No more chicken necks

Feeding raw chicken necks has become a staple in some pet owning households. For some it’s a way to reward their pets or an entire way of feeding them (BARF diets). In the not too distant past, vets would recommend pet owners feed raw chicken necks as a way of removing plaque and tartar from…

Freeze dried VS Cold pressed pet foods

New foods and their fancy processing methods are bursting onto the scene and taking the pet food world by storm! Freeze dried, air dried, cold pressed, gently cooked, high pressure pasteurized…the list goes on. But today, we focus on the two newest on the scene; freeze dried and cold pressed. I’ve received so many questions…

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…

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,…

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…