Updates from Dr. Anita Moore, DVM:
With mixed feelings, it's time for me to let you know that I am retiring. The Animal Clinic of Wayson’s Corner will close effective September 30, 2021 and we are no longer accepting new clients. For all my existing clients, I want you to know how much it has meant for me to be your veterinarian. I will miss all of you and your pets and cannot express how much you have enriched my life. I opted not to sell my practice since I could not find a buyer that I could entrust your care to. Instead I have decided to donate all of my veterinary equipment and supplies to Helping Hands Veterinary Surgery & Dentistry of Virginia, 1605 Rhoadmiller Street, Richmond VA 23220, phone 804- 355-3500. Helping Hands provides quality, low cost surgeries for those who find they cannot afford the high cost of veterinary surgery or dentistry. I sincerely felt that this was the best way to give back to the pet loving world and all the clients who made my practice possible. My staff and I can fax your records or give you a copy for your new veterinarian. We are still seeing clients up to September 10, so if you need to update your exams, vaccines, stool worm checks, heartworm testing, or need prescriptions filled or renewed please schedule an appointment. It is our goal to make your transition to a new veterinarian as smooth and as stress free as possible. I plan to continue this website and contact page to provide general pet care and nutrition information.
Dr. Anita L. Moore & Staff of ACWC
Everybody asks me "Dr. Moore, what food should I feed my pet?"
Dr. Moore always recommends “Preventative Nutrition” when it comes to pet foods.
The safest and best food you can feed is one that you make yourself using quality ingredients plus a supplemental mineral vitamin probiotic to prevent inadvertent nutritional deficiencies. Your pet needs living foods, fresh food from nature to thrive. By definition most canned and kibbled food lack these living nutrients because they are processed. One big reason pet food manufacturers process to this extent is to give the food a shelf life of one to two years. And if you think these pet food manufacturers are using high quality human grade ingredients in their food, think again. Did you know that aspartame and MSG can be in food and labeled as “Natural Flavoring”? Did you know that the cooking process for kibbled and canned foods generates carcinogenic compounds such as AGE (advanced glycation end products) and heterocyclic amines? Did you know about pet food recalls due to toxic levels of vitamin D (e.g. 2019 - Hill’s Science Diet) and pentobarbital (e.g. 2018 - Smuckers Gravy Train, Kibbles and Bits, Ol’ Roy, Skippy)? Pentobarbital is the euthanasia drug used to put animals to sleep! This is irrefutable evidence that euthanized animals are being used as a protein source, meaning dogs, cats, or other euthanized animals ground up and put in pet food! It's like a real life version of the movie Soylent Green, where the people in the year 2022 were unwittingly fed ground up people!
Click this link to see if the pet food you’re feeding has been recalled for similar issues: https://www.petful.com/recall-lists/dog-food-recalls/
Also for dog owners, the researchers at ConsumersAdvocate.org have put together a good report on the sad state of manufactured dog food: https://www.consumersadvocate.org/dog-food
I personally don’t think all manufactured pet food is tainted. Look for products that are labeled as organic and known to be free of things like heavy metals, glyphosate, BPA, and flame retardants. Some big name pet foods have been found to contain such things. Unfortunately, even the organic canned and kibbled foods are processed. So this may take some shopping research.
While dog and cat chow may be nutritionally “complete” according to the manufacturer, these are akin to drinking a meal replacement shake. What your pet really needs is a biologically appropriate diet for their species. A growing number of holistic-minded veterinarians believe that processed pet food (kibbled and canned) is the number one cause of illness and premature death in modern dogs and cats. Your pets need living foods on a consistent basis to achieve optimal health. So, yes, assuming you are eating living foods, it's fine to offer your pets some of the very same things that you enjoy. In my opinion, the only reason not to feed your pets an ideal diet is cost. Living food does cost more than processed food. However the cost of an ideal diet can be mitigated significantly by fewer health problems and lower vet bills over the long run.
