Kind Words & Updates

I'm always grateful for feedback from prior clients!

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Monica Segal, Toronto, ON

Having worked with Jody for more than three years I can say that her ability to formulate diets for dogs in health and disease is excellent. She considers the entire dog by providing support for the issues at hand, breed predispositions and that the dog feels satiated. Jody also has a kind heart and generous spirit that endears her to the dog world.

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Amanda W, Calgary, AB – Connor

Connor is just over 3 years old and was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease at the age of 3 months.  At this time, he spent one week in the hospital and was Very skinny.  He suffered with reoccurring Ear infections, Eye Infections, Diarrhea and was throwing up daily.

Connor is truly one of the sweetest dogs I have ever known.  Despite all of his health problems, multiple stays in the hospital, blood work, IV’s, Xray’s, medications and procedures he still trusts and loves everyone.  It does not matter how sick he is, his tail is always wiggling.

Most nights we were up 2-3 times … diarrhea, throwing up, and shaking with a fever.  He was under weight, always feeling hungry and trying to eat anything he could– socks, paper, dirt, stool. He would get wobbly and almost fall over after walks or too much excitement.

He started to get acne and sores on his chin, nose, belly and paws.  Everyday was ointments, eye drops, ear drops and pills.

On average we were at the vet 2 times a month. Sometimes weekly for check ins.

At nine months old he had his first seizure.  His nose had lost all color and his nails started to turn white.  He was now being monitored for Vitiligo, Lupus and Epilepsy.

When he had his first seizure, I thought…  this is it, his little body has finally had enough.

Balancing epilepsy and inflammatory bowel disease was tricky.  I was feeling very overwhelmed and lost.  We had been to an Immune Specialist, traditional Vet, Holistic Vet, and a neurologist.  We followed a food protocol to try and help determine allergies and a sleep and meal schedule.

Connor’s seizures started to become longer and more frequent.  He also was having more wobbly episodes throughout the day.   A friend suggested I call Jody for a consultation.

We started working with Jody in Jan 2022.   At this time Connor was averaging 2 seizures every 5-6 weeks. He was ALWAYS hungry and was overweight (by 10lbs).

Jody started by working with his current diet of premade raw (cooked) and veggies.  Eliminating a few items and adding in new ones as we weaned away from the commercial food.  We went very slowly since Connor was very sensitive to change.  She always checked in and adjusted as we moved along. She researched all of his current supplements and we made adjustments to eliminate some that may have had ingredients not suited for dogs with seizures.

I am very happy to say we have gone 10 months without one seizure!! 

I just can not believe it. No ear or eye infections, his nose color has returned and his nail color is still coming back.  He sleeps all night for the first time ever and has lost the needed 10lbs. 

We will be forever grateful for all that Jody has done for our family.  If anyone is struggling with any health issues, I highly recommend contacting her for help. This was a game changer for us!

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Bernadine T, Rancho Cucamongo, CA – Tig

This is my sweet little boy.  He is 10 years old and needs to take medication for a serious heart condition. After six months on the medication, we ran a blood panel.  Several values (including kidney values) were out of the normal range and very concerning.  My good friend recommended Jody Zesko and I’m so thankful she did.  After following Jody’s detailed instructions for more than eight weeks, we ran another blood panel to make sure we were on the right path.   The results are incredible and everything is now within normal limits.  Our Vet is understandably impressed and will recommend Jody to other patients, willing to cook for their pets.  Thank you, Jody, for all you do!

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Clare J, Tucson, AZ – Daisy, Tessa, Naomi

Jody has created custom food plans for three of my dogs. Two have complicated food sensitivities, and one has complicated health issues that we are supporting with balanced nutrition. I love working with Jody - she is knowledgeable, proactive, and responsive. Jody has been very patient and creative when formulating recipes for my two pups who have challenging (but very different) food sensitivities. All of my pets are doing very well on their food plans, with noticeable improvements in their conditions!

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Edward Klorman, Montreal, QC - Ellis

Jody has been enormously helpful to me and my puppy! When he had ongoing digestive issues over several weeks, it seemed like nothing I tried was working. But Jody helped me proceed systematically and scientifically, testing incremental changes to his diet until we could identify what worked best. She really knows her stuff and takes the time to listen to what I’m observing and to advise me step by step through the process. If you’re wondering about your dog’s diet or would like some advice to complement what you’re learning from your vet, you and your dog will be very happy working with Jody!

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M. Anderson, Duvall, WA - Luke

Jody, thank you so much for guiding us through this stage of Luke’s food life! I find that you’re very generous, thoughtful, and knowledgeable. Thank you so, so much!

I will keep you posted on how Luke is doing, hopefully, for many years!

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T&K Cripps, Saanichton, BC - Couper

I was thinking about how this process of working with you is less stressful than with previous consultants. You're very responsive with any questions we have had and your step-by-step approach has been a blessing for us. We have worked with two nutritionists prior, and we were always given the final recipe at the start, and Couper would go through ups and downs with it, making it difficult to pinpoint the causes. 

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Gina F, Webster, NY – Daisy

Just wanted to thank you for helping me get Daisy's GI issues resolved. I was seriously at my wits end watching her struggle with watery stools all of the time. And it could not have felt good for her either! She's almost 1.5 years old and I struggled for over a year. My only other option was to try hydrolized food at $100 for a 20 pound bag and even though my vet thought it would've helped, I decided to invest in a consult with you and get her on real whole foods instead of kibble. As you know, the change was almost instant! With just a reduction in fat and an increase in fiber she started coming around. The whole process was affordable and easy to follow, and I can tell she LOVES what is in her bowl. And I feel better because she doesn't have to survive on processed kibble. I would tell anyone whose dog has health issues to look at the diet and seek help. I'm so glad we did!! 

