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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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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 / (2) comments

Feeding Canine Athletes

I am on vacation this week. Rather than leave you hanging while I’m catching up on some much needed R & R, I thought I’d channel Linda Richman of Saturday Night Live “Coffee Talk” fame. “Talk amongst yourselves. I’ll give you a [link to a] topic. Discuss!”   READ MORE

Mar 22, 2013 / (1) 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

The "Owner Effect" in Canine Weight Loss

Helping dogs lose weight is not easy, but sometimes it seems harder than it ought to be. I’ve designed many a weight loss plan for overweight pets. I try to be very specific — feed "X" number of calories, which equates to so many cups of a specific food per day. I outline how... READ MORE

Feb 22, 2013 / (2) comments

When Dogs Eat May be Important for Weight Loss

Have you heard of the term "circadian metabolism?" I just ran across it skimming through a study that looked into whether or not the timing of a mouse’s meals had an effect on its body weight (more on this later). Essentially, animals have an endogenous clock within their bodies that... READ MORE

Feb 15, 2013 / (2) comments

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

 

 

 

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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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