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BLADDER DISORDERS, KIDNEY STONES, RENAL FAILURE, ARTHRITIS, SKIN ALLERGIES, OBESITY, DIABETES, CANCER – ARE JUST SOME OF THE POSSIBLE AILMENTS THAT WILL ARISE FROM FEEDING YOUR CAT’S INFERIOR, HIGH CARB, KIBBLE DIETS.

”Nutrition is serious health business. The public is not well served by exclusively feeding products from companies without any real commitment to health… or knowledge of how to even achieve that. Recent studies have shown processed foods to be a factor in increasing numbers of pets suffering from cancer, arthritis, obesity, dental disease and heart disease”. Dr. Randy Wysong, DVM

In my opinion the biggest danger facing our cats, nowadays, is renal failure. In the past, cats lived to a ripe old age and died of a heart failure at 15 – 18 years. Now, cats are lucky if they make it untill 10 years old.
Cats are obligate carnivores and they retain and metabolise their liquid intake from their nutrition. Dry kibble food has the exact opposite affect and rather than hydrating our dear furry friends, actually dehydrates them. Have you ever noticed what happens to kibble when dropped into water? The kibble absorbs all the water and puffs up double its size. That is what is happening to the insides of our cats (and dogs).

Cats have been observed, drinking water from the shower and toilet and certainly spend more time at their water bowl than they should. The strange thing is, that if fed a wholesome real food diet, cats will seldom be seen drinking. The high moisture levels in real food, meat and veggies is sufficient to sustain their desired liquid intake

“The sad truth is that prepared pet foods help provide patients for vets.” Dr. Ian Billinghurst, B.V.Sc.(Hons), BSc.Agr., Dip.Ed.

Those looking for a more scientific explanation as to renal failure in cats, with respect to feeding kibble diets, can refer to this:
Acidification of the diet can destroy acid-sensitive micronutrients like vitamin K, biotin and B-12. Acidification has been done for several years by pet food manufacturers to help control struvite crystal formation in the urine that becomes too alkaline when dogs and cats are fed high cereal diets. This can lead to the development of calculi/stones in the urinary tract that cause painful and even fatal urinary blockage. Such artificial alteration of the acidity/alkalinity of the animals’ food can cause metabolic acidosis and kidney failure. These are common emergencies, along with urinary retention, in veterinary practice. Acidification of pet foods also resulted in an increased incidence of calcium oxalate uroliths/stones.

THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE – HOW TO WEAN YOUR CATS OVER

Cat owners will confirm how different they are in terms of behaviour and diet and how challenging it is to change their dietary needs. With dogs, if they are presented with food that they don’t like, they may resist for a few days but they will eventually accept their new feed. But with cats, they may refuse until their bitter end.

That said, cats can change their diets and they can be weaned over relatively easily. All that is required is patience, perseverance and “tricks of the trade”.

Here some suggested inclusions into your wholesome cat’s diet in order to enhance taste and desirability until the transition has taken place completely. This may take a week or weeks:

• Sardines * Tuna * chicken liver * Omega 3 fish oil * butter * biltong * chicken broth and pieces * natural gravies

VONDI’S YUMMY CAT FOOD is a high moisture meat protein diet and contains chicken, mutton, healthy grains, eggs, cold pressed olive oil, veggies, freshly picked herbs, vitamin supplement and taurine.
Any cat food based on this recipe would be perfect for your cats. Changing your cats from kibble to wholesome food, as mentioned may take a bit of time. You can a portion your new cat and add to it your current kibble (although not desirable) as well as the tasties I had suggested. Over time you will add less on the kibble and more of the wholesome diet until he/she is weaned over completely
The effort is worth it, in order to enhance the well-being and longevity of your furry and cuddly friend

“The results of a clinical trial suggest that 74.7% of common diseases in dogs and 63% of common diseases in cats can be eliminated without medical intervention over a period of one year with proper diet modifications and an understanding of the healing process as exhibited through healing episodes. Approaching disease from the perspective of health is the most powerful means of eliminating disease. Poor fuel makes for little momentum in life. The commercial food we are feeding’ is the disease we are treating – so treat on and on, curing one disease after another, again and again.”Dr. William Pollak, DVM

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There is nothing nicer than waking up to the “coffee breath” of a puppy. There is nothing more delightful than watching a puppy in play. There is nothing more satisfying than looking your puppies alert and yearning eyes.

