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The Pet Health & Happiness Podcast | Bella & Duke

A show by humans who love their pets for humans who love their pets. Easy ways to radically improve your dog or cat's health to help them lead longer, happier & healthier lives. Raw pet food made easy. Expert Interviews, Mythbusters, Behaviour Chats, Ask the Vet, Q&As.

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How to measure your puppy’s growth
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke to explain how to use a measuring stick to track your puppy’s growth. This is a key tip that will help you determine when it’s time to make the switch from puppy food to adult food. There comes a point when a puppy reaches the peak of growth. At this stage, their nutritional needs change. If you continue to feed them “puppy levels” of food, you’ll end up with an obese dog. Watch as Brendan demonstrates his simple but efficient method to determine precisely when your dog has reached its adult size.
10:13 11/18/2021
My Dog Has Eaten Something Toxic!
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke to discuss what to do if your dog or cat accidentally ingests one of the following seven toxic items: Chicken bones Chocolate Grapes Ibuprofen Paracetamol Onions Garlic They cover what it is about each of these seven that makes them toxic to our pets, and also address why one of these items is actually beneficial to your dog or cat when consumed only in small amounts.
29:52 09/09/2021
Kennel Cough | Everything You Need To Know
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke to discuss the difference between kennel cough and whooping cough, or Bordetella and how to treat a dog who is experiencing mild coughing fits. Listen in as Brendan explains how to tell whether you need to take your dog to the vet or to let the cough pass after a few days with the help of natural remedies. In particular, he discusses how to offer your dog honey to soothe a sore throat and echinacea to support their immune system.
11:24 08/26/2021
Is My Pet Addicted To Junk Food?
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke to discuss a common issue that many pet owners have when transitioning their dog or cat from processed food onto raw: fussiness. The food industry as a whole has evolved into churning out addictive meals and snacks which are, more often than not, far from whole and healthy. Rowan reminds us that, like children, “animals don’t always know best and they need your guidance.” Check in with your vet in case your pet is experiencing other complications such as dental problems or organ function issues. Otherwise, be patient with your pet as you lead them through the weaning process. Remember that, by switching them onto raw, you have just made one of the best decisions possible for your furry friend.
11:28 08/12/2021
How To Speak To Your Vet About Raw
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke to empower you with the facts you need to know if you have made the decision to feed your dog or cat raw. Most vets have been taught to focus on medicine over nutrition. This is one of the reasons that the magic of raw feeding is often underappreciated in the veterinary industry. But, as Brendan says, “Nutrition is the first step to health.” Prevention should always take precedence over cure. Build a bridge with your vet to help them open their eyes to this fact. After all, your vet only wants the best for your pet.
18:11 08/05/2021
Grain Free Pet Food Causes Heart Disease? | Definitive Expert Answers
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke to shatter the myth that grain-free dog food causes heart disease. In fact, grain-free dog food has nothing to do whatsoever with heart disease. The simple matter is that your dog is a carnivore and cannot adequately digest grains and related foods. Listen in as Rowan and Brendan address the three primary factors that people need to understand concerning this issue—including ingredients used to replace grain in grain-free foods, lack of taurine, and the types of heart disease people generally talk about with regards to this myth.
21:21 07/29/2021
Natural Training Method | Nick Benger on Effective Dog Training
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Nick Benger, an expert dog trainer known for his appearance on Amazon's TV series "The Pack". He is also the host of the Dog Talk with Nick Benger Podcast. Nick walks us through his natural training methods. The term “natural training” is often misunderstood to mean taking advantage of your dog’s instincts to the point of harming them just to get them to learn a new trick. Nick says that natural training “should be more about relationships”. Owners, he believes, must always try to strengthen the bond they have with their dogs. Listen in as Rowan and Nick discuss what types of punishment are acceptable in natural dog training and how to incentivize your dog to exhibit healthy behaviors without having to resort to punishment in the first place.
29:48 07/22/2021
Celebrating Our Birthday | Interview With Bella & Duke Co-Founder
It’s Bella & Duke’s birthday! In this special episode, Rowan Sanderson sits down with co-founder Tony Ottley to reflect on the company’s road to 30 million meals after just five years! “What keeps us going,” says Tony, “are the stories that we hear from our customers telling us what a difference it has made moving their pets onto Bella & Duke.” Listen in as Tony goes down memory lane and shares how the idea to start a raw pet food subscription service was born out of sadness. Rowan then speaks on the company’s rapid success and widespread acceptance in the wider market. Finally, Tony answers a few questions from the Bella & Duke community.
