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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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MSM has powerful pain-killing affects, whilst S&M promotes pain and suffering.

MSM strengthens connective tissue. With S&M, you need a tissue to wipe away your tears.

MSM relieves and reduces inflammation but with S&M your whole body is likely to be bruised and inflamed.

MSM reduces high blood pressure. With S&M, depending on how violent your partner is, you may be left with severe injuries and bleeding.

MSM acts as an effective anti-depressant but S&M is likely to leave you psychologically damaged.

MSM reduces joint degeneration but S&M can harm your joints, depending how “kinky” you get.

MSM improves lung function effectively but with S&M, strangling and suffocation is encouraged and can collapse your lung.

MSM relieves chronic constipation whilst S&M promotes perverse sexual activity that may cause irritable bowels and constipation.

AS you can see, I am not a huge fan of S&M (everyone to their own) but I am a huge fan of MSM.

MSM stands for methyl-sulfonyl-methane, which is sulphur.  Its main benefit, besides the above, is treating inflammation, Arthritis and Osteoarthritis.

Read up more about MSM and refrain from S&M.

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The owner of Vondi’s Pet Nutrition, Paul, cannot see why kibble food for humans should not be a success. Kibble food for dogs, more than 50 years old, has found favour in every home, throughout the world.

“When you look at the claims, the producers of these kibble diets make, complete, balanced, wholesome, protein enriched, this looks like the ultimate diet and therefore there should be no reason why this type of diet won’t have the same success for humans”, he says.

Moreover, homes can be built with less fancy kitchens and fridge and freezer facilities. One can get rid of this equipment and make your kitchens more compact, thus allowing larger living area space.

Paul has already designed the state of the art kitchen, including shelving to accommodate a variety of human kibble bags. And just like with our pets, the shelf life is 24 months, which means that you could make an initial big investment and not have to incur future food expense.

Paul has been very open with his recipes and claims that human kibble will be just as tasty as dog and kitty kibble. His favourites are Indian Curry Kibble, Italian Spaghetti Bolognaise, Peking duck, Irish stew and Sunday Roast.

Paul assures us that human kibble will have all the necessary supplements, vitamins and minerals to promote exceptional nutritional values. Moreover, it will have a great “crunch”, thus cleaning your teeth at the same time. “Throw away your tooth brushes”, he says. “No more wasting money on dentists and toothbrushes.”

Eating habits that have lasted thousands of years will change. You timelines as to breakfast, lunch and dinner will change forever. You don’t have to adhere to the norm. You can even eat your human kibble whilst in motion – eat and walk along the promenade, eat and workout in the gym. You can eat human kibble in the car to work, you can eat it in the movies, fill your kids lunch boxes – all this time, anytime, enhancing nutritional well-being.

When asked if such a kibble diet will cause upset stomachs, he says: “on the contrary – I have added a product called beet pulp into my recipe, which will induce the perfect dry stool.  It’s a little like Imodium – but different.”

When asked why he believes that other great entrepreneurs had not discovered human kibble before, he wasn’t really sure but believed that he would still become a billionaire from this invention.

We put it to Paul that worldwide, health fanatics and nutritional experts are turning to “whole foods”, “organic foods”, “fresh from the farm preservative free foods”.

“Well”, he said, looking a little disappointed, “those green people are weirdoes and anyways, I will produce organic human kibble as well, if they insist”. “People have fed their pets with kibble for 50 years and if you ignore the odd bouts of cancer, diabetes, bladder disorder, obesity, arthritis, skin ailments –  then this makes for an excellent tasty meal. Most of all, nothing beats convenience”.

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A healthy dog is a happy dog!

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

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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BLADDER DISORDERS, KIDNEY STONES, RENAL FAILURE, ARTHRITIS, SKIN ALLERGIES, OBESITY, DIABETES, CANCER – ARE JUST SOME OF THE POSSIBLE AILMENTS THAT WILL ARISE FROM FEEDING YOUR CAT’S INFERIOR, HIGH CARB, KIBBLE DIETS.

”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

In my opinion the biggest danger facing our cats, nowadays, is renal failure. In the past, cats lived to a ripe old age and died of a heart failure at 15 – 18 years. Now, cats are lucky if they make it untill 10 years old.
Cats are obligate carnivores and they retain and metabolise their liquid intake from their nutrition. Dry kibble food has the exact opposite affect and rather than hydrating our dear furry friends, actually dehydrates them. Have you ever noticed what happens to kibble when dropped into water? The kibble absorbs all the water and puffs up double its size. That is what is happening to the insides of our cats (and dogs).