Your puppy’s formative years are very important. Use positive parenting techniques to develop a well-balanced and happy pup. Here’s how.

GIVE IT TIME WITH ITS MOM

Puppies should spend at least 8 weeks with their mum’s and siblings. They learn invaluable lessons on pooping and social etiquette.

PUPPY PROOF YOUR HOME

Before you get angry with your puppy for chewing your favourite slippers, scan your home and remove everything you can think of that might get chewed.Put acceptable chew material in place.

KEEP PUPPIES SAFE

Crates are great props to contain puppies when they aren’t being watched. Trauma can last well into a pup’s life. Make sure you keep them safe and away from fireworks and traffic or loud noises.

MAKE NAMING POSITIVE

Get puppies to learn their names in a positive sense. Don’t call puppies by their name when they’re in trouble, or when you want to cut their nails, bath them or put them away in their kennels. Use their names when you’re calling them for food or to love them.

GIVE THEM APPROPRIATE TOYS

More toys equate to smarter dogs. Playing experiences allows them to explore and experience different motions and tactile experiences. Give puppies squeak toys, bully sticks, jaw hide and jolly balls. Toys that are too hard might break their teeth.

POTTY BREAKS

Use the pups age in months plus one hour to gauge the intervals between potty breaks. So, if a pup is 2 months you would need to take them out every three hours. If you’re using a puppy pad inside they might get accustomed to that and may pee on something similar like a towel. Outside breaks are a better option.

DEVELOP TRUST

Re-inforcepositive handling by touching your puppy everyday. Make your contact with them loving and kind.

INSTIL GOOD BEHAVIOUR

Rewards teach pups to think. Teach a pup to like a word by saying their name or making a sound or click and then giving them a treat afterwards. That way you will get them to respond to your chosen word. Redirect bad behavior by showing them what they can do instead.

TRAINING

Use a short leash to start with, not an expandable one. Start walking with your pup on cement where there aren’t any smells or insects to distract them. Once you have a level of manageability, take them outside.

CALLING YOUR PUPPY

Play hide and seek, calling them and then rewarding them with excitement and treats. This will teach them to come.

SOCIALISE THEM

Give visitors treats to give the pup – that way they will see visitors as a good experience and they won’t develop aggression.

VONDIS PUPPY FEEDING SUGGESTIONS

VONDI’S PUPPY MENU: 6 – 12 weeks:

When feeding a puppy on Vondi’s Dog Food one would base it on the size of the head, as the size of the head is the same size as the tummy. This would be the quantity per meal.

  • 7am Oats. Pour hot water over, stand until soggy. Sprinkle Vondi’s vitamin supplement on top. Small qty raw egg mixed in every day.
  • 10am Puppy Crunchies
  • 11am Vondi’s Dog Food
  • 4pm Puppy Crunchies
  • 7pm Vondi’s Dog food – Sprinkle Vondi’s supplement on top.

This is a guideline. You don’t have to be too strict about times and in what order you feed what.

VONDI’S PUPPY MENU:

12 weeks – 9 months: Feed Vondis Food 2 – 3 times per day. Reasonable quantity or 5% of his body weight PER DAY

9 months – adult: Feed Vondis 1 – 2 times per day. Reasonable quantity or 4% of his body weight PER DAY  .

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Last week we posted, individually, “What Vets Say” and “What Vets have been Saying”

For those who missed some of the opinions of our esteemed Veterinarians, here is the complete list:

