Dog Nutrition


This collection of Dog Nutrition articles has been curated for you by Riverbark Veterinary Hospital. If you would like to talk to a veterinarian, please give us a call at 910-436-4801.

Gray Muzzle Dogs: 5 Things to Know About Your Aging Pet

Dogs are often categorized as senior dogs by a combination of their breed and age, with small breeds considered "senior" at 10-11 years, medium-sized breeds at 8-10 years, and giant breeds at 5-6 years. Genetics and lifestyle are also significant factors in how fast a dog ages, with fit, healthy dogs adding years to their lives. The appearance of gray on a dog's face and muzzle is often the first reminder a dog owner will be caring for a senior dog soon.


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How To Read a Pet Food Label

Finding a quality diet appropriate for your pets body condition and life stage can be a challenge, and basing your choice on the pretty pictures on the front of the bag of food wont help. Neither will be basing your choices on flashy advertising copy splashed across the front of the bag.

Misleading Advertising Terms

Im not picking on this diet, its just the first one I found when I googled natural pet food.

Here are the first four things I see wrong with one of the bags I found, right off the bat:


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A Veterinary Guide to Treating Itchy Skin in Pets - Food Allergies

Itchy skin is one of the most common presenting symptoms at our animal hospitals around the county.

Having treated many hundreds of these dogs over the years, weve developed an 8 week plan for you and your pet, that has had a very good success rate in managing even chronic cases of itchy skin.

Why Is My Dog or Cat Itching?

Most dogs and cats itch for one (or more!) of these six reasons:


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Human Foods that are Toxic to Dogs

OK, I get it, feeding your dog your leftovers is fun. Makes them feel more like family, right? You know, nine times out of ten, I'm cool with that, as long as you're not overfeeding anybody, or feeding more people food than dog food.

And I don't want to hear "he's got kibble available all the time, but he oddly seems to prefer my eggs and bacon over his kibble", because as we all know, that which we prefer is not necessarily that which is best for us.


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7 Ways to Go Green as a Pet Owner in Honor of Earth Day

According to the AVMA, more than 48 million dogs and 31 million cats live in U.S. households. As we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, those numbers put into perspective the impact that eco-friendly pet ownership can have on the world. People have gone green in so many aspects of their lives, and there are several ways they can be environmentally friendly when it comes to pet ownership as well.


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Healthy, Veterinarian-Approved Treats For Cats and Dogs

With all the talk of pet food recalls in the last few years, pet parents ask us what we recommend for “treating” their cat or dog. We love our canine and cat companions and want to make them happy, and as we all know, the way to just about every cat and dog’s heart is through their stomachs! But you also likely know that pet obesity is at epidemic proportions, so we don’t want to turn a beautiful act into something that could harm our fur friends.


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