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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.
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FDA Issues Another Update on Jerky Pet Treats

We’ve been following the saga of pet illnesses associated with jerky treats made in China for years now, and I have to say that the latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) update is the most concerning yet. It states, in part:   READ MORE

Jun 06, 2014 / (13) 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

Meals on Wheels for Pets

I want to bring to your attention a program for low-income or disabled seniors: Meals on Wheels for Pets. Many people who are struggling to feed themselves also struggle to care for their pets, sometimes the only companionship they have.   READ MORE

Feb 28, 2014 / (2) comments

Help! Why Won’t My Dog 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

 

 

 

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ABOUT NUTRITION NUGGETS

JENNIFER COATES, DVM

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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.


 
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