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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...

The importance of diet in the management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats is well established, but what is often overlooked is the fact that a cat's nutritional needs will change as the disease progresses. Credit: Thinkstock Phosphorous restriction is vital in any diet designed for cats with chronic kidney disease. The reason for this is simple. Phosphorous is excreted from the body through the urine, and when kidney function is impaired levels within the body begin to rise. The easiest way to keep blood phosphorous down is to restrict the amount that a cat takes in. RELATED: Foods for Cats with Chronic Diarrhea Early in the course of the disease, dietary phosphorous levels may...

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...

Foods for Cats With Chronic Diarrhea

When I was a veterinary student, I was taught that dietary fat and gastrointestinal disorders were often a bad combination. The rationale behind this had to do with the fact that fats are often considered to be the nutrient class that is most difficult to digest. Therefore, it's not too surprising that many of the diets recommended for cats with digestive disorders are relatively low in fat. Credit: Valeri Potapova / Shutterstock I'm not sure what the foundation for this recommendation is. Perhaps some of the underlying facts were "borrowed" from human or canine physiology, but research casts doubts on the "fat as boogeyman" theory ... for cats with chronic diarrhea, at least. RELATED:...