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Blog Articles

At Bentons Road Vet Clinic we strive to provide our patients with helpful information that’s easy to read and digest (pun intended).  Our blog has some great topics and is regularly updated.  All blog posts are aimed at providing easy solutions to everyday problems.

We also have some great information regarding smelly breath, weight problems, common toxins and healthy diets.

Hopefully you can find what your looking for amongst our articles.  If you don’t or if you would like further information regarding any particular topic please use the contact form on the side of this page.  Remember, no topic is too big or too small, no question too silly.  You’re not going to annoy us by asking us questions.  We are here for you.  We are here for your pets.  We want to provide you with the right information.  Delivered in the right way.  To allow you to treat and care for your best friend in the best way possible.

 

Natural Diet for Optimal Health

Feeding a Natural Diet for Optimal Health   All species on the planet thrive best when they eat the foods that nature intended them to eat. When the digestive system is receiving items that its evolved to eat that animal, person or bird will be able to achieve optimal health. This is the philosophy behind our dietary recommendations at Bentons Road Vet Clinic.  We encourage all pet owners to embrace food as the natural source of a healthy lifestyle.  We also help clients to incorporate at least some, if not all, natural ingredients in their pet’s diet. But what does a natural diet look like for our pets today? There are a multitude of bags of dry food in the pet stores claiming to be “natural”, “organic”, “grain-free” and “holistic”; but what do these labels mean and how “natural” are they? At Bentons Road Vet Clinic we believe that a dry food or kibble based diet is the furthest from the natural diet of our small carnivores, as you can get. These foods are low in meat proteins.  High in refined grain carbohydrates. Devoid of any moisture.  And biologically removed from the natural meat and fat based diet of our pets. The more processing that a food goes through to get to its finished state, the less healthy it is for that species. We know this. There is a huge amount of advertising for our human health that encourages us to stay away from processed foods and to eat as much fresh, wholefoods as we can to stay healthy. The same is true of our pets’ diets. For cats and dogs, a diet that contains meat, organs and bones, essential fats and oils and some green leafy vegetables and herbs is the closest to their wild type diet. This diet can be nutritionally balanced over time, not every meal needs to be the perfect mix. There are some proportion differences between cats and dogs; puppies, kittens and geriatrics and also some changes that should be made with diseases or illnesses. But the baseline ingredients remain the same. Natural diets can be […]

Dog Behaviour

Dog Behaviour Please don’t steal my bone! Vets are asked every day how to help with dog behaviour issues. Behaviour problems are the biggest health problem facing dogs and their owners. These problems tarnish the relationship with your dog and often indicate that a pet is living a relatively unhappy life. The decision to put a dog to sleep because of a behaviour problem is the hardest one any pet owner has to make. But sometimes there is no option – particularly when a dog has bitten. One of the most common dog myths I see continued is the dominance theory. So many new pet owners proudly declare that they take their dog’s bones and food away while they are eating – just to show them who’s boss. They believe that by demonstrating dominance over their dog that their dog will submit to them and they will all live happily ever after. But it’s not that simple. A dominance relationship is not a hard and fast vertical ladder with “boss” on the top rung and “minions” on the lower. This visual makes it seem logical, that all members of the lower rungs are hell bent on climbing the ladder and that you have to keep knocking them down if you want to stay on top. But true dog and family relationships are just not like that. What are Dominance Relationships Actually Like Dominance relationships are always dynamic and relative to the situation at any given time. One dog may be “dominant” when it comes to a favourite toy and will put up a good fight to anyone who tries to take it away from them.   Another dog may be dominant when it comes to choosing a sleeping position.  And yet another dog may be dominant in an interaction when it comes to food.     The dominance relationship depends on the members present and the situation or the resource being considered at that time. It depends on just how much each dog wants that thing! So, in the case of removing the bone from the dog happily chewing it. You may […]

Feeding Bones To Your Pet

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 […]

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