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Natural supplementation is extremely important for your pet, especially when treating an ailment or condition. Herewith is a list of my preferred supplements to include in your companions diet.

OMEGA 3 FISH OIL – for skin conditions and allergies.

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.

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 animal’s alpha-linolenic acid, as found in flaxseed oil, did not increase DHA in their brain cells, according to research at the National Institutes of Health.

New British research says high doses of flaxseed oil may even cause a decrease in omega-3 DHA and that flaxseed oil does not adequately nourish fetal brains.

According to the study published in ‘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.

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

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR – for itchy skin & arthritis

Apple cider vinegar is a remedy with multiple uses for dogs: alleviating allergies, arthritis, establishing correct pH balance.

If your dog has itchy skin, the beginnings of a hot spot, incessantly licks its feet, has smelly ears, or is picky about his food, the application of Apple Cider Vinegar may change things around. For poor appetite, use it in the food – 1 tablespoon, two times a day for a 20 kilo. dog.

Taken internally, Apple Cider Vinegar is credited with maintaining the acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract.

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

After your weekly grooming sessions, use a few drops in his or her ears after cleaning them to avoid ear infections and to clean out mites. Two parts Apple Cider Vinegar to eight parts warm water would be the desired dosage

For itchy skin or the beginning of hot spots, dilute Apple Cider Vinegar, three parts water and one part the vinegar, and add into a spray bottle or dab onto the dog’s skin.

Fleas, flies, ticks and bacteria, external parasites, ring worm, fungus, staphylococcus, streptococcus, mange, etc., are unlikely to inhabit a dog whose system is acidic inside and out.

Your dog will also smell so nice that you may mistake your companion animal for your garden salad

VONDI’S MULTI – VITAMIN SUPPLEMENT

Yeast: all B vitamins

Lecithin: helps body absorb fats

Garlic: natural anti-biotic and flea deterrent

Kelp: Sea minerals

Calcium: bone builder

Dandelion: cleans liver and kidneys

Vitamin C: tiny amount as they produce a lot of their own. Calcium ascorbate used as we don’t want to irritate the lining of the stomach

SPIRULINA – for immunity and digestion

One of my preferred supplements is Spirulina.

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

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

Spirulina has the highest protein content of any natural food.  Spirulina contains between 65 and 70% protein. This is 270% more protein than fish, 334% more than beef and 556% more than tofu.

Spirulina also excels with regards to protein quality. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Unlike non-essential amino acids, essential amino acids can not be synthesized by the body and must be obtained from the diet. Spirulina provides all the essential amino acids and is therefore considered a complete protein.  With regards to usable protein (as a percentage of the food’s composition), Spirulina is second only to whole, dried eggs. Furthermore, protein from

Spirulina contains various trace minerals and provides 475% more calcium than whole milk and 5756% more iron than spinach. Iron from Spirulina is more than twice as absorb-able as the form of iron found in most meats and vegetables. Spirulina is the best natural iron supplement available and has been shown to correct anaemia, increase blood haemoglobin content and increase iron reserves.

In general, Spirulina enhances overall immunity, promotes a healthy gut and overall well- being.  Spirulina is an excellent supplement for a healthy skin and lustrous coat.  It enhances appetite even for finicky cats. Spirulina fed pets have a fresher breath odour.

In short Spirulina has been shown to:

* Boost Immune System

* Improve Digestion

* Produce healthy skin and lustrous coat

* Improve Appetite (so eat more of your food)

* Improve overall well-being and freshen breath

DEVILS CLAW AND ROSEHIP – an effective treatment for joint pain and arthritis

Supplementing your companion animal’s diet can be very beneficial. As a puppy or kitten it is very important to enhance nutrition whilst in the growth phase.

For adult or ageing companions, supplementing diet with enriched natural minerals and vitamins is well advised. This is especially true for dogs and cats that are likely to experience arthritic and hip dysplasia problems, which is very common with large breed dogs and almost all ageing animals.

Devils Claw and Rosehip is a must for all ageing animals and for that matter, humans.

DEVILS CLAW

Native to southern Africa, devil’s claw is a shrub that has lush foliage and red flowers. The plant gets its name from the miniature hooks that cover its fruit. For thousands of years, the Khoisan peoples of Madagascar and the Kalahari Desert have used Devil’s Claw root in remedies to treat pain and inflammation and many other medical ailments.

