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Flatulence – embarrassing and uncomfortable for all. Paul from Vondis Holistic Pet Nutrition tackles the smelly subject on Smile 90.4 FM radio.

You want to impress big time. You have the future in-laws over for dinner. Suddenly, from no-where, but not a sound, the air is filled with a putrid and toxic smell. Everyone looks at each other in absolute embarrassment. And there, under the table lies Popsy, wagging his tail, looking as innocent as ever.

Flatulence is a real problem. Not only is it embarrassing but it is very uncomfortable for your companion animal. Basically, there is a burning volcano brewing inside your pets gut that must be dealt with.

This burning toxic fumes are acidic and caused by acidic contents like ingredients that metabolize acidly – refined carbs (kibble, too much meat, sugars, etc.

One must quell this fire my administering whole real foods that contain lot of veggies and supplement wit supportive remedies like apple cider vinegar, probiotics, cooling herbs (mint, sage, lemon verbena) and omega 3 fish oils.

Here is one testimony from a satisfied customer who heed good nutritional advise:

“Since he was a puppy he really farted a lot (sorry, I don’t know what else to call it!) It was really bad, and he did it constantly. We had to burn oils and incense the whole time in the house. He also had constant diarrhea. The vets did tests but could find nothing wrong.

A friend then suggested Vondis. I gave him his first packet of Vondis on a Monday evening. During the evening I noticed no farting…. Surely, no, it can’t be THAT good, I thought. I continued to give him Vondis and after 1 month – HE HAS NOT MADE ONE A BAD SMELL EVER SINCE THE FIRST PACKET! I cannot believe it, neither can anyone else that knows him. His diarrhea has also stopped. There is actually a form now. His coat has improved and I know that he is much happier.”

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Cape Town’s favourite chef has a long standing relationship with Vondis Holistic Pet Nutrition. Perhaps this is because both brands care so much for animals and animal welfare.

Whenever we have approached Jenny to support us with animal welfare campaigns, she has given of her time.

Recently, Jenny cut the ribbon at our Paws on the Promenade Charity Walk to raise funds for Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha.

More prominent persons should spend more time promoting responsible pet ownership and supporting animal welfare and animal rescue organisations.

Become a #PawMember and get 10 Free packs of food from Vondi’s Holistic Pet Nutrition – special offer only until the end of this weekend!

If you like the work that Mdzananda Animal Clinic does for the pets of Khayelitsha, please support us by signing up as a Paw Member to donate R50/ R100 per month. Vondi’s will give you 10 Free packs of food to say thank you for your commitment.

Sign up at or contact – make sure to add ‘Vondis’ to your name when signing up.

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Pets touch our hearts in many ways, emotionally and physically – 67% of children consider pets to be their best friend and 72% of South African families laugh at least once a day because of something their pet does.

Paul from Vondis Holistic Pet Nutrition discusses their miraculous behaviour and phenomenal sixth sense, on Smile FM Radio.

Their sense of hearing is 4 times better than ours but it is their sense of smell which is remarkable, hundreds of times better than that of a human.

As a result they have the ability to protect us from natural disaster, threatening actions, sickness and harm. They are there waiting for you at the door  long before any of your family. They know when you are pregnant and may even know that you are pregnant before your own discovery.

They are dedicated to their owner/partner both emotionally and physically. A more sacred being you will never find.

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It appears that for every ailment out there, from skin disorders to cancer, the blame falls upon grains and carbohydrates. However, there are good grains like quinoa, millet, wheat germ, slip peas, pearl barley, long brown rice and then there are bad grains like processed white rice, white flour, wheat and corn gluten, etc.

Many professionals and lay person simply claim that our pets are allergic, without understanding the origin of the problem. So, without applying their minds, they often ‘blame the grain’. What a shame.

Acidosis is mainly as a result of a poor eating plan and diet, which leads to inflammation.

In turn, inflamed cells seriously affect your body’s immune system as it becomes depleted from key minerals – magnesium, potassium and calcium. This state of inflammation is the cause of skin ailments, arthritis and bladder disorders, as well as the more serious sicknesses we find nowadays.

