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Kidney Failure or Disease in Cats

Kidney Disease / Failure in Cats

Kidneys are a vital role in any animals anatomy. Basically, they are designed to filter the bloodstream and expel any toxins via the urine.

Kidney failure is pretty self explanatory and is when the kidneys start failing to do their job effectively and efficiently.

So why do the kidneys start to fail in the first place? There are a number of considerations to make and tests that would need to be done before your Vet will come to the conclusion of Kidney Disease/Failure, but one of the most important things to realize is the importance of a good species appropriate diet to ensure the greatest chance of life longevity is given to your kitty.

Cats are obligatory carnivores (meaning they need to eat a whole meat diet to get the essential vitamins and minerals they require for optimal health), and as such they and their organs are not quite as resilient as omnivorous animals and will usually show signs of suffering from poor diet choices much sooner than say a pet dog for example.

The most common serious health concern I see in pet cats today is Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). I have many people approach me with their kitties that have just been diagnosed with this and after some research are looking for a more natural way to feed their cat. We can make the change, but dependant on the severity of the condition, it is heart breaking for both them and myself when we sometimes discover it is too little too late. ☹

I always implore people with cats or kittens to learn more about their fur friends nutritional needs and hope that they make the right choices for them from the beginning or before a chronic illness is diagnosed.

Both you and your feline friend will thank you for it.

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Is BARF cheaper then feeding kibble?

Is BARF cheaper then feeding kibble?

Most people that learn about feeding a raw food diet or BARF to their pet, would be more than happy to make the change and help their fur friend live as long and healthy a life they can, but all too often, people don’t make the switch, the most common reason why?... Financial.

In a predominantly money driven world, cost is taken into account when making decisions on everything. And more often than not, people choose to pay $120/month on the bag of kibble they buy rather than $150/month on Raw & Fresh.

Unfortunately comparing a commercial pet food diet i.e. kibble/dry food to Raw & Fresh is of course like comparing apples and oranges - they’re completely different products!

So I thought I’d share my perspective on this.

Feeding a Raw & Fresh / BARF diet is most likely going to cost more at the checkout than most kibbles, but have you weighed up all the costs that it will be saving you over the months or years at the vet?

For example, the most common health concern in pets these days is obesity and health matters related to it i.e. breathing difficulty, osteoarthritis, heart conditions, diabetes, high blood pressure and an increased risk of developing malignant tumors. And you know the best way to manage weight is, just like humans, with fresh unprocessed foods, like Raw & Fresh!

Unfortunately merely by loving pets too much and feeding them highly processed foods and too many sugar filled treats, humans can actually be doing more damage than good!

Or another example, people come to me who are spending a small fortune on steroid creams to help their pet overcome their allergies, but are inadvertently hindering any efforts by continuing to feed them the kibble the pet is actually allergic to! Once they make the switch to Raw & Fresh, they no longer have to visit the vet constantly and buy medications to set them back $200+ per month.

If you have a pet that is spending too much time (and money) at the vet, get in touch with us today to see if changing to a Raw & Fresh diet can help them on their way to a healthier (virtually vet-less) future.

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Why does my dog scratch all the time?

Why does my dog scratch all the time?

Scratching, it’s a part of life for all living beings. We just get itchy from time to time! But do you find your dog is scratching ALL the time? 

This can be for a number of reasons, boredom or anxiety, hormonal imbalances, dry skin, parasites, but the most common hidden reason of all is ALLERGIES, in particular FOOD ALLERGIES.

Not many people realise but though dogs and cats exterior looks have changed over the thousands of years they’ve been around, their anatomies have not changed at all. Which means they still require a primarily carnivorous diet (completely carnivorous for felines). I’m not sure about you, but I’ve never bought a bag of kibble and inside was a fresh steak and chicken drumstick waiting to be eaten! 

Kibbles (dry pet foods) today are made up of primarily everything that cats and dogs are not meant to eat and most certainly not designed to thrive on! Corns, grains, potato, rice, wheat, cereal, tapioca are the cheap bulking agents used to make up the base of most kibbles and then some meat by-products are chucked in to give it meat flavour and the manufacturer is also able to label it with that meat by-product to fool people into thinking it has that meat in it. 

In short, while your pet is resilient and can survive on these carbohydrate based ingredients as their diet, their body is constantly trying to break it down to get what little they can from it nutritionally. Eating this way means a lot of pets will face a FOOD ALLERGY in their lifetime and it will not go away unless their diet is changed to a more natural state. 

