Bones…. Wow! What a contentious topic! There are many who strongly advocate feeding raw bones to dogs (myself included) and then there are others who are dead against it. These opinions are often formed from prior experience and so there are a few things to go over first. The Risks Of Feeding Bones There will always be a small risk of complications with feeding bones. Some bones can get stuck in the mouth. Some bones are not well digested and can cause obstruction or perforation of the intestines. Some dogs do not tolerate raw bones and may vomit or have diarrhoea. Some dogs may even develop severe constipation when fed bones. However, if your dog or cat does not eat raw bones, they will definitely suffer from dental disease. Very few dogs will have good oral health if they do not chew on raw meaty bones. Dental disease is a painful, debilitating condition where the body is in a constant state of inflammation, trying to rid itself of an infection that will never go away. This is a terrible disease to suffer from and is a huge reason that pets suffer a poor quality of life. How To Safely Feed Bones To You Pet So, how can we feed bones safely? How can we ensure good oral health whilst minimising the risk of dangerous complications? By looking to the pet’s evolution and respecting what they would naturally be eating. To clean teeth and gums well, dogs and cats should be chewing through soft bones, cartilage, ligaments and meat. Dogs and cats if in a feral state would naturally predate birds, lizards and small mammals such as rabbits, possums, rats and mice. They would not naturally hunt a cow and eat the entire leg bones! These are far too dense and hard and can break their teeth. So since your cat and dog are domesticated and don’t have ready access to the bones of small prey animals, what type of commercially available bones should you feed? Raw chicken is the most readily available source of bone that is a biologically appropriate […]
Dr Karen Kan Interview It’s not everyday you get to do a radio interview and it’s certainly not everyday you do an interview on US radio. But this is exactly what Dr Kelly Halls has recently done. Dr Karen Kan is a Holistic practitioner in the US and has been looking for a Vet to provide some information to her radio audience. After a search of google she found Bentons Road Vet Clinic and was interested in our clinics approach. Dr Kan enquired whether Dr. Kelly would be interested in sharing her perspective on vaccines for pets in an radio interview. Obviously Dr Kelly agreed. Who wouldn’t want to share this vital information with as many pet loving people as possible. So if you’d like to learn how to better care for a faithful companion animal, this broadcast is an absolute must.
Danger of Raw Feeding Cats: Why You Have To Get It Right I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking wait a second, Bentons Road Vet promotes raw feeding! Why are they now talking about the danger of raw feeding cats!!! Have they changed their minds??? The short answer is no, but you have to get it right otherwise you can run into trouble. Don’t stress though. We are always here to help. But first we need to read a story about Pip (our honorary clinic cat). Does anyone remember Pip? The tiny scrap of a kitten delivered to our doorstep almost dead? She was stone cold and almost lifeless and we had almost given up on her. Then she started to move… and the rest is history. Little Pip Squeak found her forever home with Kim and her other cat Bubbles and has been living the good life ever since. Like most pets at our clinic, Pip has been fed a fresh, raw diet for most of her life and is very well and healthy. Recently, Kim started to source her cat food from the supermarket. These packets of vacuum sealed fresh meat were labelled as fresh and lean, fortified with thiamine, taurine and calcium. Perfect you’d think! Fresh and Lean what could go wrong? Unfortunately one thing. And that one thing caused Pip to have a problem. Kim contacted us in a bit of a panic one day with a video of Pip behaving oddly. She was having trouble walking straight and kept falling over. She was very unbalanced. Kim was understandably very distressed as she was watching her little fur baby unable to function properly at all. Kim has always strived to do the very best for Pip. She was at a loss as to what was wrong or what to do. Thankfully the signs Pip was showing alerted me quickly to the most likely problem. We were able to advise Kim to immediately feed a different type of food for a while. Pip rapidly recovered over the next few days. So what was the trouble? Bentons Road Vet […]