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Jenny Howe, Calgary, AB – Swizzy

I reached out to Jody when my dog, Swizzy, an Aussie Shepherd was 16 months old. She was on a commercial raw diet and was maintaining her weight but she just didn’t seem satisfied- she also ate poop and was shedding excessively. I felt like she needed some extras in her bowl and that something might be lacking in her diet. Because Jody had created my other Aussie’s diet, she knew what foods I was already using and she created a little recipe of additional foods I could add to Swizzy’s food, based on Pre’s diet. By using appropriate food additions and utilizing some supplements we were able to address some nutrients that were lacking in her commercial raw food. Within a month or so we noticed a big reduction in shedding, and she was so much calmer between meal times. After more time on the diet, she stopped eating poop and just seemed generally more content overall. She loves the extras at meal times- in fact she cries for her meals and her weight is optimal – we are so happy!

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Jenny Howe, Calgary, AB – Prefontaine

Prefontaine has been following a custom, cooked diet put together by Jody. Prior to this he would eat very sporadically. Sometimes twice a day, sometimes once a day, sometimes not at all. He wasn’t interested in kibble, he wasn’t interested in raw. Meal time was stressful for all of us.

In addition to him likely being malnourished (although his weight was fine) and ‘hangry’, he is also quite reactive. Lunging at dogs on leash, baring his teeth to people, charging dogs and humans, and just kind of acting like a jerk. This is particularly heartbreaking because the whole reason we got an Australian Shepherd was so we could do dog sports with him, but we just didn’t feel like we could trust him in a setting with other people and dogs. When Jody mentioned diet could be playing a role in his reactivity, I was shocked! And so, I jumped at a diet that could help that even a little bit!

The changes we’ve seen so far are beyond encouraging. For starters, Pre actually starts crying if we don’t feed him at the same time, every day. And as soon as that food comes out of the fridge, he’s doing spins and getting ready for the best part of his day!
He devours every morsel of his meals and still gets some raw chicken necks (which he loves!) throughout the week. But even more exciting is that we’ve noticed a change in his behaviour. He’s actually starting to chill out a bit! And because he’s in a less reactive state so much of the time, he’s better able to listen to our commands and process them. He doesn’t ‘lose his mind’ nearly as much. We finally get to start doing the things we’ve always wanted to do with him! All of us are SO much happier now, and best of all, Pre is much healthier physically, and he’s getting there emotionally!

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Regan Smith, Calgary, AB – Mia

I came to Jody needing help with my little Mia. She was diagnosed with something wrong with her liver, she had elevated liver enzymes, sludgy gallbladder and really wasn’t enjoying food, just treats. Mia is a 13 year old rescue and I felt a biopsy surgery would be too hard on her as she had just had her teeth done. The vet recommended a kibble diet change and I feel very strongly about kibble not being able to support our dogs well enough. I was referred to Jody by Doodle Dogs. I am so happy to have Jody in our lives! Mia eats a well balanced diet, is very happy, super excited about meal time, and in general, does not seem her age. Most people think she is a puppy! The changes over 4 months were amazing, and those enzyme levels came way down.


Be prepared to talk all about poop and meal prep for your furbabies. Without Jody and her help, I honestly don’t know where we would be. Mia is a new old dog. We will forever feed her this meal plan now, she eats better than us! Thank you Jody. You gave our girl her life back and helped me get through understanding the insides of our dog.

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Jenny Howe, Calgary, AB – Lola Belle

My sweet puppy, Lola Belle, was well into her senior years and having a hard time keeping on weight. Even with increasing the amounts of her commercial raw food, I just couldn't stop her from looking like a rail. Also, her energy was especially low, which I chalked up to her being a senior. I had a Commercial Food Boost consult with Jody and she made suggestions on supplements and healthy food additions that would be a good fit for Lola-Belle.
 

Well, I have to say, the change in her was remarkable! She gained weight and was much more satisfied after her meals. Her “glaucoma eye” was even less bulgy! She was so full of energy that she almost demanded walks. We took her for a little "hike" and she didn't run into anything! (she had Very minimal vision) Normally she’d be exhausted for a couple days after a big walk -nope, the next day she was SAUCY! She yelled and yelled for us to come play, and ended up completely destroying a toy.


She was sleeping less during the day, but resting hard at night. She wasn’t restless anymore and for the first time, I SWEAR she became social. My 13-year-old dog had no idea she wasn’t a puppy- we couldn't have been happier!

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Trudy Drake, Cochrane, AB – Moxie

She honestly loves the veggie mixture so much and I will start rotating other veg/fruits through it one by one the next time I make it. She’s tolerated everything so far very well and the supplements you recommended have made a huge difference too! The shedding has stopped, her coat looks so shiny and soft! She’s still a bit itchy but I’m sure it’s more related to it being allergy season. I’ve already started to cut back on her Apoquel (she only gets it 4-5 days a week now instead of 7). Hoping we can cut it out entirely and keep her happy and healthy.

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Elaine M, St. Anthony, MN – Jack

I’ve been feeding a raw home prepared diet for at least 15 years. Due to an issue I was having, I had to switch to kibble a year and a half ago, but meant to get back to home prepared when able.

My 13 year old dog, Jack, started having recurrent aspiration pneumonia and repeatedly tried to die on me last winter. In an effort to bring him out of that downward trend, I switched back to home prepared, but this time cooked as it was safer for him. Between the permanent medications he’s now on and getting a balanced complete diet, he’s turned the corner and is back to being a happy, healthy dog. He’s put on some weight so he looks better too. I can’t express enough how important proper nutrition with fresh, real food is in my dog’s recovery and to support him as he continues to age.