Archive for the ‘Diet and Nutrition’ Category

Kane’s Near Miss: Gastric Foreign Bodies

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Here is a recent email conversation with a client, regarding his Golden Labrador, Kane. The story may not be over, but we’ll keep you posted……. Dear Matt, At 4:44am this morning I awoke to… Read more

Effects of Bowel Flora on Wellbeing

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

The ecosystem that lives in your gut is complex, dynamic, amazonian in scale  and poorly understood. It’s affected by genes and what we put in our mouths: food, bacteria, probiotics and antibiotics…. Read more

Mange: Demodex in the Dog

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

This is a story of a common skin complaint in young dogs, that often spontaneously resolves without treatment. The more chronic, severe form can leave a dog looking like something off the streets of… Read more

Nutraceutical and Supplement Claims: Man

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Here’s a graphic representation  of the popularity (size of bubble), and strength of scientific evidence (colour) in support of nutraceuticals and dietary supplements. While many are not relevant in… Read more

When the Oxidant is Onion, and Effect is Anaemia

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

The humble onion has always seemed the most unlikely of toxins but, it’s true, they can kill  both dog and cat.   Yet many pet owners have long fed onion-bearing leftovers to dogs with no apparent… Read more

When Protein Turns Toxic: Jesse’s Story

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Jesse’s story is one of poor genes, devoted pet-owners, and high-end veterinary intervention.  It offers insight into the clinical decision-making surrounding management of a rare disease that makes… Read more

DIY Elimination Diet for Dog and Cat

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Dogs and cats with long-standing skin or gastrointestinal troubles may be suffering food allergy.   Once you’ve dispelled the myths surrounding food allergy, you’re ready to test.  If you’re… Read more

The 5 Myths of Food Allergies

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

In cats and dogs, like us humans, food allergies are on the rise.  Discovery a pet’s long-standing skin, ear, or gastrointestinal problem is due to a single dietary factor, rather than invisible… Read more

Tummy Troubles? What to do…

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Given the secret lives of pets, and their propensity to vacuum up and swallow anything, digestible or inedible, natural or man-made, palatable or not, it’s not unusual for vets to see pets off-colour… Read more

The secret lives of pets: forensic medicine

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Without any direct verbal input from the patient, diagnosis of complex disease in animals may demand a forensic approach. Pets, both indoors and out, are quietly trying to kill themselves, or hide… Read more