29:13 07/15/2021
Identifying and Preventing Heatstroke in Your Dog | Essential Safety Tips
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke to discuss how to identify heatstroke, what are the symptoms, and how to prevent it, and what to do if your dog is currently experiencing it. Heatstroke takes place when an animal is not able to adequately in a hot environment. For many animals, their normal temperature is around 38 degrees. If their core temperature elevates above 40 degrees, a variety of physiological changes occur and they may exhibit symptoms such as nausea, loss of energy, or, in the worst case scenario, seizures. Listen in as Rowan and Brendan give their pointers on how to minimize your pet’s risk of heatstroke and what you can do if you don’t have immediate access to the vet while your dog is overheating.
11:05 07/08/2021
How To Protect Your Pet From Blue Green Algae
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke to discuss the often-overlooked but vital topic of toxic blue-green algae. They define exactly what it is, what to look out for, and how to ensure a safe environment for your dog whilst swimming. Listen in as Brendan explains how to spot toxic algae and how they may potentially stick to your dog’s fur. He also offers advice on mitigating contamination if your dog does come into contact with an algal bloom, as well as symptoms to watch out for and when it is time to visit the vet.
12:32 07/01/2021
Preventing Your Dog From Overheating | 5 Safety Tips For a Safe Summer
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke to discuss how to prevent your dog from overheating as they explore and play under the hot summer sun. Listen in as Rowan and Brendan offer several quick tips to becoming more aware of what can cause your dog to overheat, including why you must be extra careful if you have a short-nosed dog, why you should never leave your dog in the car, a simple test to see if the ground you are walking on is too hot, and when it is time to call your vet.
06:57 06/24/2021
Pet mental health - 10 incredible benefits of a healthy diet
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke to discuss your pet’s mental health and, specifically, why raw feeding is far more beneficial for your pet and its well-being. Your pet’s well-being is a cornerstone of the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare, and healthy feeding plays an active role in this. Listen in and learn why raw, minimally-proceeding feeding is the best option for your dog’s mental health. Our hosts also discuss the magic of feeding your dog meaty bones and bone broth on top of their usual raw meals. Finally, Rowan and Brendan touch on Bella & Duke’s initiative in honor of “Pet Mental Health Awareness Month” in June 2021.
19:51 06/17/2021
Why Does My Dog Eat Poo? | Understanding Coprophagia
Why does my dog eat poo? Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke of the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (RFVS) and Co-Host of Raw Pet Medics to discuss all you need to know about the common Coprophagia, commonly known as eating poo.  Dogs can be led by zoopharmacognosy, which is the ability in animals to smell good nutrients anywhere even in poop. But sometimes, they are driven by flavour in additives found in commercially processed foods that don’t get digested and come out with the same attractive scents as the food.  It is important to feed your dog with a varied diet to make sure it’s getting enough nutrients to avoid it seeking them in its environment. Apart from keeping your environment clean and pick up after other dogs, there are other nutritional steps you can take to protect your dog from eating poop. Listen in to this episode to learn what they are and much more!
20:30 06/03/2021
Busting the top myths about raw feeding
Today’s special episode of Mythbusters features a compilation of conversations between Rowan, our chief nutritionist, Mark our CEO and raw feeding vet Brendan Clarke tackling several common myths around raw! Listen in as we bust the idea that… Cats Aren’t Carnivores and Can’t Eat Raw Meat There is No Evidence for the Benefits of a Raw Diet Raw is Not Good for Your Dog Because It is Filled with Bacteria Raw is Expensive “My dog is too old/young to start on raw.” You Cat Will Thrive on a Specially-Formulated Biscuit  
22:20 05/27/2021
Bone Broth For Dogs & Cats | How To Unlock The Benefits
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke of the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (RFVS) and Co-Host of Raw Pet Medics to discuss all you need to know about bone broth. Listen in as Brendan lists the many benefits of bone broth to your dog or cat and how you can make some right at home. He also explains when and how to feed bone broth to your pet, whether they are suffering from diarrhea or transitioning onto a raw diet. Finally, Rowan and Brendan go into the science of bone broth, describing the value of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and how you can make sure that you tailor your bone broth recipe around your particular pet’s needs and preferences.