So what should a pet owner do? Try to provide living foods to your loving companion animals. By this I don't mean you should maintain a nest of mice or flock of small birds to feed your cat. As mentioned above, I define living food as being fresh from nature. And you can make your own living pet food. For ingredients, I recommend healthy ground meats (organic best), organic organs like heart, liver and kidney; organic eggs (highest biological availability and one of the best nutritional value for the dollar); organic cheese; organic fruits, avocados, apples, blueberries; organic vegetables, carrots, squash, kale, spinach, celery, sweet potato, green beans…you know basically the produce section of the grocery store. Avoid onions, garlic, grapes/raisins, and macadamia nuts. Don’t pass up the nut butters but make sure to get organic or at least those that are 100% nut butter without the added sugar and salt (almond butter is one of my favorites). Please carefully and slowly integrate these foods into your pet’s diet so as not to overwhelm their digestive tract. The good news is that you can get recipes written by a veterinarian for your pets. I recommend Dr. Karen Becker’s book (Dr. Becker's Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats) available from various on-line sellers. Making pet food is not that hard and you can freeze batches for later use.
Homemade Foods for your Pet
Now for all you cat owners (or those of you owned by cats) who lament “But my cat won’t eat my homemade / organic food!” here is a possible solution. Very S-L-O-W-L-Y introduce any new or homemade food. Keep in mind the pet food manufacturers put in flavor enhancers, dyes, sprays, and other tricks to disguise what's actually in their food and make it more palatable. I think food manufacturers do this to us as well! Ever wonder why “You can’t eat just one.”?
If you still aren’t convinced or just can't make the leap to making your own pet food, then try to add raw / living foods to your pet‘s diet, such as those I discuss in this post.
A product that can help out when it comes to homemade pet food is one I just saw on Chewy.com. It is Honest Kitchen’s dehydrated cat and dog foods. Again a bit pricey at about $50 for a 4 lb box (dehydrated weight) but that much can feed the average 12 - 15 lb cat/dog for a month. You can stretch it by adding in other organic cat/dog food or use it as a “top dressing” for the food. Here's an example:
Now that you have the recipes and ingredients, you need a complete vitamin and mineral supplement. The best one I've found is called Cornucopia Phyto & Super Food Combo. This supplement was formulated by a veterinarian with over 50 years of practice experience. His name is Dr. Geoffrey Broderick, an internationally known veterinarian and nutritionist who has been making and refining his line of pet food for many years. He is the only pet food manufacturer that he himself eats a sample from every batch to ensure safety and palatability. This drives home the point that his food is all human grade! I urge you to check out his website. The link below is for the "Cornucopia Phyto & Super Food Combo" but you can navigate to Dr. Broderick's other products from there:
Yes his supplements and foods are pricey but they are less expensive than a visit to me! To take the bite out of the cost, Dr. Broderick will give you 1/2 lb of his "Cornucopia Frozen Treats USDA Certified Organic" with your order if you mention my name, Dr. Anita Moore DVM, when you are ordering. Dr. Broderick will also give you one free telephone consult on any pet problem you have, all based upon his 50 years veterinary experience. Again, just mention my name to get your free consult. Phone number: 631-427-7479.
If you Google Dr. Broderick DVM you will find a stellar resume. He knew he wanted to be a veterinarian since childhood, skipped out of High School in 10th grade to become a Marine at age 16, was a Polo player for 20 years, and captain of the award winning Argentine polo team. He scored so high on college entrance exams that two deans of two separate colleges personally invited him to attend. Dean Lewis of Kansas State University (KSU) was so impressed with Dr. Broderick that he didn’t need to finish the last two years of his Bachelors degree at Albany University and admitted him to the KSU veterinary school on a full scholarship. It seems Dr. Broderick had scored so high on the entrance exam that the school had to adjust its curve downward so that the next best score could be considered an “A”, making Dr. Broderick’s score 114%. When he graduated from KSU veterinary school in 1964 he became the ONLY doctor of any profession to get a degree without finishing high school since the late 1800’s! He has personally known Presidents Nixon and Reagan and other heads of state. He was the spokesman, as well as one of three doctors, who were instrumental in saving 94 crash victims of the ill-fated Avianca plane crash in Columbia on Jan 25, 1990. He also has a show on iHeartRadio (https://www.iheart.com/). He has many other accolades but in the interest of brevity, I have to stop here.
