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Healthy Foods Checklist: Lamb for Dogs
Dogs need protein to build, heal, and maintain body tissues and to protect and regulate body process. Lamb is a great protein option for canines and the ingredient is popping up in many pet-food options. Lamb is packed with essential amino acids and is a good source of dietary fats, which help sustain energy. The red meat also offers up plenty of vitamins and minerals that support muscle...
Healthy Foods Checklist: Fish Oil for Dogs
Fish oil is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and provides a variety of health benefits for dogs. Cold-water oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and trout, naturally contain fish oil. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that may lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, and arthritis in dogs. These good fats are also said to help with skin conditions, allergies, and kidney...
Healthy Foods Checklist: Flaxseed for Dogs
Flaxseeds, derived from the flax plant, are small, nutty-flavored seeds that offer a lot of health benefits for dogs. Flaxseed oil, which is made from ground and pressed flaxseeds, shares similar health properties. Both come loaded with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, or good fats. Flaxseeds, sometimes called linseeds, pack a whole lot of fiber and protein into a small serving. Fiber is...
Healthy Foods Checklist: Duck for Dogs
When today’s pet parents browse through the aisles of pet food stores, they have a wide variety of options to choose from when it comes to protein sources for their dogs. The main protein options for pets used to be chicken or beef, and while those two meats are still popular, there are other novel proteins that pet parents can try. One such less common meat option for dogs is duck. Duck is...
Healthy Foods Checklist: Yogurt for Dogs
While most dog foods on the market don’t contain yogurt, the yummy dairy product may provide some nutritional benefits for your dog as a meal additive. Plain, low or non-fat yogurt provides probiotic benefits and serves as an excellent source of calcium for our canine companions. Adding a small spoonful of yogurt to your dog’s regular kibble at mealtime can provide digestive benefits and even...
Healthy Foods Checklist: Quail for Dogs
In addition to turkey and chicken, pet food manufacturers are looking to alternative game birds for new recipes. Quail is popping up as an ingredient in several dog foods and provides ample benefits for our canine companions. Quails are small ground-nesting game birds that are part of the pheasant family. Quail meat is a relatively lean, low-calorie protein option for dogs and acts as a natural...
5 Common Dog Illnesses that are Impacted by Nutrition
A high quality, well-balanced diet is fundamental to your dog's health, but do you know why? Here are just a few canine health problems seen in dogs that are directly affected by their diet. 1. ObesityObesity is a nationwide epidemic for our dogs, affecting over 50% of American dogs1. Even worse, dogs affected by obesity are more prone to arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and...
6 Signs it’s Time to Change Your Dog’s Food
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, “we now know our pet’s dietary needs can and do change over time due to factors like their life stage, their overall health, and their activity level.” What Age Should I Change My Dog’s Food?When it...
The Best Food Options for Your Dog with Allergies
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 food allergies and what causes them. Many different terms are used to describe abnormal reactions to food. The terms “allergy” and “hypersensitivity” describe an...
What Is Grain Free Pet Food, Really?
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 well on grain free diets, it is also true that these diets were developed more in response to consumer (i.e., human) preference than to the actual nutritional needs of our...