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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 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. 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

Last reviewed on November 25, 2015   READ MORE

Oct 19, 2012 / (7) 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 / (11) comments

Did Anyone Actually Read the AVMA Raw Meat Policy?

I don’t understand the kerfuffle over the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) newly adopted policy about the feeding of raw or undercooked animal-sourced protein to dogs and cats. Sure, I expected some push-back from the advocates of raw feeding, but the majority of people commenting... READ MORE

Sep 28, 2012 / (29) comments

The Nutritional Needs of Older Dogs

A few months ago, I wrote about the special nutritional needs of puppies. Today, let’s look at the opposite end of the spectrum. In other words, how should we feed the "mature" dogs in our lives?   READ MORE

Sep 14, 2012 / (2) comments

Nutrition for the Canine Cancer Patient

When facing a diagnosis of cancer in a beloved pet, it’s easy for owners to become overwhelmed with all the treatment options, associated prognoses, and emotions involved. One topic that can get overlooked is the important role that nutrition plays during this time. A dog’s metabolism... READ MORE

Sep 07, 2012 / (2) comments

Grapes and Raisins are Toxic to Dogs

I’m afraid I may have inadvertently done some harm early in my veterinary career. When owners asked me which "human foods" were okay to feed as an occasional canine treat, my reply was typically "a few apple slices, mini-carrots, or grapes would be fine." Now I omit the grapes,... READ MORE

Aug 24, 2012 / (13) comments

Enhancing Cognitive Function in Older Dogs with Diet and More

A few weeks back, we talked about the nutritional needs of older dogs. Today I want to talk specifically about a serious problem that can affect this population: canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD). In many ways, the symptoms of CCD appear very similar to those seen with Alzheimer’s disease in people.... READ MORE

Aug 17, 2012 / (1) comments