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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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Not All Nutritional Supplements for Dogs are Made Equal

I just listened to a disturbing report on the public radio show Science Friday about the variability of the quality of nutritional supplements available on the market in the United States. It dealt with human nutritional supplements, but since many owners use these products in the hopes of preventing... READ MORE

Dec 06, 2013 / (1) comments

Is Your Dog Allergic to His Food?

Allergies are a common problem for dogs. Typical symptoms include itchiness resulting in excess scratching, biting, or licking, and sometimes chronic or recurrent skin/ear infections. While dogs most frequently suffer from allergies to environmental triggers (e.g., pollen, molds, and dust mites or flea... READ MORE

Nov 29, 2013 / (1) comments

Raw Pet Foods Found to Have High Rates of Contamination

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released the findings of a study investigating the prevalence of contamination, specifically with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, in commercially available, raw pet foods. I found the results so shocking that I want to present the information... READ MORE

Nov 22, 2013 / (3) comments

Why Your Senior Dog May Not Need a Senior Food

Do you feed your older dog a senior dog food, or are you planning to do so when he reaches a certain age? If so, you might be interested in a few facts about dog foods that are ostensibly designed for the canine senior citizens among us.   READ MORE

Nov 15, 2013 / (2) comments

How Safe Do You Want Your Pet Foods to Be?

Unfortunately, one of the topics that we seem to touch upon frequently here is pet food safety, or more specifically, the lack thereof. A rule proposed late last month by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the 2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act could potentially change that.   READ MORE

Nov 08, 2013 / (6) comments

Can Cranberry Help to Prevent Dog Urinary Tract Infection?

Cranberry has a reputation for treating/preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Do a quick online search and you’re sure to run into myriad reports of miraculous cures. It certainly would be wonderful if something as simple as adding cranberry to a dog’s dietary regimen could prevent... READ MORE

Nov 01, 2013 / (4) comments

Why Exercise is Not the Cure for Your Dog's Excess Weight

I just finished listening to a podcast produced by the Public Radio show Science Friday called “Fallacies of Fat.” In it, Dr. Robert Lustig talks about diet, exercise, weight loss, and health and how they are not all related in the ways that you might think.   READ MORE

Oct 25, 2013 / (13) comments

Can Coconut Oil Help Symptoms of Canine Cognitive Disorder?

I am leery of anything that has the appearance of being the newest nutritional fad. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about … the latest berry, grain, or other food that is touted as being a “superfood” only to fall off everyone’s radar screen a few months later... READ MORE

Oct 11, 2013 / (3) comments

Therapeutic Dog Food: Is Your Sick Dog Getting the Right Kind of Food?

I recently ran across a couple of troubling statistics that relate to pet nutrition. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, only seven percent of pets that could benefit from a therapeutic food are actually fed one. Therapeutic diets include foods that are designed to aid in the management... READ MORE

Sep 27, 2013 / (1) comments