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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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Why Free-Feeding is the Wrong Choice for Most Dogs

Do you leave food out for your dog 24/7? If so, you might be doing him a disservice.   READ MORE

Feb 17, 2012 / (6) comments

How to Switch Dog Foods

Owners can find themselves in the position of having to switch dog foods for any number of reasons. Maybe your dog has been diagnosed with a dietary responsive disease. Perhaps it’s time to switch from puppy to adult food or from adult to mature food. Or maybe you’ve simply decided that your... READ MORE

Feb 10, 2012 / (3) comments

Nutritional Differences for Small, Toy, and Large Breed Dogs

A dog is a dog is a dog, right? Not quite – at least when we’re talking nutrition. While dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes do have similar nutritional needs, there are some subtle but important differences that owners should be aware of.   READ MORE

Feb 03, 2012 / (1) comments

Ingredient Quality in Pet Foods

I’ve talked before about the wealth of information that, by law, has to be printed on all pet food labels. Today, I want to touch upon something that isn’t listed … the quality of the ingredients that make up the food.   READ MORE

Jan 27, 2012 / (2) comments

New Research into Nutrigenomics

I recently sat in on a short lecture on nutrigenomics as it applies to the development of new pet foods. My initial response was probably the same as the one you are having right now … nutro-g-what?   READ MORE

Jan 20, 2012 / (5) comments

What is a Sensitive Stomach, and What Can Be Done About It?

Some dogs have guts of steel and can eat almost anything they find in the yard or on a walk with no ill effects. However, not every dog is so lucky. Many tend to be more sensitive than this.   READ MORE

Jan 13, 2012 / (2) comments

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

 

 

 

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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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