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In this article, I’m going to share my homemade and natural recipe of anti itch spray for dogs using Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), green tea, and mint. The best part of this simple dog anti itch recipe is that it works! It can be used for dog’s itchy skin, paws,
So what is the ACL, and where is a dog’s ACL? The ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) is located in the centre of the knee (stifle) and is responsible for stabilising the hind leg when the dog is straightening, bending or rotating the leg. In this article, we will be discussing:
Bloat with torsion in dogs is a scary, painful, often life threatening and all too common occurrence in large, deep chested dogs . As the science is yet to pin a definite culprit, there is a lot of confusion. In this extensive review piece I present the most up to date thinking on the matter and make some important dietary recommendations for at-risk dog owners.
Extreme itchy and irritated skin with a foul odour can indicate a yeast infection. This is a very common problem in particularly dry-fed dogs today. Yeast infections in dogs are highly uncomfortable and over time they can cause severe damage to the affected areas. Knowing how to treat yeast infections
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 overstate what a relief it is that this book has
Is garlic unsafe for dogs, or is it just a myth? As a pet owner, you must have seen countless lists that labelled garlic as poisonous for dogs. The concern is echoed around veterinary clinics the world over. This is pretty surprising since very early on I realised there is
Yeasty dogs, listen up! I have five free samples of a fantastic new product for stubborn yeasty issues in dogs… You get a lot of yeasty dogs in this line of work, usually dogs on high-carb foods for a long period of time. Yeast LOVES that sugar. Even with a
A little background into what a researcher actually does, a note on the state of the science and its terribly ironic saviours… It was during the recent Finland seminar that the curtain on obesity was pulled back for me. In terms of a root cause, it’s fair to say, coming
Zoopharmacognosy Continued: The first two tastes were fine…which turns out is a bit of a worry…! Just a follow on from the Zoopharmacognosy Facebook post yesterday entitled “Give Raw Garlic But Separately to the Food” re garlic selecting in dogs. If you missed it, check it out. We were saying
I met CAM4animals at the most recent seminar. They campaign for the rights of “alternative” veterinary medical practices to get a fair go. And thank God they do… I know what lots of you think of me. I am increasingly being seen as the angry guy constantly preaching about corporate
Diatomaceous Earth is a popular natural form of bug control in pets. But here are a few more uses of it about your home that you may never have considered… We have a natural flea control product called DeNeem. It’s a very simple product, containing a codex food grade form
Despite the numerous warnings, people still leave their dogs in hot cars. Here’s what to do should you feel you need to break a window… We all hear about it but I just saw encountered it! A poor dog left inside a hot car outside the local pharmacy. I found
Eight Reasons Why BioFunction8 Daily Will Help Alleviate the Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Disease in Dogs… Before we start talking about adding anything IN to help gastrointestinal disease in dogs such as IBS or colitis type issues, you must first address the likely cause of their problems. In terms of the
Ticks are Unfortunately a Fact of Life. But how Safe is Bravecto for Dogs, and why Don’t we Have Such a Chemical for Humans?! How Common are Ticks on Dogs? Well, Don’t go to the Big Tick Project for Answers, it’s Sponsored by Bravecto for Dogs… It’s not uncommon to
Where are you legally when you buy a pup but very soon you realise the dog has a major health issue, one that mightn’t have been disclosed to you? I was contacted by a concerned owner who recently purchased a purebred dog only to find out very quickly that the
The US FDA Reports That Some of the Biggest Names in More Natural (Meaty, Grain-Free) Pet Food are Causing DCM in Dogs… I’m really confused by this one. The US FDA releases the top 15 dry foods most associated with DCM in dogs according to the reports they are receiving
Here are the top 5 herbs for kidney disease in dogs that you mightn’t have heard of but studies show they are the most effective… Organs closest to the digestive system (gut, liver, kidneys) are the easiest to effect with herbal remedies taken by mouth, and the studies absolutely support
Whole ingredients bestow the greatest epigenetic effects in mice, humans and dogs. Here are the most scientifically supported and likely epigenetic foods in use in dogs today… Part 1 of this article showed us via studies of human populations malnutritioned via famine and socioeconomic decline, of stem cells in culture
