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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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Are Life Stage Dog Foods Credible?

Recently, a reader posted a comment in response to an old post about life stage feeding. In part it said:   READ MORE

Apr 25, 2014 / (2) comments

Nutrition's Role in Treating Kidney Disease in Dogs

Chronic kidney disease (also known as renal disease) is an irreversible and progressive loss of kidney function that ultimately results in illness and death. It is most common in older pets, but can occur at any age. Even though the disease is progressive, appropriate treatment helps many dogs live comfortably... READ MORE

Apr 11, 2014 / (8) comments

Feeding the Critically Sick, Injured, or Recovering Dog

We all know that good medicine helps to bring a return of good health, but good nutrition is just as important.   READ MORE

Mar 28, 2014 / (3) comments

The Risks and Benefits of Raw Meat Diets for Dogs

We love our dogs and want to provide them with the most nutritious food possible, but deciding which food is best is not easy. Pet food industry marketing often complicates the issue and presents conflicting viewpoints. One type of diet that is becoming increasingly popular, the raw meat-based diet,... READ MORE

Mar 14, 2014 / (3) comments

Meals on Wheels for Pets

I want to bring to your attention a program for low-income or disabled seniors: Meals on Wheels for Pets. Many people who are struggling to feed themselves also struggle to care for their pets, sometimes the only companionship they have.   READ MORE

Feb 28, 2014 / (2) comments

Help! Why Won’t My Dog Eat?

Pet owners understandably become concerned when they think that their beloved companion is not eating enough. READ MORE

Feb 14, 2014 / (5) comments

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 sm READ MORE

Feb 07, 2014 / (3) comments

What Foods Taste Good to Dogs?

The next two installments of Nutrition Nuggets will cover food preferences in dogs and cats. READ MORE

Jan 31, 2014 / (2) comments

Feeding the Dog with Chronic Diarrhea

There are many causes of diarrhea in dogs. The most common are intestinal parasites (e.g., roundworms, hookworms, Giardia), bacterial infections or overgrowth, dietary indiscretion (e.g., garbage ingestion or an abrupt diet change), and inflammatory diseases (e.g., diet intolerances or allergies). Many... READ MORE

Jan 17, 2014 / (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, 2014 / (4) 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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