The November issue of Whole Dog Journal is now available online! Here is a brief summary of what you'll find...

Subscribers Only — Doggie Daycare Can Be a Wonderfull Experience: But is it For Every Dog? - Daycare can improve some dogs' behavior, and aggravate others. How do you decide whether it's right for your dog? If your dog loves to play with others, doesn’t have significant medical problems that would preclude active play, and has energy to spare, he’s the ideal candidate for doggie daycare.   More...

The April 2011 issue of Whole Dog Journal is now available online!

Subscribers Only — Maybe this has happened to you: You’re reading or watching TV or at your computer, and your dog is lying on the carpet near you. You’re absorbed in what you are doing, but all of a sudden, you realize that your dog is licking or chewing himself, or scratching his ear with a hind paw. “Hey!” you say to your dog. “Stop that!” Your dog stops, looks at you, and wags his tail. The most common sign of allergy in the dog is itching. In Canine Allergies: Most Common Causes, Best Tests, and Effective Treatments you will learn how to diagnose, treat, and manage the allergic dog so he can stop licking, chewing, and scratching himself to pieces.   More...

The May 2011 issue of Whole Dog Journal is now available online!

Subscribers Only — It’s a very tempting concept – that a perfect food for every dog exists out there, somewhere. It must be tempting, because the pet food manufacturers keep increasing the number of products they formulate and market toward the owners of dogs of a progressively narrow description. Seriously – there are foods labeled for large breed seniors, and indoor toy puppies. In the article An Education in Specialty Dog Foods we ask the question whether or not your dog’s specialty food is really all that special? As always, you have to look past the marketing and disregard the illustrations on the label; it’s the ingredients and the guaranteed analysis of the food you need to examine.   More...

Is A Dehydrated Diet Right for Your Dog?

It has been a while since we reviewed dehydrated diets – long enough that there have been quite a few additions to the pool of companies who make and sell this type of dog food. It’s increasingly popular, for a lot of reasons.   More...

A Snake-Bite Survival Story

On October 25, 2013, three days before his dog’s fifth birthday, Dan Owen of Helena, Montana, went pheasant hunting with his friend Doug Denler in Shonkin, Montana, 40 miles east of Great Falls. Owen’s Golden Retriever, Dusty, and Denler’s Brittany Spaniel, Radar, were experienced hunters. “It’s really desolate looking country,” says Owen, “full of coulees, creeks, gulches, and ravines. We started in the morning, when the day was cool, and it gradually warmed up.” In the early afternoon they crossed a creek to a small island covered in tall grass where the dogs followed pheasant trails. “By then it was getting warm,” says Owen. “My main concern was all the burrs that kept collecting in Dusty’s tail and on his coat. But then Dusty disappeared and didn’t come when called, so I got worried. A few minutes later I saw him standing in the creek holding his foot up and I knew something was wrong.”   More...

Why Are The Effects Of Snake Venom So Varied?

Snake venom consists of proteins, enzymes, substances with a cytotoxic (poisonous to living cells) effect, neurotoxins (which damage nerve cells), and anti-coagulants. Four distinct types of venom act on the body differently.   More...

Choosing the Right Top-Quality Dog Food

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Sixteen years ago, when Whole Dog Journal first assessed the “premium” segment of the dry dog food market, we didn’t find many products that met our selection criteria. In 1998, the companies that made dog foods that we had considered to be of top quality were small and not well known. The vast majority of dog foods on the market contained abominable ingredients (such as “meat and bone meal” and “animal fat”) and the companies that produced them were not very consumer-friendly. Even the top dog food manufacturers that offered the highest-quality products on the market were reticent about their ingredient sources and manufacturing locations. That was then; this is now. Today in 2013, the segment of the top quality dog food market has experienced absolutely explosive growth. With more choices it becomes important to know what to look for when choosing a food for your dog. Whole Dog Journal will share with you our selection criteria for “Whole Dog Journal’s 2013 Dry Food Review” to help you be able to choose a top-quality dog food that’s right for your dog.   More...

Selecting The Top Dry Dog Foods for Your Dog

In every one of Whole Dog Journal’s canned and dry dog food reviews, we tell you how to identify the hallmarks of a top dry dog food as well as the attributes of a low-quality dog food. In “Whole Dog Journal's 2012 Dry Dog Food Review,” we tell you what specific parts of the dog food label you need to scrutinize to make sure the product is a high-quality, “complete and balanced” diet. We also list some 48 companies that make, between them, hundreds of foods that meet all of our selection criteria for a top dry dog food; those products are listed, each with a highlighted example, in the February issue.   More...

The July 2011 issue of Whole Dog Journal is now available online!

Subscribers Only — A special, perfect dog food for every dog? That’s what the pet food industry would like you to believe; that’s the direction taken by most of the large pet food makers – foods for tall dogs, small dogs, fat dogs, old dogs . . . you get the picture. The tactic must work, because all the biggest companies do it, and they wouldn’t make so many foods if they weren’t selling well. In the article How to Determine What's Special About a "Specialized" Dog Food we ask the question whether or not your dog’s specialty food is really all that special? If you’re considering a specialized food that is on on the market, try to determine what, exactly, are the features that are supposed to be unique to that product and so allegedly perfect for dogs like yours.   More...

An Inside Look at How Canned Dog Food is Made

I’ve always wondered how wet dog food gets made – but it took a long time to find out. It seems like it’s more difficult for a journalist to get into a pet food cannery than into a factory that builds spy planes. So when Whole Dog Journal is asked to take a tour of a dog food manufacturing plant we jump at the opportunity. This article details how canned dog food is made at one plant. From the initial ingredient preparations, to the canning and cooking process and the QC and testing procedures along the way, this article captures it all. Included in this web-only feature are detailed photos taken by Whole Dog Journal during the plant tour. Be sure to click on each image to enlarge it.   More...

Words Matter When Reading Dry Dog Food Labels – But Not All The Time

Dog food manufacturers are supposed to list specific names for each ingredient in their formulations. Each food, vitamin, mineral, or other chemical (preservative, color, flavor, binder, etc.) that has been approved for use in a dog food is supposed to be listed in a certain way on the product’s ingredient list. There are formal descriptions of each ingredient – and all of these are listed in the annual “Official Publication of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)”.   More...

The August issue of Whole Dog Journal is now available online! Here is a brief summary of what you'll find...

Subscribers Only — Annual Vet (Not Vaccine) Visits - It is Whole Dog Journal's opinion (and that of the experts we consult) that annual vaccination for most canine diseases is unnecessary and potentially harmful. Most veterinarians, unless prompted by you, will assume that you're there for "the usual" and will go ahead and recommend annual vaccinations. It is up to you to educate your slef and advocate for your dog and know what vaccines and tests might benefit hime and to know that laws concerning how frequently the rabies vaccine must be administered. This article is good starting point in that education and future conversations with your veterinarian.   More...