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We are so proud to be associated with Pet Insurer, DOGSURE & CATSURE. Here is an insurer who really cares about health and longevity of your pets.

Without mentioning names, if one looks at other Pet Insurance companies and other insurers in general, they are prepared to sell you on anything just to make an extra buck, even to the detriment of your pets health.

DOGSURE/CATSURE is a smaller firm that really cares. Instead of aligning themselves with large commercial pet food and pharmaceutical companies, they prefer to promote a stance on healthy eating, wellness, preservative free, chemical free. In essence, they acknowledge that healthy eating and natural pet care will promote health, wellness and longevity. Healthier clients mean less claims and less claims mean Dogsure can keep their premiums super affordable while offering easy to understand, comprehensive cover.

If you want to read what DOGSURE has to say on the matter visit their Blog, Dry vs. Natural Raw Feeding.

I leave you with what the responsible caring vets are saying worldwide and why they too promote health whole foods:

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!!!

”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

“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.” Dr. R.Geoffrey Broderick DVM

“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.” Dr. T. J. Dunn, Jr. DVM

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

“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

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. 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

“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.” Dr. Denise Miller, DVM and author of What’s Wrong With our Pets?

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WHAT CAUSES KIDNEY FAILURE?

“The prevalence of cancer and auto-immune 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.” Dr. Denise Miller, DVM and author of What’s Wrong With our Pets?

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. Other causes: vaccinations, toxins, stress, infection, high blood pressure, kidney trauma & stones. 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.

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 until 10 years old. Bladder disorders are also very common in dogs.

Those looking for a more scientific explanation as to renal failure in cats and dogs, 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.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS:
Anemia, dehydration, lethargy, depression, an increase in urination/ trouble urinating, loss of appetite &/ or vomiting.

We need to look at diets that are less acidic. That means that processed kibble food should be eliminated from the diet and rather feed wholesome home-prepared diets that consist of lots of green veggies with a reasonable amount of meat. One should refrain from administering all flea poisons as this certainly is acidic and poisonous and will aggravate the organs and tissue.

WHAT IS THE REMEDY:

Traditionally, vets have recommended restricting protein consumption because protein is high in phosphorus, which creates a high nitrogen load that can further stress the liver and kidneys.

But if your dog suffers from kidney disease, one of the most important things you can do for him is to get him off kibble and on to fresh foods.

Homeopathic vet Dr Don Hamilton offers the following:

“It is commonly thought that when there is any evidence of kidney disease, the protein level should be reduced.  This is not correct for most animals.  Protein reduction has little impact upon the progression of kidney disease.  In fact, reducing the protein level in the diet may reduce the effectiveness of the kidneys. This is because the amount of blood filtered through the kidneys (the glomular filtration rate) is tied to protein in the diet, and reducing the protein reduces the filtering thus decreasing the excretion of toxins.  (In rats, extra protein induces excessive glomular filtration, and restricting dietary protein prevents progression of renal failure.  Though this has not been shown to occur in dogs or cats, this data is used to support protein restriction in these animals.  I believe this is not correct, as dogs and cats are carnivores, whereas rats are primarily herbivores; this difference would account for different protein needs).”

Supplement with omega 3 fish oils and probiotics. Apple cider vinegar is great inclusion and will assist with digestion and balance the pH.

Holistic vet Dr Jodie Gruenstern notes “You can do things to bind to phosphorus so it goes out in the poop and doesn’t build up in the blood. Feeding kidney patients a balanced raw diet with the appropriate calcium to phosphorus ratio will bind the phosphorus. We can also help that along by adding dark leafy green veggies, which can help remove excess phosphorus in the intestinal tract of dogs and this will keep the BUN levels down. So when you start to see your kidney patient act sick and not want to eat, adding dark, leafy greens to the diet, along with prebiotics and probiotics, will help remove any excess phosphorus through fecal waste, rather than through the bloodstream.”

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Whether or not you’ve ‘gone organic’, you probably know how crucial a role diet plays in your overall health. People who switch to organic foods report a boost in their energy levels. Their complexions improve and rashes clear up. They catch fewer colds, suffer fewer allergies, and recover quicker from illnesses. The health benefits of eating organic seem to last long-term. So why are not considering this approach for our pets??

