We discuss topics such as weight management, obesity, the scoop on poop, and others. Please note that information presented in our articles are meant as a general guidelines, and has been researched from other sources. The information presented in these articles do not provide or offer medical advice for you or your fur kids. The content we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your doctor or veterinarian. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition for your fur kids. If you require a holistic and / or integrated veterinarian, please review our directory. You should not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on our site or those we reference.
Kidneys are vital organs that have been tasked to take waste out of our, and our fur kids, blood, balancing body fluids, and making pee. Kidneys act as the body’s waste filtration system. They have the same function as your human kidneys. Kidney (renal) disease occurs when kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood correctly. Over time, the “waste” build-up in the body, which can cause additional health problems, and eventually lead to kidney failure. In mutts, pups, nobles and masters, the kidneys use about 20 percent of their heart’s blood to operate. Unlike the liver, kidneys cannot rejuvenate.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Lonsdale called it the 'pandemic of periodontal disease in pets', and highlighted this condition as a major cat and dog health issue, calling the canine condition “Foul-mouth AIDS”. Dr Lonsdale saw the bacterial proliferation in dog's mouths as suppressing their immune systems, leading to a host of health problems.
"Hydrotherapy" means “water healing" in Greek, and your fur kids can benefit in the same way humans do. Hydrotherapy uses the properties of water — buoyancy, viscosity, resistance, and hydrostatic pressure — to enable a dog (or human) to move his or her joints. Water makes the body buoyant, so when submerged, the weight of the body is supported. This means the your fur kid is not fighting gravity. The buoyancy of water reduces stress on the joints and this creates a much safer environment for recovery after surgery.
Until recently, the question of whether food or feed can affect your fur kids' behaviour has been a long-debated subject amongst behaviourists and trainers. Fortunately, there is more and more evidence and study to show that what you put into your fur kids, can and does have an influence on how your fur kids behaves — just like what you eat can top or topple your own moods.
Licking and fretting over their paws is part of normal dog's grooming behaviour. It is part of their subconscious body language, just like tapping your feet or playing with your hair. It only really becomes a problem when your fur kid does it in excess or carries it to the extreme.
Spirocerca Lupi is a worm that completes its life cycle in dogs and causes severe, potentially life-threatening diseases. Your fur kid can pick up this worm through intermediary hosts - from eating beetles or small animals such as mice, rats, lizards, wild birds and, most notably, the common Hadeda. Dogs become infected through eating the intermediary host, or its faeces, or through picking up the worm eggs which remain on the lawn and in pastures.
Did you know - your dog’s liver is his (or her) second largest organ, next to its skin? And in this case, size matters, because the liver is central to your fur kids’ health and wellness. We discuss how you can use herbs to help the machinery keep on working.
Dogs and cats, just like humans, can have allergies. More than 30% of all skin irritations in our pets and fur kids can be attributed to allergies. Allergens can be found in foods, inhaled allergens like weed, tree and grass pollens, moulds or fungi, insects, carpet fibres and even other pets. The age of onset for initial allergy symptoms is usually between 6 months and 3 years of age.
Raw Food for Pets South Africa is proud to be working with Hemopet NutriScan® to expand the reach of NutriScan® Food Intolerance Diagnostic Testing capabilities in South Africa. By using our large family of raw food produce, together our mission is to match fur kids with their perfect diet to help eliminate ailments caused by food intolerances or sensitivities, we believe we are best placed to assist you and your fur kids.