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  • The good news about highly palatable dog food is that we can choose almost any formulation and our dogs will eat it. The downside of high palatability is the fact that many dogs will then eat more food than they need if offered all that they want.

  • Because dog foods are so palatable now, it is not as common to find a canine picky eater, but it can happen. We, as pet owners, can help to create a fussy eater by taking advantage of the huge variety among dog foods.

  • Puppies are typically weaned off of their mother's milk at about 8 weeks of age. The goal of feeding growing puppies is to lay the foundation for a healthy adulthood.

  • Diet changes need to be considered for senior dogs due to their changing energy requirements and medical conditions. Senior diets vary widely in nutrient profiles as there are no established standards. Recommendations for senior dog diets need to be based on clinical examination and discussion between veterinarian and owner. It is very important to ensure adequate water intake.

  • Newborn puppies are relatively immature at birth compared to many other mammals, and large breed puppies are less mature than small breed puppies. The period of time they spend being nursed by their mother (bitch) helps the newborn puppy transition from in utero nutrition to solid food.

  • Advances in veterinary awareness and diagnostics not only means dogs are now living longer and with a better quality of life than ever before, but it also means the likelihood of diagnosing cancer during a dog's life has increased.

  • The various stages of reproduction provide unique stresses to the body. Each has specific nutritional concerns that should be addressed to maximize both other and puppy health.

  • The various stages of reproduction – heat (estrus), pregnancy, lactation and weaning – provide unique stresses to the body. Each provides specific nutritional concerns that should be addressed to maximize the health of both mother and puppy.

  • Feeding dogs doesn't have to be mysterious. By recognizing a few key concepts and attributes of dogs we can create a very reasonable feeding plan for them.

  • Good eating habits are critical for your dog's health. This article gives an overview of how you can maintain a high quality of life for your dog by making the right nutritional choices.