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Dog Nutrition.

The following is an excerpt from Petfinder.com's - The Adopted Dog Bible. Most experts recommend feeding your dog twice a day - once in the morning and once in the evening - though puppies under five months of age should be fed three to four times a day, or as directed by your veterinarian. Credit: Getty Creative RELATED: How to Choose the Right Dog Treats While most dogs will dig in the moment you place the bowl on the floor, you may find that your adopted dog is a finicky eater, at least at first. After all, he's been thrust into a new home with new people, and he may be too nervous to eat. If this is the case, you will need to teach him to eat on a schedule. Leave the bowl on the...

Home-Cooked Dog Food Diets

The following is an excerpt from Petfinder.com's "The Adopted Dog Bible." Preparing wholesome, healthy meals from scratch is an excellent way to be sure you know the health benefits of everything that goes into your dog's mouth. Credit: Getty Editorial Many dogs with allergies, skin conditions, or frequent gastrointestinal upsets respond well to a home-cooked diet. Relieving such maladies can stop your dog from developing nuisance behaviors that would prevent you from enjoying his company. But remember, it's crucial to your adopted dog's health that he receive the proper nutrients in the proper quantities. RELATED: Reading Dog Food Labels If you decide to cook all of his meals at home,...

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...