- Canine Behaviour Consultants - West Lothian
  In-house Canine Nutritionist Services -

(As you can appreciate we need to evaluate any dogs needs before giving out advice is with this in mind that we keep this service for our  assessed behaviour clients where nutrition and behaviour or illness and behaviour cross paths.)

As it is becoming more widely accepted that nutrition and behaviour are closely linked we can offer our behaviour clients advice on weight loss diets / allergies / intolerances / age-related diets / & specialist dietary advice 

Adrianne Beattie
Professional Accreditation  CMA
Registered with the CMA Complementary Medical Association - (internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners)
Certified by the International Association of NLP & Coaching and the International Alliance of Holistic Therapists

There have been many changes in the pet food industry  Pets are now considered part of the family.  Since people are becoming more educated about their own health and foods they choose to feed their families, they are also becoming more educated about what they are feeding their pets. 
This has led to the consumer driven changes we see today.
Grain free diets and raw food diets are becoming more popular as people realise that the food available in the supermarkets are laden with ingredients that are unsuitable for human consumption and should be labelled as such for their pets. 

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s diet?
Would you like to know what the best diet is for your pet’s medical condition?

 The hardest part of researching anything is sifting through all that information and deciphering what is fact and what is opinion.   Many professionals within the canine welfare industry offer their advice with good intentions, but unfortunately, most of the information they are passing on is not based on facts. 
If you would like to know what you could be doing for the health of your dog, set up a consultation. 
dog based on evaluation of all information you provide. This consultation will help you make the best decisions for your pet to keep him as healthy as possible

The first step in understanding dog physiology is to remember that, although we hate to admit it, your dog is NOT a human, his dietary needs are very different than a human. There have been studies done on domesticated dogs to determine what, if any, changes have developed as the result of domestication. The only slight change that was noted was the dog has the ability to process a slightly higher percentage of carbohydrates in their diet without affecting kidney function.
Domestication of the dog has done nothing, however, to change the basic nutritional needs of the canine.

Dogs are considered carnivores but they do have the ability to tolerate products other than meat.  
Their preferable diet consists of 95% meat, 5% carbohydrates, vegetables and fruits.
They should be thought of as “whole body eaters”. This means that in the wild, a canine will hunt an animal and consume the entire thing...including the contents of the stomach of herbivores and omnivores.
The way a canine processes their diet is also very different then a human. Their teeth are jagged and designed to cut and tear meat from the bone. Their lower jaw is in a fixed position, it cannot move from side to side to grind foods like a human jaw is designed. Their molars are made to crush bones, not grind grains.
The canine is designed to swallow  chunks of food and meat whole... to carry it to somewhere safer to eat it - If the chunk is too big and it doesn’t fit down the oesophagus, he will throw it up and cut it into a smaller chunks and swallow it again. This appears distasteful to humans but it is perfectly normal to a dog (and no need to panic that the dog is being sick). We think that dogs that gulp their dinner without chewing it aren’t “enjoying” their food but actually that is the way a dog is made to enjoy its food
Choose a diet that not only is healthy for your dog but also fits your lifestyle. Price and convenience are also factors to consider. Choose the best diet that you can afford.

There are many diets to choose from. The following is a list of choices in order of closest to the natural diet to furthest from the natural diet.

Raw meat diet -Commercial raw frozen diets are an excellent choice because they are already prepared, all inclusive and easy to feed.

Home-made  home-cooked diet using 'human-grade' fresh produce

Dehydrated Raw or Freeze Dried Raw - When re-hydrated these offer all the benefits of raw but have shelf stability for those that do not have freezer space

Canned Diets - These are a complete diet with moisture included, but are cooked.  Choose only grain free varieties

Kibble Dry Diets - Ideally these should also be grain free. Since they are cooked at high temperatures, contain some carbohydrates & do not have moisture, these are the furthest from their natural diet, but are generally more affordable than the other types of diets especially for larger sized dogs.

By feeding your dog a diet that more closely resembles the diet the animal has evolved to eat, you will  keep your dog healthier and will also add years to it’s life.  They can’t shop for themselves, so it is your job to read all the labels and choose your best friends diet wisely

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