  1. Dr Gérard Lippert and Bruno Sapy, landmark 5 year study on the life expectancy of domestic dogs showed that: Dogs fed industrial food lived an average 10.4 years. Dogs fed home made food lived an average 13.1 years. The difference is just over 32 months. That is nearly 3 YEARS LONGER!!! 
  1. ”Nutrition is serious health business. The public is not well served by exclusively feeding products from companies without any real commitment to health… or knowledge of how to even achieve that. Recent studies have shown processed foods to be a factor in increasing numbers of pets suffering from cancer, arthritis, obesity, dental disease and heart disease”. Randy Wysong, DVM
  1. Regarded the „pandemic of periodontal disease in pets‟ as a major cat and dog health issue, calling the canine condition “Foul-mouth AIDS”, because he saw the bacterial proliferation in dog‟s mouths as suppressing their immune systems, leading to a host of health problems. For his advocacy, he was expelled from the Australian Veterinary Association. Tom Lonsdale DVM
  1. “Every time a pet trustingly eats another bowl of high sugar pet food, he is being brought that much closer to diabetes, hypoglycemia, overweight, nervousness, cataracts, allergy and death.” R.Geoffrey Broderick DVM
  1. “During my thirty years of veterinary practice I have often been upset by the poor condition I see some of my canine patients in due to inferior quality diets that the owner honestly believes to be adequate. In good faith the dog owner assumes that since the dog food label proclaims “complete and balanced”, “premium”, “high protein”, and so on, that their dog will automatically do just great if that’s all it is fed. Because of ambiguous or deceptive labeling of the dog food, the owner unknowingly will feed an inadequate diet. And it may be decades before the FDA requires more strict guidelines for dog food manufacturers to follow so that misleading, ambiguous, and sometimes phony labeling practices no longer confuse or trick the purchaser.” T. J. Dunn, Jr. DVM
  1. “The sad truth is that prepared pet foods help provide patients for vets.” Ian Billinghurst, B.V.Sc.(Hons), BSc.Agr., Dip.Ed.
  1. “Feeding slaughterhouse wastes to animals increases their chance of getting cancer and other degenerative diseases. Those wastes can include moldy, rancid or spoiled meats as well as tissues severely riddled with cancer.” P.F. Mc Gargle, DVM
  1. “The results of a clinical trial suggest that 74.7% of common diseases in dogs and 63% of common diseases in cats can be eliminated without medical intervention over a period of one year with proper diet modifications and an understanding of the healing process as exhibited through healing episodes. Approaching disease from the perspective of health is the most powerful means of eliminating disease. Poor fuel makes for little momentum in life. The commercial food we are feeding’ is the disease we are treating – so treat on and on, curing one disease after another, again and again.” William Pollak, DVM
  1. “The benefits of a natural diet go beyond merely preventing disease. After only 3-4 weeks on the new diet, people usually notice a dramatic improvement in the skin and coat, less odor, fewer fleas, brighter eyes, and better energy and behavior. Not only can you see the signs of improved health, but you will also save money in the long run due to fewer and lower veterinary bills. The healthier your pet is, the less likely s/he will be to have fleas, skin problems, allergies, heartworms, feline leukemia, dental disease, and many other common disease problems.” Dr Jeffrey Levy DVM PCH
  2. A growing number of vets state that processed pet food is the main cause of illness and premature death in the modern dog and cat. In December 1995, the British Journal of Small Animal Practice published a paper contending that processed pet food suppresses the immune system and leads to liver, kidney, heart and other diseases. This research, initially conducted by Dr. Tom Lonsdale, was researched further by the Australian Veterinary Association and proven to be correct.” From the British Journal of Small Animal Practice
  1. “The most common and most visible symptoms of nutritionally caused deficiencies are allergies of one kind or Because many commercial foods are woefully deficient in key nutrients, the long-term effect of these foods makes the dog hypersensitive to its environment. . . . It’s a dinosaur effect. Animals are being programmed for disaster, for extinction. Many of them are biochemical cripples with defective adrenal glands unable to manufacture adequate Cortisol, a hormone vital for health and resistance to disease.” Allergies can be, and often are, unrecognized deficiency diseases.” Dr Alfred Plechner, DVM
  1. “The prevalence of cancer and autoimmune related diseases in our pets is directly correlated to the processed foods we are feeding them. We are literally starving them to death of nutrients while stuffing them to the point of obesity with garbage.” Denise Miller, DVM and author of What’s Wrong With our Pets?
  1. “Their pets may have diarrhea, increased flatulence, a dull hair coat, intermittent vomiting or prolonged scratching. These are common symptoms associated with commercial pet foods.” In 1981, as Martin Zucker and I wrote How to Have a Healthier Dog, we discovered the full extent of negative effects that commercial pet food has on animals. In February 1990, San Francisco Chronicle staff writer John Eckhouse went even further with an expose entitled “How Dogs and Cats Get Recycled into Pet Food”. Wendell O. Belfield, DVM
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A PHYSICALLY DISABLED MAN AND HIS BEST FRIEND

Sponsored by Vondi’s Holistic Pet Nutrition

Last month we featured, Zane Conroy, 27 year old, who was rendered a quadriplegic after breaking his neck in a freak accident. In 2012, he applied for a service dog, but with little hope that his pray will come true. Recently, the South African Guide Dog Association, delivered Rolo, a beautiful chocolate brown Labrador as a companion and guide.  “I’m not sure my words will adequately describe what joy Rolo has already brought to my life.” Vondis Holistic Pet has pledged to supply Rolo with his monthly food requirements.

