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Insights from VMX 2024 – Nutrition, Sports Medicine, and Acupuncture for Pets

Updated: Jan 27

Latest Medical Insights from Dr. Priya

Attending the VMX 2024 Conference was an enlightening experience for me. As a passionate veterinarian dedicated to continuous learning, I focused on three key areas: nutrition, sports medicine, and acupuncture technique. I’m excited to share these insights with you, as they're essential for every pet owner and particularly relevant for those with canine athletes.

Understanding Pet Obesity: A Hidden Danger

One of the critical takeaways from the conference was the impact of obesity on pets. A striking fact from a 2002 peer-reviewed study highlighted that overweight dogs could have a significantly decreased lifespan - by up to two years. This is because fat is not just a cosmetic issue; it's pro-inflammatory and increases the risk of many health issues.

Key Advice: Ensure your dog maintains a healthy weight where you can see a waist and the last rib. This isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about their overall health and lifespan.

Choosing the Right Dog Food: Beyond Marketing

In the world of pet foods, marketing often overshadows nutritional value. However, as a responsible pet owner, it's crucial to look beyond the ingredient list. The WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) guidelines offer a comprehensive approach to evaluating dog food brands.

The WASAGA Guidelines: WSAVA's Pet Food Evaluation provides a solid framework for selecting the right food. Remember, it’s not just about ingredients but also about ensuring the food is AFCO-certified for your pet’s specific life stage.

Need help deciding the best nutrition plan for your specific pet? Contact me to discuss your specific pet(s)!

For the Canine Athletes: Balancing Training, Health, and Acupuncture

Canine athletes require special attention, and unfortunately, research in this area is limited, with most recommendations drawn from human medicine.

Weight and Workload Management: Overweight or overworked dogs are at a higher risk of injury. Keeping your dog at a lean weight is crucial, and so is ensuring they get ample rest, especially during periods of increased activity like competition weekends.

Training Tips: When preparing for competitions, aim for no more than a 10% increase in overall workload week-to-week. This helps in preventing overexertion and potential injuries.

Our Commitment to Pet Nutrition & Acupuncture

As a dedicated veterinarian, my commitment lies in the well-being of your pets. I continually seek the latest and most credible information in fields like pet nutrition & acupuncture to guide you in making informed health decisions for your pets. Each pet is distinct, with their own specific needs, whether it’s in daily nutrition or the specialized care required for canine athletes. If you have particular concerns or need advice tailored to your pet’s unique requirements, don't hesitate to contact me. Working together, we can ensure that your beloved pets enjoy the healthiest and most joyful life possible.

Dr. Priya

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