The Raw Cost

Great article on the costs of raw feeding

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Kitten pouches cost around £3 for 12 x 100g, this 6 month old kitten would need at least 4 of those a day.

£1 per day minimum for food

However, he is raw fed and many people fear that they would not be able to afford to raw feed their pets.

Every 10 days a fresh batch of food is made up and frozen, this contains:

  • 3lbs of raw mince with bone, 3 different types of meat I.e. pheasant, rabbit & beef
  • 1 free range organic egg
  • finely chopped fresh organic veg
  • finely chopped fresh organic dandelion leaves
  • herbs: seaweed, garlic & turmeric
  • oils: cold pressed coconut & olive
  • Apple cider vinegar

This is split into pots to which liver and a chicken wing is added & then they are frozen.
Each morning one is taken out and defrosted for the next day.
The cost?

Around 50p per day


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The Vaccinosis Ramifications

There are many reports on vaccinations around at the moment and many articles have been published in the relevant press. These reports contain frightening information on the contents of vaccines and the side effects of them, which are not always immediate.

Some of the immediate side effects include:-

  • lethargy
  • fever
  • stiffness
  • sore joints
  • abdominal tenderness
  • anaphylactic shock (an allergic reaction that causes swelling of critical airways which can result in death within minutes)
  • liver and kidney problems and more.

If an animal has a pre-existing health problem, vaccinations can expedite a decline in health of that animal as they are known to depress the immune system. Many animals with chronic problems fail to improve or respond to traditional treatment.

Cancer at the site of the injection can happen as often as 1 in 1000.

Well documented adverse effects include auto-immune haemolytic anaemia (AIHA) in dogs (which is deadly). Research has suggested a link between vaccines and immune-mediated polyarthritis in dogs. Hypertrophic osteodystrophy, a painful bone disease, appears to be triggered by the distemper vaccine in some Weimeraners. Some dog breeds, notably Dobermans, Rottweilers, and Akitas, seem especially prone to deleterious reactions.

Also you may have noticed that there is no variation given in the amount of vaccine dependent on size, from puppies to adults and from Chihuahua’s to Saint Bernard’s, all animals are given the same full vial, that seems wrong somehow to me, surely we are overdosing the small and under-dosing the large.

Humans get their inoculations once only, (with Tetanus as an exception), so why would our pets need them annually?

Pets systems are the same as ours, once they have developed anti-bodies another dose will not be of assistance.

Vaccinations are making animals produce auto-anti-bodies which attack their own DNA.

Known reactions to certain vaccines:-

Distemper ”   Watery fluid dripping from the nose ” Conjunctivitis, eye discharge,   entropion ” Chronic gastritis, hepatitis, pancreatitis, appetite   disorders ” Recurrent diarrhoea ” Sensitivity to food with   resultant diarrhoea ” Epilepsy, rear leg paralysis, spondylitis ”   Lip fold dermatitis ” Excessive licking of feet, eruptions between the   toes, allergies ” Kennel cough, chronic bronchitis ” Chronic skin   eruptions, especially lower half of body ” Failure to thrive, abnormally   thin
Rabies Restless   nature, suspicion of others, aggression to animals and people ” Changes   in behaviour: aloofness, unaffectionate, desire to roam, OR clingy,   separation anxiety, ‘velcro dog’ ” Restraining can lead to violent   behaviour and self-injury ” Self-mutilation, tail chewing ” Voice   changes, hoarseness, excessive barking ” Chronic poor appetite, very   finicky ” Paralysis of throat or tongue, sloppy eaters, drooling ”   Dry eye, loss of sight, cataract ” Eating wood, stones, earth, stool   ” Destructive behaviour, shredding bedding ” Seizures, epilepsy,   twitching ” Increased sexual desire, sexual aggression ” Irregular   pulse, heart failure ” Reverse sneezing
Panleukopenia   in cats Lazy   cats, lie around most of the time ” Finicky appetites ” Chronic   fever for weeks, with few symptoms ” Possible enlarged cervical lymph   nodes ” Poor groomers ” Chronic dehydration leading to cystitis and   calculus formation ” Emaciation, hyperthyroidism ” Inflammatory   bowel disease ” Chronic respiratory problems, sinusitis
Other   reactions Any   auto-immune disease such as lupus, red cell aplasia, auto-immune haemolytic   anaemia, cardiomyopathies; neoplasias such as fibrosarcomas, mast cell   tumours, thyroid tumours, etc.; inflammatory bowel disease, eczematous ears,   any dermatological condition, warts, lymphomas, poor hair coats, stomatitis,   periodontal disease, thyroid disease, and so on.

