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  • Over 50% of dogs in North America are either overweight or obese, so paying attention to the balance between activity and calorie intake is important.

  • Feeding your cat the appropriate amount of a well balanced diet is vital to the maintenance of overall health and well-being, just as eating a well balanced diet is for us. In order to understand how and what to feed cats, it is necessary to understand how the nutritional requirements of the cat have developed through the process of biological evolution.

  • The first inclination of some people when feeding a home-prepared diet to their pet is to simply feed the animal leftovers of what they are eating. It should be realized, however, that the nutritional needs of dogs, cats and humans differ.

  • As a modern society, we understand the importance of food quality in maintaining or improving our health. We know that we need to eat good quality food in the appropriate quantity and balance for optimal health.

  • As far back as 1953, veterinarians recognized the relationship between nutrition and the health of the skin and haircoat.

  • As far back as 1953, veterinarians recognized the relationship between nutrition and the state of health of the skin and haircoat. Approximately 25% of dog visits to the veterinarian involve problems with the skin and haircoat.

  • Bladder stones are the result of one or more underlying abnormalities, making stone analysis a critical step in the diagnostic process. It will also be important to evaluate what the dog was fed before the bladder stone diagnosis, and analyze blood and urine for clues to how nutrition may aid in preventing bladder stone recurrence.

  • It is important to understand the unique nutritional needs of your performance dog. Here are some guidelines for determining how to develop a nutrition plan for performance dogs in a variety of categories.

  • Hospitalization can have a profoundly negative impact on a dog’s nutritional status. Hospitalized dogs are commonly malnourished due to decreased food intake which can lead to decreased immune system function, decreased ability of the body’s tissues to repair and restore themselves, and abnormal drug metabolism.

  • Hospitalization can have a profoundly negative impact on a cat’s nutritional status. Hospitalized cats are commonly malnourished due to decreased food intake which can lead to decreased immune system function, decreased ability of the body’s tissues to repair and restore themselves, and abnormal drug metabolism.