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…

Scratching the itch – managing atopy

Itchy pet? You’re not alone. We see so many itchy pets every day and understand how frustrating it is when it’s not a simple fix. Diet is quite often blamed as the cause, however this isn’t necessarily the case. Often the allergies are environmental in origin, however I will discuss both in this post, as…

Transitioning made simple

So, you want to start a new diet, or your vet has sent you home with a new food, but you’ve been told to transition slowly. What does that even mean!? Transitioning simply means phasing out one food while gradually adding in the new food. “But why,” you may ask, “I don’t transition when I…

Upset tummy? Now what!

One of the most common things I come across in clinic is pets with upset tummies; I’m talking diarrhea. Despite it being one of the most common reasons for presenting, it’s also often where I see the biggest nutrition mistakes being made. Chicken and riceThis ‘bland’ diet recommendation is the age-old adage that is a…

All about fibre!

People are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of fibre in their pet’s diet. However, in clinic we still see so many patients suffering from conditions as a result of poor fibre intake. Let’s explore this a bit further as to why fibre is a vital part of the animal diet. Fibre is a broken…