Health Concerns

We support numerous health concerns.

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Anxiety

We are yet to meet a dog that doesn’t experience some form of anxiety whilst living in a 21st century home. Not only can anxiety be experience-driven, but we have discovered like humans, certain genetic mutations may be present when forming or degrading neurotransmitters in the body.

We have also found that forms of anxiety and depression can be created or accelerated from cytokine inflammation in the body. Depression, anxiety and general mood are also closely linked to poor gut microbiota and the gut-brain axis.

We often incorporate a naturopathic wellness package that encompasses lifestyle changes and incorporates a fresh diet, genetic checks, nutritional deficiency tests and functional medicine.

Arthritis

Arthritis can be due to genetics, poor breeding (although arguably this could be down to genetics also), being overweight, small breeds with short legs and long backs, large breeds, old age and of course general wear and tear with extremely active dogs.

Extensive research in humans has shown certain foods such as wheat, gluten, dairy, legumes and rice can cause issues in the integrity of the gut lining called the ‘one cell epithelial’. ‘Leaky gut syndrome’ has been linked to many inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.

A specific raw/ketogenic diet, herbs and nutraceuticals can significantly reduce inflammation, stiffness, pain and further degradation.

Cancer

Cancer is the second most common reason clients consult with MPN. Cancer is an epidemic! It’s estimated that almost 50% of cats and dogs will die from some form of cancer. Cancer is prevalent and likely in pets who experience chronic inflammation and what we deem, an immune malfunction due to a number of genetic and environmental factors.

When considering the full picture of health, we look at the functionality of all body systems, immune function (inflammation), nutritional deficiency, genetic mutations, breeding, toxins and environmental toxins, nutrition and so much more.

We work closely with a specific ketogenic diet that has shown wonderful results in maintaining health and immune-supportive supplements including a clean, chemical-free regime to reduce metabolic and toxic overload. Specific supplements can also help balance the immune response, DNA sequencing and cell replication.

Digestion

Digestive issues such as diarrhoea, constipation and anal gland issues may be symptomatic of an overactive immune system, possibly caused by parasites, pathogens, food intolerances or allergens.

Then there can be further immune complication such as intestinal bowel disease (IBD’s) when the digestive lining becomes inflamed and/or ulcerated. Over 70% of the immune system resides in the gut, so understanding digestive issues and what is going on is imperative in managing symptoms and disease.

We look at a wide range of approaches and protocols from elimination diets, food testing, cytokine testing, nutritional deficiencies, immune support, gut healing and replenishment. Reasons can be simple or complicated but often greatly influenced by genetics and the environment.

Hypo/Hyperthyroidism

Hypothyroidism is the natural deficiency of thyroid hormone that regulates your dog's metabolism. This deficiency is produced by immune-mediated destruction of the thyroid gland by natural atrophy of the gland, by dietary deficiencies, or as a congenital problem.

Conversely, hyperthyroidism, commonly found in cats, is metabolism in overdrive, due to the overproduction of hormones. Holistic principles and nutrition offer a tremendous advantage over conventional approaches to thyroid problems because they tend to address the multi-factorial convergence of factors influencing thyroid health.

The approach at MPN is to not look at the thyroid in isolation but to consider adrenal health, gut function, liver function and immunity. We always focus on a natural diet and personalised supplementation in this complex but easily supported disease.

Itching & Allergies

Itching is one of the most prevalent problems seen by vets today. It’s become our life’s work to understand how and why this happens, as we receive clients every day with the same issues.

A complex understanding of the allergic pathophysiology and immunity help us better understand the disease and treat your pet, naturally and successfully. In short, itching and allergies are due to an overactive and underachieving immune system, influenced by genetics and the environment.

At MPN, we understand that regardless of what your dog is reacting to, it’s ultimately about modulating the immune response. We always start from ground zero helping to find the offending culprit, working with a natural diet, possible elimination diets, nutritional deficiency tests, immune support, supplements and many lifestyle changes to help achieve an itch-free pet.

Kidney Disease

Although two very different diseases, we often use the same types of natural diet and supplement protocols, depending on the individual pet, to help support these difficult diseases.

We’ve discovered some tremendously helpful protocols. Despite research and veterinarians pointing to low protein diets in both diseases, we have found it’s the quality and easy assimilation of good and easily digestible protein over low amounts and poor quality protein. We can support your pet with a specified and researched natural and fresh diet, supplementation and lifestyle changes that are imperative to such a disease.

