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An acidic pH can occur from an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients.  The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals.  If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.

An acidic balance will:  decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease it’s ability to repair damaged cells, decrease it’s ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness

The common reason for acidosis is a diet too high in acid producing animal products like meat, eggs, dairy and refined carbohydrates, and far too low in alkaline producing foods like fresh vegetables. Meat (beef, poultry, lamb, pork, deer) is classified as an “Extremely Acidic”

To maintain health, the diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid forming foods.  To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.

The Dangers of an Acidic Diet

If too many acidic foods are consumed and not enough alkaline, it can push the body to the acidic side and then it will start pulling from your alkaline reserves to try and maintain proper pH. An imbalance in the acid-base can lead to bone and muscle loss as you age, osteoporosis, increased blood pressure and risk of developing kidney stones, stroke, asthma, stomach cancer, fatigue and much more. This becomes more of a problem as you age, because the kidneys become less proficient at handling acid in the diet.

The body needs both acid and alkaline foods. If lots of alkaline vegetables are consumed, they will neutralize the acid of the meat and create a healthy balanced pH level.  Since fat is neutral, it will have no impact on the pH.

Acidic Diets cause Inflammation causing Skin allergies, Osteoporosis and Bladder disorders.

Simply stated, acidifying foods produce acids during metabolism. Meat and dairy, for example, contain proteins, which lead to the formation of amino acids. The over consumption of acid forming foods causes  kidneys, lung and skin to remove calcium, potassium and magnesium from  bones and tissues that bring the body’s pH back into balance. This nutrient shuffling leads to health problems that include inflammation, osteoporosis and kidney stones.

Itching skin is an inflammatory reaction of the skin. Itching skin can affect a small area of the skin or the full body.

Christopher Vasey, an esteemed Naturopathic Doctor, states that “too much acid inflames your organs, which causes skin irritation and urinary tract infections.” He goes onto say that “an anti-inflammatory diet does not mean that you must eliminate sources of protein, carbohydrates and fats as they are essential for alkaline minerals to establish themselves properly in the tissues. But the diet plan should contain 60 – 80 percent alkalinizing foods to restore and maintain your body’s pH balance”. 

The debate whether to feed your dog raw meat or not, is fierce. Veterinarians and esteemed researchers have advised people to refrain from feeding raw meat. However, what is certainly clear is that meat is an acidic diet and disproportionate feeding, without regard to alkaline based ingredients, will derail the pH balance. The consequences could be dire and amongst other things cause inflammation, which will cause skin allergies and skin ailments, arthritis and bladder disorders.

The Golden Rule

60 percent alkaline based foods to 40 percent acid forming foods or the old age rule of 1 meat to 2 portions veggies

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Step 1

Stop feeding food or snacks that contain dairy, sugar or preservatives (STRICTLY no dry kibble)

Step 2

Wash your dog using Vondi’s Buchu Scrub for inflamed or irritable skin – NEVER any shampoo that contains chemicals

Step 3

NEVER apply flea poison drops onto your pet. This is a dangerous poison – rather use ½ – 1 t.spoon of garlic and/or aloe bitters and spray or powder your pet with Khakibos daily.

Suppliments to be added to food:

Omega 3 Fish Oil (not flaxseed)

Dosage: Small – 500mg per day

Medium & Large – 1000mg per day

Rooibos Anti-itch

Dosage: Small – ½ t. spoon per day

Medium – 1 t. spoon per day

Large – 1.5 t. spoon per day


Dosage: Small – ½ t. spoon per day

Medium – 1 t. spoon per day

Large – 1.5 t. spoon per day

Apple Cider Vinegar

Dosage: Small – ½ t. spoon per day

Medium – 1 t. spoon per day

Large – 2 t. spoon per day

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University research shows that fresh, wholesome foods may be healthier for dogs than processed kibble.

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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. The groundbreaking research is being presented this week at the 14th Annual American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition’s (AAVN) Symposium, held in conjunction with the 2014 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Forum in Nashville, Tennessee.