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.

There is a massive difference between a whole grain or sprouted grain and refined processed grain. A whole grain is generally only slightly acidic or slightly alkaline based.

Yet, animal products like meat and dairy are classified as ‘extremely’ acidic. Without the correct balancing of a majority alkaline forming foods (like veggies) you will always derive at an ‘acidic state of being’. Thus the inflammation and therefore the allergies.

Note that a food’s acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic; however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons are alkaline forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming.

Generally, alkaline forming foods include: most fruits, green vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds and nuts.

Generally, acid forming foods include: meat, fish, poultry, refined grains, egg whites, oats, potatoes, etc. But meat is classified as ‘extremely acidic’.

Whole grains (the bran, germ and endosperm) contain all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed in their original proportions: Barley, Buckwheat, Millet, Oats, Quinoa, Rice (brown and colored), Wheat, Rye, etc). Studies show that eating whole grains instead of refined grains, is very beneficial and lowers the risk of many chronic diseases.

Therefore, it is obvious to claim that eating whole grains with the proportionate quantity of veggies will support an alkaline environment in the gut. Conversely, eating a diet containing mainly meat will create an acidic and unstable environment. The result is inflammation in the cells and thus, allergies and other ailments.

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How scientific and regulated is pet food and can anyone produce pet food commercially?

The pet food industry is one of the most regulated industries. Unlike with human food sold commercially, where one has to simply list the ingredients and guaranteed analysis, pet nutrition has to go through a far more rigorous process. The reason behind this is that humans eat various different meals during the week, to eventually derive at a complete and balanced diet, our pets eat the same diet daily. Thus, it is imperative that the diet to regulated so that the nutritional requirements of our pets is optimized daily and with every meal.

Many lay person believes that they can set up their own kitchen, design a recipe and then sell it off to friends or businesses. This is not true and in fact against the law. Without certification and registration with the Department of Agriculture, act 36 of 1947, you are not permitted to sell pet nutrition.

That said, Vondi’s has always supported the feeding of wholesome, real food diets that you prepare from home an fed to your own pets. The modern consumer is enlightened enough to prepare their own pet food that is wholesome, balanced and complete. After all, we have been doing this for hundreds of years with great success.

Even companies like ourselves who produce natural, alternative diets, have to fall in line with scientific analysis. One commercial pet food is not more scientific than another.

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”.

2. A chemical analysis to determine balance to include: Protein, Moisture, Ash, Fat, Insoluble fibre, Ca, P, Linoleic, Omega 6:3, β-carotene.

3. Perform a proximal analysis to determine its proximal composition moisture analysis.

4. Determine an optimum time/temperature and a built in safety margin.

5. Label development in terms of the law: Guaranteed Analysis, Feeding Guidelines, Open Declaration.

6. Full chemistry on final product.

7. 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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Our Yogi dog. What has happened to our relaxed and calm dog?

Through Meditation, Yoga and controlled breathing we know that we can control our mental state, well-being and behavior. We are able to put aside our daily worries and stress. We are relaxed.

If you were a dog or cat, how would you control your breathing? How would you live in the moment, relax and revel in life’s jewels.

Well, our companion animals are inherently happy beings and inherently breathe calmly and controlled. They are our true gurus.

That is, unless physiologically their state of well-being is changed. Diet plays a very important role in their breathing and state of relaxation.

With the recent introduction of dried kibble into our households the whole nutritional base of our animals has shifted towards highly-processed and chemically-laden food that is high in carbohydrates. This has been an abrupt change from natural pet nutrition.

While manufacturers claim that our pets can thrive on a diet consisting of nothing but commercial dried food. More and more, processed dried pet food is being implicated as a source of disease or as an exacerbating agent for a number of degenerative diseases, as well as affecting behavior and anxiety.

High carb and sugar diets will do just that and will affect their physical state, ability to breath naturally and their well-being.

It is certainly not recommended to sit down to meditation after drinking a can of red bull, cup of coffee or bottle of coca cola. The same applies to our companion animals who surely cannot expect to behave normally after consuming high-carb energy diets.

