HOMEMADE DOG FOOD

Canine Health and Nutrition Information from Dr Ken Tudor.

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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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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Substituting Dog Food Ingredients is a Recipe for Disaster

Ken Tudor - Monday, November 18, 2013

Substituting Dog Food Ingredients is a Recipe for DisasterMany dog owners that feed homemade diets to their dogs start with a basic recipe and then substitute proteins and carbohydrates in order to provide variety. Although this seems reasonable it actually can result in recipes that are nutritionally inadequate. All proteins and carbohydrates are not created equal.  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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Which Oils Are Best for Homemade Dog Food?

Ken Tudor - Thursday, October 31, 2013

Which Oil is Best for Homemade Dog Food? Presently, human nutrition information is buzzing about the health benefits of various types of oil. Entire diets or dietary supplements are focused these fatty acids.  Read more...

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