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If you have read the first three parts of our articles on kidney failure in dogs, you will understand the kidney’s role in the body and what happens when they stop functioning. Part two details the top foods that cause kidney failure in dogs. Article three explains how low-protein dog
You know why your dog or cat has kidney disease, mainly because of dry dog food. If your vet recommends a low-protein dog food to benefit his failing kidneys, you should strongly question this advice. If you’ve heard enough, jump to Kidney Disease in Dogs Part 4: The Solution. This
In veterinary circles, the jury is still out on why so many pets today are suffering from kidney disease. Cats are twice as likely to get kidney disease than dogs (Veterinary Medical Database, University of Purdue) which largely rules out a genetic cause. If genetics were solely to blame, then
Allergies in dogs is a big subject, and what’s more, the list of dog allergy symptoms can make you dizzy. Unfortunately, this can make the whole matter very confusing…in someone else’s hands! We at Dogs First are the dog allergy specialists, and below, in the most popular and most visited
The amount of info about turmeric for dogs is incredible. Unlike most herbal remedies, turmeric has a vast amount of high-quality scientific and clinical studies supporting it and testifying to its incredible anti-inflammatory properties. The primary pharmacological bit in turmeric is called curcumin (that’s the deep orange colour). Clinical research
It is a sad fact that kidney disease in dogs is an all too common occurrence. Shockingly, between 0.37% (O’Neil et al. 2003) and up to 3.74% (Sosnar 2003) of dogs are affected by chronic kidney disease each day, which is around five times the rate we see in humans.
In this article, I’ll share with you my preferred homemade and natural raw dog food recipes. You’ll find 4 different raw dog food recipes that are tailored to specific dog conditions. In short, I’ll share: Why Raw Dog Food? A life spent eating dry dog food is no life at
The following alphabetical list consists of 18 foods that you REALLY should not feed your dogs, even though in many cases we humans can eat them ourselves. The main reason being your dog’s metabolism is a little different to yours and this needs to be considered. Excluded from this list
If your dog is constantly itching, nibbling and biting himself, rubbing his face along the floor, or anything in between, then this complete guide will help you solve the issue. Itch in dogs is the third most likely reason for pet owners to see a vet. In fact, itchy dog
Worms in dogs are rare, contrary to the many scary adverts, and most are relatively harmless anyway. Everyone knows our stance on flea treatments – they’re absolutely unnecessary and potentially very harmful for you and your dog. I strongly advise not to dose a healthy dog with chemical flea treatments.
It is usual for dogs to create tears; they lubricate the eyes and create a barrier to prevent debris from collecting on the eye’s surface. However, if you notice your dog’s eyes are watering excessively, it may be a sign of inflammation; something more is happening. Luckily, most of the
A common sporting injury of humans and canines (I’ve done my left knee twice, putting the kibosh to a less than impressive footballing career…), a torn ACL in dogs is a nuisance, necessitating some rehab -beginning with rest (confinement), healing and (nourishment) and soon therapy. It’s not the end of
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.
To understand where we are with CBD, why mothers have to walk the length of Ireland to get permission to use a herbal product that prevented epilepsy in her child suffering 300 back-breaking and life-endangering seizures a month, an entirely natural product that is supported massively by the science as
Except for a few short years, dogs have shared my home and been an integral part of my life. Mostly lurchers and mongrels, I know and understand the bond that we enjoy with our companions. I understand the day-to-day joys as well as the heartache of loss when they go.
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 dog suffered a myriad of health issues and it was
The New England Journal of Medicine is one of the world’s most prestigious journals. You can bet your life it’s extremely difficult to get your study published by them. Only the best of the best make it. The most impressive. You get a study in there and doors open. So
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
Through countless pet deaths, dry food has taught us how not to do it. Enter RawSafe, random audits bring a new level of safety and transparency to (fresh) pet food production.