The study, which was conducted over 12 months, 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, and co-author of the study, hypothesizes that the secret may be in the quality of the ingredients, “The USDA certification process is the best food handling and quality control process we have in this country, and among the best in the world. 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 USDA certified ingredients, instead of a processed commercial dog food. Dr. Tegzes explains, “It’s exciting to ponder that if the trends we saw in our data continue over the lifetime of the dogs, 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” and that “the majority of ingredients that are included in the AAFCO official publication are neither approved food additives nor are they generally recognized as safe (GRAS).”

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.” Dr. Chavez was a full time tenure-track faculty during the research; he was so impressed with the results of the food on his own Golden Retriever, Rey, that he has since joined the company behind the recipes full time as Chief Medical Officer. Rey celebrated his seventeenth birthday earlier this year.

Times are changing and modern veterinarians and pet parents are no longer comfortable reaching for a bag or can recommendation. “We’ve seen a definite shift in the market”, says Shawn Buckley, founder of JustFoodForDogs LLC, the company behind the diets used in the study. “Some vets have shared with us that their clients are expecting a better quality offering from their clinics than the processed food they traditionally carried, which was once considered the healthiest option.”

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What is the best food to feed domesticated dogs?

By Liz Pask and Laura Scott

Laura Scott holds a Master’s degree in animal nutrition. Liz Pask is a PhD candidate studying nutritional toxicology.

One of the reasons people cite for feeding a raw diet is that it is a more “natural” diet for dogs. The theory is that wild canids would eat a diet mainly consisting of raw meat and bones, so people should try and mimic this diet when feeding their pets. However, the pet dogs that live in our homes do not resemble their wild cousins. We have bred dogs to have a range in size from the tiny Papillon to the massive Neapolitan Mastiff, and a variety of builds from the light-framed Whippet to the bulky Bulldog. In addition, there are breeds like the Bedlington Terrier that are prone to specific nutrient deficiencies. With all of these physiological differences between our pets and wild canids, can we be certain that what a wild canid eats is indeed an ideal diet for Rover?

Raw diets have been found to contain Salmonella, Campylobacter, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Clostridium perfringens, Clostridium botulinium, and Staphylococcus aureus, all of which are known human and canine pathogens. These bacteria are shed in dog stools and may be transferred to carpets and furniture as the dog moves around the house. These pathogens usually only pose a serious human risk to the immuno-compromised, the elderly, and young children; however, this is a very important consideration if you are feeding a raw diet and have people in these risk groups living in your home.

In addition, there is a potential risk to dogs from certain pathogens found in raw foods, such as Neospora caninum, found in raw beef, Nanophyetus salmincola, found in raw salmon, and Trichinella spiralis, which  is found in raw pork and wild game such as deer, elk, and moose. All of these pathogens can make your dog sick and are potentially fatal.

Feeding your pet a raw-meat diet that you balance yourself is dangerous for many reasons. Among them:

Trying to “wing it” by formulating the right balance is very difficult and can easily lead to nutritional deficiency, especially in young, growing pets.

Raw bones in meat can splinter and become lodged in the throat or digestive system, where they can block passage or cut tissue. They can also fracture teeth.

Bacteria in raw meat IS dangerous to pets, as well as owners. Dogs and cats may have persistent diarrhea that their owners just accept as normal. However, this is a sign of illness and can cause other problems down the road, besides the discomfort suffered by the animal. In the case of cats, proponents of raw meat claim that a cat’s digestive system is more acidic and can process food faster, so bacteria does not have time to duplicate and cause illness.

That’s nonsense, according to animal nutrition expert Rebecca Remillard, DVM, DACVN, Ph.D. “Everyone’s stomach is acidic,” she says. “That’s how we digest food.” Remillard, of Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, said the dietary theories proposed by raw-meat advocates are too vague and are causing a lot of problems in pets.