One need only follow Professor Tim Noakes writings on high-carb diets to understand the negative impact that it has on health and well-being. High carb diets spike your insulin levels uncontrollably. This irritates inflammation and certainly affects breathing and behavior. Quick breaths bring on hyper activeness, hyper tension and anxiety.

Athletes, in the past, before an event, would “carbo-load” to build up energy resources.

Professor Tim Noakes now believes that in order to perform consistently and with endurance a wholesome balanced diet would be preferable rather than relying on high-carb intake. The “spiking” of insulin levels from high carbs does not endure and is inconsistent.

High carb diets have the same impact on our pets. Most of our pets and certainly with specific breeds, already have too much energy and are hyper-active. A kibble diet will surely exacerbate energy levels, the result being that our pets become out of control, less disciplined and generally misbehaved. Hyper-active pets are likely to chew themselves and show signs of irritation and discomfort.

Our companion animals once lived in bliss, in sync with nature and were the masters of controlled breathing. Now their rapid breathing dictates their behavior and dictates their state of being. They are no longer the masters of their own well-being. Our Yogi friend is now an explosive bundle of uncontrolled energy.

Our pet’s metabolism is not designed to consume food that is over-processed, cereal and carbohydrate-based and that contains a variety of additives, preservatives, flavourants and colourants.

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ImageA leather shoe or rump steak, rich in protein. A metal nail or spinach, rich in iron. Which is more nutritious?

A spectrum of multi-vitamins from the pharmacy or Granny’s Sunday Roast of chicken, sweet potato, veggies and salad. Both are balanced in minerals and vitamins but which is more nutritious?

Unfortunately, and especially in the pet food industry, the only criteria for determining a healthy nutritious meal, is whether it is balanced. Not so long ago that reality hit home when hundreds of our beloved companion animals were sickened and died as a result of the inclusion on melamine in pet food. Melamine, a derivative from coal, shows a high protein content, but in reality, not only is it not nutritious, but it is in fact dangerous.

In this case the pet food was balanced. It had its vitamin and mineral component, it had its balance of fats, moisture and carbohydrates and it had the correct levels of protein. It appeased the governing authorities and yet it was later proven to be dangerous and of poor nutritional value.

Whole nourishment comes from whole natural and enzyme-active foods that are not refined, processed or laden with preservatives or chemicals. The highest quality nourishment can be obtained from organic foods grown on fertile soil and raised without harmful chemicals.

Many food-processing techniques utilize heat as a key parameter to produce pelleted pet food and canned pet food. The effects of heat processing are therefore well documented:

1. Protein structures in the food are altered.

2. Enzymes are effected and depending on the type of enzyme, could be irreversibly denatured with loss of activity

3. There is a loss of 50% of the B vitamins

4. A 70% loss of vitamin c

5. Mineral absorption is disrupted.

Simply stated, minerals, vitamins, protein and hormones cannot function without enzymes being present. Enzymes in turn, cannot function if the cells are too acidic and if exposed to heat, as with most processed pet food.

It is no wonder that many of our companion animals are malnourished and suffer from a wide spectrum of illness. From skin conditions to digestive problems, cancer, diabetes, arthritics conditions, renal complications, heart disease, dental disease and epilepsy.

Back to the original question, where would you prefer to go for lunch? The pharmacy, or granny’s house? 

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A healthy and happy dog is a strong dog.

Vegetarians and Vegans generally appreciate the wellness benefits that are derived from a greener and holistic life-style. Vegans, in particular, aspire to a moral and ethical life-style.

However, most people acknowledge the positive impact that a natural, wholesome and organic diet can have on health and the great value that vegetables offer in terms of mineral and vitamin wealth.

A wholesome diet, including vegetables, fruits and legumes, is also essential in producing natural antioxidants and thus, protects us from sickness and in controlling free radicals, which is the cause of many dread diseases and general poor health.

The abstract discussion as to whether our dogs evolved from a wolf or dingo is of no real consequence at all. Dogs have evolved over thousands of years to eat a balanced home prepared diet, very similar to what we eat.

