Monday, January 9, 2012

Pet Nutrition Consultation - Home Cooking

Want to Home Cook for your pet or get 
advice about your pet's nutrition? 
You are in the right spot!

Neo waiting to eat his chicken dinner
As a pet parent who cared for a dog going through a terminal illness last year, I know first hand the struggle one goes through to get one's pet to eat  - and eat right when they are not feeling well.

Neo went from eating his typical diet to only wanting wet food.... then he wanted some cat food mixed in.... then I started to home cook for him (he loved his scrambled eggs) but towards the end - he only wanted rotisserie chicken.   

I felt frustrated and powerless against the disease that made my boy inappetent. Plus, I knew he needed the right balance of nutrients to help his immune system fight a good battle.

Two months after Neo passed, we rescued another Doberman who we named Duncan.  My fiancé and I wanted to make sure Duncan was fed the best food possible - and we were committed to cooking it ourselves. The problem was that we didn't know much about making homemade, nutritiously complete pet food. Most of what I learned in veterinary school was what ingredients were in the bags of pet foods!

Jodi and Obi
Through a friend, we found Jodi Ziskin - (Jodi is a Holistic Nutrition and Wellness Specialist for cats and dogs who has a Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition with a concentration in animal companion studies and is a Certified Pet Nutrition Consultant). 

She helped us formulate a home cooked diet that was not only nutritious and yummy for Duncan, but also easily fit into our lifestyle. I'm not going to sugarcoat it - cooking for a 105 pound dog takes some work - but we found a great diet plan that works! We cook three days worth of food at a time. Duncan loves his food and I feel good knowing that I am providing the best diet possible.

Working with Jodi was great. I wish I knew her when Neo was sick. This is what encouraged Lap of Love to invite Jodi to join us in our goal: to empower and educated families on ALL the things they can do to help their furry loved ones enjoy the best quality of life possible. Even if our time with them is shortened by disease or simply 'old age,' it is important to make sure we meet their nutritional needs.

Jodi offers Skype/Phone consultations with pet parents across the country seeking guidance with their geriatric or terminally ill dog or cat. She will help formulate a diet that not only meets each pet's unique nutritional needs, but their human's schedule as well. For those living in South Florida, Jodi is available for in-home consultations.

Once an appointment is scheduled, we will send you an electronic form to fill out that contains questions about your pet's ailment, current diet and more. Jodi will use this information to prepare for your personalized consult. After your consultation, she will provide you with a written report that you can follow long-term.

Posted by:
Vet Mary Gardner

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