Dog Nutrition & Health

Prebiotic fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS)

Prebiotic fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) is a great supplement for dogs, mainly sourced from chicory root where the relevant fibres are extracted by hydrolysis. Prebiotics work by supporting the growth of beneficial bacteria that line the digestive system in dogs (in particular bifidobacterium and lactobacillus) These bacteria increase the acidity in the gut which makes it harder…

Barley

The UK production of Barley is growing, predictions for 2020 are for just under 8.5 thousand tonnes, which makes this an important UK crop. Barley is well-suited to feed to dogs, it’s a great hypoallergenic grain to replace wheat for dogs with suspected wheat allergies or for those who need ingredients that are easy to…

Linseed

These tiny seeds are growing in popularity in complete foods and as supplements too. Linseed is known to have a number of benefits for the skin, digestion and even provides lignin antioxidants to support the immune system.  Linseed is a great source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and linoleic acid (LA), both essential fatty acids that…

Salmon Oil

Salmon is a great ingredient to feed to dogs and salmon oil even more so, as this is where the essential fatty acids are concentrated and provide the most benefit to dogs. High levels of omega 3’s docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are concentrated in the oil which studies indicate can help with…

Pancreatitis in Dogs

Did you know that if your dog eats too much fat he could develop pancreatitis? We often think that our dogs will enjoy high energy, high fat treats but in fact they are not always able to digest these easily. Studies have shown that excess fat can over stimulate the pancreas and pancreatic enzymes leading…

Feeding treats

Treats can be a great reward for dogs. From puppies up to seniors most dogs will appreciate a treat for good behaviour. But feeding too many can cause stomach upsets and lead to weight gain over time.  Up to 10% of your dog’s daily diet can normally be fed as treats without repercussion, however, it…

Hot Summer Days with your Dog

With the met office predicting some fine days for July this year, it may be time to think about a summer weather routine for your dog to keep them comfortable in the heat. Dogs naturally have a higher core body temperature than us (37.7-39.2 °C) and can’t sweat to cool off, so panting is their…

Inka the Labrador’s New Senior Diet

Inka the Labrador had been using Dr John Silver for 8 years. However she is now a bit stiffer with age and needs more digestive support. We were more than happy to help choose a new senior diet. While Dr John Silver is fine to continue feeding. Our adult diets are designed for adults and…

Chocolate

With Easter now over and most of us saturated with chocolate, it’s worth remembering how poisonous chocolate is to dogs and making sure no stray eggs or chocolates are left in range of dogs or other animals. Unfortunately, chocolate poisoning cases always rise this time of year, as it is hard to keep track of…

Dental Care

Taking care of your dog’s teeth is something dog owners are becoming much more aware of nowadays as our dogs live longer and healthier lives. Dental disease is a serious concern as it can lead to long-term mouth problems and discomfort for your dog. Dental treatments are often not an easy solution as they can…