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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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Should You be Feeding a Breed-Specific Food?

Remember the days when dog food was just, well, dog food? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not nostalgic for the days when our knowledge about the nutritional needs of dogs was in its infancy, but when it comes to choices in the dog food aisle, the pendulum may have swung just a bit too far in the... READ MORE

Jun 15, 2012 / (6) comments

When Taurine and Carnitine Supplements Are a Good Idea

I generally recommend that my clients disregard supplements and focus on feeding their dogs an appropriate amount of a well-balanced, high-quality dog food. Adding supplements to an already nutritionally complete diet for a healthy adult dog or puppy can actually do more harm than good. READ MORE

Jun 08, 2012 / (7) comments

The Special Nutritional Needs of Puppies

Just as babies are not miniature adults, puppies are not smaller, younger versions of dogs. The growth and development of a puppy is hard work, and special nutrition is required. Young animals are especially sensitive to the effects of dietary deficiencies, toxins, and poor quality ingredients, so owners... READ MORE

May 25, 2012 / (3) comments

Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Dogs with Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

If you have a dog with Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI), you are in tune with the concept, "What goes in must come out." A lack of digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas is at the heart of EPI. If a dog doesn’t have the enzymes necessary to digest food, he or she can’t... READ MORE

May 11, 2012 / (9) comments

How to Feed Dogs at Risk for GDV

I know this is supposed to be a blog about canine nutrition, but gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV) in dogs is such a catastrophic condition that I thought we’d better talk about it even though it relates more with how, rather than what, you feed.   READ MORE

May 04, 2012 / (10) comments

Can Dogs be Vegetarians?

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.   A... READ MORE

Apr 27, 2012 / (5) comments

What is AAFCO and What Does it Do?

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you’ve heard me refer to AAFCO on multiple occasions. I thought it might be a good idea to talk a bit about what this organization does and who is involved.   READ MORE

Apr 20, 2012 / (4) comments

How to Keep Your Dog’s Food Fresh

You’ve researched your dog’s nutritional needs, compared brands (perhaps using the MyBowl tool), and purchased the best option for your beloved pooch. Now the question arises: "What is the best way to store the food to keep it fresh and wholesome for as long as possible?"   READ MORE

Apr 06, 2012 / (2) comments

How Chocolate Makes Dogs Sick

You probably know that chocolate can make dogs sick, but do you know why? Understanding how this common canine toxin adversely affects a dog’s body underscores the importance of protecting dogs from exposure and helps explain the rationale behind a veterinarian’s treatment recommendations.   READ MORE

Mar 30, 2012 / (1) comments

Dogs and Bones: A Dangerous Combination

Dogs have been chewing on bones for thousands of years. This is what nature intended, right? Well maybe, but it’s an activity that is not without its risks.   READ MORE

Mar 23, 2012 / (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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