Today, Devil’s Claw is used for degenerative joint diseases such as arthritis, for back pain, and as an appetite stimulant and digestive tonic. Scientific evidence supports the use of Devil’s Claw root to help relieve pain and inflammation in people with arthritis and other painful disorders.

Studies have found that taking Devil’s Claw for several months substantially reduces pain and improves physical functioning in people with osteoarthritis. In addition, those who received Devil’s Claw experienced fewer side effects and required fewer pain-reducing medications throughout the study.

In addition to the treatment of osteoarthritis and other painful disorders, Devil’s Claw is also very useful for upset stomach, loss of appetite, headaches, allergies, and fever.

ROSEHIP

Another natural remedy that compliments the positive attributes of Devil’s Claw in dealing with arthritic and pain issues is Rosehip.

The pain-relieving properties of Rosehip, which has previously been linked to reduced inflammation in osteoarthritis, have been suggested for decades.

Scientists have found that powder made from a wild variety of Rosehip, Rosa canina, is better at reducing pain in patients than glucosamine, a treatment prescribed by many vets.

The latest studies led to a reduction in glucosamine use by many arthritis sufferers and that Rosehip powder was an effective alternative for those seeking a natural remedy for these symptoms.

The evidence for the benefits of rose-hip powder in osteoarthritis appears consistent, and, if pet owners wish to use this natural remedy in addition to any other prescribed treatment by their vet, this would be perfectly in order.

The Daily Telegraph in its headline claimed that Rosehip was ‘better than painkillers’ for arthritis. Researchers have found that it is three times more effective than standard paracetamol at relieving pain and 40% more effective than Glucosamine.

Feeding Requirements

Both Devils Claw and Rosehip can be bought at most health shops and some pharmacies in a powdered form and they are both very palatable. Your companion animal will have no problem digesting them when mixed with their food. Obviously, it would be a lot easier to administer if you were feeding a home cooked or natural diet.

I would recommend for small dogs and cats a half tea spoon of each, mixed with the food, daily. For a medium breed, 1 tea spoon of each and for a large breed, 1.5 – 2 tea spoons of each.

DIATOMACEOUS EARTH – a natural dewormer and parasite cleanser

Diatomaceous Earth is the fossilized shells of unicellular microscopic water-dwelling plants known as Diatoms.

These tiny unicellular plants use soluble silica (sand) from their environment to make their cells walls. When these organisms die, the shells pile up on the bottom to form thick beds of sediment.

These beds, called Diatomite or Diatomaceous Earth, are then mined from ancient dried lake bottoms.

One can obtain synthetic or processed Diatomaceous Earth which is often used in paints, filtering systems, chemical insecticides and cosmetics. However, NATURAL DIATOMACEOUS EARTH has not been altered in any chemical way and is derived from a fresh water source and contains less than 1% crystalline silica. Any Diatomaceous Earth that exceeds 1% is referred to as pool grade and best used in pool filtration systems.

Natural Diatomaceous Earth is made up of microscopic shells of diatoms. These fossil shells have tiny points (similar to lemon grass), which puncture the insect’s or parasites exoskeleton and thus kills them.  Thus Diatomaceous Earth operates mechanically and NOT chemically. Because of this, parasites and pests cannot become immune or resistant to Diatomaceous Earth.

There are commercial products available to de-worm and rid parasites, but they are all chemically based or poisons and can be a hazard to the health of your companion animal.

Diatomaceous Earth is registered, certified and approved by the Department of Agriculture and approved by almost every international agricultural body including the F.D.A, the E.P.A and the E.U.

Diatomaceous Earth is an effective natural de-wormer and parasite cleanser.  Parasites live in an animal’s intestinal tract, causing nutritional problems and physical irritation, effecting the health condition and attitude of the host. You can safely and effectively eradicate them with Diatomaceous Earth.

Diatomaceous Earth, when internally digested is known to kill parasites mechanically by scrapping the gut, literally piercing their structure. Externally applied, it is very effective in killing fleas in the same manner. Both are totally safe and work mechanically rather than chemically. Remember, chemicals and poisons will certainly have an adverse effect on skin conditions and general health.

