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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.

Canned Dog Food – Expensive But Worth It?

Most owners feed their dogs dry food. The benefits of kibble are hard to overlook.   READ MORE

Dec 18, 2015 / (2) comments

Large Breed Dogs — Diet Can Help With Loose Stools

I recently ran across a paper presented at the 2015 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) conference that might explain a couple of cases I had a while back where I couldn’ READ MORE

Dec 04, 2015 / (3) comments

A Guide for Using Diet to Treat Vomiting in Dogs

Spend enough time around dogs and you’re bound to notice that they vomit rather frequently. An occasional “upchuck” is simply part of being a dog. READ MORE

Nov 20, 2015 / (1) comments

Dog Foods Aren’t Equal – Even Though They Appear to Be

Regular readers of this blog know that my dog Apollo has severe inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). READ MORE

Nov 06, 2015 / (2) comments

Sick Dogs Need to Eat Sooner Rather than Later

I recently wrote a post over on Daily Vet about READ MORE

Oct 23, 2015 / (1) comments

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 / (9) 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






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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.