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lewis hamilton vegetarian pet food

Some Crucial Notes on Vegetarian Dog Food…

Vegetarian pet food – how right is it for my dog? Recently Lewis Hamilton revealed on his dogs instagram account (250k followers, honestly) his dog is now fully vegan. It was as a result of his other bulldog Coco dying months previously. The

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Feeding Dogs book

Feeding Dogs, Now Available on Amazon!

I TOLD you I would get Feeding Dogs out Before Christmas, albeit very much later than hoped… It’s done!  More than 500 pages on canine nutrition and health. More than 1200 references. Countless topics covered. It’s a colossus. I cannot

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The move to feeding your pets fresh, species appropriate food can be a little confusing. Even more so if your pet has a health issue. Please check out both our “Raw FAQ” and / or “Health” sections above for the info you need. Failing that, you can type in your keywords below, we’ve likely covered it at some stage…

Need more help?

Should you need a little hand holding, I’m here to help. Consultations are typically 1 hour in length: 15 minutes to read your presubmitted questionnaire and prepare for your pet, 30-40 minutes with you directly via Zoom / Skype and 10-15 minutes to write your summary email, including all necessary tips and their diet plan. It also includes a follow up email should you need it. 

I’ve been doing this a long time, studying and reporting on the pet industry from the inside out. It’s clear there is today a terrible amount of bad information out there, much of it a result of the unregulated influx of corporate cash into our veterinary sector. We’ll do our best to protect you from the worst of it but for now trust absolutely nothing in a packet with a picture of a dog on it. Question everything.

Dr. Conor Brady

Dogs First

Dr. Conor Brady

Dogs First was born in 2010. Before that I was happily pursuing a career in Guide Dogs, working as a pup supervisor and guide dog trainer. My background meant I was always fixated with diet. Various happenings lead me more towards raw but it was only when I encountered the veterinary brick wall that I began to suspect something was askew. That threw me back into research, writing and lecturing full time.

In 2010 I formed Dogs First, a place to post my findings. I hope for it to be a resource of no nonsense, well-researched, factual information on all things canine nutrition and natural health. 

  • Graduated with BSc. Hons from UCD, Ireland, 2002
  • Graduated with a PhD in 2006 studying the effects of nutrition on the behaviour and gut morphology of mammals 
  • From 2006-2009 I worked for both Irish and Australian Guide Dogs as a trainer and supervisor
  • I hit the lecture circuit with the Natural Dog Seminar in 2010
  • In 2011 I formed Dogs First and soon after created Ireland’s first raw dog food company in 2012 which had some success on Dragons Den 2013 (an no, I didn’t take the investment!). I moved the company on a few years later.
  • The last five years I have been writing, researching and lecturing full time on natural canine nutrition & health
  • I live with wife, daughter and insane cocker spaniel Dudley (what he may lack in brains and delicacy he makes up for with great determination, though that could be said for the both of us) in Wicklow, Ireland

Asides my consultations, I have a number of small revenue streams in this site. One is from the retail of my wonderful seaweed-based supplements (please see below!). I also, albeit rarely, link to some Amazon products that I think you might might need and I then earn a small percentage on any purchases you make. I also ask for donations at the bottom of my more vital articles (this nets me around €3 per day!). I get a few pennies for linking out to one or two raw dog food companies that I very much support as they put out great stuff (mostly ethical & organic which, as a veggie, is the only stuff I can promote and sleep at night). 

I proudly have no ties, no contracts to any companies whatsoever. While this means I’m pretty poor I’m completely free to do and say as I please, as you’re about to find out.

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