Diatomaceous Earth has many other health benefits. It also helps to attract and absorb bad bacteria, herbicides, pesticides, food additives, artificial hormones, heavy metals, drug residues, viruses and toxins and helps excrete it from the animal’s body.

Diatomaceous Earth is very effective in helping to support your pet’s immune system and enhance metabolism by scrapping the gut and getting rid of toxins. Daily exposure to a wide variety of toxins can seriously affect your pet’s health. A highly-processed diet filled with colourants and preservatives, chlorinated water, commercial flea collars, insecticides and pollution are all contributors to a toxic and unhealthy life style.

Diatomaceous Earth also contains an array of trace minerals to feed and nourish your pet.  One of the minerals that it contains in abundance is Silica. Silica is a vital trace mineral required by the animal’s body for strong and flexible joints, glowing skin, coat health, stronger hair and bones.

In summary, Diatomaceous Earth helps to maintain all-round systemic functioning and maintain health and vigour in pets. Besides eradicating parasites, worms and pests, it other advantages are:

  • Improved Digestion and Nutrient Absorption
  • Improved Coat, Hoof and Bone Health
  • Enhances growth of animal
  • Contains 71 Organic Trace Minerals
  • Combats Arthritis and Joint Pains
  • Lower Cholesterol levels
  • Stimulates metabolism
  • Reduces overall animal stress

Feeding Recommendations

Diatomaceous Earth is a fine powder which is very palatable and should be added to your pet’s food. Daily supplementation is recommended:

Kitten/puppy – ½ spoon per day

Cat or Small Dog – 1 teaspoon per day

Medium – Large Dog – 2 teaspoons per day

 

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Vondi’s had to endure extreme scientific testing and procedure in order to be legally registered in terms of Act 36 of 1947.

This involved:

  1. Microbiological testing to determine any aerobic or anaerobic growth so that it can be considered as “commercially sterile”
  1. A chemical analysis to determine balance to include: Protein, Moisture, Ash, Fat, Insoluble fibre, Ca, P, Linoleic, Omega 6:3, β-carotene.
  1. Perform a proximal analysis to determine its proximal composition moisture analysis.
  1. Determine an optimum time/temperature and a built in safety margin.
  1. Label development in terms of the law: Guaranteed Analysis, Feeding Guidelines, Open Declaration.
  1. Full chemistry on final product.
  1. Application to The Department of Agriculture for registration.

The fact that we don’t boast about our scientific registration and completeness, does not make us any less scientific than other veterinary brands. We have just preferred to advocate other attributes that we feel are just as important: WHOLESOMENESS, NUTRITIOUS and of course MORALITY and ETHICS.

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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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“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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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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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

Spirulina

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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sage Vondis is without a doubt   the  most ethical and moral pet nutrition in South Africa. We STRICTLY refrain from any animal testing to enhance our
brand (despite the demands made by the scientific vets). We do our best to
buy only natural ingredients and we use absolutely no preservatives or digestives. We use only organic herbs in our food and we ensure that the meat that we use comes from a reputable source. Most of the variants of meat
that we use are free range.
We produced the first ever vegan diet in South Africa and we did so because
we wished to service a sector of our population that finds it immoral to
have meat or dairy products in their home.

We use only high quality pulses like a long grain brown rice, pearl barley, split peas and all are GMO FREE. The rest of the industry is known to use brewers rice (left overs from the breweries), soya meal, corn meal, wheat and corn gluten (acquired from China)

The wheat germ, millet and rolled oats that we also use in the vegan diet, we purchase from The Health Connection, a reputable supplier.

We use only a cold pressed olive oil from South Africa as a high quality omega rather than rendered fats that the industry is known to use.

We wake up every morning and pick fresh herbs from our organic garden. We
don’t even pick the night before.

We cook our own stock from scratch, using bones and vegetables rather
than getting quick results from synthetic preserved digestives.

We certainly do not use any harmful preservatives rather; we have had to invest
heavily in a freezer room and freezers to ensure that the product is frozen
quickly.

