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Dog Nutrition Nuggets

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.

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 / (0) 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 / (0) 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 / (2) 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 / (0) 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 / (0) 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 READ MORE

Sep 09, 2011 / (0) comments

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

People and dogs share a lot in common. READ MORE

Sep 02, 2011 / (0) comments

MyBowl for Puppies?

A question I received immediately after we launched the MyBowl tool for dogs was, "Does it work for puppies?" I thought I’d address that in this post, since I’d be willing to bet if it came up that quickly, more than one person is wondering the same thing.   READ MORE

Aug 26, 2011 / (0) comments

Owner Perceptions of Canine Nutrition

"What should I feed my dog?" If I had a dime for every time I was asked that … well, I wouldn’t be wealthy, but maybe I could finally pay off my student loans!   READ MORE

Aug 19, 2011 / (0) comments

Why My Bowl?

Welcome to the new petMD Nutrition Center, developed in partnership with Hill’s Science Diet. Check it out; it’s pretty cool — particularly the "MyBowl" feature for dogs. I think you’ll find a lot of interesting and perhaps surprising information there.   READ MORE

Aug 12, 2011 / (0) comments