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Have you ever had time to contemplate?

how difficult it would be to urinate,

if you were a dog standing on three,

and you needed to elevate your wee

Oliver settled in very well and ran extremely well on three legs. He became a happy boy and his confidence grew. At 12 months old it is the norm for male dogs to start showing mucho tendencies and start marking territory.

The higher you can project your urine, the more likely it is that the scent will remain dominant. This posed a problem for Oliver. Having three legs and the back one missing put him at a severe disadvantage.

But where there is a will “there is a way”. Oliver has already overcome so much, his disability in having three legs, his loss of faith in the human and this fear and sadness to live in an abusive world.

So, to live a normal young adult life and mark his territory, despite having three legs, he had to make a plan. Enjoy.

PART ONE: All About Oliver – Man Lets Down his Best Friend  

https://vondisblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/part-1-all-about-oliver-man-lets-down-his-best-friend/

PART TWO: All About Oliver – To Keep or Not To Keep  

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PART THREE: All About Oliver – Overcomes Fear & Disability

https://vondisblog.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/part-3-all-about-oliver-oliver-overcomes-fear-and-disability/

PART FOUR: All About Oliver – The Wagging Tail of Happiness

https://vondisblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/part-4-all-about-oliver-the-wagging-tail-of-happiness-2/

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Each day I am inundated with pet owners looking for solutions to their pet’s itchy skin and other health issues. I spent most of last night preparing something that is clear and reasonable. It is the best I can do. I can’t argue the point any clearer

The debate is fierce – how best to feed your companion animals. Are you persistent enough to continue feeding dry food? Are you brave enough to feed raw meat diets? Have you faith enough to feed old style home cooked food?

Our stance is very clear – the latest veterinary studies concur that human nutritional science should apply when feeding our pets. In other words what is deemed to be healthy, safe and nutritional for humans must apply for our pets. It is just common sense, nutritional sense and fair. This sense does not differ between breed, age, gender or circumstance. It is common sense, nutritional sense.

Dr. Yesheen Singh says: “I believe that inflammation is the lowest common denominator for most chronic diseases plaguing humans and other mammals today. I think people should pay as much attention to what goes into the bodies of their pet children and their human children!  I think any opportunity to increase the awareness of the role diet plays on the body of both human and pet should be grasped with both hands!”

Therefore, I ask:

  • “does acidity affect inflammation and cause skin allergies and health issues” – YES.
  •  “are dry pellets predominantly refined carbs and classified as very acidic” – YES.
  • “are all pellets preserved in some form and thus acidic” – YES.
  • “is meat considered “extremely acidic” and will a diet consisting mainly of meat have a net acidic outcome” – YES.
  • “is raw meat considered to be potentially dangerous by human nutritionists and to veterinarians” – YES.
  • “knowing that raw meat is potentially dangerous, is it really worth the risk of endangering your own dog” – MOST CERTAINLY NO.

So what is the best and safe option??? “Treat your pets like your children and prepare a meal that is wholesome, balanced, real and safe for the entire family”. Before the invention of dry food, granny and great granny and millions before shared nutritious food from the table with FANTASTIC results. Longevity was higher and sickness was less.

I, personally, deal with hundreds of cases of skin disorders each year. We advise on digestive problems, bladder disorders, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, obesity ALL BECAUSE people have lost their way, have lost their common sense and have been fooled by fad diets and sensational commercial marketing and jargon.

I urge you to apply your minds, read labels and I am sure you will conclude that natural is better than unnatural, that preservative free is better than preserved, that wholesome is better than processed and that moral and safe feeding is preferred over danger and risk.

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That false smile on a humans face,

has no truth and has no grace.

But a wagging tail from your companion,

shows love and happiness from within. 

 

You can read everything from your dog’s tail. When he is scared, when he feels threatened, when he is in “attack mode”, when he is sad and certainly when he is happy.

At first, Oliver’s worn out, bony tail was always between his legs. Funny, but despite his history of abuse and being threatened, I don’t ever remember seeing his tail upright, in an attack or threatened mode.

Soon, the only tail we saw was a “wagging tail of happiness”. Most of his unpleasant thoughts and memory had disappeared and he forgot about the grief that he once suffered. He ignored the fact that he had one leg less and it did not bother him at all. He only saw love, friendship, play and goodness. Every moment he cherished and it pleased him immensely.

