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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.

Dog Food Delivered to Your Door is More Than Convenient

February 12, 2016 / (7) comments

One thing I love about being a veterinarian is the ease with which I can manage my own animals. For example, my dog Apollo recently hurt his foot. I think he stepped on a sharp stick while running around our back yard, but whatever the cause, the result was a deep puncture between the pads of his right front foot. I quickly gathered a bowl of warm soapy water, antiseptic rinse, antibiotic ointment, and bandage material. In 15 minutes or so, the wound was clean, bandaged, and I had started him on some canine antibiotics and pain relievers that I had stashed away for just such an occasion. In a few days, Apollo was back to normal; no inconvenient late night trip to the emergency clinic needed.


Another perk that I enjoy is being able to order most of what I need to take care of my animals from my veterinary supply company, shipping everything directly to my house. This is especially beneficial when it comes to Apollo’s food. He can only eat a prescription diet designed to control his severe inflammatory bowel disease.


Apollo is a big dog, weighing in at a lean 82 pounds the last time I checked. He eats about four cups of this food every day. Since it is pricey, the food comes in relatively small bags (25 pounds is the largest). Therefore, we go through bags VERY quickly. I would not be happy if I had to run to the store every time he was running low. Instead, it simply arrives on my doorstep whenever I need it.


While most owners can’t deal with their dog’s emergency veterinary care on their own, everyone can have dog food shipped directly to their home. Online ordering is available from most major pet supply companies these days. Shipping charges are generally waved as long as the cost of the order reaches a certain limit (e.g., $49).


An especially convenient option is to have your dog’s food shipped automatically every month or so. You probably have a pretty good idea of how quickly your dog goes through a bag (or case) of food. Many online retailers will allow you to set up a regular shipment schedule—say a 25 pound bag of your dog’s food sent every three weeks. Enrolling in auto ship is often also associated with a discount on the food. The retailer wants your repeat business, after all!


There isn’t much risk associated with trying auto ship. Reputable companies allow you to modify or even cancel your standing order at any time. So, if you find your dog is not going through food as quickly as you thought, or he has to eat a special diet for a period of time, you can easily adjust your auto ship.


Convenience, cost savings, and no more late night runs to the pet supply store because you just realized you are out of dog food. What’s not to like?



Dr. Jennifer Coates


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  • Seems like a lot of food?
    02/19/2016 04:25pm

    I enjoy reading Dr. Coates arcticles, but they sometimes generate additional questions that I would love to have answers to. For example, in her article above, (food delivery), My food 3 bags, arrives every 7 weeks for my 3 Alaskan Malamutes. According to the feeding chart on the back of the bag, my 107lb male, should only receive 2 1/2 cups per day, if he is given moderate exercise. Her dog, at 82 lbs, is going through 4 cups/day....Why such a differance? My other two Malamutes (Females) also get 2 1/2 / day. and they weigh 97lbs(she is a larger female), and 80lbs (my smaller female) .
    Thank you

  • 02/19/2016 07:59pm

    Your dogs' food must be much more calorie dense than Apollo's. In human terms, think of it as the difference between 3 cups of salad and 3 cups of extra gooey macaroni and cheese. They may be be the same volume of food but one is going to have many more calories.

  • 02/19/2016 09:42pm

    Hello again,
    I might learn something here....LOL.. This is the data from the 6fish from orijen that I use. Would you therefore classify this product as more calorie dense than what you are feeding Apollo? Metabolizable Energy is 3800 kcal/kg (456 kcal per 250ml/120g cup). Calories are distributed to support peak physical conditioning with 40% from protein, 22% from fruits and vegetables, and 38% from fish oils.
    Thank you again, and keep up the articles.

  • 02/21/2016 04:27pm

    Apollo's food had 311 kcal/cup, so yes, your dogs' food is much more calorie dense than his is. That's why Apollo has to eat more volume to maintain his weight.

  • 02/22/2016 05:38pm

    Thank you for getting back with me. I've expanded my horizons.
    Take care.

  • RAW HIDE prioducts.
    03/04/2016 07:20pm

    Didn't know the best way to find you, so here I am again. My question is as follows: I have purchased large rolled raw hide, that is made from hides in the U.S. only. (no foreign material). Anyway, they are having an online sale today 25% off!, and I dug deeper into the product , and they talk about a
    ( tasty Collagen Flavor Layer). Is this good to feed to my Malamutes, on occasion?

    Thank you
    [email protected]

  • 03/06/2016 05:55pm

    The safety of this type of rawhide completely depends on how your dogs chew. If they just gnaw away and the rawhide survives for a long time more or less intact, they're ok. If they rip off and swallow large chunks, I'd avoid them.