- Allergies: Adverse reactions in dogs to certain foods, environmental factors, or substances.
- Alpha Dog: The dominant dog in a pack hierarchy.
- Anal Glands: Glands near a dog’s anus, often needing regular checks for health.
- Antioxidants: Compounds in food that help neutralize free radicals in the body.
- Anxiety Relief: Measures to reduce stress in dogs, including diet, training, and environmental adjustments.
- Artificial Preservatives: Chemicals used to prolong the shelf life of dog food.
- Ash: The inorganic residue remaining after the incineration of dog food.
- Balanced Diet: A diet meeting all of a dog’s nutritional needs.
- Barking Control: Training methods to manage excessive barking.
- Behavioral Training: Teaching a dog manners and rules to behave appropriately.
- Biotin: A B vitamin important for healthy skin and coat.
- Bladder Stones: Mineral deposits in a dog’s bladder, often diet-related.
- Bloat: A life-threatening condition where a dog’s stomach fills with air and possibly twists.
- Body Condition Score: A scale to determine if a dog is underweight, overweight, or at an ideal weight.
- Bones: Used as treats, but certain types can be dangerous for dogs.
- Bowel Health: Maintaining a healthy digestive system through diet.
- Breed-Specific Diet: Diets formulated specifically for the nutritional needs of certain dog breeds.
- Caloric Needs: The amount of calories a dog needs daily, varying with age, size, and activity level.
- Canned Food: Wet dog food, often higher in protein and moisture than dry food.
- Carbohydrates: An energy source in dog food, including fibers, starches, and sugars.
- Chelated Minerals: Minerals chemically attached to amino acids for better absorption.
- Chewing Toys: Toys that satisfy a dog’s natural chewing instincts and help in dental health.
- Chondroitin: Supplement aiding in joint health.
- Coat Condition: The health and quality of a dog’s fur, often linked to diet.
- Collagen: Protein important in maintaining the skin, coat, and joints.
- Complete Diet: Dog food that meets all of a dog’s nutritional requirements.
- Conditioning: Training and diet strategies to maintain a dog’s physical condition.
- Crude Fiber: The amount of indigestible fiber in dog food.
- Crude Protein: The total amount of protein in dog food.
- Dental Care: Practices for maintaining a dog’s oral health, including diet choices.
- Dermatitis: Skin irritation that can be diet-related.
- Digestibility: The ease with which a dog can break down and absorb nutrients from food.
- Digestive Enzymes: Proteins aiding in the breakdown of food.
- Dry Food (Kibble): A popular type of dog food, characterized by low moisture content.
- Dysplasia: Joint abnormalities, can be managed with diet and care.
- Ear Care: Keeping a dog’s ears clean and healthy, sometimes influenced by diet.
- Electrolytes: Minerals important for hydration and bodily functions.
- Elimination Diet: A method to identify food allergies or sensitivities.
- Energy Needs: The caloric requirement for a dog to maintain its lifestyle.
- Enzymes: Proteins that catalyze biochemical reactions in the body.
- Essential Fatty Acids: Fats necessary for health, not produced by the dog’s body.
- Exercise: Physical activity necessary for a dog’s physical and mental health.
- Fatty Acids: Important components of a dog’s diet for skin, coat, and overall health.
- Fiber: Indigestible carbohydrates that aid in digestion.
- Fish Oil: A supplement providing omega-3 fatty acids for coat and joint health.
- Flaxseed: A source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Food Allergies: Adverse reactions to certain ingredients in food.
- Food Intolerance: Difficulty in digesting certain foods, not immune-based like allergies.
- Freeze-Dried Food: A type of dog food preservation retaining most nutrients.
- Fresh Food Diets: Diets consisting of fresh, whole ingredients.
- Gastrointestinal Health: The overall health of a dog’s digestive system.
- Glucosamine: Supplement for joint health and arthritis management.
- Gluten: A protein found in certain grains, sometimes an allergen for dogs.
- Grain-Free Diet: A dog diet without grains, often chosen for dogs with specific allergies.
- Grooming: The practice of cleaning and maintaining a dog’s appearance and hygiene.
- Growth Phase: The period of a dog’s life where they require diets to support rapid growth.
- Heart Health: Maintaining cardiovascular health through diet and exercise.
- High-Energy Foods: Foods formulated for very active dogs with high caloric needs.
- Holistic Diet: A diet approach focusing on natural and often organic ingredients.
- Homemade Diets: Food prepared at home, requiring careful planning to be nutritionally complete.
- Hydration: Ensuring a dog has adequate water intake.
- Hypoallergenic Diet: A diet formulated to reduce allergic reactions.
- Immune System Health: The overall health and functionality of a dog’s immune system, often linked to diet.
- Incomplete Diet: Foods that do not meet all nutritional needs on their own.
- Inflammatory Conditions: Health issues that can be managed with anti-inflammatory diets.
- Ingredients List: A breakdown of what is in dog food.
- Inspection: Regular health checks for a dog, including weight and body condition.
- Joint Care: Dietary and lifestyle choices to maintain joint health and mobility.
- Joint Supplements: Nutritional additives that support joint health.
- Kelp: A nutrient-rich seaweed often used in dog foods.
- Kibble: Dry dog food, typically in small, bite-sized pieces.
- Kidney Health: Diet and care focused on maintaining healthy kidney function.
- Lactation Diet: Specialized nutrition for nursing mother dogs.
- Lamb: A common protein source in dog food.
- Life Stage Nutrition: Diet tailored to a dog’s specific stage of life (puppy, adult, senior).
- Limited Ingredient Diet: Dog food with fewer ingredients, often for sensitivity or allergy management.
- Linoleic Acid: An essential fatty acid important for skin and coat health.
