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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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Can Coconut Oil Help Symptoms of Canine Cognitive Disorder?

I am leery of anything that has the appearance of being the newest nutritional fad. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about … the latest berry, grain, or other food that is touted as being a “superfood” only to fall off everyone’s radar screen a few months later... READ MORE

Oct 11, 2013 / (3) comments

Feeding the Starving Dog

I ran across a local canine adoption event a couple of weeks ago. A couple of the dogs had been recently rescued from horrific conditions and were emaciated. We’re talking “skin and bones.” Their caretaker said they looked a lot better than they did when they were first brought in,... READ MORE

Oct 04, 2013 / (2) comments

Therapeutic Dog Food: Is Your Sick Dog Getting the Right Kind of Food?

I recently ran across a couple of troubling statistics that relate to pet nutrition. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, only seven percent of pets that could benefit from a therapeutic food are actually fed one. Therapeutic diets include foods that are designed to aid in the management... READ MORE

Sep 27, 2013 / (1) comments

Recommended Nutritional Daily Allowances for Dog and Cat Foods

If you follow nutrition closely, you may have noticed a difference in the way in which nutrient recommendations are typically made for people and pets. You’ll often hear the term “recommended daily allowance (RDA)” thrown around for people, as in “the RDA for protein for women... READ MORE

Sep 20, 2013 / (1) comments

What You Don't Know About Mushrooms Can Kill Your Dog

One of the saddest cases that I can remember from more than 15 years of practicing veterinary medicine involves a dog that died after eating mushrooms her owners had collected from the woods. The owners were hunting for morels, a non-toxic (and delicious) type of wild mushroom. They had gathered an awful... READ MORE

Sep 13, 2013 / (2) comments

Why Your Homemade Dog Food is Not Good Enough

Do you cook for your dog? If so, how confident are you that the recipe(s) you use provide complete and balanced nutrition? The results of a study evaluating two hundred recipes obtained from 34 sources (veterinary textbooks, pet care books for owners, and websites) were published in the June 1, 2013... READ MORE

Sep 06, 2013 / (10) comments

How Many Calories Does a Dog Need?

A couple of weeks ago in response to my post about the new AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) labeling requirement to include calorie counts on all pet foods, Tom Collins asked for “guidelines for recommended daily calorie intake for various pets, age groups, lifestyles, etc.”... READ MORE

Aug 30, 2013 / (3) comments

Nutrition Gone Bad – Dogs That Eat Cat Poop

A few weeks ago, a couple of comments were made about dogs eating cat poop. Bloomlarry mentioned, “A gastroenterologist I know had a dog with a chronic case [of diarrhea]. After a couple of visits to the vet he decided to try a “probiotic.” His answer? A bit of cat stool. The chronic... READ MORE

Aug 23, 2013 / (6) comments

Pet Food Labeling Change: Calorie Counts Will Soon be Available

According to a report in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), calorie counts will be appearing on pet food labels, although the changes may not be evident anytime soon.   READ MORE

Aug 16, 2013 / (3) comments

Diets for Dogs with Copper Associated Liver Disease

Copper is not a nutrient that many owners contemplate, until it is associated with disease. In health, copper plays a role in the formation of a dog’s bones, connective tissue, collagen, and myelin (the protective covering of nerves). Copper also helps the body absorb iron, making it an important... READ MORE

Aug 09, 2013 / (5) 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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