Nutritional management of feline hyperthyroidism

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

Pet food misinformation: why you aren’t a bad pet parent

You're not a bad pet parent. Read that again. You are doing the absolute best you can with the information you have available to you right now. And if you're making mistakes and you don't know it yet - that's okay, that's how we learn and do better. But you are not a bad owner. … Continue reading Pet food misinformation: why you aren’t a bad pet parent

Superfood or superfake?

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?

Coconut oil: helpful or harmful

Coconut oil is a go-to remedy for pet parents everywhere, from everything to skin conditions, dietary upsets and anti-inflammatory supplements. It's become so popular, it's even included in some commercial pet foods and is regularly labelled as a "superfood". But is coconut oil actually beneficial to your pet? And if so, what does the evidence … Continue reading Coconut oil: helpful or harmful

Pet food ratings websites – and why they aren’t useful

I often get asked why the foods I recommend rate so low on pet food rating websites - let's take a step back and look at why I don't use pet food rating websites, and where owners can go for reliable and evidence based information on pet nutrition. Nutrition is nuanced and not one size … Continue reading Pet food ratings websites – and why they aren’t useful

Nutritional management of IBD and colitis in pets

It is relatively common that in practice we see patients with some form of gastrointestinal disease or disorder. With the growing body of research into the gut microbiome and how we can improve the health of pets with gastrointestinal illnesses, today's blog looks into what we can do for IBD and colitis patients with diet. … Continue reading Nutritional management of IBD and colitis in pets

By-products in pet food

There isn't an ingredient that gets more negative attention than by-products. But what are by-products? Do they really include hooves, hair and teeth? Are they poor quality meats? I've collated the most commonly asked questions about by-products here, in a hope to explain some of the misconceptions people have about by-products and sort the fact … Continue reading By-products in pet food

Lysine for cats – helpful or harmful?

If your cat has ever fallen victim to a upper respiratory infection, you may have heard of the common recommendation to supplement with lysine. It is thought that lysine, an essential amino acid, can shorten the duration and reduce viral replication of the viruses that cause conjunctivitis in cats - namely feline herpes virus and … Continue reading Lysine for cats – helpful or harmful?