There is good news…dog owners, more often, are considering natural pet food for their fur-companions. We all want healthy, happy dogs, so consider these potential benefits of organic pet food for your dog:

  1. Reduction of skin ailments and allergies.
    If your dog suffers from allergies or an irritating skin condition, you’ve probably tried “everything” hoping to provide your pet some relief. Special dips, sprays, shampoos, creams and medications may or may not help. Premium brands of dog food recommended by vets still leave some dogs scratching or bald. Why doesn’t anything work, and why natural should be any different.
  2. More energy and a healthy weight.
    Plump pugs may be cute, but when your dog suffers from diabetes, organ failure, a back ailment or hip dysplasia, it is a serious, heart-breaking matter.  Like humans, overweight dogs tend to have less energy for the exercise that could improve their health and physical condition.  How can natural pet food help? Natural pet food doesn’t contain bulk-fillers, so your dog consumes only what it needs to maintain healthy energy levels and life functions.  It probably tastes better to your dog, too!  Dogs feel more satisfied eating smaller amounts of tasty, nutrient-dense foods.  An organic diet can help your dog lose weight and exercise more.
  3. Fewer digestive disorders.
    Superior sources of grains and proteins and a lack of chemicals and artificial substances makes organic dog food more digestible. It is the superior nutritional value of organic dog food that can make a difference. Since it is naturally more nutritious, many owners report their dogs eat less organic dog food than other commercial varieties. Dogs feel more satiated eating smaller amounts of tasty, nutrient-dense foods. And it tastes better! A natural diet can help your dog lose weight and exercise more. Dogs will eat a more satisfying meal, and eliminate less when they are on a natural pet diet. They tend to have more predictable bowel movements with firm, less smelly stools.
  4. Better overall health and stronger immunity.
    Even if you dog doesn’t suffer from skin ailments, obesity or digestive problems, a natural pet diet can still be of benefit. Natural pet food provides better quality sources of nutritional substances than even the non-organic, premium brands. It is more digestible for dogs. One final, key factor is that because it is more digestible, dogs are likely to absorb more eliminate less of the nutrients they require to maintain a healthy immune system. Boosting your dog’s immunity may help prevent costly infections and illnesses that require veterinary care.
  5. THE BIG BONUS! – Quality of Life and Longevity.
    By feeding organic food you can help ensure your dog lives a long, happy and healthy life. Just as the quality of your diet affects the quality of your life, what you feed your dog will have a direct impact on how he or she looks, feels, and acts.Join the movement, Healthy food = Happy pets, IT’S A LIFESTYLE CHOICE!
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“Paws” with us & click here to listen to Paul discuss what “balanced & complete” means?

All Pet foods have to be balanced by law but balance is not the only criteria for a nutritional and healthy meal. As humans we aspire to have a correct balance of minerals and vitamins but we do not judge our health on every meal that we consume. Rather we measure it against a period of time, say one month. We certainly do not a have a balanced meal each and every time we eat a meal.

To prove my point, I have designed a ‘balanced’ meal that, when tested, will tick all the boxes, and appease the authorities:

1 x leather shoe for protein
1 x brewers rice (left overs from beer breweries)
1 x left over oil from your motor car service
1 x iron metal nails

This produces a ‘lovely’, ‘balanced’ meal that is NOT fit for consumption!

Not too long ago, the pet food world was shocked to learn that many major pet food brands had included a coal extract, Melamine, in their foods. This cheap protein extract showed suitable protein levels, but was a dangerous inclusion in the meal.

Balance and guaranteed analysis should not be the only standard set by the regulatory bodies, which is true in pet food, but also the quality and type of ingredients used.

The pet food labeling is so complex and the script so small that it is no doubt that the consumer has no chance of understanding the label and deriving at an informed decision. So often we read of preservatives, colorants, stabilizers and emulsifiers without really understanding what they are or mean. Other terminology that is used which leaves us confused is: ‘meal, digestives, by-products, fat, flavouring, etc.’ Then there are ingredients that we do not know of and are worthy of understanding: ‘brewers rice, gluten, beet pulp’ and the many added synthetic vitamins and minerals.

Remember, your pet food contains very little meat and most of the composition of your companion’s diet is made up from the ‘other’. This makes it even the more important that you understand what is in fact the bulk of your companion’s diet.

Most people pick up a bag of kibble or a can of food and read ‘with chicken’ or ‘with beef’ and think that they are feeding a diet that contains plump whole chickens or choice cuts of beef. But the law is very clear:

The ‘WITH’ rule allows an ingredient name to appear on the label, such as ‘with real chicken,’ as long as each such ingredient constitutes at least 3% of the food by weight, excluding water for processing.

The ‘flavor’ rule allows a food to be designated as a certain flavor as long as the ingredient(s) are sufficient to ‘impart a distinctive characteristic’ to the food. Thus, a ‘beef flavor’ food may contain a small quantity of digest or other extract of tissues from cattle, or even an artificial flavor, without containing any actual beef meat at all.

