It makes sense right? We all love our dogs and want only the best for them and when they are in pain or unhappy we want to help.

 

Modern marketing has changed the way we feed our dogs, and it's no secret that most of our dog's health issues today were not around 50 years ago — the advent of the pet food industry.

 

We can help supplement our dog's commercially made diets with species appropriate whole foods that can help bridge the gaps left by this chemical and preservative laden mass produced dog 'food'. This may also help to prevent, alleviate and relieve many common symptoms that dogs suffer today.

you are what you eat

and the same rule applies to your pooch

overall heath starts in the gut

Trillions of tiny organisms live inside your dog’s gut. In fact, they outnumber your dog’s own cells by ten times. These organisms include bacteria, viruses and fungi. They live in the mouth, respiratory tract, small and large intestines. Together, these communities of tiny guests are called the microbiome. They carry an array of benefits for their host (your dog). In fact, they’re so important to your dog’s health, they form most of his immune system.

 

Poor diet, antibiotics, steroids, vaccines, flea and tick products and other drugs can lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Your dog’s intestinal wall is lined with a delicate mucous membrane that allows digested nutrients to enter the bloodstream. Think of it like a cheesecloth that only lets tiny particles through. This “cheesecloth” also protects the bloodstream from pathogens and undigested food.

 

But when your dog has dysbiosis (caused by poor diet and chemical overload), the mucosa can become inflamed. This causes the holes in the cheesecloth to get stretched out, letting larger food particles, bacteria and toxins through into the bloodstream.

 

This is Leaky Gut Syndrome. The condition sets off a chain reaction in the body: the liver has to work harder to screen out the particles; the immune system tries to prevent the invaders but can’t keep up. The result is inflammation which can lead to many types of disease, including skin issues, food sensitivities and allergies, chronic digestive and other disorders, and even autoimmune disease and arthritis. You are what you eat!

treats that may help skin and coat issues

Painful Hot Spots, dry, itchy skin, rashes, contact allergies, dandruff and hair loss can be helped through diet. Rust stains, (those dark coloured stains around your dog's eyes, muzzle or paws) can be managed. They are caused by yeast and an imbalance in your pooch's diet. Grains and high starch ingredients in commercial foods create an overload of sugars and the yeast feeds off these causing these marks and many itchy skin conditions.

treats that may help dental hygiene and gum issues

Stinky breath or a reluctance to eat harder foods may be the first signs of periodontal disease. Prevention and maintenance are vital. Did you know that over 85% of all dogs under 4 years of age in Australia display a build-up of plaque that can lead to expensive vet bills, painful swollen gums, and finally teeth extraction? If you are concerned about feeding your pooch bones as they can splinter and cause dangerous blockages check out our range of shatter-free options.