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Dog Nutrition Nuggets

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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How Chocolate Makes Dogs Sick

You probably know that chocolate can make dogs sick, but do you know why? READ MORE

Mar 30, 2012 / (3) comments

Dogs and Bones: A Dangerous Combination

Dogs have been chewing on bones for thousands of years. This is what nature intended, right? Well maybe, but it’s an activity that is not without its risks.   READ MORE

Mar 23, 2012 / (15) comments

What to Do When Your Dog Vomits or Has Diarrhea

 At some point, every dog owner has to deal with a dog that vomits and/or has diarrhea. Dogs are anatomically and physiologically built to deal with the occasional dietary indiscretion. Because dogs evolved from omnivorous canines that often scavenged for food, their gastrointestinal systems are... READ MORE

Mar 16, 2012 / (1) comments

Nutrition: The Fifth Vital Assessment?

When I was in veterinary school, students were taught to evaluate three vital signs in every patient: temperature, pulse and respiration rates (also known as a TPR). This was drilled into our heads over and over again. No patient, sick or apparently healthy, should walk out of the exam room without a... READ MORE

Mar 09, 2012 / (1) comments

Therapeutic Diets for Dogs

I’ve talked many times before about the important role that balanced nutrition plays in keeping our pets healthy. In fact, there aren’t many things that owners do on a daily basis that have a greater influence on their pets' well-being.   READ MORE

Mar 02, 2012 / (2) comments

Why Free-Feeding is the Wrong Choice for Most Dogs

Do you leave food out for your dog 24/7? If so, you might be doing him a disservice.   READ MORE

Feb 17, 2012 / (6) comments

How to Switch Dog Food

Owners can find themselves in the position of having to switch dog foods for any number of reasons. Maybe your dog has been diagnosed with a dietary responsive disease. READ MORE

Feb 10, 2012 / (2) comments

Nutritional Differences for Small, Toy, and Large Breed Dogs

A dog is a dog is a dog, right? Not quite – at least when we’re talking nutrition. While dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes do have similar nutritional needs, there are some subtle but important differences that owners should be aware of.   READ MORE

Feb 03, 2012 / (1) comments

New Research into Nutrigenomics

I recently sat in on a short lecture on nutrigenomics as it applies to the development of new pet foods. My initial response was probably the same as the one you are having right now … nutro-g-what?   READ MORE

Jan 20, 2012 / (0) comments

What is a Sensitive Stomach, and What Can Be Done About It?

Some dogs have guts of steel and can eat almost anything they find in the yard or on a walk with no ill effects. However, not every dog is so lucky. Many tend to be more sensitive than this. READ MORE

Jan 13, 2012 / (0) comments