He became our true Yogi Dog or Guru and he judged life, now, only from what he saw in front of him and was exposed to each day. That tail wagged continuously.

Oliver’s tail wagged when he woke up in the morning to the sound of a family getting ready. It wagged prolifically when Ava, our 6 year old, cuddled with him as soon as she got out of bed. It wagged at breakfast (even though it was not breakfast time for him) and that tail went crazy when it was time to take the kids to school and jump in the car.

Oliver’s tail wagged when spoken to. Oliver’s tail wagged when the kids were playing soccer or “runners and catchers”. Oliver’s tail wagged when the birds were chirping, when the sun was out, when the wind blew, when it was raining and when it was TV time.

Dinner time was the ultimate and both his jaw and tail moved simultaneously whilst waiting for his bowl of food. Even more so when the food was laid down to eat. It was pure bliss.

But Oliver was very impressed with music and he had a strong affection for Beethoven. Despite growing up in an impoverished environment he had a mature, sophisticated affectation for culture.

Here is Oliver enjoying Hannon played by my boy (Gabriel 8 years old). Click here

Ava showing her endless affection with Oliver
Ava showing her endless affection with Oliver
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That false smile on a humans face,

has no truth and has no grace.

But a wagging tail from your companion,

shows love and happiness from within. 

You can read everything from your dog’s tail. When he is scared, when he feels threatened, when he is in “attack mode”, when he is sad and certainly when he is happy.

At first, Oliver’s worn out, bony tail was always between his legs. Funny, but despite his history of abuse and being threatened, I don’t ever remember seeing his tail upright, in an attack or threatened mode.

Soon, the only tail we saw was a “wagging tail of happiness”. Most of his unpleasant thoughts and memory had disappeared and he forgot about the grief that he once suffered. He ignored the fact that he had one leg less and it did not bother him at all. He only saw love, friendship, play and goodness. Every moment he cherished and it pleased him immensely.

He became our true Yogi Dog or Guru and he judged life, now, only from what he saw in front of him and was exposed to each day. That tail wagged continuously.

Oliver’s tail wagged when he woke up in the morning to the sound of a family getting ready. It wagged prolifically when Ava, our 6 year old, cuddled with him as soon as she got out of bed. It wagged at breakfast (even though it was not breakfast time for him) and that tail went crazy when it was time to take the kids to school and jump in the car.

Oliver’s tail wagged when spoken to. Oliver’s tail wagged when the kids were playing soccer or “runners and catchers”. Oliver’s tail wagged when the birds were chirping, when the sun was out, when the wind blew, when it was raining and when it was TV time.

Dinner time was the ultimate and both his jaw and tail moved simultaneously whilst waiting for his bowl of food. Even more so when the food was laid down to eat. It was pure bliss.

But Oliver was very impressed with music and he had a strong affection for Beethoven. Despite growing up in an impoverished environment he had a mature, sophisticated affectation for culture.

Here is Oliver enjoying Hannon, played by my boy (Gabriel 8 years old). Click here.  

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Chamia Chatman

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

            Currently hundreds of commercial flea and tick products are available for the prevention and treatment of fleas and ticks.  Unfortunately, the brands that contain similar chemicals are thought to be a recurring factor involved in adverse reaction cases reported to the Environmental Protection Agency.  It is also difficult to determine through experimental trials whether or not the chemicals are poisonous or carcinogens.  As such one cannot fully determine the long-term effects of using chemicals such as permethrin or fipronil in conjunction with other chemical compounds to produce pesticides.  This paper will examine some of the common chemicals used for flea and tick products and the current regulation in place to protect pet owners and their companions.

A popular chemical used in pesticides as well as other products was Pyrethrins.  Pyrethrins and Pyrethroids, its synthetic counterpart, were developed as a safer alternative to organophosphates.  Pyrethrins were commonly used in products such as Hartz Dog Flea & Tick Killer, Raid Ant & Roach Killer and Osco Lice Treatment (Pell & Morris, 2008).  Research conducted by the Center for Public Integrity (2008) states, “A Center review of the past 10 years’ worth of more than 90,000 adverse-reaction reports, filed with the EPA by pesticide manufacturers, found that Pyrethrins and Pyrethroids together accounted for more than 26 percent of all fatal, “major,” and “moderate” human incidents in the United States in 2007, up from 15 percent in 1998.”  This data was later proven to be closely related to that of the American Association of Poison Control Centers.  Both reports detailed a significant increase in the number of Pyrethrin incidents reported to their centers.