24:04 05/20/2021
Apple Cider Vinegar For Dogs | Amazing Benefits and How To Use
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke, Co-Host of Raw Pet Medics and member of the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (RFVS) to discuss all you need to know about apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is widely available, and is relatively inexpensive; but Brendan recommends sticking to an organic product that is not reconstituted with acetic acid or has had the apples sprayed with chemicals to deter pests or keep them from growing molds or shield them from various diseases. Listen in as Rowan explains exactly what apple cider vinegar it is and what to look for in a product depending whether you intend to apply it topically or to ingest it. He then describes the main benefits of apple cider vinegar and his recommendations for using it topically on your dog.
21:08 05/13/2021
Mythbusters: 'Cats can thrive on 'special' biscuits
This episode we bust the myth that cats can live happily and healthily on ‘specially formulated’ biscuits. Dr Brendan Clarke and Rowan, our Chief Nutritional Officer, go through 3 major reasons why feeding dry cat food, especially biscuits, is suboptimal for your feline friend’s health.
04:15 05/06/2021
Feeding Your Fussy Cat | 5 Strategies for Success
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke, Co-Host of Raw Pet Medics and President of the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (RFVS) to discuss five tips and tricks to getting your cat used to a raw diet. Pet food manufacturers often throw in extra ingredients that Rowan and Brendan refer to as “cat crack”: amino acids or salt that are added to their meals that make what would otherwise taste like mush enticing and addicting once a cat has had a taste. This is why your cat is “fussy” when it comes to trying different foods. Be patient with them and work to gradually decrease their addiction to their regular meal because, as Rowan explains, you will literally be saving your cat’s life by switching them onto raw.
23:02 04/29/2021
Post-Lockdown Advice For Separation Anxiety
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Nick Benger, an expert dog trainer known for his appearance on Amazon's TV series "The Pack". He is also the host of the Dog Talk with Nick Benger Podcast. Nick discusses best practices for dealing with separation anxiety between dog and owner. Now that more and more people are going back to work, separation anxiety amongst dogs has been on the rise. Nick says that you should not distract your dog as you leave the home. Rather, acclimatize them to your departure. He also recommends keeping a pet camera to allow you to monitor their behavior while you’re out of the home, and lists a few signs to watch out for on your camera that may point to anxiety. Listen in as Nick also throws a few questions at Rowan about the benefits of raw in general.
30:08 04/23/2021
Weaning My Kitten Onto Raw | Feeding made easy
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke, Co-Host of Raw Pet Medics and President of the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (RFVS) to discuss when to wean your kitten or cat onto raw. Brendan offers best practices for making this transition whether your kittens were born at home, you acquired your kittens from a breeder, or you are weaning an adult cat that will only eat what it is familiar with.
11:19 04/15/2021
Kidney disease in cats | symptoms, diagnosis and treatment
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke, Co-Host of Raw Pet Medics and President of the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (RFVS) to discuss kidney disease in cats. The kidneys are responsible for reducing toxin buildup in the body from whatever is ingested. They also are responsible for fluid balance (to make sure the person or animal is well-hydrated and excreting the right amount of urine), salt balance, and the management of a variety of hormones such as those that reduce blood pressure. Listen in as Brendan lists the principal causes and signs and symptoms of kidney disease in cats, what to expect at your visit to the vet, how to treat your cat, and ensure its long-term health.
37:06 04/08/2021
Behaviour and Aggression with Nick Benger
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Nick Benger, an expert dog trainer known for his appearance on Amazon's TV series "The Pack". He is also the host of the Dog Talk with Nick Benger Podcast. Nick discusses best practices for encouraging healthy behaviors from your dog and keeping aggression at bay. “We need to put more emphasis on engagement with the dog,” says Nick. He believes that the best way to impart good behavior is by adhering to first principles: By being deliberate with the routine, training, and even the types of food you feed, owners effectively nip “bad” behavior in the bud. Nick shares tips on how to use classical conditioning to reinforce good behaviors and differential reinforcement to curb aggression. He also explains why lack of socialization or, in many cases, socialization gone wrong are the number one cause of deep-seated aggression in dogs.
