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The two studies presented in this article illustrate some important concepts in canine nutrition. The importance of feeding to maintain a proper weight and body condition can not be stressed enough. Keeping your dog lean really will increase both quality and quantity of life. This is the closest thing to a "fountain of youth" for your dog, and it is also very simple to do. Monitor your dog’s daily food intake and adjust it as needed to maintain a lean body condition at all stages of life. Feeding your properly conditioned dog a diet that is appropriate for its activity level also improves the dog’s hunting performance. Do some research, read food labels, and contact dog food companies. Then feed your dog the highest quality diet you can. The results will be obvious in the field for many years to come.

Dan Novitch graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. He practices in Merrill, WI. He and his dog Jasmine spend their free time chasing grouse and woodcock in the surrounding woods.

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