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Healthful Dog – The Holistic Journalzine for the Modern Pet Owner

The UK’s No 1 Holistic Pet Health Magazine

Learn about natural modalities that can reduce veterinary visits by 85% (saving you money) and increase the health and longevity of your beloved pet by up to three times.

Our quarterly magazine features case studies and articles from holistic vets and alternative therapy practitioners, who write pieces on:-

  • Acupressure
  • AcupunctureIMG_3048
  • Animal Communication
  • Behaviour
  • Bowen Therapy
  • Colour Therapy
  • Feldenkrais Method
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Pet Loss
  • Reiki
  • ShiatsuSubscribe
  • Tellington Touch
  • Vaccinosis
  • Zoopharmacognosy

We also feature book reviews, product reviews, events, articles on individual animals and particular health issues, have regular sections ‘Let’s talk…’ and ‘Spotlight on…’ as well as news from the pet industry and regular updates from one of the worlds’ most famous dogs.

Want your story published?

We include an ‘Owner Odyssey’ explaining the journey an individual owner took with their dog in order to improve health naturally, and if you have a tale which you think fits, we’d love to hear from you.

Our contributors show the science behind their processes, in order to increase the probability of conventional veterinary recognition.

Digital copies are available from our online store or subscribe here, paperbacks can be found on Amazon.

Some of our more contentious articles:-


Would Canines Naturally Eat Cheese?


To answer this question all you have to do is look at how we discovered cheese and where it is made in nature.

The gullet of a calf differs from those of adults, taking their mothers milk directly into its fourth stomach, where the naturally occurring rennet separates the milk into ‘curds & whey’ thus producing cheese.

Do wild Canids take down calves?


In the Spring a pack will hunt almost exclusively on young.

So to answer the question, yes, wild canids eat cheese, but only in the Spring.

Pumpkin: Scary or Sweet?


Healthful Dog


Updated 24/10/2016

H B Turner

For some reason I’ve always had an uncomfortable/irrational negative feeling when people recommend pumpkin or any other of the myriad of varieties of squash, and I have avoided feeding them, or even eating them myself, other than the odd courgette.
Upon further investigation is appears that the calcium to phosphorous ratio within them is not optimum for the use of the body, recommendations being 1:1 or technically 1:0.8 (AAFCO) and squash being closer to 1:2. However recommendations for laboratory animals are between 2:1 & 1:2, as long as Vitamin D levels are high enough, so this shouldn’t be a problem right?

Pumpkin contains high amounts of both alpha and beta carotene, known to boost immune function in older dogs and with side effects of too much being Carotenemia (skin discolouration), known to be harmless and reversed when ingestion is halted, but would we…

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The Phenol Allergen Issue


An allergy is an inappropriate and excessive reaction of the immune system to an allergen.

Allergies manifest as:

  • Itching
  • Infections of the skin and ear
  • Hot Spots
  • Chronic diarrhoea and/or IBD
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Behaviour Problems/Hyperactivity
  • Pancreatitis
  • Chronic Liver Disease
  • Lethargy
  • Cancer

Food Allergies

The most common food allergens for dogs are Chicken and Beef, we understand that these are mainly due to vaccines reactions, in that vaccine components are often grown in chicken embryo/bovine serum etc. therefore Chicken and Beef are the first proteins recommended to be removed from an animals diet when an allergy is suspected.

The next most common allergen, known to cause all sorts of bowel issues due to food sensitivities and intolerances are caused by Phenols i.e. Gallic Acid

Gallic Acid is found in many fruit and vegetables, including, but not restricted to:

Whilst Food Allergies cause immediate reactions, food sensitivities and intolerances have a delayed response. They may start as simple itching and progress down the above reactions list to cancer if fed even in small amounts on a regular basis.

Let us not forget that the microbiome in the bowel represents 80% of the immune system and if that is negatively effected, exposure to something else that would normally cause a mild reaction, could actually end up being catastrophic.

Due to this and other issues with these foods we do not recommend feeding them, especially on a regular basis.

For a complete food product that does not contain these ingredients check out

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The Gluten/Starch Misinformation 


There appears to be much confusion among pet owners on this subject; a great deal of the blame must be placed squarely at the feet of pet food manufacturers.

Many pet owners are aware of the issues with grains, found in most dried food products. In that those grains could well be GMOs (genetically modified organisms), meaning they contain pesticides designed to rupture the stomach and intestines of their consumers, and legally require no label that they are included; but also the presence of mycotoxins (toxic mould).

Therefore many pet food manufacturers have started producing ‘gluten free’ products, where instead of grains they use rice or potato.

This is where pet owners have been led down the garden path!

As well as the issues of GMOs and Mycotoxins, grains are high in starch.

Our carnivorous pets not only have no requirement for starch, but they cannot digest it.

Potato and rice contain more starch than grains!

In order to digest starch, humans produce an enzyme called Amylase, we produce most of this in our saliva initiating the digestive process as soon as it is in our mouths. Dogs do not produce amylase in their saliva, in fact canine saliva is mostly water and its function is to lubricate swallowing. Digestion in dogs does not begin until food enters the stomach.

