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The name Dogs First came from our desire to put dogs before profit. We use good science to help dog owners make better decisions regarding the health and well-being of their pets. The trick to most health concerns is not so much treating the symptoms but tackling the cause. Dr Conor Brady will show you how to do this quickly, easily and naturally, treating many of the maladies that plague our pets today, most of which can be linked to poor diet and over-use of nasty chemicals. So make a cup of tea and settle in, you’re about to change your dog’s life. Feel free to contact us anytime with your queries.

Latest from Dr. Conor Brady’s blog!

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Feeding Vegetables to Dogs

July 18th, 2018|0 Comments

A comprehensive review of the pro's and cons of feeding dogs vegetables, and best advice... Of all the ingredients we can put in their bowl, none create more debate than the mention of feeding vegetables to dogs. A quick trip around the forums reveals a lot of cliques. From the prey model to the lots-of-fruit-and-veggies groups (the latter need a snazzier name) and everyone in between, there are a lot [...]

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Colostrum for dogs, a serious immune booster and gut healer

July 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Colostrum for dogs, a serious immune booster and gut healer... What is Colostrum? Colostrum is the sort of pre-milk that is produced by all mammals immediately after birth. It supplies the infant with everything they need and not only in terms of nutrition to grow big and strong. But it far more complex than just vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats. It is a complex biological fluid, which helps prime the [...]

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More Grade A Bullshit From the Pet Food Industry

July 9th, 2018|0 Comments

With bullshit being one of the few ingredients they're not actually permitted to use (too much of) in pet food, the industry instead employs it lavishly around the industry to help it grow. Here's the latest... The pet food industry has always had the following conundrum - they want to produce an ultra-low-cost product based on cheap plant additions, that is one obscenely high in carbohydrates (cheap) and ultra-low in meat [...]

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Like you I’m a total dog nut. My background includes a doctorate studying the effects of diet on animal behaviour and five years in Guide Dogs (Ireland and Australia) as a trainer and Pup Supervisor. For the last six years, I have been neck deep in canine nutrition, conducting international nutritional seminars for vets, canine professionals and public alike.

I’m a dedicated advocate and blogger on all things nutrition and natural health and I’m proud father to Dudley, a slightly odd black and white Cocker Spaniel. What he lacks in brains and grace he makes up for with determination (though to be fair this could apply to the both of us).

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The current veterinary focus of treating symptoms with powerful, synthetic drugs when they pop up instead of discovering and treating or ideally avoiding the root cause of the illness is plain wrong. Vets no longer offer healthcare but sick care. I can say with experience that the vast majority of stubborn, recurring health conditions in dogs (from recurring skin and gut conditions to organ disease and cancer) is down to inappropriate diet (dry food) for what is a meat eater. A simple change to a fresh, biologically appropriate diet pays off instantly, yet it’s rarely considered. Why do you think this is?

If I could add, a secondary mission would be the eradication of all the other useless products pushed on pet owners, including chemical flea and worm control for dogs with no fleas and worms, annual boosters for animals already adequately vaccinated for viruses (a practice that lacks a single study in support and contrary to WSAVA guidelines), the cessation of the thoroughly ineffective kennel cough “vaccine” and the strong questioning of the need of leptospirosis shots in populations not at risk, not to mention items such as dental sticks in favour of fresh meaty bones.

There’s a great many more too, I just don’t want to scare you off just yet. The bottom line is pet owners are an easy target. Fear is instilled to make you buy unnecessary, nonsensical products that rarely do any good whatsoever. Chronic disease, drug sales and pet insurance costs are now soaring.

Dogs First’s mission is to have at least 25% of Irish vets recommending fresh ingredients for dogs by 2020. So far I think we have 7 on board. Only 3000 to go!

After leaving guide dogs and starting a raw dog food company in 2010, a company I moved on in 2013, I have been operating independently, effectively as a canine nutrition consultant. Like most others in my position, I have helped (and will continue to do so) numerous fresh dog food companies get off the ground, assisting in product formulation and often blog content, purely as they happen to be on the right side of the argument. This remains part of my revenue stream though I am contractually bound to none. I am a free agent in every respect.

Other revenue streams include the occasional nutrition consult for folks that didn’t find the answer from my site as well as some revenue from the sale of a few supplements that we co-formulated on our site. I stand over any products targetted at a specific use with a money-back guarantee, I’m that confident in them. Also, within my health articles, if there is a product that I know would greatly benefit a dog but that I don’t stock (I don’t stock other people’s health supplements as a rule), I will link out to it’s cheapest / best source on Amazon. Examples include the best probiotics or natural wormer I can find but don’t stock. Should you like the product, follow the link and make a purchase, I will get a very small percentage of that sale (why give it all to Amazon?!). As you will find, I do not do this often. More here in our Affiliate Disclosure statement.

