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The dangers of dog food recipes found in books or online

As a canine nutritionist, my job is to provide nutritional information for dog owners. I don’t promote any specific method of feeding although I do prefer home-prepared, raw or cooked,...
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Could a ketogenic diet cure your dogs cancer?

For decades, people have been developing and following one new diet trend after another. From Atkins to the Paleo diet, there’s always something new to try. More recently, people have...
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Pet Supplements – do they help?

Dog owners love to give their dogs supplements. In 2016, Americans spent $580 million on pet supplements, an increase of 3.5% from the year before. And there’s been a similar...
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Dogs and fur stains

Most people who own a dog, particularly one with white fur, will be familiar with the issue of fur staining. Patches of fur in certain areas of the body turning...
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Fiber: the importance of an often overlooked nutrient

We’ve all heard of fiber and the fact that it’s something you should include in your dog’s diet. But what is exactly is it? And why should you endeavour to...
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Is there something fishy about omega-3?

For many years, people have been waxing lyrical about the benefits of adding fish oils to a dog’s diet. But what’s the truth behind these fatty acids. Can they really...
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Fat – not always as ‘bad’ as you think

Fat tends to get a lot of bad press but fats are an essential part of a balanced diet for dogs. Without fats, your dog can’t survive. Not every fat...
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Treat guidelines for dogs

Whether you are using treats for training and behaviour rewards or as a bedtime snack, finding the right treats for your furry pooch can be a daunting task. There are...
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How to give your dog a pill

Even if your dog is healthy, keeping him that way will occasionally require some medication in the form of pills. Unfortunately, we can’t reason will our pooch and convince him...
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Cannabis for dogs with cancer

We often hear people telling stories of how they used cannabis or cannabis oil to cure their dog of one of a variety of ailments – from arthritis and inflammatory...
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Does neutering cause weight gain in dogs?

The decision to have your dog spayed or castrated is an entirely personal one. But if you do choose to have you dog undergo this surgery it’s important to be...
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Identifying a Quack

Quacks claim to have the single, magic bullet cure to every illness and ailment known to man and his best friend. They have just the stuff to improve your dog’s...
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In loving memory of Jesse

Over the past few years I have watched Jesse and his mum battle with cancer. Together they turned a poor prognosis into years of good quality life and Jesse’s mum...
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‘Tis the season to be careful: The danger Christmas chocolates pose for your dog

Christmas – it’s a time for carols, drinks and presents. It’s also a time for over-indulging in food, meaning it’s also a time to be careful – especially when it...
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Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc – why ‘A’ doesn’t always cause ‘B’

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Chicken soup cures everything. You should feed a cold and starve a fever. Every culture and every family has their ‘old wives...
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Is turmeric good for dogs?

The turmeric plant, a member of the ginger family which originates in Southeast Asia, is something you might be familiar with having in your curry. It’s the plant that the...
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Milk thistle supplements for dogs – what’s the verdict?

Milk thistle, also referred to as Marian thistle or holy thistle, is a plant that comes from the Asteraceae family, which also includes daisies. This purple and green flower gets...
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Grain-free, the latest trend in dog food

If you follow dog food trends, then you’re sure to be aware of the latest big one – grain-free dog food. The trend, which offers dog owners another type of...
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Is your dog a wolf?

Modern domestic dogs – or what you and I simply refer to as dogs – are believed to have evolved from the grey wolf around 20,000 – 30,000 years ago....
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Your dog’s digestive system

Your dog’s digestive system is the combined functions of the mouth, teeth, salivary glands, esophagus, stomach, intestine, pancreas, liver and gall bladder. Digestion starts when food is placed in your dog’s...
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Cancer – one word, different diseases

Cancer is a disease that affects almost every species – from dogs and cats, to humans and elephants and many more. But when talking about cancer, it’s easy to forget...
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Why did my dog get cancer?: How healthy cells become cancer cells

Hundreds of different types of cells make up the trillions of cells in your dog’s body. And they’re very clever. Each type knows what job they have to do, how...
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Odd eating habits in dogs

