Nutrition Links

Below are the web addresses of some useful, accurate sources of information on nutrition:

Nutrition Guidelines

• World Small Animal Veterinary Association Nutritional Assessment Guidelines

• American Animal Hospital Association Nutritional Assessment Guidelines
Tools for the Veterinary Healthcare Team

• World Small Animal Veterinary Association Global Nutrition Committee Nutrition Toolkit

• Pet Nutrition Alliance – information and tools to increase awareness of the importance of optimal pet nutrition

Pet Nutrition – General Information for Pet Owners

• National Research Council downloadable booklet: Your Dog’s Nutritional Needs
Pet Food

• Association of American Feed Control Officials: Information on regulations, labeling and other important facts
about pet food

• FAQs about pet foods

• Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Pet Food site: Information, links, food safety issues, recalls, pet food labels,
reporting portal

• Pet Food Institute: Information on ingredient definitions, labeling regulations

• Pet Food Report: Consumer’s Guide to Pet Food

Nutrition Consultations

• American College of Veterinary Nutrition: Listing of board-certified veterinary nutritionists who will
conduct nutritional consultations for veterinarians and/or pet owners

• European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition: Board-certified veterinary
nutritionists in Europe

Home-cooked Diets

• American College of Veterinary Nutrition: Listing of board-certified veterinary nutritionists who will formulate
nutritionally balanced homemade diet recipes for veterinarians and/or pet owners

• BalanceIT: Commercial website which offers semi-customized balanced home-cooked diet recipes for pet owners
with healthy pets. Veterinarians can customize pre-formulated recipes for animals with medical conditions

• European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition: Board-certified veterinary nutritionists in Europe


• Pet Obesity Prevention: Useful information on assessing pets’ body weight, calorie needs, and weight
loss tools

Dietary Supplements

• Consumerlab: Site (with a small subscription fee for use) that independently evaluates dietary supplements
(primarily for human supplements but some pet supplements are included))

• Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Regulatory and safety issues of dietary supplements, adverse event reporting

• Mayo Clinic drugs and supplements information: Fact sheets on human supplements and herbs

• National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements: Evaluating supplements, fact sheets,
safety notices, internet health info

• United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Information Center: General supplement
and nutrition information, links to a variety of dietary supplement websites

• United States Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplement Verification Program: Independent testing of dietary supplements
(human supplements only)

Raw meat diets

• Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine raw diet fact sheet

• FDA guidance document on safe handling and raw foods


• Ohio State Indoor Pet Initiative: Nutrition and other tips for optimizing the indoor pet’s environment

• USDA Nutrient Database: Full nutrient profiles on thousands of human foods

Finley’s baby shower

A couple of weeks ago we had a baby shower for one of our awesome reception staff members, Meleah. Baby Finley was born just a few days ago and we couldn’t be happier for their growing family!

Rockwall rocks

People are painting rocks and hiding them around town. When you find the rocks, you are supposed to move it to a new location.

Our staff painted some rocks and we have hidden them outside the clinic. We hope they get moved all over the city!

Hill’s Science Diet

Today we had a lunch and learn where Hill's came to talk to us about the benefits of all the veterinary diets they carry. It's always super interesting to hear all the research that goes into each diet and case studies of how the prescription diets have helped animals. We also love hearing pet food myths busted and better learning how to read and explain pet food labels to clients. Nutrition is important!!!!! Make sure you're feeding your pet a premium diet.

Flea and Ticks SUCK

Fleas and Ticks

Summer fun comes with some uninvited guests.  Flea and tick transmission increase in the warmer weather.  It’s important to keep these pests under control for many reasons.  They transmit diseases such as Hemobartonella and Ehrlichia.  They can cause anemia in very small pets.  Some dogs and cats are allergic to flea bites and develop severe dermatitis from relatively few fleas, usually around the tail- head area.  Fleas and ticks on pets can be a source of bites for humans as well.  Nearly all flea infestations are caused by one species of flea.  Ticks are a little trickier to get rid of because there are multiple species of ticks that may have different susceptibilities to tick products.  So, a  broad spectrum tick killer is recommended.

Fortunately, there are some excellent products available to help take care of fleas and ticks.  If your pet is on Trifexis or Advantage Multi for heartworm prevention then he or she is already on an excellent flea killer.  Unfortunately, there are no heartworm preventions for dogs that take care of intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks, so another product must be used for tick prevention.  Revolution is available for cats and will take care of intestinal parasites, fleas, and ticks but only one species of tick.  Fleas are very mobile, and all pets tend to be at risk for flea infestation.  Ticks are not as mobile.  You tend to have to go where they are to pick up a tick infestation.  So, the need for tick prevention is a personal decision based on where you travel with your pet and whether you’ve ever had a tick problem near your residence in the past.

There are some newer oral products for fleas and ticks such as Bravecto, Nexguard, or Simparica.  We carry Bravecto because it lasts for 3 months for fleas and most ticks.  Nexguard and Simparica are taken monthly.  Bravecto for cats is a topical spot-on instead of oral.   These are prescription products.

There are some tick and flea collars that work well.  Seresto is a flea and tick collar that lasts for 8 months.  There is a version for dogs and cats.  Seresto does not require a prescription.  Some dogs and cats are sensitive to flea and tick collars and can develop dermatitis under the collar, so always watch closely for signs of irritation such as redness, hair loss, or scratching at the collar.

For families with both dogs and cats, we recommend that you avoid products toxic to cats, such as most pyrethrin products like Parastar Plus or Vectra 3D.  Cats can be poisoned by grooming or contact with dogs who’ve had these products applied.

One of the most important parts of the veterinary visit actually starts at home.  This is the “art” of getting your cat into the carrier, then into the car, then into the clinic – without raising their “FAS” or Fear/Anxiety/Stress scale.  The more fearful, anxious and stressed they are, the less we are able to handle them and ensure they have a pleasant visit at the vet.

Among cat owners, 44.9 percent did not take their cat or cats to a veterinarian during 2011, up from 36.3 percent in 2006. People don’t take their cat to the vet because it is stressful to their cat – therefore making it stressful for the client!

One of the ways you can begin to ensure your cat has a fear free visit is to get them used to their carriers.  That means, don’t get the big scary box that only transports them to the big scary vet the day of the visit!  Cats should be trained to love their crates and find them a safe, happy place to sit.  Leave the carrier out all the time – or at least several days/weeks prior to the visit.  Put their bed in it.  Give them yummy food and treats in it.  Cats love boxes…make them love their crate!

One of our awesome kitty clients, the Thomas family, leave their crates out before visits and look how relaxed their cats are!  They didn’t drag them from under a bed and shove them into the carrier and toss the carrier in the hot car and bring them to the scary vet.  They slept in their crates willingly because it is a safe place to them.  

Continue reading “Getting Your Cat To The Vet”

Hair Ties Not so Fun for Some Cats

Hair ties not so fun for some cats

Hair ties can be very entertaining for a lot of cats and provide hours of fun. But these are not good toys!  Many cats actually eat them and have to undergo surgery to remove them. Here’s and x-ray of a kitty who had eaten multiple hair ties and got very sick from them.

Moth balls

It’s that time of year again for the snakes to come about.

Some people will use moth balls as a snake repellent, but these are actually toxic to dogs, cats and other animals. Plus, they don’t work well at repelling the snakes.

Dogs like to eat anything smelly so moth balls may be yummy to dogs even though they smell horrible to us. If a toxic amount is ingested it can cause a severe hemolytic anemia. This disease often needs blood transfusions to treat it.

So, keep your pets safe and avoid the moth balls.

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