July 30, 2013

We asked Dr. Mahaney, our new Spokes-Vet, a few questions about pet health and nutrition.

1. Tell us a little about your approach to nutrition.

My approach to pet nutrition is a common sense one emphasizing the inherent energetic benefits associated with eating meals based in whole foods instead of diets containing highly-processed and fractionated ingredients that differ vastly from the format nature creates. After all, you don’t see the USDA’s ChooseMyPlate.gov recommending people eat protein and grain meals and by-products instead of whole meals, vegetables, fruits, and grains. 

2. What are the most common health concerns that you see among your patients?

The most common health concerns I see in my canine and feline patients are diseases that cause compromised mobility and chronic pain (arthritis, degenerative joint disease, trauma, surgery, etc.) and, sadly, cancer. My veterinary practice strives to reduce my patients reliance on medications to manage diseases by promoting total body health through the use of whole food based diets, nutraceuticals (food derived substances having medicinal effects), acupuncture (needle, laser, etc.), and Chinese herbs.

3. When did you first know you wanted to become a vet?

I’ve always had an interest in keeping animals as pets throughout my childhood, but it was not in till my later high school years that I recognized my interests in science, medicine, and animals could be fulfilled through a career in veterinary medicine.

4. Any Honest Kitchen success stories you’d like to share?

Yes, there actually are too many Honest Kitchen success stories for me to share in this forum. One of my favorites comes from a friend and business partner who’s two Havanese were showing consistent lack of interest in their kibble paired with significant flatulence (farting) and coprophagia (consuming feces). After transitioning them to Honest Kitchen, their appetite for a variety of Honest Kitchen recipes has stayed consistently high and their issues with flatulence and coprophagia have completely resolved.

5. Can you tell us about some of your celebrity clients and their pets?

Yes, I greatly enjoy working with all of my clients, both every day people and celebrities, to improve the health of their pets and therefore the call the of life of the entire household. Working with high-profile clients is certainly a unique experience that I never anticipated having on a day to day basis in my practice. Yet, I find myself feeling very comfortable in relating to celebrities in a manner that treats them like the normal people they see themselves as.