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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.

Raw Meaty Bones for Cats and Dogs

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 18/02/2018 Times Read: 3191 Comments 0
Raw Meaty Bones for Cats and Dogs

There are real dangers associated to giving your dog a bone, and it’s up to each pet parents and/or guardian to decide if the benefits outweigh the risks. At Raw Food for Pets, we believe that raw bones fed sensibly and responsibly, are an important part of the diet for your pack. We discuss some of the risks, benefits and approach to feeding bones in greater detail in this article.

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Don’t be Label Fooled

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 11/02/2018 Times Read: 2170 Comments 0
Don’t be Label Fooled

A new trend in kibble is "natural", or "real" or "fresh" ingredients. Kibble is still kibble, and still based on a dry matter base. In keeping with labelling requirements, these ingredients are listed by weight, but "real" chicken contains water! And when it becomes dry, it no longer represent the "chicken" in the feed, as the rest of the non-animal proteins are now the primary ingredients. We discuss this trend in greater details.

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Superfood for Your Pack

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 23/01/2018 Times Read: 2702 Comments 0
Superfood for Your Pack

Thinking about adding raw eggs to your fur kids diet? There are several benefits of adding raw eggs, but there are also common misconceptions that cause pet parents to avoid this healthful addition to their pet’s nutrition. We discuss this topic in short.

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Understanding the risks associated with RAW food

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 21/01/2018 Times Read: 3230 Comments 0
Understanding the risks associated with RAW food

Recently, a spade of articles about the “dangers” of raw feeding has been doing it’s rounds on social and digital media. We believe that our rabbit opponents are at it again, clutching to straws to create fear, uncertainty and doubt. One such study (Freek P J van Bree, 2017) by researchers at Utrecht University states that raw diets (or meals) could be contaminated with bacteria and parasites, that could potentially harm you and your pet. We discuss this topic in detail.

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Preventing Bad Hair Days ...

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 06/01/2018 Times Read: 2594 Comments 0
Preventing Bad Hair Days ...

A bad hair day can spoil many good moments, and create much discomfort! Choosing the correct shampoo for your pack is therefore extremely important. We discuss this topic in more detail.

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Puppyhood & Kittenhood

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 02/01/2018 Times Read: 2024 Comments 0
Puppyhood & Kittenhood

There is no binary figure or calculation that can tell you for certain the age at which your puppy or kitten is considered to be an adult dog or cat, or when they will themselves feel like an adult dog or cat, or be viewed as such by other dogs and cats. The development from puppy and/or kitten to adult is not necessarily linear, and it will pass through a range of stages that each individual dog and cat will reach at different points of their lives. We discuss their growth phase in general terms.

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The Carnivorous Cat

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 02/01/2018 Times Read: 2858 Comments 0
The Carnivorous Cat

In her book titled "Feline Nutrition: Nutrition for the Optimum Health and Longevity of your Cat", Lynn Curtis discuss Feline Nutrition and General Health Issues in great detail. We extract some very insightful facts from the book for your information.

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Herbal Options For Your Fur Kid's Worms

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 29/12/2017 Times Read: 4359 Comments 0
Herbal Options For Your Fur Kid's Worms

It is an unfortunate reality of life, worms can invade your fur kid’s body when they smell, drink, lick, and ingest dirt, rotten meat, trash and even poop. If your fur kids play around in the backyard or walks around where other dogs can defecate, you might not even notice how they pick up unseen worm eggs or larvae. Dogs can also pass worms to other dogs, and even humans, simply through normal socialization. We discuss this topic in greater detail.

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Diatomaceous Earth ...

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 26/12/2017 Times Read: 2420 Comments 0
Diatomaceous Earth ...

Diatomaceous Earth provide for a very affordable way to control external and internal parasites in your fur kids. It’s a non-toxic, safe substance made up from crushed fossils of freshwater organisms and marine life. Crushed to a fine powder and observed through a microscope, the particles resemble bits of broken glass. We discuss it in greater detail.

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Periodontal disease and your pets ...

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 26/11/2017 Times Read: 2284 Comments 0
Periodontal disease and your pets ...

Dr Lonsdale called it the 'pandemic of periodontal disease in pets', and highlighted this condition as a major cat and dog health issue, calling the canine condition “Foul-mouth AIDS”. Dr Lonsdale saw the bacterial proliferation in dog's mouths as suppressing their immune systems, leading to a host of health problems.

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Tips for buying commercial raw meals ...

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 26/11/2017 Times Read: 2062 Comments 0
Tips for buying commercial raw meals ...

When considering pre-made (or commercial) raw food meals for your pack, such as the supreme pet cuisine we stock and supply from Doggobone, Raw Love Pets, Simply Pets and Dogmatters, be sure to do your homework on your supplier(s). There are many unregistered manufacturers, and it is important for you to understand WHY we only work with registered manufacturers.

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Real Food for his Master ...

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 26/11/2017 Times Read: 2441 Comments 0
Real Food for his Master ...

The evolution of our feline masters is important to consider when thinking about their diet. Cats are predators that were accustomed to consuming a raw diet of prey. Cats in the wild often eat the entire prey animal if it is small and will eat nearly everything except the intestines of a large prey animal. This includes the bones of their prey, as raw bone is highly digestible and is their primary source of calcium.

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