Most dog owners have been confused about their dog’s behaviour from time to time and that includes some of the strange things they decide to eat. These ‘off-menu’ dietary choices...
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Fat Dog = Ill Dog

I know! That may seem harsh but the fact is if your dog is overweight then he’s either ill or he’s going to be ill. Just like weight gain is...
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POOPOLOGY: The Scoop on Poop

As a canine nutritionist a lot of my time is spent asking about and talking about poop! Your dog’s poop is made up of 75 percent water, bacteria, fibre, dead...
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Managing Acute Diarrhea in Dogs

Most dogs experience diarrhea at some point in their lives. As an owner, if you’re lucky the episodes occur outside and are short lived! Although there may not be an...
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Common Dog Diseases and their Link to Diet

The relationship between diet and disease is complicated. However, studies have shown that particular dietary conditions are strongly associated with specific diseases. Certain breeds of dog are also more susceptible...
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Should you boost your dogs immune system?

You’ve probably heard claims that we can boost our immune system by taking supplements, vitamins or eating certain foods. And if that’s true for us you may be wondering if...
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Peanut Butter Warning!

Dogs love peanut butter! I mean they really love peanut butter – if you visit YouTube there are about 263,000 clips of dogs going crazy for peanut butter – some...
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Can my dog eat that?

We’ve all been there… huge, imploring eyes looking up at us at the dinner table, desperate for the tasty goodies on our plate. What’s the harm of a little nibble...
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Does Cancer have a Sweet Tooth?

Carbohydrates, in particular simple sugars are often accused of ‘feeding cancer cells’. This type of generalization may be appealing for those seeking alternative cancer therapies or the tabloid newspapers but...
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Does it really matter what we feed our dog?

You have a dog so you need dog food – right? The challenge is that when most people go to buy dog food they are completely bamboozled by the possibilities...
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What are antioxidants, and are they good for dogs too?

There is a lot of hype surrounding antioxidants – they are often mentioned in TV advertising for various products or in glossy magazines. But what exactly are they, what do...
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Diet for dogs with Arthritis

Arthritis and joint problems can be a health issue for dogs of any age. If your dog is young you might be concerned about dysplasia, osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), or other growth...
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SDMA – the new kidney test that promises to detect disease earlier

Kidney’s are incredibly important organs for both humans and dogs and I’ve already written a post on compromised kidneys and how diet can greatly improve the quality of life for...
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Home-prepared dog diets

It always amuses me a little when people try to hide their confusion when I tell them I am a canine nutritionist. I can see them trying to figure out if...
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Diet for Dogs with Kidney Disease

Just like human kidneys, canine kidneys are also bean shaped and they perform a number of critical functions, including filtering waste products and excess water from the blood and removing...
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Why is My Dog Refusing Food?

It can be distressing when our dog stops eating and continually refuses their food. Before long we start to panic and try and tempt them with goodies from our own...
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Dubious Dog Food Labeling Claims

Food is a business and dog food is no different. That means that the primary concern of those producing the food is to make money. Recently, while meandering through my...
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Feeding Your Senior Dog

I love all dogs but I have to admit I have a weakness for old dogs. Old dogs can be eccentric, grumpy, have odd habits and hard of hearing. But...
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Flatulence In Dogs

Against my better judgement, I sometimes sneak my dogs a treat that doesn’t quiet fit into the diet of healthy canine nutrition. Rest assured, I will pay the price later...
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The Constantly Hungry Dog

When it comes to the reasons for this behaviour there are a lot of theories as to why dogs are always hungry, including that it is simply down to biology. Often...
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Dog Nutrition Quiz

How much do you know about dog nutrition? Take the quiz and find out. Answers are below. No peeking! Dogs should not be fed table scraps? Nonsense, it’s perfectly safe...
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How To Pick Top Quality Dog Treats

Whether you are using treats for training and behaviour rewards or as a bedtime snack, finding the right treats for your furry pooch is a daunting task. So how do you...
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