Cats have been observed, drinking water from the shower and toilet and certainly spend more time at their water bowl than they should. The strange thing is, that if fed a wholesome real food diet, cats will seldom be seen drinking. The high moisture levels in real food, meat and veggies is sufficient to sustain their desired liquid intake

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

Those looking for a more scientific explanation as to renal failure in cats, with respect to feeding kibble diets, can refer to this:
Acidification of the diet can destroy acid-sensitive micronutrients like vitamin K, biotin and B-12. Acidification has been done for several years by pet food manufacturers to help control struvite crystal formation in the urine that becomes too alkaline when dogs and cats are fed high cereal diets. This can lead to the development of calculi/stones in the urinary tract that cause painful and even fatal urinary blockage. Such artificial alteration of the acidity/alkalinity of the animals’ food can cause metabolic acidosis and kidney failure. These are common emergencies, along with urinary retention, in veterinary practice. Acidification of pet foods also resulted in an increased incidence of calcium oxalate uroliths/stones.

THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE – HOW TO WEAN YOUR CATS OVER

Cat owners will confirm how different they are in terms of behaviour and diet and how challenging it is to change their dietary needs. With dogs, if they are presented with food that they don’t like, they may resist for a few days but they will eventually accept their new feed. But with cats, they may refuse until their bitter end.

That said, cats can change their diets and they can be weaned over relatively easily. All that is required is patience, perseverance and “tricks of the trade”.

Here some suggested inclusions into your wholesome cat’s diet in order to enhance taste and desirability until the transition has taken place completely. This may take a week or weeks:

• Sardines * Tuna * chicken liver * Omega 3 fish oil * butter * biltong * chicken broth and pieces * natural gravies

VONDI’S YUMMY CAT FOOD is a high moisture meat protein diet and contains chicken, mutton, healthy grains, eggs, cold pressed olive oil, veggies, freshly picked herbs, vitamin supplement and taurine.
Any cat food based on this recipe would be perfect for your cats. Changing your cats from kibble to wholesome food, as mentioned may take a bit of time. You can a portion your new cat and add to it your current kibble (although not desirable) as well as the tasties I had suggested. Over time you will add less on the kibble and more of the wholesome diet until he/she is weaned over completely
The effort is worth it, in order to enhance the well-being and longevity of your furry and cuddly friend

“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

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There is nothing nicer than waking up to the “coffee breath” of a puppy. There is nothing more delightful than watching a puppy in play. There is nothing more satisfying than looking your puppies alert and yearning eyes.

Your puppy’s formative years are very important. Use positive parenting techniques to develop a well-balanced and happy pup. Here’s how.

GIVE IT TIME WITH ITS MOM

Puppies should spend at least 8 weeks with their mum’s and siblings. They learn invaluable lessons on pooping and social etiquette.

PUPPY PROOF YOUR HOME

Before you get angry with your puppy for chewing your favourite slippers, scan your home and remove everything you can think of that might get chewed.Put acceptable chew material in place.

KEEP PUPPIES SAFE

Crates are great props to contain puppies when they aren’t being watched. Trauma can last well into a pup’s life. Make sure you keep them safe and away from fireworks and traffic or loud noises.

MAKE NAMING POSITIVE

Get puppies to learn their names in a positive sense. Don’t call puppies by their name when they’re in trouble, or when you want to cut their nails, bath them or put them away in their kennels. Use their names when you’re calling them for food or to love them.

GIVE THEM APPROPRIATE TOYS

More toys equate to smarter dogs. Playing experiences allows them to explore and experience different motions and tactile experiences. Give puppies squeak toys, bully sticks, jaw hide and jolly balls. Toys that are too hard might break their teeth.

POTTY BREAKS

Use the pups age in months plus one hour to gauge the intervals between potty breaks. So, if a pup is 2 months you would need to take them out every three hours. If you’re using a puppy pad inside they might get accustomed to that and may pee on something similar like a towel. Outside breaks are a better option.

DEVELOP TRUST

Re-inforcepositive handling by touching your puppy everyday. Make your contact with them loving and kind.

INSTIL GOOD BEHAVIOUR

Rewards teach pups to think. Teach a pup to like a word by saying their name or making a sound or click and then giving them a treat afterwards. That way you will get them to respond to your chosen word. Redirect bad behavior by showing them what they can do instead.

TRAINING

Use a short leash to start with, not an expandable one. Start walking with your pup on cement where there aren’t any smells or insects to distract them. Once you have a level of manageability, take them outside.

CALLING YOUR PUPPY

Play hide and seek, calling them and then rewarding them with excitement and treats. This will teach them to come.

