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DOG FOOD And NUTRITION

Stainless steel is the way to go.

The Right Food Bowl

The best all-around food and water bowls for a dog are made of stainless steel and have a heavy bottom. Glass or ceramic bowls, while often very nice-looking, can break, and bowls made of plastic have a number of potential problems of their own: Bowls composed of plastic are viewed as chewing toys by some […]
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Young puppies should be fed more than twice a day.

Dear Doctor: How often to feed a puppy

Q. We’re about to adopt a new puppy. I have always fed my dogs twice a day, but the breeder is telling me that three times a day is better. What’s the right answer? Eugenia Hummer Grapevine, Texas Dear Ms. Hummer, A. Young puppies definitely should be fed more than twice a day. Their developing […]
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Five Common Nutrition Mistakes We Make For Our Dogs

We all want to feed our dogs as nutritiously as possible, but many owners’ earnest efforts are misguided. Even with the best of intentions, they end up choosing their dog’s diet on faulty assumptions. Here are five common mistakes loving dog guardians make — and how to correct them. Mistake # 1. Choosing food by […]
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The Calories in Bully Sticks

It has been almost a decade since Tufts veterinary nutritionist Lisa Freeman, DVM, tallied the responses of more than 750 people who responded to her questionnaire asking what bully sticks are made of. Almost half were not aware that a bully stick is a bull or steer penis. Neither were almost 40 percent of veterinarians […]
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The Dog Food Aromas Our Pets Love

Most people don’t have to worry that their dog won’t eat the food put in front of them. But there are some finicky canine eaters out there, and besides, we all want our pets to enjoy the flavor of the food we feed. To that end, researchers reporting in the Journal of Agricultural and Food […]
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The Right (and Wrong) Treats for Training

When training either a puppy or adult dog, you’re going to need lots of food treats to keep your pet focused on getting it right. But to make sure not too many of his calories come from treats, which are generally not complete and balanced nutritionally, make sure each one is no bigger than your […]
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Dog Nutrition Slipping

More people are feeding their pets homemade diets today than a decade ago even though homemade meal plans for dogs are often rife with nutritional inadequacies and imbalances. Researchers made the finding when they surveyed almost 3,000 households with dogs in the U.S. and several other countries. They also found that more dog guardians are […]
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What to Do If You Think Dog Food Made Your Pet Sick

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 […]
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When Two (or More) Pets Need Different Diets to Stay Healthy

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 […]
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Why Some Dogs Take Their Food Far From Their Bowl to Eat

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 […]
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Is She Truly Hungry, Or Just Bored?

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.

Why Its Important to Switch to a New Food Gradually

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?