NexGard

NexGard (afoxolaner), the first and only chew that kills both fleas and ticks. Its irresistible beef flavor makes it easy to give. It kills fleas fast, before they lay eggs, preventing infestation. And, it kills American Dog Ticks.

Vaccinate for Lepto

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that is spread through the urine of wildlife and livestock. It affects the kidneys and can be fatal to both dogs and humans. This disease is becoming more prevalent in Florida and can be prevented by vaccinating.

Bark For A Cause

Join us in supporting "Bark for a Cause" through the Susan G. Komen Foundation and American Cancer Society. Pink or blue ribbon "Bark for a Cause" collars and key chains are now sold.

CareCredit

We now offer CareCredit for special financing and low monthly payment options, no up-front costs, and no-prepayment penalties so you can keep your pet healthy and happy.

The Brooksville Bark: Is Your Pet Getting the Right Nutrition?

Going to the pet store can be extremely overwhelming. The aisles of pet food seem endless, and the prices just increase as you go. You wonder, "Should I buy the most expensive diet? If it's expensive, it must be good. Or maybe this grain-free one? It has organic ingredients and fruits and vegetables - those sound like healthy ingredients! I've seen this one advertised on TV, and the pet store employee says it's popular. Wait, I know! I'll use my smartphone to Google the best food!"

 

I'm sure many of you have had this exact experience. Nutrition is one of the most important and opinionated subjects that I tackle with clients with on a daily basis. There is a lot of information easily available on the internet, and every pet store employee and breeder (and anyone else with a website or blog) seems to think that they are a board certified nutritionist. I recently did some Googling myself to see what my clients are reading. I was very alarmed with what I found. I did find some great, helpful information, but the amount of false information was very frightening.

 

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has put together some wonderful information on choosing diets for both dogs and cats, how to know if an internet source is valid, and they have provided links to other websites that have good, veterinary-approved data on nutrition (including homemade and raw diets). Please check out their links below:

 

Recommendations on Selecting Pet Foods                              Dog Nutrition on the Internet                              Cat Nutrition on the Internet

 

There are several key things you need to focus on when choosing your pet's food. In my opinion, the two most important things are that the diet has an AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) statement on the bag and that the pet food company employees a full time board-certified veterinary nutritionist. Both of these things sound like something that every company would have, but surprisingly, many do not. You also need to make sure that the company has good quality control in their production and manufacturing process, and that the company can back up their diet with peer-reviewed research studies.

 

Finally, remember that each individual pet has different nutritional needs. Please call today to schedule a nutritional consult, so that we can discuss a diet that is best for your pet!

 

- Dr. Miller

 

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