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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.

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

What is the Best Food for a Dog with a Sensitive Stomach?

Does your dog sometimes skip meals or occasionally vomit and have diarrhea for no apparent reason? READ MORE

May 22, 2015 / (1) comments

Sugar-Free Can be Deadly for Dogs

I’m not sure if it’s the time of year (the pre-bathing suit months?), but lately I’ve been hearing about an unusual number of cases of xylitol poisoning in dogs. READ MORE

May 06, 2015 / (1) comments

Jerky Treat Update – Some Good News and Some Bad

We’ve been following the tragic saga of illnesses associated with pets eating jerky treats primarily made in China for years now. In February, the U.S. READ MORE

Apr 24, 2015 / (6) comments

Feeding Dogs with Intervertebral Disc Disease

Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is the scourge of our “low rider” cani READ MORE

Apr 10, 2015 / (1) comments

The Special Nutritional Needs of Puppies

Puppies are not simply smaller, younger versions of dogs, in the same way that human babies are not miniature adults. READ MORE

Mar 27, 2015 / (1) comments

Dogs Don’t Want Carbs

What would dogs eat if they could choose for themselves?   READ MORE

Mar 06, 2015 / (2) comments

All Fiber is Not the Same

Dietary fiber can be used to treat a variety of health conditions in dogs including obesity, anal gland impactions, diarrhea, and constipation. READ MORE

Feb 13, 2015 / (2) 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.