Care for your pet like Vince the Vet

Here you will find cutting edge articles written by Dr Vince MacNally BVSc VetMFHom MRCVS, a veterinary surgeon with more than 35 years clinical expertise, who has successfully helped many thousands of pets to live the healthiest and happiest life possible, using the power of nutrients supplied by Nature,

WHY CRUCIATE LIGAMENT SURGERY ISN'T ALWAYS NECESSARY

WHY CRUCIATE LIGAMENT SURGERY ISN'T ALWAYS NECESSARY

In a study published by Vasseur on non-surgical management of cruciate ligament rupture in dogs weighing less than 15 kg, 85.7% were considered to be clinically normal (no lameness and normal range of motion in the knee) after an average period of 3 years.Supplementation with Ultimate Joint Support aids the body's natural…
Itching Made Simple

Itching Made Simple

Finding out how to best help an itchy dog without drugs, if possible, is not easy given all the possible causes and the readiness of many vets to reach for immunosuppressive drugs without confirming a diagnosis first.Despite this however, it's possible to discover what measures best help a particular dog…
What if my pet's already on medication for joint stiffness or pain?

What if my pet's already on medication for joint stiffness or pain?

If your dog has been prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID's) painkillers or Librela for stiffness and loss of mobility, and you're hoping to reduce the amount of medication given if supplementation proves effective, it's important to bear the following in mind:1.  Any adjustments to your pet's medication must be done in…

How is atopy diagnosed?

How is atopy diagnosed?

Atopy, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common skin condition in dogs caused by an allergic reaction to environmental allergens such as pollen, mould, house dust, dust mites and other airborne substances.It is characterised by persistent or recurrent itching and inflammation of the skin which results in excessive scratching,…

PEA Fact Sheet

PEA Fact Sheet

1. What is PEA?Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) is a fatty acid amide, naturally produced in the body.It plays a significant role in modulating pain and inflammation.2. SourceSynthesised from cell membrane phospholipids by an enzyme (N-acyl phosphatidylethanolamine phospholipase D).Related to anandamide - a cannabinoid neurotransmitter occurring in the body, which influences many physiological…

What if my pet is already on medication for itching?

What if my pet is already on medication for itching?

Has your vet done these tests before diagnosing atopy?If your dog has been prescribed prednisone or Apoquel for a sensitivity to environmental allergens, and you're hoping to lower the dose or discontinue medication altogether if supplementation proves effective at reducing skin irritation to a comfortable level, it's important to bear…

Ultimate Joint Support - How to avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID's) and Librela

Ultimate Joint Support - How to avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID's) and Librela

The need for medication to ease joint discomfort and inflammation, can often be delayed for many months or years by:1.  Providing complete musculoskeletal nourishment:Adding Joints to the diet supplies the building blocks the body needs to form the healthiest possible joint structures, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, cartilage, fibrous supporting…

Non-surgical support for a luxating patella

Non-surgical support for a luxating patella

IT'S IMPORTANT TO TAKE ACTION TO MAINTAIN JOINT HEALTH WHEN YOUR DOG HAS A SLIPPING KNEECAP (PATELLA)When the patella repeatedly moves out of position to the inside of the knee, over time it wears away the cartilage on the bony ridge at the end of the thighbone (trochlear groove) which…

Common Food Trial Fails

Common Food Trial Fails

Trialling single protein raw or cooked meats for several weeks, one at a time, is the gold standard method for identifying which one, if any, suits a pet with diet-related gut and / or skin inflammation. It's essential however, if the results are to be accurate and actionable, that nothing else…

A FEW DROPS A DAY KEEPS THE TOXINS AWAY

A FEW DROPS A DAY KEEPS THE TOXINS AWAY

Self-grooming is Nature's way for dogs and cats to keep themselves clean. Sadly, in today's heavily polluted world, this seemingly innocuous behaviour results in the swallowing of countless environmental chemicals collected by fur as our pets go about their daily life - many of which are potentially harmful to health, especially…

BEFORE LETTING YOUR VET REACH FOR LIBRELA, NSAID's, STEROIDS, PAINKILLERS OR OTHER DRUGS...

