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The Healthy Dog Blog

Science-based research about dog nutrition.

Is My Dog Dehydrated? Symptoms & How to Safely Rehydrate

Is My Dog Dehydrated? Symptoms & How to Safely Rehydrate

Why Dehydration Happens to Dogs When a dog's body loses more fluid than it takes in, it is said to be dehydrated. Water is essential for all animals—including dogs—to keep their bodies operating correctly. Water is required for almost every major bodily function, including lubricating joints, cushioning internal organs, assisting digestion and regulating body temperature. We usually think of food when we think about nutrition. But water is an essential component that permits your dog's cells to absorb nutrients. A dog's body naturally gains and loses water during the day. Normal water loss is caused by panting, breathing, peeing, defecating and evaporation...

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9 Reasons Why Dog Nutrition Experts Recommend Feeding Perfect Kibble

9 Reasons Why Dog Nutrition Experts Recommend Feeding Perfect Kibble

1. It's made for heart health We all want our dogs to stay by our side as long as possible. Packed with antioxidants, fresh ingredients and heart healthy gluten-free oats, Perfect Kibble has a science-backed recipe that exceeds AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles. 93% of pet parents reported their dogs who ate it for 6 months showed signs of better health. 2. Low carb macros for longevity If your dog is obese or you believe in a keto/paleo lifestyle yourself, a low carb diet is the best way to bring your dog closer to their ancestral diet and extend their...

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Can coconut oil remedy dog seizures? Science-backed answer

Can coconut oil remedy dog seizures? Science-backed answer

Dog seizures are one of the most frequently reported neurological conditions in dogs. It can be emotionally disturbing to see your dog in such a state. Caused by a temporary disruption of normal brain function, seizures can be treated but in some cases may be a lifelong condition—especially if your dog has epilepsy.  Pet parents whose dogs suffer from seizures may be given medicine by their veterinarian. While some of these medications can can be helpful, they're effective in only 60% to 70% of dogs [*]. Between the relatively low rate of efficacy and the long-term side effects of using any medication, many pet parents are exploring home...

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Why Is Ash in Dog Food? What Minerals Are In It?

Why Is Ash in Dog Food? What Minerals Are In It?

Although it may seem weird to read "ash" on a dog food label, the ash indicated on the bag or can was not added by the makers.  In this article, we'll explore what ash in dog food is, what it's made of, and whether high or low ash levels are healthier. The rumors about ash It might shock you to find "ash" listed on the package. Why would somebody put ash in food for a pet or anyone else? At first glance, it seems to be something that evil pet food manufacturers may add to save money during the production process. There are some...

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Can Dogs & Puppies Have Carrots? Benefits, Risks & Daily Limits

Can Dogs & Puppies Have Carrots? Benefits, Risks & Daily Limits

Carrots are widely considered to be a healthy food. They're not only tasty but they're also packed full of vitamins and minerals too. Whether roasted, boiled or eaten as a snack—carrots are one of the most versatile vegetables around. But while we know they're excellent food for humans, in the animal kingdom, we more often associate rabbits eating carrots versus dogs. So can dogs have carrots? And can puppies eat carrots too? If so, what are the benefits, risks and daily serving limits? In this article, we'll explain why carrots are a delicious dietary addition for dogs using the latest research and health advice available....

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