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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.

The Truth About Food Allergies in Dogs

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. READ MORE

Jul 03, 2015 / (0) comments

Confusion Around Diets for Healthy Skin and Coat

Owners often look to a dog’s diet as the cause and/or solution to skin and coat problems. While this approach is sometimes valid, pet food manufacturers tend to overemphasize this link. READ MORE

Jun 19, 2015 / (1) comments

What to Feed Your Dog for Healthy Skin

One of the first things that people notice about dogs is the condition of their skin and coat. READ MORE

Jun 05, 2015 / (0) comments

What is the Best Food for a Dog with a Sensitive Stomach?

Does your dog sometimes skip meals or occasionally vomit and have diarrhea for no apparent reason? READ MORE

May 22, 2015 / (1) comments

Sugar-Free Can be Deadly for Dogs

I’m not sure if it’s the time of year (the pre-bathing suit months?), but lately I’ve been hearing about an unusual number of cases of xylitol poisoning in dogs. READ MORE

May 08, 2015 / (1) comments

Feeding Dogs with Intervertebral Disc Disease

Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is the scourge of our “low rider” cani READ MORE

Apr 10, 2015 / (1) comments

The Special Nutritional Needs of Puppies

Puppies are not simply smaller, younger versions of dogs, in the same way that human babies are not miniature adults. READ MORE

Mar 27, 2015 / (1) comments

Dogs Don’t Want Carbs

What would dogs eat if they could choose for themselves?   READ MORE

Mar 06, 2015 / (2) comments

All Fiber is Not the Same

Dietary fiber can be used to treat a variety of health conditions in dogs including obesity, anal gland impactions, diarrhea, and constipation. READ MORE

Feb 13, 2015 / (2) comments

Manage Your Dog's Hyperthyroidism at Home With This Simple Change

Hyperthyroidism, a very common condition in cats, is exceedingly rare in dogs. READ MORE

Jan 30, 2015 / (2) comments