Whilst dogs do produce a very small amount of amylase,  this comes from the pancreas and is released into to duodenum and is destined to deal with the small amount of starch a dog would have taken in from the stomach and viscera of its natural prey. Any starch surplus to being able to be digested by this small amount of amylase can only be digested by bacteria in the gut, the waste product from which is mostly gas. This non-natively produced gas passes one of two ways: out or up, the later being a risk for bloat.

Starch also has a negative effect on the digestion of proteins, both in the stomach, by raising stomach acid pH, which has a knock on effect on inactivating other enzymes and also in the rest of the digestive tract.

So you see ‘gluten free’ is a misnomer and pet owners should be looking at feeding a mostly ‘starch free’ diet.

Product Review: Pet Protector


The Non-Chemical, Anti-Flea, Anti-Tick and Anti-mosquito Collar Tag

This device claims to utilise magnetic and ‘scalar waves’, triggered by blood circulation to produce “an invisible energy field around the entire animal’s body”. It also claims that “Scalar waves are totally harmless to people and animals….and they are only effective against external parasites.”

96.97% effective—100% safe for your pets,

your family and your environment

During the 4 year long, non-independent study of 88 animals, a number of ticks were found in quarterly records, but no fleas, it is unfortunate that these tests were performed on  pet animals kept in a variety of environments which are not detailed, nor are their diets, making this paper unsubmissable to a scientific journal and therefore not considered proof, regardless of countless testimonials.

Also the claim of “100% safe has not been substantiated”.

In Konstantin Meyls’ 2011 paper in ‘DNA and Cell Biology’ details how ’Scalar Waves’ are in fact used by DNA as a form of communication and are involved in DNA expression. As we know from Genomics an alteration to DNA expression can be responsible for both disease and repair, most notably DNA expression changes are associated with the formation of cancers.

If DNA utilised Scalar Waves have a wavelength of 126nm ± 6nm and a frequency of 1015 Hz of UV then what effect can a device have on DNA that emits a field ’surrounding the animals’ with wavelength and frequencies of ….  Ah, they’ve taken down the page that explained that, so…  difficult to say.

Dryden et al. (2000) investigated claims of the parent company ‘CatanDog’ on its’ use in preventing fleas in cats and found no benefit at all.

I have personally been approached on a number of occasions to re-sell this product and told that I’d :

“be generously rewarded for recommending this life-saving product!

However, until proper scientific research has been done on its’ efficacy and long-term testing on DNA expression and the results of any changes induced by this product in order to be able to substantiate the claim of 100% safe it will not be on my recommendations list.


Dryden, M.W. Payne, P.A. & Smith, V. (2000)  Evaluation of the CatanDog’s tag to prevent flea infestations, inhibit flea reproduction or repel existing flea infestations on cats. Vet Parasitology. 92[4]:303-8

Konstantin, M. (2011) First Transfer Centre of Scalar wave Technology. DNA and Cell Biology. [Online] Available from: (Accessed 26/03/2015)


Why I Became a Homeopathic Vet


We love Holistic Vet NickThompson

Nick Thompson Holisticvet Blog

I was raised with homeopathy, my mother being into all things strange; homeopathy, nutrition, acupuncture and holistic living. I remember my disgust at being offered brewer’s yeast in a smidge of apple juice at 8 years old! It’s funny how these ideas were considered cranky in the 70’s, but are now universally accepted as essential mainstream tools, apart from homeopathy, perhaps. 

I went to Edinburgh in the mid 80’s to study Vet Medicine. On the way I picked up an Honours Degree in ‘Pathological Sciences’ (immunology, virology, molecular biology and a soupçon  of parasitology) as I knew I would be working with non-orthodox medicine, so wanted credentials to bolster my position. 

When I qualified, I went into conventional practice in Yorkshire and loved it. I thought I knew everything, so didn’t think much about homeopathy and holism for a few months. Then it struck me that I was using…

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The Pork and Worms Conclusion


A colleague of ours recently posed the question in an open forum as to whether or not she should freeze pork before feeding it to her dogs. We rarely answer such questions directly, but on this occasion wanted to help out a friend and her dogs. After posing this question to ourselves many years ago and going to the horses mouth, so to speak, by asking a free range pig farmer, and seeing puppies die from worm burden due to being fed raw sausages, we felt we knew the answer and dutifully wrote:



As expected the inevitable negative response:


The issue is that as this was human grade pork people think it’s worm free: they are wrong!

“Trichinosis has been historically associated with pork”, pigs require ‘worming’ daily, for 7 days, for a 95% efficacy rate, within 3 weeks prior to slaughter; this only happens on very good farms and isn’t really an issue for human consumption anyway as the worms are killed in the cooking process – obviously this does not occur in feeding raw to our pets and in fact slaughter house testing has proven inefficient for worms. Whilst it is true that raw fed pets are more resistant to worms, unless you are absolutely certain of your source we recommend freezing first.