the course of my career (other than those dogs who were on supplements for...

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Intravenous Feeding in Cats

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When cats have illnesses that wreak havoc on their gastrointestinal system, it can be impossible to feed them. They often refuse to eat on their own, and “assisted” feeding methods like syringe feeding, nasogastric tubes, and tubes...

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What To Do When a Dog Stops Eating

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Most dogs love to eat, which is why a meal that has been left untouched immediately raises concerns. An almost endless list of problems can cause dogs to go off their food — some are trivial but others are potentially life-threatening. Determining...

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Feeding to Prevent Diabetes in Cats

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Diet plays a huge role in preventing diabetes in cats. As is the case in people, most cats with the disease develop what is called type 2 diabetes, which is intimately related to the food we eat. Some cats do develop a different type...

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How to Feed Older Dogs

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Nothing beats a good, old dog. The relationship between canine senior citizens and their owners is exceptionally deep and multifaceted. Good nutrition can help keep this relationship going strong for as long as possible. Definitive guidelines...

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Getting Cats to Eat... Even When They're Sick

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When cats feel poorly, they stop eating. When they stop eating, they feel worse and are even less likely to eat. This is a vicious cycle that needs to be stopped as soon as possible if a cat is to heal. The first step in the process is...

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Are 'Natural' and 'Organic' Just Words on a Dog Food Label?

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Take a close look at the front of a few dog food labels the next time you are at the pet supply store. Do you know what’s behind the phraseology that you see there? In some cases, what is written is defined by a regulatory body, but other...

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What is Taurine?

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Whenever the topic of feline nutrition is discussed, the word “taurine” will surely come up, but do you really know what taurine is and why it’s important? Taurine is an amino acid. For those of you who are interested...

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How You Feed Your Dog Is As Important As What You Feed

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Let’s say you’ve already figured out what type of food you’re going to feed your dog. I hate to break it to you, but your work’s not quite done. There are three more aspects of feeding dogs that require your attention. How...

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How to Switch from Dry to Canned Cat Food

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Cat owners need to decide whether they are going to feed dry kibble, canned food, or some combination of the two. People tend to pick dry food for its convenience and relatively lower cost, and some cats do just fine on a dry only diet. However,...

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Is Grain-Free Really Better for Dogs?

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Doesn’t it seem like “grain-free” dog diets are taking over the pet food aisle? I’m surprised at just how omnipresent they’ve become. While there is nothing inherently bad about grain-free dog food, I worry that...

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Inprove Your Cats' Health By Letting Them 'Hunt' for Food

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I believe the biggest problems most cats face today are boredom, inactivity, and obesity. Think about it. We’ve taken a species whose ancestors spent countless hours each day procuring enough food to survive and moved them indoors with...

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Tips for Feeding Dogs with Megaesophagus

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In the past, a diagnosis of megaesophagus was usually a death sentence. Severe cases of the condition make it virtually impossible for a dog to hold down food and water. In health, the esophagus is a muscular tube that pushes what is swallowed...

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Why a Diet Change Won't Fix Food Your Cat's Allergies

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When I discuss the possibility that a cat might be suffering from a food allergy, owners will often say “that’s not possible, I changed his food and he didn’t get any better.” This has no effect on my tentative diagnosis...

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Study Finds 45% of Raw Pet Foods Contaminated with Dangerous Bacteria

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I have recently developed a special interest in the bacterial contaminants in dog food that can be transmitted to people. Why? Because my one year old son has an obsession with our dog’s kibble. The second my back is turned he scoots his...

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Diets for Helping Cats with Chronic Diarrhea

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Chronic diarrhea is an all too common problem for cats and their owners. In a perfect world, veterinarians would always be able to fully work up the case, come to a definitive diagnosis, and prescribe treatment that cures the diarrhea. But as...

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Why You Should Not Take Nutritional Advice from a Pet Store

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I just had a disturbing conversation with a neighbor about his dog Maggie. Maggie is an elderly black lab who is doing surprisingly well despite suffering from diabetes mellitus, lumbosacral stenosis (causing extreme hind end weakness), protein-losing...

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5 Tips for Picking Out Treats for Cats

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My cat has me well trained. Every evening she arrives in the kitchen for her treats. If I don’t conjure them up quickly enough, she is not shy in expressing her irritation – vocally at first and then as the situation becomes more...

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The Role of Diet in Treating Epileptic Dogs

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Diet is an often overlooked component of treating dogs with epilepsy. No, I’m afraid I don’t have any insider information on a miracle food that prevents seizures. The ketogenic diets that help many human epileptics don’t seem...

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

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