SOCIALISE THEM

Give visitors treats to give the pup – that way they will see visitors as a good experience and they won’t develop aggression.

VONDIS PUPPY FEEDING SUGGESTIONS

VONDI’S PUPPY MENU: 6 – 12 weeks:

When feeding a puppy on Vondi’s Dog Food one would base it on the size of the head, as the size of the head is the same size as the tummy. This would be the quantity per meal.

  • 7am Oats. Pour hot water over, stand until soggy. Sprinkle Vondi’s vitamin supplement on top. Small qty raw egg mixed in every day.
  • 10am Puppy Crunchies
  • 11am Vondi’s Dog Food
  • 4pm Puppy Crunchies
  • 7pm Vondi’s Dog food – Sprinkle Vondi’s supplement on top.

This is a guideline. You don’t have to be too strict about times and in what order you feed what.

VONDI’S PUPPY MENU:

12 weeks – 9 months: Feed Vondis Food 2 – 3 times per day. Reasonable quantity or 5% of his body weight PER DAY

9 months – adult: Feed Vondis 1 – 2 times per day. Reasonable quantity or 4% of his body weight PER DAY  .

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Last week we posted, individually, “What Vets Say” and “What Vets have been Saying”

For those who missed some of the opinions of our esteemed Veterinarians, here is the complete list:

  1. Dr Gérard Lippert and Bruno Sapy, landmark 5 year study on the life expectancy of domestic dogs showed that: Dogs fed industrial food lived an average 10.4 years. Dogs fed home made food lived an average 13.1 years. The difference is just over 32 months. That is nearly 3 YEARS LONGER!!! 
  1. ”Nutrition is serious health business. The public is not well served by exclusively feeding products from companies without any real commitment to health… or knowledge of how to even achieve that. Recent studies have shown processed foods to be a factor in increasing numbers of pets suffering from cancer, arthritis, obesity, dental disease and heart disease”. Randy Wysong, DVM
  1. Regarded the „pandemic of periodontal disease in pets‟ as a major cat and dog health issue, calling the canine condition “Foul-mouth AIDS”, because he saw the bacterial proliferation in dog‟s mouths as suppressing their immune systems, leading to a host of health problems. For his advocacy, he was expelled from the Australian Veterinary Association. Tom Lonsdale DVM
  1. “Every time a pet trustingly eats another bowl of high sugar pet food, he is being brought that much closer to diabetes, hypoglycemia, overweight, nervousness, cataracts, allergy and death.” R.Geoffrey Broderick DVM
  1. “During my thirty years of veterinary practice I have often been upset by the poor condition I see some of my canine patients in due to inferior quality diets that the owner honestly believes to be adequate. In good faith the dog owner assumes that since the dog food label proclaims “complete and balanced”, “premium”, “high protein”, and so on, that their dog will automatically do just great if that’s all it is fed. Because of ambiguous or deceptive labeling of the dog food, the owner unknowingly will feed an inadequate diet. And it may be decades before the FDA requires more strict guidelines for dog food manufacturers to follow so that misleading, ambiguous, and sometimes phony labeling practices no longer confuse or trick the purchaser.” T. J. Dunn, Jr. DVM
  1. “The sad truth is that prepared pet foods help provide patients for vets.” Ian Billinghurst, B.V.Sc.(Hons), BSc.Agr., Dip.Ed.
  1. “Feeding slaughterhouse wastes to animals increases their chance of getting cancer and other degenerative diseases. Those wastes can include moldy, rancid or spoiled meats as well as tissues severely riddled with cancer.” P.F. Mc Gargle, DVM
  1. “The results of a clinical trial suggest that 74.7% of common diseases in dogs and 63% of common diseases in cats can be eliminated without medical intervention over a period of one year with proper diet modifications and an understanding of the healing process as exhibited through healing episodes. Approaching disease from the perspective of health is the most powerful means of eliminating disease. Poor fuel makes for little momentum in life. The commercial food we are feeding’ is the disease we are treating – so treat on and on, curing one disease after another, again and again.” William Pollak, DVM
  1. “The benefits of a natural diet go beyond merely preventing disease. After only 3-4 weeks on the new diet, people usually notice a dramatic improvement in the skin and coat, less odor, fewer fleas, brighter eyes, and better energy and behavior. Not only can you see the signs of improved health, but you will also save money in the long run due to fewer and lower veterinary bills. The healthier your pet is, the less likely s/he will be to have fleas, skin problems, allergies, heartworms, feline leukemia, dental disease, and many other common disease problems.” Dr Jeffrey Levy DVM PCH
  2. A growing number of vets state that processed pet food is the main cause of illness and premature death in the modern dog and cat. In December 1995, the British Journal of Small Animal Practice published a paper contending that processed pet food suppresses the immune system and leads to liver, kidney, heart and other diseases. This research, initially conducted by Dr. Tom Lonsdale, was researched further by the Australian Veterinary Association and proven to be correct.” From the British Journal of Small Animal Practice
  1. “The most common and most visible symptoms of nutritionally caused deficiencies are allergies of one kind or Because many commercial foods are woefully deficient in key nutrients, the long-term effect of these foods makes the dog hypersensitive to its environment. . . . It’s a dinosaur effect. Animals are being programmed for disaster, for extinction. Many of them are biochemical cripples with defective adrenal glands unable to manufacture adequate Cortisol, a hormone vital for health and resistance to disease.” Allergies can be, and often are, unrecognized deficiency diseases.” Dr Alfred Plechner, DVM
  1. “The prevalence of cancer and autoimmune related diseases in our pets is directly correlated to the processed foods we are feeding them. We are literally starving them to death of nutrients while stuffing them to the point of obesity with garbage.” Denise Miller, DVM and author of What’s Wrong With our Pets?
  1. “Their pets may have diarrhea, increased flatulence, a dull hair coat, intermittent vomiting or prolonged scratching. These are common symptoms associated with commercial pet foods.” In 1981, as Martin Zucker and I wrote How to Have a Healthier Dog, we discovered the full extent of negative effects that commercial pet food has on animals. In February 1990, San Francisco Chronicle staff writer John Eckhouse went even further with an expose entitled “How Dogs and Cats Get Recycled into Pet Food”. Wendell O. Belfield, DVM
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A PHYSICALLY DISABLED MAN AND HIS BEST FRIEND

