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Nutrition

What you should know about pet foods.


Canned Food Transition for Cats Addicted to Dry Food
 There are few things in life more frustrating than dealing with a finicky cat. Cats can be incredibly 'set in their ways' when it comes to their dietary preferences. Cats, like children, often resist what is best for them. The transition process often involves much more than just plunking down a new food item. Time, patience, and tricks are often required.
Diabetic Dog Diet
 The dietary approaches for diabetic dogs are very different than those for diabetic cats.
Feeding Tubes for Dogs and Cats
 There are several types of feeding tubes, and your veterinarian will choose the most appropriate one. Which type to use depends on how long the tube needs to be in place and whether a permanent tube might be needed in the future.
Food Allergies in Dogs and Cats
 Have an itchy pet all year round? Maybe there is a food allergy. Just changing to a new diet probably won't be enough. Find out what to do here and see if your pet fits the profile for this condition.
Grapes of Wrath
 Grapes or raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs, although doctors don't know why. Dogs who eat grapes and raisins can be treated successfully.
Home Cooked or Raw Diets for Dogs and Cats Are Not Necessarily Balanced
 Neither VeterinaryPartner.com nor its parent, Veterinary Information Network, believes that a home cooked or raw diet is best for pets. However, many people would like to use home cooked or raw diets for their pets. We suggest that people wishing to feed one of these diets first consult with a veterinarian.
Jerky Dog Treats from China may be Associated with Kidney Issues
 The chicken jerky treats made in China have been associated with kidney disease for a few years. Ever since the association between these products and illness was made in 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers to not give these treats to their pets.
Lymphoma Treatment Includes Nutritional Therapy for Dogs and Cats
 Obviously it is important for a cancer patient to maintain appetite. A good appetite and enjoyment of food is one of the four criteria of life quality that are considered when deciding on euthanasia. Beyond maintaining body condition and getting proper nutrients, however, there are actual nutrients and nutritional strategies that have anti-cancer properties.
Medications for Degenerative Arthritis in Dogs and Cats
 Arthritis pain causes discomfort and loss of mobility in aged pets, and there are numerous remedies on the market. Which ones can be combined? Which are proven reliable and which may only work in some individuals?
Nutrition and Exercise for Growing Puppies
 With the proliferation of large breed-specific and all-life-stage diets, it's sometimes difficult to know what is marketing hype from pet food manufacturers, what level of exercise is safe, and what the veterinary community recommends. The choices can impact the puppy's health in years to come, so it's best to understand the recommendations so you can make an informed choice.
Orphan Puppy & Kitten Care
 Spring is kitten season. If you have some unexpected additions to your family and are not sure what to do, orphan care is not that hard when you know what to do.
People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets
 While it is okay to share an occasional tidbit with your pet, learn which ones should not be shared at all.
Renal Failure Dietary Therapy
 Diet can be used to help in many ways and we are lucky to have commercially available diets made specifically for renal patients, even for different stages of kidney failure. The goal of therapy is to prevent or at least postpone advanced uremia (poisoning by toxins that the kidneys could not adequately remove) and extend life expectancy.

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