In fact, the Chow evolved to be almost vegetarian in nature, after been fed only grains and veggies by the Tibetans. Its entire physiological make up has changed over the centuries to metabolize a diet rich in vegetables and quality grains.

Historically our pets have been fed table scraps and stolen tidbits and their metabolism has adapted to accommodate the variation. Our dogs can no longer digest copious amounts of raw meat and actually prefer a diet that is rich in vegetables and nutritious pulses’.

Fruit in smaller quantities can be also very beneficial, although most contain high sugar levels. Banana is a pure carb and may exacerbate energy levels. The best fruits would be berries and apples.

Here is a list of some vegetables and legumes that are great value for money, effective and nutritional for both humans and animals:


Lentils are a “superfood”. They are a good protein, high in fiber and a fantastic source of iron.

Brown Rice

Brown rice is a great source of healthy carbohydrates and energy. The Chinese believe that it has the perfect balance between Yin and Yang.


Millet is high in Protein and is rich in B vitamins, especially niacin, B17, B 6 and folic acid, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc. Millets contain NO gluten.


Peas are also high in energy and rich in Vitamin B1, B3, B6 and B9. It is also very rich in Vitamin C and Phosphorus.

Pearl Barley

Barley contains all eight essential amino acids. Considered a whole grain, dehulled barley still has its bran and germ, making it a healthy and nutritious food.

Wheat Germ

Wheat germ is a concentrated source of several essential nutrients including Vitamin E, folic acid, phosphorous, zinc and magnesium… It also contains essential fatty acids.


Beetroots are rich in the nutrient betaine, which is important for cardiovascular health. Betaine also protects against liver disease, particularly the build up of fatty deposits in the liver caused by

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato are rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, beta carotene, vitamin c and vitamin B6.In 1992, The Center for Health in the Public Interest rated the sweet potato as the highest vegetable in nutritional value. .


Carrots have a wealth of minerals and a must for any pet food. It builds strong teeth, bones, cartilage and nails. It gives energy, vitality and strength, promotes healing of wounds and aids with digestion.

So whether you are cooking for the family, two legged or four, make sure that you include vegetable and legumes in their diet.


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Carrots make an excellent chew and are a great way to clean your dog’s teeth.

One of the biggest misconceptions people have about their animal companions is that Home-cooked animal foods do not clean teeth. The truth is that while soft foods can leave animals with a plaque build-up, natural foods like Vondi’s pet Nutrition have large chunks of WELL-COOKED meat and vegetables such as lentils, peas and  pealed barley. Having chunkier ingredients is the way that dogs are meant to eat. Feeding your animal companion the right diet can not only have massive benefits for health and skin, but will make a huge difference in keeping your canine’s canines clean

Many corporate animal foods have pumped resources in to building the belief that pellets and kibble will clean your animal companion’s teeth. The logic behind this is quite flawed. Imagine your dentist suggesting you clean your teeth by chewing rusks. A problem that can often arise from eating kibble is that the dry-biscuit style food forms a paste on our dogs teeth, much like when we eat a rusk or cookie. Unlike humans, dogs are not able to use their tongues to clean the build up of paste off their teeth like we can. This paste hardens and forms a layer of plaque on your dogs teeth that will cause rot and decay by fermenting and building up bacteria.

The best way to clean your dog’s teeth is to ensure that they have regular chews. Soft chews like ostrich tendons, raw hides and leather chews will ensure that your animals teeth and gums stay clean and healthy. Another great way to keep your dog’s teeth clean and healthy is to offer them vegetables such as carrots, broccoli and cabbage. If you are not sure if a certain vegetable is okay for your pooch then be sure to double check first. Carrots, broccoli and cabbage are particularly useful in the fight against doggy tooth decay.

It is important to use logic in our animal companion’s diet (and our own). We know that sticking to a natural and healthy diet is just full of benefits, so what makes that any different for animals? After all, can you imagine if a person decided to survive off of a diet of nothing but water and biscuits.

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