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Welcome to Dogs First!

The name Dogs First came from our desire to put dogs before profit. We use good science to help dog owners make better decisions regarding the health and well-being of their pets. With Dr Conor Brady at the helm it’s little wonder half our site is dedicated to feeding your pets a fresh diet! In the health section, you will find articles concerning chemical parasite control (question the need), vaccinations (question the boosters), neutering (question doing it before sexually mature) and many other decisions you thought were the norm in dogs today. There are simpler, better and more natural ways of doing almost everything in dogs. We show you how. Feel free to contact us anytime with your queries.


Dogs that are currently dry fed
Dogs with gum disease by three years of age

Latest from Dr. Conor Brady’s blog!

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New Poll: Is Your dog Neutered?

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

New Poll: Is Your dog Neutered? Results of last week's poll, where we asked if you have pet health insurance or not, are in. It was practically a dead heat the entire time, finishing with 78/154 (51%) of you saying "yes" you have health insurance for them! Very interesting. Our new poll is trying to dig a little into the health of your pets. A hot topic here two weeks [...]

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Do you Have pet Insurance? Take our Poll!

April 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Pet Insurance is a hot Topic... Some reading the above headline might be surprised. Others less so. The truth is health insurance is a good thing. Ask anyone waiting on trolleys in the public sector. When it comes to our pet's health though, it gets a little more grey. This is largely due to the policies available. There are a lot of negative stories out there. So here's what [...]

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Alabama Rot in Dogs – Can Everyone Please Calm Down

March 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Alabama Rot in Dogs, can we all Just Relax a bit... A hot topic zooming around the internet at the moment is Alabama Rot in dogs of the UK. This is despite the fact that zero cases of Alabama Rot have been actually confirmed, that reported cases still number below 80 (in a nation of 10mil dogs), that all reports are emanating from a single veterinary website. Why?! One reason [...]

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