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Quiz: What Do You Really Know About Dog Food?

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Dogs get tired of eating the same thing every day.

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Dogs get tired of eating the same thing every day.

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Unlike us, our canine pals don't need variety. They are fine eating the same thing every day.

Once you find a food that works well for your dog, stick with it. Changing types or brands of food can make your dog sick.

If you do need to change his food, do it slowly over a few days. Increase the amount of the new food and decrease the amount of the old food each day.

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Your dog can become allergic to a food he's been eating for a long time.

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Your dog can become allergic to a food he's been eating for a long time.

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If your pooch develops a food allergy, it's probably not because you changed his diet. Dogs can become allergic to proteins in beef, chicken, wheat, eggs, dairy, and soy in food they have been eating for a while.

Some dogs with food allergies scratch or lick themselves a lot, barf, or get runny poop. They may also lose hair on the belly, back, or tail. Some dogs may get ear infections.

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How long should you leave your dog's food out?

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How long should you leave your dog's food out?

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Feed your dog at the same time every day and don't leave a bowl of food for him out all day. Offer the food, give him 15 to 20 minutes to eat it, and then remove his bowl until the next feeding time.

Dogs that can get to their food all day can become finicky or have weight problems.

There's another advantage to a regular feeding schedule. It can help you predict when your dog needs to go outside. Dogs usually poop about 30 minutes after eating.

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You should feed your dog twice a day, whatever his age.

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You should feed your dog twice a day, whatever his age.

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Most adult dogs should be fed twice a day, but puppies younger than 6 months need three or four meals a day.

Puppies grow fast. They need more calories and nutrients than adult dogs, but their stomachs can't handle a lot. So they need to be fed more often than adult dogs.

Puppies older than 6 months should be fed two or three times a day.

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It's OK for your dog to be a vegetarian.

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It's OK for your dog to be a vegetarian.

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A vegetarian diet may be right for you, but it's not a good idea for your pooch.

Although dogs will eat both meat and plants, their bodies need more than just plants.

One sign that dogs aren't built to be vegetarians: They have teeth meant for chewing animal tissue. They also have shorter intestinal tracts than animals that eat mostly plants.

The bottom line: Include animal protein in your dog's diet so that he'll get the nutrition he needs.

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Which type of food is better for your dog?

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Which type of food is better for your dog?

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Semi-moist as well as dry foods can provide a complete and balanced diet. They have the same nutritional value. But crunching on kibble has a dental benefit for your dog. It will keep his teeth clean and exercise his jaw muscles.

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How can you tell if you are giving the right food to your dog?

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How can you tell if you are giving the right food to your dog?

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It can be hard to know which food is best for your dog, but watch how he acts and looks. Your dog needs the right amount of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water to stay healthy.

Fido is getting what he needs if his skin and coat are healthy, if his stools are firm and brown, and if he has the right energy for his age and breed.

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It's safe for your dog to eat a little cat food.

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It's safe for your dog to eat a little cat food.

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Eating a little cat food probably won't harm your dog. But it's best to keep your dog away from chow that isn't his.

Some dogs may vomit or get diarrhea if they eat cat food.

Dogs and cats have different diet needs. Cat food is higher in fat, protein, and other nutrients. So don't feed cat food to dogs or dog food to cats.

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