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Your Best bully stick GUIDE in Australia - A stick for every dog!

beef-bully-stick-rangeDid you know that Bully sticksBeef Pizzle are the number ONE long chewing dog treat you can buy. They beat those fake compressed vegetable nonsense on every nutrition level, but that there are much more to them and your dog, than one single whole ingredient.

Yes the ingredients are 100% aussie beef muscle meat, but they are much more than that. You see, we have trialled many sources over the years, and most of them DONT reach anywhere near the high standard we set.

Our range is renowned for what we have rejected, as much as their HIGH quality it includes and how wide it spans. THIS is why we know that if you attempt to buy from any other company, even those that farm and dry their own sticks, that you will never get anywhere near the FULL RANGE that we have.

Why people buy bully sticks

Dog owners will mostly tell you that they buy beef bully sticks because they want something that will preoccupy their dog for a long time. This is because dogs can easily get bored and destructive around the house or yard, and not everyone has time to walk their dog every day.

Read more: Your Best bully stick GUIDE in Australia - A stick for every dog!

The best dog Ear medications in Australia and why.

-happy-poodle-head.In Australia when your dog has an inflammation of the ear issue that is caused by either fungal or bacteria or both a vet will often have a visual inspection, take a swab for specific infection analysis, give cortisone injections and support it with Surolan Ear ointment for you to take home and use daily for ten days or so.

We describe below what ear medications are available for your dog on prescription and off, and what the total options for you and your dog are.

The reason that prescriptions are believed to be necessary for these medications is that they are potent AND vet inspection is necessary for them to visually see that there are not other physical ear issues like lesions or ear drum tears.  They might also see the specific form of the bacteria is so that the right medication can be used rather than trying to control with a general 'broad spectrum' anti bacterial.

This FORMULA used by most ear infection creams you syringe into your dogs ear are triple ACTION. Specifically these medications =  Anti-inflammatory + anti-fungal + antibacterial ointment

Read more: The best dog Ear medications in Australia and why.

Dog Food regulation in Australia for safety & dog nutrition 2018

The best aussie chicken breast dog treat in AustrarliaAfter recent dog deaths because of pathogens in commercial dog food (pellet) The Australian media is shining a spotlight on what the current dog food regulations are and if they are adequate.

I was recently called by the ABC (SA branch) for input into what possible amendments or regulations I thought could be used to safeguard dogs.

Here is my considered response (after the fact).

Dog food Government regulations, Australia 2012- 2017

In 2012 in response to dog deaths in Australia, a committee of dog food experts was formed and they wrote a paper called "Managing the safety of domestically produced pet meat, and imported and domestically produced pet food." Ref 1

Read more: Dog Food regulation in Australia for safety & dog nutrition 2018

SQUID dog treat - very good dog nutritional eating, and instructional video!

squid-dog-treat-While many people love calamari when they dine out, they may not know how great it is for their dogs. I have included most of the nutritional information in the appendix but here is the summary:

in 100g of cooked squid there are typically about 8g of carbs and 7.5 g of Fat, however out of that fat only 2g are saturated.  The reason it is so healthy is that that 100g has 1.5g of Omega 6 and 0.6g of Omega 3. 

Protein is a good 18g which means that most of the essential amino acids are present in high levels, easily making up for any of the non bioavailable amino in the grains in dog food.

In this article we show you how much our treat master Archie dog, enjoys this wholesome treat !

Read more: SQUID dog treat - very good dog nutritional eating, and instructional video!

Crocodile Feet dog treat instructional eating video by Archie

crocodile-feet-dog-treat-in-Archie-dogs-mouthYou are probably wondering exactly what crocodile feet dog treats are like for a dog to eat. 

If you have ever been to yum cha in China town, you may have already experienced what chicken feet are like a human to eat.

But the big difference is that Crocodile feet might be one of the most perfect Wholefood ' complete' mini meat based dog treats ever.

I have to admit that I was originally sceptical as to whether anyone would buy these treats. You know, because of the 'ick' factor. 

But then I found that many people rise above their initial concerns when they are all about their dog's healthy dog treats, and enjoyment and this is the perfect nexus of both.

Read more: Crocodile Feet dog treat instructional eating video by Archie

Raw chicken necks Feeding guide without propaganda

chicken neck dog treatsRecently in Australia (2018) the university of Melbourne ran with an article based around the title "raw chicken linked to paralysis in dogs"

An article by " Dr Nerissa Hannink, University of Melbourne"  dresses this up as helpful hints to save our "furry friends".  Unfortunately this "new study"  led by the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital, smacks of propaganda, and a scare campaign aimed at driving the people back into the corporate arms of big grain dog food companies, Nothing more.

