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
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
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
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'd like to take a second to just remind everyone that people are free to feed however and whatever they want, but I am also free to give my advice and educated opinion. So, I wanted to do a post on why all kibble isn't 'bad' and why pet owners who feed kibble aren't 'bad … Continue reading Not all kibble is made equal
A common question I get, is how to choose a diet for my senior pet? There's alot of emphasis placed on puppies and kittens to give them the best start to life, but the information for choosing a diet in your pet's senior years is hard to find. It's equally as important that we find … Continue reading How to choose a diet for your senior pet
If your cat has ever fallen victim to a upper respiratory infection, you may have heard of the common recommendation to supplement with lysine. It is thought that lysine, an essential amino acid, can shorten the duration and reduce viral replication of the viruses that cause conjunctivitis in cats - namely feline herpes virus and … Continue reading Lysine for cats – helpful or harmful?
Feeding raw chicken necks has become a staple in some pet owning households. For some it's a way to reward their pets or an entire way of feeding them (BARF diets). In the not too distant past, vets would recommend pet owners feed raw chicken necks as a way of removing plaque and tartar from … Continue reading No more chicken necks