Further complaints propelled an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency.  The Office of Pesticide Programs made a formal statement in 2007 that they would expedite their investigation on Pyrethrins after speaking with the Center for Public Integrity.  Initially the investigation being discussed was not to begin until 2010.   Based on the information provided on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, the registration review decision is “pending” and the case development is “underway”(EPA, 2012).  Since being updated in May 2012, there is still little known about what new safety requirements are necessary for this chemical.  This becomes more evident in the following statement taken from the Permethrin Re-registration Eligibility Decision (RED) fact sheet:

“Permethrin is a member of the pyrethroid class of pesticides. Similar to other pyrethroids, permethrin alters nerve function by modifying the normal biochemistry and physiology of nerve membrane sodium channels. However, EPA is not currently following a cumulative risk approach based on a common mechanism of toxicity for the pyrethroids. Although all pyrethroids interact with sodium channels, there are multiple types of sodium channels and it is currently unknown whether the pyrethroids have similar effects on all channels. Nor do we have a clear understanding of effects on key downstream neuronal function e.g., nerve excitability, nor do we understand how these key events interact to produce their compound specific patterns of neurotoxicity.”  (EPA, 2006)

The document continues to mention that Permethrins have been labeled as “Likely to be Carcinogenic to Humans” due to tumors that developed in mice during a study.  The remainder of this content discusses how health risks can occur worse when ingested.  According to the National Pesticide Information Center (2009), less than 1% of the Permethrin put on human skin will be absorbed.  On the other hand, when it is ingested or inhaled it will be quickly absorbed and will easily pass through the lungs and the rest of the body.

Studies examining the effects of ingesting Permethrin have detailed pregnant rats having offspring that weighed much less and developed extra ribs when compared to the control group.  It also mentions that pregnant rabbits fed Permethrin often had miscarriages and the fetuses that survived were affected by a decrease bone growth.  They also stated,”researchers fed dogs and mice permethrin for up to 2 years and found that their livers increased in weight. The dogs fed permethrin had more tremors than dogs that did not eat it.”  As such the effects from this chemical are not always related to cancer, but other adverse reactions. (NPIC, 2009)

Similarly, the chemicals used on flea and tick collars have been known to cause various health problems in adults and children. Residue levels produced by some flea collars are high enough to cause cancer and damage to the neurological system of children up to 1,000 times higher than the EPA’s acceptable levels (Rotkin-Ellman & Solomon, 2009).  Recently the Natural Resources Defense Council sued major manufacturers of flea collars containing tetrachlorvinphos and propoxur.  Both tetrachlorvinphos and propoxur are toxic chemicals that have been banned, yet are still legally used to control household flea and tick populations.  After the release of the first document created by the National Resources Defense Council, there were six pesticides all containing tetrachlorvinphos and propoxur that were banned.  Due to the lack of regulation in place for the treatment of household flea and tick control, there is a greater chance for them to incorporate unsafe pesticides.

In all, there are numerous cases that can be analyzed further to determine the extent to which certain flea and tick treatments can affect the health of pets and their handlers.  Even the most popular of brands have had customers report about adverse reactions to their pets after applying the product.  At times it is also the pet owner that will have a reaction from the pesticides they applied to their dog or cat.  For example, the quoted text below details a pet owners sadness about the devastating experience of witnessing a beloved companion have seizures.

The owner states, “I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face as I read the information on your web site. I also went to the EPA site and saw that the product I used on our dog is indeed on the list. It is so hard to realize that the seizures that our beloved golden has been experiencing were caused by something I did. In April of 2008 I put Frontline Plus on our dog, within days I noticed a funny jolt that seemed to go through him periodically. This jolting continued to get worse where he would actually drop to the ground each time it happened. We have been through an MRI and multiple tests. He has been on phenobarbital since May of 2008 and the seizures finally appear to be gone. However, he is not the same energetic dog that we had before. He has now been diagnosed with “some kind” of infection that no medication seems to cure. At this point we are talking about quality of life choices with our vet.”  Cases such as this are evidence that the pesticides used need to be further examined to ensure the safety of the pets and handlers.