 Some ingredients in vaccines include:-

  • Ethylene glycol – (antifreeze)
  • Phonol or carbolic acid
  • Formaldehyde – a known carcinogen
  • Aluminium – associated with Alzheimers, seizures and cancer
  • Thimerosal – (preservative)
  • Neomycin, streptomycin (antibiotic)

Some Quotes:-

According to the Current Veterinary Therapy XI, considered the Bible of Veterinary care:-

“A practice that was started many years ago and that lacks scientific validity or verification is annual revaccinations.
Immunity to viruses persists for years or for the life of the animal. Successful vaccination to most bacterial pathogens produces an immunologic memory that remains for years, allowing an animal to develop a protective anamnestic (secondary) response when exposed to virulent organisms. Only the immune response to toxins (such as tetanus) requires boosters… and no toxin vaccines are currently used for dogs or cats. The practice of annual vaccination in our opinion should be considered of questionable efficacy.”
Dr. Ronald D. Schultz, Ph.D. – “Annual revaccination provides no benefit and may increase the risk for adverse reactions. The percentage of vaccinated animals (those vaccinated only as puppies) protected from clinical disease after challenge with canine distemper virus, canine parvovirus and canine adenovirus in the study was greater than 95%.”

“Many people are very concerned about vaccinating their animals and the adverse reactions are often referred to as vaccinosis and miasms which is said to be difficult or impossible to cure. Most wonder why “annual boosters” are given to our animals ” Helen L. McKinnon

“Some vaccines cause mild immunosuppression, e.g., modified live parvovirus vaccines may suppress the immune response in puppies to the point that they succumb to distemper when vaccinated with modified live distemper virus.” – The Merck Veterinary Manual

“The more common risks associated with vaccines include residual virulence and toxicity, contamination with other pathogens, allergic responses, disease in immunogeficient hosts (modified live vaccines), neurological complications, and harmful effects on the foetus.”- The Merck Veterinary Manual

“Vaccines that contain killed gram-negative organisms may also contain endotoxins, which stimulate release of interleukin 1, and can cause stress with pyrexia and leukopenia” – “it may be sufficient to provoke abortion in females.” – The Merck Veterinary Manual
The American Veterinary Association advises that re-vaccination should occur every three years rather than annually.

For more information on vaccines and what they do to your animal, please read:-

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The Parvo Threat

Canine Parvovirus (CPV) has a number of different strains, and 2 different effects, the most common of which is gastrointestinal, the other is cardiac.

Mortality rates are high, up to 91%, but more likely in animals who already have an impaired immune system i.e. via stress (which reduces the immune response), lack of nutrition or are already fighting off some other form of infection/antigen.

Symptoms of CPV are vomiting and dysentery, consisting mostly of blood.

Traditional Treatment consists of:

An IV drip, anti-emetics (i.e. metoclopramide) {which prevent vomiting}, antibiotics to prevent the risk of secondary infection & analgesics (pain killers) due to the intestinal discomfort caused.

A puppy with minimal symptoms can recover in 2 or 3 days if the fluids are begun as soon as symptoms are noticed. If more severe, depending on treatment, puppies can remain ill from 5 days up to 2 weeks. However, even with hospitalization, there is no guarantee that the dog will be cured and survive.

Natural treatment that has worked

Force feeding:

Fluids, including electrolytes, colloidal silver & homoeopathic china
natural organic live yogurt, containing spirulina powder and honey
minced chicken containing spirulina powder & cod liver oil

A natural anti-virus was created by my homoeopathic vet, taking a sample of virus from an infected dog, killing it in vodka, diluting this with water, succusing, & re-diluting as per the standard for homoeopathy. This was added in drops to the water bowls of the other dogs.

