On February 20, natural pet food company Natures Menu organised a UK first, an independent seminar led debate on raw feeding cats and dogs with veterinary students.
The students of LUVS, Liverpool University Veterinary Society turned out in droves to find out more about the much talked about topic, which has been the subject of media attention following The Truth About Dog Food programme on Channel 5.
Speakers Brendan Clarke BVetMed VetMFHom MRCVS of Tower Wood Vet Practice, Leeds and Vet Nick Thompson BSc (Vet Sci) Hons, BVM&S, VetMFHom, MRCVS of Holistic Vet Ltd, Bath discussed raw feeding and the judgements surrounding the method.
Nick Thompson took the floor first, highlighting many points regarding the biological aspects of dog and cats natural choices of diet, the disease he feels are related to diet and the ingredients kibble can often be created from.
Clarke focused on the demand for evidence and studies on the raw diet and the realities of providing that and how evidence related to current vet practices. He also described how he makes up his raw diet at home for his dog Pippa, explaining how easy it actually is to create a balanced raw diet for dogs and cats, in a home kitchen.
To sum up the talk Rupert Dyhouse President at LUVS thanked the speakers and highlighted the imperative point that all vets should ideally have at least an understanding of raw diets in order to assist clients with queries on it and to promote and strengthen client’s relationships.
Natures Menu’s Communications Manager Caroline Griffith is in discussions with further UK Vet Schools so that more seminar led debates on raw feeding can take place in 2015.