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Health & Nutrition

Health & Nutrition

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Why a Good Diet and Exercise are Inextricably Linked!

There is a dog point to this story so bear with.

I try to eat well throughout the week: no cake, biscuits or pasta, that kinda thing. And for the most part that works well for me. I also train twice a week, a new activity, which while masochistic is doing me the world of good both physically and mentally. And I have more energy to get through the week. Yeah I know I’m a flippin saint. Don’t worry the total honesty bit is coming up right now.

The Importance of a Healthy Gut

The first question I ask any customer who calls to ask advice about their itchy dog is: what do you feed them, including treats?

I can’t tell you how often what they are feeding their dog is what’s causing the itchy issue.

Weight Management

Let's set some new goals for the pets in our lives. Obesity is not just about what it looks like but can have serious consequences for your pets health and lead to diseases such as diabetes, arthritis and even cancer.

A Bowl of Raw Food Keeps the Doggy Dentist Away!

Spring Is The Perfect Time To Switch To Natural Flea, Tick And Worm Control

Spring is back, by popular demand, but boy did she keep us waiting this year! I don’t know about you but I’m so over the muddy walks and daily power washing of caked paws. But now the sun is shining, the bare trees are budding and the fleas are back in force.

How To Help Your Dog With Those Springtime Allergies.

Dogs, and cats, like humans get hay fever. When the sun comes out and spring arrives the pollen takes to the air. The mud goes away and we’re back to walking our dogs on grass again, and all this sets off our hay fever, and that of our dog.

Keeping Your Dogs Safe In Winter

It is wintertime once again and we have already had some sharp frosts and the first ice on the roads and paths (well we have up north!). Winter walks can be lovely and bracing especially if the sun is shining and the sky is blue but the colder it gets the more care we have to take out and about with our dogs.

Water is the fountain of life

These days we’re all much more familiar with the adage “ you are what you eat’.

Introducing Pure Offal

Our new Pure Offal mix has been designed as a complementary addition to diets, a mix of 100% British Offal - Beef Liver, Beef Kidney and Beef Spleen.

Fit, well trained dogs are happy dogs!

Medical issues such as obesity have a direct impact on how a dog feels and therefore how he or she behaves. Overweight dogs tire easily and can even be grumpy due to fatigue or aches and pains which are a direct result of excess weight. Joint pain is common in obese dogs and this can lead to pain induced aggression.

Hygiene with Raw Food as the Temperature Goes Up

Over the last couple of weeks we have had some glorious days with some genuine late spring heat.  Food hygiene is important all year round but as the temperatures climb, it is a good time to review your food preparation routines.

Former BBC trained broadcast journalist, Kate Bendix’s, view on BBC’s Trust Me I’m A Vet!

Kate Bendix worked for many years in television documentaries. In 2009, she jacked it all in, embraced poverty, and started her own business ‘My Itchy Dog’. Being an experienced broadcaster and journalist Kate loves the sound of her own voice and features on radio shows and in dog magazines whenever she can get past security!

What are the three pillars of health?

Many years ago my dance teacher would say: “Your ankle joint is attached to your hip joint, which is attached to your elbows and your shoulders”.

Allergy and Food

Adverse food reactions (food allergy and intolerance) currently affect 5-10% of the canine population in the UK.


EXCITING NEWS!! We have just launched our latest NEW yummy Natural Instinct treat….. FISH SKINS!

The Importance of Good Nutrition and Sourcing Your Puppy from a Good Breeder

Just over two weeks ago, with much anticipation and excitement, I collected my new addition- Taggie a working Labrador puppy.

Interactive Apple Treat

Defrost your Natural Instinct food in the fridge overnight ready for preparation.

Puppy food… look no further than Natural Instinct!

As a company we are passionate about pets.  Our raw food ranges are packed full of the best human grade, DEFRA approved meats and bone with added fruit and vegetables and supplements. We are keen supporters of British produce and only use 100% British meat, poultry and fish. Our food is also frozen to retain all the natural goodness. We give you the assurance that you are feeding your puppies the very best.

Getting Fit This January

Dreary, cloudy, damp days, with the Christmas glitter behind us and all those New Year resolutions just about hanging in there is the classic time for starting the next fitness regime.  So let’s get launched into 2018, eat healthy food and get you and your dogs fit, celebrating that the longer days are returning. I can already just about see on my morning walk with Tali rather than guessing where the path is and hoping it hasn’t moved!

Treat your Pet this Christmas

Christmas is the time when we all want to treat friends and family and that of course includes our dogs and cats!  To help your pets have a healthy Christmas and not have it spent at the vets, read labels carefully and avoid giving foods that your pets are not used to and especially treats that are full of E-numbers, sugars and preservatives, which may have enticing pretty coloured packaging but may not necessarily be healthy choices for your dogs and cats.

Our delicious Christmas Feast for pets

It’s the 1 week countdown until…. Our delicious Christmas Feast for pets is on sale!

Dental Health and Raw Food Feeding

The total give away about the type of food that a dog is designed through their evolutionary history to eat, is their teeth.  A dog has four main types of teeth: canines, incisors, premolars and molars, each with a specific job to do:

The Canine Microbiome

For many years the word bacteria has usually been associated with something bad i.e. something needing an antibiotic to get rid of.  More recently however, the understanding that animals and humans also have ‘friendly’ bacteria, has become accepted and most of us are familiar with the use of probiotics to replace ‘friendly’ bacteria in sick animals or animals that have had antibiotics. 

Feeding bones to your dog

Bones are one of the most common concerns for owners wanting to raw feed their dogs. Vets often share their concerns about feeding bones, and rightly so as bones can be dangerous for a number of different reasons.

A Healthy Stool

Professional advice & tips from leading Veterinary Surgeon and Homeopath, Sue Armstrong MA VetMB VETMFHom CertlAVH MRCVS RSHom, from the Balanced Being Veterinary Centre.

'Organic', the new trend - A few words from our Pet Nutritionist

Not only are we passionate about pets, we are passionate about using only the finest ingredients in all of our products. We believe in the motto “you are what you eat”


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