Reasons for choosing the above:-

The main cause of death in CPV cases is due to dehydration because of the constant vomiting and dysentery, or secondary infection.

Therefore, fluids & electrolytes to treat the dehydration

Colloidal silver & honey are powerful natural antibiotics

Live yogurt coats the gut replacing the good bacteria destroyed by the virus, which also attack the virus

Spirulina is a “super-food” containing more vitamins & minerals than any multivitamin on the market and a high level of easily digestible protein, necessary to re-build the cells lost to the virus.

Vitamin D3, known to boost the immune system to 3 times its’ normal strength

China is known to combat symptoms similar to malaria, which is how CPV 1st presents.

The homoeopathic vaccine, created specifically from the strain of virus my dogs had been exposed to, was an immediate and permanent way to protect them from that particular strain for life.

Aftershock & Clean Up

CPV is shed in faeces for up to 6 weeks post recovery & can survive on surfaces (even outside) for up to 6 months, therefore destroying it is of vital importance.

Whilst there are many expensive cleaning products & disinfectants on the market that claim to kill parvo, in our experience some of them are not thorough enough & further outbreaks can occur.

Washing all material at 40 degrees or higher, will kill the virus.

Neat bleach is what is necessary on all surfaces to be sure that it is all gone. Do not forget to do the soles of your shoes, as this is a regular vector for infecting others on leaving the property.

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Teeth, the Health Indicator

Plaque and Tartar build up on teeth as bacteria feed on the accumulated food. The cumulative effect leads to periodontal disease. According to the British Association of Veterinary Dentistry, 80% of dogs over the age of 3 have periodontal disease (Milella, N.D.; Hamp et al., 1984) which can be up to 40% of the workload of veterinary practices (Watkins, 2008) and susceptility increases with age (Cox & Lepine, 2009).


Bacteria found in tartar have been shown to produce an immunological response, (Warinner, 2012; Nonnemacher et al., 2002) therefore tartar in dogs impacts the immune system (Lonsdale, 1995): it is logical then that the larger the quantities of tarter, the larger the immune response, which could have an effect on the immune response of said animal to other pathogens. Periodontal diseases have been associated with degeneration of the hepatic, renal, circulatory and respiratory systems (DeBowes et al., 1996; Pavlica et al., 2008; Milella, 2012).

One of the first signs of periodontal disease is halitosis (Kortegaard et al., 2008; Zero, 2004;Rawlings & Culham, 1998; Benamghar et al., 1982) arising from the waste material of bacteria feeding on food debris attached to plaque, tartar, calculus, (Dogan et al., 2007) and a bacterial overgrowth of intestinal microflora (Barbara et al., 2005) potentially leading to gum disease as bacterial proliferate and begin to consume epithelial cells and blood.

In order to combat this problem pet food manufactures are introducing polyphosphates into their diets in order to reduce tartar (Cox & Lepine, 2002), and have developed specialist chews designed in shape and consistency to effectively “brush the teeth” of pets, as compared to manual and power brushing (Quigley & Hein, 1962) and therefore reduce the need for dental surgery (Logan, 2006; Kortegaard et al., 2008).

A raw diet includes raw bones, which whilst they do have the potential to splinter and lodge in the gastro-intestinal tract, are much less likely to do so than cooked bones (Mash, 2011) and do give the animal the opportunity to clean their teeth via abrasion, a much easier  option with a quicker effect due to the chipping off of calculus and tartar, than the other recommended route of tooth-brushing (Rawlings & Culham 1998; Benamghar et al., 1982) and less costly than dental surgery (Cox & Lepine, 2009).

