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CHICKEN MEAT BALLS
CROC FORE BONE
CROC HIND BONE
KANGAROO MEAT BALLS
KANGAROO JERKY LONG
LING FISH SKINS
LARGE PORK TWIST
JUMBO PORK ROLL
MINI DOG BISCUITS
FIVE main TRICKS to disguise grain in dog food & Why you need meat dog treats
The next time you have a look at all of the bags or tins of dog food in your supermarket or dog store, consider WHY they put LARGE photos of meat on the labels. As most dog food has between 20-30% meat in them, why would meat be so prominently displayed on the labels? Isn't that just a little deceptive ?
The highest meat grade dog food (in pellets) is typically 50% and you will pay a large premium for that kind of dog food. So what is the point convincing dog owners that there seems to be a lot of meat in a pack IF they regularly tell you that Grain or vegetables is just as good for your dog?
OK - forget that no dog or wolf EVER hunted down grain or vegetable as its prime prey target. Forget that their digestive system is still optimised for processing meat. Forget that meat essential amino acids (protein) is bio-available to dogs, and grains and veggies are not.
Let's review the fun ways that dog food companies PROMOTE that their products are full of meat but then disguise the fact that they don't have much meat in them.
Shark cartilage dosage levels to relieve dog arthritis
This article shows you how many sticks (grams of shark cartilage) are needed for your dog (dog size) to help relieve osteoarthritis issues.
Recently I analysed a science paper that tested Glucosamine / chondroitin (Glu/CS) combination for the treatment of confirmed osteoarthritis of hips or elbows (or any joint in dogs). It showed positive results after 70 days of daily doses of (Glu/CS) as described below.
(Glu/CS) also happens to be a major ingredient in SHARK CARTILAGE DOG TREATS. So in this article I look at what commercial dog joint support formulations use (that are based on (Glu/CS), and what you might be able to use with 100% natural Shark Cartilage if you wanted to go the organic natural route.
Shark Cartilage for dogs - the science test results for arthritis relief
This 2006 science paper that I am reviewing shows evidence of strong positive arthritis relief for DOGS across three major health parameters for glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate (Glu/CS). The reason I am reviewing it here, is that Glu/CS are two of the major ingredients in shark cartilage that we sell as dog treats on this site.
People use shark cartilage for their dogs because its a long chew, for teeth cleaning, or omega 3, but now there is evidence that its long claimed anecdotal arthritis relief value is real. As you will read throughout this article though, you need to give small amounts preferably twice daily and up to 70 days for full effect. You can get your dog straight onto a regime of pharmaceutical injections monthly at your vet, and they may need that too. BUT the glucosamine / chondroitin chemical combination is available organically from the source.
YOU can pay a lot more for glucosamine / chondroitin as powdered form in pretty bottles (called joint relief) at a much higher cost, but we always prefer to provide you the most natural dog treat solutions possible. It may not work with all dogs, and you need to get the dosage right (see the next article) but if you have a dog that suffers pain and motion issues from joint pain, you may be very interested in this hidden gem of a paper !
Best NUTRITION for old dogs - 4 simple things you can do for old dog health !
This is the most simple plan you can follow for a mature/ old dog to keep them healthy diet wise.
All dogs need exercise and socialisation, but as dogs age, their dietary requirements change slightly - and these are the VERY SIMPLE things you can do to make your dog last longer and be happier.
SPOILER ALERT - we also discuss the best healthy dog treats for mature dogs at the end!
So that you keep reading, this is the basic rules followed by dog food companies too when they make their 'special mature dog' formulas - with one exception - they don't include anywhere near enough meat !
HOW YOUR DOG CHANGES with AGE
Dogs in the wild don't have such issues as they don't live as long, because they can't keep up from the pack, can't protect themselves or can't fight off diseases that your vet can treat. In domestic situations, dogs are considered mature once they turn 7 or 8 in human years. However LARGE breed dogs can often require dietary changes at 6 as they may only live to nine.
Why bio-availability of every nutrient in dog food is vital to your dog.
The science paper that I am reviewing suggests that " Progress in the nutrition of companion animals requires more precise information on the requirements of cats and dogs at various physiological stages, bio availability of nutrients, interaction among nutrients and the role of various nutrients in the prevention of diseases."
Essentially it posits that the majority of food trails that the aafco dog food standards are based on are either inadequate, are outdated or were performed on other species.
The newer food trials often are not based on a lot of science because the research on bio availablity is very scant. There is a long held belief that plant sources are never going to supply your dog as good as meat sources will.
