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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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Help in Diagnosing Food Allergies?

Diagnosing canine food allergies is no fun at all. The condition’s most common symptoms of itching and chronic/recurrent skin and ear problems (with or without concurrent GI signs) are hardly unique to food allergies, so a complete work-up is the first order of business. And then finally, when... READ MORE

Dec 14, 2012 / (11) comments

The Pros and Cons of Preservatives in Dog Foods

Unless you are making your dog’s diet from scratch and serving it immediately, preserving dog food in some way is essential. Without preservation, food quickly spoils and can produce illness rather than the good health we are all looking to provide through optimal nutrition. There are many ways... READ MORE

Dec 07, 2012 / (3) comments

DHA - It’s Not Just for Senior Dogs

I recently wrote about the benefits of including DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)in the diets of cancer patients. Cancer is typically a disease of old age, but I hope my previous post didn’t give you the impression that DHA is something that should only be of interest to the owners of senior dogs. If... READ MORE

Nov 30, 2012 / (1) comments

Pancreatitis in Dogs

It’s the day after Thanksgiving. I hope you had a wonderful time and, if you ate a little too much, your GI tract has had a chance to recover. I thought I’d use this holiday traditionally associated with overindulgence to talk about pancreatitis in dogs. Hopefully, the topic is not too timely... READ MORE

Nov 23, 2012 / (3) comments

Is Gluten-Free Dog Food Better?

What’s your gut (no pun intended) reaction when you hear the word "gluten"? Mine is mildly negative, which I find funny since I actually eat a lot of gluten with no ill effects. For very different reasons (mine being mostly ethical, his being health-related) my dog and I are both vegetarians.... READ MORE

Nov 16, 2012 / (3) comments

The Importance of Digestibility for Dogs

Today I’m going to talk about an important pet food characteristic — digestibility. In fact, I think it is so important that I’m going to address it on both the canine and feline Nutrition Nuggets pages on the same day. The information in the two posts is similar but not identical,... READ MORE

Nov 09, 2012 / (3) comments

Feed the Patient - Starve the Cancer

Feeding pets that have been diagnosed with cancer is a challenge. It is not unusual for cancer patients to lose their appetites as a result of the disease or its treatment, and this occurs at a time when good nutrition is vital. Cancer also changes a pet’s metabolism. He has to compete with the... READ MORE

Nov 02, 2012 / (2) comments

What to Do When a Dog Eats Poop

Most owners love their dogs, but that doesn’t mean we’re not disgusted by them from time to time. Chief among the complaints that I most frequently hear from owners is coprophagia. READ MORE

Oct 26, 2012 / (7) comments

Dental Diets That Work for Dogs

Do you brush your dog’s teeth? You should … every day, or at least every other day (less than that is not really helpful). But don’t despair if, like me, you find that all too often "life" gets in the way of this chore. You do have other alternatives that can help.   READ MORE

Oct 19, 2012 / (6) comments

Using Diet to Treat and Prevent Bladder Stones

Some of the most dramatic X-rays I’ve ever shown clients are those that reveal the presence of large stones in the bladder of a dog. Up until they see the X-rays, many of these folks are a little annoyed at their pets. This isn’t too unreasonable considering they’ve typically been dealing... READ MORE

Oct 12, 2012 / (10) 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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