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Nutrition Nuggets

Your dog's nutrition is important for a healthy & happy life. petMD experts help you to know what to feed your dog, how much food to feed, and the differences in dog foods, so your dog gets optimum nutrition.

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.

What is Magnesium and Why is It Important?

Magnesium… You see it listed on dog food ingredient labels and it’s often reported on a patient’s blood work, but what does it do in the body? READ MORE

Oct 09, 2015 / (2) comments

Another Danger of Homemade Dog Food

I’ve always thought I walk a reasonable line when it comes to homemade dog food. READ MORE

Sep 25, 2015 / (7) comments

A New Way to Look at Weight Loss in Dogs

I’ve started thinking about weight loss in a slightly different way than I did in the past. READ MORE

Sep 11, 2015 / (1) comments

More Evidence That Dogs Can Be Vegetarians… And Cats Can’t

We’ve talked before about whether or not dogs and cats can be vegetarians. READ MORE

Aug 28, 2015 / (6) comments

How to Get Dogs to Eat Slower

Most dogs love to eat, but problems can arise when dogs wolf down (no pun intended) their food. READ MORE

Aug 14, 2015 / (2) comments

The Vegetarian Dog

My dog used to be a vegetarian… an accidental vegetarian. While I choose not to eat meat, I have no problems feeding it to my dogs. But Apollo has severe inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). READ MORE

Jul 31, 2015 / (1) comments

Are You Feeding Your Dog the Right Amount?

One of the best ways to keep dogs healthy is to feed them the right amount of food. Too little and a dog can suffer from nutritional deficiencies. READ MORE

Jul 17, 2015 / (0) comments

The Truth About Food Allergies in Dogs

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. READ MORE

Jul 03, 2015 / (0) comments

Confusion Around Diets for Healthy Skin and Coat

Owners often look to a dog’s diet as the cause and/or solution to skin and coat problems. While this approach is sometimes valid, pet food manufacturers tend to overemphasize this link. READ MORE

Jun 19, 2015 / (1) comments

What to Feed Your Dog for Healthy Skin

One of the first things that people notice about dogs is the condition of their skin and coat. READ MORE

Jun 05, 2015 / (0) comments






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... graduated with honors from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. In the years since, she has practiced veterinary medicine in Virginia, Wyoming, and Colorado. She is the author of several books about veterinary medicine and animal care, including the Dictionary of Veterinary Terms, Vet-Speak Deciphered for the Non-Veterinarian .

Jennifer also writes short stories that focus on the strength and importance of the human-animal bond and freelance articles relating to a variety of animal care and veterinary topics. Dr. Coates lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband, daughter, and pets.