Sponsored by Vondi’s Holistic Pet Nutrition

Last month we featured, Zane Conroy, 27 year old, who was rendered a quadriplegic after breaking his neck in a freak accident. In 2012, he applied for a service dog, but with little hope that his pray will come true. Recently, the South African Guide Dog Association, delivered Rolo, a beautiful chocolate brown Labrador as a companion and guide.  “I’m not sure my words will adequately describe what joy Rolo has already brought to my life.” Vondis Holistic Pet has pledged to supply Rolo with his monthly food requirements.

Let’s see how they are doing

“Rolo has been at my home for a little over a month now. What an amazing bond has formed between us!! I actually have proof of this statement. Let me explain 🙂 The trainers from the South African Guide Dog Association have explained to me that anytime there is an issue with Rolo, I should just let them know and we can sort it out. Nothing could prepare us for what we experienced with the fury guy.

There have been three occasions where I have had to go out but unfortunately couldn’t take Rolo with me. Although my mom was home and a few other people that live on the property, he still whined for me!! My mom would give him attention, throw his toy for him but no, he still winged because I was not home.

The moment he heard the gate open at the front of our home, he would bolt to the gate to see me arrive in the car. The moment I exit the car he jumps up into my lap and is absolutely thrilled to see me! As I am to see him 🙂 The trainers at SA Guide Dogs were quite thrilled at the bond between us and realized it was strong when they observed Rolo following me out the door, even if I went out for a short time.

As a result of this, I try take him out wherever possible. When in public, we kit Rolo out with his wonderful bright red jacket to let the public know what a special guy he is 🙂 Have a look at the video link below of our Builders Warehouse outing”.

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ZANE AND ROLO

A PHYSICALLY DISABLED MAN AND HIS BEST FRIEND

Sponsored by Vondi’s Holistic Pet Nutrition

At the age of 27 Zane Conroy was rendered a quadriplegic after breaking his neck in a freak accident. In 2012 and he applied for service dog, but with little hope that his pray will come true. Three weeks ago, the South African Guide Dog Association, delivered Rolo, a beautiful chocolate brown Labrador as a companion and guide.  “I’m not sure my words will adequately describe what joy Rolo has already brought to my life. Although our house has already been made a home, this guy has really completed the “picket fenced picture”.

Here is Zane’s story – a tearful story but one with great inspiration. This is a story of human strength and dedication, where man and dog unite as forever companions. Given Zane’s limited means, it is Vondis absolute pleasure to sponsor Rolo’s dietary needs.

“At the age of 27, I was rendered a quadriplegic on the 26th of January 2010. I was living in Sydney, Australia at the time and during a picnic by the water with some mates, it all took a turn for the worst at around 8 o’clock that evening. We were sitting on a little ledge and as I thought the tide had come in, I chose to flop head first into the water. Being way too shallow, I hit my head on the beach sand and instantly paralyzed myself by breaking my neck and severely injuring my spinal cord. You won’t believe but as devastating as these injuries are, they happen everyday worldwide.