Then, our cooking process is scientific and prepared in 3 different stages. All our veggies, herbs and omegas are blended RAW. The meat is seared to make sure that there is NO danger of salmonella or bacterial overgrowth. The pulses are cooked slowly for three hours to maintain nutritional values. In fact, we are the first and only pet food kitchen in the world that aspires to eco-cooking. All our foods are cooked in “Wonderbags”.

We are not perfect but it can be assured you that there is not a single pet
nutrition in SA that bides by such principles. The reality is that the South
African consumer wants to feed a high quality nutrition at reasonable
prices. We are that company.

Vondis Holistic Pet Nutrition

Vondi’s Holistic Pet Nutrition is a registered nutritional pet food that is
natural, wholesome and free of preservatives. In an industry that is
dominated by large multi-nationals with massive advertising budgets, our
stance on correct natural feeding, using REAL meat, REAL veggies, olive oil
and FRESHLY picked herbs, has found much popularity, and it is economically
priced. Vondi’s is actively involved in educating the public on the
nutritional rights and demands of our cats and dogs, and we have had major
success in curing the many common ailments and sickness that we find
nowadays. We are proudly South African, completely transparent and aspire to
a code of good business ethics, which includes supporting animal welfare
organisations and animal rights campaigns

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A healthy dog is a happy dog!

Over the last weeks I have presented editorial on the benefits of vegetables in your pet’s diet and offering guidance in formulating natural and wholesome food for your beloved companion animals. But what about diet supplementation?

Natural supplementation is important for your pet, especially when treating an ailment or condition. Herewith is a list of my preferred supplements to include in your companions diet.

OMEGA 3 FISH OIL – for skin conditions and allergies.

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.

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.

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.

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

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR – for itchy skin & arthritis

Apple cider vinegar is a remedy with multiple uses for dogs: alleviating allergies, arthritis, establishing correct pH balance.

If your dog has itchy skin, the beginnings of a hot spot, incessantly licks its feet, has smelly ears, or is picky about his food, the application of Apple Cider Vinegar may change things around. For poor appetite, use it in the food – 1 tablespoon, two times a day for a 20 kilo. dog.

Taken internally, Apple Cider Vinegar is credited with maintaining the acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract.

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

After your weekly grooming sessions, use a few drops in his or her ears after cleaning them to avoid ear infections and to clean out mites. Two parts Apple Cider Vinegar to eight parts warm water would be the desired dosage

For itchy skin or the beginning of hot spots, dilute Apple Cider Vinegar, three parts water and one part the vinegar, and add into a spray bottle or dab onto the dog’s skin.

Fleas, flies, ticks and bacteria, external parasites, ring worm, fungus, staphylococcus, streptococcus, mange, etc., are unlikely to inhabit a dog whose system is acidic inside and out.

Your dog will also smell so nice that you may mistake your companion animal for your garden salad

SPIRULINA – for immunity and digestion

Vondi’s Spirulina Supplement

 

One of my preferred supplements is Spirulina.

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

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

Spirulina has the highest protein content of any natural food.  Spirulina contains between 65 and 70% protein. This is 270% more protein than fish, 334% more than beef and 556% more than tofu.

Spirulina also excels with regards to protein quality. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Unlike non-essential amino acids, essential amino acids can not be synthesized by the body and must be obtained from the diet. Spirulina provides all the essential amino acids and is therefore considered a complete protein.  With regards to usable protein (as a percentage of the food’s composition), Spirulina is second only to whole, dried eggs. Furthermore, protein from

Spirulina contains various trace minerals and provides 475% more calcium than

whole milk and 5756% more iron than spinach. Iron from Spirulina is more than twice as absorbable as the form of iron found in most meats and vegetables. Spirulina is the best natural iron supplement available and has been shown to correct anemia, increase blood haemoglobin content and increase iron reserves.

In general, Spirulina enhances overall immunity, promotes a healthy gut and overall well- being.  Spirulina is an excellent supplement for a healthy skin and lustrous coat.  It enhances appetite even for finicky cats.  Spirulina fed pets have a fresher breath odor.

In short Spirulina has been shown to:

* Boost Immune System

* Improve Digestion

* Produce healthy skin and lustrous coat

* Improve Appetite (so eat more of your food)

* Improve overall well-being and freshen breath

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

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