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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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Microminerals: Tiny Amounts, But Big Effects

I’ve found that whenever I talk about the nutrients that dogs require in a balanced diet I tend to gloss over the microminerals – minerals that are required in the diet in relatively small amounts. The big players like protein, carbohydrates, and fat get the most attention.   READ MORE

May 10, 2013 / (2) comments

What Your Pet's Lifestyle and Diet Says about You

I’m sure you’ve heard the adage about how dogs and their owners often look alike. Turns out we also often share diet and lifestyle characteristics, particularly as we get older. READ MORE

May 03, 2013 / (3) comments

Deciphering Diet Pet Foods (Part 1)

Have you ever purchased a so-called “diet” pet food? It may have been labeled as “light,” “lite,” “low calorie,” “reduced calorie,” or something similar, but all of these products infer that by purchasing the food in question, owners can help... READ MORE

Apr 26, 2013 / (3) comments

How to Properly Use a Bland Diet to Treat Dogs with Diarrhea

Veterinarians often recommend owners feed dogs that have diarrhea a diet consisting of boiled hamburger and white rice for a few days. READ MORE

Apr 19, 2013 / (2) comments

Fiber: It's Not Filler (at least not always)

Fiber is an important part of a dog’s diet but does not get the recognition it deserves. READ MORE

Apr 12, 2013 / (1) comments

Performance Diets for Detection Dogs

We’ve talked a lot on Nutrition Nuggets about how a properly balanced diet is essential to good canine health and how tweaking nutrient ratios can help with disease prevention and management. Well … here’s something new. A diet that is relatively low in protein and high in fat can... READ MORE

Apr 05, 2013 / (2) comments

Don't Think 'Good' or 'Bad' When It Comes to Fats: Part 1

You are probably familiar with the concept of “good” and “bad” fats as it applies to human food. Fats are described as being “bad” when their inclusion in the diet is associated with abnormally high blood cholesterol levels and an increased risk of heart attack or... READ MORE

Mar 29, 2013 / (4) comments

Treats or By-Products?

I had a funny experience with my six year old daughter at a pet supply store a couple of months ago. We were looking for a “chewie” for our dog. He has severe inflammatory bowel disease so is on a strict, limited antigen diet. All the usual treats are off limits, but he still likes to chew,... READ MORE

Mar 15, 2013 / (5) comments

Coat and Skin Health as an Indicator of Nutritional Status

The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the condition of a dog’s coat and skin give a better indication of his overall nutritional status. The skin is the largest organ of the body and when it is not getting the nutrition it needs, problems are readily observed.   READ MORE

Mar 08, 2013 / (7) comments

What is Large Breed Puppy Food?

Whenever I have an appointment with a large or giant breed puppy, I bring up the subject of large breed puppy foods. Puppies that are going to grow up to be big dogs are predisposed to developmental orthopedic diseases (DOD) like osteochondritis dissecans and hip and elbow dysplasia. (I use an adult... READ MORE

Mar 01, 2013 / (5) comments