Monday, February 24, 2014

Holistic Pet Nutrition Consultations at VCA Mission Viejo

Susan Blake Davis 

“Pet nutrition is an important part of overall wellness and we want to help our clients increase their pet’s longevity,” says veterinarian and Medical Director Dr. Christine Priest.  With an increasing number of FDA recalls on pet foods and treats, pet owners are seeking more guidance from their veterinarians regarding the best foods to feed their pets. Also, many cats and dogs develop health conditions requiring a special diets.

 Some of the areas we can assist:
  • Allergies
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Feline Viruses
  • Kidney Disease
  • Cancer
  • Digestive Disorders-IBD
  • Liver Conditions
  • Skin and Coat Problems
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Resveratrol For Dogs

"We just can't say enough about Resveratrol For Dogs. It has given our dog Tabitha so much energy. Tabitha has bladder cancer and we started her on this product along with the OncoPet. We followed your diet recommendations and she really is acting like a puppy again. We know it won't last forever but we are so grateful for all the extra time you have given us with Tabitha".

Jeannie Block, New Jersey

Benefits of Resveratrol For Dogs
* Cancer Support and Preventative
* Immune Support especially for cancer and auto-immune conditions
* Cardio-Protective
* Promotes longevity
* Energizing

Resveratrol, a compound found in various plants, has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer characteristics. Both humans and pets can benefit from resveratrol.   With extensive research, resveratrol has been found to provide anti-aging, cancer protection and support, cardiovascular support and immune system support.  Resveratrol seems to re-balance and support immune function without hyperstimulation which can yield exciting results, increased energy.

Perhaps the most exciting area is the use in cancer patients and the prevention of cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, resveratrol has been shown to reduce tumor growth in animals by affecting one or more stages of cancer development. It seems to be able to inhibit cancer cell growth and metastasis.  Studies are ongoing, but adding Reveratrol for Dogs to your pet's protocol could be very beneficial.    

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Important Role of Service Dogs

The ADA defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.  Service animals perform some of the functions and tasks that the individual with a disability cannot perform for him or herself. You may initially think of people with a vision or hearing impairment, but it can also include,  seizure alert, psychiatric disorders support, retrieving objects, closing doors, turning light switches off and on, and barking to indicate that help is needed.  Another type of service dog are those used by the military, local police, fire departments, and federal and state law enforcement agencies for functions such as bomb sniffing, drug enforcement, search and rescue, and fire investigation.

Many programs will use Golden Retrievers and Labradors for services dogs. They have many of the characteristics that make for a good service dog, but many other breeds have unique characteristics that can be helpful to the needs of their owner or handler. The dog will undergo very extensive training in the desired area of expertise before being placed with an owner. Although the bond between the owner and dog will be very strong, it is important to realize that these dogs are doing a job.  Our hope is that when they are not working, they also are a "pet". We are so lucky o have these wonderful dogs give such a beautiful gift to people who desperately need and rely on them for their day to day activities.  For many disabled people, their service dog may be their closest partner and friend.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Stray Dogs of Sochi

The Russian city of Sochi has a big problem with stray dogs, and leading up to the Olympics, the government instructed them to be moved or exterminated.  Shelter coordinator, Olga Melnikova, last week told the New York Times: “We were told, ‘Either you take all the dogs from the Olympic Village or we will shoot them’ Thankfully, with people like USA Olympic skier, Gus Kenworthy, and the Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska some of the homeless dogs will be spared.

Oleg Deripaska, stepped in and saved the stray dogs by setting up a shelter in the mountainside.  They are working with the Humane Society International to try and find new homes for the strays.  For more information, here is the link to their website

The Olympic silver medalist, Gus Kenworthy, found a mother and  four pups in the Olympic Village and vowed to save them before their extermination.  He tweeted on February 12th "Also, for the people wondering, I've lined up kennels 4 the pups & made vaccination appointments. Doing all I can to bring them home w/ me!"  Keeping his promise, he even delayed his return to Colorado to await clearance to bring the family of dogs home.

However, homeless pets are not only a problem in Sochi, but here at home in the USA as well.  Many pets are sitting in shelters and being fostered by worthy rescues, awaiting a forever home.  We at have partnered with Husky Haven of LA to try to place homeless Huskies in the Los Angeles area.  Read the story of Koa. We would also encourage you to visit your local shelters or visit

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Dog Nutritionist - Cat Nutritionist Orange County, CA

Nutrition Consultations Update!

Southern California Residents

Need help formulating the best diet for your cat or dog? Has your pet been diagnosed with cancer?  Is your pet getting chronic infections or scratching incessantly?  VCA Pet Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis offers compassionate, expert advice.  Please call the VCA animal hospital in your area to schedule an appointment! 

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Inperson Appointment Times Available:

 Thursday 2/20 VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital

 Thursday 2/27 VCA Mission Viejo Animal Hospital
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Monday, February 10, 2014

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. The disease should be a serious concern, as left untreated it may lead to infections in other areas of the body. The AVMA reports the organs most often affected by oral diseases are the lungs, heart, kidneys and liver, and even the nervous system.

The signs of dental disease in pets, as stated by The American Veterinary Dental College, the clinical specialist organization for veterinary dentists, include:
  • Bad breath
  • Loose or discolored teeth or teeth covered in tartar
  • Pet is not comfortable with you touching within the mouth area
  • Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Loss of appetite or loss of weight       
 Steps To Keep Your Pet's Mouth Healthy
  1. Have your Vet examines your pet's teeth, at least once a year, to determine if there is a current problem and treat as advised.
  2. Start an at-home regimen to care for your pets teeth including feeding a fresh foods diet and teeth brushing.
  3. Schedule professional dental cleanings for your pet regularly.
  4. Use Power Probiotic, Gastro ULC, and K9 Digestive Enzymes to promote good gastrointestinal health.  Saliva is a core part of tartar accumulation and acidic saliva (due to digestive upset and acid stomach) can result in acid erosion of the teeth. 
Friday, February 7, 2014

Husky Pup Needs Loving Home Los Angeles

This playful Siberian Husky puppy needs loving home!  Please adopt adorable Koa.  She is available for adoption in the Los Angeles vicinity.  This soft, cuddly husky pup needs a loving home.  Please contact or visit   Husky Haven of LA has many beautiful Siberian Huskies available for adoption of all colors and ages.  Please visit their website.  All dogs have been rescued from high kill shelters and desperately need a loving home.  If you can't adopt, but would like to help, Husky Haven of LA is a 501(c)(3) charity and could use even the smallest donation.