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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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Can Dogs Taste? And What Do They Like To Eat?

The next two installments of Nutrition Nuggets will cover food preferences in dogs and cats. READ MORE

Jan 31, 2014 / (2) comments

Feeding the Dog with Chronic Diarrhea

There are many causes of diarrhea in dogs. The most common are intestinal parasites (e.g., roundworms, hookworms, Giardia), bacterial infections or overgrowth, dietary indiscretion (e.g., garbage ingestion or an abrupt diet change), and inflammatory diseases (e.g., diet intolerances or allergies). Many... READ MORE

Jan 17, 2014 / (2) comments

Food Allergies Are Overdiagnosed in Dogs

The term “food allergy” is overused. Owners and even some veterinarians will call any adverse reaction to a food an allergy. In some cases, the difference is primarily semantic since the most effective form of treatment is going to be avoiding the offending substance regardless of the underlying... READ MORE

Dec 20, 2013 / (2) comments

Thiamine Deficiency in Dogs More Common Than You Realize

Today over on Nutrition Nuggets for Cats, we started a discussion on the unexpected (to me at least) prevalence of thiamine deficiency in dogs and cats. If you haven’t already taken a look at that post, start there before reading further.   READ MORE

Dec 13, 2013 / (0) comments

Not All Nutritional Supplements for Dogs are Made Equal

I just listened to a disturbing report on the public radio show Science Friday about the variability of the quality of nutritional supplements available on the market in the United States. It dealt with human nutritional supplements, but since many owners use these products in the hopes of preventing... READ MORE

Dec 06, 2013 / (1) comments

Is Your Dog Allergic to His Food?

Allergies are a common problem for dogs. Typical symptoms include itchiness resulting in excess scratching, biting, or licking, and sometimes chronic or recurrent skin/ear infections. While dogs most frequently suffer from allergies to environmental triggers (e.g., pollen, molds, and dust mites or flea... READ MORE

Nov 29, 2013 / (1) comments

Raw Pet Foods Found to Have High Rates of Contamination

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released the findings of a study investigating the prevalence of contamination, specifically with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, in commercially available, raw pet foods. I found the results so shocking that I want to present the information... READ MORE

Nov 22, 2013 / (3) comments

Why Your Senior Dog May Not Need a Senior Food

Do you feed your older dog a senior dog food, or are you planning to do so when he reaches a certain age? If so, you might be interested in a few facts about dog foods that are ostensibly designed for the canine senior citizens among us.   READ MORE

Nov 15, 2013 / (2) comments

How Safe Do You Want Your Pet Foods to Be?

Unfortunately, one of the topics that we seem to touch upon frequently here is pet food safety, or more specifically, the lack thereof. A rule proposed late last month by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the 2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act could potentially change that.   READ MORE

Nov 08, 2013 / (6) comments

Can Cranberry Help to Prevent Dog Urinary Tract Infection?

Cranberry has a reputation for treating/preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Do a quick online search and you’re sure to run into myriad reports of miraculous cures. It certainly would be wonderful if something as simple as adding cranberry to a dog’s dietary regimen could prevent... READ MORE

Nov 01, 2013 / (4) comments