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 decline at a significantly slower rate. The difference in cognition scores between dogs fed once a day and dogs fed more frequent daily meals was equivalent to the difference between a 7-year-old […]

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 kind of filler that dog food manufacturers can get away with when formulating canine diets? No. Ash in pet food is simply a measure of the diet’s minerals: calcium, iron, copper, […]

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 some people pay three times as much — or more? Frequently, they have fallen under the spell of “premiumization.” Premiumization is a marketing term that was first used in the alcohol industry […]

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 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit (enough to kill harmful bacteria) in the evening. I am considering an evening switch to raw food. My vet won’t discuss this with me as he […]

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. As you might expect, picky canine eaters are sometimes too thin, and it is our responsibility to make sure they take in enough calories to stay healthy. Sometimes, however, dogs who are […]

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 to make the stones less likely to form again. But they keep com-ing back. Why isn’t the diet working? Colette Lanier Dover, New Hampshire Dear Ms. Lanier, A. We often find […]
On whether to feed dry kibble or wet food, there’s no one right answer.

Which Is Better For Your Dog, Dry Food Or Wet?

Most people feed their dogs all dry food, or almost all. This is especially the case for those with larger dogs. A single bag...
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...
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,...
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...

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...

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,...