Let’s see how they are doing

“Rolo has been at my home for a little over a month now. What an amazing bond has formed between us!! I actually have proof of this statement. Let me explain 🙂 The trainers from the South African Guide Dog Association have explained to me that anytime there is an issue with Rolo, I should just let them know and we can sort it out. Nothing could prepare us for what we experienced with the fury guy.

There have been three occasions where I have had to go out but unfortunately couldn’t take Rolo with me. Although my mom was home and a few other people that live on the property, he still whined for me!! My mom would give him attention, throw his toy for him but no, he still winged because I was not home.

The moment he heard the gate open at the front of our home, he would bolt to the gate to see me arrive in the car. The moment I exit the car he jumps up into my lap and is absolutely thrilled to see me! As I am to see him 🙂 The trainers at SA Guide Dogs were quite thrilled at the bond between us and realized it was strong when they observed Rolo following me out the door, even if I went out for a short time.

As a result of this, I try take him out wherever possible. When in public, we kit Rolo out with his wonderful bright red jacket to let the public know what a special guy he is 🙂 Have a look at the video link below of our Builders Warehouse outing”.

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ZANE AND ROLO

A PHYSICALLY DISABLED MAN AND HIS BEST FRIEND

Sponsored by Vondi’s Holistic Pet Nutrition

At the age of 27 Zane Conroy was rendered a quadriplegic after breaking his neck in a freak accident. In 2012 and he applied for service dog, but with little hope that his pray will come true. Three weeks ago, the South African Guide Dog Association, delivered Rolo, a beautiful chocolate brown Labrador as a companion and guide.  “I’m not sure my words will adequately describe what joy Rolo has already brought to my life. Although our house has already been made a home, this guy has really completed the “picket fenced picture”.

Here is Zane’s story – a tearful story but one with great inspiration. This is a story of human strength and dedication, where man and dog unite as forever companions. Given Zane’s limited means, it is Vondis absolute pleasure to sponsor Rolo’s dietary needs.

“At the age of 27, I was rendered a quadriplegic on the 26th of January 2010. I was living in Sydney, Australia at the time and during a picnic by the water with some mates, it all took a turn for the worst at around 8 o’clock that evening. We were sitting on a little ledge and as I thought the tide had come in, I chose to flop head first into the water. Being way too shallow, I hit my head on the beach sand and instantly paralyzed myself by breaking my neck and severely injuring my spinal cord. You won’t believe but as devastating as these injuries are, they happen everyday worldwide.

So as you can imagine, life took a 180 degree turn for me and huge changes had to made to accommodate my new and unfortunately, disabled body. I completed my hospital at an amazing hospital in Sydney and a six month period at an equally competent rehabilitation centre. In fact it was at the rehab centre that I was first introduced to a service dog. One of the women there who had been in a wheelchair for 10 years had a beautiful black “Labby”.

I returned to South Africa in September 2011. I wasn’t a permanent resident in Australia so my stay there was always temporary. Coming home was a great choice as I have the freedom and luxury of a spacious beautiful home where I live with my mom who has also been an Angel to me. A protector and provider like no other.

It was in 2012 that I applied for a service dog and as the years went by I really didn’t think much of it, nor that anything would eventuate from it. However, that completely changed when I got the phone call from the South African Guide Dog Association to say that Rolo is available and  if I am still interested. I must admit, I had adapted so well with my new life setting that I hesitated a bit when I first thought about getting a dog again. However after talking with my mom about it and the fact she was also on board 100%, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

Boy am I not sorry about that choice! Ever since this chocolate slab of a dog – Rolo – came to my home on Sunday 25 July 2015, I have had my whole life transformed once again – but this time for the much much better.