So as you can imagine, life took a 180 degree turn for me and huge changes had to made to accommodate my new and unfortunately, disabled body. I completed my hospital at an amazing hospital in Sydney and a six month period at an equally competent rehabilitation centre. In fact it was at the rehab centre that I was first introduced to a service dog. One of the women there who had been in a wheelchair for 10 years had a beautiful black “Labby”.

I returned to South Africa in September 2011. I wasn’t a permanent resident in Australia so my stay there was always temporary. Coming home was a great choice as I have the freedom and luxury of a spacious beautiful home where I live with my mom who has also been an Angel to me. A protector and provider like no other.

It was in 2012 that I applied for a service dog and as the years went by I really didn’t think much of it, nor that anything would eventuate from it. However, that completely changed when I got the phone call from the South African Guide Dog Association to say that Rolo is available and  if I am still interested. I must admit, I had adapted so well with my new life setting that I hesitated a bit when I first thought about getting a dog again. However after talking with my mom about it and the fact she was also on board 100%, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

Boy am I not sorry about that choice! Ever since this chocolate slab of a dog – Rolo – came to my home on Sunday 25 July 2015, I have had my whole life transformed once again – but this time for the much much better.

Even in this short period this furry four legged guy has climbed into the hearts of the entire household. My mom and the caregivers  absolutely love him.

As for me… I’m not sure my words will adequately describe what joy Rolo has already brought to my life. Although our house has already been made a home, this guy has really completed the “picket fenced picture”. The sheer enthusiasm he has when I simply roll out the door, to just be involved and apart of what I’m doing is really something quite incredible. I assure you, watching me breath in the good air of the amazing day isn’t all that exciting! However, Rolo is there. He’s by my side wherever I go. I never truly understood the meaning of companionship until I met this guy. I’ve been battling on for the last five and a bit years with my injury, and one often thinks that “something’s gotta give” – as in “what good has come from this?” Well I can say with certainty that if ever there is any good that has come out of my situation, Rolo definitely makes that a possibility.  He’s such a character too – he has made me laugh out sounds from my voice box that I never knew existed.

It’s true what they say, “A dog is a mans best friend” – Rolo is living proof of that now. I look forward to providing a comfortable and amazing life for him, it gives me a sense of purpose too. The Vondis food and idea behind it, will no doubt assist me in making this life possible for him.”

Zane Conroy.

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BOTH ARE ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR PET AND YOURSELF

But coconut oil does not have the same dynamics as Omega 3 fish oil and the Omega 3 fish oil is different to coconut oil.

Omega-3 oil (fish oil) is totally different, and like chalk and cheese when it comes to coconut oil.  Fish oil is DHA and EPA (two long words, but this is enough), and these are omega 3 oils.

Coconut oil has no omega 3 in at all, it’s a saturated (very stable) fat which is excellent for improving the health of the thyroid gland, preventing obesity and giving masses of energy.  Assists with heart and brain health.

Omega 3 oil from fish is a powerful anti-inflammatory and is probably the most important supplement you can add to your dog’s diet, regardless of what type of diet you feed.

BENEFITS OF OMEGA 3 FISH OIL – I have listed only a few

Proven benefits from EPA and DHA include:

  • Improving the coat and skin.
  • Reducing inflammation due to conditions such as arthritis, allergies, and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Regulating the immune system, boosting those that are suppressed and calming overactive immune systems for dogs with allergies or autoimmune diseases.
  • Aiding in mental development of foetuses and puppies, and improving cognitive function in older dogs.
  • Lowering blood pressure and triglycerides.
  • Providing support for dogs with kidney disease, heart disease, and cancer.
  • Promoting weight loss in overweight dogs.

BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL – I have listed only a few

Benefits include:

  • Antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties
  • Helps the dogs absorb minerals, and fat-soluble vitamins
  • Is said to help fight cancer
  • Makes the coat shine beautifully and naturally
  • Helps prevent skin irritation and infection – and dogs are CRAZY about the taste!!
  • Good for bone health, heart health, weight management, diabetes and digestion
  • Improves digestion and alleviates allergies
  • Deodorizes doggy odour
  • Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
  • Aids in arthritis or ligament problems

In summary, and simply put, Omega 3 fish oil restores cell damage that may have been caused by incorrect diet, exposure to chemicals and poison and pollution. Skin is often the first consequence of this abuse and Omega 3 is essential in the restoration thereof. Coconut oil, in respect to skin, promotes a glossy, shiny health skin, but has no omega 3’s.

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