Welcome to the inaugural interview of our Holistic Animal Chats. We are excited to bring you an interview with Rob Ryan, founder of Gussy’s Gut, a new fermented whole superfood topper for dogs that’s transforming canine nutrition.

From rubbish to revolution!

It was a crisis (as with many “light bulb” moments), that prompted nutraceutical and longevity expert Rob Ryan to develop a missing piece of the canine nutritional jigsaw.

Tina Hyde talks with Rob about how he came to be at the leading edge of canine nutrition development with his new product, Gussy’s Gut, named after his beloved dog, Gus. Rob goes into more details in the chat, but let’s say there was an incident with the trash and poor Gus came off worse!! Gus was already raw fed, but it soon became clear that something extra was needed to help Gus back to full health. 

Gus needed extra help when he tangled with the trash

Let food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be food

“We are what we eat” so optimising our dog’s nutrition is fundamental to keeping them in the best of health. Most experts now believe that around 80% of the immune system resides in the gut so it’s inevitable that a healthy gut microbiome is paramount to overall health. If a healthy gut = a healthy dog, then both need feeding well to optimise the health and longevity of your dog including their mental state and behaviour! 

It turned out that the missing piece in Gus’s diet was fermented food. This proved such an exciting idea that it brought the “Father of the raw food movement”, vet Dr Ian Billinghurst, out of retirement to work with Rob in developing the formula he’d been experimenting with in the aftermath of “trashgate”!

Dr Ian. Billinghurst perfecting the formula

Evolving on the rubbish heaps of humans!

Fermentation made perfect sense. As Dr Billinghurst points out on the Gussy’s Gut website, the dog’s ancestors were naturally adapted to consuming the fermented vegetable contents of the gut and colon of their prey for millions of years. Furthermore, these wolves effectively evolved into dogs on the rubbish heaps of humans, increasing the amount of scavenging they did. Burying the odd bone and digging it up once suitably stinky may well be a hint from the dog world!

Tastes may vary!

Gussy’s Gut

Gussy’s Gut was formulated as a result of Rob and Ian’s collaboration. It’s an innovative fermented, freeze-dried and nutrient rich raw food topper containing 19 enzymatically activated whole superfoods for dogs. Tina and Rob cover several key aspects of the Gussy’s Gut story including: 

  • More about trashgate and the inspiration behind Gussy’s Gut 
  • The key changes Rob observed in Gus and other dogs
  • What is it about fermented food that makes it so good for dogs?
  • Does Gussy’s Gut work well with dog food other than raw?
  • With canine food intolerances on the rise, can it improve life for affected dogs?
  • What precisely is it about fermented foods than can make a difference to dog health? 
  • Is it suitable for any dog? 
  • How to find out more

As Dr Ian Billinghurst says:

Gussy’s Gut is the single most important upgrade to dog food in over 25 years.”

In summary, Gussy’s Gut is:

  • A whole food topper
  • Packed with functional ingredients
  • Nutrient dense
  • All-natural
  • Derived from soil-rich organic or regenerative farms
  • Made from 19 enzymatically activated whole superfoods
  • Able to increase food digestibility, bioavailability and nutrient absorption
  • Able to fulfil the need for pro, pre and postbiotics in the canine diet

Check out the interview to find out more about this fascinating story and an insight into how to improve the health of your canine companions.

Useful links

Gussy’s Gut website

Seasonal Feeding, Making the Most of Fresh Ingredients blog by Caroline Hearn of Hedgerow Hounds

Talking About Raw Food with your Vet blog by Sarah Griffiths from The Adored Beast Apothecary

Gus in peak condition

Isobel Hunt

Isobel is a Co-Founder and active CAM4animals supporter along with her Jack Russell who has integrated veterinary care. She has a background in wildlife conservation and writing, and is passionate about the importance of addressing animal welfare and environmental issues.

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