Even in this short period this furry four legged guy has climbed into the hearts of the entire household. My mom and the caregivers  absolutely love him.

As for me… I’m not sure my words will adequately describe what joy Rolo has already brought to my life. Although our house has already been made a home, this guy has really completed the “picket fenced picture”. The sheer enthusiasm he has when I simply roll out the door, to just be involved and apart of what I’m doing is really something quite incredible. I assure you, watching me breath in the good air of the amazing day isn’t all that exciting! However, Rolo is there. He’s by my side wherever I go. I never truly understood the meaning of companionship until I met this guy. I’ve been battling on for the last five and a bit years with my injury, and one often thinks that “something’s gotta give” – as in “what good has come from this?” Well I can say with certainty that if ever there is any good that has come out of my situation, Rolo definitely makes that a possibility.  He’s such a character too – he has made me laugh out sounds from my voice box that I never knew existed.

It’s true what they say, “A dog is a mans best friend” – Rolo is living proof of that now. I look forward to providing a comfortable and amazing life for him, it gives me a sense of purpose too. The Vondis food and idea behind it, will no doubt assist me in making this life possible for him.”

Zane Conroy.

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BOTH ARE ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR PET AND YOURSELF

But coconut oil does not have the same dynamics as Omega 3 fish oil and the Omega 3 fish oil is different to coconut oil.

Omega-3 oil (fish oil) is totally different, and like chalk and cheese when it comes to coconut oil.  Fish oil is DHA and EPA (two long words, but this is enough), and these are omega 3 oils.

Coconut oil has no omega 3 in at all, it’s a saturated (very stable) fat which is excellent for improving the health of the thyroid gland, preventing obesity and giving masses of energy.  Assists with heart and brain health.

Omega 3 oil from fish is a powerful anti-inflammatory and is probably the most important supplement you can add to your dog’s diet, regardless of what type of diet you feed.

BENEFITS OF OMEGA 3 FISH OIL – I have listed only a few

Proven benefits from EPA and DHA include:

  • Improving the coat and skin.
  • Reducing inflammation due to conditions such as arthritis, allergies, and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Regulating the immune system, boosting those that are suppressed and calming overactive immune systems for dogs with allergies or autoimmune diseases.
  • Aiding in mental development of foetuses and puppies, and improving cognitive function in older dogs.
  • Lowering blood pressure and triglycerides.
  • Providing support for dogs with kidney disease, heart disease, and cancer.
  • Promoting weight loss in overweight dogs.

BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL – I have listed only a few

Benefits include:

  • Antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties
  • Helps the dogs absorb minerals, and fat-soluble vitamins
  • Is said to help fight cancer
  • Makes the coat shine beautifully and naturally
  • Helps prevent skin irritation and infection – and dogs are CRAZY about the taste!!
  • Good for bone health, heart health, weight management, diabetes and digestion
  • Improves digestion and alleviates allergies
  • Deodorizes doggy odour
  • Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
  • Aids in arthritis or ligament problems

In summary, and simply put, Omega 3 fish oil restores cell damage that may have been caused by incorrect diet, exposure to chemicals and poison and pollution. Skin is often the first consequence of this abuse and Omega 3 is essential in the restoration thereof. Coconut oil, in respect to skin, promotes a glossy, shiny health skin, but has no omega 3’s.

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“Thank you Paul for all your guidance and support! – For 6 long years Tony and I battled with our three French poodles with chronic skin allergies, re-occurring ear and eye infections amongst other ailments. We had endless sleepless nights with the scratching, licking and offensive smelling dogs in our room. I googled ‘wet food diets_dog_south africa’ and landed on Vondis website. Before introducing them to the Vondis diet in January, besides all the drugs that were being pumped in to them, the monthly cost of the medicine together with the dry food prescription diet that the vets advised us to put them on, ran in to thousands of rands a month.

Tony and I are now enjoying a good night’s sleep and they are happy, healthy boys!