The ‘dinner’ product is defined by the ‘25% Rule’, which applies when ‘an ingredient or a combination of ingredients constitutes at least 25% of the weight of the product (excluding water sufficient for processing)’, or at least 10% of the dry matter weight; and a descriptor such as ‘recipe’, ‘platter’, ‘entree’, and ‘formula’.

So whilst a balanced and complete diet is important, the quality and source of the ingredients should also be a priority.

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At Vondi’s we pride ourselves on being are actively involved in educating the public on animal welfare issues and believe that every cat and dog has the right to a loving home, good health and excellent nutrition.

We know that our supporters are active charity supporters too!
This is why we offered them the chance to buy our nutritious dog food at a wholesale discount, connecting needy rescue dogs with high quality, preservative-free meals.

Why aren’t all dog charities listed here as possible recipients?

Vondi’s pet food comes frozen, and for this reason needs to be transported in quantities large enough that the packets keep each other cool in transit, which is why we only deliver it to the public in polystyrene containers of 40 packets at a time.For this reason, we can only offer the special discount to charities within reasonable driving distance of our Sea Point store in Cape Town, or near one of our participating distributors in Johannesburg or Durban so that we can deliver it, or they may choose to collect it.
Also, the charity would need to either have enough freezing space to store such a volume of frozen food, or have enough dogs to feed that the food was used within 3 days of receipt.

When will the food be delivered?

As our frozen dog food is best transported in bulk to help it keep frozen, we can only deliver it when close to 40 packets have been accumulated to donate to any given charity. Should a participating charity wish to receive the food in other amounts, they are welcome to arrange collection from our Sea Point store in Cape Town, or from our participating distributors in KZN or Gauteng

Why aren’t there any cat charities or cat food donation options?

We all know cats can be fussy eaters. No matter how healthy a new food might be, or how delicious we think they might find it, they have weaker stomachs than dogs and are therefore naturally predisposed to turning their noses up at anything unfamiliar.
Also unlike dogs, cats often opt to go on hunger strike when faced with new food, and they can suffer liver damage if they go too long between meals, so you can’t simply try to wait it out until they cave in and try the new food.
While you may choose to persist with your own cat in a stable home, cats passing through foster or charity homes might have been fed one type of food before rescue, then another while in care, and then still another once rehomed.
While we are open to the idea of a special offer on cat food, we’d need a very patient partner charity to wean their cats onto it.

I already applied to have my charity featured and it’s not listed here. Why?

Due to volumes we can only add a few charities each month. Please be patient!

What if my charity isn’t within reasonable delivery distance of Vondi’s Sea Point or a major KZN or Gauteng distributor?

If you’re prepared to pay for delivery of the free food, we can help you arrange this with our couriers. This would still work out cheaper than purchasing food. Please note that the food can only be transported in multiples of 40 packets (20kg) or else it won’t stay frozen in transit.

My charity is within reasonable driving distance of Vondi’s Sea Point branch or a Gauteng or KZN distributor. How can we become a charity partner and receive donations?

Simply fill in the form below to be added to the list and we will review your application for deliverability and add it to the list to be added.

If you are a charity owner or would like to see your charity listed, please email us at info@vondis.co.za and we’ll get in touch!
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While current research on CBD for dogs is focused on arthritis, many pet owners—and vets—have found it to be effective for many other ailments. According to experienced vet Dr. Richter, “it can help with everything from pain and soreness to stress and anxiety, upset stomach…and seizures.” 58.8% of dog owners are currently using CBD products on their dog. Over three-quarters of those products were prescribed by a veterinarian.

Vondis Holistic Pet is so proud to introduce into the South African market a high quality, affordable CBD oil both in a biscuit form and bottled oil.

  • Vondis CBD oils are extracted using strict GMP standards and are ethically produced.
  • We only use organic hemp and Co2 extraction to ensure the purest extract for your pet.
  • Every batch of oil is NAFSA certified to guarantee the oils meet the highest standards.
  • Only practitioner grade MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) / coconut carrier oils are used.
  • Nothing but the best for your fur-kids!Order here! Save 10% when using code CBD10%OFF

“This is the only oil I trust while travelling – Peri Peri can be quite a character to manage but Vondis CBD Oil definitely takes the edge off. Thank you vondis!” Hannelie Merekson, Bloem

Click here for the story of Daisy who’s anxiety and epilepsy improved in a matter of days!

