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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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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

Food Dispensing Toys for Bored Dogs

Our dogs are bored. Life as a pet certainly has its advantages (food, shelter, veterinary care, and a doting caretaker to name a few), but as anyone who has been forced to stay home for any length of time will tell you, not having something to do starts to wear on you after awhile. Dogs express their... READ MORE

Jan 18, 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

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 life. For my patients, I typically recommend a diet that is relatively high in protein and fat, low in carbohydrates,... READ MORE

Dec 28, 2012 / (9) comments

Keeping Your Dog's Food Fresh

With the holiday weekend beginning, Dr. Coates is taking some much deserved time to spend with her family this week. Please enjoy one of our favorites from April on the topic of keeping your dog food fresh and at its best.   READ MORE

Dec 21, 2012 / (2) comments

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

 

 

 

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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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