Every so often, there is a media report about a pet food recall that occurs in the wake of animals becoming sick. The news may lead dog owners to worry that commercially prepared foods are dangerous for their canine companions. But the fact is that instances of commercially prepared food causing illness in dogs are […]
You’ve had both of your dogs for more than 5 years, and now one of them has been diagnosed with a disease that requires medical nutrition therapy in the form of a change in diet to keep her condition from deteriorating as quickly and even extend her lifespan. So now all of a sudden, your […]
Of dogs’ habits that leave owners shaking their heads, one of the ones near the top of the list is carrying their food from their bowl to another room before eating it. Why do some dogs engage in this practice? It’s not entirely clear. “Dogs can be funny, ritual-loving creatures,” says the head of the […]
The American Animal Hospital Association has a chart listing things that get in the way of your pets weight control. The number one item: begging. Owner guilt is up there, too.
Your dog has to go on a weight management diet, or a prescribed diet to cut down on the risk for kidney stones, or a special diet for heart or kidney disease. You might think that because so many dogs will scarf up any food in sight, all you have to do is stop feeding the food he has been eating and start feeding the new one. That does work in some cases, but much of the time, a more gradual transition is necessary to avoid the unpleasant symptoms of gastrointestinal upset - gurgling, excess gas, diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation. How gradual?
How do you measure your dogs food portions? With the bowl you happen to put her food in? With your hands? Simply by eyeballing it as you pour the kibble out of the bag? If you use any of these unreliable methods, youre not alone. More than one out of five people participating in a study about the best way to measure dog food reported using one of these three approaches.
There is no shortage of warnings on the Internet that corn is bad for your dogs health.
Its very possible that a renal (kidney) diet is in your dogs future. Kidney disease is one of the most common illnesses of aging canines, with more than one in 10 pets developing it at some point, usually when theyre older.
Many dogs eat extremely fast, and they do so for a number of reasons. One of them is that they simply dont taste food as well as we do, so theres no benefit to chewing it longer. While we have about 9,000 taste buds on our tongues, dogs have only about 2,000.
Youve seen the ads on TV - dog foods meant specifically for your dogs breed to provide the best nutritional advantage. But are these benefits for real? Can you really improve your dogs health by feeding her kibble marketed just for, say, poodles or Labrador retrievers, or German shepherds? Its a question worth answering, since breed-specific foods dont come cheap. A 17-pound bag of dry food for Labs that we found online costs $45.00.
I know youre not supposed to give your dog raw food because it can contain live bacteria that can make your pet sick, and cooking will kill all the harmful germs. But what about a raw bone?
Ive come across some dog food with labels that say human grade. Is that a better bet for my pet?