A note on Dry vs Raw-Fed Dog Blood Readings and what this means to nutrient supplementation … Your pets’ need of nutrients varies on a daily basis (one of the major reasons you can’t have a “complete” food that suits everyone all the time). Many things affect that need –
The Spike in Puppy Purchases Reveals Ireland’s Shameful Addiction and Disregard for the Need of Her Dogs… A frustrating post on my Facebook wall over the weekend. It read The cost to buy a puppy during this pandemic is appalling. The greed of the sellers is disgusting. If that’s true,
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
The Ever-Evolving World of Canine Nutrition… I heard recently that Einstein once gave a test to his physics students but the questions were the exact same as the year before. Considering the students were now a year older and, presumably, better educated in the physics realm, an observer thought they’d
Here’s what I learned making one of the world’s finest and “as-complete-as-possible” raw dog food ranges Paleo Plus… My project with Paleo Ridge came to a head and end last week when they launched their new range Paleo Plus at the Discover Dogs UK show. I’ve worked with raw companies
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
QUESTION: WHAT HAS ALABAMA ROT, APN AND DCM IN DOGS HAVE IN COMMON? Anyone remember the dreaded Alabama Rot breaking out in our dogs in the UK? Remember? Two years ago. What a headline. Absolutely terrifying. It was all over the news and we gobbled it up. People were hiding
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
Thiamine (Vitamin B1): Why Dry Pet Food is so Deficient so Regularly and a Warning to Raw Feeders Concerning Raw Fish… Thiamine (vitamin B1) is an essential nutrient for dogs which means they can’t make it themselves. It functions in the energy department. A lack of it can result in
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
Can you mix dry and raw dog food? Here are the pro’s and con’s, as I can see them, and I finish with a questionnaire, your feedback would be appreciated… So where do you guys sit on the whole “mixing dry and raw dog food” question?! In particular, what is
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
WSAVA is the World Governing Body for Vets. They lay Down the Rules and They Love Science. Here we Dissect Their Statement on Feeding Pets Species Appropriate Fresh Food… WSAVA, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, the top brass, the head honcho, recently committed an entire three paragraphs of text
Who do you Think is Checking up on Pet Food Labels for you? The latest scandal to hit the human food market was Kerrygold in the US who were labelling their butter as coming from grass-fed cattle, which was desirable in a land where the vast majority of their beef,
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
On the “Dangers” of Raw Food, Check out how Hillariously Erroneous the AVMA’s Statment is on Fresh Feeding… You would think the top vet governing bodies in the US (where we take all our canine nutritional queues for some reason), would be on top of things science-wise, wouldn’t you? We
Re the Recent “Don’t Kiss the Raw-Fed Dog After Dinner” Article in the Papers Yesterday, That Advice Goes for a Dry Fed Dog Too, Why do They Keep Missing That? We have compared the safety of raw dog food versus dry food many times before. In short, over the last
We Compare the Top 10 80:20 Dog Foods Available in UK for Meat Contents and Value for Money. Again the Results Might Surprise You… Last week we compared the Top 10 Grain-Free dog foods out there available to Irish and UK residents. It gave you some simple tips to take note
What is the Best Grain Free Dog Food? That Depends on a Number of Factors. We Discuss Some and Then Compare 9 of the Most Popular Grain Free Dog Foods out There… Thanks to information sourced online, pet owners are now becoming more astute as to what constitutes good and
☠️ 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
The Patron Project Enables You to buy Your pet Food From Your Favourite Animal Charity… I told you exciting projects were coming your way in January. Here’s the first one and, arguably, the most important. It’s set to shake up the pet world in the biggest way. It’s called Patron
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
Some points on two recent raw dog food recalls and how they compare to dry pet food recalls… There has been a variety of raw dog food recalls in the past. In 2011, one of Australia’s biggest raw dog food producers, V.I.P. PetFood, was caught using dangerously high amounts of
The RFVS Conference 2018, What a Phenomenal Weekend… A few months back the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society took me in as a non-vet consultant. I was really proud about that. All the people I would consider peers are in there, from Billinghurst to Becker to Thompson, and a few others
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.