Four Cats Dead, TB From a Venison Raw Dog Food Made by Natural Instinct Not sure how many of you heard but four cats came down with TB at the end of 2018 after eating raw dog food produced by Natural Instinct and based on venison. Specifically, it was Wild
Epigenetics is a Relatively new Realm of Science but the Immediate and Long-Lasting Implications for us and our Pets is Astounding. Part 1 of 2. What is Epigenetics? Epigenetics is defined as the study of heritable phenotype changes that do not involve alterations in the DNA sequence, meaning changes in
Manganese is an interesting conundrum. Why are raw diets low in it and where do dogs normally source it from? Some weeks ago we were discussing cruciates in dogs and how to avoid a cruciate tear – the main points being Get them lean, no fat dogs, ever, these are long distance
☠️ ONLY 6% OF “COMPLETE” CANNED AND 38% OF “COMPLETE” DRY FOODS TESTED IN THE UK IN 2017 WERE COMPLIANT WITH EU PET FOOD GUIDELINES ☠️ Don’t make pet food yourself, they say. You’ll get it wrong, they say. Trust the candy manufacturers, they say, they care more for your
There is Confusion Online About the use of Seaweed in Dogs, Largely Over Iodine Concerns, Here’s the Low Down… We’re clearly huge seaweed fans here in Dogs First. It all began when my friend and I bumped into a scientist with 30 years experience in the seaweed field. To say
Fasting in dogs, is it a good idea? You betcha. But don’t worry, there are some very easy ways to do it… During your perusal of the forums you have no doubt encountered the recent trend of fasting in dogs. If like me, the sheer thought of their little face,
Following on From Yesterday’s Post, Here is Another Example of a “Study” Published by the Veterinary Journal That Leaves far Questions Asked Than Answered. Something is Going on… Another recent work by Veterinary Evidence Journal. This one authored by a lady with a degree in science, entitled “In Adult Dogs,
It’s a Constant and Exhausting Tide of Bullshit. That’s Their Plan. A new “knowledge summary” (a clever way of avoid the use of the word “review”, which it most certainly is not) study in the highly enlightened Veterinary Evidence journal (I would have put Evidence in italics if FB provided
UK Raw Feeders, Consider who you Spend Your Money With… Below you’ll find Medivets statement on raw feeding, released internally, which was emailed to me by a vet working for the group. All the usual guff. It’s funny, if you substitute the word “raw” for “dry food” their statement actually
Four STEC Infections; one Person Dead After Exposure to Raw Pet Food (but not Really) When you read a title like the above on Food Safety News concerning some humans apparently getting poisoned by raw green tripe, you think you’re going to read something interesting, enlightening or in the least
We asked 290 Raw and Dry Feeders if Raw Meaty Bones Cause Tooth Fractures, Here are the Results of 541 Dogs… This was the informal questionnaire put to both raw and dry feeders on my Facebook page over the weekend. Some data was excluded on the basis of incorrect submissions.
The Recent Trend of Adding Even MORE Fermentable Fibre via Grain-Free Foods Might Pose More, as of yet Undisclosed, Issues for Dogs… Over the last month, there has been a lot of concern regarding “grain-free” dry foods. Our recent article on the risk of DCM in dogs fed grain-free diets
The first suspected case of Salmonella from raw dog food has occurred, here’s what to do and how to officially report an incident… It comes with no surprise but with some dismay that the first suspected case of Salmonella from raw dog food to a human has been reported in the US.
Grain-free dry food MIGHT be linked to cases of Dilated Cardio Myopathy in dogs but it’s not just grain-free you need to be wary of… I think many of you are now aware of the new scandal to hit dry food, this time it’s causing DCM in dogs, previously thought
How to prepare a simple Nettle remedy which should be effective for treating seasonal allergy in dogs Studies show that when taken orally, an extract made of common garden nettle (Urtica dioica) can inhibit several key inflammatory events that cause the symptoms of seasonal allergies, such as reducing histamine activity (part
Study finds ginger, vanilla, coconut and valerian root are effective at reducing activity and vocalisations in kenneled dogs…might help with a stressed dog at home Researchers exposed 15 dogs in shelter surroundings to a cloth with each of the scents on it for 2hrs then recorded their behaviour. They found: • Vanilla
“Once McDonald’s brought out the salad, they were doomed”! These are the words of Bill Burr, my favourite comedian. He was being interviewed on the Tonight Show when he took the perhaps unpopular stance that he felt sorry for McDonald’s. His point was that once they started serving healthy options
Seaweed For Dogs of all Types is a Very, Very Good Idea… Seaweed has been a popular food supplement of ours for more than 8,000 years and yet still we know so little about it. For example, people use the word “kelp” (Laminaria), the stuff that grows in underwater forests, as
A comprehensive review of the pros 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
