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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.

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

Dry Food and Dental Disease in Dogs

Daily tooth brushing and professional dental cleanings on an as-needed basis are the best ways to prevent the formation of periodontal disease in dogs, but diet can play an important role. This is especially true when daily tooth brushing is not possible, either because of a dog’s temperament or... READ MORE

Aug 01, 2014 / (2) comments

Feeding Dogs with Congestive Heart Failure

I recently came across an estimate for the prevalence of heart disease in older dogs that shocked me — thirty percent. My first reaction was “that can’t be right,” but the more I thought about all those elderly, small dogs with mitral valve dysplasia and large breeds with dilated... READ MORE

Jul 18, 2014 / (2) comments