5 Tips I Learned From the World’s Hottest Vet About Pet Nutrition

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in a YouTube Live conversation with Dr. Evan Antin – the world’s hottest vet! This post is written in a collaboration with Purina. All thoughts, opinions and cute Athena photos are 100% my own!

We got to talk with Dr. Evan Antin - the world's hottest vet on YouTube Live. Here are 5 amazing tips we learned about pet nutrition this season and beyond!

If you have never heard of Dr. Evan Antin until now, you’re in for such a treat!

Dr. Evan Antin is a veterinarian at the Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital outside Los Angeles. AND, he’s known as the world’s hottest vet. That aside, he was genuine, charming, informative and helpful. I got to sit in a panel, but also in my own home with my cat Juniper totally visible to the vet and we got to ask him questions about pet food and pet nutrition. With Thanksgiving and the holidays around the corner, pet safety and nutrition might be on the top of your mind, like mine!

Here’s what I learned:

1 – Understand the importance of a healthy and balanced diet for your pet. This will help them to live long, healthy lives. Not all pet owners are aware of what a quality diet looks like for their pet, and they don’t make the best decisions about pet food. Pets aren’t human, and more goes into choosing their pet food – like individual pet needs and finding quality food with the right ingredients. Speak to your vet for the best nutritional approach for your pet. It will really help!

2 – Do your research on ingredients. The most important aspect of the pet food you choose is whether or not it provides a complete and balanced nutrition. That said, do your research on grains, by-products, raw food, and natural/organic food.

3 – Check the quality and safety of your pet food. Did you know that 8 in 10 (81%) of pet owners have either reached out or want to reach out to a source of information about their pet’s food? However, 41% of those who want to reach out don’t know where to look for information. You can check the quality and safety standards of your pet food by contacting or checking your pet food manufacturer’s website, or by speaking to your veterinarian for recommendations.

4 – Avoid table scraps. I know it’s tempting but the foods we eat around the holidays contain a lot of oils and fats. We could unwittingly give our pets diarrhea, vomiting or pancreatitis. And some people foods are toxic to dogs – like onions/garlic.

5 – Speak to your vet about quality/quantity of your pet food. This was actually a question I got to ask Dr. Evan Antin face to face, that I was wondering about if you should follow the quantity instructions on a bag of pet food, or if they might instruct us to give our pets too much food. He said that it depends on the particular age, lifestyle, and health conditions of our pets, and we should speak to our veterinarian about specific quantities of pet food we give our pets. That helped me so much!

To learn more about nutrition, quality and safety of pet food, please visit www.purina.com/nutrition.

Dr. Antin travels to the most exotic places on earth to work with wildlife, and was named People Magazine’s “Sexiest Beast Charmer” alive in 2014 and 2015. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Colorado, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. Now he lives in Agora Hills, California with his fiancée, his dog, Henry, his cat, Willy, his savannah monitor lizard, mangrove snake and an assortment of tropical freshwater fish. I think I saw Henry in the background and he was very cute!

What would you ask Dr. Evan Antin if given the chance?

7 Ways to Protect Your Dog This Winter

This post is sponsored by Vectra® 3D For Dogs, but all thoughts, opinions, and cute dog photos are 100% my own.

Have a dog who enjoys the outdoors? Even in New England, our dog gets out a lot in winter. Here are 7 ways to protect your pal. #ad #Vectra3D #DoubleDefense

Even though we live in New England with long and cold winters, we still protect Athena from fleas and ticks year-round.

She’s an outdoors girl! She came to us from Alabama and I’ll never forget the first time it snowed. She put one dainty paw in the cold white snow and gave us a look that said, “No WAY I’m going out there!” Although it was humorous, we were happy she found her “snow legs.” Even though the weather can change and be unseasonably warm or unseasonably cold at any given time, New England has long winters. We have cold Autumns too. And just like with the warmer seasons, we follow tips to protect Athena all winter long. Here are 7 ways you can protect your dog this winter to make the best of the cold!

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1 – We use Vectra® 3D For Dogs year round. The thing is, it’s ALWAYS possible for fleas, ticks and other dangerous parasites – like mosquitoes – to infect your dog anywhere in the country. And it only takes one bite to potentially spread disease. That’s why we love how Vectra® 3D For Dogs is a fast and effective monthly topical that kills and repels fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, lice, biting flies and mites* before they bite your dog. Why will you love it? It kills through contact, which means parasites don’t have to bite your dog to die. AND, it begins reducing flea feeding in 5 minutes, and kills fleas in 6 hours.

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Mosquitoes transmit heartworm disease to dogs and Vectra® 3D For Dogs prevents mosquitoes from feeding, and in turn, helps stop the spread of heartworm disease. It remains effective after bathing or swimming and protects for one month. Vectra® 3D also has a patented application that makes it super easy to use. The applicator is easy to use with no drips, no mess, and no need for scissors. And the long, rounded tip helps you easily and comfortably apply product directly to your dog’s skin under the fur. For detailed application instructions, you can visit vectrapet.com/us/Home/How-To-Apply.

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Do not use Vectra® 3D on cats!

We use Vectra® 3D and a monthly heartworm preventative to give Athena a Double Defense against heartworm disease. Our protocol is using Vectra® 3D to kill and repel mosquitoes on the outside of Athena and a heartworm preventative to kill heartworm larvae on the inside of her. We use Heartgard®. I feel doubly protected because Vectra® is a fast-acting, long-lasting, broad-spectrum parasite control, as well as a topical mosquito, flea and tick protection for dogs. Its patented applicator makes it easy to apply to Athena. It’s Double-Defense – killing and repelling mosquitoes outside with Vectra® 3D and killing larvae inside with a heartworm preventive. Double Defense is a one-two punch against heartworm disease.

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Have a dog who enjoys the outdoors? Even in New England, our dog gets out a lot in winter. Here are 7 ways to protect your dog. #ad #Vectra3D #DoubleDefense

Here are six other ways to protect your dog in the winter:

2 – If you give your pet water outside, swap the metal bowls with ceramic or plastic ones. And make sure you monitor their water freezing. You can also buy heated water bowls for many pets if this is a concern where you live.

3 – Just like you don’t leave your dog in a hot car in the summer, don’t leave your dog alone in a freezing car in winter.

4 – Watch our for antifreeze – which is fatal for dogs.

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5 – Make sure you keep your dog on a leash around frozen ponds, lakes, or rivers. They can fall through ice!

6 – Many dogs, especially active ones, need extra food in the winter. Make sure they’re getting enough food, but not too much!

7 – Groom your dog to keep him or her properly insulated.

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Do you have any winter safety tips for dogs?

• *Excluding mange mites