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
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
Canine Probiotics, What We Do and Don’t Know, Study Participants Needed… What is the Gut Flora and What Does it do for us? Meet the ENS, the Organ you Never Knew you had… How to keep your Gut Flora happy Canine Probiotics Dry versus Raw-Fed Dog Gut Flora… Are human
Antibiotic resistance is a hot topic, but did you know antihelminthic resistance is at crisis point too? Guess why?! Anti-microbial resistance is now a very real and very established threat to humans in the very near future. Deaths from once-treatable bugs are rocketing. Our over-use of antimicrobials, largely in our
The Shaved Dog Debate… There’s an interesting debate that has just popped up, I’d welcome your input. The image below is of a double-coated dog who has been shaved. The shaved area is apparently hotter than the unshaved area. The advice that resulted was to stop shaving your dogs in
Want to know what goes on inside an Australian rendering plant? Listen to what previous staff had to say… Great interview on ABC news Australia this week. It’s fair to say this news company is ALL OVER the latest scandal from Mars Pet Food, this time with their magic Dermal
A Note on Pet Insurance for Cost (and Drug) Conscious Pet Owners in Ireland & UK… For dog owners concerned about over-vaccination and getting ripped off in general, pet insurance is a bit of a daunting minefield. I did a little digging, made a few calls and largely have drawn
INCREASE OF LUNGWORM IN DOGS IN NORTH DUBLIN… Dr. Emily McAteer, Dublin Holistic Vet, emailed me an alert over the weekend regarding lungworm in dogs. I trust her opinion 100% when it comes to the prevalence of critters (she’s no scaremongerer) so thought I’d repost what she sent below, in
Is Bravecto safe for dogs? Well, in 21 months it sold 40mil doses. In that time, the EMA cites it killed every 52,000 doses. How badly do you want to kill the fleas your dog doesn’t have?! Bravecto is a flea and tick killer made by pharmaceutical giant Merck. It’s
Who are Medivet?! Ownership of the health profession is every multinational’s dream. To highlight this, let me give you two stories: Highlighted back in 1997 by Parker-Pope of the Wall Street Journal, in a piece called “Colgate Gives Doctors Treats For Plugging Its Food Brands”, Colgate-Palmolive (CP) were the first
RAW CHICKEN IS HIGHLY UNLIKELY TO CAUSE PARALYSIS IN DOGS… Recently, Melbourne University produced a study investigating Acute PolyradiculoNeuritis (APN) in dogs. This is an immune-mediated peripheral nerve disorder where a suspected trigger is the bacterial pathogen Campylobacter spp. In a piece entitled “Raw Chicken Linked to Paralysis in Dogs”, the university
STAGE 1 OF THE DOGS FIRST TRIAL OF GRASS EATING IN DOGS IS COMPLETE… We wanted to investigate why dogs eat grass so we rounded up 10 very keen grass eaters (85 applied, so lots are at it), 5 dry fed and 5 fresh fed dogs, to run a little trial.
Giant Survey Reveals Shocking Amount of Illness in Dogs 3 Months Post-Vaccination… Canine Health Concern is a fabulous resource. Run by Catherine O’Driscoll, it’s largely CHC that inspires me to seek out the juicier stories out there. She is an outspoken critic of over-vaccination and, more importantly, puts them repeatedly
Soo, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons UK has released its statement on complementary medicines. Needless to say, it doesn’t bode well for homeopathy… Let’s get straight into it. Please note, I have added italics for emphasis in their comments where necessary. It begins with: We have recently been asked questions about
Anyone Ever Heard or Ideally Used an Assissi Loop, or Anything Similar?! A friend of mine has an old dog with bad joint issues, hip dysplasia and canine arthritis. She’s trying everything including a great diet, getting him nice and lean (with good muscle tone), some great natural additions such
I was so saddened to read a headline in the Journal.ie yesterday. It read “Epilepsy drug which has left 400 Irish children with disabilities to come under EU review today”… The FACS (foetal anticonvulsant syndrome) Forum Ireland, an umbrella group of patients and disability organisations, estimates that sodium valproate has
This week Dudley begins his various therapies, most importantly physio and hydrotherapy. The progress we have seen in this week along is frankly, incredible. On just his second hydro session, just four days after his first, the therapist said this could easily be a different dog. Wait until you see
Dog in a Box Part 2 – What You Will Need Dudley, a.k.a. the “Dog in a Box”, is recovering from a spinal operation. A ruptured disc, to be exact. This series of videos charters his long road to hopeful recovery and back to rude, waggy health. In this second part
Feeding Dogs for the Toughest Endurance Race Imaginable…. I did a seminar for a small group in Dublin recently. There was a great mix of people there, a few Stafford breeders, some Rottie owners and some working dog owners. The latter group were speaking very highly of Dr. Arleigh Jones.