The reason that they posit this is the global dog food companies are so big and powerful that new trials are often done by themselves with inadequate external checks. They could not afford to find that dogs require meat based foods, so conveniently most studies done avoid these kinds of questions. This paper we critique does not hold back on giving you actual facts and data of the papers it could find.
Buy Online Cow Hooves: Healthy Dog Treats
We sell cow hooves as the ultimate long chewer treat. Considered by some to be safer than dried large bones, they are still hard enough to test the strongest chewers.
If your dog easily eats bully sticks and you dont like the potentially fattening nature of pigs ears, then cow hooves might be your best dog treat option.
Raw feeders love them too as they are a 100% animal (beef) based product. No colouring, additives or anything added to the hooves. It is cut, cleaned and dried with minimal processing.
You will see that it mainly comes in two colours with most of our stock at the moment being the darker version. Puppies love to chew on anything, and since very few puppies will have the strength to crack a cow hooves it makes it a great first treat that will last most puppies days if not weeks.
Why feed your dog beef liver dog treats for nutrition - analysis included
Beef liver dog treats are the world's leading dog training dog treats. But urban whisperers have it that they are bad for your dog. This is polar incorrect.
Raw feeder considerations
Raw meat feeders often work by the rule of a meat to offal to bone ratio of 80 : 15: 5
I am a dog walker and I regularly feed our pack dried beef liver as a recall treat. And my own dog goes on several walks per day, and he often gets a fair amount of beef liver but how much is safe and is there any value nutritionally in beef liver?
My dog is a relatively active 20 Kg dog, but he is 8 so his energy requirements are relatively low. The amount of energy he requires from food works out at about 500g wet food per day. Which is close to 200 g dry food (remove the 75% water content from meat).
Dog pancreatitis true cause: fatty food or grains ?
OK, NONE of the major searches or dog food sponsored sites will ever give you an alternative cause of dog pancreatitis, but its interesting to see at least TWO possible reasons dogs get it.
What is dog pancreatitis?
1 The pancreas organ is part of the endocrine and digestive system with primary purpose for food digestion. It also produces enzymes that digest food, and produces insulin.
2 When a condition occurs to cause inflammation of the pancreas, the flow of enzymes into the digestive tract can become disrupted, forcing the enzymes out of the pancreas and into the abdominal area. This can cause digestive enzymes to break down fat and proteins in the other organs, as well as in the pancreas.
Chicken BARS dog treat eating guide by Archie & Healthy Dog Treats
Chicken bars are a very economical HIGH percentage chicken dog treat. A lot of people like little bite sized dog treats and rather than have just more grain, this one has 80% meat.
Chicken bars are a very similar Chicken Crinkles that we still sell (2016). The ingredients list is shown below and as you will see there are very few additives.
Road testing Chicken bars - the video
The video below shows Archie eating Chicken bars.
As you will see the chicken bars are surprisingly chewy - mostly because they are so high in meat, not just wheat.
The other big thing about these dog treat bars is that you get five in a pack. They are each individually wrapped, and even though they are very chewy they are easy enough for you to break into smaller pieces as required.
Kangaroo bars dog treats road tested for chewing.
While I prefer meat jerky treats (100%) many people prefer little bite size piece treats or treats that are very easy to break off when they are out with their dogs.
Kangaroo bars fill this need by being very affordable and easy to eat for any size dog.
Roo bars have replaced roo strips and are essentially the same composition as Kangaroo Crinkles that we still sell (2016). the ingredients list is shown below but that doesn't tell the whole story.
With most dog food being 30% meat, it is refreshing to find a dog treat like roo bars that are 80% plus meat. They do this by having the majority of the meat being kangaroo, with chicken added for a regular taste and to make the bars affordable.
With meat making up the bulk of the treat it means that wheat is less than 20% of the treat (about four times less than in some dog foods).
Octopus dog treat eating guide by Archie & Healthy Dog Treats
Having been in the healthy dog treat business for years and using nuttriton data tables for analysis I have always favoured the original natural dog diet (meat offal and bones). But for people who regularly feed pellets, 100% meat dog treat products are even more important for their health. Manufactured dog food usually has up to 30% meat in it, but that meat is typically chicken, beef, lamb or fish. No variety, no different amino acid profiles. OCTOPUS is high in protein, organic, low in fat essentially the best dog treat a dog can get besides Roo dog treats !
Why Octopus is an amazing dog treat/ dog food
Many dogs like fish, and owners give them deep sea fish for their Omega 3. But if you are giving it out of cans, you don't know if the oil is damaged in the heat treatment process. Elimination diets (to check for dog allergies) involve a meat and a vegetable that dogs don't often eat. The reasoning is that a food that a dog has not been exposed to before is unlikely for them to instantly have an allergic reaction to.
