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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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How Many Calories Does a Dog Need?

A couple of weeks ago in response to my post about the new AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) labeling requirement to include calorie counts on all pet foods, Tom Collins asked READ MORE

Aug 30, 2013 / (3) comments

Dogs That Eat Cat Poop

A few weeks ago, a couple of comments were made about dogs eating cat poop. Bloomlarry mentioned, “A gastroenterologist I know had a dog with a chronic case [of diarrhea]. READ MORE

Aug 23, 2013 / (9) comments

Pet Food Labeling Change: Calorie Counts Will Soon be Available

According to a report in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), calorie counts will be appearing on pet food labels, although the changes may not be evident anytime soon.   READ MORE

Aug 16, 2013 / (3) comments

Diets for Dogs with Copper Associated Liver Disease

Copper is not a nutrient that many owners contemplate, until it is associated with disease. In health, copper plays a role in the formation of a dog’s bones, connective tissue, collagen, and myelin (the protective covering of nerves). Copper also helps the body absorb iron, making it an important... READ MORE

Aug 09, 2013 / (8) comments

Using Diet to Treat Diarrhea in Dogs

Diarrhea is part of the canine condition. Most dogs do not have what could be called a discriminating palate. Their willingness to sample almost anything that vaguely resembles food is responsible for a large proportion of acute diarrhea cases (I know there’s nothing “cute” about diarrhea;... READ MORE

Jul 26, 2013 / (4) comments

Treating and Preventing Bladder Stones in Dalmatians

Dalmatians … a gorgeous breed, no doubt, but one that has resulted in dogs with more than their fair share of health problems.   READ MORE

Jul 19, 2013 / (3) comments

Feeding Sick Dogs

What do you think of the saying, “Starve a fever, feed a cold”? On one level it makes sense. READ MORE

Jul 05, 2013 / (2) comments

Puppy Popsicles

It’s been really hot in my neck of the woods recently. My family has been hitting the pool and enjoying many popsicles and bowls of ice cream to stay cool. I’ve been doing the same for my dog Apollo. We’re lucky that our local dog park has a pond, and that’s certainly his favorite... READ MORE

Jun 28, 2013 / (1) comments

Dietary Therapy for Canine Epilepsy?

I am acquainted with a veterinarian who has a son with epilepsy. According to her, he used to take nine pills a day to control his seizures, but his condition is now well-controlled with diet alone. Much research and clinical evidence supports the use of a ketogenic diet for seizure control in kids with... READ MORE

Jun 21, 2013 / (2) comments

An Unusual Source of Protein

I recently ran across an article in Forbes magazine detailing a new dog food that uses hydrolyzed feather meal as a protein source. (Hydrolization is a process through which proteins are broken down into such tiny fragments that the immune system no longer recognizes and reacts to them.) The food in... READ MORE

Jun 14, 2013 / (12) comments



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