Check My Diet!
Worried your dog isn't getting
everything he needs?
Feeding a fresh diet is great for
your dog, but balancing it correctly can be complicated....
Many homemade (raw or cooked) diets suffer from deficiencies
which may affect your dog over time. Some deficiencies can take a year or more
to be apparent, others may never be outwardly noticeable but may shorten
your dog's life.
Common deficiencies include zinc causing dry, flakey or
itchy skin and antioxidant vitamin E resulting in cell damage and increased
risk of cancer. Manganese deficiencies may be almost invisible but can
lead to weakened ligaments and conditions like ruptured cruciates. This
means that the fact your dog 'looks fine' may not be enough.
The 'Check my Diet' service can assess your dog's whole diet
We use the nutritional information for every single ingredient
that you feed to accurately calculate nutrient levels provided. We compare
these to recognised nutritional recommended allowances and let you know if
there are likely to be deficiencies.
Who is this service for?
Dogs eating raw diets
Dogs eating homemade cooked diets
Dogs eating a mix of kibble food and
home cooked food
Healthy, adult dogs. (It is not
suitable for growing puppies or dogs with systemic illness).
Under or overweight dogs - your diet
check also contains an accurate calorie count - this can help in your weight
What do you get?
A copy of a nutritional breakdown
for your dog's diet including amino acids, vitamins, minerals, calorie counts
and fatty acids.
A paragraph detailing any
deficiencies your diet may have. We also take into account nutritional
interactions (e.g. calcium phosphorus ratios, fatty acid ratios) that may cause
an issue. We also consider the bioavailability of your ingredients -
some vitamins in plants are not absorbed as well as the same vitamin in meat.
Broad suggestions of whole foods or
supplements that you might want to use to correct any deficiencies.
How do I 'Check my Diet'
Just pop to the online shop and purchase a 'Check My
Diet' consult. Your purchase will provide you with a digital form to fill and
email back. We need as much information as you can provide - for example - for
'chicken' should provide the weight in grams that you feed, the cut that
is used (leg, wing, breast, minced whole birds), whether bone is included and
perhaps even whether the bird was free range. All of these things change the
nutritional content of the food you use.
Please allow 2 weeks for return of your nutritional
breakdown - I am still an active veterinary surgeon during the day so cannot
work on 'Check my Diet' every day. Please do let me know if it is urgent
and I will do my best to get it done as quickly as possible!