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Nutrition Center - Blogs

Grass-Fed Meats: Should You Feed Them to Your Pets?

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By Paula Fitzsimmons You’ve heard claims that grass-fed beef is more nutritious than conventional, and you’d naturally like to know if your furred family member can reap these benefits. Or you may reach for products with...

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Denver Becomes the Latest U.S. City to Ban Declawing Cats

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Becoming the first city in the state of Colorado to ban elective cat declawing, Denver has made the decision to prohibitveterinarians from performingthe controversial procedure unless it's medically necessary. (Denver is now the first...

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Do Pets Know When They Are Full?

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I often get asked what, how much, and when to feed dogs and cats. I don’t have a standard answer, because it depends on the specific animal. Some animals can be free-fed and will stop eating when they are full, while others will gain...

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Kitten Born with Imperforate Anus to Have Surgery

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When a tiny kitten namedCluck was brought to a rescue organizationin Los Angeles, California, in late October,she was a little bit different from her four siblings and their feral cat mama. Cluck, as it turned out, had an imperforate...

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Life With Pets, Episode 4: Your Dog's Amazing Sniffer

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[podcast] In this jam-packed episode ofLife With Pets, host Victoria Schade chats with bestselling author Alexandra Horowitz, author ofBeing A Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell.Victoria alsoattempts tointerview a singing,Christopher...

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Puppy Survives Overdose After Accidentally Ingesting Opioids During Walk

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A seemingly routine walk for a dog owner in Andover, Massachusetts, turned into a harrowing lesson on how the nation's opioid crisis can harm our pets, too. According to The Boston Globe, a man namedPeter Thibault was walking...

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Essential Senior Dog Training Tools

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By Victoria Schade Training your dog is an opportunity to develop a common language, cement your bond, and challenge your dog’s brain in a way that physical exercise alone can’t touch. But many think that dogs in their...

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6 Appetite Stimulants for Dogs

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By Sarah Wooten, DVM A change in a dog’s eating habits, either up or down, is a clue that something is not right with your dog. When a dog refuses to eat out of the blue, he is telling you that he doesn’t feel well, either...

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Study Asks If People Are More Empathetic Toward Dogs or Humans

Filed Under Lifestyle & Entertainment

A recently published study out of Northeastern University in Boston has revealedsome interesting findings when it comes to whether people are moredisturbed by dog or human suffering. The study, which was conducted by Drs. Jack Levin,Arnold...

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Reverse Sneezing in Dogs: Is It Normal?

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By Jennifer Coates, DVM If you don’t know what is going on, watching a pet reverse sneeze can be a terrifying experience. To identify when reverse sneezing is normal (and more importantly, when it is not), pet parents need to...

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Medical Problems

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Withdrawing, not eating, lethargy—in addition to being indicative of depressive behavior—may also be symptoms of medical problems. Sumbry lists arthritis, thyroid issues, and dental problems as common issues that should...

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Behavior Correction

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The way you train your dog may lead to depressive behavior, Bowers says. “Dogs who are corrected for unwanted behavior may soon stop offering behaviors at all in order to avoid punishment,” she says. Sumbry adds that using...

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Owner Is Depressed

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That dog-owner bond goes beyond loss, and Sumbry says one study has shown that dogs can tell whether we are happy or sad by our facial expressions. “Dogs are also being used to detect low blood sugar in diabetics, as well as...

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Death of a Family Member or Fellow Pet

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Kathi O'Malley, an associate certified dog behavior consultant, says this is one of the most common reasons for depressive behavior in dogs. Unfortunately, it’s also probably the most difficult to deal with because the source of...

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Not Enough Exercise

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Physical stimulation is important for a dog’s overall health, but Sumbry says your dog’s exercise routine must also sufficiently meet his or her emotional needs. “A fenced-in yard can’t replace a regular walk with...

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Lack of Attention

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There’s a reason why dogs are often saddest in the morning before you leave for work and happiest when you walk in the door after—they want to be around you. “Dogs are social animals and love to be with people,” says...

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6 Reasons Your Dog Is Depressed

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By John Gilpatrick The unconditional love dogs show their owners is a constant source of joy. And it’s reliable: Dog owners know they can walk through the door after a long day at work and have their pup shower them with kisses...

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6 Reasons Your Dog Is Depressed

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Depression isn’t typically diagnosed in dogs, but veterinarians and behaviorists know the signs of depressive behavior well. Here are six reasons why your dog might be acting depressed.

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Can Pets Die of a Broken Heart?

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We’ve all heard the stories of couples who die within weeks, days, or sometimes even hours of one another. The cause is often cited as a broken heart. In fact, the phenomenon is common enough that it’s been scientifically studied...

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5 Tips to Help Pets Deal with Grief

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By Jennifer Coates, DVM Grief is a natural response when a family member or friend dies. We know this for ourselves, but is the same true for our pets? The answer is “yes.” Pets can grieve, but just like us, each responds...

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Abandoned Kitten Has Tight Collar Surgically Removed from Neck

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A small kitten was rescued from the streets andbrought into Boston's MSPCA-Angell shelteron Nov. 1 with a gruesomeinjury: the collar around her neck was so tight that it had embeddedinto her neck and her skin was growing around it. According...

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Life With Pets, Mini-Episode 3: Leash Pulling

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[podcast] On this week'smini-episode of petMD's newpodcast, Life With Pets, host Victoria Schadegives a caller tips for handling her dog's leash reactivity. She alsotalks about some of the common misconceptions when it...

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Dog Breeds That Suffer from Eyelid Problems

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Katy Nelson, DVM Over the past 100 years, breed confirmation of many of our favorite dog breeds has changed dramatically, and not always for the better. Dachsunds have become shorter and Bull Terrier’s faces have become more...

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5 Disease-Fighting Foods for Your Dog

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By Paula Fitzsimmons Flaxseed, blueberries, and oatmeal are some of the foods experts recommend we eat to stave off illness and maintain peak health and wellness. You naturally may have wondered…Does this apply to dogs, too?...

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Can Dogs Have Bipolar Disorder?

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By Andrew Daniels Your dog is usually happy, friendly, affectionate, and always game for a great fetch followed by a cuddle session. But then on some days, he’ll be withdrawn or unleash an angry bark storm for no apparent reason....

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