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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.

Are 'Natural' and 'Organic' Just Words on a Dog Food Label?

Take a close look at the front of a few dog food labels the next time you are at the pet supply store. Do you know what’s behind the phraseology that you see there? READ MORE

Dec 19, 2014 / (1) comments

How You Feed Your Dog Is As Important As What You Feed

Let’s say you’ve already figured out what type of food you’re going to feed your dog. I hate to break it to you, but your work’s not quite done. READ MORE

Dec 05, 2014 / (3) comments

Is Grain-Free Really Better for Dogs?

Doesn’t it seem like “grain-free” dog diets are taking over the pet food aisle? I’m surprised at just how omnipresent they’ve become. READ MORE

Nov 21, 2014 / (4) comments

Tips for Feeding Dogs with Megaesophagus

In the past, a diagnosis of megaesophagus was usually a death sentence. Severe cases of the condition make it virtually impossible for a dog to hold down food and water. READ MORE

Nov 07, 2014 / (4) comments

Study Finds 45% of Raw Pet Foods Contaminated with Dangerous Bacteria

I have recently developed a special interest in the bacterial contaminants in dog food that can be transmitted to people. Why? READ MORE

Oct 24, 2014 / (0) comments

Why You Should Not Take Nutritional Advice from a Pet Store

I just had a disturbing conversation with a neighbor about his dog Maggie. Maggie is an elderly black lab who is doing surprisingly well despite suffering from diabetes mellitus, lumbosacral stenosis (causing extreme hind end weakness), protein-losing nephropathy (a disorder that causes her to spill... READ MORE

Oct 10, 2014 / (6) comments

The Role of Diet in Treating Epileptic Dogs

Diet is an often overlooked component of treating dogs with epilepsy. No, I’m afraid I don’t have any insider information on a miracle food that prevents seizures. The ketogenic diets that help many human epileptics don’t seem to be very effective in dogs, and research has not shown... READ MORE

Sep 26, 2014 / (1) comments

Dietary Fat is Important for Athletic Dogs

I’m sure you’ve heard of the term “carb loading.” It refers to a practice, used primarily by endurance athletes, of increasing the percentage of carbohydrates in the diet a few days before an event. Carbohydrates are stored as glycogen in muscle tissue, and this is a way of increasing... READ MORE

Sep 12, 2014 / (2) comments

Using Omega 3 Fatty Acids Effectively and Safely

Omega 3 Fatty Acids are very popular nutritional supplements for dogs. They are advertised to help with skin conditions, allergies, kidney function, lymphoma, heart disease, cognitive function, arthritis, and more. Research is spotty but supports their use in some cases. As a result, many veterinarians... READ MORE

Aug 29, 2014 / (2) comments