Pet Health & Pet Food Information

Getting hold of useful, independent pet health information and pet food information can be difficult. To help our customers and pet owners we’ve written and collected many articles and resources about pet health. Get a complete overview of the holistic approach to diet in our Online Holistic Nutrition Guidebook.

Pet Health Information Resources.

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  • Changing face of dog food.
    old-dog-seen-it-allSome 40 years ago our family pet dog was fed on the leftovers from the kitchen table and scraps from the butchers which included tripe and sheep heads, we also used the unsold wholemeal bread from the local bakers, garden vegetables that my family used to grow and the odd piece of fish, we even fed rabbits and hares when she was lucky enough to catch them. More.
  • Dogs behaving badly.
    This issue can be seen from different points of view. But common sense suggests good behaviour and the ability to behave appropriately are as important in dogs as they are in humans. More.
  • Comparing protein in wet and dry dog foods.
    Analysis of a dried dog food and moist dog foods often leads to confusion (even with some vets) when comparing them. More.
  • Arthritis in dogs.
    Arthritis in dogs is quite common and is defined as ‘joint inflammation’. Rheumatism is characterized by pain in the bones, joints, muscles, tendons or nerves. More.
  • Dog Protein.
    The subject of ‘dog protein’ and amounts of protein in dog food is often misunderstood. Because dogs don’t actually need lots of protein. Most animal behaviourists and dog trainers say that high protein levels in the diet has a massive impact on dogs. More.
  • Why dogs shed hair?
    So many of us have to deal with this issue regularly. But why dogs shed hair is actually quite natural. Dog shedding occurs in nearly all dogs. It is a natural process of eliminating (shedding) dead hair. More.
  • How much should I feed my dog?
    I wish I had £1 for every time a dog owner asked how much they should feed their dog. This is not something I have ever had trouble with but I can imagine what a lot of owners struggle with when dealing with another species – the dog! The problem as I see it that far too many dogs are simply too fat. More.
  • Early warning signs of poor or ill-health in dogs.
    Some of the most common and easy to see early warning signs that your dog’s health is not right. The immune system of a dog is particularly vulnerable to nutritional imbalances and tends to show signs much earlier than say heart or joint problems. More.
  • Principles of holistic health care.
    Health is something which most of us humans and pet owners take for granted until something goes wrong. Many of us fail to see the longer term connection between diet and health or its failure. In Western society, the hospitals are groaning with people suffering from degenerative diseases. Resulting largely from highly processed foods in our diet. More.
  • Holistic approach to diet and health.
    In layman’s terms ‘holistic’ means the whole body and mind. Holistic nutrition in dog food is about providing your dog with food which is going to benefit the whole body. Holistic dog food is about the quality of the ingredients, their combination and how they complement each other in relation your dogs overall health and well-being. It is not simply about Omega 3 fatty acids being good for your dog’s coat or glucosomane having a wonderful effect on your dog’s joints. More.
  • Homeopathy for dogs and cats.
    John Fudens, DVM explains in very simplistic terms – “We Don’t use gasoline to power our cars, the gasoline is mixed with air and exploded by a spark. It is the energy released by this process that drives the car, not the gasoline itself.” Similarly, we do not use coal or gas to heat or cook for us. Can you imagine sitting in front of a coal fire which has not been lit? It is the energy provided by the burning of the coal that heats us! The electricity we have in our home is ‘energy’ generated from raw fuel. This simple logic is the same with homoeopathy, it is an energy. More.
  • To vaccinate dogs or not.
    Times have changed since I first wrote this page and a lot of the comments below were a direct result of the state of play at the time.  I purposely never voiced my own opinion as I am not vet but have since read some interesting changes that have taken place probably as a result of the comments below. More.
  • Kidney problems in dogs.
