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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 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

Manage Your Dog's Hyperthyroidism at Home With This Simple Change

Hyperthyroidism, a very common condition in cats, is exceedingly rare in dogs. READ MORE

Jan 30, 2015 / (2) comments

What To Do When a Dog Stops Eating

Most dogs love to eat, which is why a meal that has been left untouched immediately raises concerns. READ MORE

Jan 16, 2015 / (2) comments

How to Feed Older Dogs

Nothing beats a good, old dog. The relationship between canine senior citizens and their owners is exceptionally deep and multifaceted. READ MORE

Jan 02, 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.