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A Proper Diet For Your Dog Contains Less Meat Than You May Think

You might think dog food gets most of its calories from meat. You can’t tell how much meat is present by looking at dry kibble, but canned dog food certainly looks meaty. And on a canned dog food ingredients list, meat is often listed first, which means it weighs more than the other ingredients.

New Standards Announced for 
Human Grade Dog Food

On its homepage recently, the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) announced that there are new guidelines for pet food labeled “human grade.” Do they appreciably alter the guidelines already established? More importantly, is human grade dog food better for your dog than other dog food? For some perspective, we spoke with Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist® Cailin Heinze, VMD. Dr. Heinze is a member of our Editorial Board.

Potential Changes On Dog Food Labels Should Make Them Easier to Interpret

It looks like reading nutrition information on dog food labels may get easier. After years of discussion and input from different sources, the Association of American Feed Control Officials, known by the acronym AAFCO, has put forth a proposal that would get rid of the arcane and difficult-to-understand “Guaranteed Analysis” box on bags and cans of dog food. The intention is to replace it with a “Pet Nutrition Facts” box that is much closer to the “Nutrition Facts” box required on foods for people.

What’s In a Name? (A Lot, Actually)

Duchess, Lassie, Champ, and Spot are out. Lucy, Maggie, Max, and Charlie are in. Why the shift in the names we give our dogs?...

Reduced-Calorie May Not Mean What You Think

If your pet is overweight and you are trying to manage his calorie consumption, don’t automatically assume a dog food labeled “reduced-calorie” is low...

Should You Be Choosing Preservative-Free Dog Food?

You’re trying to decide between two different brands of canned dog food. The clincher is that one is advertised online as preservative-free, so you...

Research Suggests Once-a-Day Feeding Is Better For Dogs

Intriguing research on more than 10,000 dogs suggests that pets fed one meal a day instead of two or more meals experience cognitive...

Why Is There Ash In My Dog’s Diet?

Sometimes in the “Guaranteed Analysis” box on a dog food label, you’ll see ash as an ingredient. What’s going on? Are burnt embers some...

When Choosing Dog Food, Don’t Fall Prey to Premiumization

It is possible to feed a healthful diet to an average-size dog for just a few hundred dollars a year. Why, then, do...

Dear Doctor: August 2022

But which raw diet? Q: I have several dogs and usually feed them dry kibble in the morning and a brand of dehydrated food cooked...

How to Improve Your Picky Eater’s Diet

We tend to think of felines as the pets who turn up their noses at food, but certain dogs also present feeding challenges....

Dear Doctor: The therapeutic diet doesn’t seem to be working

Q. We had a little dog who needed surgery to remove bladder stones made of calcium oxalate. After that, she was prescribed a diet...