BEFORE LETTING YOUR VET REACH FOR LIBRELA, NSAID's, STEROIDS, PAINKILLERS OR OTHER DRUGS...

be sure to try the following instead if your vet has joint stiffness or musculoskeletal issues (it's much safer and could well save a lot of unnecessary expense).(Also see '5 Reasons Why Librela is Often Given Unnecessarily'.)1.  Supplement with Vince the Vet Joints to provide the nutrients the body needs to…

5 REASONS WHY IMMUNOSUPPRESSIVE DRUGS ARE OFTEN PRESCRIBED UNNECESSARILY FOR AN ITCHY SKIN

5 REASONS WHY IMMUNOSUPPRESSIVE DRUGS ARE OFTEN PRESCRIBED UNNECESSARILY FOR AN ITCHY SKIN

The only way to resolve an itchy skin long term, is to first identify what is causing skin irritation and / or inflammation, so the most helpful treatment / natural support can be provided.If this isn't done, medication may be prescribed unnecessarily for the following reasons:  1.  A correct diagnosis…

Home-made cancer Support diet

Home-made cancer Support diet

THE RIGHT HOME-MADE DIET CAN SIGNIFICANTLY PROLONG QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PETS WITH CANCER.The following stories illustrate the positive impact that nutrition can have in such circumstances:LaylaPippaLexiStage 1.1. If possible, transition to a core diet of cooked meat - with no other foods, tit-bits or treats. (Raw may also be…

WHAT HAS 'WAR OF THE WORLDS' GOT TO DO WITH OUR PETS?

WHAT HAS 'WAR OF THE WORLDS' GOT TO DO WITH OUR PETS?

Answer: EVERYTHING!At the end of HG Well's brilliant novel, the seemingly invincible alien invaders wreaking havoc on humankind are suddenly brought down and overwhelmed by an unseen hand.This turns out to be the microbes present everywhere, which over aeons humans have learned to live with, but which the aliens have…

"WOW WOW WOW I’m not one who promotes any one product..."

"WOW WOW WOW I’m not one who promotes any one product..."

I’ll tell you what helps but I’m blown away with this!I’ve had Max on a couple of supplements for a while (did I tell you he’s 14 years 4 months old but I have noticed he’s getting a bit stiff and limpy now and again.I had heard good reviews on…

Time to warn your pet's body what's coming??

Time to warn your pet's body what's coming??

It may seem innocuous, given tens of thousands of these are given to pets daily - but from the body's perspective an injection is anything but.It doesn't matter whether it's a vaccine, an antibiotic, a non steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID), a genetically engineered monoclonal antibody (such as Librela or Cytopoint, for…

IS YOUR PET SHOWING SIGNS OF BEING IMMUNITY-DEFICIENT?

IS YOUR PET SHOWING SIGNS OF BEING IMMUNITY-DEFICIENT?

A strong healthy immune system is vital for continued well-being and the prevention of a whole host of diseases ranging from a susceptibility to infections, poor healing following injury or illness and the appearance of abnormal growths in the body - including cancer.And the first signs that all may not…

Questioning The Veterinary Profession's Stance on Worms, Fleas and Boosters

Questioning The Veterinary Profession's Stance on Worms, Fleas and Boosters

"My vet has always pushed an annual subscription for worming and flea tablets, taken monthly and quarterly, plus annual booster injections. It was never really described as an option, but something that every responsible owner would do to protect their dog. I’m coming to believe this is not the case…

When Anal Glands Hit A Bum Note

When Anal Glands Hit A Bum Note

When a dog's anal glands are working normally, there's no knowing they're there - apart from the occasional burst of a fishy smell from the rear end perhaps, or the overexuberant snuffling of the bottom by a canine friend.When they do develop problems however, there's a tendency for issues to…

TIME TO STOP WORMING?

TIME TO STOP WORMING?

There's 3 very good reasons to stop giving chemical anthelmintics (drugs which kill worms) to your pet.Firstly, many dogs and cats being wormed on a regular basis, don't actually have worms at all, and as a result are being medicated with toxic chemicals unnecessarily.Secondly, now that the RCVS has decreed that vets…

5 REASONS WHY LIBRELA IS OFTEN GIVEN UNNECESSARILY.

5 REASONS WHY LIBRELA IS OFTEN GIVEN UNNECESSARILY.

1. A correct diagnosis of osteoarthritis hasn't been confirmed by the appropriate tests first.This is essential to avoid the wrong treatment being given for conditions which mimic OA, but which require a very different medical and / or surgical approach, such as ligament damage, autoimmune disease, Lyme's disease and septic…

HOW TO SUPPORT A RAPID RETURN TO FULL HEALTH FOLLOWING SURGERY

HOW TO SUPPORT A RAPID RETURN TO FULL HEALTH FOLLOWING SURGERY

Surgery of any kind is a lot for the body to cope with.There's the stress of a pet being in a strange place amongst lots of scary sights, smells and sounds, without the comforting presence of a pet parent nearby to provide reassurance. Sedation, anaesthesia, loss of consciousness, plus the distorted…

And boost your joint support from 12.5% to 100%

And boost your joint support from 12.5% to 100%

It's not widely known, but supplements based on green-lipped mussel, glucosamine and chondroitin largely support ONE PART of joints only - cartilage - but do little for all the other tissues important for optimum mobility and flexibility.Vince the Vet Joints on the other hand, nourishes ALL 8 JOINT STRUCTURES, including:-…

How Long Does It Take For Bedinvetmab To Clear From The Body and What Support Helps?

