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
You’re not a bad pet parent. Read that again. You are doing the absolute best you can with the information you have available to you right now. And if you’re making mistakes and you don’t know it yet – that’s okay, that’s how we learn and do better. But you are not a bad owner. … Continue reading Pet food misinformation: why you aren’t a bad pet parent
More and more pet foods are slapping on their labels that their diets include “superfoods” – but what are superfoods? And how do we know that the diet is actually going to provide any noticeable benefit to your pet? Today’s blog is about why the term superfood shouldn’t sway you decision to purchase a pet … Continue reading Superfood or superfake?
Coconut oil is a go-to remedy for pet parents everywhere, from everything to skin conditions, dietary upsets and anti-inflammatory supplements. It’s become so popular, it’s even included in some commercial pet foods and is regularly labelled as a “superfood”. But is coconut oil actually beneficial to your pet? And if so, what does the evidence … Continue reading Coconut oil: helpful or harmful
I often get asked why the foods I recommend rate so low on pet food rating websites – let’s take a step back and look at why I don’t use pet food rating websites, and where owners can go for reliable and evidence based information on pet nutrition. Nutrition is nuanced and not one size … Continue reading Pet food ratings websites – and why they aren’t useful
A quick Google search can bring you up all sorts of information about pet food and protein. I find a lot of the misinformation around pet food tends to center around protein – how much your pet needs, where it should be on an ingredient list, more meat means more protein…the list goes on. I … Continue reading All about protein
It is relatively common that in practice we see patients with some form of gastrointestinal disease or disorder. With the growing body of research into the gut microbiome and how we can improve the health of pets with gastrointestinal illnesses, today’s blog looks into what we can do for IBD and colitis patients with diet. … Continue reading Nutritional management of IBD and colitis in pets
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