New Poll – Have you or Your dog Taken Anti-Inflammatories Recently? Anti-inflammatory and drug use as a whole is rocketing in pets. To prove this I’ve got a double poll for you today guys. If you aren’t sure what those tablets or that injection was your vet gave you, you can
Why a 50% Carbohydrate Diet Gives Dogs Cancer Did you know domestic dogs are ten times more likely to get cancer than humans? They are the most cancer stricken animals on the planet. This is a total disgrace when Western dogs are so adored, so pampered. One more little fact,
Results from the Canna-Pet CBD Trial… You may remember I got on to the company making Canna-Pet CBD oil for pets some time ago. I proposed to them that I would put 6 dogs with various health conditions which might benefit from CBD (Cannabidiol) oil supplementation (largely skin and joint
Multinationals Have Turned Veterinary Science Into the Veterinary Industry… I’m not supposed to be blogging on my holiday but I can’t help it. This is just too big and too serious an event. Mars have taken a huge step towards controlling a hefty chunk of the vet hospitals in the US.
Nutriscan – Food Sensitivity and Intolerance Testing by Jean Dodds So many people come to fresh feeding as their dog suffers recurring skin and gut upset. They even run an exclusion diet and still their dog itches. If you’re one of these you might consider a Nutriscan by Jean Dodds.
Do you Care how the Meat in Your dog Food Died? I had a disturbing conversation with a big meat man that I wanted to share with you. The guy has been in the meat industry for 40 years. A major Irish producer, some of the stories he can tell you
New Poll: Is Your dog Neutered? Results of last week’s poll, where we asked if you have pet health insurance or not, are in. It was practically a dead heat the entire time, finishing with 78/154 (51%) of you saying “yes” you have health insurance for them! Very interesting. Our
[poll id=”4″] Pet Insurance is a hot Topic… Some reading the above headline might be surprised. Others less so. The truth is health insurance is a good thing. Ask anyone waiting on trolleys in the public sector. When it comes to our pet’s health though, it gets a little more grey.
Alabama Rot in Dogs, can we all Just Relax a bit… A hot topic zooming around the internet at the moment is Alabama Rot in dogs of the UK. This is despite the fact that zero cases of Alabama Rot have been actually confirmed, that reported cases still number below
Natural Sunscreen for Dogs… A VERY optimistic poster just asked me did I know of any natural sunscreen ideas for a very white little Staffie pup. This was interesting as I remember hearing that seed oils are naturally SPF. Two things you might not know about sunscreen. The first is,
Botanica, Natures Healing Energy So, who’s heard of Botanica?! As we’re now stocking them! Botanica is an Irish company making natural products that target the heal and repair of a great variety of common skin conditions in dogs (as well as horses and humans). And by all accounts they do it
Check out the Number of UK Vets now Offering Blood Titres! For those of you who don’t know already, the whole redundant concept of boosting ALREADY VACCINATED DOGS each year for viruses is now second only to the concept of promoting cereal-based dry food for carnivores on the list of
Applied ZooPharmacognosy Two weeks ago a lady asked me did I know of any Applied ZooPharmacognosy (AZ) practioners in Northern Ireland? In Northern Ireland?!!! I don’t even know any in the South either. In fact, to be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure what it was. Then I got to thinking.
Fish Oil Supplementation in Dogs I just read an interesting point on Patricia Gethin’s excellent forum re fish oil supplementation in dogs. It concerned a dog owner in Australia who had been giving 8 capsules of fish oil tablets to her 3yr old, fresh fed, 80kg Neopolitan Mastiff (example above,
Lots of Folk Recommend Oregano Oil for Fighting Bacteria AND Colds, But Does it Work and who Says?! Oregano oil is recommended for treating kennel cough in dog by many websites, including Dogs Naturally Magazine. In fact every single natural-type website has it top of the list for all the
Kelp for Cancer…And Everything Else So much disease in humans is the result of nasty, reactive baddies called free radicles (oxidants) which whizz around inside us. They are responsible for most inflammatory and cardiovascular disease, cancer and ageing. How do they get in? For the large part, we eat them (processed foods, unnatural
Influence of Big Pharma in Ireland: Uncovered Anyone see that article in the Sunday Business Post on the influence of corporate sponsorship in Irish surgeries and hospitals nationwide? It was a cracker, everything you hoped wasn’t true but feared it was. The lead caption said it all: Big drug firms pay almost one-third
Did you Find it Worrying That the Nutritional Manual for our Vets is Published by Colgate-Palmolive? A little (true) story…. Around 2010 I flew to Brisbane, Australia to see first hand the effects of switching a large group of dogs from dry to raw. The differences in the dogs were
Would You Drink a Little Anti-Bacterial Spray Every Day?! So Why Feed it to Your Dog… I remember a story a photographer once told me, how he kept old pieces of break in his shed to attract birds for his snaps. He threw a baguette from a petrol station in
Studies Debunk Veterinary Prescribed and Single Protein Dry Dog Food Diets as a Route to Determining Adverse Food Reactions in Dogs… A recent study in the Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition examined 12 limited-antigen diets for dogs from 5 separate manufacturers (11 novel protein diets and 1 hydrolysed protein
Why Do Vets Recommend “That” Dry Food?! Are Irish vets not yet wondering why the only dry food they choose to stock (Royal Canin) is rated a miserable 2.5 stars out of 5 by Dog Food Advisor? With Science Diet not performing that much better (3 stars out of 5).