Octopus is so rare in the dog treat world that it is unlikely to have been eaten by your dog before and so is very likely to have no allergy reactions. Our Octopus is sourced locally in Melbourne (ensuring you know where the stock comes from). and is fished under Australian Licences by local fishermen.
Natural, organic, healthy dog treats, what's it all mean?
We see many adjectives thrown around for human food and dog food and dog treats. What do all the claims and omission mean:
Grain free - a common term used in the dog food industry that has simply kept the meat level the same 20-30% and just substituted - Grains for veggie filler like potato. No real positive change for your carnivore dog.
Natural and healthy dog treats
I use the term natural to mean FOOD that a dog was evolved to eat. That is why Natural in the correct usage should mean meat based. However it usually doesnt !
OTHER dog treat companies use natural or healthy to mean a low number of additives. They consider a mostly grain dog treat to be natural or healthy for a dog as long as its WHOLE GRAIN. We sell biscuits, but we call them biscuits. Many other companies sell dog treats that have almost the same amount of grain as a biscuit but call it a 'meat' dog treat!
Why you pay so much for so little meat protein in dog food
The previous article began looking at a popular can of dog food on the market. In this article we look at why it is so low in meat, and that this is BAD for your wallet and your dog.
Here are the 'dog food' ingredient lists again: (meats = lamb, chicken, beef, pork) gelling agents; vegetable oil; minerals; flavours; colours; vitamins. Ingredient analysis: 9% crude protein, 4% crude fat, crude fibre 1% Salt 0.3%
DOG FOOD ANALYSIS
The 'vegetable oil' is very vague, but if it is sunflower oil it is used to meet the Omega 6 requirement of dog food. There are also " flavours; colours" on the can. NOTE MEAT does not need added FLAVOURS to trick a dog into eating it. Vegetable based dog food always tricks dogs by having FLAVOURS added.
On the front of the can it says there are "no artificial FLAVOURS", so that means the flavours are natural (note fat is a natural flavour) but the colours are probably artificial (as they are not explicitly mentioned in the front label comment.
What are gelling agents in dog food, and are they good?
Every now and then I give my dog a dog treat, called manufactured dog food. Others call it just Dog food. He loves the fat and the jelly in the can. Its a very popular 100g tin of 'dog food' that I get from the supermarket. But then I found out there is hardly any animal fat in the can, but a LOT of gelling agent.
Here are the ingredients: (meats = lamb, chicken, beef, pork) gelling agents; vegetable oil; minerals; flavours; colours; vitamins. Ingredient analysis: 9% crude protein, 4% crude fat, crude fibre 1% Salt 0.3%
The reality behind that dog food label:
Firstly, the can says LAMB, yet there are FOUR meats listed on the back, suggesting that perhaps the cheapest ones are mostly used, and the cheapest parts. Lamb is likely to be just over 25% of the total meat in the can.
The world's simplest healthiest guide to a raw meat dog diet
Let's face it, everyone is busy and it seems like the only way you can feed your dog properly is to buy a proctor gamble or mars confectionary company bag of grains - they are two of the largest global "dog food" companies in the world after all.
You buy pellets or wet food in cans, because they tell you that it is the best thing you should do. They have tables of nutrients on the back of their packs. It is very convenient, though for decent quality you will be paying at least $15 per kilo of pellets that are mostly 70% plus cheap grains.
Really what you are doing is buying a sack of wheat or rice and saving time, but really badly short changing your dog. I have spent many hours researching and writing articles about the value of meat in a dog's diet, because the proteins supply bio available amino acids that grains and vegetables cant do, and because dogs are carnivores and deserve 90- 95% meat in their diet.
Bio availability & high essential amino acids in meat make for healthy dogs
For a multi-billion dollar industry ruled by companies pushing grain diets for dogs and cats it is not surprising that you will find very little legitimate research on natural meat based diets for dogs.
One article that seems to try do so is the "Assessment of the Nutritional Adequacy of Pet Foods Through the Life Cycle" from the University of California - and it discusses why bio availability of nutrients (meat being the most bio available) means that many grain based dog foods are not nutritionally adequate for your dog.
Hence why we suggest using meat based dog treats to supplement your dog food.
Save 90% on your dog dementia medication, by DYI
World first research (MINE) and a world beating way of saving 90% on the cost of non prescription anti dog dementia medication !
As a business person I hate how some retailers find tricky ways of undercutting you. However when a company uses natural drugs puts them in capsules and marks up near 1000% on retail, then that is very hard to swallow. I have been searching for a way to protect my dogs brain as he ages and this looks like the best way, globally.
