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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:...

Demystifying the Dog Food Label

When shopping for a dog food, do you ever wonder just what some of the information printed on the label means? Do you understand what the nutritional information really means for your dog's health? Credit: Flickr/Eliott Mason To help you make sense of it all, petMD, in partnership with Hill's Science Diet has developed a special tool to teach dog owners about balanced diets. This tool is called MyBowl, an interactive method of teaching dog owners what to look for on the dog food label. VIEW SLIDESHOW: Demystifying the Dog Food Label LOOK AT THE LABEL There is a wealth of information to be found on a dog food label. The two main parts of a label are the principal display panel (PDP) and...

Figuring Out Carb Levels in Cat Foods

Given the controversy surrounding carbohydrates in the diets of cats, you'd think it would be relatively easy to determine how many carbs a particular food contains, but that's not the case. Credit: Thinkstock Cat foods that adhere to the standards put forth by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) must provide certain information on their labels. This includes the diet's minimum crude protein percentage, minimum crude fat percentage, maximum crude fiber percentage, and maximum moisture percentage. Note the absence of carbohydrates. RELATED: Choosing Your Cat's Food Should Be Convenient In the past, I haven't been too worried about the lack of a reported number for...

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