DOG FOOD And NUTRITION

Dear Doctor: Popcorn for the Pooch

My dog, a 25-pound mixed breed, happens to love popcorn. Is there any reason I shouldnt give it to her as a treat?

Homemade Treats Your Dog Will Love

While a home-cooked diet can be a healthful alternative to commercial pet food, it can be very time-consuming and expensive to make sure it meets all your dogs needs - and should never be done without help from a board-certified veterinary nutritionist.

Why Dog Diets Fail

The reason efforts to slim down an overweight dog often fail is not because of a nutrition problem like too many calories per serving. Rather, most dogs have weight problems because of emotional issues - yours, not theirs.
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No Longer Legal in the U.S.: Dogs as Food for People

Many tend to think of consumption of dog meat as something still going on only in undeveloped, far-off nations. But the import, export, and slaughter of dogs (and cats) has been legal in 44 states.
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Dog Food Prescribed By the Vet Not Working?

Tufts veterinary nutritionist Cailin Heinze, VMD, is only too familiar with scenarios like the following: We had this little dog who needed surgery to remove bladder stones made of calcium oxalate, she says. After that, she was prescribed a diet that would make the stones less likely to recur. Even so, the stones kept coming back. She had to undergo two more operations to remove more stones. We asked the owner what was going on. Well, Im feeding the diet you recommended, he said.

You Gonna Eat That?

You love your dog and dont mind giving him table scraps here and there. But it has gotten to the point that every time you sit down to eat, hes there - begging, nudging, drooling, and beseeching with wide eyes for some of your meal. How has something that you thought was cute and tried to be nice about - and loving about - turned into such a persistent, annoying problem?

Are Certain Pet Foods Causing Heart Disease?

You may have heard recently that certain types of diets, including those that are grain-free, have been linked to a type of life-threatening heart disease in some dog breeds that dont commonly become afflicted with it, including golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, mixed breeds, and others. Called canine dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, it results in an enlarged heart.

How Often Do You Need to Bathe Your Dog?

Healthy dogs who do not have a skin condition do not require bathing. Oils on their skin and hair retain moisture, and scents that cling to them during their travels help them let other dogs know where theyve been and what theyve been up to; dogs communicate with each other via their noses.

Dear Doctor: Rawhides effect on the dogs waistline

Does rawhide have any calories in it, or is it like chewing gum - not digestible and therefore not containing calories? Even if it did, would it be irrelevant because the calories would be burned off in the chewing?

The End of a Culinary Era?

What a difference a couple of generations make. From the 1960s to the early 1970s, Vietnam was engaged in a protracted war with the United States that led to devastating mortal and social consequences for our country. Today, Vietnam is a travel destination for adventurous Americans, celebrated in part for its lively street food culture and best exemplified by 2016 images of President Obama and the late chef Anthony Bourdain breaking bread on an episode of Mr. Bourdains television show. But it seems there is about to be a shift in the countrys vibrant food scene.

Dear Doctor: Not Even One Raisin?

I know youre not supposed to feed your dog any grapes, raisins, onions, or garlic, but is it really true that even one raisin or grape is poisonous? Or one slice of onion or a bit of garlic? I mean, after all, while they say not to feed your dog chocolate, I know anecdotally that a tiny piece of chocolate is not going hurt most dogs.

Dear Doctor: On Whether the Recommended Serving Sizes on Dog Food Labels Account for...

I have read in Your Dog as well as in other places that up to 10 percent of a dogs daily calories can come from treats. With that in mind, when you look at a bag of dog food and see how many cups per day a dog should be fed based on his weight, is the manufacturer taking into account that you might add 10 percent more calories in the form of treats, or is the company calculating 100 percent of a dogs calorie needs? Im asking because Im wondering if I should subtract a little of the kibble recommended so I can add in some goodies each day?