How Long Does It Take For Bedinvetmab To Clear From The Body and What Support Helps?

A common question from many pet parents seeing side-effects in their dogs following the administration of Librela is 'How long will it take to clear from the body and is there anything I can do to help in the meantime?''According to the European Medicines Agency's (EMA) public assessment report, the…

VACCINE / DRUG REACTION SUPPORT

VACCINE / DRUG REACTION SUPPORT

"I just wanted to give you an update on Hugo.All I can say is WOW what a difference to a week ago. As you know, Hugo had  the Lepto4 vaccine plus flea & worm tablets from the vet, which is what my son was advised to do. Hugo became so poorly…

HOME-MADE KIDNEY DIET

HOME-MADE KIDNEY DIET

THE RIGHT HOME-MADE DIET CAN SIGNIFICANTLY PROLONG QUALITY OF LIFE FOR KIDNEY COMPROMISED PETS.Blood test your pet (don't forget to ask for SDMA to be included), switch to the diet below for 3 months, blood test again, forward the results to info@vincethevet.co.uk and we will advise on dietary adjustments if…

Spotting Synthetic Additives To Avoid

Spotting Synthetic Additives To Avoid

The following are chemical additives found in many pet supplements and food.It is not meant to be an exhaustive list and so if you see an ingredient you don't recognise on a product label, be sure to research it online.It's also safe to assume, that when such additives are included,…

OFF LIBRELA, NO MEDS, MUSCLE MASS INCREASED BY 3CM, PHYSIO SAYS DOING BEST OF ALL PATIENTS!

OFF LIBRELA, NO MEDS, MUSCLE MASS INCREASED BY 3CM, PHYSIO SAYS DOING BEST OF ALL PATIENTS!

  We pride ourselves on clinical results, and have done for 40+years.That's why you can trust us to provide the best possible natural support for your pet, as Mobi illustrates.History (October 2023):Mobi9 year old Tibetan TerrierNeutered maleWeight: 17kg (ideal)Previous health issues: Stiffness lower back (fusing vertebrae before being rescued in March…

Tackling Adverse Drug Reactions

Tackling Adverse Drug Reactions

NOTE:1.  The natural support protocol below is designed to complement medical care, it is not a substitute for appropriate veterinary treatment.2.  Implementing the steps described BEFORE any drugs with known side-effects are given, helps to reduce the risk of potential problems developing.  Adverse reactions:The side effects of certain drugs can be…

HERE'S WHY

HERE'S WHY

Supporting liver health in dogs on long-term medication is crucial for several reasons:1. Detoxification:The liver bears the brunt of breaking down and eliminating drugs and toxins from the body. If its ability to process these substances becomes compromised, the risk of drug toxicity or damage caused by the accumulation of…

20% OFF THANK YOU EVENT 2023

20% OFF THANK YOU EVENT 2023

NOW EXTENDED UNTIL MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY 2nd OCTOBER DUE TO UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND!(Previously - 20% OFF* THANK YOU EVENT was held on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October.)Included (online orders via the website only):supplements - single tubsremedies - single cartonsraw - single and dual proteinsworm kits - single packsExcluded:multipacksbundlesas these…

ANSWER...

ANSWER...

FACEBOOK COMPETITION 28th JulyIf a dog goes into kennels and all itching stops, the top 3 possible causes of skin irritation are:1.  Environmental allergens.2.  Environmental irritants.3.  Food sensitivities.These can all create identical clinical signs.ENVIRONMENTAL ALLERGENS include substances which are:(a) Ever-present, such as house dust, house dust mites, moulds, fungal spores, human…

WHY IT'S GOOD TO CHECK WHAT YOUR VET IS SAYING

WHY IT'S GOOD TO CHECK WHAT YOUR VET IS SAYING

In January 2021, following recurrent ear problems spanning 6 years, and the development of a super infection with pseudomonas, stemming from the repeated use of antibiotics, Bailey's pet parents were advised that amputation of one or both ears was the next step. At this point we were approached to see if…

WHAT DO WARTS AND GROWTHS MEAN?

WHAT DO WARTS AND GROWTHS MEAN?

As a pet parent, you want your dog or cat to be as healthy and as happy as possible. And one of the most crucial components of a pet's continued well-being, is their immune system.This complex network of cells, tissues, and organs, work together to protect the body not only…

EVEN HECTOR'S CARDIOLOGIST AGREED HIS NUTRITIONAL INTAKE HAD HELPED!

EVEN HECTOR'S CARDIOLOGIST AGREED HIS NUTRITIONAL INTAKE HAD HELPED!

"Hi, I just wanted to say thank you.About 7 - 8 months ago my Chihuahua x Pug, Hector, was diagnosed with a heart murmur. I always used alternative therapies & herbal supplements for my horses to great effect, so I started looking for similar for Hector & found your site.I ordered…

TIME TO SWITCH FROM FISH AND FLAXSEED OIL?

