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Using Diet to Treat and Prevent Bladder Stones

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Bladder stones are a collection of minerals and other materials. They start out small but over time can grow in number and/or size. Dogs with bladder stones typically have some or all of the following symptoms: Urinary accidents Frequent...

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How to Read a Dog Food Label

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Shopping for the best dog food? You must first know how to properly read a dog food label.

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How Can You Tell Your Pet is Overweight?

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Is My Pet Fat? By Amanda Baltazar Most pets these days are overweight, even if many of their owners are in denial about it. “I don’t think pet owners truly appreciate how important it is to have their pet...

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Does My Senior Dog Need Special Dog Food?

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Reviewed and updated for accuracy on April 29, 2019 by Dr. Hanie Elfenbein, DVM, PhD Whether or not your senior dog needs special dog food depends, to a large extent, on your individual dog. There are a number of health issues that senior...

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How to Change Your Dog's Food Brand Quickly

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Switching Dog Food Due to Pet Food Recall, etc. By Jennifer Coates, DVM Changes to your dog’s diet should be made gradually. In fact, taking five to seven days to mix increasing amounts of the new brand of dog food...

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How to Keep Your Dog’s Food Fresh

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First, let’s take a step back. All dog foods should have a "best by" or "best before" date printed somewhere on the bag or can. Whenever possible, purchase bags or cans with dates that are as far in the future as...

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How Chocolate Makes Dogs Sick

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Image via iStock.com/fcafotodigital You probably know that chocolate can make dogs sick, but do you know why? Understanding how this common canine toxin adversely affects a dog’s body underscores the importance of protecting dogs...

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Healthy Dog Food for Your Dog's Digestion

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Probiotic, Prebiotic Benefits for Dogs We all know dog food is essential for the health of our dogs. But what's more important is what is in the dog food. A dog's digestive system, which is mainly responsible for breaking...

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Dogs and Bones: A Dangerous Combination

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Dogs have been chewing on bones for thousands of years. This is what nature intended, right? Well maybe, but it’s an activity that is not without its risks. As a veterinarian, I’ve seen the ill-effects of feeding dogs bones...

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What to Do When Your Dog Vomits or Has Diarrhea

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Not every episode of vomiting or diarrhea warrants an immediate trip to the veterinarian. If the episode is mild, not progressing rapidly and your dog is an otherwise healthy adult, it is reasonable to try some at-home remedies first. Of...

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How to Switch Dog Food

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Owners can find themselves in the position of having to switch dog foods for any number of reasons. Maybe your dog has been diagnosed with a dietary responsive disease. Perhaps it’s time to switch from puppy to adult food or from adult...

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What is a Sensitive Stomach, and What Can Be Done About It?

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Some dogs have guts of steel and can eat almost anything they find in the yard or on a walk with no ill effects. However, not every dog is so lucky. Many tend to be more sensitive than this. Do you have a dog that has one or more of the...

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Minerals: Finding the Right Sources in the Best Dog Food

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How Minerals are Necessary for Dog Nutrition Choosing the best food for your dog can prove difficult. One common issue is selecting a dog food with the proper balance of necessary nutrients from healthy ingredients. Minerals are one essential...

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The Importance of Water for Dog Nutrition

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Why Does My Dog Drink a Lot of Water? A balanced diet is not the only necessary part of keeping your dog healthy. Water for drinking is also a very important part of your dog’s daily requirements and overall nutrition. Water...

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The Benefits of Proper Nutrition

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All necessary vitamins and minerals are included in complete and balanced dog foods. This means that additional foods or supplements are not necessary for your pet’s general health. VIEW SLIDESHOW: The Benefits of Proper Nutrition What...

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Minerals: The Right Sources

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Minerals are crucial for the proper development and function of your dog’s body. But which ones and how much of each? Read on to find out...

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The Power of Protein

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Protein is a very important part of a healthy, balanced canine diet. Protein has several roles in the body, such as building and repairing muscles and other body tissues. It is needed to form new skin cells, grow hair, build muscle tissue, and...

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Fats and Oils: Good for Your Dog’s Health?

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Fats and oils are a necessary part of a balanced diet for dogs. A diet that provides about 10-15 percent fat (for normal, healthy adult animals) is best to maintain health. The time when fat in the diet becomes a problem is when animals are...

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Fats and Oils: Good for Your Dog’s Health?

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Fats and oils are a necessary part of a balanced diet for dogs. Here's why...

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Antioxidants and their Use in Dog Food

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The main reason your dog’s food can stay sitting on the store shelves, and then be stored in your pantry for a while longer, is that the food is kept preserved with antioxidants and other very necessary ingredients.

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Carbohydrates: Key to a Balanced Dog Food

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When comparing dog food options, there are many thoughts to keep in mind. There are numerous ingredients that are necessary to make a quality dog food, and here we will focus on just one category — carbohydrates.

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Do Dogs Need Daily Multivitamin Supplements?

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Did you take a multivitamin or other nutritional supplement this morning? According to a 2009 Nielsen study, about half of us probably did. In the survey, 56 percent of U.S. consumers said they take vitamins or supplements, with 44 percent saying...

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Demystifying the Dog Food Label

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There’s a wealth of information on a dog food label. Here's what you need to make of it all ...

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Weaning Puppies from their Mother

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By Dr. T.J. Dunn, Jr., DVM If your puppy is four weeks old or older, you probably don't have to worry too much about weaning. For the rest of you, follow this basic guideline for weaning puppies from their mothers. Introducing...

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Is it OK to Play Switcheroo with Your Pet Foods?

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By Patricia Khuly, DVM Originally published as a three-part series on Fully Vetted. Do you switch your pet’s food around? Be honest. Assuming you feed commercial, do you succumb to whatever super-premium canned kitty food...

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