We make our dog treats using our specially formulated low fat and high protein mixes with no preservatives or salt.
All treats should mainly be used to reward good behavior and as a training aid.
You must remember they are treats only and must not be used as a meal replacement.
Everything in moderation is the most sensible approach.
These days, the choices of prepared artificial foods for our dogs is over whelming and it is easier for us to just purchase a tin or some dry food for our dogs and think that we are feeding them the best we can, because that is how it is marketed to us.
While all this processed food may be balanced and have added vitamins it is not a natural diet for our canine friends.
Large numbers of dogs these days are being presented to veterinarians with varying degrees of periodontal and health issues, such as, sore gums, rotten teeth, dogs breath, arthritis, tumors, cancers and skin allergies, mainly due to the fact their diet has only ever been processed food.
Dogs require fresh meaty bones to massage their gums and remove the tartar and plaque build up from their teeth and for ultimate oral hygiene.
The best diet we advocate for your dog`s optimum health is fresh raw meaty bones every day. Meaty bones that require your dog to use all of their teeth to rip, tear and crunch are best.
You should never give your dogs cooked bones.
If your dog has a tendency to gulp and swallow, never give them bones that have sharp pointy ends as these can splinter and get caught in their throat or intestines.
A lot of skin irritations on dogs may and possibly are caused by flea hypersensitivity. It only takes a couple of fleas to get the dog into a chew, lick and scratch cycle. The chewing and scratching inflames the skin and the licking leaves the area moist which encourages bacteria and mites to multiply.
If you find you dog has an itching problem it is best to eliminate fleas as a first step to solving skin problems. Start by bathing the dog using a quality flea wash/shampoo.
Completely renewing the dogs bed is also necessary at the same time, I would suggest the bed has a removable and washable cover, which is replaced and washed on a regular basis. It is also wise to treat other areas for fleas around the house or outside where you dog may choose to lay.
Replace that old flea collar that you can not remember when you actually bought it, or use a quality brand treatment that you apply on their skin. Keep the treatment up to date especially in the warmer months as this is peak season for fleas and ticks.
It may take several weeks to eliminate them, as the flea eggs will still hatch out, even if the adults have been killed off.
If you feel your dog still has skin irritations after the fleas have been eradicated, seek advice from your vet, there may be other reasons such as grass seed irritations, dermatitis or fungal infections.
It is uncommon for dogs to suffer from food allergies and testing for this can be an expensive and time consuming process, so it is best to eliminate all other causes of skin irritations first before having your dog tested for food allergies.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) Cardiovascular health, neurological health, eyes, vitality, metabolic system
Vitamin B6 – Serotonin production (for happiness!), healthy blood, immune system, neurological health, hormone regulation and cardio vascular health
Vitamin B12 – Healthy metabolism, healthy pregnancy, energy levels
Vitamin A – Bone growth, healthy teeth, reproduction, skin, hair and mucous membranes
Vitamin C – Immune system, tissue repair, vitamin absorption, nervous system, healthy blood vessels, antioxidant, energy production, fats and proteins synthesis
Vitamin E – Healthy skin, anti-oxidant
Omega 3 – Joint health, brain health, heart health, cancer prevention, arthritis prevention.
All types of chocolate and cocoa products are dangerous for dogs.
Dark chocolate is the worst.
The toxicity comes from the methylxanthines present in chocolate based products. These act as a stimulant to the nervous system, cardiovascular system, muscular system and Gastro-intestinal tract.
Grapes and Raisins
Grapes including raisins, sultanas and currants are a no go. Fresh grapes are less likely to be toxic than dried fruit as the dried is more concentrated.
Please remember fruit cake, hot cross buns etc can also be a problem.
Clinical symptoms often commence with vomiting, diarrhea and excessive thirst.
Onions and Garlic
It doesn't matter whether they are cooked or raw, it only takes a small amount to cause toxicities in your dog. These plants can damage the red blood cells, leading to anemia, lethargy and weakness
Nuts and Seeds
Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, vomiting and diarrhea and pain.
Peanuts can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Pistachios which are high in fat can cause pancreatitis.
As spring and summer approach, ticks and fleas can become more of a problem for us and our dogs. The more we know about these pests the better we can treat the problems they may cause to our fur babies.
If we know the preventative measures to put in place, it is the best chance our dogs can have of life without these nasty blood sucking parasites.
Fleas are are usually common all year round and as the days warm up ticks become more prevalent also.
The blood sucking habits of fleas are the most leading causes of skin irritations for dogs, fleas rely on blood for their nutrition, however they can survive for several months with out feeding.
Generally females will lay their eggs(up to 50 at a time) which hatch into larvae one week later and then form a cocoon, then two weeks later hatch out as adult fleas. This life process repeats over and over at a rapid pace leading to infestations and havoc for all around.
Eradication is not always easy as flea cocoons can lay dormant for long periods at a time and hatch out when conditions are more ideal,e.g. warmer months.
Fleas are also carriers of diseases, most common is tape worms making worming our dogs a necessary regular activity.
Flea eggs can be found where ever your pooch lays, carpets, their beds and bedding even your bed.
Good cleaning practices are needed to help eradicate these pest.
Vacuuming everywhere they lay and weekly insecticidal washes for all bedding will go a long way to control any out breaks.
Flea collars or spot on skin drops and regular flea control shampoos will help your dog have a more comfortable life without fleas.
It may be necessary to use flea bombs or a professional pest exterminator if the infestation is out control.
Tick poisoning is one of the leading causes of early death to dogs on the Eastern states.
There are 75 different species of ticks, the most common and most dangerous is the paralysis tick. Females can deposit between 2,500 to 3,000 eggs in her life cycle, although only a fraction survive to adult hood. The entire life cycle of the paralysis tick has four stages and takes about a year to complete.
When a tick attaches itself to a host it injects toxins as it feeds. Symptoms of tick bite are change in bark, weakness in the back legs, vomiting and frothing at the mouth. If your dog shows any of these signs it is imperative you get them to a vet immediately. The sooner the animal is treated with the anti tick serum the better chance of survival and also less chance of ongoing problems such as heart disease, which can be caused by the toxin.
As they say prevention is the best cure. There are all kinds of forms of tick preventative methods, and it is up to the owners, to not only find a method that works for them, but to make sure the method is kept up to date.
The range is huge, flea and tick collars, spot on skin preparations, tick washes and powders, we always recommend spending a few dollars extra and get good quality brands, they last longer and are therefore better value. You may feel these products are expensive, but believe me it is nothing compared to tick serum and care by the vet if your dog is affected.
You can use any of the products, all work well, BUT it is important to give your dog a daily search, for the paralysis tick. Remember ticks love warm moist areas, their ears and the lips can be a common place they attach and are hard to find. We make it a daily part of a good pat and tummy rub, at the same time search for ticks.