TIME TO SWITCH FROM FISH AND FLAXSEED OIL?

For many years we've been great advocates of adding salmon oil to the diet - as long as:it originated from wild not farmed fish (who are inevitably of poorer quality and contaminated with drug residues of various kinds) these were caught in the relatively clean waters of Alaska or Icelandthe oil…

LAYLA'S ANAL GLAND MASS 19 MONTHS ON

LAYLA'S ANAL GLAND MASS 19 MONTHS ON

'Layla, my German Shepherd, was diagnosed with an aggressive tumour in her anal glands in October 2022. We were devastated.I looked into ways to prolong her life and was told about holistic vets. I got in touch with Vince the Vet, and he put Layla on a special diet of…

Wow! Does Hyaluronic Acid Really Do All This?

Wow! Does Hyaluronic Acid Really Do All This?

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Can raw turn a 'devil' into an 'angel'?

Can raw turn a 'devil' into an 'angel'?

IN A WORD - YES!One of the most underestimated benefits of switching from processed pet food to raw, is the positive impact it can have on mood and behaviour!The science behind it is fascinating.Firstly, raw food is chock-full of essential nutrients that are lost during the manufacturing of kibble and…

ULTRAPROCESSED FOOD FOR DOGS - THE POTENTIAL IMPACT ON HEALTH

ULTRAPROCESSED FOOD FOR DOGS - THE POTENTIAL IMPACT ON HEALTH

The evidence implicating Ultra Processed Foods (UPF's) as a major factor in the meteoric rise of a wide range of diet-related diseases in humans, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cancer, is now overwhelming. (See recent articles in the Lancet  and British Medical Journal, for example). The negative impact on…

Lift-Twist and Tick Tickling: Top Two Ways To Remove A Tick Quickly and Safely From Your Dog!

Lift-Twist and Tick Tickling: Top Two Ways To Remove A Tick Quickly and Safely From Your Dog!

Vital for preventing Lyme disease, and other tick- borne illnesses.Buy Immunity here.

Desperate to stop you dog itching once and for all?

Desperate to stop you dog itching once and for all?

To get started today - click here!

From Preparing for the worst to gobsmacked at the transformation in 7 days!

From Preparing for the worst to gobsmacked at the transformation in 7 days!

"Darcy's pet parents came in today with a very happy and bouncy girl!They are gobsmacked at the transformation in just 7 days on Joints.This time last week they were preparing to let Darcy go after the vet made them fear the worst. Thankfully the thyroid blood tests were normal.As you can…

Natural Pain Relief - Dr. Vince recorded live

Natural Pain Relief - Dr. Vince recorded live

A fun and informative look at how to help a dog with signs of discomfort or pain. 

DISCOVER THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR PET'S MEDICATION - CHECK FOR SIDE-EFFECTS NOW

DISCOVER THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR PET'S MEDICATION - CHECK FOR SIDE-EFFECTS NOW

A common complaint from many of the pet parents we speak to, is that no warnings were given about any potential health problems that might arise as a consequence of the medication prescribed (this includes flea and worming products. This is understandable to some degree, as vets obviously want to provide…

VTV HELPING OUT EVENT - SAT & SUNDAY 4th and 5th MARCH 2023

VTV HELPING OUT EVENT - SAT & SUNDAY 4th and 5th MARCH 2023

LIVE FROM 17:00pmVTVHELPINGOUT20%OFFIS THE CODE TO APPLY AT CHECKOUT FOR 20% OFF THE FOLLOWING: • supplements - single tubs • remedies - single and dual packs • raw - single and dual protein • worm kits - single packsExcluded: • multipacks • bundles as these are already reduced. NOTENew supplies of the supplements are due in September /…

WHAT IS THE HPA AXIS AND WHAT DOES IT HAVE TO WITH ANXIETY AND DIET?

WHAT IS THE HPA AXIS AND WHAT DOES IT HAVE TO WITH ANXIETY AND DIET?

The hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands (the so called HPA axis) affects how safe and comfortable a pet feels in the world, and how they react to change.If this axis is too easily aroused, fight / flight fuelled anxiety, reactivity and stress, with problem behaviours often arise as a result.Many…

My Dog keeps eating grass and / or soil - what's the problem?

My Dog keeps eating grass and / or soil - what's the problem?

