Steve the Gardening Vet


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Dogs urine making brown spots all over the lawn

Posted: 18/01/2017 at 08:27

I'm not going to get into an argument on this forum with those who think they know better than myself and my clinic's qualified nutritionist. I do that every day at work. As I implied earlier, raw diets can most certainly be balanced but they aren't especially natural. Commercial dog foods vary tremendously in quality and mostly, you get what you pay for. Fillers are bad, dogs can digest grains quite happily and yes, dogs are to a degree omnivorous as they will always chose to eat the vegetable filled guts of prey animals.


For some dogs with certain issues a raw diet can be beneficial but that can be due to the exclusion of certain products rather than the fact that the diet is raw.


The grain thing is a bit like how nowadays it is trendy to have 'gluten issues', the biggest benefit of that particular fad has been that people who actually do have issues now have a much better range of food to pick from!


Oh, and anti-oxidants are pretty much just a marketing ploy with not a lot of good science to back them. Harmless enough, few proven actual benefits and harmful in excess.

Dogs urine making brown spots all over the lawn

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 18:38

I have to inform you that 'dog rocks' are nowt but a useless gimmick. The only solution is to follow the bitch around (cos dogs pee up stuff then lawn damage is less) and dilute the offending pee puddle!


Raw diet is fine if you buy from a couple of UK companies, none of the others chose to submut themselves for testing to prove their nutritional content. It is a bit of a fad (if you are using a high quality diet anyway and nothing from the rubbish end of the spetrum) and not really particularly 'natural' but thankfully these days tends to have fewer nasty bacteria present and can happily provide good nutrition. It is only a few years since the advice was to deal with dogs fed on them as if they needed barrier nursing to protect yourself.



I accept that my lawn looks a bit scrappy at times thanks to madam's wee and to answer the final question which I am sure is on everyone's lips, I feed my dog a high end processed diet.

Column Plum Tree: Will it grow into a bush?

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 21:42

I removed my victoria plumb last year and replaced with a pear tree, sick of the bloody plumb moths!

On TV

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 14:06

Congrats to both Pokhim and Antzero on last night's gardens. Lots of work but great results.

How to deal with Leylandii hedge behind a border?

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 21:23

You may have noticed, I'm not fond of leylandii...

Wilko's Dried Mealworm £5

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 20:18

Buy them online, amazon or ebay to get them in bulk. I pay about £60 for 12.5kg and they go in a couple of months down the gullet of flocks of birds and groups of hedgepigs!

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 22:05

Bloody hell Fidget. I've not been here for a while but very pleased to hear that the car did what it is supposed to, it absorbed the energy of the impact by breaking.


I thought I'd had an exciting time last week when I damaged an alloy wheel after being forced to swerve my car off the road when I met a cyclist, on a blind corner, who had decided that the way forward was to ride around the cars waiting in a queue for the lights in the middle of my side of the road. I was not impressed and I have rarely sworn at someone so loudly. He just rode off...


I actually did some gardening today, removed a Hydrangea so I can replace it with a prettier one. I was joined by one of our hedgepigs in the middle of the afternoon. Normally that would worry me but she was stuffing her face and I caught her quickly and checked her over and she seemed fine. Obviously just trying to pack on calories for winter.

the super vet

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 21:36

I'm saying nothing...

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 21:08

Oh god, first this week I was traumatised by The Walking Dead and now I am traumatised by the end of The Bake Off!

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