Tony and Barbs”

“Hi Paul. Just thought I’d let you know that I’ve just seen a very happy client. I saw him at the end of April. His Labrador had to wear bandages almost permanently for lick granulomas and had frequent hotspots. He admits he felt like giving up. He has been feeding your Special Chicken and using the Rooibos Anti-itch since the beginning of May. There is only 1 slightly raw spot left, no bandages and hardly any scratching…Dr. Alma Kerr (vet)”

“Just thought I’d drop you a story for your testimonial page. The kind of story that if anybody is still not convinced that the holistic pet food nutritional way for your pets is not the answer, then nothing else is……

I have rescued many animals and there are two common denominaters. One being, that somebody, somewhere has abandoned the animal and all the animals in my care eat Vondis.

The speed with which my rescued babies heal is just mind blowing. I’m talking about animals with demodectic mange, sarcoptic mange, ticks and flea/lice investations. I have attached some photos to explain myself further and as you will see, the rest is self explanatory.

I just wanted to thank you and Paul for all your assistance in helping me to help them!! …..Kind regards Nicole

Paul Grizzly is loving his new food and I bless you every time I cut open a bag. He also stopped scratching immediately! Best, Elma

I have put my dog Leo on your Vondi’s food for itchy skins and within three weeks I’ve noticed a difference. He had a bald patch on his chest and the hair has almost all grown back – best decision I’ve ever made for my furbaby! smile emoticon”. Lanadene
Thanks Vondi’s for your awesome products. Since putting my Yorkie on your food about 2 months ago I can see so many changes. Her coat is more shiny, she doesn’t itch as much and she has stopped licking her paws. Gillian

I have the NEED to tell you that in this short space of time, I have become your total, complete and dedicated FAN. Our little scrap has never in her life been in better condition than she is after just 6 weeks on your food. DESPITE the Hill’s Science diet that she was on for a good few years, she used to have a fairly flaky, itchy skin, shed hair quite a bit, her coat was just a tad wiry and she was prone to putting on weight easily.

Wellll … all that has changed:  NO pellets in her diet whatsoever, her coat has NEVER been as soft and shiny as it is now; NO more scratching, she has virtually stopped shedding hair, she was also prone to a doggie smell… that too is gone. She actually smells good now. For a 12-year old girl she has a new spark in the step … overall condition is great, and in such a short time too?! Ronel

Hello. My name is Amy, and my doggie is Flo. She is a MASSIVE fan of Vondis. We got her from the SPCA a year ago. She had mange, horrible infections, malnutrition, and was found in a box with pups. She’s a wire hair terrier x jack russel x maltese. Her skin is extremely sensitive, and she has a grass allergy. Since starting her on Vondis 2months ago, we cannot believe the change!! She is much more full of energy, has less rashes, and doesn’t get the runny tummy she always used to have. Her hair/fur is fuller, less ginger, and less oily. Amy

I took Gene today to Dr Eckersley to have her checked out properly…… she is now 22 months old today and as you know a German Shepherd Puppy…..

Urine Analysis – 100%   Fecal Analysis – 100%/ Full Blood Work Up (4 vials of blood) – 100%

Hips – 100%      Elbows  – 100%     Spine – 100%/ Dr Eckersley said quote

”I am VERY happy with her condition and her results!”  During her exam – he commented on her amazing coat!  She feels like Velvet! He said that you can see she is in perfect health!

Hi Cindy

Thank you so much for following up with me

After exhaustive tests, the vet came back to say they could find nothing wrong with Whiskey. The blood results that he had done showed he was extremely anaemic etc and the vet was worried about parasites or major bleeding. The bloods were done again and came back normal! To say I am frustrated is an understatement never mind that we spent close to R8000.00 on these tests 

So, back to my boy. He is really enjoying the food and would love more than just the one packet. 

I think he is looking a lot chirpier and responsive but my family think I’m seeing things. His ears perk up and he is eager to meet you at the door. To me, he appears to be happier. He also seems to be finding it easier to climb on the beds and is not battling like he was, to get up from a lying down position.

I believe in synchronicity, so I believe everything that happened directed us to Vondi’s and that’s the way it is. I also think that there will be more positive changes the longer he stays on your food. 

I am happy with what I’m seeing and we are all far happier feeding him food as opposed to those lumpy balls of kibble 😉

Regards,

Beve Ritz

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A dog, mans most loyal friend,

devoted, committed until the very end.

But abandon him, abuse him

and he may never recover again.

