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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.
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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 / (2) comments

Preventing Obesity: Start With Your Puppy

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

Dec 16, 2011 / (0) 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 / (0) 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 / (1) 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 / (0) 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 / (0) 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 / (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



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