Breed specific diets

Do I need a diet for my dog’s breed? It makes sense when you consider how a Chihuahua’s nutritional needs may differ from a Great Dane, but how important is feeding a diet designed specifically for your pet’s breed? Some critics of these breed-specific foods report that the diets don’t look vastly different from eachother,…

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…

The top 5 pet nutrition mistakes you’re making

There are many reasons you’ve chosen to feed the way you do, but could you be unknowingly be making mistakes when it comes to your pet’s diet? With a wealth of information online, we try to reconcile and integrate these hints and tips from a variety of sources to try and do the best for…

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…

Bloat: is kibble really the problem?

Gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV), also known as bloat is of particular concern for deep chested, large breed dogs. The dog’s stomach expands, fills with gas, liquid or food and can twist and turn on itself, cutting off the circulation to the stomach and surrounding organs. This condition is life threatening and can rapidly become fatal….

Aflatoxins: is corn the culprit?

Aflatoxins have been getting a lot of publicity lately with the recent recalls and deaths associated with contaminated pet food. But, what are aflatoxins? Is it really was simple as not using corn in the diet? I often hear alot of blame around corn, but surely there is more to it. If corn was such…

Food allergies & hypoallergenic diets

Often when pets have diarrhea or a skin condition, people immediately jump to the conclusion that their pet has a food allergy. True food allergies in pets are fairly rare (10% of all allergic pets) but they do happen, and can be diagnosed through something called a food elimination trial. This is a strict diet…