Why is my cat/dog fussy?
Don’t let your dog or cat have constant access to food. It is not normal for them to be grazers, this can cause obesity and appetite problems. An adult animal should have one set meal a day, preferably the same time everyday and they will rebuild an appetite that will trigger them to remind you they want to eat. Dogs with high energy demands can be fed twice a day. If you are worried, it is best to consult a vet.

Why is my cat/dog itching?
The first step is to check for fleas. If the problem persists it could be an allergy, which is not always easy to remedy. The problem could be due to a reaction to a particular food or an environmental contact. If a food allergy it could be managed by a process of identifying the food or protein type and avoiding them. There are natural foods that can aid with this problem. If a contact allergy with have many products that can help relieve these symptoms. All allergies need to be addressed by specialist in this area, whether your choice of veterinary, holistic, nutritional or all of the above.

Do I have to cook the meat?
In general NO, There are certain animal parts, ie liver, lung etc, that have to be cooked for dogs in this country due to the hydatid tapeworm. There is also a requirement that lamb/mutton must be frozen for 9 days. The other types of animal are all okay fed raw. Raw meat has the bioavailable nutrients as opposed to the cooked version which alters the structure and availability of a lot of its nutrients.

Which bones are the best?
All bones fed to dogs and cats should be raw. They should also have the meat that would normally accompany tha bone still on it, as the meat helps protect the digestive system from damage and scarring which will eventually compromise absorption of nutrition. The best bones to feed are the soft bones like brisket etc, with their covering of meat and fat. These are essential to the health of the teeth and gums. Chicken necks and wings are great for small dogs and cats Large canon bones are very entertaining for dogs as they are very robust and generally too strong for them to break open.

Why does my dog smell?
Smell can be caused by diet, state of health and age. Bad breath can come from poor health of teeth and gums or gases coming from poor digestion. A diet including soft digestable meaty bones and green tripe and eliminating preservatives as much as possible will help remedy this problem, assuming there are not already bad or rotten teeth.



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