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A dog, mans most loyal friend,

devoted, committed until the very end.

But abandon him, abuse him

and he may never recover again.

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

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

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

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

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

When you abuse our companion friend,

that hurt, those scars cannot mend.

There remains forever a small reminder,

that the world and humans can be kinder.

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

1. ”Omnivore vs Carnivore” – my best article ever written – your understanding dictates the way you feed your companion animals.

2. “Naturally been taken for a ride” – Many companies claim that their pet food is “natural”. PLEASE READ THIS FARCE

3. “ pH Balance – acidity vs. alkalinity” – This is the ultimate explanation why some diets are nutritionally sound and why some are poor. This essentially explains skin allergies and itchiness. – PLEASE READ

4. “The Science of Cooking” – Vondi’s Recipe revealed based on Nutritional Science

5. “ Ground Breaking Veterinary Study – June 2014” – The Latest Veterinary Studies confirm the Vondi’s Philosophy.

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

purebred english Bulldog in glasses and book

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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.


Environmental Protection Agency. 2006. Permethrin Facts (Reregistration Eligibility Decision(RED) Fact Sheet). Retrieved from

Environmental Protection Agency. (2013). Pyrethroids and Pyrethrins. Retrieved from

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,

Pell, M.B., Morris, J. ( 2008). ‘Safe’ pesticides now first  in poisonings.  Retrieved from

Rotkin-Ellman, M. & Solomon, G. (2009). Poison on Pets II: Toxic Chemicals in Flea and Tick Collars. Retrieved from


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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.


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

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

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

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

Freeman, L. and Heinze, C. (2012). Raw meat diets, are they worth the risk? Deciphering Fact from Fiction. Retrieved from

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

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

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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.

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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.”

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