If you think your pet might be suffering from a FOOD ALLERGY, check out our 30 Day Challenge or contact us directly at sales@eastcoastdogs.com.au and let’s get them started on a healthier, happier path today! 

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What is in grain free kibble?

What is in grain free kibble?

Grain free pet foods have become very popular of late. This is mainly due to consumers believing they are purchasing a superior product and the increasing awareness that our pooches should not be eating a diet heavily laden with wheat and grains.

The misconception people often face on a grain free kibble is that this “new” diet is somehow “better” or “low-carb” for example without questioning what is actually in this food? Grain free does not mean carbohydrate free and in some brands of kibble, the carbohydrate levels can actually be higher then wheat and grain.

When a kibble is “grain-free” those grains are often replaced with potato starch, tapioca and other cheap highly processed carbohydrates. Again this doesn’t improve your pooches or cats diet as they are still eating a high carbohydrate, highly processed diet.

Our dogs are meant to eat a diet consisting of fresh protein (meat), fats, offal and little carbohydrates (fruit and veg). This diet is also commonly referred to as the BARF diet meaning Biological Appropriate Raw Food. In layman’s terms, a diet solely designed for dogs in accordance with their species, instinct and nature.

For further information please contact East Coast Dogs or write us an email at sales@eastcoastdogs.com.au www.eastcoastdogs.com.au

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East Coast Dogs Team.

 

 

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What is the ideal diet for my pet?

What is the ideal diet for my pet?

 

An easy answer you would think! However, in a world of mass marketing, fancy packaging and every product promising the world – weight loss, bright shiny coat, teeth cleaning etc it becomes very confusing!

Let’s get back to basics!

Starting from a human perspective, our diet should be balanced, eating a wide variety of fresh vegetables, protein, good fats and carbohydrates. It goes without saying that a diet consisting of highly processed foods with lots of carbohydrate and sugar isn’t going to be a healthy one! It increases the risk of many terrible diseases including diabetes, heart disease and cancer to name a few. So if we know that that type of diet is bad for us, lets ask what goes into out pet food, majority of which is dry biscuits (kibble). Kibble – highly processed, mainly consisting of cheap carbohydrates (grain, wheat, potato starch) low quality protein – animal by product and fat by product (left over bones and tissue, boiled, crushed and turned into animal by product and fat) preservatives for long shelf life and synthetic vitamins and minerals.

What should a dog eat?

If again we look back to the past, we know that dogs are descendants of wolves which are carnivores (meat eaters) if we look at dog’s teeth, they have sharp canines designed for ripping and tearing meat. Dogs have a natural instinct to eat meat and also have a short intestine track which is also another sign of a carnivorous animal. So if dogs are carnivores and their species is designed to eat meat, why do we feed them a diet solely full of highly processed carbohydrates, synthetic vitamins, meat by products, fillers, colour’s and preservatives?

Our dogs should be eating a diet they are designed to eat. Fresh meat, Offal (liver, heart, kidneys etc) and a small amount of fresh vegetables (note – some veg is toxic to dogs!) Dogs thrive on this type of diet because they are eating what they are designed to eat, it really is that simple!

For more information on your dogs or pets diet, please contact us at sales@eastcoastdogs.com.au or visit our website at www.eastcoastdogs.com.au

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What does BARF dog food mean?

What does BARF dog food mean?

BARF is an acronym that means “Biologically Appropriate Raw Food”

What is BARF?

BARF is a diet that is based around the principles of their evolutionary nutrition. DNA from over thousands and thousands of years has showed us that dogs were once descendants of wolves. During these times wolves and later dogs, ate their food in the wild, No supermarkets or flashy looking bags of pet foods out there! Dogs ate other animals, and in doing so ate protein, fat, organs which contain high levels of vitamins and minerals and very little carbohydrates which were often in the form of grasses and the stomach contents of animals they killed.

Only over the last 100 or so years have humans changed the diets of our pets are which now mainly consist of high amounts of carbohydrates (grains, wheat, rice, starches etc) synthesised vitamins and minerals, preservatives for extended shelf life, meat and fat by products (left over bones, tendons/ tissue unable to be used for humans) and all packaged in a nice shiny bag. One only has to question is this food actually good for our dogs? At present there is an epidemic of sick dogs of which up to 46% die from cancer and debilitating diseases.

 

Why should dogs eat a BARF diet?

When you look at dog’s teeth, you will notice that they are sharp at the front, designed for ripping and tearing meat. Dogs have a short digestive tract which is another sign of a carnivorous animal. Dogs also have a natural drive to consume meat. Their anatomy shows us that dogs are a carnivorous species and therefore naturally designed to eat meat. This is why dogs should be consuming a BARF diet as its what they are designed to eat!

