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Nutrition Nuggets

 
 
Your dog's nutrition is important for a healthy & happy life. petMD experts help you to know what to feed your dog, how much food to feed, and the differences in dog foods, so your dog gets optimum nutrition.

Nutrition Nuggets is the newest offshoot of petMD's Dog Nutrition Center. Each week Dr. Coates will use her expertise and wisdom to blog about the intricacies of dog nutrition.
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Jerky Investigation Widens

Over on Fully Vetted, I’ve blogged a few times about the continuing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation into the "potential association between development of illness in dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky products also described as chicken tenders, strips or treats." To... READ MORE

Aug 31, 2012 / (11) comments

Grapes and Raisins are Toxic to Dogs

I’m afraid I may have inadvertently done some harm early in my veterinary career. When owners asked me which "human foods" were okay to feed as an occasional canine treat, my reply was typically "a few apple slices, mini-carrots, or grapes would be fine." Now I omit the grapes,... READ MORE

Aug 24, 2012 / (13) comments

Enhancing Cognitive Function in Older Dogs with Diet and More

A few weeks back, we talked about the nutritional needs of older dogs. Today I want to talk specifically about a serious problem that can affect this population: canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD). In many ways, the symptoms of CCD appear very similar to those seen with Alzheimer’s disease in people.... READ MORE

Aug 17, 2012 / (1) comments

Feeding Dogs with Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common hormonal diseases affecting dogs. Most affected dogs have Type 1 diabetes, meaning that their condition is not caused by a poor diet or being overweight, but usually by an abnormal autoimmune response that destroys the pancreatic cells responsible for manufacturing... READ MORE

Aug 10, 2012 / (3) comments

Are Over-the-Counter Foods Appropriate for Food Trials?

If you have a dog with a food allergy, you know how difficult it can be to diagnose. It sounds simple enough: Feed the dog a food that does not contain his allergic triggers and monitor for changes in his clinical signs.   READ MORE

Aug 03, 2012 / (3) comments

Aflatoxin — Another Potential Food Contaminant

I’m sure you are all aware of the current recall of dog and cat foods that have been manufactured primarily at a Diamond Pet Food plant in Gaston, SC because of potential contamination with Salmonella infantis bacteria. This is the same processing plant that was involved in an outbreak of aflatoxicosis... READ MORE

Jul 20, 2012 / (1) comments

Feeding for Weight Loss

At its most basic level, achieving weight loss is as simple as decreasing the amount of calories an individual takes in and increasing the number of calories an individual burns. This holds true for dogs as well as for people, but anyone who has put their pet on a diet (or been on one themselves) can... READ MORE

Jul 13, 2012 / (1) comments

Feeding During Pregnancy and Lactation

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I received a lot of unsolicited advice about what I should eat. Granted, proper nutrition is never more important than when you are eating for two (or more!), but the rigid, conflicting, and constant recommendations eventually began to get on my nerves.   READ MORE

Jul 06, 2012 / (3) comments

Most Home-Prepared Diets for Dogs are Not Nutritionally Balanced

Do you or someone you know feed their dogs a home-prepared diet? I’ve worked with several clients throughout my career who have. Most of these folks think they can provide their pets with a healthier diet using ingredients bought at the grocery store in comparison to feeding a commercially prepared... READ MORE

Jun 29, 2012 / (5) comments

Should You be Feeding a Breed-Specific Food?

Remember the days when dog food was just, well, dog food? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not nostalgic for the days when our knowledge about the nutritional needs of dogs was in its infancy, but when it comes to choices in the dog food aisle, the pendulum may have swung just a bit too far in the... READ MORE

Jun 15, 2012 / (6) comments

 

 

 

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ABOUT NUTRITION NUGGETS

JENNIFER COATES, DVM

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... graduated with honors from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. In the years since, she has practiced veterinary medicine in Virginia, Wyoming, and Colorado. She is the author of several books about veterinary medicine and animal care, including the Dictionary of Veterinary Terms, Vet-Speak Deciphered for the Non-Veterinarian .

Jennifer also writes short stories that focus on the strength and importance of the human-animal bond and freelance articles relating to a variety of animal care and veterinary topics. Dr. Coates lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband, daughter, and pets.

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