39:24 04/01/2021
Transitioning cat to raw | 5 essential tips
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke, Co-Host of Raw Pet Medics and President of the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (RFVS) to discuss how to transition your cat to raw. As obligate carnivores, cats are more likely to be affected by carbohydrates found in processed foods. If anything, cats benefit more from a raw diet than dogs. Cats are also much more fastidious about what is in front of them, and they rely heavily on their sense of smell. Cats would much rather eat foods with an aroma that they are familiar with. Strange smells will make cats suspicious until they get used to it. Ultimately, every cat is different; so you will have to adapt these tips to what suits your individual cat. Listen in and learn Brendan’s five top tips for getting your cat to switch over to raw.
19:04 03/25/2021
Should I Feed My Cat Raw? | 5 Essential facts
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke, Co-Host of Raw Pet Medics and President of the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (RFVS) to discuss five reasons to feed your cat raw. Not only is eating raw the healthiest option for your cat, but you as its owner may be surprised to learn that 90% of cats are already eating raw, including yours, thanks to its tendency to snack on the odd bird or rat in-between the meals you feed them! Listen in and learn why feeding your cat raw is more important than feeding your dog raw and how making this switch may positively impact its mental wellbeing.
11:12 03/18/2021
Lyme disease in dogs and cats, the essentials
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke, Co-Host of Raw Pet Medics and President of the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (RFVS) to discuss Lyme disease in dogs. Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by a type of bacterium called spirochete, which is carried in the digestive tract of ticks. The ticks regurgitate materials, including this bacteria, into the skin of whatever they are feeding on. Listen in as Rowan and Dr. Clarke run through tick hotspots in the U.K., signs of Lyme disease to look out for, how to address Lyme disease, how to remove ticks, and why to avoid products that assure “100%” protection against ticks.
23:51 03/11/2021
Busting a Common Myth About Grass Eating
If you dog eat’s grass you may be told they are doing it to supplement their diet with vitamins and minerals. This is a myth, Dr Brendan Clarke explains why.  If you would like to learn more about this topic and whether or not you should worry when your dog exhibits this behaviour, we have a longer, in depth podcast called Why do dogs eat grass?
02:19 03/04/2021
Puppies don't need to eat offal in their first few weeks?!
Rowan Sanderson and Dr. Brendan Clarke dispel the myth that puppies do not need offal or organ meat for the first 24 weeks of their life. This period is, in fact, the most important growth phase of the dog’s life. How could it possibly not benefit from organ meat during this crucial time?
02:05 02/25/2021
Can Dogs Eat Carbohydrates?
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Conor Brady, Founder and Independent Canine Nutritionist at Dogs First. Fresh off the publication of his book Feeding Dogs Dry Or Raw? The Science Behind The Debate, Dr. Conor answers the question: “Can dogs eat carbohydrates?” The quick answer: no. Although dogs can digest carbohydrates, they “are happy enough to work away on protein and fat.” They make their own blood sugar and glycogen. In fact, feeding carbohydrate-derived products have been seen to increase the risk of pancreatitis, diabesity (diabetes and obesity), arthritis, and other related diseases. It has even been observed that sled dogs have a higher risk of injury from inflammation caused by a high-carbohydrate diet. Until more studies demonstrate evidence of the benefits of feeding your dogs carbohydrates, it is best to stick to protein and fats.
28:34 02/11/2021
Can Pets Get COVID 19? Should We Vaccinate?
Can dogs get COVID 19? Can cats get COVID 19? Should we vaccinate them for it? Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke, Co-Host of Raw Pet Medics and President of the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (RFVS) to dispel myths around COVID 19 in pets and vaccinating them against it.
08:34 02/04/2021
How Much to Feed a Puppy
Rowan Sanderson sits down with Dr. Brendan Clarke, President of the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (RFVS) to cover how, and how much to feed a puppy. Remember that your puppy is growing. You will have most likely received your puppy at eight weeks old, during which they are growing as fast as they ever will until around four-to-five months. Expect that your puppy will need lots of energy throughout that time. Listen in as Rowan and Brendan discuss how much to feed your dog depending on its age and corresponding body weight, and guidelines for tapering meals and meal frequency as they age. Finally, Brendan gives three criteria for checking your dog’s body condition score for evaluating whether they have healthy amounts of fat and muscle on them.
15:24 01/28/2021