Atopic dermatitis and the intestinal microbiota in humans and dogs

Golden Retriever puppy

J. Mark Craig BVSc, MRCVS Cert SAD Abstract The prevalence of human and canine allergic diseases is commonly perceived to be increasing. Suggested predisposing factors in people and dogs include increased allergen load, increased exposure to pollutants, reduced family size, reduced microbial load and less exposure to infection at a young age, increasingly urbanised environment, and changes in dietary habits. …


A Skeptic’s Guide to Raw Food

By Nick Thompson BSc (Hons) Path Sci., BVM&S, VetMFHom, MRCVS. 1. An Introduction Raw food feeding for dogs and cats was unheard of 20 years ago. Today, in a number of mainstream practices, it is their preferred method of nutrition. Many vets up and down the country familiar with and encouraging the use of raw food. And that’s just the …


Dogs, Cancer and Ultra-processed (Dry Kibbled) Food

Dog on sand

Introduction Food is fuel for the body. Few can challenge this. Unfortunately weak, biased and inconclusive research muddies the rest of nutrition science. We must, therefore, rely somewhat on logic and common sense to make sense of food and its effects on health…

By Nick Thompson