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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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Feeding the Orphaned Puppy

In a perfect world, puppies would stay with their mothers and littermates until they are at least eight weeks of age. This gives them adequate time to learn valuable lessons about how to be a well-socialized member of a group, derive the benefits of suckling their mother’s milk, and transition... READ MORE

Nov 04, 2011 / (1) comments

Food Allergy Myths

Allergies are a common problem for dogs. Typical symptoms include itchiness resulting in excess scratching, biting, or licking, and sometimes chronic or recurrent skin/ear infections. While dogs most frequently suffer from allergies to environmental triggers (e.g., pollen, molds, and dust mites or flea... READ MORE

Oct 28, 2011 / (3) comments

October is National Pet Wellness Month

It’s National Pet Wellness Month. The campaign, sponsored in part by the American Veterinary Medical Association, is aimed at educating pet owners about the importance of regular wellness checkups (i.e., don’t just take your pet to the vet when it’s sick) and disease prevention.   READ MORE

Oct 21, 2011 / (2) comments

Finicky Eater? Suggestions on Maintaining a Healthy Diet

Some dogs seem to barely eat enough to stay alive. I’ve had a couple of them myself, and despite being perfectly aware that slim dogs live longer than fat ones, I can’t stop myself from worrying that they may be missing something from their diets.   READ MORE

Oct 14, 2011 / (3) comments

Nutrients and Ingredients that Promote Healthy Skin and a Glossy Coat

I’ve written before about how owners are often more focused on the ingredients that are included in their dog’s food rather than the balanced nutrition that a particular food may or may not offer. This is not to say, of course, that high quality ingredients are unimportant. My point is that... READ MORE

Oct 07, 2011 / (4) comments

Do Dogs Need Daily Multivitamin Supplements?

Did you take a multivitamin or other nutritional supplement this morning? According to a 2009 Nielsen study, about half of us probably did. In the survey, 56 percent of U.S. consumers said they take vitamins or supplements, with 44 percent saying they take them daily.   READ MORE

Sep 30, 2011 / (8) comments

What a Guaranteed Analysis Can (and Can't) Tell You About a Dog Food

Dog owners are in search of information about appropriate food choices for their pets. You can turn to family and friends for their recommendations, but keep in mind that what works well for one individual is not always the best choice for another.   READ MORE

Sep 23, 2011 / (2) comments

How Much Should You Be Feeding Your Dog?

As I mentioned in a previous post, "What should I feed my dog?" is probably the most common question that veterinarians hear in practice. The next most frequent question — I’d put money on it — is, "How much should I feed my dog?"   READ MORE

Sep 16, 2011 / (4) comments

Top 5 Reasons Why Our Dogs Should Eat Better Than We Do

We all know that proper nutrition is a cornerstone of good human health, and hopefully the petMD Nutrition Center is helping owners understand that the same is true for their dogs. Unfortunately, knowledge alone isn’t enough.   READ MORE

Sep 09, 2011 / (1) comments

What’s Good for You is Not Always Good for Your Dog

People and dogs share a lot in common. I’m sure you’ve heard the adage that some people and their dogs even look alike (check out these photos!), but since I’m the proud "mom" to a drooly boxer who can’t quite fit his tongue in his mouth, I hope this is not always the... READ MORE

Sep 02, 2011 / (5) 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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