Natural Dog Food Explained

Vegan Amy Rader knows her dog, Henry, needs meat protein, but she hates the possibility that chemically processed additives are going into her 5-year-old beagle’s food. The new "natural" label on pet foods – and what that precisely means – has also puzzled the Seattle-based social worker. "It’s similar to buying organic for myself," explains Rader. "A lot of words that sound pretty good are on the packaging, but I’m not always sure exactly what they mean, and I end up spending way too long in the pet store."

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Can Dog Food Protect Your Pet?

When Jerome Kogan’s eight-year-old pug, Grady, begs for her dinner, it’s probably not because she’s concerned about her health. "Grady starts asking for dinner about 3 o’clock every afternoon," says the 39-year-old resident of New York City. "I try to hold off until 4, though sometimes her incessant whining gets to me, and I feed her earlier. She just really loves to eat."

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10 Dog Feeding No-No’s

Some dogs experience motion sickness. "We started taking our pug to my mom’s on Sunday mornings, and we’d get in the car more or less just after she’d finished eating. Three weeks in a row she threw up," remembers 30-year-old dog owner Casey Johns of Baltimore, Md. "We asked the vet about it, and he told us we needed to wait four hours after she ate to take her for a car ride. My husband and I don’t get car sick and can drive after eating with no problem, so it hadn’t occurred to us."

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