Senior diet and foods for older cats are so well-established that nearly everyone uses them. But do they help?
Here are some of the claims:
- Reduced strain on the kidneys
- Maintenance of optimum body weight and muscle mass
- Additional nutrients important for ageing
Are they correct? Could these diets be harmful instead? Let’s look at the evidence. Continue reading “What Is The Best Food For Senior Cats?”
It must seem strange for a vet to compare humans and dogs and find humans better. Well let me tell you, that’s not normally the case. Just read ‘Why Dogs Are Better Than Humans‘ and you’ll agree.
However, our inferiority tends to mask the fact that there are a few special areas in which we do better. And because we don’t recognise them, we tend to make bad assumptions and harm our dogs. So here they are… Continue reading “3 Ways Humans Are Better Than Dogs”
Listen to this rubbish.
If your cat only eats dry food, she is likely to be getting less nutrition than a cat eating wet food. Many low-quality dry foods contain a lot of fillers.https://www.catster.com/cat-food/wet-cat-food-vs-dry-cat-food 13/6/2020
Throwaway lines like these are typical of the overly simplistic advice you find online about feline nutrition. The truth takes a deeper look. To know whether wet, dry or both are best for your cat, we need to talk about:
- nutritional adequacy & completeness
- fillers in wet & dry cat food
- the risk of obesity
- diseases associated with wet & dry foods
- other alternative cat diets
Let’s dive in! Continue reading “Is It OK To Give A Cat Only Dry Food?”
Updated April 17th, 2020
There’s a good reason why I’d written 500 pet health articles before broaching the subject of diarrhoea in cats. When it isn’t easy to treat it can be extremely frustrating. There’s also a lack of good quality information for cat owners.
First let’s define the problem, and then discuss a logical treatment plan. Continue reading “Help! My Cat Has Diarrhoea”
Updated July 31st, 2020
So your dog has had diarrhoea for more than two weeks, and you’ve ruled out all the more common causes of diarrhoea found here.
You’ve even run a basal cortisol level to rule out the 4% of these dogs that have Addison’s disease.
What do you do now?
The answer is to consider the possibility that your dog has chronic enteropathy, or CE. This is a poorly understood group of related disorders that often respond to dietary, antibiotic or immunosuppressive treatment. Sometimes the solution is more than one of these approaches. Continue reading “Chronic Diarrhoea In Dogs”
Updated November 20th, 2020
A few years ago, a sales rep for one of the major dog food companies came to me. The serious expression told me that there was something wrong.
“Andrew, you’re not making enough senior dog food sales.”
This wasn’t a surprise to me. Instead I said what I always say: “bring me the evidence that senior diets improve the health of dogs and I’ll use them.”
See also: Do Cats Need Senior Foods? Continue reading “Do Dogs Need Senior or Mature Foods?”
Old dogs commonly develop a form of dementia we call Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome. I’ve written about the signs of CDS and its treatment elsewhere.
Here I want to update you on the latest evidence about foods and dietary supplements that might benefit dogs with CDS. I’ll discuss each ingredient first and then the foods that might contain them. Continue reading “Foods & Supplements For Dogs With CDS”
Updated September 22nd, 2020
Emergency Care: Xylitol Ingestion
If a dog eats anything containing xylitol:
- Get a vet to induce vomiting ASAP
- If xylitol was absorbed, blood tests will be required
- A glucose drip may be needed to maintain blood sugars until the xylitol is gone
Now dive deeper… Continue reading “Help! My Dog Ate Xylitol”
Warning: this post contains descriptions of animal cruelty.
Images of racehorses being slaughtered at abattoirs have put the racing industry in the spotlight. And rightly so. But there’s also a connection that’s much closer to home. Continue reading “Does Pet Food Contain Horse Meat?”
Updated April 3rd, 2020
There’s been talk for some time that certain dog foods could be causing heart disease. I used to think it was a case of vets being biased against grain free and boutique diets. Now I’m not so sure. Continue reading “The Link Between Diet & Heart Disease In Dogs”