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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.

Anatomy of the Diet

Posted By: Ockert Cameron Published: 26/11/2016 Times Read: 5259 Comments 0
Anatomy of the Diet

We discuss the anatomy of the raw food diet 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 ..

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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

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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 ..

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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

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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

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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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Your Pet's Digestive System

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Your Pet's Digestive System

Your fur kids’ digestive system is different than a human's and therefore dogs (and cats) process and eat differently than us. This is important to know and understand so that you can feed your fur kids the correct diet and be aware when something goes wrong. We discuss this in more detail.

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