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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.

Dietary Protein Requirements

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 12/09/2019 Times Read: 66 Comments 0
Dietary Protein Requirements

We are often “told” by pet parents that the .. (vet, uncle Google, cousin Bing, the breeder ..) … indicated that “too much” protein is bad for fur kids - it cause problems with the kidneys - right? Bollocks. Even BigPetFoodCorp agrees, demonstrated through a research review paper published by Nestle Purina PetCare Research back in 2008. The thing is that real protein is required to provide huumans and fur kids with real essential amino acids, and stock-up the protein reserves in the body.

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Navigating Pandora’s Box

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 10/09/2019 Times Read: 45 Comments 0
Navigating Pandora’s Box

Dealing with allergies in your pets can be stressful. We look at the common causes and contributors.

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Herbs for Working Dogs

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 20/08/2019 Times Read: 120 Comments 0
Herbs for Working Dogs

The only healthy shortcut that can help you and your boy or girl to the winners circle is Mother Nature herself, as certain medicinal herbs could help your fur kid concentrate despite distractions, relax under stress, keep his or her joints limber, improve coats, increase stamina and even possible improve sense of smell. We discuss a few of these natural options for your interest only.

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Krill as a Food Supplement

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 16/08/2019 Times Read: 128 Comments 0
Krill as a Food Supplement

Krill is a rich source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids which are under development in the early 21st Century as human food, dietary supplements as oil capsules, livestock food, and pet food. Krill tastes salty with a somewhat stronger fish flavor than shrimp. In addition to its nutrient content, another important health benefit of krill is that it is low down on the food chain and eats algae as its food source, so krill is virtually free of pollutants and heavy metals!

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Synbiotics and Your Pet's Happiness

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 14/08/2019 Times Read: 178 Comments 0
Synbiotics and Your Pet's Happiness

Synbiotics and other functional foods are now being considered important tools to help maintaining huumans and pets in good health, for prevention of disease, and / or as alternatives for reducing the risk associated with diseases. Studies conducted on the relationship of the microbiota of huuman gut and fur kids gut and immunology have highlighted the role of synbiotics in the health of mammals.

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Plants as Food AND Medicine

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 06/08/2019 Times Read: 158 Comments 0
Plants as Food AND Medicine

The dividing line between “food” and “medicine” may not always be clear. Are lemons, papayas, onions, and oats food or medicine? What about turmeric, kelp or burdock root? In many instances they are both. Herbal remedies only really come into their own once the distinction between food and “medicine” are removed.

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Myths about CBD for Pets

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 31/07/2019 Times Read: 188 Comments 0
Myths about CBD for Pets

CBD (cannabidiol) has exploded in popularity among pet parents, guardians and slaves. Unfortunately, social media is full of inaccurate information and sellers pushing inferior products. We hope this guide exposing the myths about CBD for mutts, pups, nobles, masters and muggles will be helpful to you.

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What is PLA?

Posted By: Bonnie Biodegradable (Pty) Ltd Published: 23/07/2019 Times Read: 261 Comments 0
What is PLA?

As the name implies, corn starch biocompostables are made from corn starch. PLA (polylactic acid) is typically made from the sugars in corn starch (as is the case with Bonnie Bio‘s certified compostable & biodegradable plastic alternatives range), cassava or sugarcane. It is biodegradable, carbon-neutral and edible. To transform corn into plastic, corn kernels are immersed in sulfur dioxide and hot water, where its components break down into starch, protein, and fibre.

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De-Sexing as Endocrine Disruptors

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 25/06/2019 Times Read: 918 Comments 0
De-Sexing as Endocrine Disruptors

It is difficult to explain why the veterinary community continues to treat de-sexing and the associated glands and hormones only relevant to reproduction. It is no exaggeration to say that in modern human medicine and endocrinology testosterone is no longer a marginal hormone. Neither is it a lifestyle hormone for those men seeking eternal youth. Its deficiency leads to a serious deterioration of the health of men expressing itself in the metabolic syndrome and its sequels: diabetes mellitus type 2 and atherosclerotic disease, osteoporosis and sarcopenia, all strongly limiting physical independence in old age and accelerating morbidity and mortality.

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The Gut as an Ecosystem

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 22/06/2019 Times Read: 841 Comments 0
The Gut as an Ecosystem

Gut bacteria fall into three groups – the good, the bad and the indifferent. To put this more scientifically, the beneficial species (bifidobacteria and eubacteria together with lactobacilli and other lactic acid bacterial), the pathogenic and putrefacti

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The Endocrine System

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 21/06/2019 Times Read: 910 Comments 0
The Endocrine System

The endocrine system is made up of glands that make hormones to help our (parents and kids) bodies function properly. Hormones are the body's chemical messengers. Hormones carry information and instructions from one set of cells to another, basically, a network of glands that secrete chemicals. The endocrine system influences almost every cell, organ, and function of our and our fur kids’ bodies. We discuss the topic in greater detail.

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De-Sexing Pets

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 20/06/2019 Times Read: 897 Comments 0
De-Sexing Pets

An emotional topic, emotive and controversial. Almost as controversial as real food. Yet, few think about the consequences. Surely it is not good medicine when those who are supposed to guide and support pet parents insist that removing vital organs, which have many functions beyond reproduction, in order to prevent something that may or may not happen? We are all conditioned to believe that de-sexing our fur kids is perfectly normal and even important for multiple reasons. We discuss the topic in more detail.

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