References

Environmental Protection Agency. 2006. Permethrin Facts (Reregistration Eligibility Decision(RED) Fact Sheet). Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/chem_search/reg_actions/reregistration/fs_PC-109701_1-Jun-06.pdf

Environmental Protection Agency. (2013). Pyrethroids and Pyrethrins. Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/reevaluation/pyrethroids-pyrethrins.html#risk

Natural Resource Defense Council. Flea and Tick Drops May Be harming Your Pet. (summary literature sheet)

Oregon State University National Pesticide Information Centers. (2009). Permethrin. Retrieved from, http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/PermGen.pdf

Pell, M.B., Morris, J. ( 2008). ‘Safe’ pesticides now first  in poisonings.  Retrieved from http://www.publicintegrity.org/2008/07/30/8936/safe-pesticides-now-first-poisonings

Rotkin-Ellman, M. & Solomon, G. (2009). Poison on Pets II: Toxic Chemicals in Flea and Tick Collars. Retrieved from http://www.nrdc.org/health/poisonsonpets/

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How many of us would just give up hope,

when life has been hard and we cannot cope,

sit in a corner and mope all day,

crying out loud: “I shan’t live this way!” 

Hobbling on three legs Oliver had to learn to ascent one flight of stairs. He would try and he would persist but the challenge was difficult. He could make two or three stairs but the fourth and the rest were too much for him. Even a tasty treat could not lure him to the top. Even the tender calls from our children could no encourage him enough.

Frustrated and scared, he would try day in and day out, but he persisted, until after a few weeks he made it to the top. That was only the first challenge for Oliver because getting down the steep stairs posed another challenge in itself. So often Oliver would get it wrong and slide down a few stairs but he was determined to overcome his disability.

Today, Olive flies up and down stairs and is one of the fasted dogs on the Sea Point Promenade. He still walks like Quasimodo or Spiegel from The Lord of The Rings but when he is in full flight, he looks like a majestic Greyhound.

Physical scars and disability can be overcome, but how does one forgive, love again and resolve mental fear. How does one recover psychologically from abuse? How many humans endure harm and abuse and never recover psychologically? How many of us just give up on ourselves, friends and the human race? How many of us would just reveal in pity and sorrow?

How many of us could forgive and how many of us would open up our hearts to love again? How many of us would give life a second chance and even and have the desire to befriend our perpetrators?

Oh that abusive hand of shame,

how can I love it again?

Now you pat me affectionately,

softly, beautifully, tenderly.

But is it for real?

Please don’t make me squeal.

If you missed the first two instalments…

Part 1 – All about Oliver: Man lets down his Best Friend

Part 1 – All About Oliver: Man lets down his best friend

Part 2 – All About Oliver: To Keep or Not To Keep

Part 2 – All About Oliver: To keep or not to keep

Oliver excited with us throwing the ball...but he didn't know what do with it
Oliver got excited with us throwing the ball…but he didn’t know what do with it

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Analysis of Raw Meat-Based Diets

Chamia Chatman

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Veterinarians often ask for true, scientific studies, with legitimate references, to verify the finding of a thesis, study or document. The paper below, read with its references, is true, honest and worthy. For your ease of reference I have highlighted the findings and prevalent points of this paper. The paper can be read in its entirety below:

  • As of now the domestic dog has a different behavior and feeding pattern in comparison to the wolf.
  • Raw meat ingredients are commonly discussed in human medicine as being dangerous due them containing a range of harmful bacterium such as Salmonella, Escheria coli or Listeria. The same is true when these items are consumed by our pets.
  • In addition, many of the raw meat based diets are poorly balanced for its nutritional content.
  • A major concern with feeding dogs and cats raw meat-based diets is their ability to shed Salmonella species without showing clinical signs of illness
  • According to Kerr et al. (2012), “raw meat is a source of potentially pathogenic microorganisms (e.g., Salmonella, Camplyobacter spp, and pathogenic strains of Escherchia coli) to the pet and handler.”