An article in the March 2001 issue of JAVMA (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association) compared raw meat diets and showed that raw meat had significant risks: “The results of the small number of diets analyzed here indicated that there are clearly nutritional and health risks associated with feeding raw food diets. All the diets tested had nutrient deficiencies or excesses that could cause serious health problems when used in a long-term feeding program.”

The risks of raw meat are there. Is the risk worthwhile? No, it isn’t.”

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A quality omega 3 is essential in restoring cell damage and should be your first choice supplement. 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. 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, credited with giving baby brains higher IQs and protecting aging brains from memory loss and Alzheimer’s. 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 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. University of Southampton researchers concluded that “preformed DHA and EPA in fish oil are essential to maintain optimal tissue function and that flaxseed falls short.”

According to the study published in ‘American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’ flaxseed oil is found very less effective against inflammatory conditions. Generally, flaxseed oil has been considered to be anti-inflammatory agent. But few more studies reveal the shocking truth that it actually increases inflammation in most of the cases.

Besides being ineffective, flaxseed oil has many other side effects.

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




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This is a must read

Education is the path to enlightenment and with enlightenment we can derive at the correct and informed decisions.

I have no doubt that most consumers, nowadays, acknowledge the benefits that are derived from a healthy life style. I have no doubt that we all understand that a wholesome diet, preferably organic, has a major impact on well being, health and longevity. The conscientious shopper also now looks for grooming products and remedies that are free from chemicals and poisons.

I also have no doubt that with the enforcement of the Consumer Protection Act, we have become more familiar with understanding product labels and we have become more vigilant when it comes to accepting some of the dubious ingredients that are listed therein.

Yet, and this seriously confuses me, when it comes to caring for our dear beloved companion animals we do NOT apply the same and equal health principles. Is this because the naming of this living being, “cat and dog” is so dry and insensitive? Does it not evoke emotion and passion? World-wide pet guardians are referring to their animals as “beloved companions”, “members of the family”, “fury children”, “our babies”.

Perhaps then, the treatment of our animals will be no different to the way that we look after ourselves and that the same principles of healthy living that we strive for, will apply to our “fury friends”.

Yet, for now:

  • We are throwing food in a bowl that is highly preserved, that sits unaffected in it packaging for 24 months.  This despite us understanding the inherent negativities of preservatives.
  • We are feeding a diet that is highly processed and is exposed to cooking temperatures reaching 200 degrees. This, even though we know that vitamins, minerals and protein structures are denatured when exposed to heat.
  • Despite us following various diets, Prof Tim Noakes, Paleo, Atkinson’s, etc which all warn against refined carbs, when it comes to feeding our pets we throw down dried food that is mainly carbs. We know refined carb are acidic in nature and likely to affect skin allergies and arthritis and yet we still persist.
  • We are feeding a dry diet that is devoid of moisture, even though our cats and dogs are struggling with renal and bladder complications.
  • We have forgotten how we used to bond with our parents at the dinner table, enjoying moms favorite spaghetti bolognaise, Indian curry, tomato bolognaise. Now we throw down food for our pets without love and attentions and yet we still expect respect and good behavior.
  • We are even applying flea poisons despite the warning on the packaging that this could be extremely harmful if comes in contact with your skin and that it is advised not to pat your “furry friends” for 48 hours. This despite the fact that after reading the labeling we understand that the active ingredients are a harmful poison.

Now if our companion animals were in prime condition and not struggling with skin aliments, digestive issues, cancer, diabetes, renal complications, arthritis, obesity, heart decease, epilepsy and behavioral issues, then perhaps there would be no need to write this editorial piece. The reality is that almost every pet is struggling with an array of human ailments and that longevity has been reduced.

Changing your own life style and diet is always difficult. It is even harder when one has to make changes that affect the well – being of your companion animals. I believe that the psychological terminology for this conflict of change is called “cognitive dissonance”. However, it is necessary, ethical and fair and in deriving at the correct decision and enlightenment, the responsible consumer and pet guardian should apply these three basic mediums:

  1. midst all the marketing jargon one should apply logic, common sense, intuition and gut feel.
  2. there is a wealth of knowledge on the net and in printed material that it is inexcusable not to undertake the necessary research
  3. in an environment when corporate have become zealous without consideration for the public nor environment, the responsible consumer must understand labeling and ingredients. You have the right to know!!

