What do I do with my cat when I go on holiday, if it eats a raw diet?

The first constraint cat guardians put on the transition from the raw diet is ‘what they are going to do when they go on holiday?!’. The cat is likely to stay at home, and it’s not always easy to leave the cat alone for a weekend and get someone you trust to come to the house to look after the …

The Importance of Critically Assessing Research

Books on a shelf

A criticism that is frequently levelled at those of us involved in teaching about species appropriate nutrition by our colleagues (many of whom have been educated by or are in the pay of the very big corporate pet food manufacturers) is that there is no research to support our ideas. Lots of evidence is thrown at us by these same …


News from Honey’s

Jonathan Self with Tractor

The news from Honey’s Real Dog Food is that we have been thinking about soil and also about becoming better than carbon neutral. (My name, by the way, is Jonathan Self and I founded Honey’s.) I was in love with soil as a child, of course. I played with it, rolled around in it and – if photographic evidence is …

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