Analysis of Raw Meat-Based Diets

Many believe that because canines share ancestral ties with wolves they must be carnivores.  Although, many dogs preference for large infrequent meals similarly reflects that of their ancestors, approximately 100,000 years of domestication has changed their appearance and diet.  It is known that the longer a species is domesticated the more change that will occur both physiologically and behaviorally (Bradshaw, 2006).  This is why there is a noticeable difference between how our domesticated dogs and cats are fed.

According to Axelsson et al. (2013), “it was reported that there are 36 regions of the genome that differ between dogs and wolves, 10 of which play a critical role in starch digestion and fat metabolism.  As of now the domestic dog has a different behavior and feeding pattern in comparison to the wolf.  On the other hand, cats have been domesticated for a much shorter period and are still closely related to the North African Wildcat F. Silvestris lybica. With that said, this paper will continue to analyze raw meat-based diets and the importance of feeding our companions diets that reflect their current dietary needs.

Over the years numerous pet owners have moved away from dry commercial pet food as such “natural” diets have become increasingly popular.  For instance, holistic, organic or all-natural are common terms discussed when referencing pet food.  Along with those RMBDs have also become popular.  The term RMBD or raw meat based diet refers to uncooked ingredients that are taken from domesticated or wild-caught food species.    All of these raw ingredients are commonly discussed in human medicine as being dangerous due them containing a range of harmful bacterium such as Salmonella, Escheria coli or Listeria.  The same is true when these items are consumed by our pets.

In addition, many of the raw meat based diets are poorly balanced for its nutritional content.  For example, the Journal of the Veterinary Medical Association reported a case whereby an eight month old Shetland Sheepdog who was on a raw beef-based diet developed symptoms such as an inability to stand, collapsing and neck pain.  Radiograph reports later concluded there was diffuse osteopenia of all skeletal regions, polyostotic deformities associated with fracture remodeling in weight-bearing bones, along with an apparent floating dental arcade.  The clinical findings also determined that hypocalcemia and hypophosphatemia were detected via serum biochemical analysis.  All of which were a result of the dog’s diet being imbalanced in macronutrients and macrominerals. (Taylor et al., 2009)

Another study analyzed the effects of feeding domestic cats RMBD for 10 weeks and determined they had a notable difference in lymphocyte and immunoglobulin production and were also fecal shedder of Salmonella spp. (Freeman et al., 2013).  Similar effects occurred in a separate experiment that conducted a trial whereby 16 dogs were exposed to Salmonella-contaminated commercial raw food diets and 12 to Salmonella-free commercial raw food diets.  They concluded that seven of the exposed dogs shed Salmonella 1-7 days after consumption.  Five of which shed the same serotypes taken from the food samples (Finley et al., 2007).  Both studies recognize the correlation that shedding Salmonella by dogs or cats can be a possible source of Salmonella infection for pet owners and individuals in the surrounding area.  Therefore, to reduce possible contamination the feeding of raw meat-based diets must be analyzed more critically for quality and safety.

According to Kerr et al. (2012), “raw meat is a source of potentially pathogenic microorganisms (e.g., Salmonella, Camplyobacter spp, and pathogenic strains of Escherchia coli) to the pet and handler.”  .  A major concern with feeding dogs and cats raw meat-based diets is their ability to shed Salmonella species without showing clinical signs of illness.    In all, the use of raw meat-based diets must be further studied to evaluate long term risks to pets and handlers alike.  Ideally a balanced diet must be formulated that does adhere to certain quality and safety standards and does not risk spreading zoonoses.

References

Axelsson E., Ratnakumar A., Arendt M-L., et al. (2013). The Genomic signature of dog domestication reveals adaptation to a starch-rich diet. Nature. 495, 360-364. Retrieved from

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v495/n7441/abs/nature11837.html

Bradshaw, J., (2006). The Evolutionary Basis for the Feeding Behavior of Domestic Dogs (Canis familiaris) and Cats (Felis catus). The Journal of Nutrition. 136(7). 1927S-1931S. Retrieved from http://jn.nutrition.org/content/136/7/1927S.full

