I am asked more frequently about the raw diet than anything else, especially on the internet. It is a hot potato with many passionate opinions online, however I believe it's vital that clients can make an informed decision before deciding to feed this incredibly complex and risky diet to their pets. The FDA, WSAVA, AAHA, … Continue reading Why I don’t recommend raw diets
A huge pain point for veterinarians is knowing what to recommend when you have a patient with more than one disease state. While every pet is going to have unique needs, these cases can be some of the most difficult when trying to choose what nutrients to target.Disclaimer: I am not a veterinarian. As a … Continue reading Managing multiple diseases
Whenever kibble is mentioned, the pushback from opponents is that it's highly processed therefore how can it possibly be good for you. 'Processed' has become a dirty word of late, and I think it's time we delved abit deeper into how it fits into the pet nutrition world. First off, it's very hard to compare … Continue reading Processed pet food: it’s not just kibble
Is feeding a fish based food going to make my cat sick? Let's dive into this - feeding fish to your cat has long been associated with thiamine deficiency, but does the same risk extend to fish based commercial products? While some products have been recalled over concerns of a lack of thiamine, is this … Continue reading Thiamine deficiency & fish
One of the most frequently asked questions I receive on social media is why do nutritionists disagree on so many topics? There's a huge number of reasons for this, but today I'm going to cover some of the most common reasons for our divergence in opinions. EducationAs the title Nutritionist is not protected, anyone with … Continue reading Why don’t all nutritionists agree?
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?