Canine Health and Nutrition Information from Dr Ken Tudor.

Why the Type of Protein in Your Dog’s Food is Important

Ken Tudor - Sunday, February 08, 2015

The Type of Protein Matters for the Health of your Dog You shop for a dog food with lots of protein. But did you know that the type of protein in the food is even more important than the total amount of protein? Proteins are not all the same. It turns out that the proteins used in regular dog food are not as healthy as you would like to believe.  Read more...

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Which Dogs Have Short Bowel Syndrome?

Ken Tudor - Friday, December 26, 2014

Short Bowel Syndrome is a decrease in the length of the intestinesEarly in my veterinary career I had to perform emergency surgery on a dog to remove pieces of a Jacuzzi control box, complete with wiring, from the intestine of a young Siberian husky. The wires and metal fragments he had eaten had been in the intestines long enough to cause infection throughout the intestines. A large area was dead so I had to remove a long segment of the small and large intestines. After he recovered, he was unable to form normal stool and often had uncontrollable diarrhea when fed normal dog food. His shortened bowel did not allow thorough digestion and absorption of his food. His short bowel syndrome (SBS) needed to be controlled. But how?  Read more...

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A Homemade Dog Food Challenge: Dogs with Special but Conflicting Dietary Needs

Ken Tudor - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Some Dogs Have Conflicting Dietary NeedsA client that was recently referred to me by her veterinarian wanted me to formulate homemade dog food that would help manage her dog’s advanced kidney disease. In preparation for her consultation appointment, I gathered the necessary information over the phone that I needed in order to have some recipes ready for her dog.  Read more...

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What Are Trace Minerals and Does Your Homemade Dog Food Have Enough?

Ken Tudor - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Trace Minerals Matter a Great Deal in Homemade Dog FoodHow would you react if you veterinarian told you your dog’s illness was caused by a lack of the tiniest amount of a certain mineral? You would be devastated. Trace minerals are essential in small quantities in the body. Because requirements are so small for these minerals, they are often called micronutrients. But although they are micro, they are mighty and necessary for proper body function. Trace mineral deficiency is not uncommon in homemade dog food.  Read more...

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4 Reasons Why Socialization is Critical for Healthy Dogs

Ken Tudor - Monday, June 16, 2014

Opportunities for Dogs to Socialize are Very ImportantWhen dog owners consider their dog’s health they generally think of nutrition, vaccinations and parasite control. Few owners would flash on behavior and socialization as important for health. In fact, proper socialization is a key element to promoting health and wellness in dogs.   Read more...

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3 Easy Ways to Control Your Dog’s Weight

Ken Tudor - Thursday, April 03, 2014

What Size is Your Scoop?Almost 60% of pets are overweight or obese. A major cause of this trend is “proportion distortion” on the part of dog owners. Here are 3 helpful hints to prevent feeding your dog too much.  Read more...

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The Risks to Carbohydrates in Your Dog’s Food

Ken Tudor - Monday, March 31, 2014

Contaminated carbohydrates can be a problem in dog foodElementary school education would not be complete without the bread mold experiment. You remember. Moisten a piece of bread and put it in a dark place in the kitchen. Check in on it every day until it has blue-green mold. Some of you may have even looked at the mold under the microscope. Believe or not, that mold contained dangerous toxins.  Read more...

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Five Simple Ways to Evaluate the Quality of Your Dog Food

Ken Tudor - Monday, March 24, 2014

Dog ReadingDo you second guess your dog food choice every trip to the market or pet store? Is the clerk at the pet store always suggesting another dog food choice? Does your neighbor insist that what she feeds her dog is the best? Does your veterinarian insist on the brand that the hospital offers? How are you to decide? Trust your dog and your research. These 5 easy tests will help you make the right choice.  Read more...

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3 Meaningless Words on Dog Food Labels

Ken Tudor - Friday, March 21, 2014

Meaningless Words on Dog Food Labels Mislead Pet OwnersDog food is sold to humans, not dogs. So it is important that dog food manufactures use language that makes their product sound appealing to dog owners. Unlike human advertising, dog food makers have much more freedom with the language on labels. The three following words are the most popular at this time.  Read more...

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Why Buying Dog Food in Bulk Can be Unhealthy

Ken Tudor - Friday, March 14, 2014

Big Bags of Dog Food May Lead to SpoilageThe popularity of Costco is testimony that Americans like to save money by purchasing in large quantities. Why not? If you have the storage space for paper goods, dry goods, processed and frozen food, it makes perfect sense to stock-up. Buying the giant economy bag of dog food may save money, but it may affect Fido’s health. All savings may be wiped out by a visit to the vet.   Read more...

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