What’s a carnivore?

"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?

Going against the grain: grain free diets

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

Why cats are not small dogs: nutritional requirements of cats

Cats have very specific nutritional requirements that are sometimes forgotten when choosing pet food. New cat owners or people who have only ever owned dogs, might not know how unique cats actually are and why they are not small dogs. Sometimes it's easy to think all small animals are the same and should be fed … Continue reading Why cats are not small dogs: nutritional requirements of cats

Feeding wet food – benefits & how to choose a diet!

Feeding wet food to cats has many benefits, but it does have it's drawbacks. Wet diets are both palatable, full of moisture and lower in calories than a dry food, however given how expensive it is to feed an entirely wet food, and it's impact on dental health and can make it difficult to reconcile … Continue reading Feeding wet food – benefits & how to choose a diet!

No bones about it: risks vs benefits of meaty bones

Should we really give a dog a bone? Feeding raw bones to dogs, and to a lesser extent, cats, has again surged in popularity particularly with the rise of DIY BARF (bones and raw food) diets. Unfortunately, the evidence around feeding raw bones is not as clear cut as everyone would think; there's a long … Continue reading No bones about it: risks vs benefits of meaty bones

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 … Continue reading Vegan pets – is it safe?