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, … Continue reading Why I don’t recommend raw diets
Whenever kibble is mentioned, the pushback from opponents is that it's highly processed therefore how can it possibly be good for you. 'Processed' has become a dirty word of late, and I think it's time we delved abit deeper into how it fits into the pet nutrition world. First off, it's very hard to compare … Continue reading Processed pet food: it’s not just kibble
One of the most frequently asked questions I receive on social media is why do nutritionists disagree on so many topics? There's a huge number of reasons for this, but today I'm going to cover some of the most common reasons for our divergence in opinions. EducationAs the title Nutritionist is not protected, anyone with … Continue reading Why don’t all nutritionists agree?
Salmonella is a rod-shaped gram-negative bacterium belonging to the family of Enterobacteriaceae. It is the causative agent of salmonellosis. Clinical salmonellosis as well as fecal shedding of Salmonella in companion animals have been linked to the increasingly common practice among pet owners of feeding raw meat diets to pets. In contrast to heat-treated commercial dog … Continue reading Yes, your dog can get Salmonella
Recent advancements in science and discoveries around how nutrition affects the health of the heart in both dogs and cats has driven the production of new therapeutic diets. Purina Institute recently released their findings that a nutrient blend appears to improve heart health in pets with chronic heart disease, and can even slow and prevent … Continue reading Cardiac diets – what does the science say?
Isn't Australian pet food better than other countries? Aren't our ingredients fresher, safer, more nutritious? As I'm based in Australia, I'm often asked about how pet food is different here compared to other countries, what our regulations are like, what the quality is like and if food that's made in Australia is better by comparison … Continue reading Pet food regulation in Australia
"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?
As a Practice Manager, it often is brought to my attention when the nurse's or vet's time-honored ways of treating, preventing or managing different conditions no longer stack up with the latest research and need to be updated. The first step in solving a problem, is recognising we have one; while I often spot when … Continue reading Improving nutrition protocols in your practice
With the increasing awareness in human nutrition on the prevalence of gluten intolerance and coeliac disease, pet owners and pet food companies have jumped on the bandwagon and began marketing pet foods to be gluten and grain free.But the real question is, how common are gluten allergies and intolerances in pets? What is gluten anyway … Continue reading Gluten and your pet’s nutrition
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