Dogs, Diet & Food

Dogs, Diet & Food

Dogs, Diet & Food

Feeding Your Dog

Regardless of size, all dogs need a diet with a moderate balance of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. more

Chocolate is Sweet…but can be Deadly

Chocolate and cocoa contain both of the methylxanthines,theobromine and caffeine which can be toxic to animals if fed to excess. more

Some Pets Unable to Tolerate Dairy Products

While milk is not necessary to a dog’s (or cat’s) diet, it can be a treat if given from time to time. However, some pets cannot tolerate milk because they do not produce an enzyme called lactase. more

Eating Grass not Unusual in Pets

Grass eating occurs frequently among dogs and cats and it is thought to be normal behaviour. Feral cats, (i.e. cats that roam free in the wild), eat grass almost daily and most domesticated cats, if given the opportunity, will eat grass and certain plants. more

Feeding the Geriatric Dog and Cat

The nutritional requirements of aging pets have been the subject of much discussion in recent years, particularly with the introduction of therapeutic specialty diets. more

Feeding Puppy

Because puppies have greater needs and limited capacity compared to adults, puppy foods which contained greater concentrations of protein, fat, essential fatty acids and key amino acids were developed. more

Feeding Large Breed Puppies

In recent years, considerable controversy has arisen concerning the most appropriate diet for large breed puppies (mature weight greater than 60 lbs), particularly as these diets pertain to their ability to cause or prevent orthopaedic problems. more

The Role of Fibre in Pet Foods

Although not often considered by consumers as an essential ingredient of a balanced pet food, the role of fibre is both complex and important. more

Food Allergy in Dogs

Food allergies in dogs are thought to account for approximately five per cent of all skin cases and 15 per cent of allergic skin diseases seen in clinical practice. more

Hypoallergenic Diets

In the last few years, commercially-formulated hypoallergenic diets have become increasingly popular and readily available to pet owners and veterinarians. more

The Impact of Diet on Oral Health

Dental calculus is a common problem in most domestic cats and dogs resulting from mineralization of dental plaque; plaque being composed primarily of food particles and bacteria. more


Obesity is one of the most common nutritional medical disorders affecting companion animals, with approximately 24-40% of pets being classified as overweight. more

Obesity Poses Serious Health Hazards to Pets

Obesity affects pets adversely in many ways. Overweight pets tend to play and exercise less and don’t live as long as healthy pets do. more

Weight Loss a Challenge but Possible in Pets

The single most important step in any weight-reduction program is the acknowledgement that obesity is unhealthy and that weight-reduction is necessary.more

Omega Fatty Acids

The importance of essential fatty acids in canine and feline nutrition has been known for some time. Their use as a dietary supplement to improve the health and appearance of the skin and hair coat has been well documented. more

Pet Food Antioxidants – An Update

In recent years, pet owners have become increasingly aware of the use of preservatives in their pet’s food. For the most part “preservatives” refer to the use of antioxidants and their use is essential in the production of dry pet foods. more

Pigs’ Ears Not Recommended for Dogs

Pigs’ ears have a high fat content and can lead to obesity. They can also cause stomach upset in some dogs. more

The “Scoop” on Snacks and Treats

Treats and snacks are small food rewards that pet owners use for reinforcing the human-animal bond, as training aids and often just for fun. The number of different snacks and treats available for dogs and cats are astounding. more

Vegetarian Diets for Pets?

Many Americans enjoy the vegetarian lifestyle today, either for health or ethical reasons. Some people choose to extend this dietary philosophy to their pets as well. more

Pet Cuisine: Feeding Galloping Gourmets

Will your dog really be better off if you buy the 70-cent-per-can “gourmet” dog food instead of the ordinary half-dollar brand? more

Pet Food: The Lowdown on Labels

Choosing a pet food from among the cans, bags, and boxes stacked on store shelves can be a daunting experience. Which formulation of food is best? more

Nutrition for Pets

With all the choices out there, deciding what to feed your pet can be a challenge. more

Selecting Nutritious Pet Foods

Most pet owners have heard that it is better to feed their animals specially formulated food for pets rather than table scraps. An occasional treat is fine… more

Dietary Supplements and Animals

Dietary supplements for pets and other animals have been marketed for many years; some are sold legally and others are not. more

Vitamin A

Vitamin A plays several vital roles in the body, including vision, tissue health, skeletal and tooth development, and reproduction. more

Vitamin C Supplementation

Despite the fact that dogs and cats manufacture vitamin C on their own in the liver, the need for dietary vitamin C in pets continues to be discussed by both pet owners and veterinarians. more

Vitamin E

In commercial pet foods, vitamin E is used to prevent the oxidation of fatty acids which leads to rancidity. more

Interpreting Pet Food Labels – Part 1: General Rules

Arguably, Americans are reading food labels and choosing products more carefully than ever before. Many people are extending this scrutiny to food for their pets as well. more

Pet Foods

The FDA regulates that can of cat food, bag of dog food, or box of dog treats or snacks in your pantry…more

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