ADVOCATING FRESH FOOD FOR DOGS
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New to Raw?
Frequently asked questions about raw, answered!
It can be confusing at the start. So many opinions. So many products. Here’s everything you need to know about raw dog food, from the why to the how. Grab a cup of tea and dig in…MORE
The only way to be sure they’re getting the best stuff, and in the quantities needed, is to make it yourself. It’s easy (after the first time!), saves you money and is certainly the best way to feed your dog…MORE
It can be hard to shrug off lot of the BS spewed out by processed pet food industry. So we lay out what we know about canine nutrition with some cool, short videos…MORE
Like a lot of the canine information out there, this one is dreadfully confused. Dogs need raw meaty bones buys. There’s no two ways about it. Here’s how to feed them safely…MORE
The Health Corner
The natural solution to a variety of health issues
Itchy dogs are the number one reason folk visit this site. We can say with authority that the majority of itch in dogs is caused by a food sensitivity. Here’s the Top 10 tips before the vet is called…MORE
Do you have a dog with a recurring skin, ear or gut infection? Well, you’re not alone as they’re the top three reasons for visiting the vet today. It’s almost always related to a processed diet. Here’s what to do, the simple, natural, definitive way…MORE
Everyone seems to accept that their middle-aged dog is beginning to stiffen up, like it’s normal for this long distance running machine of an animal. Here’s top tips to reduce that inflammation in his joints…MORE
For the love dog, please stop using chemical preventatives in your pet. Like your kid going to school, they might pick up something. No biggie. Here’s the natural approach to parasite avoidance and treatments….MORE
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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
M.D. Dogs First
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 and formed Dogs First, a place to post my findings. I hope for Dogs First to be a resource of no nonsense, well-researched, factual information on all things canine nutrition and natural health.
- Grew up in Wicklow, Ireland
- Graduated with BSc. Hons from UCD, Ireland, 2002
- Graduated with a PhD studying the effects of nutrition on the behaviour and gut morphology of mammals
- Joined Guide Dogs Ireland in 2006 as Pup Supervisor
- Joined Guide Dogs Australia in 2009 as Guide Dog Trainer and Supervisor
- Natural Dog Seminar begins 2010
- Returned to Ireland 2011, formed Dogs First
- Formed Ireland’s first raw dog food company in 2012, had some success on Dragons Den 2013 (I didn’t take the investment, it was purely to get in front of the masses!) and moved it on a year later
- Full-time writing, researching and lecturing since 2015
- Live with wife and daughter and insane cocker spaniel Dudley (what he lacks in brains and delicacy he makes up for with very repetitive determination, very much like his owner) in Wicklow, Ireland
I have a number of very small revenue streams coming in from this site. One is from the retail of my (highly effective, see below!!) seaweed-based supplements from my site. Any targetted at specific conditions have a money-back guarantee they’ll do the job.
I also, albeit rarely, link to some Amazon products that I think you might might need or find useful (as an Amazon Associate I then earn from qualifying those purchases). I receive a very small percentage of your first sale. I don’t block access to my good stuff or ask for subscriptions but I do ask for donations at the bottom of my my more vital articles (this nets me around €3 per day!).
I also link out to one or two raw dog food companies as they sell fantastic, ethical, organic raw dog food which, as a veggie, is the only stuff I can promote and sleep at night.
I have no contracts, no ties to be big companies, nothing. I wish I could accept a nice big sponsor but I just can’t be associated with any of the crap out there, and they’re the ones with the money. This means I’m pretty poor but I’m free to do and say as I please, as you’re about to find out.
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I have spent a lot of time building up my knowledge. From a doctorate in animal behaviour and nutrition to years in guide dogs and the last seven year inside and out of the pet food industry, I have always provided all my information free to the public, articles that I spend a lot of time putting together. While it’s clearly a passion of mine the fact remains, I can’t do this and a steady job at the same time. I am left trying to monetise my site as much as I can without pushing on you some horrible adverts for car loans or pet products. This includes selling a few of my own supplements, as above, and now I’m putting a donation button at the bottom of some of my longer more helpful articles. So, if this site helps you in any way, fixing your dog where repeated vet visits have failed, and you feel you’d like to give me the price of a cup of coffee (€3), please free to do exactly that. If you’re strapped and can’t afford it, I can totally sympathise, you’re free to read on, no questions asked. We’re glad to have you on board spreading the word regardless.
Many thanks and continued good health to you and your pets.