When nutrition is critical: preventing malnutrition in hospital

Did you know that patients of any age can become malnourished from inadequate nutrient intake? Malnutrition is defined as any disorder with inadequate or unbalanced nutrition associated with either nutritional deficiencies or excesses. This can occur in a variety of ways, but we often see patients come through to the clinic already in some state…

The balancing act: preparing your own pet food

Home cooking meals for your pets is not all it’s cracked up to be. There are often many unbalanced, dangerous recipes floating around the internet that owners who don’t know any better decide to try out and the proponents of these diets continue to reinforce the misconception that making your own pet food is simple…

Feeding puppies, great and small

One of the biggest decisions you will make as a new puppy owner is what to feed your pet. In my opinion, there isn’t anything more important than considering a diet that will provide all the necessary nutrients to support your pet’s growth and avoid serious health consequences in the long run. When assessing a…

Everyone’s an expert in animal nutrition

There’s a common misconception that veterinary professionals don’t know anything (or very little) about animal nutrition and that self-professed ‘experts’ are who you should be asking for nutrition advice. Let’s break it down – who are the real experts and what do their titles mean? How much study have they done in animal nutrition and…

Taking the pain out of pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is a painful condition where the pancreas becomes severely inflamed; this usually occurs when the pancreas has been damaged somehow thus causing a release of digestive enzymes that are usually held within the pancreas. This release then harms the pancreas where by the enzymes begin to digest the pancreas itself. The patient may then…

Vegan pets – is it safe?

Can my dog or cat eat a vegetarian or vegan diet? It’s a common question that doesn’t necessarily have a simple answer. Usually owners wish to feed a vegan or vegetarian diet because they themselves are vegetarian or vegan and feel uncomfortable feeding meat or animal products to their animal whether for moral reasons or…

What the FLUTD?

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease is a condition we see frequently in clinic and following medical management, the ongoing prevention of urinary conditions reoccuring is heavily reliant on nutritional management, and strict compliance is necessary to save your special cats from unnecessary pain and suffering. So what is FLUTD? Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease describes…

Feeding for dental health

Dental health is vitally important to our pet’s overall health and wellbeing; if we allow dental disease to go unchecked, we are setting our pet’s up for heart disease, kidney disease, pain and of course above all else, lack of proper nutrition. Throughout August, veterinary clinics in Australia are celebrating Pet Dental Health month so…

Decoding pet food labels – part 2

Continuing from my last post, decoding pet food labels is an involved process. There’s a lot of information on the label and not all of it is as important as manufacturers will have you think. This post explains, in simple terms, the guaranteed analysis panel and ingredients list; it is by no means comprehensive, particularly…

Decoding pet food labels – part 1

Pet food labels can contain a lot of helpful information for owners and the vet team alike, but can also contain a lot of marketing. I often get asked what you should look for on a label; this is a loaded question. While the label tells you a lot of things, it doesn’t always tell…