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Nutrition Center - Blogs

Prescription Dog Food – When is it a Good Idea?

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Most dogs can eat any of a number of over the counter foods and thrive. Dog foods that follow AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) regulations and are labeled as being nutritionally complete and balanced will meet the needs...

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How to Feed Dogs with Lymphangiectasia

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I have a feeling that if you haven’t taken care of a dog with lymphangiectasia you’ve probably never heard of the disease. Here are some definitions that you’ll need if you want to learn about how to feed dogs with this condition. Chyle...

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Should Your Dog be on a Probiotic?

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Probiotic supplements are everywhere. You might be taking one. Should your dog? Nutritional supplements containing live microorganisms (bacteria and/or yeast) that aim to improve health can be considered probiotics. They are typically...

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Are Treats Good for Dogs? This Vet Says ‘No!’

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I’ve made a change at my house. My family and I used to dole out the dog and cat treats at least once a day. I didn’t think it was much of a problem. We didn’t hand out too many, we picked (relatively) healthy varieties, and...

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Is Your Dog’s Food Making Him Fart?

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My dog farts… a lot. Apollo could be the poster child for a support group for farting dogs. He’s a boxer, a breed notorious for producing noxious plumes of gas. He has inflammatory bowel disease and severe food allergies, both of...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to Get Dogs to Eat Slower

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Most dogs love to eat, but problems can arise when dogs wolf down (no pun intended) their food. Fast eaters tend to swallow more air than do slow eaters, which is a risk factor for a potentially fatal condition called gastric dilatation and...

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The Vegetarian Dog

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My dog used to be a vegetarian… an accidental vegetarian. While I choose not to eat meat, I have no problems feeding it to my dogs. But Apollo has severe inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). He needs to eat a special type of dog food to...

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Are You Feeding Your Dog the Right Amount?

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One of the best ways to keep dogs healthy is to feed them the right amount of food. Too little and a dog can suffer from nutritional deficiencies. Too much eventually results in obesity and all of the health problems related to that condition...

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The Truth About Food Allergies in Dogs

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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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Confusion Around Diets for Healthy Skin and Coat

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Owners often look to a dog’s diet as the cause and/or solution to skin and coat problems. While this approach is sometimes valid, pet food manufacturers tend to overemphasize this link. A recent study evaluated the “marketing terms,...

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What to Feed Your Dog for Healthy Skin

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One of the first things that people notice about dogs is the condition of their skin and coat. This isn’t too surprising since the exterior of a dog is out there for all the world to see and touch. Some skin conditions require medical...

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