Here is a promo for Dr. Broderick and his Cornucopia pet food.
The above ad was recently published by Creations magazine along with some other information about Dr. Broderick. You can go to their website and scroll down to Volume 33 April/May 2019. Click on the following link and go to page 23 and also the back cover, page 36. creationsmagazine.com
Please know that I receive NO compensation for promoting Dr. Broderick or his products. My reward would be seeing your animal return to or stay at the healthiest level possible.
Raw Foods for your Pet
Examples of raw foods your pet may enjoy:
Berries - packed with antioxidants
Raw nuts - but never feed your pets macadamia nuts
Salad - dark green leafy vegetables - without dressing
Pet Food - What to avoid
Avoid or minimize: grains, oats, soy, millet, wheat, rice, and anything GMO
Everyone knows not to feed your pet chocolate. But many don't know you should never feed grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, garlic, and onions.
Below are links to help you find dog and cat foods found to be free of toxins, "mystery meals" (unlabeled meal and chicken and meat meals), plant-based fillers, harmful additives, gravies, added water, and natural flavors (recall MSG and Aspartame are considered natural flavors by the industry!). They analyzed close to 2,000 cat and dog food varieties and identified those that made the cut. To see the results, click on or copy and paste the below links to your browser:
High carbohydrate levels in pet food can contribute to obesity, diabetes, and cancer. Many of the kibbled variety contain 34-45% carbohydrates. This is because the pet food batches need to have a firm enough consistency to pass through their extruder machines which generate kibbles. The only food I have found that lists carbs on the bag is "TIKI Cat" which is made in Canada but available here This food is low in carbs because it is baked and not extruded, so it doesn’t need as much carbs to make it extruder ready.
If you want to know what's in your dog food:
To calculate the percentage of carbohydrates in your pet’s food (since manufacturers rarely list it), try these carb counters:
Cat food Carb counter
Dog food Carb counter
If you do feed your pet processed foods, try to stick with USDA-approved canned foods, and supplement that with some raw food. And if you go with dry food (kibble), look for ones made from human-grade ingredients that have little to no grains, and provide your pet plenty of water. No matter which option you choose, you can always treat your dog or cat to berries, leafy greens, raw nuts and many other fresh fruits, veggies and meats on a regular basis.
To get information on what guidelines are in place for the manufacture of pet food, you can contact the Association of American Feed Control Officials or AAFCO (www.aafco.org). However, be aware there is nothing to stop manufacturers from producing and selling pet food that does NOT meet AAFCO nutritional guidelines. AAFCO standards permit non human grade food and lower grade food (e.g. road kill, downer cows, and other meats of uncertain origin) to be included in your pet's food. So even the AAFCO seal is no guarantee of food quality, but should at least ensure the vitamin, mineral, and protein content meet minimum standards.
You can begin to improve your pet’s diet by simply ignoring the advertising claims for commercial pet food. Check the ingredient label (check for AAFCO seal) to make sure the food meets the basic requirements for vitamins and trace minerals. As a general rule, the longer the ingredient list, the less healthy the product. You want to see meat indentified by type (e.g. beef, turkey, lamb, chicken), not by a generic term such as meat, meat meal, poultry product, turkey meal, by-products, and so forth. Also you don't want to see grains. Grains are cheaper than meat; they're added as filler and to form the product (i.e. kibbles), not because they're good for your pet. Organic grains are preferable where grains are included, but they are no substitute for meat content. Avoid pet food containing corn or soy in any form. And avoid those containing artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives; these usually go by the names BHT, BHA, ethoxyquin, and propyl gallate. When considering a product containing fish, look for a statement on the label that it contains NO artificial preservatives. Instead, look for foods preserved with vitamins E and C, often called tocopherols.
