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We believe that pet parents are passionate when it comes to the subject of what they feed their fur-kids, and with good reason. A good diet can contribute to a long and healthy life and even psychological well-being for our fur-kids and likewise for our pet parents. Our moto: Happy Pets = Happy Parents! The question you are trying to answer;- what is the best food to feed domesticated dogs or cats? While the majority of pet parents feed commercial grain-based kibble or canned food, many pet parents like you, today, are looking for healthier options. And the net is full of materials to help you, and confuse you, when it comes to natural feeding.

Welcome to The Barking Lot, Raw Food for Pets Blog

Not too mention all of the confusing terms! Why do we refer to natural diets? In our minds, raw is complete, and therefore natural, as designed by nature, and not broken. Raw, in today's convenience society, seems to indicate part of something, and not complete. But natural contains all the parts needed (as designed), therefore complete (or whole), so we advocate natural pet cuisine, or if you want to knit-pick, biologically specie appropriate natural raw pet cuisine.

The Sum of the Whole

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 11/11/2018 Times Read: 2851 Comments 0
The Sum of the Whole

If only the medical, nutrition and veterinary industries and research adhered to this realization: Modern physics has taught us that the nature of any system cannot be discovered by dividing it into its component parts and studying each part by itself... We must keep our attention fixed on the whole and on the interconnection between the parts. The same is true of our intellectual life. It is impossible to make a clear cut between science, religion, and art. The whole is never equal simply to the sum of its various parts.

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Not All Protein is Created Equal

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 21/08/2018 Times Read: 2157 Comments 0
Not All Protein is Created Equal

We are often reminded that some of the food fragments, “prescription” feed, non-specie appropriate McKibble and McCan contains protein, and therefore, it’s appropriate. Reasoning is that it contains protein. Right?

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Taurine for Healthy Hearts

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 16/07/2018 Times Read: 2598 Comments 0
Taurine for Healthy Hearts

Taurine is found primarily in muscle meat and is completely absent in cereal grains. The lack of taurine in the diet caused serious eye and heart diseases to develop. We discuss the topic in detail.

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What is Offal?

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 04/07/2018 Times Read: 2498 Comments 0
What is Offal?

We are often quizzed by pet parents about these unique ingredients. What is it and what are the befits? If you’re a gen X (or Y) or Millennial, then these items might be foreign to you. Won’t see them on the shelves at your favourite retailer either. Our desire for consumerism, packaging and presentation has alienated and orphaned these nutritional gems to dark little corners in old rusty shacks.

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The What and Why of Organ Meat

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 21/06/2018 Times Read: 730 Comments 0
The What and Why of Organ Meat

When we think of organ meat, most of us scoff at the thought of offal (/what-is-offal) and / or meat by-products. In todays’ convenience society, traditional dishes are no longer served such as tripe (/tripe-for-dogs-and-cats), and as a result, pet parents no longer consume organ meat as part of our primary diet. However, for our pets, organ meat is not only good, but it also very beneficial to their health.

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Fooding Working Dogs

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 19/06/2018 Times Read: 2639 Comments 0
Fooding Working Dogs

For an athlete dog, nutrition is as importance as the training activities to be carried out. In fact, only when the physical preparation reaches an appropriate level and is supported by an equally adequate diet, your canine athletes will be able to obtain their goals. We discuss some of the requirements of fooding your athletes.

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Protein Sources and Variety

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 12/06/2018 Times Read: 2358 Comments 0
Protein Sources and Variety

The health benefits of real animal protein sources include a good supply of protein, essential vitamins, and minerals. Meat is meat, is meat, however, each one has a special amino acid though, and each has a special benefit in your, and your fur kids', nutritional dietary requirements.

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Bugs Away! Repel Insects the Natural Way …

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 08/05/2018 Times Read: 2438 Comments 0
Bugs Away! Repel Insects the Natural Way …

We are excited to introduce Spencers Natural Pet Products, our latest partnership, to bring you natural and non-toxic anti-insect solutions. Spencers products are manufactured in Europe as a premium range of products which can be used on cats, dogs, horses, birds, rabbits, ferrets and your favourite rodents. The exclusive formulas and the best prime materials that Spencers use guarantee the stability, effectiveness and shelf-life of all their products. The shampoos and treatments contain NEEM OIL - a natural product used for centuries in India - as well as GERANIOL and LAVENDER oils.

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The Great Fat Debate

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 19/04/2018 Times Read: 2244 Comments 0
The Great Fat Debate

There is a “my-fat-is-better-than-your-fat” debate raging that we all are ignoring. Fish Oil vs Krill Oils, Flax vs Coconut, Coconut vs Canola, Canola vs Olive Oil, and so forth. And then there is plant-based vs animal based. All pitching the same “perfect” Omega 3 & 6 ratio, or boost. Why is this important to us?

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Feline Physiotherapy; Indications and Benefits

Posted By: Courteney Meyer Published: 15/04/2018 Times Read: 2426 Comments 0
Feline Physiotherapy; Indications and Benefits

Turn your flabby Felix into a fit feline and offer them the chance to live their life to the fullest. Discuss an holistic approach with your attending veterinarian and don’t hesitate to contact a reputable therapist to guide you in rehabilitating your cat.

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Is it possible to treat cancer with food?

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 04/04/2018 Times Read: 2056 Comments 0
Is it possible to treat cancer with food?

There are many theories (anecdotal, medical, scientific and conspiracy) regarding cancer in pet parents and pets alike. In our experience, the most healthful natural diet will improve the pet’s overall health. We discuss the topic of cancer and food in greater detail.

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What's Really in that McKibble or McCan?

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 04/03/2018 Times Read: 2222 Comments 0
What's Really in that McKibble or McCan?

Many pet parents and guardians have been convinced that the "healthy", "natural", "premium" and "recommended by" labels on pet feed MUST mean that the stuff inside the bag is good for your fur kids. Alongside these words, we often find claims of 100% "complete and balanced" that leave us to assume we are providing the best food for our dogs and cats;- feeding the same dry cereal based diets day in and day out. Yet, most pet parents and guardians do not fully appreciate what goes into these feeds, even their own food. BigPetFood place images of fresh cut chicken breast, fresh fruits and vegetables and wholesome grains on their packages, but, this is rarely what is actually inside the bag.

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