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DOG FOOD And NUTRITION

If your dog is snacking on tuna-based sushi, you’ve got quite a lucky dog.

Dear Doctor: Is tuna a safe treat?

Q. We recently inherited a wonderful 10-year-old dog from a friend who passed away. The dog has been given a bit of tuna with her food every day for many years. We hate to deprive her of her favorite treat but are concerned about mercury content. We fed her a bit of it for the […]
Yes, but is the amount of kibble in the scooper correct?

Measure Food By Weight, Not Volume

Do you weigh your dog’s food before feeding it or measure it out in a cup or serving scoop? If you’re like most people, you go the serving scoop route, which measures food by volume. But it’s very hard to make sure you’re giving the correct amount that way. Research has shown over and over […]
Needs more salt.

So You Want to Make Your Dog’s Meals Yourself

“Feeding kibble is akin to feeding your child junk processed food his entire life,” one Your Dog reader wrote in. She’s not alone in her opinion. When the veterinarians at the Tufts Clinical Nutrition Service for pets surveyed dog owners on why they chose to cook their dogs’ meals rather than buy bags of kibble […]

Certain Dog Foods May Make It Harder for You to Fight Illness

When researchers at Portugal’s University of Porto tested 14 store-bought raw dog foods for the bacteria Enterococcus, they all contained it. What’s more, the bacteria were resistant to the effects of at least three antibiotics that were supposed to be able to wipe them out. It’s not a small matter. These bacteria can cause urinary […]

It Probably Isn’t a Food Allergy

Suspected food allergy is a common reason people bring their dogs to the Clinical Nutrition Service at Tufts. By the time they get there, they’ve often tried five, six, or even seven different diets with different ingredients, but none of them have stopped the dog’s itching, paw licking, throwing up, or other canine allergy symptoms. […]
Raw food, no matter the form in which it’s fed, is laced with serious risks.

Back to the Raw Food Diet Debate

If scientific study showed that raw food diets are better for dogs than cooked food and also that they are safe to feed for both pets and people who come into contact with them, we would actively recommend them. Our aim is to keep dogs — and their human families — as healthy as possible […]
Once in a while, even the most voracious eater just can’t.

Chicken and Rice for an Upset Tummy?

There’s no shortage of advice on the Internet for what to feed a dog who is having temporary GI upset, either with vomiting, diarrhea,...

Dear Doctor: Are dogs really carnivores?

Q. You said in a recent article that it’s not a good idea to choose dog food by the ingredients list because it doesn’t...
The science on whether a lower-protein diet will curb aggression has been mixed.

Less Protein to Reduce Aggressive Behavior?

At the level of folklore, it makes sense to think that a diet relatively low in protein would help inhibit aggressive tendencies in a...
Would it be better to put out a lot and let the dog choose how much to eat?

Free Feeding Versus Scheduled Feedings

On the face of it, there are a number of reasons to allow your dog unlimited access to food rather than doling it out...
Popcorn can make a good snack for dogs. But for those with certain health conditions, salted popcorn is a bad idea.

Reduced-Sodium Diets: What’s Available?

There’s more than a fair chance that a reduced-sodium diet is in your dog’s future, if it’s not here already. An estimated 10 percent...
Sorting through dog food labels can be a confusing experience if you don’t know how to interpret the information.

How Can a Dog Food Be “For All Life Stages?”

When you look at a bag or can of dog food, there’s always a statement from the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)...