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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.

You will find many anecdotal reasons for feeding on biological specie appropriate diets, for and against, or home-cooked for that matter, even more on the prey model. You will also find many “scientific” articles on why not to feed raw, sadly, as little research is done into raw feeding.

And 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.

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” - Buddha

To paraphrase Dr Ron Hines from Texas, USA, what we have learned to date, is that there are exaggerations on both side of the pet food diet debate. Your fur kids will not live forever on natural unprocessed diets, but they won’t either die tomorrow from eating them, and the right decision for you depends on you and your pet's specific situation.

The difference is that we are documenting our learnings here for everyone to read, review, comment and contribute! When we started, we spend hours on end trying to decipher the garble available on the net to read, purchased many thousands of dollars of books to read (and have read), and are now starting to document our learnings, so that you, as the pet parent and guardian, can benefit.

Pet Obesity, a Severe and Debilitating Illness!

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 26/11/2016 Times Read: 1273 Comments 0
Pet Obesity, a Severe and Debilitating Illness!

We tackle a very tough topic, Pet Obesity. Obesity , defined as an increase in body weight of at least 15% above what would be normal for the size of the pet, is the most common disease in pets today. As with people, obesity results from an excess caloric intake relative to the expenditure of energy.

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Basic Food Groups ..

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Basic Food Groups ..

We discuss basic food groups in more detail.

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Senior Dogs ...

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Senior Dogs ...

The senior (geriatric or post-maturity) stage follows on from the maturity phase and continues until death. In small breeds of dogs this phase begins around 7 to 8 years of age, at 5 years in large and giant breeds and 7 years in cats, if we consider modern day veterinary guidance. We discuss this life stage in greater detail.

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Toy Dogs ...

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Toy Dogs ...

Toy breeds, which often have tiny appetites and small stomach capacity, may also benefit from being fed a calorie-dense food but a careful watch should be kept on their weight and body condition score. We discuss these breed in short.

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Working Dogs ..

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 25/11/2016 Times Read: 833 Comments 0
Working Dogs ..

From a nutritional perspective, high-performance dogs include canine athletes, pregnant bitches and lactating dams. You might wonder why pregnant and lactating dogs rank along with athletes as high performance? As we’ll elaborate on in this article, pregnancy and lactation place extreme nutritional demands on a bitch’s body - more than at any other time in her life.

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Managing your kids' weight

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 24/11/2016 Times Read: 875 Comments 0
Managing your kids' weight

It is sometimes difficult to determine what your fur kids' ideal weight should be. We discuss this topic in detail.

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Adult Phase ...

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Adult Phase ...

The adult phase is that time after your fur kid ceases to grow and before visual and physiological changes due to the ageing process being to appear. We discuss this phase of our fur kids in greater detail.

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Growth Phase ...

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Growth Phase ...

Your four legged friends’ growth phase starts at birth. During the growth phase the young animal has a higher requirement for protein, energy and calcium than an adult fur kid. The diet should also be high quality and easily digested. We discuss this topic in more detail.

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Differences between cats & dogs ...

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Differences between cats & dogs ...

You will agree that dogs and cats are different, and dogs have different dietary requirements than cats do. Unlike cats, which are true carnivores, and require a diet high on protein, dogs are more omnivorous and therefore require a diet lower in protein than cats do. We discuss the differences in more detail.

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But my vet says dogs are living longer ..

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 21/11/2016 Times Read: 1151 Comments 0
But my vet says dogs are living longer ..

We explore the topic of longevity and some of the myths associated.

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Prebiotics and Your Pet's Hapiness

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 21/11/2016 Times Read: 1072 Comments 0
Prebiotics and Your Pet's Hapiness

By definition, prebiotics are a type of non-digestible fiber compound. Just like other high-fiber foods, prebiotic compounds - including the kind found in foods like garlic, Jerusalem artichokes, jicama, dandelion greens and onions (for humans only) - pass through the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract and remain undigested, since the human and canine body can’t fully break them down. We discuss the importance of prebiotics in the diet.

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Probiotics and Your Pet's Happiness

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 21/11/2016 Times Read: 1661 Comments 0
Probiotics and Your Pet's Happiness

Bacteria have a reputation for causing disease, so the idea of tossing down a few billion a day for your health might seem - literally and figuratively - hard to swallow. But a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria. We discuss the role of probiotics in your pets' health in more detail.

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