Pet food for thought
DR Clare Middle’s veterinarian education did not end in 1979 when she graduated as part of the first class of vets from the then-newly opened Murdoch University.
“The course at Murdoch University was brand-new, innovative and excellent, but still I could see there were conditions we had not been taught how to treat adequately,” she said.
“An acupuncture course became available for vets, which I took in 1981, so I have been using acupuncture for nearly 40 years to treat many different conditions, but mainly pain and lameness.”
Homeopathy was the next complementary medicine added to Middle’s practice after she found how helpful it was to treat her children’s medical conditions.
“I always say that once I had experimented on my children, I realised that homeopathy was safe and effective for using on animals,” she said.
In 1992, Middle bought the third vet clinic she had worked at, East Fremantle Vet Clinic, which became the first in Perth to offer a range of natural therapies.
An interest in animal nutrition inspired Middle to write a brochure called Natural Diet for Dogs and Cat after seeing how a formulated balanced fresh food diet improved many health conditions in dogs and cats.
“Soon I was giving more information than could fit on the A4 piece of paper, so I wrote a self-published book,” she said.
“A year later in 2008, Fremantle Press published it ‘properly’ and it has sold from bookshops and many other businesses since.”
Having moved on from her clinic in 2004, Middle now lives in Balingup and has written a revised edition of the book, Real Food for Dogs and Cats, a practical and easy-to-follow guide to giving pets the nutrition they need.
“We do have more research to show that a ‘species appropriate’ diet is ideal, which was not around when I first wrote the book,” Middle said.
“Natural diet and naturopathic treatments have a high rate of success in inflammatory bowel disease, kidney and liver disease, arthritis, urinary tract infection, cancer palliation and many other conditions.”
Real Food for Dogs and Cats is available now.
Dr Clare Middle.