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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.

Protein Sources and Variety

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 12/06/2018 Times Read: 2825 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: 2990 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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The Great Fat Debate

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 19/04/2018 Times Read: 2748 Comments 0
The Great Fat Debate

There is a “my-fat-is-better-than-your-fat” debate raging that we all are ignoring. Fish Oil vs Krill Oils, Flax vs Coconut, Coconut vs Canola, Canola vs Olive Oil, and so forth. And then there is plant-based vs animal based. All pitching the same “perfect” Omega 3 & 6 ratio, or boost. Why is this important to us?

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Feline Physiotherapy; Indications and Benefits

Posted By: Courteney Meyer Published: 15/04/2018 Times Read: 2970 Comments 0
Feline Physiotherapy; Indications and Benefits

Turn your flabby Felix into a fit feline and offer them the chance to live their life to the fullest. Discuss an holistic approach with your attending veterinarian and don’t hesitate to contact a reputable therapist to guide you in rehabilitating your cat.

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Is it possible to treat cancer with food?

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 04/04/2018 Times Read: 2517 Comments 0
Is it possible to treat cancer with food?

There are many theories (anecdotal, medical, scientific and conspiracy) regarding cancer in pet parents and pets alike. In our experience, the most healthful natural diet will improve the pet’s overall health. We discuss the topic of cancer and food in greater detail.

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What's Really in that McKibble or McCan?

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 04/03/2018 Times Read: 2715 Comments 0
What's Really in that McKibble or McCan?

Many pet parents and guardians have been convinced that the "healthy", "natural", "premium" and "recommended by" labels on pet feed MUST mean that the stuff inside the bag is good for your fur kids. Alongside these words, we often find claims of 100% "complete and balanced" that leave us to assume we are providing the best food for our dogs and cats;- feeding the same dry cereal based diets day in and day out. Yet, most pet parents and guardians do not fully appreciate what goes into these feeds, even their own food. BigPetFood place images of fresh cut chicken breast, fresh fruits and vegetables and wholesome grains on their packages, but, this is rarely what is actually inside the bag.

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Raw Meaty Bones for Cats and Dogs

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 18/02/2018 Times Read: 3826 Comments 0
Raw Meaty Bones for Cats and Dogs

There are real dangers associated to giving your dog a bone, and it’s up to each pet parents and/or guardian to decide if the benefits outweigh the risks. At Raw Food for Pets, we believe that raw bones fed sensibly and responsibly, are an important part of the diet for your pack. We discuss some of the risks, benefits and approach to feeding bones in greater detail in this article.

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Don’t be Label Fooled

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 11/02/2018 Times Read: 2637 Comments 0
Don’t be Label Fooled

A new trend in kibble is "natural", or "real" or "fresh" ingredients. Kibble is still kibble, and still based on a dry matter base. In keeping with labelling requirements, these ingredients are listed by weight, but "real" chicken contains water! And when it becomes dry, it no longer represent the "chicken" in the feed, as the rest of the non-animal proteins are now the primary ingredients. We discuss this trend in greater details.

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Superfood for Your Pack

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 23/01/2018 Times Read: 3150 Comments 0
Superfood for Your Pack

Thinking about adding raw eggs to your fur kids diet? There are several benefits of adding raw eggs, but there are also common misconceptions that cause pet parents to avoid this healthful addition to their pet’s nutrition. We discuss this topic in short.

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Understanding the risks associated with RAW food

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 21/01/2018 Times Read: 3863 Comments 0
Understanding the risks associated with RAW food

Recently, a spade of articles about the “dangers” of raw feeding has been doing it’s rounds on social and digital media. We believe that our rabbit opponents are at it again, clutching to straws to create fear, uncertainty and doubt. One such study (Freek P J van Bree, 2017) by researchers at Utrecht University states that raw diets (or meals) could be contaminated with bacteria and parasites, that could potentially harm you and your pet. We discuss this topic in detail.

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Preventing Bad Hair Days ...

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 06/01/2018 Times Read: 3249 Comments 0
Preventing Bad Hair Days ...

A bad hair day can spoil many good moments, and create much discomfort! Choosing the correct shampoo for your pack is therefore extremely important. We discuss this topic in more detail.

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Puppyhood & Kittenhood

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 02/01/2018 Times Read: 2503 Comments 0
Puppyhood & Kittenhood

There is no binary figure or calculation that can tell you for certain the age at which your puppy or kitten is considered to be an adult dog or cat, or when they will themselves feel like an adult dog or cat, or be viewed as such by other dogs and cats. The development from puppy and/or kitten to adult is not necessarily linear, and it will pass through a range of stages that each individual dog and cat will reach at different points of their lives. We discuss their growth phase in general terms.

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