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Dog Nutrition.

The night before my dog Cardiff was slated to start his first chemotherapy treatment was a rather sleepless one for me. My mind was racing about what his overall response would be. Would Cardiff suffer side-effects? Would I repeatedly wake up each night to find him needing to go out to have diarrhea or heaving to produce vomit? Credit: Getty Editorial I ultimately had to medicate myself to get to sleep at a reasonable hour, as I had to be semi-fresh and functional to effectively oversee Cardiff's chemotherapy administration process. Fortunately, I work on a weekly basis at the largest cancer treatment facility in the country (between multiple facilities), the Veterinary Cancer Group, so I...

The Case for Wet Pet Food

Since its invention in the 1960s, the economical and convenience advantages of dry, kibbled food has made it the most popular method for feeding pets. Due to AAFCO standards, both dry and wet pet foods meet necessary nutritional requirements. So why feed wet if dry is apparently just as good? Actually there are some very good reasons to add wet food to any pet's diet. Credit: Flickr: furbyx4 The Taste of Wet Pet Foods Few dogs and cats will turn down the opportunity to eat wet food. Whether it is a texture preference, an olfactory preference, or taste preference is unknown. Likely it is a combination of all three factors. Many small breed dogs like Chihuahuas are notorious for tiring of...

Can Dogs Eat Fruit?

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Many dog owners leave out water for their dogs all the time with the thought that they'll drink as much, or as little, as they need. But how much water does a dog need? Monitoring your dog's water intake can improve their health, prevent illness and insure proper hydration. While some dogs naturally do this on their own, some either under-drink or over-drink. Too little water can lead to dehydration in dogs, kidney stones, organ failure and even death. Drinking too much water can lead to stomach bloat, electrolyte imbalances, and Hyponatremia (water toxicity). Credit: Thinkstock Also, keep in mind that if your dog is under-drinking or over-drinking, it could be a sign of an underlying...