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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 "Owner Effect" in Canine Weight Loss

Helping dogs lose weight is not easy, but sometimes it seems harder than it ought to be. I’ve designed many a weight loss plan for overweight pets. I try to be very specific — feed "X" number of calories, which equates to so many cups of a specific food per day. I outline how... READ MORE

Feb 22, 2013 / (2) comments

When Dogs Eat May be Important for Weight Loss

Have you heard of the term "circadian metabolism?" I just ran across it skimming through a study that looked into whether or not the timing of a mouse’s meals had an effect on its body weight (more on this later). Essentially, animals have an endogenous clock within their bodies that... READ MORE

Feb 15, 2013 / (2) comments

Dogs are Not Wolves

I know, it seems obvious … dogs are not wolves. Dogs have evolved and been bred for over ten thousand years to make them distinct from their wolf ancestors. It’s visible in their anatomy and in their behavior. Now, research is uncovering the differences in their genetic make-up. According... READ MORE

Feb 08, 2013 / (4) comments

Can Diet be Used to Help Anxious Dogs?

I had to deal with an extremely anxious patient a few weeks ago. READ MORE

Feb 01, 2013 / (4) comments

What Happens to Food Once It’s Been Eaten?

I’ve been writing this blog about canine nutrition for quite awhile now and just realized that I haven’t talked about a very relevant subject — what the gastrointestinal system does with all that food our dogs eat. I won’t bore you with excruciating anatomical and physiological... READ MORE

Jan 25, 2013 / (2) comments

There's More to Fat than Meets the Eye

A survey performed by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention indicates that an estimated 20% of dogs in the United States are obese. We’re not talking "pleasantly plump" here but terribly, dangerously overweight. I wonder, would the owners of these pets work harder to help them lose... READ MORE

Jan 11, 2013 / (3) comments

Defining Hypoallergenic Dog Foods

Merriam-Webster defines "hypoallergenic" as "having little likelihood of causing an allergic response." Easy enough? Unfortunately, no.   READ MORE

Jan 04, 2013 / (2) comments

Can Dogs Stay Healthy On A Vegetarian Diet?

A number of my vegetarian clients have asked me whether or not their dogs can be vegetarians too. Their main concern is whether or not a meat-free diet is appropriate for their dogs. If it isn’t, they’ll continue, albeit squeamishly, to feed their dogs foods that contain meat.   READ MORE

Jan 03, 2013 / (6) comments

A Review of Diets Intended for Dogs with Cancer

Faced with a diagnosis of cancer in a beloved dog, many owners turn to dietary modifications as part of a treatment protocol aimed at maximizing the length and quality of their companion’s li READ MORE

Dec 28, 2012 / (9) comments

Help in Diagnosing Food Allergies?

Diagnosing canine food allergies is no fun at all. READ MORE

Dec 14, 2012 / (11) comments



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