- Liver Health: Diet and care practices focused on supporting liver function.
- Low-Fat Diet: A diet with reduced fat content for dogs with certain health conditions.
- Macronutrients: The main nutrients dogs need in large amounts: protein, fats, and carbohydrates.
- Magnesium: An essential mineral for a dog’s health.
- Maintenance Diet: A diet designed to keep an adult dog in good health.
- Meat By-Products: Secondary products of meat processing, used in some dog foods.
- Microbiome: The community of microorganisms living in a dog’s digestive system.
- Micronutrients: Vitamins and minerals needed in smaller quantities for overall health.
- Minerals: Essential inorganic compounds needed for various bodily functions.
- Moisture Content: The amount of water in dog food, important for hydration.
- Molting: The natural process of shedding old or damaged hair.
- Muscle Health: Ensuring the strength and functionality of a dog’s muscles, often through diet and exercise.
- Natural Preservatives: Preservatives derived from natural sources, used in dog food.
- Nutrient Absorption: The process of absorbing nutrients from food into the body.
- Nutrient Density: The amount of nutrients relative to the energy content in dog food.
- Nutritional Adequacy Statement: A statement that indicates whether dog food meets established nutritional standards.
- Nutritional Supplements: Additional nutrients to a dog’s diet to meet specific health needs.
- Obesity Management: Diet and exercise regimens to help overweight dogs lose and maintain a healthy weight.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Essential fatty acids important for skin, coat, and joint health.
- Omega-6 Fatty Acids: Fatty acids important for skin health and immune function.
- Organic Dog Food: Dog food made with certified organic ingredients.
- Orthopedic Health: Maintaining health and function of bones and joints.
- Packed Cell Volume (PCV): A test measuring the proportion of blood made up of cells, indicating hydration and health status.
- Palatability: How appealing dog food is to a dog’s taste.
- Parasite Prevention: Measures to protect dogs from parasites, sometimes influenced by diet.
- Performance Diet: A diet for working or athletic dogs with high energy and nutrient needs.
- Phosphorus: An essential mineral important for bone health.
- Prebiotics: Non-digestible fibers that stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut.
- Pregnancy Diet: Specialized nutrition for pregnant dogs.
- Preservatives: Substances used to prolong the shelf life of dog food.
- Probiotics: Live beneficial bacteria that improve intestinal health.
- Protein: Essential macronutrient forming the building blocks of muscle, skin, and more.
- Puppy Food: Food formulated to support the rapid growth and development of puppies.
- Quality Control: Measures ensuring the safety and quality of dog food products.
- Quantity Feeding: Regulating the amount of food given to a dog, important for weight management.
- Raw Diet (BARF): A diet consisting of raw meat, bones, fruits, and vegetables.
- Recall Awareness: Keeping informed about any dog food recalls due to safety concerns.
- Renal Diet: Special diet for dogs with kidney disease.
- Reproductive Health: The overall health of a dog’s reproductive system, sometimes influenced by diet.
- Rescue Dogs: Considerations in the diet and care of adopted dogs, often with unique health needs.
- Rotational Feeding: Regularly changing a dog’s food to provide dietary variety.
- Salmon: A common and nutritious protein source in dog food.
- Satiety: The feeling of fullness and satisfaction from eating.
- Senior Dog Diet: A diet formulated for the lower energy and different nutritional needs of older dogs.
- Sensitive Stomach: Dietary considerations for dogs with digestive issues.
- Shedding: Natural hair loss in dogs, influenced by nutrition and health.
- Skin Health: Maintaining healthy skin through proper nutrition and care.
- Socialization: The process of preparing a dog to interact positively with other animals and people.
- Sodium: A mineral important in small amounts, but often limited in certain health conditions.
- Specialized Diets: Diets formulated for specific health issues or life stages.
- Spaying/Neutering: Surgical procedures affecting a dog’s hormonal balance and potentially their dietary needs.
- Supplements: Products added to a dog’s diet to meet specific nutritional needs.
- Sweet Potato: A nutritious vegetable often used in dog food for its carbohydrate content.
- Taurine: An amino acid important for heart health, sometimes supplemented in dog diets.
- Teeth Cleaning: Regular practices to maintain dental health, including certain diets and chews.
- Therapeutic Diet: A diet prescribed by veterinarians to manage specific health issues.
- Trace Minerals: Essential minerals required in very small amounts for various bodily functions.
- Training Treats: Small treats used as positive reinforcement in training.
- Transitioning Foods: The process of slowly introducing a new food to a dog’s diet.
- Urinary Health: Diet and hydration practices to maintain a healthy urinary system.
- Urine pH: A factor in urinary health, can be influenced by diet.
- Vaccinations: Immunizations crucial for a dog’s health, indirectly related to overall care and diet.
- Vegetarian Diet: A diet excluding meat, carefully planned to meet nutritional needs.
- Veterinary Checkups: Regular health examinations by a veterinarian.
- Vitamins: Organic compounds necessary in small quantities for health.
- Vitamin Supplements: Additional vitamins given to meet specific health needs.
- Water: Essential for life, important for hydration and bodily functions.
- Weight Control: Managing a dog’s diet and exercise to maintain a healthy weight.
- Whole Grains: Grains containing the entire grain kernel, used in some dog foods.
- Worming: Regular treatment for internal parasites, part of general health care.
- Xylitol: A sugar substitute toxic to dogs, to be avoided in their diet.
- Yeast Infection: A common skin condition that can be influenced by a dog’s diet.
- Yogurt: Sometimes used as a probiotic source in dog diets, but should be plain and free from artificial sweeteners.
- Zinc: An essential mineral for immune function and skin health.
- Zoonotic Diseases: Diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans, relevant in overall pet care.