Dog owner feeds her pet raw mice, birds, duck heads and rabbit feet

Dog owner feeds her pet raw mice, birds, duck heads and rabbit feet

(Picture: PA Real Life)After spending $100 (around £78) a week on normal dog food, Erin decided to buy off-cuts from local farms and meat producers, which they would usually throw away – saving her $300 (£235) each month.

Just because you're vegan, it doesn't mean your dog should be

Just because you're vegan, it doesn't mean your dog should be

Only recently, it was shown that the gut microbiome of dogs is quite different to that of wolves, with more evidence of bacteria that can break down carbohydrates and to some degree produce amino acids normally sourced from meat.

Woman who said her dog was vegetarian is proved wrong in seconds

Woman who said her dog was vegetarian is proved wrong in seconds

She believed the animal wanted to be vegetarian, so purchased meat-free dog food and served up leftover vegetables (Picture: REX) Lucy Carrington decided to put Storm the Husky on a meat-free diet this summer when she started to go off her food (Picture: REX)

Rising veganism in the west has a downside | Letters

Rising veganism in the west has a downside | Letters

If vegans reach a big enough majority, the thinking behind eating plants directly rather than eating what eats them might lead to keeping the animals that cats and dogs eat.

Raw meat pet foods pose risk to animal and human health, finds study

Raw meat pet foods pose risk to animal and human health, finds study

As such, researchers said that the bacteria and parasitic pathogens found in the foods may be a possible source of infection in pets and, if transmitted, pose a risk for human beings too.

Should you feed your pet raw meat? The real risks of a ‘traditional’ dog diet

Should you feed your pet raw meat? The real risks of a ‘traditional’ dog diet

A recent study has raised concerns about the health risks of these raw meat-based diet products as possible sources of some bacterial and parasitic diseases. The recent study in the Veterinary Record analysed 35 commercial frozen raw meat products from eight different brands.

Did you know your cat has special protein needs?

Just like their owners, cats need a balanced diet which contains just the right amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates and various vitamins and minerals to ensure they stay in peak condition. Cats require relatively large amounts of taurine in their diet.