Dog Nutrition - PawNation

Dog Nutrition.

Help! Why Won't My Dog Eat?

Pet owners understandably become concerned when they think that their beloved companion is not eating enough. When I'm presented with a case like this, the first thing I do is try to determine if a problem truly exists. Sometimes owners mistake picky eating for not eating. As long as the pet is not too thin and is maintaining his or her weight, then caloric intake is fine. Conversely, if the pet is underweight or has been losing weight, we do have a problem. The challenge is to find out why the dog is not eating enough. Credit: Getty Creative A few questions will usually identify or rule out a problem with the food itself. If the owner purchases 40 pound bags of kibble for a 10 pound dog,...

Hourglass figures aren't only for Marilyn Monroe and a goal for women everywhere: Your pet should have an hourglass figure too. Credit: Getty Creative Most pets these days are overweight, even if many of their owners are in denial about it. "I don't think pet owners truly appreciate how important it is to have their pet at a healthy weight," says Ashley Gallagher, DVM, a veterinarian at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC. "I think people don't believe me or think I'm exaggerating when I tell them an animal's obese." But pet owners should listen, since being overweight puts your dog or cat at risk of many diseases, not least of them diabetes, cardiovascular disease and...

How Your Dog's Food Affects His Mood

Nutrition has an enormous impact on the health of our pets. But have you considered how it may affect their behavior as well? Here are three ways diet can directly impact your pet's behavior. Credit: Getty Creative 1. FEEDING TIMES It's no longer considered standard regimen to feed your pet once a day or leave food out all day - also known as free-feeding - unless recommended by your veterinarian due to a medical reason. "Just think about how you would feel (and look) if you were only able to eat once every 24 hours, or kept nibbling on a high-calorie food all day long," says Nan Arthur, dog behavior expert and owner of Whole Dog Training. Arthur recommends asking your veterinarian if...

3 Dog Food Mistakes to AVOID

With all the different brands and formulations available, buying dog food and dog treats can seem like an overwhelming task at times. Here are a few things you DO NOT want to do if you want to keep your dog healthy and well fed. Credit: Shutterstock RELATED: Dogs Are What They Eat 1. Do NOT Skip the Vet Visit A dog's diet and health are intrinsically connected. So what better person to give you a recommendation on dog food and treats before you make a purchase than your veterinarian? He or she can assess your dog's body condition and make a scientific recommendation based on the results. A veterinarian can also point out any possible negative reactions your dog may have due to his...