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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…

NZ Green Lipped Mussel

Did you know we include NZ Green-Lipped Mussel extract in some of our products to help support dog’s joint health? It’s often recommended as a supplement for dogs with joint concerns as these special mussels (native to New Zealand) contain omega 3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA) as…

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Treats Results

Dog treats are an important part of how we feed our dogs nowadays. In our survey last month 50% of owners reported feeding treats and 74% fed these every day.  Treats can be an important part of a daily dental hygiene routine, dental treats can help clean the surface of the teeth either through the…

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…

Meet Ghost, Sully and Lucky

Thank you Heather for sending your recent testimonial. Ghost is top dog. He’s 5 years old and what is called a scruffy lurcher. We have had him from 9 weeks old. Sully is 3.5 and a Saluki cross but unlike Ghost he is soft and smooth. Sully is a rescue from Stray Aid. Both like…

Grass Eating

At Gilbertson & Page we’re often asked about grass eating in dogs and whether it means that dogs are unwell or nutritionally deficient. A recent American study (Sueda. 2008) found that only 10% of grass eaters were unwell before they ate grass or plant matter. They found that it was younger dogs that ate grass…

The Dog Days of Summer

We’re definitely into those warm summer days at last and aside from enjoying the garden, local walks and visits to the beach, day trips can be a great way to take advantage of the longer days and August weather. This year however, is a little different with dog shows, festivals, game fairs and fun days…