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is almost 50% more commonly found in cats and dogs than in humans (most likely due to ultra-processed foods). Acute and chronic pancreatitis are dynamic inflammatory processes. Immune cells play a critical role in pancreatitis and understanding the process your pet is going through is integral to an effective plan.

Pancreatitis is often considered in isolation to digestive issues or bowel disease, however, it is closely related to digestion and liver function. Leaky gut is linked to many disease states and closely correlated to a lowered gut immunity in pancreatitis. Gut integrity can become compromised by inappropriate foods, food intolerances, allergens, poor microbiota, dysbiosis, parasites, toxins and so much more.

Whilst at the beginning of treatment we consider an appropriate fresh, low-fat diet, there are many fresh foods and supplements that can be given, that defy the conventional method of a solely bland and fat-free diet.

Urinary Issues

Cats and dogs can be prone to developing urinary ‘stones’ and infection. There are different types of stone composed of different minerals and compounds. Examples of these are struvite, calcium oxalate, urate and cystine.

These stones form due to urine pH, output, genetics and other factors. Your pet can also suffer from a bacterial infection in their urinary system, leading to discomfort in the lower urinary tract. Urinary incontinence, congenital anatomic abnormalities and tumours are amongst other conditions that may affect the urinary tract in cats and dogs.

Our approach isn’t just about following a particular fresh diet but understanding the deeper issues such as poor microbiota, food intolerances, food allergies, gut dysbiosis, hormonal changes and endocrine disruption, that may be the contributing trigger.

47% of dogs and 32% of cats will die of cancer.

According to The Veterinary Cancer Society, cancer is the leading cause of death in 47% of dogs, especially dogs over age ten, and 32% of cats. Dogs get cancer at about the same rate as humans, while cats get fewer cancers.

Estimates suggest that as many at 59% of dogs and 52% of cats worldwide are overweight. Research implicates this isn’t simply from overconsumption but inappropriate foods.

59% of dogs & 52% of cats worldwide are overweight.

62% of owners admit to not knowing what's in their pets food.

The poll of UK dog and cat owners by specialist food manufacturer, True Instinct, has found the nation’s knowledge of pet food ingredients is extremely low, with over 62 per cent admitting to not knowing what they’re really feeding their pet.

Testimonials

“Alison is a knowledgeable innovator in the world of nutrition. I have worked with her for years and her enthusiasm, breadth of knowledge and professionalism is a joy.”

- Dr. Nick Thompson BSc (Vet Sci) Hons, BVM&S, VetMFHom, MRCVS

“In the work that I do as a trainer and behaviourist, nutrition is key to me and I work with Alison a great deal.

I love her approach as its honest, approachable and realistic. As a canine nutritionist she is ace, as a person she is fab too. That is a hard thing to find.”

- Louise Glazebrook, The Darling Dog Company

“When I first made contact with Alison, my Yorkshire Terrier, Darcey, had been diagnosed with three serious, complex, long-term health conditions.

By working with Alison to work through some tailored recipes and ideas, she came up with a plan and from that point on we haven't looked back! Darcey’s weight is now the best it has ever been in her six years of life!”

- Jo Maclennan, Edinburgh

“I had been to see 3 professional vets/consultants before seeing Alison for my Miss Chloe. She had several issues including high cholesterol, low functioning thyroid, joint issues and a lack lustre.

I am still working with Alison but I am pleased to say her thyroid function seems back to normal range, limping has gone away and she’s running around like a puppy again. Alison saved my dogs life.”

- Rosellina, Sicily

“Our dog Mabel had badly cut her paw which had then got infected. Visits to the vets seemed futile as the wound got worse. Alison put together a plan for me and offered immediate things for us to do that we could easily follow.

Within just one week following her advice the wound had healed over and she was back to eating her new food. I can’t thank Alison enough, she is a miracle worker. One happy dog (and owner).”

- Sarah and Mabel, London

"Alison gave me amazing advice when my 3 month puppy was diagnosed with suspected megaesophagus whilst vomiting several times a day.

Alison was really knowledgable about the condition medically and what steps the vet would most likely take. Alison devised a natural diet and supplement plan to support my puppy’s digestive system and a plan of action to help her gain weight.

I’m pleased to say my puppy’s health is improving every day.”

- Keri and Kali, London

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