Canine Health and Nutrition Information from Dr Ken Tudor.

Which Food Brand is Best for Dogs?

Ken Tudor - Monday, December 16, 2013

Which Dog Food is Best?This is the question I get asked the most in veterinary practice. If only it were that simple. Like us, every dog is different with regards to metabolism and digestion of food. What works great for one dog may be a disaster for another. However, all dog food should meet certain criteria independent of brand. Read more...

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The Problem with Meaty Bones and Grinds for Homemade Dog Food

Ken Tudor - Thursday, December 12, 2013

Meaty Bones and Grinds are Not Balanced Food for DogsThe foundation of most raw homemade dog food recipes are protein sources called “meaty bones” and “grinds.” These “meat cuts” were made popular by the veterinary originator of the Bones And Raw Food diet or the “BARF” diet for dogs. Their primeval resemblance to part of the ancestral diet of wolves and wild dogs and relative bargain price has reinforced their inclusion in raw homemade dog food. However, the nutritional quality of meaty bones and grinds are difficult to verify and may have health risks to dogs.    Read more...

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Cooked or Raw Meat: Which Is Better for Homemade Dog Food?

Ken Tudor - Monday, December 02, 2013
Raw or Cooked Dog Food is Just a Preference Read more...
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How to Feed the Overweight Dog: Part 2

Ken Tudor - Monday, November 25, 2013

Dog Obesity is a Growing ProblemAs I posted last week, dogs with a Body Condition Score or BCS of 8 or greater are considered clinically obese. Most veterinarians feel that the obese dogs are at much greater risk of fat related diseases and experience a greater severity of symptoms with those diseases than overweight dogs.  Read more...

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How to Feed the Overweight Dog: Part 1

Ken Tudor - Friday, November 22, 2013

What to Do if Your Dog is OverweightThe results of the 2012 National Pet Obesity Survey found that over 52% of US dogs are overweight. Many pet owners are unaware that their dogs are overweight. The Body Condition Score or BCS is the best way to estimate a dog’s fitness. Dogs with a score of 6 or 7 are overweight. Those scoring 8 or more are considered obese.  Read more...

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Are Grain Free, Gluten Free Diets Better for Dogs?

Ken Tudor - Monday, November 11, 2013

Is Grain Free Good For Dogs?Almost two million Americans suffer intestinal pain, bloating and diarrhea caused by an allergic reaction to the gluten in grains like wheat, barley and some oats. This condition is called celiac disease.  Read more...

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Should Homemade Dog Food Include Fruits and Vegetables?

Ken Tudor - Thursday, November 07, 2013

Should Dog Food Include Fruit and Vegetables“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” “Vegetables and fruits are necessary for a healthy body.” Generations of humans have been raised with these or like sayings. The USDA food pyramid is based on this notion. Homemade dog food with fruits and vegetables “looks” healthier to us. But do fruits and vegetables make homemade dog food better?   Read more...

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Is Homemade Dog Food Hard To Make?

Ken Tudor - Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Making Dog FoodThere is no question that opening a bag of dry dog food or a can of dog food is easier than cooking for your dog. The same is true of grabbing fast food compared to preparing a home-cooked meal. But most would agree that homemade dog food and homemade family meals are healthier choices. Read more...

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Can Beans Help Manage Weight in Dogs?

Ken Tudor - Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Beans for Dogs?What is in Beans that would be useful in feeding dogs? Soybeans, alfalfa sprouts, bean sprouts, mung and green beans and cowpeas contain chemicals known as isoflavones. Many know of these naturally occurring chemicals for their antioxidant activity. The isoflavones found in the bean family have estrogen-like qualities. It turns out that those same isoflavones increase the daily energy expenditure in dogs and helps reduce body fat even without restricted calorie intake.  Read more...

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Are Colorful Fruits and Vegetables Good for Dogs?

Ken Tudor - Thursday, October 10, 2013

Are Colorful Vegetables Important for Homemade Dog Food?What is in colored foods that you might feed to a dog? Colorful fruits and vegetables contain chemicals classified as phytonutrients. There are no recommended daily allowances for phytonutrients but they may in fact be one of the most important dietary ingredients for animals and humans.  Read more...

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