Our study confirmed that 80% of dogs over the age of 3 on a commercial diet had periodontal disease, as picture above, with some animals in a significantly worse state:


However, 80% of dogs on a raw diet had teeth like this:


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The Spay/Neuter Health Denigration

Sterilization will naturally serve to prevent any unwanted litters. In bitches, spaying will greatly reduce the risk of breast cancer, pyometra, perianal fistula and cancers of the reproductive organs.5

Spay surgery itself carries a somewhat high rate (around 20%) of complications such as infection, haemorrhage and even death.5

Spaying significantly increases the rate of urinary incontinence in bitches….about 20-30% of all spayed bitches will eventually develop this problem. This is believed to be most likely caused by the lack of oestrogen that results from being spayed.1

Sterilization of males may reduce some unwanted sexual behaviours, but there are few other proven benefits to neutering a male dog. Testicular cancer is prevented, but the actual risk of that cancer is extremely low (0.1%) among intact dogs. Contrary to popular belief, studies show that the risk of prostate cancer is actually HIGHER in neutered dogs than in their intact counterparts.5

Several studies prove significant health risks associated with sterilization, particularly when done at an early age. The most problematic is a delayed closure of the bony growth plates. This results in an abnormal, skeletal development that increases the incidence of orthopaedic problems like hip dysplasia and patellar luxation. Working and performance dogs, if neutered before maturity, risk the inability to perform the jobs they were bred for.10

But by far the most startling news to surface this year is the result of a study that shows that keeping ovaries to the age of six years or later is associated with a greater than 30% increase of lifespan in female Rottweilers.4 Similar studies in humans reinforce this finding.7,11

A 30% longer lifespan means that you could have many additional years with your bitch simply by delaying spay surgery until middle-age or later.

Behavioural studies show that sterilization increases fearfulness, noise phobias and aggression. Other well-documented adverse health effects of de-sexing include increased risk of bone cancer, haemangiosarcoma, hypothyroidism, and cognitive dysfunction in older pets. Sterilization confers an increased susceptibility to infectious disease, and also a higher incidence of adverse reactions to vaccines.10

“potential health problems associated with spaying and neutering have also been identified, including an increased risk of prostatic cancer in males ( increased risks of bone cancer and hip dysplasia in large-breed dogs associated with sterilization before maturity; and increased incidences of obesity, diabetes, urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence, and hypothyroidism.” Ref:

In a study of well over a million dogs, information on breed, sex, and age was collected and reported to the Veterinary Medical Database between 1964 and 2003. Results—Castrated male dogs were significantly more likely than other dogs to have hip dysplasia (CHD) than other dogs and spayed females were significantly more likely to have cranial cruciate ligament deficiency (CCLD).

Dogs up to 4 years old were significantly more likely to have HD whereas dogs over 4 years old were significantly more likely to have CCLD. In general, large- and giant-breed dogs were more likely than other dogs to have HD, CCLD, or both.

Prevalence of HD and CCLD increased significantly over the 4 decades for which data were examined. There was no data reflecting the decade-by-decade increase but one might suspect that the significantly increased rate of spay and castration procedures may be a factor in the overall forty-year increase. ref: June 15, 2008 Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

“increased rate of cystitis and decreasing age at gonadectomy was associated with increased rate of urinary incontinence. Among male and female dogs with early-age gonadectomy, hip dysplasia, noise phobias, and sexual behaviours were increased, whereas obesity, separation anxiety, escaping behaviours, inappropriate elimination when frightened…”


Positive for male neutering 1.eliminates the small risk (probably 0.1%) of dying from testicular cancer 2.reduces the risk of non-cancerous prostate disorders 3.reduces the risk of perianal fistulas 4.may possibly reduce the risk of diabetes (data inconclusive) Negative for male neutering

1.if done before 1 year of age, significantly increases the risk of osteosarcoma (bone cancer); this is a common cancer in medium/large breeds with poor prognosis 2.increases the risk of cardiac hemangiosarcoma by a factor or 1.6 3.triples the risk of hypothyroidism 4.increases the risk of progressive geriatric cognitive impairment 5.triples the risk of obesity, a common health problem in dogs with many associated health problems 6.quadruples the small risk of (<0.6%) of prostate cancer 7.doubles the small risk (<1%) of urinary tract cancer 8.increases the risk of orthopedic disorders 9.increases the risk of adverse reactions to vaccination Positive for spaying females