As discussed in "13 Pet Foods Ranked from Great to Disastrous", by Dr. Karen Becker, the best nutrition you can feed your pet is a balanced, raw, species appropriate, homemade diet. Raw food is unadulterated and still contains all the enzymes and nutrients your dog or cat was intended to eat. These are the healthy, ‘live’ organisms that are normally killed during cooking and other types of processing. For help in preparing raw food for your pet, take a look at Dr. Becker's book "Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats". It covers how to buy and prepare fresh foods in quantity, and it also contains recipes – both raw and cooked.
Best-to-Worst Foods ranking (Dr. Becker):
1. Balanced, raw, homemade diet
2. Commercially available raw diet
3. Cooked, balanced homemade diet
4. Human-grade canned food
5. Human-grade dry food
6. Super premium canned food
7. Super premium dry food
8. Veterinary-recommended, e.g. Science Diet, Royal Canin, Waltham
9. Veterinary-recommended dry food
10. Grocery store brand canned food
11. Grocery store brand dry food
12. Semi-most pouched food
13. Unbalanced, poorly prepared homemade diet – raw or cooked
Concerning number 13, nutritionally unbalanced food, whether prepared by you or a foreign manufacturer, is not good for your pet. Adverse health effects can result from feeding your pet an unbalanced diet, i.e. one deficient in calcium, trace minerals, omega fatty acids, or other vital nutrients.
In a category by itself (to avoid): Pet foods that contain known toxins or toxic levels of Vitamin D, or ground up euthansia-laced animals as found in some commercial big name canned and kibbled pet food.
Alternative Veterinary Medicine
Some years ago I completed a short course in alternative medicine specialties. The course provided a good introduction to homeopathy, Reiki, nutrition & raw diets, and traditional Chinese medicine (Chinese herbs and acupuncture/acupressure). I have since continued to pursue alternative training and believe that nutritional supplements, such as Vetri-Science and Standard Process nutrition products, can prevent or alleviate disease. Standard Process incorporates "functional foods" to offer nutritional support for a wide variety of veterinary conditions. Functional foods are those known to benefit specific organs and tissues in the body. Milk thistle is an example of a functional food for the liver.
Standard Process (www.standardprocess.com) veterinary products
I recommend the following Standard Process veterinary products:
Adrenal Support (Stressed Animals)
Boswelia Complex (Kidney Support, Joint Support, Promotes resistance)
Cardiac Support (Heart)
Dermal Support (Skin & Skin Allergies)
Enteric Support (Stomach & Intestines)
Immune Support (Allergies, Immunocompromised Animals)
Renal Support (Kidneys, Urinary System)
Thyroid Support (Hypothyroid dogs)
SP Vetri-Dent tablets to keep dog and cat teeth tartar free
Whole Body Support (All Organ Systems)
Vetri-Science (http://www.vetriscience.com) veterinary products
I recommend the following Vetri-Science products, which by the way carry the seal of the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC):
Dr. Good Pet Vitamin Powder for Dogs and Cats
Glyco-Flex II Feline and Canine Soft Chews (Arthritis/Joint support)
Glyco-Flex III Feline and Canine Soft Chews (Arthritis/Hip Dysplasia)
Nu-Cat Multi Vitamin/Mineral Soft Chews (My cat Angelica LOVES these!)
PerioSupport Anti-Tartar and Polishing Powder (Just add to Food)
Vetri-Disc (InterVertebral Disc Support for Back and Spine)
Vetri-Lysine Plus Feline (Recurrent Watery Eyes due to Virus)
Nutritional Product Details
A brief discussion of nutritional support products is provided below, including typical uses.
