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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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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

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

Can Dogs Stay Healthy On A Vegetarian Diet?

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.   READ MORE

Jan 03, 2013 / (6) 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 li 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. READ MORE

Dec 14, 2012 / (11) comments



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