This is Going to get Worse Before it Gets Worse…

By |October 26th, 2018|Dog Health, Dog Nutrition|

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 fact driven but it turns out it's yet another example of the media talking....well, tripe. It turns out all four [...]

Do Raw Meaty Bones Cause Fractures: The Results

By |October 22nd, 2018|Dog Health, Dog Nutrition|

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. Any folk that said they had multiple dogs over years but did not specify how many were put in as a [...]

More stealth labelling techniques by the industry: Is it meal or not?!

By |October 16th, 2018|Dog Nutrition|

I was in with a vet some weeks ago, doing a friendly bit of nutritional re-education. A question popped up about Nestlé Purina's new way of stating how much meat is in their dry food... This was a new one to me but then, let's face it, only a fool would say they were on top of all the shenanigans in labelling requirements in Pet Food Land. Let's take Bakers [...]

Where are you on the dog food scale?!

By |October 4th, 2018|Dog Nutrition|

Where are you on the dog food scale?! There is such a range of pet foods now available to the pet owner these days that it can become quite confusing. Every day I am sent links to products by folk asking me is this good or bad for my dog. So I thought I'd do up a dog food scale of what's hot and what's not in pet food terms [...]

What of Legumes and the Risk of Bloat in Dry-Fed Dogs?

By |September 24th, 2018|Dog Health, Dog Nutrition|

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 explained what was going on. In short, grain-free is no much better than regular cereal-based dry food. They are still high [...]

The first case of Salmonella transmission from raw dog food

By |September 12th, 2018|Dog Health, Dog Nutrition|

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. The Minnesota Department of Health found that two children became sick after pets in their home ate raw ground turkey pet [...]

Grain-free dry foods linked to DCM in dogs…but it’s not as simple as that

By |September 4th, 2018|Dog Health, Dog Nutrition|

Grain-free dry food linked to cases of Dilated Cardio Myopathy in hundreds of 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 to be solely a genetic issue (like megaesophagus), such is the power of a grossly incorrect diet I guess. The FDA [...]

Why I think Paleo Ridge is one of the best raw dog foods

By |August 17th, 2018|Dog Nutrition|

Paleo Ridge, in my opinion, is the best raw dog food available in Ireland and the UK. Here are all the reasons why... Every day of every week I get asked what raw dog food I recommend. Each time I say, following years on the inside of the raw dog food and meat industry, it's best if you can use butchers for your meat needs and make your own [...]

Nettle effective at treating seasonal allergy in dogs – how to prepare

By |August 14th, 2018|Dog Health, Dog Nutrition|

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 of the immune reaction that makes you itchy and why you might take anti-histamine) as well as the inhibition of [...]

Once McDonalds brought out the salad, they were doomed!!!

By |July 30th, 2018|Dog Health, Dog Nutrition, Uncategorized|

"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 like salads and sliced apple they were practically admitting to the world that their food was fattening. In this way, [...]

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