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
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
I want the Very best for my dog so I want it meaty & organic but As a veggie I need it Ethical… 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
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
“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
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
WITH LAB-GROWN MEAT POISED TO HIT US SUPERMARKET SHELVES BY THE END OF THE YEAR, HERE’S THE LOW DOWN…AND IT’S ALL GOOD! You heard that correctly. Lab-grown meat, a.k.a. “clean meat”, is coming to a supermarket near you soon. What does this mean for meat eaters, raw-feeding dog owners and
INDUSTRIAL FARMING THRIVING IN THE UK, UNLIKE THE POOR ANIMALS LIVING INSIDE THEM If we saw a person on the street hitting, hurting or killing a dog or a neighbour penning a dog in a sterile cage in the back of the garden to live in it’s own filth, with no
Meet Jenny Golsby of The Complete Pet Company, Maker of one of the First Freeze-Dried Raw Dog Foods… I have just been sent a few samples of what is possibly the world’s first, truly-raw-but-freeze-dried raw dog food product. It is made by the wonderful Jenny Golsby in Australia. Jen is
Did you know that horsemeat was the primary, indeed the only, meat ingredient used in canned dog food until the 1940’s?! Horse was so popular in fact that dog food companies owned their own horse meat supplies. Then WWII, with the ensuing shortage of horses and metal, coupled with the
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
All Dog Food Comparison Websites are Affiliate Sites, But What Does That Mean to You the Consumer? There are lots of dog food comparison sites, some more popular and useful than others, so I thought I’d do a quick blog to explain a little about affiliate marketing and what it
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.
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
WHERE DO YOUR “SUPER” FOODS COME FROM?! God I hate the term “super” food. Literally, give me any fruit / veg / seed / algae / bit of mould and I bet you I can find an article on the web in less than 15 seconds explaining to us how
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.
Eastern and Western Nutritional Philosophies Eastern and Western cultures have, on the face of it, quite unique ways of looking at food and nutrition as a whole. However, we both agree on many things: We both agree that proper nutrition is essential for achieving optimal health We both agree individual
What Does Scientifically Proven Mean? So, we had quite a heated debate last week on our Facebook page. Debate might be the wrong word mind. It was more of an argument. A scientific debate is where two scientists debate a topic, such as the importance of fresh ingredients or the
Why is This Dry Dog Food Label so Hilarious?! A great pic was doing the rounds the other day. It was held up as an example of how manufacturers will try and jam as many cool buzz words on to their dry food product as possible, bamboozling the owner into
New Pup Part two – Toilet Training, Establishing Their Name as well as the Come and Wait Commands… In New Pup Part 1 of this “new pup” series, we taught you the vital basics of what to do before your pup comes along, including what they will need to eat, where
So You’re Getting a Puppy! Here’s how to Prepare and Tips for the Dreaded First-Night! No house is a home without a dog. I truly believe this. However, getting a dog is no small decision. Dogs are another family member. He will need good food and health care. Neither of
What to do With all Your PolyStyrene Boxes There is no alternative to a fresh meat diet for dogs and cats. However, the whole process comes with many costs. And no, the financial cost is not one of them as you can feed them fresh food for the same price
Petition: Make the Labelling of Un-Stunned Meat in Ireland Mandatory Even if we’re not all meat eaters ourselves, we’re all meat feeders on this site. You have heard me post a few times recently about the use of unlabelled un-stunned meat in our supermarkets as well as, very very likely,
The UK Halal Sector and its Implications for Your raw dog Food of Choice… As my recent articles on Halal / kosher meat production in Ireland have indicated, non-stunned meat is not required to be labelled as such for the normal, non-halal market, thus we don’t know if we have
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.
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
Top Tips for Buying the Best Dry Dog Food If you absolutely have to feed dry food, for whatever reason, then it really doesn’t matter who is making or selling your “complete” dry food of choice, as there’s so little between these brands, bar marketing budget. So here’s a few top tips
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,
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
Maxizoo Products: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly! I love popping into my local Maxizoo. You get lots of ideas for blogs for one! One thing they have right in there is the staff. They are so friendly, very eager to help. Another thing they have right is that
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
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