It is true that 'bad bacteria' will affect ANY ANIMAL that eats it.  It is true that dogs and wolves (dog ancestors) in the wild bury meat in dirt for days at a time, before they dig it up and eat it.  It is true that this is a natural phenomena.

Here are also some more facts (not uncovered by the university) as to why people use chicken necks as dog treats.  Their bones tend not to splinter can provide the perfect natural way of safely getting the right balance of calcium and phosphorus into your dogs body,  Affco guidelines show you how much calcium your dog needs and in what ratio - which is provided in powdered form in most dog food - but not always from bone sources.

Read more: Raw chicken necks Feeding guide without propaganda

Healthy Meat dog treats - The complete guide and science papers references

two-vizsla-dogsBalanced raw diets are far superior for dogs than commercial (grain) pellet diets. But meat treats are a way of supplementing regular diets to achieve similar results. We look at all of the main science feeding trials and reasons why meat should a prime part of any dog's diet, for best health!

Grain or vegetables were never meant to be eaten by dogs or their ancestors (wolves).

Dogs are 90% + carnivores with only a tolerance to grain digestion shown by some analyse enzymes in their stomachs (but much lower amounts in their mouths than true herbivores or omnivores). This article looks at the studies that support the value of meat.

A recent 2008 study by 'Nestle Purina pet-care research' (major revenue from grain pet foods), does everything it can to scare pet owners into exclusively eating their rood.

In summary, their proposition is that:

Read more: Healthy Meat dog treats - The complete guide and science papers references

Crocodile Hind leg bone dog treats Nutrition, usage and 3D video

crocodile-hind-leg-bone-dog-treatIf you are a dog treat bone fan, you will have your favourites.  They are often based around the type of animal that the bone comes from (ie owners often use something similar to what a dog eats in its regular dog food). Or they try and find something a little different, little larger, little harder.

The fact is that crocodile bones are one of the oldest original meat proteins that your dog will ever eat.  This means that it's also a very low allergen issue.

There is a little bit of meat left on these bones, but the real bonus is that these bones are the most affordable crocodile bone we stock and coming as a set of two you will have one spare.

The hind bones actually come with an elbow joint, so you actually get two mini bones in the one hind bone, so this pack of two bones means you will actually have four croc bones if you can separate them.

Read more: Crocodile Hind leg bone dog treats Nutrition, usage and 3D video

Crocodile fore leg bone dog treats being eaten video - by MAX

crocodile-fore-leg-bone-dog-treatBefore I tell you how primal and nutritious animal bones are for dogs (ones of the right size and dried properly ... we should back track about how this video got made.

I walk Max (a 16 year old jack russell) a few times a week. He has been a good companion for my dog Archie, but as dogs age, there is always a concern when they get thin, or they lose interest in food. Max still has a good appetite, but he has profound hearing loss and of course is a very old dog.

Well when his owners came for a visit to our house, my young son, decided to leave two sets of door wide open at the back of the house and Max took it upon himself to walk through those doors and go shopping for whatever he could find.

Out of all of the sample treats we were organising for a photo shoot, he chose the crocodile foreleg bone to latch onto. He latched so hard that he would have been swinging off the ground if I tried any harder to get that crocodile bone back. 

Read more: Crocodile fore leg bone dog treats being eaten video - by MAX

Crocodile Sticks dog treats being eaten video - by Archie

Crocodile-sticks-dog-treats-archie-dog-eating.This is one of our first crocodile treats, and we are extremely happy to be able to provide our loyal customers with the opportunity for their dogs to varying their meat protein consumption.  Varying the species of animal eaten by dogs is the same as any carnivore, it is believed to strengthen immunity and general health.

That aside, there is something kind of fun about a dog eating a crocodile - a sustainably farmed Australian crocodile that is.

Nutrition wise there are many reasons to select crocodile for your dog too.  Extremely low allergen likelihood, high omega 3, brand new protein source .. it has so many things going for it that the Chinese have it as one of the most prized meats for human consumption (curing all manner of ills).

The crocodile stick package

These sticks are quite different from our regular sticks.  The crocodile sticks are slightly longer than our regular sticks (beef, chicken, lamb, and roo) but a lot less dense than the traditional sticks.

Read more: Crocodile Sticks dog treats being eaten video - by Archie

Obligate carnivore OR facultative carnivores? Your dog still NEEDS meat.

a-regular-leopard-dogFor anyone wondering exactly how much a carnivore their dog is, you will readily read on dog food sites that they are not an obligate carnivore.  They are apparently not 'obliged' to eat meat. This statement is used to enable them to feed dogs as little meat as possible (to maintain their profits) It is NOT to give your dogs the best food as they pretend to do.