Standard Process Veterinary Products
Canine Adrenal Support: This is a nutritional supplement formulated with ingredients known as functional foods. These are foods that have shown to benefit various organs and tissues in the body. In Canine Adrenal Support the body’s basic nutritional needs are addressed in addition to those of the adrenal glandular system. The goal of Canine Adrenal Support help maintain the adrenal gland’s response to metabolic demand, normalize adrenal function, support the body’s ability to handle stress, and to promote the adrenal gland’s ability to rebuild and regenerate. Canine Adrenal Support is useful for either low (Addison’s disease) or high (Cushing’s Disease) adrenal cortisol output and in situations causing adrenal stress.
Canine/Feline Cardiac Support: This is a nutritional supplement formulated with ingredients known as functional foods. These are foods that have been shown to benefit various organs and tissues in the body. Canine Cardiac Support is formulated to provide support for the myriad of tissues involved in cardiovascular health: myocardium, nerve and conduction, liver, kidneys, adrenal glands, vascular endothelium, inflammatory mediators, blood quality, and blood flow dynamics. These functional food ingredients enhance cardiac (and other tissue) ability to respond to metabolic demands while promoting the heart’s ability to rebuild and regenerate.
Canine Dermal Support: This is a nutritional supplement formulated with ingredients known as functional foods. These are foods that have been shown to benefit various organs and tissues in the body. The ingredients in Canine Dermal Support are a combination of plant and animal tissues, and provide nutritional support to key organs and glands like the liver, small intestine, adrenal glands and the immune system. Support of these and other tissues can be beneficial in the management of the itchy, allergic dog.
Canine/Feline Enteric Support: This is a blend of ingredients that provide support for a wide range of intestinal situations. These ingredients are known as functional foods, and include a broad grouping of tissue concentrates, whole vitamin complexes, and botanical components. In addition to support for enteric disorders this product can be used in conjunction with many common drug protocols. Proper intestinal function is essential for optimum health. Intestinal function has a direct and indirect impact on multiple body systems. Canine/Feline Enteric Support is formulated to help normalize intestinal function, promote healing and repair of digestive tissues, and to enhance the ability of the intestinal cells to function and to react to daily metabolic and immune challenges.
Canine/Feline Hepatic Support: The liver is a complex and critically important organ with multiple functions within the body: detoxification, enzyme production, protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism, hormone conversion, vitamin/mineral storage and more. The ingredients in Canine/Feline Support address all aspects of these functions, as well as the associated organs that interact with the liver (kidney, thyroid, adrenal, spleen, circulation). Hepatic Support is formulated with ingredients known as functional foods. These are foods that have been shown to benefit specific organs and tissues in the body. The goal of Canine/Feline Hepatic Support is to normalize liver function, to support repair and regeneration, and to reestablish liver health. Canine/Feline Hepatic Support can be used for general hepatic support, for reduced hepatic function, for dogs and cats on drugs known to stress liver, for dogs and cats vomiting due to liver disease, and for dogs and cats with intestinal dysfunction.
Canine/Feline Immune Support: The immune system is not one discreet organ, but a range of tissues and cellular functions. These tissues include: bone marrow, thymus, small intestine, spleen, lymph tissue and liver. Canine/Feline Immune Support provides a combination of vitamins minerals, tissue substrates, and phytochemicals (plant based chemicals) that have an immunomodulatory effect. The nutrients in Immune Support, known as functional foods, have been shown to contain a wide range of trace nutrients that benefit specific organs and tissues. Canine/Feline Immune Support is formulated to normalize immune function by supporting the entire range of tissue and cellular functions that make up the immune system. Immune Support can be used for general immune support, for dogs and cats with reduced or increased, or chronic immune system disorder, autoimmune diseases and in pre or post surgical cases.