Oliver settled in to a normal loving life style, despite his disability of having only three legs, due to animal abuse. He even recovered from his traumatic experience and eventual rescue by animal welfare. He ate normally (be it frantically), he played normally, he ran normally and he loved normally. But you can rescue a sole and you can save a life, but some scars still remain that may never disappear.

It is almost as if dogs give of themselves unconditionally. They open their hearts to commitment and love, entirely. And when they are deceived, let down by humans, part of their loving soul changes forever. They keep a scar or scars that remind them not to be so faithful and vulnerable. Sometimes it is only a small scar with small abnormal behavior and sometimes it is a large scar with serious abnormalities. Who knows why some abused rescue dogs recover better than others? Maybe it the level of abuse or conversely the level of love they receive when rescued.

Oliver is just the most adoring soul and amazing rescue who is near perfect except for the few irregularities based on his memories and distrust. He has learnt to love the stroking affectionate hand BUT don’t place on his head, because it reminds him of the abusive hand. Oh, how he loves visitors once they are settled in our home BUT when the door bell rings, and he believe that our home may be under attack, he goes wild.

Everyone is welcome in our home but don’t try leave. Oliver will grab at your heels and pants to keep you as a visitor. Sadly, on our walks he is comfortable and completely calm with most people, but he does recall the vicious boots and hands of the men that harmed him. From time to time, he will charge only at a man of dark complexion, without biting, but just to say: “please don’t hurt me again; I will not stand for it anymore”.

Whether you are able to cure a rescue dog completely is not the point. You certainly have saved a life, nurtured a soul. The amazing wonder about rescuing an abandoned animal is that it is your own soul that is saved and it is your pain that is relieved. This is the wonder of our companion animals

When you abuse our companion friend,

that hurt, those scars cannot mend.

There remains forever a small reminder,

that the world and humans can be kinder.

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The content below, is in essence, what Vondi’s Holistic Pet stands for, the crux of our philosophy and why nutritionally, medically and scientifically Vondi’s is positioned correctly. PLEASE take the time to peruse the content and comment if you wish

1. ”Omnivore vs Carnivore” – my best article ever written – your understanding dictates the way you feed your companion animals. https://vondisblog.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/is-your-companion-a-carnivore-or-an-omnivore/

2. “Naturally been taken for a ride” – Many companies claim that their pet food is “natural”. PLEASE READ THIS FARCE https://vondisblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/naturally-been-taken-for-a-ride-4/

3. “ pH Balance – acidity vs. alkalinity” – This is the ultimate explanation why some diets are nutritionally sound and why some are poor. This essentially explains skin allergies and itchiness. – PLEASE READ https://vondisblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/meat-acidity-skin-allergies/

4. “The Science of Cooking” – Vondi’s Recipe revealed based on Nutritional Science https://vondisblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/the-science-of-cooking-what-to-cook-and-what-not-to-cook/

5. “ Ground Breaking Veterinary Study – June 2014” – The Latest Veterinary Studies confirm the Vondi’s Philosophy. https://vondisblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/ground-breaking-study-fresh-vs-processed/

I trust that you have found the content useful. Please feel free to engage or challenge my material. Lastly, a summary of my appeal to you is laid out in the link below

https://vondisblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/animal-times-issue-5-food-for-thought/

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Our pets are struggling with an array of allergies and skin disorders with no reasonable explanation given. The result is that many pet owners and vets are scampering around for a solution/explanation.

Rather than blaming the grain in food, one should be looking at the category of carbs and which are defined as refined carbs and which are deemed healthy. Almost everything we eat, fruit and veggies are carbs, and so are grains.

However, just like there are poor grains/refined grains so are there nutritious grains, like whole grains, sprouted grains. What is considered as inferior nutrition are carbs/grains that have been refined and which is commonly used in pet dried foods – wheat and corn gluten, potato meal, soya meal, brewer rice, processed white rice, refined pasta, etc.

The true judge of essential ingredients and nutrients should be whether their pH rating is alkaline or acidic. You will note that refined carbs are acidic but you will also note that wholesome carbs and grains are alkaline.

Know your ingredients. Below is a list of carbs that is incredibly wholesome, incredibly nutritious. Yes, they are carbs, but essential for ones diet, human or animal. Who would refute the nutritional values from the carbs below, the same applies to grains:

Carb Vegetable Quick List

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