Eating grass is a common behaviour in dogs and cats, and there's no doubt that the occasional nibble is quite normal. When this becomes habitual, compulsive or excessive however, there is usually an underlying health reason which needs addressing if this is to resolve.In our experience, the commonest causes of this,…

HOW FOOD SAVED ZIBA FROM HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY

HOW FOOD SAVED ZIBA FROM HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY

Ziba has bilateral hip dysplasia and a back leg deformed by an injury sustained early on in life. Two years ago she was scheduled to have hip replacement surgery, but the operation was postponed because a dermatitis developed which the surgeon wanted cleared up before proceeding. We were asked to…

Iatrogenic Condition Caused by Steroids

Iatrogenic Condition Caused by Steroids

With dietary changes and natural support, Ron was able to come off steroids altogether.And then this happened:There are ways to help many (not all) itchy pets, which don't involve the long term use of steroids...

Published research showed this herb increased life-span and reduced the risk of cancer

Published research showed this herb increased life-span and reduced the risk of cancer

In 2005 a scientific study in mice, showed that daily supplementation with Echinacea purpurea throughout life, significantly increased the survival of aging mice, and reduced the risk of cancer.This extraordinary finding is believed to be due, to the elevated levels of natural killer (NK) cells found in those mice receiving…

54kg DARCY - PREVIOUSLY BROKEN HIP AND HIP REPLACEMENT - NOW CHASING A MUNTJAC THROUGH THE WOODS!

54kg DARCY - PREVIOUSLY BROKEN HIP AND HIP REPLACEMENT - NOW CHASING A MUNTJAC THROUGH THE WOODS!

"Long story really but I will try to make it more brief!I have three rescues, Darcy, my Spanish Mastin was in a kill shelter at 11 months, she was very lame, we adopted her and X-rays revealed a badly broken hip and tail. She went on to have a full…

Luna became itchy about two and a half years ago

Luna became itchy about two and a half years ago

"Luna developed itchiness about two and a half years ago.There was some general irritation but the main problem was around her mouth.Tests could not detect any underlying cause (e.g. mites etc.) and no prescribed treatments or supplements made any difference.Luna's skin became very raw and sore in patches at the…

Take The Stress Out Of Travelling

Take The Stress Out Of Travelling

Nothing spoils a trip more, than seeing a pet upset by the whole experience.The problem is, once they associate getting in a car, on a train or using some other mode of transport with feeling sick, anxious or distressed, the pattern is set for future journeys, and can be extremely…

20% OFF THANK YOU EVENT

20% OFF THANK YOU EVENT

There's rarely a day passes by, when an email doesn't arrive describing how a pet's life has been transformed or enriched in some way, as a result of our products and advice.Many of these are accompanied by a picture or two of delighted furry faces, enjoying life as they do! This…

Easing 'Kennel Cough' Naturally

Easing 'Kennel Cough' Naturally

'Kennel Cough' is so named because it is an upper respiratory infection which passes between dogs when in close proximity, such as kennels. (Also in daycare centres, vet clinics, grooming salons, dog shows, training classes and parks / walks popular with dog parents.)Transmission occurs, when droplets containing the microbes concerned,…

Crippled with arthritis Coco was scheduled for euthanasia

Crippled with arthritis Coco was scheduled for euthanasia

"After the success of your Joint Support drops for our own old boy, 15 and a half year old Steve, I ordered 6 bottles to be sent to the senior sanctuary in the US, as we have so many hospice care dogs with joint issues.Vince, I need to tell you…

Cancer, IBD for 3 years, 2 hip replacements - and yet Linus is still happy! Why?

Cancer, IBD for 3 years, 2 hip replacements - and yet Linus is still happy! Why?

'Linus is still a happy dog and very much himself - although the tumour in the toe is definitely re-growing.We haven't got much further yet increasing his supplements - but he's eating them with relish.The big advance, is that we are no longer feeding Royal Canin Low Fat GI -…

CHRONIC ANAL SAC IRRITATION

CHRONIC ANAL SAC IRRITATION

When Lilly's mum made contact 3 months ago, she had been suffering from anal sac problems for over a year, which resulted in her scooting her bottom along the floor at least twice daily - often more.As is common in such circumstances, she was also eating excessive amounts of grass.Anal…

A Homemade Electrolyte Solution

A Homemade Electrolyte Solution

Maintaining hydration is vital whenever a pet loses body fluids excessively, for any reason.This commonly occurs following a bout of vomiting and diarrhoea, strenuous activity and during extreme heat.Continually replenishing fluids in such circumstances is especially important for young and older pets, who can quickly become dehydrated and ill. A  good…

Avoiding Traumatic Ear Surgery For Chronic Inflammation

Avoiding Traumatic Ear Surgery For Chronic Inflammation

Around 14 months of age, Pippa started having problems with recurrent ear infections and a head tilt. An ear cleaner and medicated drops were prescribed several times, but didn't help with the signs. A McTimoney Chiropractor however, discovered that the Atlas vertebrae was misaligned, and when this was corrected, the infection cleared.Six…

Despite all medical treatment Marlee's leg was in danger of developing gangrene.. and then

Despite all medical treatment Marlee's leg was in danger of developing gangrene.. and then

