Prescription diets – how they work

Prescription or therapeutic veterinary diets are quite different from your run of the mill pet food. These diets are designed to treat specific medical conditions and in some cases may form the only treatment for a patient’s condition. These diets have gotten alot of attention recently; many people mistake prescription diets to mean the food…

Fresh foods for pets: is it better?

The latest trend is fresh foods for pets, particularly the type that is available as a subscription, getting delivered to your door on a recurring basis. More and more pet owners have asked me about these products and if they are good quality, so I thought we should take a deep dive into this new…

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…

5 signs you need to change your pet’s diet

Do you know when to change your pet’s diet? Here are 5 key times when you should be considering a diet change! Some are not as obvious as others, but it’s important to know when you should be seeking a dietary recommendation from your vet team or nutritionist. It is quite common to consider a…

When more isn’t more: nutrient excesses

Giving your pet an extra “boost” of nutrients or feeding a diet that “exceeds” the AAFCO requirements might sound amazing in theory, but did you know you could actually be doing your pet harm? Nutrient excesses can be just as damaging as deficiencies. With the rise of supplementation and pet owners being encouraged to add…

Fillers in pet food – and why they arent a thing!

What is a filler and does pet food actually contain “fillers”? Certain ingredients often get blamed for being of low nutritional value and simply filler ingredients. A filler is something that contains no nutritional value and is added to create bulk in the diet. In pet food, this actually doesn’t exist. Everything included in pet…

Natural isn’t always best

This week, I was flooded with questions and concerns from clients worrying about feeding an “unnatural” diet to their pets. Some had been told by unqualified laypeople that they were doing something ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’ by feeding their pet a complete and balanced commercial diet, because it wasn’t natural. Unfortunately, some of these pets became…