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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.

How Hydrotherapy for Dogs Works and Why It’s Worth It

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 26/11/2017 Times Read: 2138 Comments 0
How Hydrotherapy for Dogs Works and Why It’s Worth It

"Hydrotherapy" means “water healing" in Greek, and your fur kids can benefit in the same way humans do. Hydrotherapy uses the properties of water — buoyancy, viscosity, resistance, and hydrostatic pressure — to enable a dog (or human) to move his or her joints. Water makes the body buoyant, so when submerged, the weight of the body is supported. This means the your fur kid is not fighting gravity. The buoyancy of water reduces stress on the joints and this creates a much safer environment for recovery after surgery.

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Does Diet Affect Behaviour in Mutts, Pups & Nobles?

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 26/11/2017 Times Read: 2199 Comments 0
Does Diet Affect Behaviour in Mutts, Pups & Nobles?

Until recently, the question of whether food or feed can affect your fur kids' behaviour has been a long-debated subject amongst behaviourists and trainers. Fortunately, there is more and more evidence and study to show that what you put into your fur kids, can and does have an influence on how your fur kids behaves — just like what you eat can top or topple your own moods.

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Vegan and/or Vegetarian diets for Dogs?

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 26/11/2017 Times Read: 2133 Comments 0
Vegan and/or Vegetarian diets for Dogs?

It is, unfortunately, a highly debated topic - just perform a search on Google for "vegetarian diets for dogs" or "vegan diets for dogs", and you will find a whole lot of controversy. Considering that most kibbles end up being based on some form of plant source, and doggits seem to survive, it seems there be enough anecdotal evidence on this topic, right? We discuss the concept in more detail.

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Paw Licking & Chewing

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 26/11/2017 Times Read: 2112 Comments 0
Paw Licking & Chewing

Licking and fretting over their paws is part of normal dog's grooming behaviour. It is part of their subconscious body language, just like tapping your feet or playing with your hair. It only really becomes a problem when your fur kid does it in excess or carries it to the extreme.

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Tripe .. the magical mystery meat!

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 26/11/2017 Times Read: 2247 Comments 0
Tripe .. the magical mystery meat!

A popular ethnic food in many parts of Africa, the UK and Asia, tripe is not new at all, but it’s quickly becoming a popular natural health choice for fur kids.

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Spirocerca Lupi

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 26/11/2017 Times Read: 2192 Comments 0
Spirocerca Lupi

Spirocerca Lupi is a worm that completes its life cycle in dogs and causes severe, potentially life-threatening diseases. Your fur kid can pick up this worm through intermediary hosts - from eating beetles or small animals such as mice, rats, lizards, wild birds and, most notably, the common Hadeda. Dogs become infected through eating the intermediary host, or its faeces, or through picking up the worm eggs which remain on the lawn and in pastures.

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Travel Tips

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 22/11/2017 Times Read: 1711 Comments 0
Travel Tips

A successful holiday with your fur kids require planning and preparation.

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Flush thy Liver oh little mutts, pups & nobles!

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 23/04/2017 Times Read: 3145 Comments 0
Flush thy Liver oh little mutts, pups & nobles!

Did you know - your dog’s liver is his (or her) second largest organ, next to its skin? And in this case, size matters, because the liver is central to your fur kids’ health and wellness. We discuss how you can use herbs to help the machinery keep on working.

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Herbs for your mutts, pups & Nobles’ skin problems?

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 23/04/2017 Times Read: 3297 Comments 0
Herbs for your mutts, pups & Nobles’ skin problems?

The skin is an indicator of health. When treating conditions of the skin including the ears, make sure your health practitioner uses a complete approach focused on causative factors. We discuss typical herbs and our offerings in more detail.

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Itchy Skin Wins Big and Vets Scratch Their Heads

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 26/02/2017 Times Read: 4040 Comments 0
Itchy Skin Wins Big and Vets Scratch Their Heads

Dogs and cats, just like humans, can have allergies. More than 30% of all skin irritations in our pets and fur kids can be attributed to allergies. Allergens can be found in foods, inhaled allergens like weed, tree and grass pollens, moulds or fungi, insects, carpet fibres and even other pets. The age of onset for initial allergy symptoms is usually between 6 months and 3 years of age.

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Evolutionary Nutrition through Biologically Specie Appropriate Raw Food

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 21/02/2017 Times Read: 3511 Comments 0
Evolutionary Nutrition through Biologically Specie Appropriate Raw Food

The topic of nutrition transcended from health conscience parents to pets over the last couple of decades, to a point where today we have a brewing “David and Goliath” story in the making. No less due to social pressures, career orientated couples, empty nesters and increased demand on home security, many more pet parents are starting to evaluate their pets’ nutritional needs with similar consideration as their own. Combine these ever-increasing demands on pet care with ever increasing veterinary fees and escalating costs of companion animal care, pet parents and guardians are actively looking toward international trends for guidance. These trends have resulted in the growth of the biologically specie appropriate raw pet food market, an area of business that we as Raw Food for Pets (Pty) Ltd specialise in.

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The NutriScan® Food Intolerance Project

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 16/02/2017 Times Read: 2472 Comments 0

Raw Food for Pets South Africa is proud to be working with Hemopet NutriScan® to expand the reach of NutriScan® Food Intolerance Diagnostic Testing capabilities in South Africa. By using our large family of raw food produce, together our mission is to match fur kids with their perfect diet to help eliminate ailments caused by food intolerances or sensitivities, we believe we are best placed to assist you and your fur kids.

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