Marlee, an 8 year old Rottweiler underwent major surgery in her right shoulder for a bone cancer at the end of March 2022.Despite a number of complications developing, the post-operative recovery appeared to be going reasonably well - until 9th May 2022, when a sore on the opposite leg -…

Why These Two Words Mean The World for Your Pet

Why These Two Words Mean The World for Your Pet

'Clinically proven' is a phrase typically used to indicate that a product is effective.Frequently however, this claim is based on the results seen in a small number of animals in a controlled trial, rather than in many thousands of pets living in the real world.Plus, only a relatively small change…

Tackling Troublesome Ticks

Tackling Troublesome Ticks

Mabel is living la dolce vita in Spain, but is feeling a little ticked off!Never short of admiring looks wherever she goes (for obvious reasons!) Mabel this week has been plagued by the unwanted attention of numerous ticks, all wanting a nibble. The big worry for any pet owners in…

An elderly lady mugged twice... jangling keys... what does this have to do with anxious / reactive pets?

An elderly lady mugged twice... jangling keys... what does this have to do with anxious / reactive pets?

Many years ago, I was chatting to an elderly lady, who unfortunately had been mugged twice within a short space of time. I say chatting, but in reality she could hardly speak. The attacks had left her hoarse and barely audible, with the vocal cords frozen in a continual spasm…

Saying No To Prozac

Saying No To Prozac

Donna:I have a miniature Bullterrier with anxiety and OCD. Unfortunately this is very common with the breed. I have been advised to give him Prozac based on the research by Dr Nicholas Dobman.My boy Mason is 18 months old, and has been chasing his tail since 6 months of age.…

Know Your Raw

Know Your Raw

When we began using raw diets to transform the health of pets more than 25 years ago in veterinary practice, it was long before the appearance of the numerous raw pet food companies that exist today.Our philosophy then and now, hasn’t changed one iota over the years. And that is…

Giving NSAID's Risks GI Inflammation and Bleeding - What Can You Do?

Giving NSAID's Risks GI Inflammation and Bleeding - What Can You Do?

Although non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID's) are routinely prescribed by vets to treat pets with stiff joints, there are a number of potentially serious side effects which need to be carefully considered before and during their use.These include:vomitingdiarrhoealoss of appetitelethargygastrointestinal ulcers and / or perforationsstomach or intestinal bleedingliver toxicitykidney damageDisturbingly, these…

Why Pets On Long Term Medication Need Liver Support

Why Pets On Long Term Medication Need Liver Support

Drugs of one kind or another, are the mainstay of modern veterinary medicine.Used judiciously, they can be highly effective at supporting health, and in some cases may even be life-saving.It's important however, to always bear in mind that most medications have side effects which can cause problems - especially in…

My Dog Has Tested Positive For Lungworm - What Do I Do?

My Dog Has Tested Positive For Lungworm - What Do I Do?

When a pet tests positive for lungworm using one of our kits, we advise that an appropriate wormer be prescribed by a vet, for two reasons:Lungworm larvae can cause significant damage to the lungs and / or heart, even in low numbers, and the longer infection continues, the more serious…

Probiotics and Prebiotics - What's the Difference?

Probiotics and Prebiotics - What's the Difference?

Often confused with each other, probiotics are living microorganisms (lactobacillus, for example) which when eaten, boost or maintain the level of beneficial bowel bacteria.And a healthy gut microbiome (the trillions of microbes which inhabit the intestinal tract), is important for good digestion, a strong, healthy immune system and other aspects…

Growths - The Dilemma

Growths - The Dilemma

The appearance of a growth is often unsettling, as it raises questions on what to do for the best going forward. The main considerations when deciding whether to remove an abnormal lump as soon as possible, or to monitor for a while first, are as follows: 1. Is the mass likely to…

Epulis - What Is it And How is it Best Treated?

Epulis - What Is it And How is it Best Treated?

An epulis is a growth, which typically arises at the gum margin.It is the commonest oral mass in dogs, and initially appears as a small, pink lump.It is not uncommon for more than one epulis to occur, often within a short space of time.Technically they are classed as tumours, as…

Additives No Truly Natural Food Contains

Additives No Truly Natural Food Contains

The great majority of processed pet foods contain chemical additives of one sort or another.And many of these have been associated with ill-effects on health in both dogs and cats.They are generally added for the following reasons - which benefit producers, not pets.To: Aid the manufacturing process (lubricants, anti-caking agents etc). Maximise…

Q&A On Kidney Disease

Q&A On Kidney Disease

This article was published in Westie's and Bestie's magazine in March 2020. What causes kidney disease in dogs?There are many possible causes which include:congenital abnormalities (e.g. cysts and other anatomical defects)infections by bacteria and virusesdamage caused by poisons (such as antifreeze)toxins (in spoiled food, grapes and raisins, for example)the side effects…

