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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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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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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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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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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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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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The true judge as to whether a diet is “perfect” for both dog and human is based on whether they are able to provide the correct pH balances, with a leaning towards alkalinity. Thus, when one looks at popular human diets, this important formula is always fulfilled.

The Banting Diet, promoted by our own legendary Professor Tim Noakes, fulfills these requirements. Often his proposed diet is misunderstood. He is actually advocating a high fat diet with low refined carbohydrates, rather than a high meat protein diet. Looking thoroughly into his diet and recipes, the contribution of his veggies (predominantly alkaline) supersedes and balances the acidity from the meat content. Remember, fat, mostly has a neutral impact on PH.

Recently (June 2014), in a landmark study conducted by animal science researchers in California, now demonstrates that feeding dogs fresh, healthy, whole food diets instead of highly processed kibble and cans results in improvements in measures of health.

Therefore, when preparing diets for our pets the same considerations should be applied as to the way we prepare human nutritional foods. A Banting Diet for Dogs would be an exceptional dietary plan suitable for the whole family.

Looking at commercial pet foods in pellet/kibble form, it is quite clear why such diets cannot perform. The main ingredients are refined carbs –  brewers rice, wheat and corn gluten, potato meal, soya meal and animal meals. As a matter of fact, such refined carbs are rated as “extremely acidic” and their contribution way overrides any alkaline ingredients that may come from this diet.

The same arguments follow for diets that contain copious amounts of meat (raw or cooked). In the last few years, there has been a trend to feed our companion animals a high raw meat diet. Meat too is classified as an “extremely” acidic.

Acidosis will lead to inflamed cells, reduce immunity and lead to an array of health ailments like skin disorders, arthritis and the formation of kidney stones.

The recent landmark veterinary studies from West Hollywood California support what human nutritionists have been advising for decades – “stay clear of heavily processed foods, and eat wholesome, balanced meals that are prepared fresh from the highest quality ingredients available, are lightly cooked, and have no preservatives. This same advice appears to be true for our canine best friends.”

Based on these findings, let’s see how Professor Tim Noakes’s Banting Diet would fulfill the nutritional requirements of our dogs by looking at some of his golden rules:

  1. This is not a high protein diet. It’s a high fat, medium protein, low carb way of eating  tick
  2. Choose real foods that look like what they are, and cook them from scratch tick
  3. Fat is not the enemy. Enjoy it! – Fat is essential for our dogs tick
  4. Eat only when you are hungry; eat until you are satisfied we control the feeding of once or twice a day tick

Therefore, whether you are preparing a meal for yourself and children or your four-legged companion members, The Banting Diet, is recommended for the entire family.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 3, 2014

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Independent university research now demonstrates that feeding dogs fresh, healthy, whole food diets instead of highly processed kibble and cans results in improvements in measures of health.

The results of a landmark study conducted by animal science researchers in California show that feeding a group of dogs a freshly prepared, whole food, lightly cooked, nutritionally balanced diet made from real food is scientifically shown to increase white blood cells and blood proteins that could benefit immune health

It is the first time in veterinary nutrition history that the long standing practice of feeding dogs highly processed kibble diets, made from feed grade ingredients not allowed in the human food chain, is scientifically challenged. The results support what human nutritionists have been advising for decades – stay clear of heavily processed foods, and eat wholesome, balanced meals that are prepared fresh from the highest quality ingredients available, are lightly cooked, and have no preservatives. This same advice appears to be true for our canine best friends.

Dr. John Tegzes, VMD, diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology, professor of veterinary medicine at Western University Health Sciences, states: “If you start with wholesome USDA certified ingredients and do not destroy their nutritious value with heavy processing, then it’s fair to assume that you would have a more favorable result.”

In short – these results suggest that it may be healthier to feed our dogs a balanced real food diet made with certified ingredients, instead of a processed commercial dog food and “we may see a decrease in chronic diseases such as cancer, renal failure, kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disease, dental disease, etc. in our pets.”

These findings shouldn’t be a surprise. The USDA and US Department of Health publication, 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, specifically recommends a balanced whole food diet over heavy vitamin and mineral supplementation or processed foods for people. A recent report revealed that the FDA feels that the process by which ingredients are defined in the pet food industry “ultimately falls short”.

Yet, until recently mainstream veterinary recommendations for nutrition have been loyal to these heavily processed, shelf stable diets that are artificially supplemented with vitamins and minerals that are otherwise destroyed during the kibble making extrusion process.

“These results are game changing”, says Dr. Oscar E. Chavez, veterinarian, professor of clinical nutrition, and member of the American Society for Nutrition. “I see a future where feeding your pets real food is the best medical recommendation. Our role as veterinarians will be to help support pet parents achieve this level of wellness by ensuring the diets are properly balanced for long term feeding.”

Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HIMklYNIic

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1957612#ixzz34UkXAiMs

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