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Nutrigenomics for Dogs: Creating Health & Vitality through Food With Dr. Jean Dodds

  • Thursday, February 12, 2015
  • 12:00 PM (EST)
  • Friday, February 12, 2021
  • 1:30 PM (EST)
  • Recorded Webinar


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Nutrigenomics for Dogs: Creating Health & Vitality through Food

with Dr. Jean Dodds


KPA 1.5 CEUs

Obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, skin irritations, chronic yeast infections, behavioral issues, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, heart disease and cancer. These are just a few common health conditions that are skyrocketing in our dogs. These conditions all share inflammation at the cellular level, and much of it stems from the lifestyles our dogs share with us, namely their modern diet. Many foods marketed to nourish ourselves and our dogs actually wreak havoc on them from the inside out, resulting in rampant obesity and chronic disease. But it doesn't have to be this way.

Scientific information from the field of nutrigenomics tells us how diet affects gene expression (the process of turning genes on or off within a cell) at the cellular level, creating vibrant health or chronic disease. The right foods send healthy messages to the body’s cells. For example, certain foods “starve” tumor cells of nutrients they need to grow; and a compound in spirulina possesses anti-arthritic, anti-cancer and liver-protective properties.

Humans and domestic dogs share a parallel genomic evolution, particularly for genes associated with digestion and metabolism, neurological processes and diseases such as cancer. Can nutrition prevent or cure their current chronic illnesses? The answer is-absolutely!

Webinar Objectives

  • Learn about how genes, the genome and epigenome promote vigor and health through the diet, rather than lead to chronic illness. 
  • Understand how foods control gene expression at the cellular level.
  • Learn which nutrients suppress chronic disease and promote health and longevity.
  • Finally, translate this to functional foods and individualized targeted nutrition.

About The Presenter

W. Jean Dodds, DVM received her veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College. After working for several decades in upstate New York doing non-invasive studies of animal models of inherited bleeding diseases, she moved to southern California in 1986 to start Hemopet, the first non-profit national animal blood bank. Today, Hemopet’s range of nonprofit services and educational activities include:

Providing canine blood components, blood bank supplies, and related services; adopting retired Greyhound blood donors as companions through Pet Life-Line; contributing to the social needs of the less fortunate in our society by volunteer and interactive programs with the Greyhounds; specialized diagnostic testing using all “green” patented technology and consulting in clinical pathology through Hemolife, Hemopet’s diagnostic division; teaching animal health care professionals, companion animal fanciers, and pet owners on hematology and blood banking, immunology, endocrinology, nutrition and holistic medicine.

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