WHY WE STOPPED USING GLUCOSAMINE AND CHONDROTIN SULPHATE 20 YEARS AGO FOR JOINTS

WHY WE STOPPED USING GLUCOSAMINE AND CHONDROTIN SULPHATE 20 YEARS AGO FOR JOINTS

25 years ago, we began using chondroitin and glucosamine to support dogs with arthritis.And as far as we are aware, we were first in the UK to do this. (How this came about is a story for another day...)The results were good, with a noticeable improvement in movement being seen…

DAMAGED CRUCIATE LIGAMENT - HOW TO SUPPORT HEALING AND DELAY ARTHRITIS

DAMAGED CRUCIATE LIGAMENT - HOW TO SUPPORT HEALING AND DELAY ARTHRITIS

Damage to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the commonest orthopaedic injury in dogs.It varies in severity from the ligament simply being overstretched, to either a partial tear or complete rupture.And because the function of the ACL (along with it's partner, the posterior cruciate ligament) is to maintain a stable…

ANGUS TANGLED IN WIRE WITH KIDNEYS SHUTTING DOWN - THE FUTURE LOOKED BLEAK

ANGUS TANGLED IN WIRE WITH KIDNEYS SHUTTING DOWN - THE FUTURE LOOKED BLEAK

"Angus had an accident on a building site, where he remained tangled in wire over a weekend. When he was found, he was in a very sorry state. The wire was strangling all four paws, cutting off the circulation and digging into his skin. He was covered in cement, and had…

The Remedy For Separation Anxiety

The Remedy For Separation Anxiety

A fear of being left alone is common in dogs, and typically results in behavioural problems such as persistent barking or whining, inappropriate toileting and destructiveness, which can be very difficult to resolve.Despite the challenges involved, it is important that separation anxiety be tackled successfully as soon as it occurs,…

PIPPA'S BRAIN TUMOUR - WHY A CANCER DIAGNOSIS NEED NOT MEAN IT'S THE END OF THE ROAD

PIPPA'S BRAIN TUMOUR - WHY A CANCER DIAGNOSIS NEED NOT MEAN IT'S THE END OF THE ROAD

When a pet is diagnosed with cancer, tough decisions have to be made.Is surgery, chemotherapy or a combination of the two the best option?Is the disease so advanced that the kindest course of action would be euthanasia?Will taking an alternative approach which focuses on supporting the immune system in the…

A Checklist For Keeping Your Pet Safe and Stress-free During The Firework Season

A Checklist For Keeping Your Pet Safe and Stress-free During The Firework Season

The firework season is almost upon us once again.And for many pets, this is a particularly stressful time of the year which unfortunately, now lasts from mid October until after the New Year in many areas.Thankfully, a little forward planning goes a long way to ensuring that pets remain as…

Feeding Kibble Complicates Helping Itchy Dogs - Why?

Feeding Kibble Complicates Helping Itchy Dogs - Why?

It's all a question of numbersMany dogs with food sensitivities have an itchy skin.This is caused by the immune system reacting to parts of the diet (allergens).The greater the number of ingredients present in a food therefore, the more likely it is that it will trigger inflammation in the body…

Steroids As A Stepping Stone To Better Days?

Steroids As A Stepping Stone To Better Days?

Steroids often get bad press.And in most cases for good reason.Their side-effects can be severe - especially when given at high does for long periods of time.And they are often prescribed far too readily, before kinder alternatives have been fully explored, and the underlying cause addressed.For itchy dogs however, when…

Why is it so hard to help itchy dogs without drugs?

Why is it so hard to help itchy dogs without drugs?

Itchy dogs have been top of the list of health problems for as long as we've been helping pets - and that's 38 years now.Once fleas, ticks, lice and mites have been completely ruled out (not always as easy as it sounds), a sensitivity to various substances (allergens) in food…

Pablo's Vet Visits Have Dropped By 90%

Pablo's Vet Visits Have Dropped By 90%

"We cannot express our gratitude for all your help and commitment, plus the effects of your functional approach to veterinary care. After moving to a new country, Pablo encountered numerous health related issues including skin problems, various infections and digestive system problems. We had been visiting veterinary clinics a few times every…

Has Your Vet Told You This?

Has Your Vet Told You This?

   The recent FDA announcement can be read here.The key points are summarized in the video above. 

Is Your Single Protein Raw... Really Single Protein?

Is Your Single Protein Raw... Really Single Protein?

