health and longevity with the raw food diet…

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Thanks so much for all of you who have taken the time to read my earlier blogs.  I just wanted to let everyone know that I now have two websites set up......one is purely nutritional advise for cat and dog owners, the other is for (my pride and joy) the shop that I'll be opening in Melbourne, Australia at the end of the year.  Both websites are reflections of my passion for animal welfare
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How much food should I feed my dog?

The general guideline is approximately 400 grams of raw food for a healthy 20 kg dog.This is an average guideline taken from a multitude of dog nutrition authors.Of course this will vary according to health, age, exercise and activity level.The best advice is to weigh your dog on a monthly basis.Look at the body shape!....just as we do ourselves;-)
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Raw verses Processed Pet Food

Whilst I strongly believe a raw diet is far superior to a cooked and processed diet such as commercial pet food, there are certainly good and bad raw diets. Healthy raw diets depend on the quality of the ingredients, the variety of the contents, how the food is prepared, a complete diet achieved over several meals, knowledge of the supplements required, which type of bones and meat
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Arthritis and Kidney Disease

In memory of Delius 1993-2011Arthritis is a painful degenerative disease that is most often seen in older cats and dogs.Wear and tear on the joints, destruction of cartilage, inflammation and degradation of synovial fluid, toxic build up in the joints all lead to a poor quality of life where it is painful to move.What are the major causes of arthritis?Major contributors to arthritis are:-
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Support for Kidney Disease

Based on my 18 year old cat OliverOne of my cats is a domestic longhaired 18-year-old called Oliver or more affectionately known as 'Big O.'   For the first 12-14 years of his life I fed him commercial cat food products with the occasional pack of raw pet food mince meat (also a commercial product found in most local supermarkets).  Over those 12-14 years he went to the veterinarian
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Pregnancy, Lactation, Puppies and Kittens

During pregnancyPregnant cats and dogs require a highly nutritious diet that is made up of a wide variety of food produce.During the first 6 weeks of a dog pregnancy, food requirements remain the same as before pregnancy.  The temptation to overfeed should be avoided at this time.  Cats however are different, their food intake increases as soon as they are pregnant and they should be
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Grain based diets can cause health problems

In the wild, dogs would not have access to grain except for the small amount found in the gut of the prey.  As most commercial pet foods now contain grain as their main component, it is clear that this huge shift away from what nature intended may be the cause of many health problems in our pets.Here are 5 reasons why grain based diets can cause health problems:1) Cooked grain leaves
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Should we supplement the diet?

Is it necessary to supplement the diet?In a modern world of intensive farming methods which include the use of synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, the stripping of topsoil and the massive overuse of food additives and growth hormones, there is certainly an important place for supplements in our pet's diets and in our own.  After having read several texts on cat
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Herbal Supplements for Cats and Dogs

“Without balanced nutrition, the use of herbal medicines in the holistic care of your animal is a waste of time, money and plants.” (Tilford et al 2009)Herbs serve as a helping hand to good nutrition.  According to author of, ‘Herbs for Pets,’ if the body lacks nutrients, herbs are a pointless addition to the diet.  For herbs to be of benefit, they need to stimulate the energy
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Raw Tasty Burgers for Dogs

Once you have prepared this mixture which may take about an hour of your time, you can make heaps of burgers, freeze them individually and you have a meal ready to go on the days when making dinner is toooooo time consuming.Your supermarket list:2                       whole chickens  (de-skinned and chopped into pieces that will
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Supplement mix for the Healthy Adult Cat

The supplement mix I recently made for my cats is based on advice from a variety of pet nutritional authors including, Dr. Billinghurst from, ‘Give Your Dog a Bone,’ and author of ‘The Holistic Cat,’Jennifer Coscia.  Dosage of supplements, vary considerably from one author to the next.  I give my cats 1 flat teaspoon each of this supplement mix every day in their food. 
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Arthritis and how to treat it naturally

1.    Change the diet. Introduce raw egg yolks, yoghurt, raw chicken necks, pulped or grated raw vegetables and fruit (in particular berries which are high in antioxidants). *Please see my recipe page for the full raw diet.*if your pet is not getting raw meaty bones in the diet such as chicken legs, wings, carcusses then its important to add calcium to the food.For
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Why is that when pets become sick the commercial pet foods are never questioned, like they couldn’t possibly be the cause?

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The Problems with Cooked Homemade Diets

Most cat and dog owners that opt out of buying commercial pet food and decide to make the food themselves tend to automatically cook the food.  This in itself is the first problem before even mentioning the ingredients.Cooked food for pets that may contain meat, some form of carbohydrate such as potatoes, rice or pasta and some vegetables sounds balanced to some people however the problems
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Oliver's story with Kidney Disease

Nutrition is the key element to improve health and to recover from illness.  To explain this fully I will use my own 19-year-old cat Oliver who has Renal Disease.From the age of 3 months, Oliver was fed the best food recommended to me by his Veterinarian.  Over the next 12 to 14 years of his life he ate dry food and a variety of canned wet foods.  During this time he had countless
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Foods to avoid

The foods which all veterinarians and animal nutritionists tell us to avoid giving our cats and dogs are:1.   Chocolate, which includes all chocolate flavoured ice creams, cakes, deserts cookies.2.    Cooked Bones3.    OnionsThese foods appear to be the most life threatening to our pets, especially when given in large quantities.  Chocolate contains
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Which grains should I add to my dog's diet?

Foods, which cause a rapid and high increase in blood sugar levels, are known to have a high ‘Glycemic Index.’  Rice is one of such foods.  For those of us who are carbohydrate addicts and for all those unknowing cats and dogs being fed commercial diets which are high in carbohydrates, the blood sugar in the body is a roller coaster of highs and lows, especially when those
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Heavily based grain diets

What health problems may arise after feeding a dog or a cat on a lifetime of grains as the major part of the diet?.....as found in most commercial pet foodsToo much grain given to a dog or cat over their lifetime can result in:·      Premature ageing·      Arthritis·      Cancer·     
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Random and natural ageing

There are two forms of aging that can be observed in our cats and dogs:1.    Programmed Ageing is the natural cycle from birth to death.  It is the maturation process of an individual from a newborn, through sexual maturity and into senior years whilst natural wear and tear occurs and the biological clock runs down.2.    Random Ageing is when diet and lifestyle
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Teeth and gum problems, a serious issue if left untreated.

Mouth infections maybe far more serious than they appear, particularly if left untreated.  “There is a link between oral hygiene, your animals immune system and the long term health of organs such as the heart, kidneys and liver.” (Pitcairn et al 2005)If bacteria are allowed to build up around the teeth and gums (usually from a processed diet of pet biscuits and or canned
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