"But she's a carnivore! Shouldn't she just eat meat?!" This catchcry has become so commonplace in veterinary clinics around the world thanks to the marketing jargon and buzzwords being spun as fact by pet food companies. Many pet owners have been manipulated to believe that the only way to feed pets is meat, meat and … Continue reading What’s a carnivore?
Update: This post has been updated to include the latest research on grain free diets and dilated cardiomyopathy You may have heard the lastest buzzword in pet food is "grain free". However, grain free pet foods came into the market with little to no scientific evidence to support the trend that was largely led by … Continue reading Going against the grain: grain free diets
Congratulations, you've just adopted a new little kitten! Now comes the hard part, choosing a diet for your new bundle of joy. While selecting a kitten food is probably seemingly straightforward, there's also a few other things to consider when feeding your kitten. Key Nutritional Factors for KittensThere's a few Key Nutritional Factors that we … Continue reading What you need to know about your kitten’s nutrition
Some pet owners believe rotating diets how we should feed their pets. They believe this because they think that it will reduce the negative impacts of feeding one diet, provide variety for their pet and reduce the potential to develop allergies to a food. Let's unpack this. There's so many myths associated with this type … Continue reading Don’t change your pet’s food – rotational dieting myths
As a Practice Manager, it often is brought to my attention when the nurse's or vet's time-honored ways of treating, preventing or managing different conditions no longer stack up with the latest research and need to be updated. The first step in solving a problem, is recognising we have one; while I often spot when … Continue reading Improving nutrition protocols in your practice
With the increasing awareness in human nutrition on the prevalence of gluten intolerance and coeliac disease, pet owners and pet food companies have jumped on the bandwagon and began marketing pet foods to be gluten and grain free.But the real question is, how common are gluten allergies and intolerances in pets? What is gluten anyway … Continue reading Gluten and your pet’s nutrition
Feline hyperthyroidism is a common condition typically affecting older cats and the clinical signs can be quite serious, causing significant illness. As the condition is caused by the thyroid overproducing the hormones T3 and T4 which are also responsible for controlling the body's metabolic rate, significant weight loss and increased appetite is the most common … Continue reading Nutritional management of feline hyperthyroidism
Coprophagia, or eating faeces is a common complaint we see in practice. While behaviour is often blamed as the only reason pets eat poo, however nutritional and medical causes can also contribute to coprophagia. Coprophagia is largely harmless to the pet displaying the behaviour, but can be very distressing to owners so looking at ways … Continue reading What to do when your dog eats poo
You may have seen these letters after people's names, particularly speaking and writing on the topic of nutrition. In fact, you may have noticed I've been talking about it quite abit lately. VTS stands for Veterinary Technician Specialist; a VTS is a highly qualified, skilled and experienced veterinary nurse or technician who has gone through … Continue reading What is a Vet Tech Specialist in Nutrition?
Electrolytes are chemical elements or minerals that form ions - charged elements that conduct electrical impulses in bodily fluids. They are critical for the normal function of all cells within the body such as keeping the heart pumping and muscles moving. Sodium, calcium, potassium, chloride, phosphate, and magnesium are all electrolytes and these elements are present in … Continue reading Electrolytes – when to supplement