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The Ruff Report: Dogs and Food


Food: Quality, Price, Trends

Beware of this sickening way to feed your pet 
If you use the recommendations on pet food labels as a guide for the amount to feed your dog or cat, you may be sentencing your animal to obesity and health problems. More

Pricey food may actually be bad for your pet 
So-called natural, organic and holistic foods are touted as better and safer for your pet and cost twice as much as conventional food, but they may really be less nutritious and have adverse health effects, a leading veterinary nutritionist says. More

Toxic levels of chemical found in dog foods 
A study has found that many dog foods contain toxic levels of fluoride and those excessive levels are putting pets at a higher risk of cancer, neurotoxicity and other life-threatening diseases. More

Cheap pet food leads to costly health problems
A veterinarian says good nutrition is important and a quality diet can decrease a pet’s chance of developing costly health problems in the future. More

Higher price no guarantee of pet food's quality
Pet food that costs more may contain better ingredients, but more expensive also could just mean prettier packaging and a fancy name, a Consumer Reports magazine study has found. More

Here's a better way to feed your pet
Some 40 percent of dogs and cats suffer from gastrointestinal problems such as stomach upset, vomiting and diarrhea, according to a survey by Nestlé Purina. Some problems can be caused by food quality, but those pet parents who focus solely on the food may be overlooking the many of the other causes of gastrointestinal troubles. More


The Food and Drug Administration is warning dog owners to avoid giving their pets xylitol, a common artificial sweetener found in sugar-free baked goods, candy, oral hygiene products and chewing gum. Dogs who ingest products that contain the artificial sweetener are at risk of liver failure. More

This popular pet treat is killing dogs and cats
The Food and Drug Administration is asking for help from veterinarians and pet owners with its investigation into the unexplained deaths and illnesses of nearly 600 dogs and cats who ate chicken jerky treats. More

Appetite ferocious for premium pet food 
The trend of feeding fortified and natural products is growing - especially in the United States. Many pet parents, who treat their dogs and cats as well as humans, are seeking the best food for their animals, according to a study. More

Chocolate, candies mean danger for dogs

Chocolate and other candies are potentially poisonous to dogs, so pet parents need to make sure they keep these delectable delights away from their companions. More

Another warning about chicken jerky treats
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it continues to receive complaints about dogs becoming ill after consuming chicken tenders, strips or treats imported to the United States from China. More

More pets being told 'eat your veggies' 
A report has found that health concerns have led many owners to change their pets' diets and swap meat for vegetables and fruits. The most popular selections are carrots, potatoes and peas. More

Peanut Butter Recall

Dozens of dog treats part of peanut butter recall
The list of dog products being recalled because of potential salmonella contamination continues to grow. Eight companies have now pulled dozens of dog biscuits and treats off store shelves, and they warn owners against feeding the treats to their pets. More

ASPCA issues warning about peanut butter
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is advising pet parents to discontinue giving their companions any foods that contain peanut butter and advises inspect food and items carefully because peanut butter is often used in small amounts in treats and activity toys. More

Salmonella outbreak sickens first dog
The Oregon Public Health Division says that dog developed a severe case of diarrhea after eating Happy Tails dog biscuits purchased at Albertsons. The biscuits are one of dozens of dog products containing peanut butter that have been recalled. More



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