DOG FOOD And NUTRITION

Two Dogs, Two Different Meal Plans

The vet finally told us what we had known for some time but needed to hear. Franklin the border collie, tipping the scale at 62 pounds, was due for some serious dieting. Rosie the shiba inu, on the other hand, was perfectly proportioned at a svelte 28 pounds. …

How to Separate Multiple Dogs’ Meals

Just the other day we had two brothers - a pair of Chihuahua mixes, tiny little things - who had always eaten out of the same bowl their entire lives, says Cailin Heinze, VMD, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist at Tufts. Now they were going to have to eat separately because one of them had a bladder stone that required a very special diet. The owner has come to realize shes going to have to…

Diet for Dogs with Kidney Disease

Many pet owners are resistant to feed the diets prescribed to help manage a dogs kidney disease, says Cailin Heinze, VMD, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist at Tufts. They fear their pet wont eat or wont like the food, or they prefer to feed food from different manufacturers, Dr. Heinze points out. They may also feel put off by the expense. For the average owner, a therapeutic diet formulated to help manage a dogs kidney…

How to Treat Treats for dogs

Its really important not to defeat the purpose of a therapeutic diet prescribed for a dog with kidney disease by feeding inappropriate treats, says Tufts veterinary nutritionist Cailin Heinze, VMD. For instance, she points out, bully sticks, pigs ears, rawhides - all of those are really high in protein, which is bad for a dog whose kidneys are failing. And the quality of the protein is poor, so its a double whammy. The poor-quality protein…

Ways to Make Sure Your Dog Drinks Enough Water

Last month we pointed out that as kidney disease progresses, a dog may no longer be able to drink enough water to compensate for the water she loses in her urine and may need to get injections of fluid at home. But to reach that point later rather than sooner, there are a number of steps you can take to make water enticing enough to your dog so that she drinks the appropriate amount. Its…

The Best in Pet Nutrition Websites

To help you in your Internet searches for reliable nutrition information for your dog, we have complied a list of the best websites out there, divided into categories. Nutrition Guidelines World Small Animal Veterinary Association Nutritional Assessment Guidelines www.wsava.org/v5.htm American Animal Hospital Association Nutritional Assessment Guidelines www.aahanet.org/Library/Nutritional Asmt.aspx Pet Nutrition - General Information for Pet Owners …

Dog Food And The Internet

For dog owners, the Internet provides vast amounts of material on everything from lists of hotels across the country that accept canine guests to listings of veterinarians by county. One topic related to pets for which there are literally thousands of websites is nutrition.

Does Your Dog Eat Too Fast?

When they did find something edible, they had to gulp it down fast before other dogs got more of it. How it tasted wasnt the point, which is why the evolution of dogs over millennia didnt select for a huge arsenal of taste buds but did select for fast chomping.