I have no doubt that for most we understand the principles of healthy living and the benefits derived there from. I therefore, have no doubt that if we deem our pets to be companions and members of our family and that we have applied the mediums above, then we MUST derive at the conclusion that “natural” in better than “unnatural”, that wholesome foods are better than processed and that “preservative and chemical free diets and remedies” are a better option than preserved and chemically based.

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Feeding our animal companions a diet of raw meat is a widely debated topic. Over the years there have been experts in the field of nutrition who have designed and promoted specific diets for our animal friends. Some advocating high meat protein diets, like Atkinson’s Diet and the Paleo Diet. Then there are the diets that promote only raw veggie diets, which is currently hitting South Africa with a bang. Professor Tim Noake’s revelation on high meat protein diets with little carbs is also extremely popular.

However, none of the experts have ever promoted a diet that contains raw meat. They have advocated diets that contain a high-meat content or loads of raw veggies, but not raw meat. The dangers are too risky.

There have been many recorded instances of illness as a result of raw meat intake. While some people will insist that they feed their dogs raw meat with no negative effects, the fact remains that there is a risk factor for dogs who may not be used to raw meat or who’s digestive system may not agree with the raw meat diet. The question is, why take the risk?

James O’Heare knows wolves better than most. He runs a large Wolf Sanctuary in North America. He is one the most outspoken experts against the feeding of raw meat to companion animals. In his own admission, one of the most common deaths in his wolf sanctuary, after feeding raw meat, is pancreatitis. And this is feeding a certified carnivore. Imagine now, feeding a raw meat diet to our companion animals, which have been domesticated for 15000 years and have little or no relationship to wolves from the past. The consequences could be dire.

Anne Martin is a legend in her writing and an acclaimed researcher. She pioneered exposing the impurities in commercial pet food, “Food Pets Die For”.  In her most recent book, “Protect Your Pet..More Shocking Facts” she includes a chapter on the dangers of  raw meat diets.

Vondis Holistic Pet Nutrition has spent more than a decade educating the public about natural diets and alternatives to the mainstream commercial processed pet food. Great progress has been made and pet owners are starting to have faith that natural diets are safe, balanced and successful.

There is a vast amount of writing done on this topic and we advise the you take the time to read up on as many sources as you can. At the end of the day, it is your animal companion’s life at stake.

Spirocerca lupi – warning against feeding raw meat

Recent newspaper reports have brought this little-known parasite to the attention of the dog-owning public.   What is it and why have we not heard of it before?

“This is definitely not a new parasite” says Professor Joop Boomker, of the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, University of Pretoria.   “It just hasn’t been prevalent in recent years.” 

“Pet owners who feed meat and chicken to their dogs should ensure that it is properly cooked, and neverfed raw,” advises Prof. Boomker.

More interesting reads on the dangers of Raw meat diets for dogs;

William D. Cusick  Author of “The Animal Advocate” Website. William provides a fascinating information on the ancestry of our dogs and wolves, as well as facts about the dangers of a raw meat/bone diet.

Mike Richards, DVM Dr. Mike addresses frequently asked questions about the raw meat diet, and explains the dangerous and misconceptions of feeding raw meat and bones.


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                           WHAT VET’S ARE SAYING…                    

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 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 

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. Dr. Tom Lonsdale DVM  

“Every time a pet trustingly eats another bowl of high sugar pet food, he is being brought that much closer to diabetes, hypoglycaemia, 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 labelling 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.

 “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.” Dr. P.F. Mc Gargle, DVM “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 

“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 behaviour. 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 leukaemia, dental disease, and many other common disease problems.” Dr Jeffrey Levy DVM PCH 

“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

“The most common and most visible symptoms of nutritionally caused deficiencies are allergies of one kind or another. 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

  “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?