 

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Your Pet’s Itchy Skin and Allergies –  Causes and Solutions

Itchy skin is an inflammatory reaction of the skin and occurs when the pH balance of the body is too acidic. The common reason for acidosis is an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or a weak immune system.

Inflammation as a result of an acidic overload will decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease its ability to repair damaged cells, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness. Certainly, the body will not be able to deal with allergens and allergies, be it from long grass, dust mites, flea bites or any other irritant.

The skin is the largest eliminatory organ in the body, which is why skin and coat problems are often the first indicators of poor health and care. Yet, almost every pet suffers from some sort of skin condition and allergy. This ailment will not just disappear on its own and importantly, eventually will lead to more severe illness. Do not ignore these signs. Treating with cortisone is not the long term solution and will only suppress the symptoms.

It is imperative that one embarks on a campaign to boost your pet’s immunity and reduce inflammation within the cells. This is the ONLY solution. Your pet’s diet should be wholesome and natural, including vegetables and legumes which are essential in producing natural antioxidants and thus, protects from sickness, dread diseases and general poor health.

Omega-3 plays a huge role in your pet’s health, skin and coat, itching, irritation, allergies and bacterial infections. Although flaxseed oil is often touted as a substitute for fish oil, new studies show it’s not a reliable alternative. A good quality pure fish oil, such as salmon oil, is essential.

CBD Oils are said to be a “miraculous” positive solution to itchy skin and all inflammatory disordersCBD’s interaction with the canine can reduce inflammation, which will thus improve skin ailments and bladder disorders.

Other recommended supplements that are beneficial in the treatment of skin disorders and boosting immunity are Apple Cider Vinegar, Rooibos Oil, Spirulina and Pro-biotics.

The use of poisons to rid your pets of fleas and ticks will also adversely affect skin. Remember, chemicals and poisons are extremely acidic and thus will lead to inflammation. Whilst it is always tempting to use strong chemicals and poisons to rid these pests, it will impact on your pet’s well being and sensitive skin.  The use of natural chemical free repellents is well advised and can be just as effective if applied regularly. Khakibos spray is a fantastic natural deterrent.

Another huge mistake we make in treating skin ailments is bathing our pets regularly and using harsh chemically-based shampoos. This aggravates the skin even further and does more damage than good. Make sure that your shampoo is totally natural and contains absolutely no parabens or chemicals. These natural ingredients or shampoos are ideal – KhakibosBuchuRooibos, Neam, Mint and Chamomile.

Here, the recommended dose as per the supplements suggested:

Omega 3 Fish Oil (not flaxseed)
Dosage:
Small – 500mg per day
Medium & Large – 1000mg per day

CBD Oil
Dosage:
Small – 2mg per day
Medium – 4mg per day
Large – 6mg per day

Rooibos Anti-itch
Dosage:
Small – ½ tsp per day
Medium – 1 tsp per day
Large – 1.5 tsp per day

Spirulina
Dosage:
Small – ½ tsp per day
Medium – 1 tsp per day
Large – 1.5 tsp per day

Apple Cider Vinegar
Dosage:
Small – ½ tsp per day
Medium – 1 tsp per day
Large – 2 tsp per day

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Natural supplementation is important for your pet, especially when treating an ailment or condition. Take a look at my list of my preferred supplements to include in your companion’s diet:

OMEGA 3 FISH OIL – for skin conditions and allergies.

A quality omega 3 is essential in repairing cell damage and should be your first choice in supplements. Almost every vet will recommend an Omega 3 when treating skin disorders and inflammation.

Sally-Anne Creed is one of South Africa’s leading nutritionists and her stance on whether to use fish oil or flax oil is very clear. She firmly warns clients to avoid flax. 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.

A new Emory University study found that taking high daily doses of flaxseed oil caused no increase at all of omega-3 DHA in the blood of it’s subjects. Similarly, feeding animals alpha-linolenic acid, as found in flaxseed oil, did not increase DHA in their brain cells, according to research at the National Institutes of Health.

New British research says high doses of flaxseed oil may even cause a decrease in omega-3 DHA and that flaxseed oil does not adequately nourish fetal brains. According to the study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition flaxseed oil is found less effective against inflammatory conditions.
Generally, flaxseed oil has been considered to be an anti-inflammatory agent. But more studies reveal the shocking truth that it actually increases inflammation in most of the cases.

My preference, especially when treating skin ailments, is high quality fish oil, preferably salmon oil.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR – for itchy skin & arthritis.

Apple cider vinegar is a remedy with multiple uses for dogs: alleviating allergies, arthritis, and establishing correct pH balance. If your dog has itchy skin, the beginnings of a hot spot, incessantly licking it’s feet, has smelly ears, or is picky about his food, the application of Apple Cider Vinegar may change things around.

