Feeding pregnant pets: the do’s and don’ts

There’s always a huge focus on the nutrition of puppies and kittens, especially once you pick up your new bundle of joy, but what about before they are born? I find that feeding pregnant pets can be extremely controversial, particularly as breeders usually have their own methods or chosen diets they’ve decided on and used…

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…

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…

Top 5 reasons I don’t recommend raw diets

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,…

Anal glands: Finding relief through diet

A common issue dog owners encounter is scooting or dogs dragging their bottom along the ground. They do this to try and express their anal glands – these are two scent glands that are at the 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock position on the inside of the rectum that fill with sebaceous secretions similar to…