Nutrition

Dog Friendly Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a tasty treat for your dog, made even tastier — and more budget-friendly — by supplementing it with less (human) desirable cuts of meat. Organ meats are inexpensive and can be an important component of your dog’s diet. If you feed a homemade diet, up to ten percent of your dog’s meal should include organ meats: liver, kidney, gizzards, and tripe. These may not be at the top of the list for human shoppers, but they’re very popular with dogs — and they’re an important nutritional source. Liver: This is a great source of vitamins A and B,

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Dog Care

A Very Berry Howl-A-Day Cake

Treat your dog this holiday season to a healthy, canine-friendly fruitcake. It’s easy and quick to make, and your dog will love it. But be warned: You may be tempted to have some yourself, so make extra! Ingredients: 1 cup (250 ml) of cranberries (fresh or frozen) 1 cup (250 ml) of blueberries (fresh or frozen) ½ cup (125 ml) of apples (peeled) ½ cup (125 ml) of banana Chips 2 cups (500 ml) of coconut Flakes (unsweetened) 2 ½ (625 ml) cups of brown rice flour 3 eggs slightly beaten (or substitute with 1 cup (250 ml) of unsweetened

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All About Dogs

Understanding Your Dog’s Nutritional Needs

Just like you, your dog is an omnivore, which means that he can eat any kind of food. For better or worse, that means her needs are a bit more complex than, say, your neighbor’s cat. In order for your pup to have a complete, balanced diet, she needs to eat and drink foods that contain the six nutrient classes that are fundamental to maintain her health. What are these six classes? Good old H20 You’ve heard that water is life, right? Well, that’s just as true for your dog as it is for you. If you have an adult

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All About Dogs

I Can’t Get My Overweight Dog To Lose Weight

My Cheena (a Chihuahua/pekinese) is overweight at 11 lb. I have had numerous suggestions on how to get her to lose about 3 or 4 lb. Can you give me some advice on how to take some weight off her? Her diet is boiled beef, beef marrow bones, and a snack of dehydrated chicken. Yeah, I sometimes cheat, but not as a habit. Daniel Rivera Brooklyn, NY Read Dr. Sherry Weaver’s Advice I have always believed in the weight watchers approach to weight loss. I don’t forbid any specific food; I just provide 20% less of it. If you measure

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Holidays Feast: Is The Fun Worth The Risk?

We each answer that question for ourselves every day. Feeding high fat foods, such as turkey skin, is not good for dogs. That being said, neither are cheese-its or popcorn or a million other things people use in the real world as treats for their dogs every day. Any sudden change in a dog’s diet can result in Irritable Bowel Disease or Pancreatitis, and a high fat treat can be dangerous. For some of us, the joy of sharing our holiday traditions with our canine family is worth the risk. Although it can be fatal, pancreatitis only happens a small

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All About Dogs

My Puppy Is Not Eating

I’m having so much trouble making my 3-month-old puppy eat. I exercise him. I make him work for his food. I tried multiple types of food. I added canned food, etc. He just won’t eat. I’m so worried about him. What should I do? Stephanie Lopez – South Plainfield, NJ I hear this scenario at least daily in my practice, and the answer is always the same: If he is growing well and your vet says he is not underweight, then the best thing to do is just provide nutritious food and let him eat when he is hungry. I

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All About Dogs

Pet Food Recall

Amid all the pet food recalls there is so much controversy about feeding our pets commercial pet foods. Can you recommend a food that I can make at home for my dog? She has been eating [a national brand] since she was born. Now whenever she eats this she vomits within two minutes. I have given her brown rice cooked in chicken broth for the last two or three days, and this stays down. Do you have any suggestions? My dog is a German Rottweiller. She will be six years old in August. She is an indoor dog and is

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All About Dogs

Dog Eating Feces?

We have two dogs, and Lola, our youngest who is almost two years old, loves to eat poop. Now that she is eating poop, our other dog Bo, who is three years old, has copied her in this bad habit. Why do dogs eat poop, and how can we discourage them from eating it? Thank you, JoAnn Morris Dr. Sherry’s Answer: Dear JoAnn, Eating feces is normal with many different animal species. In dogs, it is not part of the digestive process, but it is a normal cleaning behavior in mother dogs with pups. Some dogs eat stool even without

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All About Dogs

Ask The Vet: Preventing Heat Stroke In Dogs

During the dog days of summer one thing to be wary of as the temperatures climb is heat stroke. Heat stroke in dogs is a dangerous rise in body temperature greater than 104 degrees Fahrenheit caused by prolonged exposure to high ambient temperatures. This is typically the result of being confined in a car or left outside on a hot and humid day with inadequate shelter. Another form of heat stoke is exertional which occurs when dogs are exercised for too long on hot humid days. A body temperature of greater than 109 results in multiple organ dysfunctions and if

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All About Dogs

Does Excess Water Intake Mean Diabetes?

What are the signs that a dog has diabetes? The reason I ask, we recently brought into our home a four-year-old English Pointer trained for bird hunting. Mr. Big is constantly drinking and peeing, and his body temperature runs warmer than our other dog (Lab/Greyhound mix). Otherwise, he seems perfectly normal. He tends to have accidents in the house because of the amount of water he drinks. We try to limit him without being neglectful. I have concerns that he could be diabetic. Is this normal for a working dog, or should I take him to the vet? He had

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