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Your dog's nutrition is important for a healthy & happy life. petMD experts help you to know what to feed your dog, how much food to feed, and the differences in dog foods, so your dog gets optimum nutrition.

  • Why is it important for my dog’s food to be balanced?

  • What is the difference between manufactured “by” vs. “for” when it comes to my dog’s food?

  • How important is it for a pet food company to have a veterinary nutritionist on staff?

  • Should I follow the feeding recommendations on my pet food?

  • How can I tell if my pet is overweight?

  • Do puppies need special food?

  • Why does a puppy “need” toys?

  • Do senior dogs need special food?

  • What does “natural” mean on a pet food label?

  • What is a “minimum nutrition requirement”?

  • What is a “body condition score”?

  • How much food needs to be cut from the pet’s diet for weight loss?

  • Why does my dog have to be held in by a dog-seatbelt or dog-carrier when we go for car rides?

  • Are natural ingredients the most important element in a dog food?

  • What nutrients make up a properly balanced dog food?

  • What do carbohydrates do for my dog?

  • Just because a dog food is more expensive, does that mean it’s more nutritious?

  • What should be found in the first several ingredients listed on a dog food bag?

  • What’s in a meat meal?

  • What is a tocopherol?

  • What does 'complete and balanced' mean?

  • How can I tell how much of a particular nutrient is in my dog’s food by just looking at the label?

  • Why is fat an important ingredient in dog food?

  • What are the best sources of quality protein?

  • Why is water important for life?

  • What is AAFCO?

  • What is a statement of nutritional adequacy?

  • Why are 'human' ingredients like apples and carrots used in dog food?

  • How do I know if I am feeding my dog a properly balanced diet?

  • What is a good example of a properly balanced dog food?





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