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  • When Is Dinner Time?

    Should dogs be allowed to graze all day or have a set feeding schedule? Find out.

  • Your Dog's Diet

    If it were up to your dog, he’d never stop eating. But how much is too much?

  Chelsea McGivney, DVM, Nestle Purina Pet Care Feeding a raw food diet to your dog is often branded healthy, wholesome and even natural, but studies show that up to 50% of the commercial and homemade raw protein diets that were tested are contaminated. Harmful bacteria like salmonella, listeria and E. coli can be transferred from infected food to pets and …

Shelly Adrian, DVM, Veterinary Communications Manager, Nestle Purina Pet Care Glucosamine for dogs is a supplement that supports cartilage, which is the tissue that provides smooth movement of the joints. Glucosamine nutraceuticals can help maintain joint mobility, may reduce inflammation, may have some antioxidant activity, and are often used as part of a multi-modal treatment of osteoarthritis. Dogs and glucosamine: …

  Fish oil for dogs is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which includes two essential components called EPA and DHA. Omega-3 for dogs, infused into many good quality dog food diets, is known to relieve inflammation, maintain eye, bone and brain health, and support the immune system. Which health issues benefit from fish oil for dogs? Fish oil …

  Dogs can safely eat small pieces of mango, occasionally, provided the pit is removed. Since dogs don’t need the vitamins in ripe mangos, and these juicy fruits are high in sugar, only give your dog a small slice without any remaining outer skin.  Are mangoes good for dogs? If you’ve searched the Internet to find out if a dog …

  Avoid giving your dog cherries. These red berries are not only highly toxic but are a choking hazard and cause stomach and bowel obstructions. Like avocados, cherries have a hard center pit, which can damage or break teeth, tear the throat lining and cause blockages that may require surgery. Are cherries ok for dogs? Stone fruit contains a hard …

  Broccoli is a human food that is safe for dogs to eat. But, is broccoli good for dogs? This low-fat snack contains healthy sources of fiber and Vitamin C. However, the extra nutrients are not required or balanced enough to offer any substantial benefit, and there are unpleasant side-effects!  How much broccoli can dogs have? As with most vegetable …

  Coconut oil for dogs is widely believed to heal pet ailments from dry skin to preventing infection. The truth is, coconut oil, has not been sufficiently researched to make medical claims, although it does contain powerful MCTs with scientifically-proven health benefits for dogs. Can dogs eat coconut oil? If you’re wondering if coconut oil is good for dogs, there …

  Can dogs eat tomatoes? Healthy dogs can eat tomatoes, if the green leaves and stems of the tomato plant are removed as these parts contain toxins. Just like all human foods that dogs can eat, tomatoes do not provide dogs healthy, balanced nutrition and should be shared in limited portions, occasionally.   What Are the Benefits of Dogs Eating …

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