    Dogs kidneys are life sustaining organs. Kidneys remove waste from the bloodstream and regulate body fluids. If the kidneys are not able to do their job the result could be life threatening for your dog.Here we look in-depth at kidney problems in dogs. More.
  • Cushing’s disease in dogs.
    Cushing’s disease in dogs is the name given for the over production of natural cortisone by an over active adrenal gland. More.
  • Addison’s disease in dogs.
    ‘Addison’s disease’ is the name given to an ‘under-active adrenal cortex’ which is the outer part of the adrenal gland. More.
  • Lyme disease in dogs.
    Lyme disease (Lyme Borrelia) is the most common tick-borne disease in the northern hemisphere. It was discovered in Lyme, Connecticut in 1975. It is transmitted by the bite of infected ticks. More.
  • My dog is a fussy eater.
    Are you one of those pet owners who find themselves saying. ‘My dog is a fussy eater?’ Well you’re not alone. More.
  • Spirulina in dog food.
    Spirulina is probably the most nutrient dense whole food on the planet. Now that’s saying something. More.
  • Corn in dog food.
    Why no corn/maize in our dog food? For those unfamiliar with the terms – Maize and Corn are the same thing – dangerous to your dog’s health! More.
  • Dogs anal glands.
    Dogs and cats, as well many other small mammals, have a pair of glands located on both sides of the rectum. These glands, commonly called ‘anal glands’, are actually scent glands. Owners often refer to the anal glands as ‘dog stink glands’. More.
  • Dog scratching.
    Stop a dog chewing and scratching. In general scratching arises because the immune system is attempting to eliminate wastes from the body. Dog owners are astounded when we tell them that all that may be required is for them to change their dogs diet and the problem may well be gone. More.
  • Black skin disease in dogs.
    Black skin disease in dogs is not well understood but it is really nothing more than alopecia or in simple terms – ‘hair loss’.  More.
  • Introduction to herbs.
    As an introduction to herbs and their use in treating pets we’ve included the following article ‘The Wisdom of Herbal Pet Care’ by Geoff D’Arcy. More.
  • Safe herbs for dogs
    Sometimes at Land of Holistic Pets we get asked. “What exactly are ‘safe’ herbs to give to dog?” More.
  • Tips for feeding herbs to dogs.
    Some well tried tips and wrinkles for feeding herbs to dogs. Some formulas taste better than others so I compiled a list of tips for feeding herbs that you might find useful. Here are a few tried and tested ways to administer the formulas. More.
  • Origins of Chinese herbal formulas.
    Understanding the origins of Chinese herbal formulas requires a little knowledge of their history. According to Chinese legend, Shen Nung, the Chinese father of agriculture and leader of an ancient clan, took it upon himself to test, one by one, hundreds of different plants to discover their nutritional and medicinal properties. Many of these turned out to be poisonous to humans. Over millennia, Chinese have used themselves as guinea pigs in this same way to continue testing plants for their properties of inducing cold, heat, warmth, and coolness. More.
  • The story behind the herbal formulations.
    Q. Exactly what is the story behind the herbal formulations we use?
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    A. It’s simple. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Otherwise known as ‘synergy’. More.
  • Bad breath in dogs.
    We all know bad breath or halitosis as it’s known – when we smell it. Bad breath can be the result of a build-up of odor-producing bacteria in your dog’s mouth, lungs, or gut. Persistent bad breath can indicate that your dog needs better dental care or that something is wrong in his gastrointestinal tract, liver, or kidneys. In all cases, your dog’s bad breath is a red flag that should be investigated. More.
  • Urinary problems in dogs.
    The classic symptoms of kidney or renal failure are excessive thirst and urination. More.
  • Dog urinary incontinence.
    Dog urinary incontinence is mostly seen in spayed bitches (and neutered dogs). More.
  • Urinary crystals in dogs.
    The uncomfortable problem of urinary crystals in dogs is actually more often seen in cats! But it still occurs in dogs. More.

Lots of useful pet health information in our FAQ section as well.

Pet History
As a pet owner yourself you’ll appreciate that there’s a fabulous global tradition of keeping pets. For over 10,000 years there are examples of humans living in harmony and care with their animals. Take a look at our timeline of pet history where we explore the story.

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