Homemade and raw
Homemade diets are usually nutritionally incomplete and unbalanced. Feeding raw foods, either homemade or commercial, has risks to both pets and public as they can carry pathogenic bacteria. The concept of a natural diet is based on an inadequate understanding of nutrition and feeding bones does not prevent dental plaque or tooth loss and may result in GI obstruction and fractured teeth.
Effects of the long chain omega 3 fatty acids from some fish oils in humans and animals include cardioprotective effects, roles in neurological development and cognitive dysfunction, chronic kidney disease, osteoarthritis, and effects on the inflammatory response. The effects on the inflammatory response can be explained by the production of different types of leukotrienes, prostaglandins and thomboxanes and the metabolic products resolvins and protectins.
Dr Chandler has a BS from California State University, and a MS (Animal Nutrition) and DVM from Colorado State University (CSU). After several years in mixed and emergency practice, she did residencies in small animal medicine and clinical nutrition at CSU and Massey University, NZ.
Dr Chandler is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, a member of the Australia New Zealand College of Veterinary Science (Small Animal Medicine), Chair of the FEDIAF Scientific Advisory Board, founding member of the European Veterinary Nutrition Educators Group, and Co-Chair of the WSAVA Global Nutrition Committee.
Dr Chandler is an independent consultant in small animal nutrition and internal medicine, Clinical Nutritionist for Vets-Now Referrals, Glasgow, and Internal Medicine Specialist for Moorview Referrals in Newcastle, U.K.