HOMEMADE DOG FOOD

Canine Health and Nutrition Information from Dr Ken Tudor.

Why Blood Work Can’t Evaluate Nutrient Deficient Dog Diets

Ken Tudor - Saturday, August 30, 2014

Blood Work Won't Detect Nutritional DeficienciesThe last two posts have highlighted my worry of a potential surge in medical problems in dogs caused by improperly formulated homemade dog food. My concern in writing the articles was that the various strategies of those feeding homemade were based on assumptions that would necessarily lead to unbalanced diets.   Read more...

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The Pending Health Epidemic for Dogs: Unhealthy Homemade Dog Food - Part 2

Ken Tudor - Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Nutrient Deficiencies in Dogs Don't Appear ImmediatelyLast week I shared my fears of a coming  health epidemic  among dogs as a result of unhealthy homemade dog food diets. Despite the best intentions to offer their dogs the best dog food, owners are unwittingly depriving their dogs of vital nutrition. We have been told that a variety of wholesome foods rich in various nutrients will make yourself and your dog healthy. But "variety" or "rich in" are not the same as adequate or sufficient  Read more...

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The Pending Health Epidemic for Dogs: Unhealthy Homemade Dog Food - Part 1

Ken Tudor - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Canine Malnutrition is Not Easy to Detect Until it is SevereIn an earlier blog I featured a  story of an English Bulldog that was admitted to an emergency referral veterinary hospital in congestive heart failure. The reason for the heart failure was a lack of the amino acid taurine in his diet. His owners had been feeding a vegan, hypoallergenic recipe that they found on the internet for the previous two years.  Read more...

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My Dog Isn’t Eating: What’s Wrong?

Ken Tudor - Thursday, August 07, 2014

What is Wrong When My Dog Won't Eat?I have had clients bring dogs to the hospital because they were worried when it didn’t eat breakfast. I have had other owners bring in dogs that hadn’t eaten in weeks. And then there have been the countless dogs that were somewhere in between missing one meal to many meals. And always the two questions are the same no matter what the situation “What is wrong with my dog” and “How long can it go without eating?”  Read more...

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How to Judge the Best Dog Food: It is Child’s Play, Really

Ken Tudor - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How to Choose the Best Dog FoodDo you remember that stage in your child’s life when they asked “but why” or “how” to every questioned you answered for them. Remember how the chain would go on and on as they tried to process and categorize the information. In this age of information overload we can learn a lot from our children’s interrogation methods. This is especially true when it comes to fad dog food trends like dog lifestyle foods, dog breed specific foods and hypoallergenic dog foods.   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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How Much Dog Food Does Your Dog Need During the Summer?

Ken Tudor - Monday, July 07, 2014

How Much to Feed Dogs During SummerDo you feed your dog the same amount of dog food every day no matter what season it is? Did you know that seasonal changes impact your dog and make feeding changes necessary, even in the summer? Where you live may be an important factor in the way you need to feed your dog.  Read more...

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Nutrigenomics: The New Frontier in Homemade Dog Food

Ken Tudor - Monday, June 30, 2014

Nutrigenomics Homemade Dog FoodDogs do not need specific foods in their diet. They need specific nutrients in foods to promote better health. We now know that certain chemicals in certain foods turn off or turn on certain genes in cell DNA. The regulation of these genes can have beneficial or detrimental effects on the body. Nutrogenomics is a new field of study of this impact of chemicals in food and the genetic regulation of body cells. This is exciting.  Read more...

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Hypoallergenic Dog Foods: More Research, More Bad News

Ken Tudor - Monday, June 23, 2014

Over-The-Counter Hypoallergenic Diets Could be ProblematicThere are days in veterinary practice when it feels like nearly all of the appointments are for itchy dogs. And I am sure many of you have booked vet appointments for one or more of your itchy, allergic dogs. Why are so many dogs allergic? The truth is we don’t know. Is it their diet? In some, but not most cases, it is the diet. What is the best dog food for itchy, allergic dogs? Research suggests that the answer is not commercial hypoallergenic dog food. Why?   Read more...

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