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Nutrition Center - Blogs

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nutrition Questions
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Q. I have been told a high protein diet could help my dogs seizures is there any truth in this please

A. Seizures can be caused by a variety of things such as epilepsy, toxicity, brain lesions...

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