1.if done before 2.5 years of age, greatly reduces the risk of mammary tumors, the most common malignant tumors in female dogs 2.nearly eliminates the risk of pyometra, which otherwise would affect about 23% of intact female dogs; pyometra kills about 1% of intact female dogs 3.reduces the risk of perianal fistulas 4.removes the very small risk (5; this is a common cancer and major cause of death in some breeds 3.triples the risk of hypothyroidism 4.increases the risk of obesity by a factor of 1.6-2, a common health problem in dogs with many associated health problems 5.causes urinary “spay incontinence” in 4-20% of female dogs 6.increases the risk of persistent or recurring urinary tract infections by a factor of 3-4 7.increases the risk of recessed vulva, vaginal dermatitis and vaginitis, especially for female dogs spayed before puberty 8.doubles the risk(<1%) of urinary tract tumors 9.increases the risk of orthopedic disorders 10.increases the risk of adverse reactions to vaccination This research is further to that in my previous blog To Spay/Neuter or not to Spay/Neuter issued in May

1 Bovsun, Mara; “Puddle Jumping; Canine Urinary Incontinence”; AKC Gazette April 2009–Canine-Urinary-Incontinence/

2 Fry, Mike, “Reflections from the No Kill Conference in Washington DC”:

3 James, Susan Donaldson (ABC News) “300,000 Imported Puppies Prompt Rabies Concerns” October 24, 2007

4 Nolen, R. Scott “Rottweiler Study Links Ovaries With Exceptional Longevity” JAVMA March 2010

5 Sanborn, Laura J., MS “Long-Term Health Risks and Benefits Associated with Spay/Neuter in Dogs”; May 14,2007

6 Thoms, Joy “The Importance of Spay-Neuter Contracts” The Orient Express, Nov, 2009

7 Waters, David J., DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS “A Healthier Respect for Ovaries”

8 Winograd, Nathan J. “Debunking Pet Overpopulation” June 29, 2009

9 Winograd, Nathan, “Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America” Almaden Books, 2nd edition, Feb 25, 2009.

10 Zink, Christine, DVM, PhD, DACVP “Early Spay-Neuter Considerations for the Canine Athlete”; 2005

11 “Retaining ovaries may be a key to prolonged life in women and dogs”; DVM Newsmagazine; Dec 5, 2009.

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The Spoilt Brat Simulation

Far too many owners tell us that they have issues with their dogs’ behaviour only in certain situations, and want advice for that only, as in all other aspects their furry baby is ‘perfect’; in 100% of such scenarios we find ourselves having to convince the owner to take off their rose coloured glasses.
‘Oh but I’m always strict with him when he doesn’t behave’ is generally quoted, however the reality is often that a small effort is exerted at the time of undesired public behaviour but in private the dog is spoilt.
If the dog knows that he/she can do basically whatever they want, whenever they want in private (which is let’s face it, most of the time), then why would they suddenly do what you want ‘immediately’ whilst in public? ‘But he’s trained’ is no answer, as often that means he’ll play the game when he’s in the mood.
Full behaviour consultations are available, in your own home so that the reality of the situation can be perceived before offering corrective advice.

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The Pet Sitting Discrepancy

A friend has recently taken in a Jack Russell puppy to pet sit for 2 weeks whilst the owner goes on holiday. The un-uttered rule of pet sitting obviously being to do what is best for the animal she was disappointed to see what that he arrived with a plethora of ‘pet food’, being a raw feeder, she was unwilling to supply this to the young animal, thankfully he very much enjoyed his chicken wings.




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The Slippage Degeneration

On a regular basis we hear of the raw feeder who has ‘slipped’, and there will always be a ‘but…’ “but he’s still getting home cooked dinners”, “but our fridge-freezer died”, “but we were away”….
Some of these are simply excuses & some are genuine, but whatever the situation, if determined, there is always a way to continue to raw feed, or there are alternatives that are not as bad as ‘cooking’ or going back to kibble.
The good old ..’in the new year’ or ‘when such & such happens I’ll change the dog back’ is convenient for the owner but not for the animal.
We all get busy & things can often get on top of us, and whilst kibble is technically easier for the owner, the lasting effect on digestion, immunity and the rest of the body is in our humble opinion not worth the risk.

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Gene Mutation That Leads To Abnormal Development Responsible For Autism Discovered

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