For years this has been to the extreme detriment of dogs worldwide, and its only getting worse. Instead, grain-based dog food companies misleadingly call dogs facultative carnivores or scavengers and use this to feed your dog mostly cereal!

We know the dogs are carnivores because science experts, not connected with dog food companies continue to implore people to feed their dogs more meat - we quote them below.

If you are wondering how health conscious most pet food companies are, then consider they also don't provide 100% meat to cats (true obligate carnivores). If they feed cats inappropriate food, it gives them license to feed your dogs anything. And that typically means the bare minimum protein that AAFCO labels require.

Note affco do not specify a SOURCE of that protein - hence why "dog food" companies can give you NON species appropriate, non bioavailable foods.  As we have seen from our recent blog articles, the meat amount in dog food is often as low as 20% meat in commercial "dog food" not the 90% it should be.

Read more: Obligate carnivore OR facultative carnivores? Your dog still NEEDS meat.

Why a Low Carb, High Protein DOG Diet is VITAL (science papers)

good-dog-treats-roo-tendonsAfter scouring the net for science articles on why it was important to feed carnivore dogs carbs and vegetable matter I was not surprised to find scant evidence in science journals.

The last blog article looks at the flimsy excuses repeated across the web for such dog food manufacturer excuses.

I was however extremely surprised to find science papers written about the benefiters of Dogs having a Low Carbohydrate, High Protein diet. I know this, and evolution and dogs know this, but the financial imperative of the stock market doesn't.

So here are some incredible (and science based) reviews of science papers written about how a high protein (ie meat based) diets can perform dog health miracles.

IN summary, meat dog diets are believed to help with obesity, slowing tumour growth, diabetes,  pancreas and kidney issue prevention. 

Note, because of the size and power of the dog food industry that is hell-bent of feeding dogs cheap grain monopolises dog study grants, the number of studies that actually look at the pro case for meat in a dogs diet is not as prolific (on the open internet anyway). However, these few studies and their possible implications should be mind-blowing.

Read more: Why a Low Carb, High Protein DOG Diet is VITAL (science papers)

Why a dog's diet of High Protein Low Carb is medically recommended

bad-carbs-dog-treatsAs anyone has read my blog or bought from our healthy dog treat shop knows, I am a massive advocate of meat protein for dogs from an evolution, digestion point of view. Bio  supports this but I was curious as to what the dog food companies could use to discredit dogs being carnivores and needing High percentages of meat in their diet.

We consult science journals and show you the how the affco table minimum amino acid requirements stack up against grain and meat, and why your dog needs a lot more meat in their diet.

I have read books (written by dog food companies insiders) that give their version of the science reason for carbs being good for dogs, but the truth they use is very subjective and derivative being based on scant 'facts'.

So if you can't really construct a good case of why carnivores should have to eat carbs (except for profits) then second best is to discredit high protein. But as you will see .. the truth is in the omission .. what exactly how is meat connected to kidney issues?  Read on..

Read more: Why a dog's diet of High Protein Low Carb is medically recommended

Sardine dog treats, another superfood for dogs !

Archie-dog-eating-sardine-dog-treatWith the word super-food being thrown around in human terms, it's easy for us to get jaded.

The point with dog food is that they should be eating mostly meat, and that is mostly why we sell 100% meat dog treats.

These sardines are typically around 10 cm long and are filleted (cut down the middle) with heads removed and tails mostly intact.

With most dogs eating beef or chicken in their dog food or dog snacks, a fish dog treat adds a nice boost of nutrition to the mix. Not only does every different meat treat have a different easily digested protein profile (the levels of essential amino acids) but in the case of fish, they also have the most natural form of Omega's and a few other tricks up their sleeve.

We have included the nutrition table for Sardines in the appendix below, and also a video of our resident meat dog treat eating expert Archie, showing you how a poodle does it.

Read more: Sardine dog treats, another superfood for dogs !

Why Healthy dog treats are vital for CATS too

cat-liking-cat-and-dog-treatsI received an email last week from a very satisfied customer who had bought packs of roo tendons for their dog, and they wondered if their cat could have them too.

While mostly dog food companies want you to think that dogs are run of the mill omnivores (they are not, they are 90% carnivore) - cats are generally, universally agreed upon to be obligate carnivores.

Essentially with dogs evolving from wolves only 20,000 years ago, between farmers and regular pet owners trying to save money by feeding dogs inappropriate grain food or food scraps, the domestic dog has built up a resistance to grain and been able to process it somewhat, but nowhere near the bioavailability of meat and offal (their original foods they hunted).

