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!
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!
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!
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!