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How Dog Food Can Make You Sick

Recently the American Veterinary Medical Association issued a policy statement discouraging pet owners from feeding raw diets. The American Animal Hospital Association followed with a similar policy statement. Owners of dogs fed raw diets are now excluded from many groups that offer therapy dog visitations to nursing homes and hospitals. And certainly, studies have shown that raw diets do pose a greater risk for bacterial contamination to family members than other pet food sources. This, however, does not imply that commercial dog food is risk free. Credit: Getty Just published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association is an epidemiology study of a Salmonella outbreak...

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How Dangerous Is Chocolate for Dogs?

If you're a dog lover, you undoubtedly have heard that chocolate can be deadly to dogs, but is that really true? Will the chocolate bar surreptitiously snagged off the kitchen counter by Fido end in his early demise - or is this an old wives tale? In the aftermath of Valentine's Day, the holiday maybe most associated with chocolate, let's look at the veterinary science behind this claim. The quick answer is YES. Yes, chocolate can a kill a dog. Now the more nuanced answer, which may help you not panic if your dog wolfs down an unattended Hershey bar. Chocolate poisoning is one of the most common causes of canine poisoning. Chocolate's deadliness to pooches however depends on the size of...

Although viewed mostly as an annoyance and diet or breed related, flatulence may also be an indication of a medical condition. Diseases that affect intestinal motility, intestinal digestion and malabsorption, and food hypersensitivity can increase flatulence. Understanding intestinal gas production, intestinal motility, and intestinal bacterial populations offer more opportunities for interventions to reduce gas production and flatulence for the benefit of both the dog and owner. Credit: Getty Creative Causes of Flatulence in Dogs Gas in the intestine is a result of ingestion or production within the gut. Although swallowing air, or aerophagia, does occur in animals that "inhale" their...

A number of my vegetarian clients have asked me whether or not their dogs can be vegetarians too. Their main concern is whether or not a meat-free diet is appropriate for their dogs. If it isn't, they'll continue, albeit squeamishly, to feed their dogs foods that contain meat. Credit: Thinkstock I'm a vegetarian myself, and I like being the bearer of good news, so this is a fun conversation for me. The answer is yes - dogs can eat a vegetarian diet and thrive. RELATED: Why Do Dogs Eat Poop? While this topic is certainly interesting to vegetarians, owners who don't have issues feeding their dogs meat should also pay attention. Here's why: It is true that dogs belong to the order...

Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?

Veterinarians commonly deal with owner complaints that their dog eats its own or other animal's feces or poop. Although there is much speculation why dogs indulge in this behavior, we still don't know exactly why some dogs have this disgusting habit. Credit: Thinkstock Many Animals, and Humans, Eat Feces Coprophagia (cop-row-fage-ee-uh) is a Greek word meaning feces eating and is used to describe this behavior. We all know of feces-eating insects, but many more animals are in this group. Rations on pig farms used to be formulated to account for a certain percentage of coprophagia. Rabbits and hamsters and other cecal or hindgut digesters routinely eat their feces in order to extract more...