Dr. Karen Becker is the foremost holistic Veterinarian in the United States. Her work to spread the message about nutrition as a form of healing has made her beloved of thousands.
Where to Start:
Dr. Karen Becker is the holistic pet community equivalent of Neil Patrick Harris - she's everywhere and everyone loves her. You could spend months reading everything she has produced, and she is the #1 resource for quality explanations about common health issues in pets, so if you are looking for answers, search her name and the topic in youtube and you will likely find a good resource. For her nutritional videos, here are just some of my favorites:
The Quality of Pet Food (parts 1 and 2):
In this video Dr. Becker goes through her list of best to worst types of pet food and why. Keep in mind when she compares freeze dry to canned, the moisture content is the main reason they are rated the way they are, and that can be easily solved by rehydrating a freeze-dry diet.
Dr. Becker and Steve Brown on Raw Food Diets for Pets:
The founder of Steve's Real Food, a local Utah raw brand headquartered in Cottonwood Heights, discuss raw diets. Steve is no longer with that company, but he is still an incredibly respected pet nutritionist and has published several books.
Dr. Becker Discusses Raw Food Diet (all parts):
In this video Dr. Becker discusses why a raw diet is the healthiest and most species appropriate diet for pets.
Dr. Becker and Dr. Rob Silver:
Hemp for pets is a growing market and it is important to understand why it is so beneficial. Dr. Silver is an expert on medical marijuana and pets, and he gives very pertinent information worth knowing.
Too many choices!
In this article Dr. Becker discusses just how confusing it can be for pet parents to know what they are feeding their pet and how hard it can be to make an educated decision about your pet's nutrition. While stores like Desert Raw are trying to help out, many people just feel overwhelmed by how many choices are out there!
Pet Nutrition and Traditional Veterinarians
I If you have made the switch to holistic alternatives in food and medicine, you already know that there can be intense backlash from people who don't want to believe modern society has taken us in a direction that has made us sicker. It's the same in the pet world. Dr. Becker discusses her take on pet nutrition and how it became so different from traditional vets.
Obesity and Health:
Over 50% of pets in the US are overweight, and there is a nutritional reason for that - unfortunately there are severe health consequences, too. Dr. Becker discusses obesity and what we can do.
Another epidemic plaguing our pets is cancer, and again, there are reasons for that going back to nutrition, neutering, vaccinations, and more. Learn about why cancer is such a modern plague.