Content tagged "dog nutrition"

I want to start cooking for my dog and get him off commercial diets. Any advice?

Companion Animals Updated: April 18, 2016

Preparing a diet at home for your dog can be a rewarding task, but caution must be taken to do so correctly. Home-prepared diets tend to be highly digestible...

Weight-Control Diets for Dogs and Cats: Reading the Label

Companion Animals Updated: November 16, 2015

When choosing a weight-control or low-calorie pet food, pet owners are faced with a large number of products and product types. Understanding what products...

Nutrients Required by Dogs

Companion Animals Updated: November 26, 2014

A nutrient is a chemical or substance that an animal requires to live and grow. Nutrients can be found in food, synthesized in the body, or taken in from the...

Body Condition Scoring Your Dog

Companion Animals Updated: September 09, 2013

More than half the dogs in the United States are not at their ideal body weight. Obesity is a common concern and can result in health issues such as...

Diabetes in Dogs

Companion Animals Updated: September 09, 2013

IntroductionDiabetes mellitus is a chronic, or long-term, disorder that occurs in both dogs and cats. Diabetes affects approximately one in 150 dogs. The...

Pet Food Labels: Terms Used to Describe Pet Food Types

Companion Animals Updated: June 06, 2011

There are a variety of terms used on pet food labels that appear to indicate the quality of the product. These terms are primarily used on dog and cat food...

Nutrition for Exercising Dogs: Timing of Meals

Companion Animals Updated: June 01, 2011

Dogs engage in various types of exercise. This may include structured training, such as for obedience, as well as participation in competitive events such...

Feeding the Growing Puppy

Companion Animals Updated: May 31, 2011

Introduction Puppies grow rapidly during the first six months of their lives and have a large demand for nutrients to meet their changing needs. Diet...

Pet Food Labels: How to Read

Companion Animals Updated: February 24, 2011

Commercial pet foods are an easy and convenient way to feed your dog or cat. Deciding what to feed can be difficult for some pet owners. There are some...

Pet Food Labels: Nutritional Adequacy Statement

Companion Animals Updated: February 11, 2011

One of the most important items to look for on the information panel is the “Nutritional Adequacy Statement.” This statement provides the guarantee that...

Pet Food Labels: Guaranteed Analysis

Companion Animals Updated: February 11, 2011

The guaranteed analysis can be found on the information panel of a pet food label. This portion of the label provides the nutrient composition of the diet....

Pet Food Labels: Feeding Guidelines

Companion Animals Updated: February 11, 2011

Another item found on the information panel of a pet food label is the feeding guidelines. These tell pet owners how much to feed based on their pet’s body...

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