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).
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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.