Veterinary Nutrition: Separating Fact from Fiction (Part I)

with Board Certified Vet Nutritionist, Dr. Jennifer Larsen

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Welcome back to Your Dog Wants You To Know This!

 

If there's one question that most dog owners struggle with, it's “what should I feed my dog?” or “what is the best food out there?”

 

Well, to help sift through the mayhem and bring us the facts is Dr. Jennifer Larsen. She can tell us what the science says vs. what we might think, or what a food company might want us to believe. 

 

Dr. Larsen is a Board-Certified Veterinary Clinical Nutritionist at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

 

Luckily for us, she's going to be here for two episodes! In this episode, we'll cover general nutrition, and next week we'll cover cancer supplements and pre/probiotics.

 

I know you love your dog and want to feed your dog the best type of food, so we're going to clear up some misconceptions and find out a lot of really helpful information from Dr. Larsen today.

 

In Today’s Episode We Discuss: 
  • The main ways dogs can benefit from seeing a nutritionist
  • What going to a nutritionist looks like 
  • The problem with online recipes for home-cooked diets 
  • How pet food marketing can be misleading 
  • What to look for on your pet food packaging 
  • Myths and rumors about unsavory ingredients in pet food 
  • Treat guidelines for pets 

 

There’s a whole lot of information out there about what you should and shouldn’t feed your dog and it gets hard to know who to listen to! Hopefully, Dr. Larsen, along with the resources she provides in today’s show will help make it a little easier. 

 

Don’t forget to come back here next week to catch Part II where we’ll be covering cancer supplements and pre-probiotics.  



Resources Mentioned:

UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Nutrition Service 

World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Frequently Asked Questions & Myths ***Please check this out. This includes feeding recommendations, and is a very thorough Q&A with many links to other articles and resources. 

UC Davis Veterinary Nutrition Service - Treat Guidelines For Dogs

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) 

American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN)  *** Includes: 

  •      Finding a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist
  •      FDA Pet Food Recalls Link
  •      Nutritional Assessment Guidelines Link
  •      FAQ - Common Nutrition Questions (and answers)



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