This is how petmed (who makes money from Google ads and commercial dog and cat food ads on their site) describes the difference  " Both species are in the Class Mammalia and the Order Carnivora, but here’s the difference: The cat cannot sustain its life unless it consumes meat in some form. Dogs, however, are able to survive on plant material alone; they do not have to consume meat. But always keep in mind that dogs do best and by nature are primarily meat-eaters." 

Read more: Why Healthy dog treats are vital for CATS too

Why freeze drying dog treats isn't as good as our slow oven dried methods.

dog-treat-duck-jerkyIn a previous article we looked at what were considered the best treats in the USA by a review online portal.  Curiously the winning treat bragged that its product was freeze dried, and as our treats are typically slow oven dried I thought I would look at the differences in the technology and the end result.

ABOUT FREEZE DRIED dog treats

The review article says that "freeze dried treats are favoured by our experts because they're the most minimally processed option."

BUT - Did you know that there is a 'Goldilocks zone ' for the range of temperatures that meat should be processed and another one for it to be handled and stored? And most articles are about cooking temperature (not freezing) for good reason.

We and many nutritionalists have concerns about how commercial dog food is made because typically it is shredded combined massively heated then extruded into pellets.  The high heat process makes cooking fast and economical but destroys many of the enzymes and nutrition of the meat component of the food.  It is done for convenience - speed and cost - NOT nutritional value.

Read more: Why freeze drying dog treats isn't as good as our slow oven dried methods.

Kangaroo rib dog treat chewing instruction video

kangaroo-rib-dogtreatKangaroo ribs are a great addition to the very healthy kangaroo bone healthy dog treats range. Every bone in our range serves a specific purpose, and these ribs are great for nutrition (the low fat healthy meat between the ribs) and chewing (the ribs themselves).

Our whole philosophy is based on 100% meat (or bones and offal) products), as nature intended. Likewise where possible, we like to provide these product in their most natural and whole form. That is why except for potentially half a rack to make up the weight, we like to provide FULL rib racks to owners so they can make their own mind up about how to serve these incredible treats.

If you are after one of the hardest longest chewing bones around (but without a lot of meat on it) you will choose the kangaroo clod bone.  The roo tail pieces are a great cube of bone and meat in a similar ration to roo ribs, but of course a very different configuration. 

Read more: Kangaroo rib dog treat chewing instruction video

Dog bone dog treat usage - the definitive Healthy Dog Treat guide (function & food).

Kara with her prize beef shin bone from healthy dog treatsThe fact is that we provide as many different healthy meat cuts, bones and offal as we can to our Australian customers. Many owners have bone dog treat preferences based on previous history (what is available and what a dog likes to eat), but many people have no idea where to start in the pursuit of the perfect bone for their dog.  This guide aims to demystify the subject for EVERY dog owner.

What do you want to use your dog treat bone for?

This might seem a simple question, but there are many facets to bone giving:

Dog bones (dog treats) for different functions

We currently have bones in these animal bone categories:  beef, Kangaroo, Lamb, Pork.

We do not stock dried chicken bones as small dried bones are considered too risky.

The smaller and easier chewing bones (of the big bone variety) are mostly the regular lamb and pork bones (the smaller bones pictured in this blog below)

Read more: Dog bone dog treat usage - the definitive Healthy Dog Treat guide (function & food).

Green Lipped mussel dog treats dosage levels - how to feed the miracle.

Archie eating Green lipped mussel dog treatsThis research for this article has been made a great deal harder to write since pharmaceutical and dog supplement companies only like to provide information on dosage levels for powdered versions of Green Lipped mussels.

The reason is that whole green lipped mussels might be considered as a commodity to these commercial companies and they live by fear that their profits might be diminished if you actually bought the whole food product. THIS is why most green lipped mussel supplements in the dog world are in POWDER form either loose or by capsule. Every capsule your dog eats has a large marketing and branding overhead attached to it.

The 'extraction' methods vary, however they mostly seem to include some quick drying method (no high heat sources) and that's it. They will all tell you that their methods are the best at preserving the vital ingredients in the GLM, but they are very sketchy on precise details and what labs do the testing on their powders.

 At Healthy dog treats we live in a world where we know dogs are underfed meat proteins and all of the other great micro nutrients associated with meat, that a carnivore dogs digestion was evolved to extract.

Read more: Green Lipped mussel dog treats dosage levels - how to feed the miracle.

Green Lipped mussels dog treats, the science and nutrition value

Archie dog eating green lipped mussel dog treatsThere appears to be one actual reference for Green lipped mussel nutrition in table form available on the internet so we have reproduced it below for :  'Green  Mussels and United States recommended daily allowances.'

