Q and A With Dr. Patrick Mahaney

pudsy and odie

Pudsy and Odie-adopted by loving families.

Dr. Patrick Mahaney is the official Honest Kitchen, dehydrated pet foods, Spokes-Vet! Dr. Patrick Mahaney VMD, CVA, CVJ is a veterinarian and certified veterinary acupuncturist providing services to Los Angeles-based clients both on a house call and in-clinic basis. Dr. Mahaney’s unique approach integrating eastern and western medical perspectives has evolved into a concierge house call practice, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness (CPAW), Inc. Additionally, Dr. Mahaney offers holistic treatment for canine and feline cancer patients at the Veterinary Cancer Group (Culver City, CA).

Honest Kitchen asked Dr. Mahaney a few questions about pet health and nutrition. July 30, 2013

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.

Food as medicine

Several of the top reasons that cats and dogs are taken to the vet are often directly related to the foods they eat. Many of their ailments disappear when they start eating a fresh, minimally processed diet like the Honest Kitchen. See what veterinarians think about the health benefits of our pet food.

Pet health improvements seen by our customers

We regularly survey our customers to determine the health benefits of our foods on their pets and the results are amazing! Below are the results from our 2013 annual benchmarking survey including 3,237 respondents who feed the Honest Kitchen to their pets:

Pet health benefits seen by Honest Kitchen customers*based only on customer responses where their pet displayed that specific ailment or problem

Overall Health – Let food be the medicine! Of course most medical and health problems need the diagnosis and treatment of a veterinarian. But it’s surprising how many common ailments are linked to diet. Healthy, fresher, colorful whole food really can be the change pets need – not because of a magic ingredient – just simply eliminating junk ingredients like fillers, preservatives and by products can make a huge difference – and might even save some money in vet bills, along the way. Read more about how diet can help improve pet health.

Digestion – Many customers report that long term GI problems like diet-related diarrhea and colitis resolve when they begin to feed healthier food. Read more about how diet can help pet digestion problems.

Skin and Coat – Since the skin and coat are often the only visible, outward reflections of how a pet’s feeling on this inside, a shiny coat and the resolution of skin problems like itching and hot spots are a happy side effect of a healthy whole food diet. Read more about how diet can help skin and coat problems.

Ear Infections – Many dogs suffer with chronic ‘ear infections’ and a buildup of smelly, yeasty ‘debris’ in the ears. Most people don’t realize how closely linked these problems are to diet – and as a result many pets end up on medications like steroids and antibiotics for years on end without a true ‘cure’ ever taking place. Often, a natural, whole food grain-free diet is just the ticket for the road to trouble-free ears. Read more about how diet can help ear infections.

Bodyweight – Pet obesity is a huge problem. Literally! Of course, exercise is a critical part of the puzzle but portion control and a biologically appropriate diet are essential too. Because we don’t use simple, sugary refined carbohydrates many pets will naturally slim down to just the right bodyweight, without even noticing. Read more about how diet can help fight pet obesity.

Wellbeing and Energy Levels – Pets just seem to have more pep when they eat good wholesome food! We think it’s a bit like the light, energized feeling we get after a smoothie or steamed veggies, compared with the heavy, sluggish feeling after the junk-pet-food-equivalent of TV dinners or greasy burgers!

True Stories: Bonnie ‘s Story

Bonnie is our 11 1/2 year old Samoyed. We have been battling a skin condition that was triggered by a mite from a rabbit about five years ago. We were able to eliminate the initial cause of the condition but the affects have continued. After numerous vet visits with multiple specialists offering a variety of solutions, none of which seemed to work, the problem simply became a chronic condition which we battled daily. Bonnie also had put on a few extra pounds over her senior years and after trying all sorts of different kibble as well as different vegetable diets, we were unable to help her in losing any weight. Also, with being a senior dog, she had developed minor arthritis in all of her legs. At our last vet visit I spoke with them again about these issues and The Honest Kitchen option was mentioned to me. I was unaware of this product at the time, but after so many different attempts at helping her with these conditions I decided to give it a try. I went home, visited the website, found the nearest store and headed straight there. I chose the Love variety, brought it home and fed her dinner. After four weeks on your food I took her for a weight check and was elated to find that she had dropped 4.6lbs, her skin condition has improved dramatically and she has a hop in her step that we have not seen in a very long time. She’s now able to ward off her pesky little 7 month old sister who refuses to leave her alone. I am just beside myself with happiness, could not ask for a better result, I wish I had known about this product earlier but am elated to have found it now. I will be switching my 7 mos old Samoyed to Honest Kitchen as well. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. You have a truly amazing product.


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