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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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Is It Okay to Allow Your Dog to Beg for Table Scraps?

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 27, 2013 / (2) comments

Food Allergies Are Overdiagnosed in Dogs

The term “food allergy” is overused. Owners and even some veterinarians will call any adverse reaction to a food an allergy. In some cases, the difference is primarily semantic since the most effective form of treatment is going to be avoiding the offending substance regardless of the underlying... READ MORE

Dec 20, 2013 / (2) comments

Thiamine Deficiency in Dogs More Common Than You Realize

Today over on Nutrition Nuggets for Cats, we started a discussion on the unexpected (to me at least) prevalence of thiamine deficiency in dogs and cats. If you haven’t already taken a look at that post, start there before reading further.   READ MORE

Dec 13, 2013 / (0) comments

Not All Nutritional Supplements for Dogs are Made Equal

I just listened to a disturbing report on the public radio show Science Friday about the variability of the quality of nutritional supplements available on the market in the United States. It dealt with human nutritional supplements, but since many owners use these products in the hopes of preventing... READ MORE

Dec 06, 2013 / (1) comments

Is Your Dog Allergic to His Food?

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

Nov 29, 2013 / (1) comments

Raw Pet Foods Found to Have High Rates of Contamination

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released the findings of a study investigating the prevalence of contamination, specifically with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, in commercially available, raw pet foods. I found the results so shocking that I want to present the information... READ MORE

Nov 22, 2013 / (3) comments

Why Your Senior Dog May Not Need a Senior Food

Do you feed your older dog a senior dog food, or are you planning to do so when he reaches a certain age? If so, you might be interested in a few facts about dog foods that are ostensibly designed for the canine senior citizens among us.   READ MORE

Nov 15, 2013 / (2) comments

How Safe Do You Want Your Pet Foods to Be?

Unfortunately, one of the topics that we seem to touch upon frequently here is pet food safety, or more specifically, the lack thereof. A rule proposed late last month by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the 2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act could potentially change that.   READ MORE

Nov 08, 2013 / (6) comments

Can Cranberry Help to Prevent Dog Urinary Tract Infection?

Cranberry has a reputation for treating/preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Do a quick online search and you’re sure to run into myriad reports of miraculous cures. It certainly would be wonderful if something as simple as adding cranberry to a dog’s dietary regimen could prevent... READ MORE

Nov 01, 2013 / (4) comments

Why Exercise is Not the Cure for Your Dog's Excess Weight

I just finished listening to a podcast produced by the Public Radio show Science Friday called “Fallacies of Fat.” In it, Dr. Robert Lustig talks about diet, exercise, weight loss, and health and how they are not all related in the ways that you might think.   READ MORE

Oct 25, 2013 / (13) 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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