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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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Using Omega 3 Fatty Acids Effectively and Safely

Omega 3 Fatty Acids are very popular nutritional supplements for dogs. They are advertised to help with skin conditions, allergies, kidney function, lymphoma, heart disease, cognitive function, arthritis, and more. Research is spotty but supports their use in some cases. As a result, many veterinarians... READ MORE

Aug 29, 2014 / (2) comments

Dry Food and Dental Disease in Dogs

Daily tooth brushing and professional dental cleanings on an as-needed basis are the best ways to prevent the formation of periodontal disease in dogs, but diet can play an important role. This is especially true when daily tooth brushing is not possible, either because of a dog’s temperament or... READ MORE

Aug 01, 2014 / (2) comments

Feeding Dogs with Congestive Heart Failure

I recently came across an estimate for the prevalence of heart disease in older dogs that shocked me — thirty percent. My first reaction was “that can’t be right,” but the more I thought about all those elderly, small dogs with mitral valve dysplasia and large breeds with dilated... READ MORE

Jul 18, 2014 / (2) comments

Feeding the Dog that Vomits Every Day

We spend a lot of time on Nutrition Nuggets talking about what (and what not) to feed our dogs. When dogs have bilious vomiting syndrome, however, when meals occur is even more important than what the meals consist of.   READ MORE

Jul 04, 2014 / (1) comments

Why Your Dog's Health Depends on Life Stage Diets

One of the most important breakthroughs in canine nutrition came when veterinary nutritionists recognized the different nutrition READ MORE

Jun 20, 2014 / (2) comments

Feeding Dogs with High Blood Fat

Dogs with hyperlipidemia, also called lipemia, have higher than normal amounts of triglycerides and/or cholesterol in their blood stream. When triglycerides are elevated, a sample of the dog’s blood can look a bit like a strawberry smoothie (sorry for the food reference), while the serum, the liquid... READ MORE

May 23, 2014 / (1) comments

“How Much” is As Important As “What” Your Dog Eats

Nutritional deficiencies were common back when dogs were fed table scraps supplemented by whatever they could scrounge. All that changed with the advent of commercially prepared, complete and balanced dog foods. Now, nutritional excess is enemy number one … specifically, an excess of calories.   READ MORE

May 09, 2014 / (1) comments

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