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Dogs Are What They Eat

Feeding a high quality diet is one of the most important things you, as a dog owner, can do to keep your dog healthy and active. But what constitutes a high quality dog food and how can you tell if your dog is receiving the nutrition he needs to thrive? Credit: Getty Creative A high quality diet is one that is complete and balanced, containing all of the nutrients necessary to support your dog's body functions. There are six nutrient groups that are important for all dogs: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. RELATED: Large Breed Puppy Food vs. Adult Dog Food: What's the Difference? Proteins Proteins perform many functions and are important for growth,...

A senior dog has different health requirements than a younger dog. Here are some tips to help you keep your senior pet healthy. Credit: Getty Creative 1. DON'T FORGET THE HEALTH CHECK-UPS Make sure your senior dog has regular visits with your veterinarian. In fact, many veterinarians recommend that senior dogs should be examined twice a year, even more so if the dog has serious health issues. A thorough physical examination by your veterinarian may reveal health issues that can impact your pet's life and comfort level, such as dental disease, arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease and more. RELATED: Best Food for Pets With Cancer 2. NOTE ANY BEHAVIOR CHANGES IN YOUR DOG Watch your...

WASHINGTON - US authorities have yet to determine what exactly caused the deaths of more than 1,000 dogs that consumed jerky pet treats made in China, a Congressional panel heard Tuesday. Credit: Getty Creative Major pet supply retailers Petco and Petsmart have said they will phase out all China-made pet food in their stores over the coming months, amid growing consumer jitters about the safety of their ingredients. Tracey Forfa of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told the Congressional-Executive Commission on China that more than 5,600 dogs in the United States are known to have fallen ill since 2007 due to jerky products imported from China. "Unfortunately, to date, the FDA has...

Best Food for Pets with Cancer

Nutrition can play a significant role in the management of dogs and cats with cancer, a predominant illness and killer among pets. But how? Credit: Getty Creative RELATED: Who's For Safer Pet Foods? The FDA, For One Although the ideal nutritional requirements for pets with cancer remains unknown, we do know that these animals show signs of alterations in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and that changes in the metabolism of these nutrients will often precede any clinical signs of disease and/or cachexia. Therefore, general dietary recommendations for pets with cancer typically consist of a combination of: –Small amounts of complex carbohydrates (crude fiber levels >...

How Obesity Affects Your Pet's Lungs

As awareness of the pet obesity epidemic increases, more pet owners are familiar with disease conditions associated with the condition. Owners today more quickly understand the increased risk of diabetes, arthritis, and cancer posed by excess fat. Less known are the effects of excess fat on lung function. Credit: Getty Creative Research in humans has described lung changes and decreased lung function in obese patients. Similar research in pets has only recently begun. Although the research has not been able to explain the exact changes that impact lung function in animals, weight loss seems to have the same positive effect found in human patients. A recent study in the Journal of...