You have a dog. And a plate full of leftovers. The simple solution of course is to put the plate down on the floor and let your dog clean it off for you? Most dogs will lick a dish so clean that it looks like it came straight from the dishwasher, right?
Some dogs are very attached to their owner, and they become stressed when their beloved master is away. This anxiety can cause them to go off their food. If your dog does this, it can take the shine off your trip away because you’re worried about your canine best friend.
Most people are aware that they shouldn't feed their dogs certain foods such as onions, chocolate, raisins, and grapes. But people are often curious about what it's safe to feed their dogs. What human foods can dogs have?
There are so many fun things about being a pet owner. Having someone to walk or run with, having a couch buddy and even spoiling your pet are all part of the charm of owning a dog. Giving a dog treats is a way to help in training as well as a way just to spoil your dog.
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The long term effects of dogs eating cat food is not really known as studies have not specifically been performed to determine the outcome. However, a high protein diet has been shown to lower kidney function dogs and to cause growth problems in puppies.
Small-medium size breed puppies reach adulthood relatively early. Therefore it is very important to pay attention not to overfeed them, in order to avoid the development of obesity during later life phases.
Purchasing dog food online can significantly widen your selection of foods for your dog. This can be very important, especially if your dog has allergies or other health issues and requires a special diet.
One of the most important parameters used to determine the calorie requirements and formulate the daily ration for adult dogs is the metabolizable energy (ME), which is defined as the amount of calories from pet food that can be used by the pet's body once digestion is complete.
Nowadays additives are more and more widely used in dog food, sometimes for good purposes, other times to mask the low quality of dog food. This is the reason why the less additives are in dog food, the higher is usually its quality.
We all know that, by nature, dogs are primarily carnivores, but this does not mean that they necessarily benefit from a high protein diet. However there are some circumstances where high protein dog food, especially that made with high quality protein, is not only beneficial but even essential to dogs' health.
Blockages, intestinal perforations, cracked and broken teeth, parasites, and food contamination are all real life concerns that many Raw food advocates gloss over.
Vitamin A is vital for healthy eyes and vision as well as poor or retarded growth in puppies. Usually dogs with a Vitamin A deficiency suffer from a variety of skin conditions and a lackluster coat quality. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin however, meaning that it is absorbed and stored in the fat unlike water-soluble vitamins that are excreted if excess amounts are ingested so watch for over supplementing your dog.
Before going into the merits of the specific nutritional requirements of dogs with cancer, it would be useful to examine the various mechanisms by which cancer causes - in the long run - such a debilitating loss in body condition. Cancer cells are very active metabolically and are extremely efficient in competing with normal dog cells for nutrients, especially sugars and amino acids.
While experts cannot yet agree on whether dogs suffer from celiac disease, feeding a gluten free dog food is a healthy choice until further information is available.
In the first year of life, the average puppy puts in the equivalent of twenty-one to twenty-four human years in both physical growth and mental development. How are we supposed to feed a balanced and nutritionally sound diet to support that kind of change?
Although the USDA is quick to point out there is no conclusive evidence that organic ingredients are ‘healthier’, or more nutritious, then conventional ingredients, does it not make sense that food free of hormones, antibiotics and pesticides would be a better option for your four-legged family member?
Are preservatives in dog food the evil culprit behind the long list of medical issues our four-legged family members now face? Food allergies, environmental allergies, kidney disease, immunodeficiency, and cancer are all on the rise and many dogs owners do not blame the actual food as much as they blame the preservatives in the dog food but are they right?
What determines the glycemic index of a food is how fast it digests so the results may be surprising. For example low glycemic fruits include apples, apricots, banana, grapefruit, grapes, kiwi, orange, peaches, pears, and strawberries. Meanwhile, the only high GI fruit is watermelon and the only high vegetables include potatoes and parsnips.
As a general rule, the feeding frequency for dogs mostly depends on their age and should be progressively decreased from birth to adulthood, with the relevant exception of bitches in the latter stages of gestation and throughout the lactation period, which require a substantial change in the amount and frequency of food fed.
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