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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.

Do different breeds require different kinds of diet?

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 20/11/2016 Times Read: 784 Comments 0
Do different breeds require different kinds of diet?

Browsing through our site, you will realise that this notion is widely unfounded. Unfortunately, this premise - based on nothing but phenotypic differences in canines depending on region and utility - has been used by both commercial grain-based pet food companies and other raw-promoting people to create “designer diets" that can be quite unsound in regards to nutrition. We discuss this topic in more detail.

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Good quality kibble diets make raw uncessary?

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 20/11/2016 Times Read: 941 Comments 0
Good quality kibble diets make raw uncessary?

The availability of many good-quality premium grain-based kibble diets makes raw unnecessary, this may seem fairly logical at first glance. After all, there are some rather high-quality foods on the market today, is there not? We discuss the topic in greater detail.

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But there is no science to back your natural diet approach?

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 20/11/2016 Times Read: 1009 Comments 0
But there is no science to back your natural diet approach?

The insinuation here is that because there is "no scientific research" performed by institutions like the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA), raw diets should not be fed, or so many of the raw diet rabid opponents would lead the discussion with this argument. We discuss this topic in more detail.

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To Raw or Not to Raw Feed your fur kids ...

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 20/11/2016 Times Read: 867 Comments 0
To Raw or Not to Raw Feed your fur kids ...

While the majority of pet parents and guardians feed a commercial grain-based kibble or canned food, many pet parents today are looking for healthier options. A raw (or whole or natural) food-based diet is one approach that has grown in popularity over the last decade, but along with this growing popularity has come growing controversy regarding the benefits of feeding a raw diet. We discuss some of these topics here.

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Blind Faith in the Veterinary Industry

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 20/11/2016 Times Read: 765 Comments 0
Blind Faith in the Veterinary Industry

The amount of trust given to veterinarians compared to the amount given to the family doctor is truly amazing. It is virtually unheard of not to seek a second opinion when given a worrisome diagnosis by the family doctor. A healthy dose of "skepticism" is precisely what launched such successful websites as WebMD and online referral services for doctors. We discuss current trends in the "traditional" veterinary industry as it applies to our fur kids' nutrition.

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The "100%" and "Complete" Fallacy ...

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The "100%" and "Complete" Fallacy ...

The Association of American Feed Control Officials permits a pet food manufacturer to claim that its product is “100% complete” provided that the manufacturer has complied with AAFCO’s feeding trial protocols or nutrient profiles. If you think about it, this is quite an incredible statement. Claiming that anything is 100% is like claiming perfection, total knowledge, and absolute truth. We discuss this topic in greater detail in the article.

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The Industry "Enigma": PhD Required ...

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 17/11/2016 Times Read: 2027 Comments 0
The Industry "Enigma": PhD Required ...

Understanding the label of a commercial pet food is crucial to you as the pet parent and / or guardian, as it is a legally binding contract between you and the pet food manufacturer. Even nutritionists have problems decoding pet food labels. There are thousands of things to consider, from maximums and minimums of fiber content to ingredient sourcing to how the food was actually tested so you don’t inadvertently turn your pets into test animals. In this article, we help you understand the basics, through a simple method, to decode the pet food label and to make the most of the information you’re given.

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From Trash to Cash ...

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From Trash to Cash ...

We discuss one of the key drivers behind the commercial kibble industry, and our human nature that fuels this trend.

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There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance

Posted By: Ockert Ockert Published: 17/11/2016 Times Read: 823 Comments 0
There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance

An honest, open discussion of what is being promoted through raw food for pets, BARF, and other feeding philosophies, with a look at both sides of the raw debate.

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Are Raw Diets Safe?

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 16/11/2016 Times Read: 1494 Comments 0
Are Raw Diets Safe?

We discuss our and society's pathological fear of bacteria, how it applies (or not) to raw feeding, in this article. First and foremost, it is important to understand that we take all topics of health risk extremely seriously, as our (Dawn & myself) risk of exposure is 1000% greater than any of our pet parents or their fur kids. We work with the food every day of our lives, have two adorable mutts as kids, so it is extremely important that we understand, research, and be informed ourselves. We also believe that informed pet parents can make informed decisions, so without seeing to be fuelling societies pathological fear of the unknown, these fears also apply to us.

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Through the Looking Glass

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 15/11/2016 Times Read: 889 Comments 0
Through the Looking Glass

We provide some insights into the start of the pet food industry, how kibble came about, and some of the driving factors.

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Raw Feeding Philosophies

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 15/11/2016 Times Read: 1009 Comments 0
Raw Feeding Philosophies

We discuss the different feeding philosophies that apply in the raw feeding communities.

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