Canine Health and Nutrition Information from Dr Ken Tudor.

Is Your Dog Food Safe for Humans?

Ken Tudor - Thursday, March 06, 2014

Petri Dish used to Detect Salmonella in Dog FoodRecently the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association have issued policy statements warning pet owners from feeding raw diets. Their warnings are based on studies suggesting that raw diets for pets are more susceptible to Salmonella contamination. These precautions are not without merit. A recent study showed greater Salmonella contamination with raw diets compared to dry, commercial diets.   Read more...

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How Much Water Do Dogs Need?

Ken Tudor - Monday, March 03, 2014

How Much Water Do Dogs Need?When thinking about nutrition, most dog owners forget that water, not food, is the most important nutrient. All mammals, including humans and dogs can only last a few days without water. Within hours of water deprivation, the body begins shutting down blood flow to non-vital systems (skin, muscle, intestine, kidneys and other abdominal organs) in order to preserve water for the heart and brain. The water need of dogs is not a constant. The amount needed per day is dependent on many environmental and individual factors.  Read more...

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Vegan Diets and Your Dog’s Health

Ken Tudor - Friday, February 21, 2014

Vegan Diets for Dogs are RiskyFor many reasons, dog owners are increasingly experimenting with non-traditional diets for their dogs. Homemade diets allow this flexibility. Well balanced homemade dog food is not easy to achieve. This is especially true for dog owners seeking a vegan alternative. The following medical case from the teaching hospital at Ohio State University is an example.  Read more...

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The History of Dog Food: The Post War Boom

Ken Tudor - Monday, February 17, 2014

Commercial Dog Food After WWII Changed How Dogs Are FedThe explosive growth of commercial dog food after WWII coincides with the economic and demographic changes resulting from the war. These changes increased demand for dog and Fido no longer had to settle for what was left from dinner.  Read more...

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Understanding Dog Food Labels: Part 1

Ken Tudor - Thursday, February 13, 2014

Dog Food Labels are Purposely ConfusingThe most difficult challenge of choosing dog food is deciphering the label. Although not perfect, the human food nutrition labels are much easier to understand than dog food labels. It is very difficult for dog owners to really find out the nutritional content of their dog food. This is the first in a series to hopefully shed some light on dog food labels.  Read more...

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How Dog Foods Make Your Dog Fat

Ken Tudor - Monday, February 10, 2014

How Dog Foods Make Your Dog FatThere are many reasons almost 60% of pets are overweight. We spoil them with treats. Our busy lifestyles interfere with regular exercise. But we are not the only reason. The way pet food is formulated has even a greater impact on the weight of our pets. How Feeding Instructions Encourage Overeating  Read more...

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How Breed Standards Can Help Prevent Obesity in Dogs

Ken Tudor - Monday, February 03, 2014

American Kennel ClubThe American Kennel Club (AKC) has physical standards for all dog breeds. The special language used to describe the ideal physique of each breed may be useful for obesity prevention. It turns out that AKC standards can identify dogs with a genetic tendency to store more fatRead more...

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Does Variety = Balanced Homemade Dog Food?

Ken Tudor - Thursday, January 30, 2014

ScaleHuman nutritionists stress the importance of variety as a means of achieving a balanced diet. Rotation of meats, vegetables, grains and oils is thought ensure the necessary needs of the body. Many feel the same is true for homemade dog food. This concept is based on the idea that the body, ours and dogs, can “catch up” or store nutrients that may be missing in the diet. Variety will provide one day what nutrients may have been missing other days. Over time it is thought that all will even out and provide adequate nutrition. Although this may be true for some nutrients, like oil soluble vitamins and some minerals, it is not true for others.  Read more...

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How to Choose Recipes for Homemade Dog Food

Ken Tudor - Monday, December 30, 2013
Man Considering Homemade Dog FoodWith all of the dog food recalls, you have decided to take control of your dog’s nutrition. You choose quality ingredients from the market. You prepare recipes found from popular internet sources. Then you discover that a recent scientific study revealed that 95% of homemade recipes for dogs found in books and on the internet are nutritionally inadequate. Recipe recommendations from non-veterinarians were particularly faulty. With so few reliable sources, how do you choose a quality homemade dog food recipe?  Read more...
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Coconut Oil: Is It Good for Homemade Dog Food?

Ken Tudor - Thursday, December 26, 2013

Hazards of Coconut Oil for Dog FoodTelevision’s Dr. Oz has declared that the benefits of coconut oil are “near miraculous.” As a result, many Americans are cooking with coconut oil. What are the benefits of coconut oil? Is coconut oil also good for homemade dog food?  Read more...

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