Achieve the right nutritional balance.
Diet is an often overlooked part of a pet’s overall health and wellbeing. It should come as no surprise that what your pet eats, as well as how much they eat, directly impacts their health. Achieving the right nutritional balance will allow your pet to better manage any existing medical conditions and significantly improve their quality of life.
Making the Best Decisions for Your Pet
Dr. Mittner received her certification as a Veterinary Food Therapist in 2017 from the Chi Institute out of Reddick, FL. She saw first hand the benefits of food and herbal nutrition in conjunction with various other holistic options while working at the Integrative Veterinary Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Mittner recognizes that not all pets are the same, meaning not all over-the-counter foods are going to work for every pet. During our food nutrition & herbal consultations Dr. Mitter will spend time reviewing your pets current diet concerns. She will provide recommendations of over-the-counter diets that may be appropriate for your pet, and/or homemade diets that she will customize tailored to your pet’s dietary needs.
Over-the-Counter Nutrition Options
When selecting a diet for your pet it can seem like there are an overwhelming amount of options on the shelves these days, what is best for your pet? There is no perfect answer to this question, diets are available to meet the needs and philosophies of many different lifestyles, below are some of our recommendations under each type. The most important thing is how your family member feels on the diet chosen to be fed: do they have good energy, normal solid stool, a shiny healthy coat free from recurrent issues like ear or skin infections? If the answer is yes, your dog looks great, then the diet you are feeding is working for your furry friend.
Over The Counter Options:
- Purina: Beyond, Proplan, Merricks
- Hills Science Diet
- Blue Buffalo
- Royal Canin Breed Specific Diets
High Protein Diets
Do not feed if diagnosed with liver, kidney disease or obesity
- Blue Buffalo Wilderness
Freeze Dried Diets
Available at Pets Naturally
- The Honest Kitchen (4 diet options available for puppies)
- Stella and Chewy’s
We do not recommend fresh/refrigerated or frozen raw food diets as quality control during shipping is not guaranteed and these foods are often subject to recalls for bacterial contamination.
If your pet is suffering from skin issues they may have dietary sensitivities or environmental allergies. Consider a Limited Ingredient Diet trial for at least 8 weeks. If your animal has sensitivities or you are interested in Raw/Homecooked diets consider a consultation with Dr. Alex Mittner, as she is a certified veterinary food therapist through the Chi Institute.
Some Providers of LID are:
- Purina: Beyond, Merrick
- Blue Buffalo
- Natural Balance