QnA with Paul
Paul Jacobson, Pet Food Nutritionist, qualified chef and owner of Vondis Holistic Pet Nutrition, answers common questions about your FurKidz health:
"My dog continuously licks its paws"
This condition is very common in dogs and particularly with German Shepards, Bull Terriers and Staffies. This, I classify as a skin ailment and should be addressed accordingly. Read more...
"My Dog often eats its own Stool"
This is a sure sign that your companion is lacking something nutritionally. It is not uncommon for your dog to eat its own stool, the wood from your skirting board, toilet paper or other disgusting objects. Also very common, but pleases me greatly, is when your dog eats your garden, the herbs within, the flowers, roots and grass. Read more...
"My dog continuously scratches"
Almost every dog is struggling with itchy skin and allergies. Whether I am lecturing in Cape Town or Gauteng, every pet owner complains about itchy skin. I don't believe that even the veterinarian industry knows how grave this problem actually is, because people would certainly be reluctant to report such an "insignificant" matter to their vets and at a great expense. I personally deal with about 20 emails each day relating to skin disorders alone. Read more...
"How often should I be feeding my dog?"
Some people prefer feeding once a day and others twice. Obviously, for young puppies they certainly should be feeding a few times a day. But for the rest, it's really your own preference.
I personally have only ever fed my companions once a day, at night, and to be honest I can't really remember why I chose this routine.
There are those who feel that their dogs are derivatives of wolves or jackals and if this is the case then these predators or scavengers would have only eaten a meal from time to time. Therefore, feeding once a day would be more appropriate. Read more...