Dogs are meat-eaters by nature. However, they metabolize carbohydrates efficiently and can synthesize some required nutrients from eating plant matter. Dog food should contain a combination of ten essential amino acids, which dogs can only get from what they eat.
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Summer is exciting. It's easy to get swept up planning for parties, running to the store for S'mores ingredients and arranging plans to view fireworks. But during the seasonal festivities, keep in mind that dogs feel differently than you do. It's common for them to be frightened by changes in routine like loud booms of thunder or fireworks and crowded party atmospheres.
The holidays are an exciting time for everyone. From Thanksgiving until New Year's Day, we enjoy special treats, beautiful decorations, parties and visits from friends and family. But in all of the excitement, it's important to remember that the holidays can also be stressful and even dangerous for our pets. You might be surprised at some of these potential hazards that our human celebrations can pose for our furry friends.
Dogs: One of the most life-threatening mistakes people can make is to leave a dog in a vehicle during hot weather. Dogs can’t perspire, as humans do, to cool themselves off via evaporation, so they have to pant to cool themselves. If the air that they are taking in is too hot (as it is in a parked car in hot weather), then panting has little cooling effect and the dog quickly overheats.
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