I love talking pet nutrition with Dr Patrick Mahaney. There is always something new to learn. This month, we cover the following questions:
- How can I find a good guide for the number of calories my cats should eat per day. One goes out when there’s no polar vortex outside, the other two stay in. I don’t believe the suggested amounts on the food bags and cans I buy.
- Are there any other options besides prescription diets for pets with renal/kidney issues (c/d, s/d)? I'd really prefer to feed something that is healthier but will also help with struvite/oxolate crystals.
- Can you comment on dry vs wet vs raw food. What are your thoughts on a raw diet for allergies? or raw diets in general
- How long should a puppy be on puppy food?
- Does Patrick feel a puppy should be on probiotics during their vaccination series to reduce/eliminate allergies in the future?
- I've been hearing a lot of questions on the grain free diets come up lately. What is the verdict on these for dogs and cats? As well the by-products ingredients being bad - are they really and what exactly are they?
Click on the link below to hear the audio:
One website that Dr Patrick mentions is a Basic Calorie Calculator that's provided by Ohio State's Veterinary Medical Center. You can calculate your dog's ideal caloric intake per day using the formula on this page.
March is Pet Nutrition Month at Embrace Pet Insurance
Dr. Mahaney is a veterinarian from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, having been inspired by his own chronic pain from Intervertebral Disc Disease to provide accupuncture to his veterinary clients. In addition to Dr Mahaney's house call integrative veterinary medicine business, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness, he sees patients on an in-clinic basis at Veterinary Cancer Group in Culver City, CA. Dr Mahaney writes a veterinary column (Patrick's Blog) forwww.PatrickMahaney.com and contributes to a variety of media, including Perez Hilton's TeddyHilton.com, Fido Friendly, Veterinary Practice News, Healthy Pets and People with Dr Patrick on OutImpactRadio.com, and MSNBC Sunday with Alex Witt and Career Day. His first book, The Uncomfortable Vet, will be available in 2014 through Havenhurst Books