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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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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

Why Won't My Dog Eat? Causes & How to Get a Dog to Eat

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

Feb 14, 2014 / (7) 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

Can Dogs Taste? And What Do They Like To Eat?

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

Is It Okay to Allow Your Dog to Beg for Table Scraps?

I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure life would be worth living without the occasional treat. I do pretty well when it comes to eating my fruits, vegetables and whole grains, but I have to be honest and say that I also use that as permission to occasionally indulge. I think the same mindset... READ MORE

Dec 27, 2013 / (2) comments

Food Allergies Are Overdiagnosed in Dogs

The term “food allergy” is overused. Owners and even some veterinarians will call any adverse reaction to a food an allergy. In some cases, the difference is primarily semantic since the most effective form of treatment is going to be avoiding the offending substance regardless of the underlying... READ MORE

Dec 20, 2013 / (2) comments

Thiamine Deficiency in Dogs More Common Than You Realize

Today over on Nutrition Nuggets for Cats, we started a discussion on the unexpected (to me at least) prevalence of thiamine deficiency in dogs and cats. If you haven’t already taken a look at that post, start there before reading further.   READ MORE

Dec 13, 2013 / (0) comments

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 / (2) 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



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