Feeding a high quality single protein raw food, is often the best way to begin creating the ideal diet for any dog.For those with food sensitivities however, which trigger digestive upsets and skin problems, it is a vital step in establishing what an affected pet can or cannot safely eat…

A Simple, Safe and Effective Way To Help Teeth and Gums Stay Healthy

A Simple, Safe and Effective Way To Help Teeth and Gums Stay Healthy

Poor oral hygiene, quickly results in a build up of plaque and the development of periodontal disease in dogs and cats.And once pockets of infection begin to develop around teeth, the risk of pathogenic bacteria entering the bloodstream during mealtimes and recreational chewing increases dramatically. The longer this continues, the greater…

The Truth About Tripe

The Truth About Tripe

Tripe is a popular component of many pet foods, loved by many dogs despite the nose wrinkling smell! Why then don't we add it to any of our raw recipes, given that it is a much cheaper alternative to the lean meat used?The answer, is that compared to muscle meat, tripe…

My Pet Is Being Vaccinated - How Can I Make It as Safe As Possible?

My Pet Is Being Vaccinated - How Can I Make It as Safe As Possible?

When a vaccine is given to a pet there is always a risk of unwanted side-effects.And in sensitive dogs and cats, these can be serious or life-threatening.For more on this subject, see this blog.The following steps can help to ensure that this procedure is as safe as it can be for…

Many Pet's Diets Aren't Complete - This Is Why

Many Pet's Diets Aren't Complete - This Is Why

This may sound like a big claim to make, but let's explain why it's the case.... and how you can put it to the test for yourself.Most commercial dog and cat foods are described as 'complete.' This implies they provide all the nutrients necessary to maintain good health in the…

When Your Pet's Food Is The Enemy - What Do You do?

When Your Pet's Food Is The Enemy - What Do You do?

It's strange to think that food intended to nourish the body and maintain health, is for many dogs and cats the cause of much discomfort and distress.Why is this?Almost everywhere these days, we see stories of people suffering from skin problems, emotional issues, IBD and gut microbiome disturbances, where diet…

Help! My Dog Has Just Eaten A Snail - What Do I Do?

Help! My Dog Has Just Eaten A Snail - What Do I Do?

Lots of dogs like to munch on slugs and snails.And even if they don't, they can still be exposed to lungworm larvae in the slime these creatures leave on grass, toys left in the garden, and puddles or ponds.The first thing to do if you catch your dog snacking on…

Billy and Mick Coughing for 7 months, Aden having Fits - Hold Off Worming Again Until You Read This

Billy and Mick Coughing for 7 months, Aden having Fits - Hold Off Worming Again Until You Read This

Aden is a 4 year old Labrador, who had been an assistance dog for 2 years. In November 2020 he had a severe Grand Mal Seizure, which lasted more than 8 minutes. Luckily Aden came through this without any evident brain damage. Over the next 10 days however, he had 12…

My Puppy Needs Vaccinating - What Do I Do?

My Puppy Needs Vaccinating - What Do I Do?

Although puppies are vaccinated routinely to provide protection against the major infectious diseases (Parvovirus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Canine Distemper Virus and Leptospirosis), it is important to be aware that inoculations are not completely risk free.Vaccine Adverse Reactions - AAHAWhile many puppies appear to tolerate the administration of vaccines well, a…

Bella - no more lip smacking, acid reflux or upset bowels...

Bella - no more lip smacking, acid reflux or upset bowels...

Bella - no more lip smacking, acid reflux or upset bowels... from Vince the Vet on Vimeo. "Hi Vince the Vet,All going very well with Bella’s now calmed down inflamed  bowels.Full raw diet started 24/4/21, after several weeks building up to feeding 100% raw.Bella is enjoying her food, has…

Mabel - unwell for over a year, £6000 spent, 4 different vets, all to no avail - and then...

Mabel - unwell for over a year, £6000 spent, 4 different vets, all to no avail - and then...

Summary of Mabel's regimeThe steps below were taken at intervals of several weeks.Gong slowly, and making one change at a time is important when any health problems are present, but especially so when a pet has or may have food sensitivities.This helps to avoid overloading the body, and also confirms…

Not Long Ago Rosie Was Unable To Walk To Toilet Unassisted...

Not Long Ago Rosie Was Unable To Walk To Toilet Unassisted...

"A few months ago following extensive spinal surgery to her neck Rosie was unable to walk to go to the toilet unassisted, and now she is running on the beach! She is doing great on her Vince the Vet Joints supplement, Recuperation remedy and Vitality, and is even seizing up a…

Lexi - 3 Months To Live, Now Too Fast To Film! What’s going on?

Lexi - 3 Months To Live, Now Too Fast To Film! What’s going on?

"At the beginning of March this year we got the devastating news that our 3 year old pointer Lexi had lymphoma and was given 3 months to live.As advised we started chemo but after only one treatment it was clear that chemo was going to probably kill her before the…

My Dog Has A Heart Murmur - What Can I Do?

My Dog Has A Heart Murmur - What Can I Do?

Valve disease is common in dogs, particularly as they get older, and is the commonest cause of heart murmurs. In some breeds, such as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel for example, 50% of dogs over 5 years of age have a detectable murmur, and this rises to almost 100% in those…