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Should Coconut Oil Be a Part of Your Pup’s Diet?

Should Coconut Oil Be a Part of Your Pup’s Diet?

When it comes to nutrition trends for humans, coconut oil is at the top of the list—you may have heard it can help with everything from losing weight to staving off disease like diabetes (maybe you’ve used it as a moisturizer, too). But some experts point out that because coconut oil is high in saturated fats, it could

Should Potatoes Be a Part of Your Pup's Diet?

Should Potatoes Be a Part of Your Pup's Diet?

Potatoes have a bad rep: They’ve been called names (couch potato!) and they’ve been demonized when it comes to putting them in our dogs’ food. But are the really that unhealthy? Or are we projecting our own issues with carbs onto our pups again? To answer this, we turned to Korinn Saker, DVM, Ph.D., an associate professor

Is a 'Limited Ingredient' Diet for Your Dog Worth It?

Is a 'Limited Ingredient' Diet for Your Dog Worth It?

Lately the dog food world has been as obsessed with buzz words as us gluten-free-clean-eating humans. The latest trend? A limited ingredient diet. It’s especially popular with pups prone to allergies, since eating less ingredients generally means less food sensitivities. But is the diet necessarily better for your dog? We turned to Nancy Welborn, a veterinarian and assistant professor

Does Your Pup Really Need a Vitamin?

Does Your Pup Really Need a Vitamin?

You pop a multivitamin every morning—so should your pup be doing the same? It might seem logical, since dogs benefit from eating a diet that’s similar to humans’ in quality of ingredients. “Many of the vitamins important to our bodies play the same roles in metabolism and structural functioning in our pets,” says Korinn Saker, DVM, Ph.D.

How to Decode Your Pup’s Whining (and Make It Stop!)

How to Decode Your Pup’s Whining (and Make It Stop!)

Every pet parent knows the sound well—that high-pitched whimper that means...wait, what does it mean?! Pups whine for different reasons (and in different ways) so it can be hard to decipher exactly what they're trying to tell you. We spoke to Scott Sheaffer, CDBC, CPDT-KA, a dog behavior specialist and founder of USA Dog Behavior, about the main