We also have a fab online magazine. Our magazine is free of charge, just sign up to Dogs First with your email address to access it. It is hoped that advertisers will soon pay to be in this magazine. We are finding these advertisers also request a spot on the DogsFirst.ie site as we can have 100,000 visitors in any one month. Thus a future goal is to create a page for companies that we like, thus you won’t find ads for pharmaceutical products or dry food companies etc. I will only ever associate with a company that I believe is doing a good job and putting out a good product at a fair price.

This is how I can write full-time guys. I will never, ever let a product or company influence my opinion or pieces, on that you have my word but after that, you have to make your own mind up. The internet is a hazardous place and all information, certainly regarding health issues, should always be deeply questioned.

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Potential Topics Include:

If you were a zoo keeper the most important question you would want to know the answer to would be “what does this animal eat”, it being at the very heart of his health care. The word “carnivore” or “omnivore is not enough. This section (60mins) and covers:

  • Carnivore or Omnivore: An Introduction.
  • Evolution and ancestry of the dog
  • The diet of wild and free roaming dogs
  • The digestive machinery of the dog
  • What is kibble? How is it made and what’s it made with?
  • What is good protein, carbohydrates and fats?
  • Salt, vitamin and mineral contents
  • Chemical usage
  • Pet food safety
  • What does complete mean?
  • Who are the pet food police?
  • What is the best dry food
  • What is the ideal dog diet?
  • What is raw dog food / BARF
  • Benefits of fresh food
  • Safety of fresh feeding
  • Risks and pitfalls
  • How to make fresh dog food, how to introduce it and other FAQ
  • Best products on the market, ones to avoid
  • Power additions
  • Best treats
  • Fleas, worms, ticks
  • Kennel cough
  • Leptospirosis
  • Vaccinations and boosters
  • Food Allergy
  • Anal Glands
  • Arthritis
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Ears, Sore, Infected
  • Eyes, Weepy
  • Fat Dogs
  • Gut Issues
  • Hot Spots
  • Hyperactivity
  • Itch
  • Kidney Disease
  • Neutering & Alternatives
  • Pancreatitis
  • Skin Conditions
  • Weepy Eyes

Vets are smart people. It’s a tough course, hard to get into and the job highly demanding on every measure. So you might wonder how have things gotten to the point that we must debate the use of fresh ingredients in cats and dogs over processed products that lack a single scientific study which compared dry and fresh fed populations? The answer might not surprise you but the details absolutely will.

  • Bad science gets results – a look at the state of the human drug sector and the “science” used to fuel it.
  • Worrying trends of corporate vet industry ownership
  • A look at pet food pseudoscience
  • How to separate reliable information from industry nonsense
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In a riveting and highly detailed presentation chock-full of references and spiced with Irish humour, Conor led us through the intricacies of dry dog food and how it affects the health of our dogs…In his opening statement Conor said, “It’s more important to remove some of the fear, folk are worried that feeding your dog yourself might mean he’s going to get rickets or that his bum’sis going to fall off…” By the end of the talk, he had certainly succeeded.

Turid Rugaas, Legendary Behaviourist, Author of Calming Signals (Dog Symposium 2015, Norway)

Dr. Brady is a leading light in the Irish raw food and nutrition for dogs scene. His talks are full of gems of information, they’re entertaining and you’ll never come away without being made to think. I’m a fan.

Nick Thompson, UK Holistic Vet & President of the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society

I attended Conor’s Natural Dog Seminar 2017 in Dublin and loved it so much that I invited him to do the same seminar in Switzerland (where i live). He agreed without hesitation, because he is totally passionate and committed to spreading the message of good canine health and nutrition. Our seminar was such a success that we plan to run it annually. If you get the chance, attend one and if at all possible, organise one yourself with Conor as the speaker! His lectures are thought provoking and fun, while simultaneously scientifically focused with a serious and genuine message at the core.

Aileen Woulfe, Organiser of Natural Dog Conference, Montreux, Switzerland, 2017

A million thanks on behalf of the IADSA Committee for your talk at our 3 day event this year! Our members spoke very highly and enthusiastically about what they had learnt and were thrilled with their new approach (and samples and treats!). Thanks again!

Niamh Ashmore, Secretary of the Irish Agility & Dog Sports Association, 2016

We were delighted to have Conor over to our college to speak to our class. It was a brilliant talk, a real-eye opener and the students thought you were amazing! The fresh food message was a breath of fresh air. Sorry we didn’t have him for longer. We will definitely be making him a regular fixture!

Ana O'Donnell, Animal Care Course Coordinator, Ormonde College, Kilkenny, 2016

I invited Conor to give a talk to the Animal care students at B.I.F.E. They were fascinated by all the facts he gave them about canine nutrition. They went home determined to change what they had been feeding their dogs. He has a wealth of knowledge on allergies too.

Delma Rae, Tutor at Bray Institute of Further Education, 2016

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