I’m deeply concerned by a fast-growing trend in puppy diets. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that puppy owners are being badly let down. It makes me angry and it should make them angry too.
New puppies at our Adelaide clinic are being set up to fail in numbers that I haven’t seen since the 1990’s. The consequences can be the permanent leg deformities you see in the picture. Continue reading “Help! My Puppy Won’t Eat Dry Food”
As a vet with a public profile, I cop a lot of abuse. Especially if I talk about pet foods. Take this, for example:
Dear Dr Andrew Spanner,
Your advice on feeding cats is serious flawed and WRONG! Continue reading “Should Cats Be Fed Wild Foods?”
Submissions are open for the Senate pet food inquiry. We need the voices of ordinary consumers and average Australian pet owners. If you’re like me, your submission will simply be to ask that pet foods are regulated in the same way as human foods. Surely not much to ask!
Speak up for Australian pet food safety. To see why this is vitally important, visit our pages on Pet Product Safety Problems and The Advance Dermocare Disaster.
Please do it tonight! Submissions close 20 July 2018. If our government doesn’t get our message loud and clear, another chance may not come for a long time. Even worse, without us, they may take the message from somewhere else… Continue reading “Pet Food Safety Inquiry”
If you have an itchy dog, it doesn’t take long before someone tells you it’s due to the food. Usually that someone also offers an alternative.
It’s not a case of people trying to pull a fast one; they just believe in what they use. Who doesn’t? If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
The trouble is, though, most owners of dogs with skin problems aren’t getting the advice they need. Or they’re getting it far too late. Continue reading “5 Myths About Food Allergy In Dogs”
Elsewhere on this site we’ve published the evidence for which foods dogs and cats are allergic to. Now we’ll show you how to figure it out for your own pet. This even works for a mouse!
You might also like: The myths about food allergy in dogs.
Diagnosis of Food Allergies
The bad news is that there is no simple test. Popular IgG and IgE test kits sold online are not reliable.
The good news is that you can do it at home. It’s called an elimination diet. You have two choices:
- Buy one off-the-shelf
- Make it yourself (this is preferred if possible, see below)
Continue reading “Pet Food Allergy Testing | Elimination Diets”
As vets who take an interest in unusual diets, we often get asked if dogs and cats can be vegan. The answer is yes. Continue reading “Vegan Dog & Cat Diets: Are They Safe?”
More and more dog owners are choosing to make grain-free or raw diets. Most vets, on the other hand, recommend premium commercial foods. Neither group is likely to change. I think it’s time vets put aside their beliefs to help dog owners get these homemade diets safely balanced. Continue reading “A Homemade Raw Dog Food Recipe”
Update: a Senate inquiry into pet food is underway! Submissions close 20/7/2018. Visit this page to add your voice. No matter how much or little you have to say, everyone’s opinion is important. Together we can stop this from happening again.
Over 100 dogs have now been identified with megaoesophagus after eating Advance Dermocare. Here are the essential facts. Continue reading “The Advance Dermocare Fiasco FAQs”
‘Emergency Care’ (details below)
What To Do If A Dog Eats Chocolate
- Chocolate is a nervous system stimulant & causes seizures in dogs
- Death is more likely with dark or cooking chocolate & smaller dogs
- See a vet ASAP to have the chocolate vomited and signs monitored
now dive deeper… Continue reading “Help! My Dog Ate Chocolate”