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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.

Weight Loss Coaching for Dogs

The veterinary publication Clinician’s Brief recently summarized some of the presentations given at the 12th Annual American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN) Clinical Nutrition & Research Symposium held last year in New Orleans. I found the following fascinating and want to share it with... READ MORE

May 31, 2013 / (2) comments

Nutritional Supplements for Joint Health

I am not a big fan of nutritional supplements. As long as a dog is eating an appropriate amount of a nutritionally complete dog food that is made from high quality ingredients, supplementation shouldn’t be necessary. I also question whether many supplements actually deliver what they advertise,... READ MORE

May 24, 2013 / (3) comments

Feeding Dogs with Hepatic Encephalopathy

One of the complications commonly seen with advanced liver disease in dogs is hepatic encephalopathy. The liver acts as a giant filter for the gastrointestinal tract (among other roles). After a meal, the circulatory system absorbs all sorts of things from the gut. Many of these substances, especially... READ MORE

May 17, 2013 / (10) 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 small amounts. The big players like protein, carbohydrates, and fat get the most attention.   READ MORE

May 10, 2013 / (2) comments

What Your Pet's Lifestyle and Diet Says about You

I’m sure you’ve heard the adage about how dogs and their owners often look alike. Turns out we also often share diet and lifestyle characteristics, particularly as we get older. READ MORE

May 03, 2013 / (3) comments

Deciphering Diet Pet Foods (Part 1)

Have you ever purchased a so-called “diet” pet food? It may have been labeled as “light,” “lite,” “low calorie,” “reduced calorie,” or something similar, but all of these products infer that by purchasing the food in question, owners can help... READ MORE

Apr 26, 2013 / (3) comments

How to Properly Use a Bland Diet to Treat Dogs with Diarrhea

Veterinarians often recommend owners feed dogs that have diarrhea a diet consisting of boiled hamburger and white rice for a few days. READ MORE

Apr 19, 2013 / (2) comments

Fiber: It's Not Filler (at least not always)

Fiber is an important part of a dog’s diet but does not get the recognition it deserves. READ MORE

Apr 12, 2013 / (1) comments

Performance Diets for Detection Dogs

We’ve talked a lot on Nutrition Nuggets about how a properly balanced diet is essential to good canine health and how tweaking nutrient ratios can help with disease prevention and management. Well … here’s something new. A diet that is relatively low in protein and high in fat can... READ MORE

Apr 05, 2013 / (2) comments

Don't Think 'Good' or 'Bad' When It Comes to Fats: Part 1

You are probably familiar with the concept of “good” and “bad” fats as it applies to human food. Fats are described as being “bad” when their inclusion in the diet is associated with abnormally high blood cholesterol levels and an increased risk of heart attack or... READ MORE

Mar 29, 2013 / (4) comments