Pet Nutrition

Food to fuel your fabulous pet

Your pet’s diet directly impacts its health and behaviour.
Just as humans need a highly nutritious diet, exercise, social interaction and personal interests, so do our dogs. The right food can fuel your pet to lead a healthy, happy and long life. Unfortunately, many commercial pet foods are not giving our dogs and cats the essential nutrients they need to live their lives to the fullest.

A healthy pet is a happy pet

Surprisingly, ‘bad’ behaviour, illness and disease in pets is often linked back to their diet and a lack of quality and balanced nutrition. Poor diet can create a number of chronic issues and deficiencies that can easily go unnoticed. It’s one of the reasons we encourage you to prioritise assessing your pet’s current diet: we can help by putting together an ideal nutritional strategy appropriate to their energy and nutritional needs.
When we talk about your pet’s diet, we’re looking at a couple of things including:
  • Type and quality of foods they consume
  • Formulation and balance of nutrients
  • Energy density
  • Portion sizes
  • Frequency of feeding
  • Special individual requirements
  • Species-specific requirements
This information is sometimes informed by a pet’s:
  • Age and life-stage
  • Breeding
  • Reproductive status
  • Temperament
  • Intolerances and sensitivities
  • Current health
  • Current body condition
  • Past injury or illness
  • Predispositions

Highly refined commercial diets can be counterproductive and highly inflammatory for both dogs and cats. Certain nutrients in their natural unrefined forms are essential for maintaining healthy biochemical function, and enabling normal body processes. When bioavailable nutrients are lacking, this can manifest itself via indicators such as:

  • Hyperactivity or hypersensitivity
  • Irritability & Lowered thresholds
  • Anxiety or clinginess
  • Changes in appetite and thirst
  • Skin, nails or dull coat
  • Lack of energy or a depressed demeanor
  • Rashes, dry skin, dandruff or itchiness
  • Excess shedding or hair loss
  • Mood swings
  • Restlessness & lack of quality sleep
  • Unusual smell or bad breath
  • Decreased mobility
  • Inconsistent or changes in bowel movements
  • Digestive discomfort
  • Flatulence
  • Impaired immune function
  • Impaired Cognitive function or compulsive tendencies
  • Pickiness
  • Obesity or anorexia

A long, happy life

We all want our pets to enjoy a long healthy and happy life. The correct nutrition has been shown to help prevent illness and disease, and to increase the lifespan of our beloved pets. We can help you transition them to a diet which will encourage overall health and happiness, and lead to less money spent on medical bills and a longer life for your dog.

The peace of mind that comes with a pet having their nutritional needs precisely targeted and continually met means not just an overall healthier pet, but less risk of future disease or illness with the comfort you are supporting them to thrive naturally

– Racheal Romeo

In the raw

A BARF or raw wholefoods approach is considered to be ideal and the gold standard for species appropriate feeding of dogs and cats. Even though there are slight physiological and anatomical differences in our current day domestic pets, it most closely resembles an ancestral diet.

When choosing to feed your pet a raw food or a home prepared diet, it is important you have professional advice to ensure you’re properly meeting their individual nutritional needs and supporting optimal health long term.

Benefits of species appropriate feeding include:

  • Increased longevity and life-span
  • Better dental hygiene and fresher breath
  • Better functioning digestive system
  • Increased immunity
  • Healthier microbiome and GI tract
  • Shinier coat and healthier skin
  • Stronger bones
  • Healthier organs
  • Better blood sugar regulation
  • Better overall behaviour
  • A happier pet and better quality of life

We will work with you to create a meal plan for your pet which provides the balance of nutrients they require according to their individual needs consistent with the recommended allowances in the National Research Council guidelines for feeding cats and dogs. 

Our nutrition services for pets include a written evaluation and a recommendation document which may outline the following areas (dependant on the service):

  • Meal recipe formulations + complete nutrient analysis
  • Transitioning feeding guidelines
  • Energy & Calorie requirements
  • Portions and feeding guidelines
  • Meal & Batch prep
  • Shopping List
  • Recommended Supplements and dosages
  • Macronutrients & Micronutrients Information
  • Body Condition Scoring guidelines
  • Dangerous foods
  • Guidelines when feeding Raw Meaty Bones
  • Information about the additional benefits of raw feeding
  • Troubleshooting
  • Recommended supplementary reading
  • Product recommendations
  • AAFCO, NRC & FEDIAF comparison of current diet
  • Additional topper recommendations

Ready to help your pet reach their full potential?