Finley, R., Ribble,C., Aramini, J., Vandermeer, M., Popa, M., Litman, M., Reid-Smith, R. (2007).  The risk of salmonellae shedding by dogs fedSalmonella-contaminated commercial raw food diets. The Canadian Veterinary Journal. 48(1). 69-75. Retrieved from

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1716752/

Freeman, L., Chandler, M., Hamper, B., Weeth, L. (2013). Current Knowledge about risks and benefits of raw meat-based diets for cats and dogs. Timely Topics in Nutrition. 243(11).1549-1558 Retrieved from http://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/pdf/10.2460/javma.243.11.1549

Freeman, L. and Heinze, C. (2012). Raw meat diets, are they worth the risk? Deciphering Fact from Fiction. Retrieved from http://sequoiavet.com/library/Deciphering_Fact_From_Fiction_-_RawMeat.pdf

Kerr, K., Boler, B., Morris, K., and Swanson,K. (2012). Apparent total tract energy and macronutrient digestibility and fecal fermentative end-product concentrations of domestic cats fed extruded, raw beef-based, and cooked beef-based diets. Journal of Animal Science. 90: 515-522. doi: 10.2527/jas.2010-3266. Retrieved from http://www.journalofanimalscience.org/content/90/2/515.full.pdf+html

Taylor,M., Geinger, D., Saker, K., and Larson, M. (2009). Diffuse osteopenia and myelopathy in a puppy fed a diet composed of an organic premix and raw ground beef. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 234(8). 1041-1048. doi: 10.2460/javma.234.8.1041. Retrieved from http://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/abs/10.2460/javma.234.8.1041

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Save me, rescue me!

and I promise to love you unconditionally.

I can forgive and I can love,

just cushion me like a sacred dove 

After having lost Chester 2 years ago at the tender age of 19 and Jonty last year at 17, I was in no mood for adoption. Despite my wife’s continuous pleas to rescue, I would have nothing of it.

When we were approached by animal welfare to foster Oliver for a few days, until a suitable home was found, I agreed.

Oliver came to us in a mess. His leg was bandaged after amputation, his ribs were sore and he struggled to walk. His phantom leg irritated him and he would often squeal in pain. He could not ascend or descend the stairwell at our home. We had to carry him. He cowered when I approached him and I thought to myself, “do I really need this in my life”.

He had a strong affection for the children and for our domestic helper, Rhoda. He followed her everywhere. But I could not approach. Moreover, anyone who tried to pat him, he would nibble. He was not familiar with affection or being stroked. He only knew that “the hand” to mean one thing.

Luckily, not too long after Oliver was rescued, a foster mom had been arranged. She lived in Lakeside area with two pugs. The perfect home for Oliver. I was pleased.

We had made arrangements with the lady to meet the next day, Saturday at Vondis in Sea Point at 11am. My wife was waiting for me at the shop and I had to bring Oliver to her. I went downstairs to get Oliver. He was lying peacefully on the couch.

As I approached to pick him up to load him into the car he looked straight into my eyes that went right through to my heart and said: “ I love you for what you have done. I will forever remember you. I hold no grudges against you or your human friends. I am committed to you to be loyal and loving for the rest of my life. Please let me stay”

I broke down in tears and I asked God to ask Oliver for forgiveness. I called my wife at the shop and said that I cannot give Oliver away. He must stay with our family.

Listen deeply to your soul mate,

there is no regret, no hate.

Just the ability to love all the same,

Again, again and again

Falling in love
Falling in love
Falling in love some more!
Falling in love some more!
Family!
Family!
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A more loyal creature you will not find,
it is our responsibly to protect and be kind.
When man harms our dear friend,
those scars remain till the bitter end.

As guardians of our domesticated pet, we have a responsibility to protect them from harm and assure them of basic humane rights. That said, it should be our honor and privilege to harbor this companion in our home. A being so loyal, committed, loving and affectionate, you will not find anywhere.

This was not the case with Oliver. Oliver came to our home, a broken spirit, a broken animal – a leg that had to be removed, injured ribs and scars around his neck. Only through posting such stories, may this awaken our humane hearts so that these atrocities do not occur again and again. In this spirit, as hard as it may be, I wish to share the story about Oliver.

