Effects of probiotic Lactobacillus in dry dog food

Effects of probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus strain DSM13241 in healthy adult dogs

Abstract
American Journal of Veterinary Research
March 2004, Vol. 65, No. 3, Pages 338-343

Objective—To evaluate viability of a probiotic strain of Lactobacillus acidophilusin a dry dog food, determine its ability to survive transit through the gastrointestinal tract and populate the colon, and assess its effects on intestinal and systemic parameters. Continue reading Effects of probiotic Lactobacillus in dry dog food

Over-the-counter hypoallergenic diets contaminated with proteins from other meats

In a recent study, 75 percent of OTC venison diets were contaminated with soy, poultry and/or beef, although their labels listed none of these ingredients.
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Feeding Dogs for Life Stages

Richard Hill, MA, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM, MRCVS

Life Stages: Much overlap in requirements
Maintenance
Gestation (Pregnancy)
Lactation
Growth
Old Age
Maintenance

Types of Pet Food
1. Dry food contains very little moisture so as feed analysis reported on bag is similar to dry matter analysis. They are formed by an extruder and are mostly low fat (~25 percent energy as fat) because the extruder requires a low fat mixture. These are fine for dogs which are couch potatoes but may not contain enough fat for gestation, lactation or growth, or for dogs that undertake a lot of exercise. They may not give optimum coat quality. More expensive dry diets have fat sprayed on after extrusion and tend to contain more fat (40 percent energy as fat). They are packaged in special grease proof bags and are greasy to the touch. Continue reading Feeding Dogs for Life Stages

Nutrition for Working Dogs

Richard Hill, MA, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM, MRCVS
Waltham Associate Professor of Clinical Nutrition

What factors are important?

1) Type of Exercise: Endurance vs. sprinting – most working dogs are endurance athletes

2) Training: Slow increases in exercise and slow adjustment to new nutritional needs are best. Being a “weekend warrior” and suddenly increasing exercise and diet can result in
injuries and digestive upset.

What is unique about the exercising dog? Continue reading Nutrition for Working Dogs

Nutrition & Immune System

Nutrition and the Immune System

Wholesome nutrition is the key to maintaining a healthy immune system and resistance to disease. Commercial foods ingested by animals on a regular basis may not be balanced in terms of major nutrients, minerals and vitamins, and some continue to add chemicals to the final product to enhance its stability and shelf-life. . . . → Read More: Nutrition & Immune System

Dogs on low-cal diet lived 1.8 yrs longer: study shows

ScienceDaily (Apr. 20, 2007)  Changes caused to bugs in the gut by restricting calorie intake may partly explain why dietary restriction can extend lifespan, according to new analysis from a life-long project looking at the effects of dietary restriction on Labrador Retriever dogs.
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Omega-3 Fatty Acids For Dogs With Arthritis

Studies Detail Possible Benefits Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids For Dogs With Arthritis

A series of studies published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) offers new insights into the possible benefits derived from feeding foods containing high omega-3 fatty acid concentrations to dogs with osteoarthritis.

The studies, published in the January 1, 2010, and March 1, 2010, issues of JAVMA, included 274 dogs with osteoarthritis that took part in clinical studies at dozens of privately owned veterinary clinics and two university veterinary clinics. The researchers focused on three areas: the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on clinical signs of osteoarthritis in dogs; the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on weight bearing in dogs with the disease; and the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) dosage in dogs with osteoarthritis. Continue reading Omega-3 Fatty Acids For Dogs With Arthritis