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.
treats that may help arthritis and painful joint issues
Sore, swollen and stiff joints can be helped with diet and natural supplements. As your pooch ages often they start to show slower movement, a reluctance to run or play as they used to. We all age, and joint mobility and swelling can make this painful. Help your pooch to live a painfree and active life by feeding them foods that are rich in Omegas, fatty acids, chondroitin, and glucosamine.
All advice is for educational purposes only. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. This information does not replace advice provided by your veterinary specialist.
Allergy Relief For Dogs
Our Food and Treats Provide Allergy Relief for Dogs
So, you’re at your wit's end and have tried so many products that supposedly provide allergy relief for dogs? We hear you, which is why you should browse our online store now for whatever it is your furry friends need. Indeed not just for what they need, but for what you know they’ll love. They’re our friends too, and we care about them as much as you do.
Common Mistakes People Make Regarding Gut Health for Dogs
At Chica and Co, we don’t expect your dog to eat anything that is not fit for human consumption. We ensure that all the ingredients in our range has medicinal benefits, and don’t contain any harmful chemicals.
People don’t keep in mind that the absent ingredients of dog food are as important as those added. Our food contains only human-grade ingredients, with no sugar or salt added, but heaps of love.
There is the misconception that good quality food is enough for your furry friend’s gut health. But there is much more that you can give to improve your dog’s gut, such as our bone broth and seafood, which provide essential fatty acids and calcium, among many others, rebuilds the gut and combats stress and inflammation.
People are also under the impression that everything healthy, tastes awful. Not ours! Your dog won’t even know that our Pumpkin Pie Bites and Sunday Roast or Bone Broth are good for them.
Our products don’t only take care of your four-legged friend’s gut, but also cares about joint health for dogs.
Related Products We Provide to Dog Health Food
We don’t care only about your dogs’ physical health, but also their emotional wellbeing. Don’t they just also have better and worse days, and times when they need a little extra TLC, just like we humans do?
Except for good-quality dog food, which is necessary for your four-legged child’s health, we have special treats, which they won’t only gobble up because of its good taste, but that will also improve their general wellbeing.
Your dog’s teeth also need to be cleaned, and our Porky Chewz and Twiggies will ensure that they take their time to chew until their teeth are cleaned properly.
Doesn’t Coconut Cookies, Apple of my Eye Cookies, and Sunday Roast also make you want to dig in? Other products that your dogs will enjoy are Poochi Sushi, Whipper Schnappers, Fishy Business, and Fish Fingers, which all contain essential oils and omega fatty acids.
Why Trust Chica and Co Regarding Dog Food for Sensitive Skin
We know what it feels like to suffer from an allergy or when your skin is too sensitive.
Imagine having to crawl all over the garden to scratch your itchy stomach? Or to keep sneezing and have red, teary eyes? It’s an irritation you can’t wait to remove. With our extensive range of dog food, your fur babies never have to experience any irritation.
Apart from the right combination of ingredients in our hypoallergenic dog food for your friend’s sensitive skin, we have treats that will alleviate skin conditions. Our products don’t contain grain, starch or yeast which might worsen sensitive skin.
Although it’s important to treat sensitive skin, it is equally essential to ensure that your dog’s joints and mobility are taken care of through a diet that provides sufficient fatty acids and calcium, to name a few.
Can You Customise Your Order for Joint Chews for Dogs?
People who have arthritis know how painful and excruciating it can be. We want to spare our dogs the terrible condition as far as possible and have various products to keep their joints healthy.
Our Bone Broth, which is a natural superfood, is rich in trace minerals, gelatine, glycine, phosphorous and other elements that are easily absorbed, ease arthritis and joint pain, and is also great for nails and hair.
Why not order a variety of products for skin, teeth, bones, and joints, as well as some treats, and wrap them in a basket for your four-legged friend’s next birthday?
Talking about birthdays – let us make your dog’s next birthday party as special as it can get – from Pupcakes and Doggy Donuts to a special birthday pack for every furry guest.
Why Chica and Co is Cost-Effective
Chica and Co has an extensive range of products for any condition or allergy that your dog might have, as well as treats that are not only super tasty but contain all the elements to keep your paw pal healthy and happy. Although the pet food industry in Australia doesn’t have to list preservatives, additives, or chemicals, you can rest assured that if you get it from us, it’s good enough for you too.
We don’t only care about our animals, but also the environment. We offer your delivery in 100% recyclable plastic pouches or recycled paper bags, with paper labels printed using soy-based ink. However, we deliver our seafood products and baked goodies in traditional plastic bags that are 100% recyclable.
Visit our farmer’s market, which we attend two to three times a week, for that special treat for which your friend cannot wait.
Why should only humans enjoy sushi? And why should only their favourite dishes be called fancy names? Contact us today to order your dog’s favourite treat or food that’ll ease that itchy or sensitive skin or stomach.