Whilst, my family has harbored Oliver for many months now, it is only recently, after our Facebook postings, did we learn the true story about Oliver. The gaps were filled in by the brave and compassionate Animal Welfare workers, who rescued Oliver. We thank you for that.

Dot Skelly explains: “I took the call on a Sunday morning. A neighbor called us. The story was that he had disappeared for a few days and had come home in this shocking condition. However the abuse we saw was not of one single incident. Even hardened Dr Rust commented on that Oliver had been through a lot in his short life. Those ribs were broken long before we got there. As I work there, sometimes one gets the story out of the people in bits and pieces over some time. However this particular area is very closed. I do not think that the old people whom Oliver belonged to would do it, but some of the youthful riff-raff hanging about is quite capable of this. Often the elderly are abused and bullied by these youngsters. Possibly, family of theirs. They aren’t telling. The vet then amputated the leg. To us it looked as though someone had tried to take the leg off with a blunt knife.His name was (believe it or not) Killer. When I looked at him the name “Oliver” just jumped into my mind. Thank you for giving him such a loving home”

Oh Oliver who is to blame for this shame,
It doesn’t matter anymore; we love you all the same.

Rescue Operation
Rescue Operation
Rescue Operation
Rescue Operation

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5mls OM3 OILS contain 1750mg Omega 3 oils:

600mg Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)

900mg Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)

Omega 3’s Essential for your Pets Health – But which is the preferred source?

Omega-3s, play a huge role in your pet’s health. The anti-inflammatory properties of Omega 3s help improve the health of your pet’s skin and coat, allergies and itching and arthritic problems. Omega 3, especially DHA, is also crucial to brain development especially in puppies and kittens (growing pets/animals).

Popular grain-based pet food; made with grain-fed animal products has upset the omega3:omega6 balance in favour of the latter. This has resulted in a generally more inflamed animal and one which is more vulnerable to all chronic disease.

The preferred source of Omega 3 comes from natural fish oils and NOT flaxseed. This is what one of South Africa’s top nutritionists, Sally Ann Creed has to say:

“Although flaxseed oil is often touted, even by some doctors, as a substitute for fish oil, new studies show it’s not a reliable alternative. The conversion of flaxseed oil’s short-chain omega-3 to long-chain omega-3 found in fish is unreliable and inefficient, say new tests. This is especially true for the “brain booster” DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), credited with giving baby brains higher IQs and protecting aging brains from memory loss and Alzheimer’s”.

Why Beatrice Rabkin (Bsc Nutritional Medicine; Dip,Pharmacy) recommends VONDIS OM3 OMEGA FISH OILS for Skin and Joints.

  • It contains higher percentage of Omega 3 than other similar products.
  • It is naturally distilled from fish caught in our own SOUTH Atlantic Seas. Unlike many other Omega oil products, no alcohol is added in processing.
  • There are also no added preservatives.
  • OM3 OMEGA FISH OILS has very low peroxides and mercury and other heavy metals have been removed
  • OM3 OMEGA is natural – a process unique to OM3 OILS SOUTH (PTY) LTD – patent pending

The natural low-temperature distillation process used by OM3 OILS SOUTH AFRICA enhances the therapeutic benefits of OM3 OMEGA by:

  • Preserving the delicate  natural molecular structure of omega 3
  • Producing minimal rancidity – tests show peroxide levels to be well below most imported  products
  • Ensuring a higher percentage of Omega 3 than other similar products

Omega-3s, play a huge role in your pet’s health

The anti-inflammatory properties of Omega 3s help:

  • Improve the health of your pet’s skin and coat, itching, irritation, allergies and bacterial infections.
  • Helps maintain healthy cell membranes
  • Slows the growth of common yeast infections
  • Aids in the proper development of the retina and visual cortex; improving eyesight and eye health.
  • Helps prevent heart problems by maintaining healthy blood pressure, decreasing triglyceride and blood cholesterol levels.
  • Slows the development and spread of certain pet cancers
  • Enhances mood by encouraging cell membrane sensitivity to neurotransmitters receptors such as serotonin and dopamine.

Puppies and Kittens

Omega 3, especially DHA, is also crucial to brain development especially in puppies and kittens.

Vondis OM3 OMEGA contains a balance of omega 3,6 and 9 fatty acids which supports healthy cell membranes, or healthy healthy membrane function.

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