For poor appetite, use it in your pet’s food – 1 tablespoon, two times a day for a 20 kilogram dog. Taken internally, Apple Cider Vinegar is credited with maintaining the acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract.

If you have a dog that has clear, watery discharge from the eyes, a runny nose, or coughs with a liquid sound, uses Apple Cider Vinegar in his or her food. One teaspoon twice a day for a 20 kilo dog will do the job.

After your weekly grooming sessions, use a few drops in his or her ears after cleaning them to avoid ear infections and to clean out mites. Two parts Apple Cider Vinegar to eight parts warm water would be the desired dosage. For itchy skin or the beginning of hot spots, dilute Apple Cider Vinegar, three parts water and one part the vinegar, and add into a spray bottle or dab onto the dog’s skin. Fleas, flies, ticks and bacteria, external parasites, ring worm, fungus, staphylococcus, streptococcus, mange, etc., are unlikely to inhabit a dog whose system is acidic inside and out. Your dog will also smell so nice that you may mistake your companion animal for your garden salad!

SPIRULINA – for immunity and digestion.

One of my preferred supplements is Spirulina. Spirulina contains a remarkable combination of vegetable protein, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and powerful antioxidants. These vital substances work in synergy to assist in immune enhancement, disease prevention, the promotion of healthy bowel flora and general well-being.

All vitamins and minerals in Spirulina are present as natural, organically-bound complexes. Unlike synthetic combinations of isolated vitamins and minerals, these complexes are easily recognised by the body and are therefore highly bioavailable. Spirulina provides superior nutrition, especially at a time when many commercial foods are becoming increasingly more nutrient depleted.

Spirulina has the highest protein content of any natural food, containing between 65 and 70% protein. This is 270% more protein than fish, 334% more than beef and 556% more than tofu. Spirulina also excels with regards to protein quality. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Unlike non-essential amino acids, essential amino acids can not be synthesized by the body and must be obtained from the diet. Spirulina provides all the essential amino acids and is therefore considered a complete protein. With regards to usable protein (as a percentage of the food’s composition), Spirulina is second only to whole, dried eggs.

Furthermore, protein from Spirulina contains various trace minerals and provides 475% more calcium than whole milk and 5756% more iron than spinach. Iron from Spirulina is more than twice as absorbable as the form of iron found in most meats and vegetables. Spirulina is the best natural iron supplement available and has been shown to correct anaemia, increase blood haemoglobin content and increase iron reserves. In general, Spirulina enhances overall immunity, promotes a healthy gut and overall well- being.

Spirulina is an excellent supplement for a healthy skin and lustrous coat. It enhances appetite even for finicky cats. Spirulina-fed pets have a fresher breath odor.

In short Spirulina has been shown to:
* Boost Immune System
* Improve Digestion
* Produce healthy skin and lustrous coat
* Improve Appetite
* Improve overall well-being and freshen breath

In my next editorial I will continue with this important subject of supplementation,  and I look at the health benefits of Rooibos Tea, Diatomaceous Earth, Rosehip, and Devils Claw for our pets.

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What to give your pets for Xmas!

They give us so much joy. They give us so much love. They are dedicated and committed. Surely, we can share this Xmas with our dear companion animals.

Nothing touches the hearts of pet lovers more than receiving a Xmas present, not for themselves, but for their pets. Let’s be honest, us humans have EVERYTHING enough possessions cluttering up our homes.

At Vondis we embrace Xmas time and especially supporting animal welfare’s, who have some great initiatives and gifts for this festive season. There are charity advent calendars, animal welfare calendars, Jenny Morris Health Biscuits, toys galore, fancy dress clothing, etc.

Why not drop your furry friend off at our doggy daycare while you do you Xmas shopping.

However you celebrate this festive season, don’t forget to give companion animal the biggest gift of all – your love ❤️

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What is the perfect poo?

Your pets’ health can be easily determined by the consistency and odour of your pets stool/poo. A stool should be firm (hold its shape) but not be crumbly dry. A stool should bio-degrade quickly and easily into the earth and should not remain on the ground, without decomposing after a few days.

A stool should not be particularly offensive to the nose and should not have a pungent smell. A stool should be healthy and “clean” and not be covered in slime and fungus. If fact, the perfect stool should be so appealing and nutritious that the birds would wish to feast thereon.

I can assure that such a perfect stool can only be obtained from a diet that is wholesome, natural and enriched with vegetables.

 

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