There are plenty of research papers on dementia for humans and dogs saying what the most promising anti dementia medication for dogs are. The main thing that aktiait and a few other dog brands have done is just put all these single chemicals into one jar.
What you need to know about anti dementia medicine for dogs Safe levels / NON TOXIC levels
In previous blogs we reviewed the prescription and non prescription choices of anti dementia drugs and came across one that uses great very common (and often created in our and our dogs bodies) ingredient drugs. The best thing was that these are chemicals that are a non prescription cocktail.
However this drug AKTIVAIT is not available in Australia and costs $80 AUD or more per month, if you import it cheaply. IF however you really want to protect your dogs brain for as long as it is alive, want to give it the best quality of life, then once it turns 7, you may want to consider a daily treatment of effective anti dementia medication.
We reviewed all of the active ingredients in the last article and their function and found that they individually are quoted to provide some level of anti dementia protection ...
The best anti dementia preventative medication for your dog, AKTIVAIT Nutraceuticals chemical review.
The previous two articles looked at dog dementia and how to prevent or treat it with pharmaceuticals or Nutraceuticals. So I was wondering with what I feed my dog, how much more value another preventative medication might be now that he has hit a mature age.
Here we reveiw the specific chemicals used in the most effective and popular anti dementia medication - AKTIVAIT
I feed my dog on a raw meat diet with 20% of high fibre premium pellets for intestinal health. To achieve aafco table minimum requirements (if you believe the tables and think that meat doesn't meet all vitamins and mineral requirements) I supplement my dogs diet with a high quality multi vitamin (which happens to be high in B, C and E vitamins, Selenium). What else should I do ... read on ..
VERY IMPORTANT if your dog is over 7 - Non prescription supplements prevent dog dementia
My dog turns 8 soon and this is the age where dog food companies create products which in theory help a dogs brain from excessive decline.
However even premium products are unlikely to put in enough active ingredients (along with the cost of their 'premium dog food' grains to really prevent damage).
My dog is mostly on a raw meat diet, so having high concern for my dogs wellbeing I know its important to consider what the latest products claiming to prevent dog dementia are and what are their effectiveness.
Dog dementia - the 3 main miracle pharmaceuticals used to treat & prevent
My dog Archie is nearly eight. At 7 is when most dog food companies market mature dog food to you, and some include supplements to help brain function and mobility. Most science paper tests for older humans and dogs seem to rely on the three same drugs, each with their own effects. However I have managed to find a few other chemicals that might help prevent your dogs brain from ageing.
As always your vet should have the final say, but here are some of the dog drugs that I found in the science papers and what their effects are.
This blog concentrates on the three (plus Adrafinil) or so main prescription chemicals used in dog senile treatment as well as two new promising Non prescription options.
Why a dog selecting Tripe (as dog food) as first preference proves carnivore theoryIf so many people where not hooked on buying convenient bags of grain for their carnivore dog, anyone trying to prove that a dog was a carnivore would be ludicrous.
The recent evolution from the wolf carnivore, their intestine length, stomach acid and the many other biological and physical set ups of dogs all point to them still being at least 95% carnivore - so what does a dog eating tripe have to do with more proof that they are a carnivore?
Put simply, there is a ridiculous argument out their (mostly by dog food manufacturers, then taken up by retailers - all of who make money off your dog) that you have to buy over priced bags of grain for your dog because they need carbohydrates. And one of the most ridiculous arguments goes a little something like this - that wolves and wild dogs eat the prey's stomach first because the are trying to get at the grass and grain in the stomach.
Why you should choose Kangaroo meat for your dog treats ALL the timeI have some clients who say they would never use kangaroo meat to feed their dog, because they couldn't bare to think of poor old skippy being killed just for their dogs. Then there has been a little press about how California has made a ban on the trade in kangaroo skins and meat. Their first ban was in the 1970's when Americans decided that Kangaroos were a threatened species.
The ban was only lifted in 2007 and was meant to resume in 2016, but it has come early. And it largely seems to be driven by vegetarians and The Humane Society of the United States WITHOUT ANY REAL DATA, or humane actions that are needed by way of culls here.
Healthy dog food - Dogs are only a tiny bit adapted to starchPt 3 " The genomic signature of dog domestication reveals adaptation to a starch-rich diet" paper was wrong.
HOW DO DOGS DIGEST FOOD?This is a question of how well a domestic or companion dog's body digest different types of foods.
That is the whole point of why raw feeders use raw meat for their dogs main diet. Because it is bio available.