Canine Musculoskeletal Support: The musculoskeletal system is comprised of a variety of structural tissues and support organs including muscle, ligaments, tendons, nerves, cartilage, blood vessels, heart, liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands. The functional food ingredients in Canine Musculoskeletal Support provide nutrient support for all the interactive components of the musculoskeletal system with cellular nutrition for daily function, repair, regeneration and recovery. Canine Musculoskeletal Support can be used for general growth support, injury/surgery/recovery for musculoskeletal system, athletes and performance dogs as well as for senior dogs.
Canine/Feline Renal Support: Nutritional Support for the kidney is designed to support the cellular health of the kidney, which can facilitate normal kidney functions (filtration, absorption, detoxification, mineral reclamation, hormone production, and fluid balance). Canine/Feline Renal Support provides important nutritional factors for direct renal support and also for indirect support of associated organs and tissues (liver, heart, bone marrow, circulation, and nervous tissues). This multidimensional support using functional foods can be of critical importance in successfully managing cat and dogs with kidney disorders providing the nutrients necessary to support regeneration, repair and detoxification. Canine/Feline Renal Support can be used in dogs and cats with kidney disease, liver disease, age related kidney disease and dogs and cats exhibiting increased drinking and urination.
Canine and Feline Whole Body Support: General Support of a variety of body systems is essential in all patients, ranging from the growing kitten, to the aged patient, performance dogs, patients with multi-system dysfunction, or those with chronic debilitating illnesses. Canine/Feline Whole Body Support provides balanced nutritional support for daily maintenance, as well as cellular nutrition for many endocrine tissues (and promotes a more complete recovery of the function of the remaining viable cells in a compromised patient). Whole Body Support can also be used as a broad spectrum nutritional base in combination with more specific support (e.g. Hepatic Support for liver disease,Thyroid Support for thyroid dysfunction, Adrenal support for adrenal dysfunction).. Canine/Feline Whole Body Support can be used in growing/ performance and senior cats and dogs, for endocrine support, for pregnancy and lactation, in illness and surgery and as a daily multi vitamin/mineral supplement.
Proviable GI Anti-Diarrheal & Probiotic Paste: This product can be used in both dogs and cats with diarrhea. It is recommended to help support proper GI Structure and function during times if digestive upset and stress associated with “Garbage Gut”, food sensitivities, age and traveling. It also supplies a probiotic combination of Mixed lactic acid bacteria, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, Bacillus Subtilis, and Aspergillus Oryzae to help reestablish gut flora for proper GI Tract function.
Glyco-Flex II: This product can be used in the both the cat and dog for arthritis, post orthopedic surgery and for general joint support. It is also useful for the sporting, agility and working breeds of dogs as well as adult and maturing dogs for joint support. This is Vetri-Science’s flag ship product in that it contains the Perna Canaliculus (Green Lipped Mussel) in the form of GlycOmega which is one of the reasons for its success as a joint supplement. GlycOmega contains the entire green lipped mussel organism and it has important fatty acids and bioactive components missing from other joint supplements. This supplement also contains MSM (Methly Sufonyl Methane) and DMG (N,N-Dimethyl glycine) and glucosamine for maximal joint support. My cats love these chews! WARNING This product is NOT to be used in DIABETIC animals owing to the fact it contains glucosamine (sugar containing amino molecule: glucose + amine).
Glyco-Flex III: Similar to the above; for pets with advanced cases of Arthritis and Hip Dysplasia.
Nu-Cat Multi Vitamin/Mineral Soft Chews: This is a complete vitamin and mineral supplement containing Taurine, New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel and digestive enzymes. My cats love these!
Vetri-Lysine Plus Feline: This product contains L-Lysine an amino acid that competes with L-Arginine (this amino acid is required by the herpes virus to replicate) and DMG (N,N-Dimethly glycine). DMG is an intermediary metabolite that supports immune response. These ingredients support proper response of ocular mucosa in chronically infected feline herpes cats. This product can be used in cats with recurrent watery eyes due to FHV (Feline Herpes Virus) or calici virus.