Articles by Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM

For over 15 years, Dr. Jennifer has been writing and editing content related to veterinary medicine, pets, and the human-animal bond as well as providing consulting services to businesses in the pet care industry. Clients have included petMD, Chewy, Colorado State University, PennFoster College, Pet360 Media, Pet Life Today, The Spruce Pets, PetCoach, VetDepot, Veterinary Team Brief, Kroger Pet Insurance, veterinary practitioners, independent writers, and many more. Dr. Jennifer is also the author of Dictionary of Veterinary Terms: Vet-Speak Deciphered for the Non-Veterinarian. Learn more about Dr Jennifer
Common Dog Misdiagnoses: Skin Issues

Common Dog Misdiagnoses: Skin Issues

Veterinary (and human) medicine is at least as much of an art as it is a science.  What does this mean for dog owners? You should consider any diagnosis that your dog receives to be a “work in progress.” No vet would intentionally misdiagnose a dog, but certain diseases are notoriously difficult to pin down. If you have been told…

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Kidney Failure in Dogs: What Happens In The Dog’s Body When The Kidneys Fail To Function Properly?

Kidney Failure in Dogs: What Happens In The Dog’s Body When The Kidneys Fail To Function Properly?

Last time, I talked about (and hopefully clarified) some of the confusing terminology associated with diseases affecting the canine kidney. I touched upon the basics of both acute kidney failure (or acute kidney injury, and chronic kidney failure. Today, I’d like to go over what all this means for the dogs in our lives. In other words, what happens to…

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Kidney Disease in Dogs – Say What? Canine Kidneys and the Associated Verbiage

Kidney Disease in Dogs – Say What? Canine Kidneys and the Associated Verbiage

When I was writing my book the Dictionary of Veterinary Terms, Vet-Speak Deciphered for the Non-Veterinarian, the kidneys caused me no end of grief.  Not only are the kidneys themselves complicated, but so is the terminology associated with the diseases that affect them. So here’s a primer on canine kidneys and all the associated verbiage. Kidneys: Where are They and…

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Dog Symptoms: When Is It an Emergency?

Dog Symptoms: When Is It an Emergency?

How can you tell whether your dog’s injury or illness calls for an emergency veterinary visit? Dogs seem to get sick or injured at the worst possible times.  Of course this is not their fault, but nonetheless, it does often put owners in the position of having to decide whether an after-hours visit to the veterinarian is truly necessary. Jana’s…

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