The table provides the base level of understanding how useful and how unique this mollusc is. However many of the most incredible active ingredients are not singled out in the basic vitamins and minerals list. So we have provided extra information for you in easy to understand terms.

While Green Lipped Mussels are known for their anti inflammatory properties and arthritis relief (see previous article),  it is actually the SPECIAL omega 3 chemical combined with other active compounds that provides the main fight against joint inflammation and pain.

It is apparently a unique version of eicosatetraenoic acid, or ETA, that creates all of the excitement and great benefits. “This type of ETA is found only in green lipped mussels and binds cyclooxygenase, which is an enzyme that causes inflammation. They also contain glucosamine, chondroitin, zinc, and magnesium, which are beneficial for joint metabolism.” Ref 2

 NOTE it is the glucosamine and chondroitin of shark cartilage dog treats that gives it the amazing properties of pain relief, inflammation reduction and cartilage repair, and why I use that dog treat daily with my dog.

Read more: Green Lipped mussels dog treats, the science and nutrition value

Green Lipped mussels dog treats relieve dog arthritis - here are the amazing test results.

Green Lipped Mussel dog trial test results Very simply put, Green Lipped mussels (GLM) have been purported to be a miracle food for people, fixing all sorts of arthritis issues and even anti-aging properties.  There is one main go to study for dogs tested with this GLM supplement, and it was in 2002. 

This is an analysis of the results of that famous experiment and why there is so much excitement about it being used as a dog food supplement. Note this experiment exclusivity used GLM powder extract, where as we sell the WHOLE GLM treat - ensuring your dog doesn't miss out on anything. 

If you want to see what we found out about GLM nutrition, and GLM required doses for dogs, then please read the following two articles on this site.

 The 2002 study paper says that for dogs "degenerative and inflammatory arthropathies may occur but the most common form of the joint disease is osteoarthritis (OA4), a complex, progressive disease characterized by the degeneration of particular cartilage and by the formation of new bone (osteophytes) at joint margins. Inflammation of the synovial membrane may also be present in many cases of OA but is a variable feature throughout the course of the disease. Conversely, synovitis is the major pathological feature of the inflammatory joint diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis." REF 1

Read more: Green Lipped mussels dog treats relieve dog arthritis - here are the amazing test results.

Beef Puff, a low cost 100% beef solution dog treat

beef-puff-dog-eating-dog treatSpoiler alert, beef puffs are 100% animal dog treat.  They are made with high-quality beef lung which means they are very light and airy dog treat.

Being lung they are essentially similar in protein and mineral composition to beef meat, so it's mostly the texture and method of eating that you and your dog will be interested in.

The big bonus for people buying these treats besides the volume is that they are typically lower in fat than regular beef treats and that while the puffs start out hard (on the surface) a persistent crunch of your dog's jaw will see the treat soon collapse into a myriad or meat particles.  it goes from being a full intact treat, to completely edible in small parts, very quickly.

This treat has a higher crunch value than any other treat on the market!

Read more: Beef Puff, a low cost 100% beef solution dog treat

HOKI blue grenadier, dog treat description and eating demonstration

hoki-blue-grenadier-dog treat-dog eatingOwners who have already tried fish with their dogs are generally very pleasantly surprised with the results. 

When you consider how much grains our dogs eat each year, it's curious that some people can think that fish are only for their cats!

HOKI or blue grenadier has a special place in our fish line up of dog treats.

For one thing it is currently the only true fish in the line up (we have flake and octopus too). It has a similar reddish colour to the tuna we used to carry, but is a much more affordable option.

Its small size piece also means that it is instantly easy for ANY dog to eat, and so it's a great dog food supplement as well as being an excellent dog treat!

Read more: HOKI blue grenadier, dog treat description and eating demonstration

Lamb Cube, a great crunching lamb dog treat- including dog eating it video

lamb-cube-dog-treat-being-eatenThere are very few pure 100% lamb treats around besides bone, so the lamb cube dog treat is a rare exception.

Made from 100% lamb lung means that unlike many of the lamb meat-based treats, it is very low fat and high protein - the perfect combination for most dogs who are fed on a low meat high grain commercial diet.

To understand our 100% Australian treats texture is the key to understanding the best application of this exceptional treat. Being lamb lung the whole organ is very light due to its honeycomb texture.

While it is light (high volume, low weight) the cubes easily safely implode under most dogs crunching jaws into fine flakes of lamb meat creating a very exciting dog experience. 

Read more: Lamb Cube, a great crunching lamb dog treat- including dog eating it video

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