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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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The Importance of Oral Health Care for Dogs

According to a recent study, 78% of dogs over the age of three suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the most common health problem affecting dogs.   READ MORE

Jan 06, 2012 / (3) comments

The Power of Antioxidants

A dog food that is rich in antioxidants can help keep your pet healthy and happy throughout the years by combating the damaging effects of free radicals.   READ MORE

Dec 30, 2011 / (1) comments

Treats, Table Scraps and Begging

I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure life would be worth living without the occasional treat. I do pretty well when it comes to eating my fruits, vegetables and whole grains, but I have to be honest and say that I also use that as permission to occasionally indulge. I think the same mindset... READ MORE

Dec 23, 2011 / (1) comments

Preventing Obesity: Start With Your Puppy

I have a problem with roly-poly puppies. READ MORE

Dec 16, 2011 / (2) comments

Water – The Forgotten Nutrient

I’ve talked before about the MyBowl tool and how it can help us all learn about the importance of balanced canine nutrition derived from high quality ingredients. But look below the food bowl on the web page. Do you see the water? I’d be willing to bet that many eyes have passed right over... READ MORE

Dec 09, 2011 / (2) comments

The Importance of Life Stage Feeding

One of the most important breakthroughs in canine nutrition came when veterinary nutritionists recognized the different nutritional needs that dogs have as they mature. This may seem fairly self-evident now, but dog owners and veterinarians used to have more of "a dog is a dog is a dog" mentality... READ MORE

Dec 02, 2011 / (3) comments

Pro- and Prebiotics - What are They and What Do They Do?

Probiotics are all the rage. Numerous nutritional supplements, and even foods like yogurt, contain these live microorganisms (bacteria and/or yeast) that can provide health benefits when given to an animal or person. We tend to think of probiotics when considering gastrointestinal health or disease,... READ MORE

Nov 11, 2011 / (17) comments

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

 

 

 

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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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