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Limited Ingredient Dog Food: Is It Right For Your Dog?

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[video:wistia|g3b9p7wl0h|true] By Jill Fanslau Over the past 5 years, you may have noticed more and more “limited ingredient dog foods” filling your pet store’s shelves. But when you flip the bag over or...

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Grains in Dog Food: What You Need to Know

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By Helen Anne Travis In the human world, eliminating grains from the diet has been credited with everything from reducing belly fat, to improving skin tone, to alleviating the symptoms of depression. But what about our pets? Could...

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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 dog 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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What To Do When a Dog Stops Eating

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Most dogs love to eat, which is why a meal that has been left untouched immediately raises concerns. An almost endless list of problems can cause dogs to go off their food — some are trivial but others are potentially life-threatening. Determining...

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5 Common Dog Illnesses that are Impacted by Nutrition

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A high quality, well-balanced diet is fundamental to your dog's health, but do you know why? Here are just a few caninehealth problemsseen in dogs that are directly affected by their diet. 1. Obesity Obesity is a nationwide epidemic...

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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...

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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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6 Signs it’s Time to Change Your Dog’s Food

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[video:wistia|7u3fxbynws|true] Choosing a dog food can be a painstaking process — so much so that some of us stick with buying the same pet food for our dog’s entire life. “The truth is,” says Dr. Jessica Vogelsang,...

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Is a Grain or Gluten Free Diet Right For my Dog?

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How to Know if Your Pet Needs Gluten or Grain Free Dog Food By Lorie Huston, DVM Choosing a diet for your dog is a task that should not be taken lightly. Grain free and gluten free pet diets have become extremely popular. This...

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The Best Food Options for Your Dog with Allergies

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Does Your Dog Really Need Lamb, Bison, and Other 'Hypoallergenic' Dog Food Proteins? By Jennifer Coates, DVM In order to identify what is the best dog food for dogs with food allergies you must first understand what are...

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Why Won't My Dog Eat? Causes & How to Get a Dog to 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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Can Dogs Taste? And What Do They Like To Eat?

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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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5 Must-Read Tips Before Buying a Food-Dispensing Dog Toy

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Dogs love treats, but wouldn't it be great if you could make your dog work a little more for those tasty treats? Food-dispensing (also known as treat-dispensing) dog toys could help you accomplish that goal. Even better, the mental and physical stimulation food-dispensing dog toys provide may decrease the chances your dog develops boredom-related behavior problems — barking and chewing, for example. Before you go out and buy a food-dispensing toy, however, you should consider the following.

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5 Foods That Can Be Toxic for Your Dog

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While we may occasionally want to spoil our dogs with a treat from our plate, this can often cause trouble for them, here are 5 foods that can be toxic to dogs.

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Can Cranberry Help to Prevent Dog Urinary Tract Infection?

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Cranberry has a reputation for treating/preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Do a quick online search and you’re sure to run into myriad reports of miraculous cures. It certainly would be wonderful if something as simple as adding...

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Feeding the Starving Dog

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I ran across a local canine adoption event a couple of weeks ago. A couple of the dogs had been recently rescued from horrific conditions and were emaciated. We’re talking “skin and bones.” Their caretaker said they looked...

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What You Don't Know About Mushrooms Can Kill Your Dog

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One of the saddest cases that I can remember from more than 15 years of practicing veterinary medicine involves a dog that died after eating mushrooms her owners had collected from the woods. The owners were hunting for morels, a non-toxic (and...

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How Many Calories Does a Dog Need?

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A couple of weeks ago in response to my post about the new AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) labeling requirement to include calorie counts on all pet foods, Tom Collins asked for “guidelines for recommended daily...

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Digestive Problems in Pets: Causes, Signs and Treatments

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It’s not uncommon for your dog or cat to suffer from digestive disorders. Fortunately, acting quickly can prevent them from worsening.

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Feeding Sick Dogs

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What do you think of the saying, “Starve a fever,feed a cold”? On one level it makes sense. The fever, in this case, is indicative of an infection that is provoking a generalized immune response. Fighting the infection needs to be...

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What Is Grain Free Pet Food, Really?

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By Lorie Huston, DVM Grain free pet foods are currently very popular. But are they really healthier for your pet than other types of pet foods? Let’s take a closer look at that question. While it is true that many pets do...

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How to Properly Use a Bland Diet to Treat Dogs with Diarrhea

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Veterinarians often recommend owners feed dogs that have diarrhea a diet consisting of boiled hamburger and white rice for a few days. This type of bland, easily digested diet gives the intestinal tract a bit of a break while still providing...

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Can Dogs Stay Healthy On A Vegetarian Diet?

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A number of my vegetarian clients have asked me whether or not their dogs can be vegetarians too. Their main concern is whether or not a meat-free diet is appropriate for their dogs. If it isn’t, they’ll continue, albeit squeamishly,...

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A Review of Diets Intended for Dogs with Cancer

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Faced with a diagnosis of cancer in a beloved dog, many owners turn to dietary modifications as part of a treatment protocol aimed at maximizing the length and quality of their companion’s life. For my patients, I typically recommend a...

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