Dr. Meg Smart’s SNAP
Veterinarian Dr. Meg Smart has developed an Apple and Android phone app to help pet owners. SNAP stands for Smart Nutritional Advice for Pets.
Do you know the full brand and product name of your pet’s food? Do you know how many calories your pet is consuming a day? How many calories from food? From treats?
Dr. Meg Smart’s new phone app can help you provide “concise dietary and health information for each individual pet over the pet’s life.” At the tap of a smart phone you can access all of the data – even print a pdf to provide to your veterinarian if needed.
“A personalized diet analysis and comparison to both the current industry minimum and the ancestral nutrient requirements for each pet based on their individual profile as well as nutritional calculations of the food and treats currently being fed.”
“Each diet and treat entered is given a score of A, B, C, D, E, or F based on its desirable and undesirable features found on the label. SNAP can compare diets and treats as to the cost and their contribution to the total daily nutrient intake.”
I haven’t tried the app, but with questions sent to Dr. Meg I learned the app wasn’t written to monitor a home prepared diet, but it could. Dr. Meg told me “To analyze a homemade pet food they would have to put in each ingredient in as a separate food, the amount and its nutrient break down and then the app will calculate the total daily nutrient intake. Example grass fed beef would-be added as a single food, plus its nutrient break down in the units as indicated in the app and the amount in g fed per day. Then you would add as a new food the next ingredient etc. When finished the app should add all the nutrients in the ingredients put in and give you the g, mg, IU and Kcal/day that combination of ingredients would give you.”
By the way, for consumers to know the nutritional breakdown of any individual food, that information is provided in detail in the USDA nutrient database. Click Here to learn more.
The app is a very affordable $4.75 and a great way to monitor your pet’s health through nutrition. The SNAP app is available on ITunes, the Apple Store and the Google Store. To learn more about the app, visit: http://petnutritionbysmart.blogspot.com/
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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