 “Their pets may have diarrhoea, 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”. Dr. Wendell O. Belfield, DVM

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Just imagine, Granny Rose Sunday Roast with steamed butternut, sautéed green peas and roasted potatoes compressed into tasty saturated kibble/pellets.

How about, grilled Salmon with a lemon and basil jeau, turned carrots and a garden salad, processed and compressed and placed in a take-away carton.

For those who love traditional, how about a baked Bobotie topped with natural chutney and a side dish of steamed turmeric rice in pellet form. And those who long for a Mediterranean dish, there could be Mousaka served with a Julienne of spring veggies – of course in a pellet/kibble form.

Throw away your fridge and freezers. Rather install well organized and labeled shelves that can accommodate your dry food for up to one year. Get rid of your picnic cooler box, cutlery and crockery. But don’t forget your picnic blanket so that you can comfortably sit and enjoy a carton of your favorite dried food.

Just chew on a balanced scientifically proven dry food and you will never need a dentist again.

And those into the “natural” can be assured that this kibble is “totally” natural.

Hey, and when the millions are starving in countries like in Somalia, we can easily ship them this nutritious, balanced tasty food to save their lives.

Dream on. This is just not going to happen. Why?

That is because no human would have faith or confidence in such a recipe or such a formulation. No-one would believe that they can attain maximum health and nutritional values from a dry kibble type food.

But you say it is good and balanced and ideal for our four-legged companions?

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In presenting any nutritious meal for human or pet, meat or vegetarian, there are two important considerations. The cooking method which you use to prepare your food and the other is the quality and choice of ingredients.

Vondis Holistic Pet Nutrition has always adopted scientific procedures to prepare the food and therefore, certain ingredients are left to simmer on a low heat and there are some that are included totally raw. This very special Vondi’s cooking process ensures maximum nutritional value and digestibility.

What Should be Cooked at a Simmer – All  Pulses

These ingredients receive optimal nutritional value when cooked for a long period of time and at a simmer – brown rice, millet, lentils, peas, barley, wheat germ, rolled oats

What Should be Seared All Meat

Professor Joop Boomker, of the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, University of Pretoria says one only need turn meat from red to pink, to kill parasites and worms.
That said, one should be weary of over cooking meat as the protein enzymes are very sensitive to heat. Over cooking will also turn fatty meat into high glucose.

What Should be left Raw – All Green Veggies

Vegetables provide great mineral and vitamin wealth. They are also essential in producing natural antioxidants that protect us from sickness and in controlling free radicals, which is the cause of many dread diseases and general poor health.

However, vegetables are very sensitive to heat and their vitamin and mineral structure can be denatured when exposed to heat or chemicals. Therefore, it is essential to your pet’s health that the green veggies, herbs and omega 3 oils are provided in their RAW state, without being cooked.

The effects of heat processing in relationship to nutrition have been well researched. The results are documented as scientific and factual study. These techniques include extrusion, rendering, cooking, refining, steaming and also include exposure to chemicals. There are some ingredients that perform better when simmered on low heat. Meat should be seared and not over cooked. Then there are ingredients that should not be exposed to heat at all. Unfortunately, with all dry kibble, the preparation process is grouped together and all are exposed to heat, thus compromising nutritional values.


The PH Miracle by Dr. Robert Young
Living Foods for Optimum Health by Dr. Brian Clement
Enzyme Nutrition by Dr. Edward Howell
Protein biological value of extruded, raw and toasted by T. Ferreira        
Cellular Nutrition by Dr. Roger Williams
Papers recently presented by The University of Michigan and The Oregon State University

The effects of heat processing are well documented over the years.

Generally speaking, the effects are the following:

*  Heat causes molecules to vibrate leading to bond strain and, if sufficiently heated for specified times, bond breakage. This denatures the protein, vitamin and mineral structures i.e. a change from a biologically active molecule to a different form.

*  Enzymes are also affected by this heating and, depending on the type of enzyme, could be irreversibly denatured with loss of activity.

*  Other biologically active proteins also undergo similar changes.

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