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Nutrition Center - Blogs

Dietary Fat is Important for Athletic Dogs

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I’m sure you’ve heard of the term “carb loading.” It refers to a practice, used primarily by endurance athletes, of increasing the percentage of carbohydrates in the diet a few days before an event. Carbohydrates are...

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Using Omega 3 Fatty Acids Effectively and Safely

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Omega 3 Fatty Acids are very popular nutritional supplements for dogs. They are advertised to help with skin conditions, allergies, kidney function, lymphoma, heart disease, cognitive function, arthritis, and more. Research is spotty but supports...

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New Recommendations for Feeding Dogs with Pancreatitis

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Our understanding regarding how best to feed (or not feed) dogs with pancreatitis has undergone significant changes over the last few years. Back when I was in veterinary school in the 1990s, we learned that dogs with pancreatitis should be...

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Dry Food and Dental Disease in Dogs

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Daily tooth brushing and professional dental cleanings on an as-needed basis are the best ways to prevent the formation of periodontal disease in dogs, but diet can play an important role. This is especially true when daily tooth brushing is...

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Feeding Dogs with Congestive Heart Failure

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I recently came across an estimate for the prevalence of heart disease in older dogs that shocked me — thirty percent. My first reaction was “that can’t be right,” but the more I thought about all those elderly, small...

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Feeding the Dog that Vomits Every Day

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We spend a lot of time on Nutrition Nuggets talking about what (and what not) to feed our dogs. When dogs have bilious vomiting syndrome, however, when meals occur is even more important than what the meals consist of. The classic symptom...

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Why Your Dog's Health Depends on Life Stage Diets

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One of the most important breakthroughs in canine nutrition came when veterinary nutritionists recognized the different nutritional needs that dogs have as they mature. This may seem fairly self-evident now, but dog owners and veterinarians...

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FDA Issues Another Update on Jerky Pet Treats

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We’ve been following the saga of pet illnesses associated with jerky treats made in China for years now, and I have to say that the latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) update is the most concerning yet. It states, in part: As...

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Feeding Dogs with High Blood Fat

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Dogs with hyperlipidemia, also called lipemia, have higher than normal amounts of triglycerides and/or cholesterol in their blood stream. When triglycerides are elevated, a sample of the dog’s blood can look a bit like a strawberry smoothie...

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“How Much” is As Important As “What” Your Dog Eats

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Nutritional deficiencies were common back when dogs were fed table scraps supplemented by whatever they could scrounge. All that changed with the advent of commercially prepared, complete and balanced dog foods. Now, nutritional excess is enemy...

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Are Life Stage Dog Foods Credible?

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Recently, a reader posted a comment in response to an old post about life stage feeding. In part it said: Life stage feeding is nothing but clever marketing. A quality food formulated for "all life stages" (in other words...

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Nutrition's Role in Treating Kidney Disease in Dogs

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Chronic kidney disease (also known as renal disease) is an irreversible and progressive loss of kidney function that ultimately results in illness and death. It is most common in older pets, but can occur at any age. Even though the disease...

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Feeding the Critically Sick, Injured, or Recovering Dog

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We all know that good medicine helps to bring a return of good health, but good nutrition is just as important. Dogs who are fighting their way through a critical illness, have had extensive surgery, or have sustained a major injury...

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The Risks and Benefits of Raw Meat Diets for Dogs

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We love our dogs and want to provide them with the most nutritious food possible, but deciding which food is best is not easy. Pet food industry marketing often complicates the issue and presents conflicting viewpoints. One type of diet that...

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Meals on Wheels for Pets

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I want to bring to your attention a program for low-income or disabled seniors: Meals on Wheels for Pets. Many people who are struggling to feed themselves also struggle to care for their pets, sometimes the only companionship they have. We...

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Help! Why Won’t My Dog Eat?

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Pet owners understandably become concerned when they think that their beloved companion is not eating enough. When I’m presented with a case like this, the first thing I do is try to determine if a problem truly exists. Sometimes owners...

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Microminerals: Tiny Amounts, But Big Effects

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I’ve found that whenever I talk about the nutrients that dogs require in a balanced diet I tend to gloss over the microminerals – minerals that are required in the diet in relatively small amounts. The big players like protein, carbohydrates,...

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What Foods Taste Good to Dogs?

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The next two installments of Nutrition Nuggets will cover food preferences in dogs and cats. Then, in the third week, we will discuss reasons why your dog might not be eating and what you can do to try to encourage him. So stay tuned! Have...

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Feeding the Dog with Chronic Diarrhea

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There are many causes of diarrhea in dogs. The most common are intestinal parasites (e.g., roundworms, hookworms, Giardia), bacterial infections or overgrowth, dietary indiscretion (e.g., garbage ingestion or an abrupt diet change), and inflammatory...

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Is It Okay to Allow Your Dog to Beg for Table Scraps?

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I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure life would be worth living without the occasional treat. I do pretty well when it comes to eating my fruits, vegetables and whole grains, but I have to be honest and say that I also use that...

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Food Allergies Are Overdiagnosed in Dogs

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The term “food allergy” is overused. Owners and even some veterinarians will call any adverse reaction to a food an allergy. In some cases, the difference is primarily semantic since the most effective form of treatment is going...

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Thiamine Deficiency in Dogs More Common Than You Realize

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Today over on Nutrition Nuggets for Cats, we started a discussion on the unexpected (to me at least) prevalence of thiamine deficiency in dogs and cats. If you haven’t already taken a look at that post, start there before reading further. You’re...

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Not All Nutritional Supplements for Dogs are Made Equal

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I just listened to a disturbing report on the public radio show Science Friday about the variability of the quality of nutritional supplements available on the market in the United States. It dealt with human nutritional supplements, but since...

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Is Your Dog Allergic to His Food?

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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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Raw Pet Foods Found to Have High Rates of Contamination

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released the findings of a study investigating the prevalence of contamination, specifically with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, in commercially available, raw pet foods....

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