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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.

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

The Glow of Health

I’ve mentioned many times on Nutrition Nuggets how important it is to monitor a pet’s response to a diet when making the final determination as to whether or not a particular food is right for that individual. One of the parameters I always look for is a healthy coat.   READ MORE

Jun 07, 2013 / (1) comments

Weight Loss Coaching for Dogs

The veterinary publication Clinician’s Brief recently summarized some of the presentations given at the 12th Annual American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN) Clinical Nutrition & Research Symposium held last year in New Orleans. I found the following fascinating and want to share it with... READ MORE

May 31, 2013 / (2) comments

Nutritional Supplements for Joint Health

I am not a big fan of nutritional supplements. As long as a dog is eating an appropriate amount of a nutritionally complete dog food that is made from high quality ingredients, supplementation shouldn’t be necessary. I also question whether many supplements actually deliver what they advertise,... READ MORE

May 24, 2013 / (3) comments

Feeding Dogs with Hepatic Encephalopathy

One of the complications commonly seen with advanced liver disease in dogs is hepatic encephalopathy. The liver acts as a giant filter for the gastrointestinal tract (among other roles). After a meal, the circulatory system absorbs all sorts of things from the gut. Many of these substances, especially... READ MORE

May 17, 2013 / (10) comments

Microminerals: Tiny Amounts, But Big Effects

I’ve found that whenever I talk about the nutrients that dogs require in a balanced diet I tend to gloss over the microminerals – minerals that are required in the diet in relatively small amounts. The big players like protein, carbohydrates, and fat get the most attention.   READ MORE

May 10, 2013 / (2) comments

What Your Pet's Lifestyle and Diet Says about You

I’m sure you’ve heard the adage about how dogs and their owners often look alike. Turns out we also often share diet and lifestyle characteristics, particularly as we get older. READ MORE

May 03, 2013 / (3) comments

Deciphering Diet Pet Foods (Part 1)

Have you ever purchased a so-called “diet” pet food? It may have been labeled as “light,” “lite,” “low calorie,” “reduced calorie,” or something similar, but all of these products infer that by purchasing the food in question, owners can help... READ MORE

Apr 26, 2013 / (3) comments

The Best of Intentions, Gone Astray

Veterinarians often recommend owners feed dogs that have diarrhea a diet consisting of boiled hamburger and white rice for a few days. READ MORE

Apr 19, 2013 / (2) comments

Fiber: It's Not Filler (at least not always)

Fiber is an important part of a dog’s diet but does not get the recognition it deserves. READ MORE

Apr 12, 2013 / (1) comments