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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.

Diabetes the New Epidemic

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 16/04/2019 Times Read: 67 Comments 0
Diabetes the New Epidemic

Diabetes (not just in cats and dogs) is a disease reaching epidemic proportions across the globe. Most cases in our pets are like what is called Type 2 diabetes in pet parents (humans), which means that weight (yes obese pets) and diet (those lovely sugar-loaded McKibble and McCan) are major factors in the development and control of the disease. Diabetes affects how the body uses glucose, a sugar that is the body’s main source of fuel.

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Ticks and Fleas, Twisted Mutants!

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 09/04/2019 Times Read: 177 Comments 0
Ticks and Fleas, Twisted Mutants!

Ticks and fleas are horrible and annoying bugs, hard to get rid of, hard to live with, and just downright weird! I mean, think about it: They suck your blood, so they’re basically vampires, and when you look at them under a microscope, they look like aliens. Or perhaps some kind of twisted mutant. Weirdest of all, in some cases, a bite from the lone star tick can trigger an allergy to red meats in both dogs and pet parents!

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The Major Cannabinoids

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 24/11/2018 Times Read: 2055 Comments 0
The Major Cannabinoids

Many of us have become familiar with the various cannabinoids (cannabis-like compounds) contained within the cannabis plant due to increased media marketing and social media on this topic lately. Did you now that there are at least 110 different phyto-cannabinoids contained in the cannabis plant! The most well-known major cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the euphoric compound that “gets you high.” We discuss the topic in greater detail.

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The Endocannabinoid System in Dogs and Cats Explained

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 24/11/2018 Times Read: 1752 Comments 0
The Endocannabinoid System in Dogs and Cats Explained

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) functions the same way in people as it does in dogs, cats and other animals. As a matter of fact, ALL mammals have an Endocannabinoid System. This includes horses, rabbits, monkeys, dolphins and elephants to name a few. A large amount of research is currently being undertaken around the world to find out how exactly the ECS might be utilized in the treatment of different chronic diseases. We discuss the topic in greater detail.

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The Sum of the Whole

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 11/11/2018 Times Read: 1842 Comments 0
The Sum of the Whole

If only the medical, nutrition and veterinary industries and research adhered to this realization: Modern physics has taught us that the nature of any system cannot be discovered by dividing it into its component parts and studying each part by itself... We must keep our attention fixed on the whole and on the interconnection between the parts. The same is true of our intellectual life. It is impossible to make a clear cut between science, religion, and art. The whole is never equal simply to the sum of its various parts.

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Not All Protein is Created Equal

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 21/08/2018 Times Read: 1393 Comments 0
Not All Protein is Created Equal

We are often reminded that some of the food fragments, “prescription” feed, non-specie appropriate McKibble and McCan contains protein, and therefore, it’s appropriate. Reasoning is that it contains protein. Right?

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Taurine for Healthy Hearts

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 16/07/2018 Times Read: 1819 Comments 0
Taurine for Healthy Hearts

Taurine is found primarily in muscle meat and is completely absent in cereal grains. The lack of taurine in the diet caused serious eye and heart diseases to develop. We discuss the topic in detail.

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What is Offal?

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 04/07/2018 Times Read: 1656 Comments 0
What is Offal?

We are often quizzed by pet parents about these unique ingredients. What is it and what are the befits? If you’re a gen X (or Y) or Millennial, then these items might be foreign to you. Won’t see them on the shelves at your favourite retailer either. Our desire for consumerism, packaging and presentation has alienated and orphaned these nutritional gems to dark little corners in old rusty shacks.

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The What and Why of Organ Meat

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 21/06/2018 Times Read: 34 Comments 0
The What and Why of Organ Meat

When we think of organ meat, most of us scoff at the thought of offal (/what-is-offal) and / or meat by-products. In todays’ convenience society, traditional dishes are no longer served such as tripe (/tripe-for-dogs-and-cats), and as a result, pet parents no longer consume organ meat as part of our primary diet. However, for our pets, organ meat is not only good, but it also very beneficial to their health.

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Fooding Working Dogs

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 19/06/2018 Times Read: 1839 Comments 0
Fooding Working Dogs

For an athlete dog, nutrition is as importance as the training activities to be carried out. In fact, only when the physical preparation reaches an appropriate level and is supported by an equally adequate diet, your canine athletes will be able to obtain their goals. We discuss some of the requirements of fooding your athletes.

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Protein Sources and Variety

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 12/06/2018 Times Read: 1586 Comments 0
Protein Sources and Variety

The health benefits of real animal protein sources include a good supply of protein, essential vitamins, and minerals. Meat is meat, is meat, however, each one has a special amino acid though, and each has a special benefit in your, and your fur kids', nutritional dietary requirements.

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Bugs Away! Repel Insects the Natural Way …

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 08/05/2018 Times Read: 1523 Comments 0
Bugs Away! Repel Insects the Natural Way …

We are excited to introduce Spencers Natural Pet Products, our latest partnership, to bring you natural and non-toxic anti-insect solutions. Spencers products are manufactured in Europe as a premium range of products which can be used on cats, dogs, horses, birds, rabbits, ferrets and your favourite rodents. The exclusive formulas and the best prime materials that Spencers use guarantee the stability, effectiveness and shelf-life of all their products. The shampoos and treatments contain NEEM OIL - a natural product used for centuries in India - as well as GERANIOL and LAVENDER oils.

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