Over the last 20 years there has been an explosion in the pet food industry.
The pet food industry has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Whether you are shopping at your local supermarket or you are inside a pet-chain superstore, you are likely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of pet foods from which to choose. There have been many advances in canine nutrition.
There has also been a persistence or in some cases a worsening of many of our pets’ common conditions. Inhalant and food allergy, feline lower urinary tract disease, diabetes, hyperthyroidism in cats, obesity and osteoarthritis are a few such conditions. For many of these conditions we are not sure what leads to such a high rate of disease in certain species or populations of species other then genetics.
In the human field there is a tremendous focus on diet in the prevention of disease. I think that it is fair to say that over the years of our practice a lot more focus has been given on using nutrition to treat disease rather than to prevent it.
Many posts on this site will be dedicated to nutrition. We will look at what is known in veterinary nutrition. We may look at current human nutritional trends to see what would be worth studying in our patients. It is our goal to one day produce the best nutritional ration for your pets. It will be modeled off a dog or cat’s natural diet. We will be working with top veterinary nutritionists to do so. That project is underway.