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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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What Happens to Food Once It’s Been Eaten?

I’ve been writing this blog about canine nutrition for quite awhile now and just realized that I haven’t talked about a very relevant subject — what the gastrointestinal system does with all that food our dogs eat. I won’t bore you with excruciating anatomical and physiological... READ MORE

Jan 25, 2013 / (2) comments

There's More to Fat than Meets the Eye

A survey performed by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention indicates that an estimated 20% of dogs in the United States are obese. We’re not talking "pleasantly plump" here but terribly, dangerously overweight. I wonder, would the owners of these pets work harder to help them lose... READ MORE

Jan 11, 2013 / (3) comments

Defining Hypoallergenic Dog Foods

Merriam-Webster defines "hypoallergenic" as "having little likelihood of causing an allergic response." Easy enough? Unfortunately, no.   READ MORE

Jan 04, 2013 / (2) comments

Can Dogs Stay Healthy On A Vegetarian Diet?

A number of my vegetarian clients have asked me whether or not their dogs can be vegetarians too. Their main concern is whether or not a meat-free diet is appropriate for their dogs. If it isn’t, they’ll continue, albeit squeamishly, to feed their dogs foods that contain meat.   READ MORE

Jan 03, 2013 / (6) comments

A Review of Diets Intended for Dogs with Cancer

Faced with a diagnosis of cancer in a beloved dog, many owners turn to dietary modifications as part of a treatment protocol aimed at maximizing the length and quality of their companion’s li READ MORE

Dec 28, 2012 / (9) comments

Help in Diagnosing Food Allergies?

Diagnosing canine food allergies is no fun at all. READ MORE

Dec 14, 2012 / (11) comments

The Pros and Cons of Preservatives in Dog Foods

Unless you are making your dog’s diet from scratch and serving it immediately, preserving dog food in some way is essential. Without preservation, food quickly spoils and can produce illness rather than the good health we are all looking to provide through optimal nutrition. There are many ways... READ MORE

Dec 07, 2012 / (3) comments

DHA - It’s Not Just for Senior Dogs

I recently wrote about the benefits of including DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)in the diets of cancer patients. READ MORE

Nov 30, 2012 / (1) comments

Pancreatitis in Dogs

It’s the day after Thanksgiving. I hope you had a wonderful time and, if you ate a little too much, your GI tract has had a chance to recover. I thought I’d use this holiday traditionally associated with overindulgence to talk about pancreatitis in dogs. Hopefully, the topic is not too timely... READ MORE

Nov 23, 2012 / (5) comments

Is Gluten-Free Dog Food Better?

What’s your gut (no pun intended) reaction when you hear the word "gluten"? Mine is mildly negative, which I find funny since I actually eat a lot of gluten with no ill effects. For very different reasons (mine being mostly ethical, his being health-related) my dog and I are both vegetarians.... READ MORE

Nov 16, 2012 / (3) comments