“More Than 2,000 Reports of UK Dogs Having Suspected Adverse or Fatal Reactions to the Leptospirosis Vaccine NOBIVAK L4 in the Last Three Years…” Quite the headline in the Daily Telegraph (o2/07/16), wasn’t it?! Just another annual booster that we are told is “perfectly safe to be given each year”,
Hands up Who’s Given Their Dog Antibiotics in the Last Year? Has anyone noticed that the application of antibiotics (often used with in conjunction with steroids) is now absolutely routine by your vet? Got a cough? Antibiotic. Got a dickie tum? Antibiotic. Got a rash? Antibiotic. Got a sore ear? Antibiotic.
How to get Better Coat Condition in Dogs… The below is not a photo-shopped dog. This is what a black Labrador can look like given the right nutrition. Beautiful eh? The key to better coat condition in dogs is absolutely all about the diet. We all want a good coat but
Dog Bites Continued: With Input from Paraic O Sullieabhain I had a great response to my article on the Irish Governments “Dangerous Dogs” signs / approach last week. Sadly not every point was spot on. The main man with all the experience in this field is Páraic Ó Súilleabháin. He
It’s funny, when we think of really poor dry dog food we imagine it coming from the likes of China, largely a result of the melamine scandal (when a chemical fertiliser used to boost the apparent protein content of the food, saving the company having to use more expensive items
The idea of flea chemically bombarding your dogs is ridiculous for many good reasons, the main one being THEY DON’T HAVE FLEAS… First and foremost it is highly unlikely your dog actually has fleas. Think about it, have you deloused your child this month? No?!!!! But head lice!! They’re eeevvvverrryywhherree…As it happens
The Proven Benefits of Turmeric for Dogs… I was having another disheartening conversation with a person who was recovering from cancer. Once again their hospital had not, at any point, discussed diet, before her diagnosis, during her treatment or how she might eat her way to good health down the
Great Home Made Spray for an Itchy Dog So you have an itchy dog. First things first, everyone wants the quick fix but more important than what you put in at this point is what you STOP putting in. After all, if your friend has a shrimp allergy and you
Now That You Have The Diet Correct You Need to Need To Find Out What was Causing all This Allergies in Dogs… The process is simply and it involves an elimination diet. In short this involved first finding the right base diet for your dog. Once this is established and
Now That You’re Getting to Grips with the Cause of Your Dog’s Predicament, What Does a Hypoallergenic Dog Food Look Like?! Now that you understand what to take OUT of the diet in order to alleviate the symptoms of what you are seeing on the surface, next you need to
If you ever are wondering what are dogs allergic to wheat explains 90% of cases reporting into us daily. The most recent studies show that the most common food allergens in dogs are wheat, beef, chicken and dairy products while in cats it’s chicken, beef, and fish (Muller and Olivry
Allergies in Dogs Part 2: Food Allergies in Dogs Versus a Food Intolerance in Dogs If you are the owner of an itchy dog or one with a recurring skin or gut condition it’s likely your vet at some stage mentioned the words “dog allergies” to you. No doubt your vet has
Allergies in Dogs Part 1: Introduction Dog Allergy Symptoms Allergies in dogs is a very big and relatively new subject. What’s more, the list of dog allergy symptoms can make you dizzy. Unfortunately, this can make the whole subject very confusing…in someone else’s hands! In short, an actual allergy is
We’ve all suffer it at some stage, it’s just we don’t go round licking each others faces every chance we get. Bad breath in dogs arises for the same reasons it does in humans. However persistent bad breath (halitosis) needs attention. Why So Much Bad Breath in Dogs? The most
So you have an itchy dog. No problem, they’re our bread and butter here at Dogs First. First things first, everyone wants the quick fix but more important than what you put in at this point is what you STOP putting in. After all if your friend has a shrimp
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