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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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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

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

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



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