Dogs that are currently dry fed 85%
Dogs with painful gum disease by three years of age 90%
Irish and UK vets who believe it has nothing to do with dry food 95%

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Clone your dog for €100k?!

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Welcome to the Clone Factory... Our fourth installation of the top 5 most interesting studies to come out on dogs in 2016, this one is about cloning and involves laboratories that are putting out 500 new animals a week, wolves born to dogs and an opportunity to resurrect the dead! In an effort to save the dwindling populations of Ethiopian wolf (only 500 of them left) a lab in Korea, Sooam Biotech, is cloning [...]

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Oregano Oil for Kennel Cough

November 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Lots of Folk Recommend Oregano Oil for Fighting Bacteria AND Colds, But Does it Work and who Says?! Oregano oil is recommended for treating kennel cough in dog by many websites, including Dogs Naturally Magazine. In fact every single natural-type website has it top of the list for all the anti's (antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial), including Mercola, University Health News, Dr Theresa Ramsey. However articles on it are very often very [...]

A few Things Every Six Year Old Should Know About Their Dog…

November 21st, 2016|0 Comments

A few Things Every Six Year Old Should Know About Their Dog... So I had a great time with the 1st classers last Thursday out in Clonsilla! There was around a million of them, split into 4 separate groups. I've never been in such a big school. After two hours, and without getting all political, all I can is fair play to teachers. I decided to focus on dog "feelings". There [...]

Like you I’m a dog nut. My background includes a doctorate studying the effects of diet on animal behaviour and five years in Guide Dogs (Ireland and Australia) as a trainer and Pup Supervisor. For the last six years I have been neck deep in canine nutrition, conducting international nutritional seminars for vets, canine professionals and public alike.

I’m a dedicated advocate and blogger on all things nutrition and natural health and I’m proud father to Dudley, a slightly odd black and white Cocker Spaniel. What he lacks in brains and grace he makes up for with determination (though to be fair this could apply to the both of us).

Conor Brady and Dudley

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The veterinary focus of treating symptoms when they pop up instead of tackling the cause of all this illness is plain wrong. Dogs First’s mission is to have at least 25% of Irish vets recommending fresh ingredients for dogs by 2020.

While we’re at it a secondary mission would be these same born-again vets (those that have seen the light) would no longer be recommending dental sticks for tartar control, chemical flea and worm control for dogs with no fleas and worms, boosters for dogs already vaccinated and while we’re at it, kennel cough “vaccine”!

So far I think we have 7 on board. There’s only a 3000, or something.

That’s all for the moment.

Did you know that we used to pay doctors to keep us healthy and stop when we got sick. Why would you keep paying a plumber if your house kept leaking?! To only visit a doctor when you’re sick encourages the medicine man. We return to this simple philosophy. The name Dogs First stemmed from our promise to always put dogs before profit. Every thing we do is to benefit their health and your pocket, which often go hand-in-hand in today’s world.

The truth is chronic disease in pets today and drug sales are rocketing and dry dog food, poor quality treats and our pharmaceutical addiction to treat their non-existant parasites is the cause.

Our philosophy is to get off the “products”, just for a while, just to see. There is a perfectly good home remedy available for most ailments but the trick is to stop them getting sick in the first place.

Have Dr. Brady over to speak at your college!

Topics covered include:

If you were a zoo keeper the most important question you would want to know the answer to would be “what does this animal eat”, it being at the very heart of his health care. This section (60mins) covers:

  • Carnivore or Omnivore: An Introduction.
  • Evolution and ancestry of the dog
  • The diet of wild and free roaming dogs
  • The digestive machinery of the dog
  • What is dry food? How’s it made? What’s it made with?
  • Wheat gluten
  • Protein, Carboyhdrates, Fats
  • Salt & Mineral Content
  • Chemicals
  • Dietary sensitisation
  • What does complete mean? Who patrols it?
  • The best dry food
  • What is raw dog food / BARF
  • Benefits of fresh food
  • Any risks and pitfalls?
  • What is the ideal dog diet?
  • How to make fresh dog food, how to introduce it and other FAQ
  • Best products on the market, ones to avoid
  • Power additions
  • Foods to avoid
  • Best treats
  • Why I hate chemical flea and worm control
  • Why kennel cough is pointless
  • Vaccinations and boosters
  • Food Allergy
  • Anal Glands
  • Arthritis
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Ears, Sore, Infected
  • Eyes, Weepy
  • Fat Dogs
  • Gut Issues
  • Hot Spots
  • Hyperactivity
  • Itch
  • Kidney Disease
  • Neutering & Alternatives
  • Pancreatitis
  • Skin Conditions
  • Weepy Eyes
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In a riveting and highly detailed presentation chock-full of references and spiced with Irish humour, Conor led us through the intricacies of dry dog food and how it affects the health of our dogs…In his opening statement Conor said, “It’s more important to remove some of the fear, folk are worried that feeding your dog yourself might mean he’s going to get rickets or that his bum’sis going to fall off…” By the end of the talk, he had certainly succeeded.

Turid Rugaas, Author of Calming Signals (Dog Symposium 2015, Norway)

A million thanks on behalf of the IADSA Committee for your talk at our 3 day event this year! Our members spoke very highly and enthusiastically about what they had learnt and were thrilled with their new approach (and samples and treats!). Thanks again!

Niamh Ashmore, Secretary of Irish Agility & Dog Sports Association, May 2016

We were delighted to have Conor over to our college to speak to our class. It was a brilliant talk, a real-eye opener and the students thought you were amazing! The fresh food message was a breath of fresh air. Sorry we didn’t have him for longer. We will definitely be making him a regular fixture!

Ana O’Donnell, Animal Care Course Coordinator, Ormonde College, Kilkenny

I invited Conor to give a talk to the Animal care students at B.I.F.E. They were fascinated by all the facts he gave them about canine nutrition. They went home determined to change what they had been feeding their dogs. He has a wealth of knowledge on allergies too.

Delma Rae, Tutor at Bray Institute of Further Education