 

What do you put in a BARF diet?

A BARF diet consists of fresh meat free of preservatives, fats, fresh offal (liver, kidneys, heart etc) and small amounts of fresh vegetables (spinach, carrots etc)

 

For more information on BARF diets please contact us at sales@eastcoastdogs.com.au or check out our website for further information on raw food for dogs and cats.   

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How to look after your dog this summer!

How to look after your dog this summer!

We all love summer, being out in the warm sunshine, going to the beach, BBQ’s galore but what happens when we are at work and the temperatures are soaring for our loved pooches! We have a few tips to help your pooch cope with the heat but also give you an insight into some of the signs of heat distress!

Water! And lots of it! Your pooch needs clean fresh water daily – and a lot of it! Don’t use a small little dish for their water, if in doubt fill up a big bucket so they have a large supply. They will often put their paws in the water to cool themselves down also. If you have a small kiddies pool they are also great for your dog to have a soak and cool down.

Cooling vests! Yes, they exist! They are vests worn by your dog and are designed for small cold packs to be placed inside the vest keeping your pooch cool.

Taking your dog out for exercise on hot days isn’t a good idea! Not only is the pavement super hot whilst walking, dogs can get severely dehydrated in the heat and over heat which can be fatal! Walk your dog in the mornings or at night when it isn’t too hot.

Bring your dog inside! For some people that have dogs that are only “outside dogs” bring them inside and set up a secluded area for them, i.e. in the kitchen, laundry or bathroom. Due to the hot weather they often wont be very energetic and are more likely to lay down and keep cool. If they are going to remain outside, it’s essential they have adequate shade out of the sun. They must also have constant supervision to ensure they are not showing the signs of dehydrating or overheating.

Signs of dehydration

 

  • Nose – Dry and chapped
  • Warm to touch
  • Lethargic and visibly tired
  • Mouth – Dry mouth with think saliva
  • Excessive panting
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Unsteady and wobbly on feet
  • Dark concentrated urine

 

If you see any of these warning signs you need to act fast, as if untreated it can be fatal. Please consult your veterinarian if your pooch is showing one or more of these signs.

For any more information please contact sales@eastcoastdogs.com.au

East Coast Dogs Team

 

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Some tips to avoid fly strike this summer!

Some tips to avoid fly strike this summer!

What is Fly Strike?

Fly strike, also called Myiasis is caused by flies that irritate and bite your dog’s ears. It often occurs near the edges of your dog’s ears however in extreme cases can be seen on your dogs face. The disease generally occurs in warmer months. It is very painful and if not treated at the first signs can lead to fly eggs being laid in the infected tissue and hatching into maggots.

What to do if my dog has fly strike?

As with any cases if your unsure of the health or wellbeing of your pooch, consult your trusted veterinarian. There are however a few tips to treating and preventing fly strike.

  • Keep the infected area clean and gently wash with warm water and a mild antiseptic wash. Tea tree oil has also been used to aid in the treatment and has many antifungal/ anti viral properties.
  • If it’s a hot day, bring your pooch inside away from the flies
  • Keep your dog’s area clean from any droppings or food scrapes that are likely to attract flies
  • Plant a basil plant! Not only can you use it in the kitchen, but its scent deters flies
  • Natural based fly traps are also available in stores such as Bunnings to reduce the amount of flies on your property.

Fly Strike is very painful for our pooches and animals so it is essential to do what you can to firstly prevent flies but secondly treat your pooch at the first signs of the bites.

For any questions please write to us at sales@eastcoastdogs.com.au

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How do I clean my dog’s teeth?

How do I clean my dog’s teeth?

Bones!

People often think that kibble (dry biscuits) help clean our dog’s teeth, however, this is quite the contrary! It’s essentially the equivalent of us humans eating cookies and thinking that they will clean our teeth, as we all know, they don’t! Dental disease is one of the main leading illness’s in dogs today so when you smell bad breath, this is not normal! A dogs breath should not be smelly.

So why Bones?

When a dog chews raw meaty bones, the tissue and sinew (tough fibrous tissue) aid in removing plaque off the teeth and between the teeth. When they chew, it also provides a gum massage that increases blood circulation to the gums. Not only that, raw meaty bones contain essential protein, fats and calcium.

Bones are a great natural product as they have not been processed, filled with chemicals, preservatives, and coloured with dye to look like the colours of the rainbow!

For more information on raw feeding please contact us at sales@eastcoastdogs.com.au or check out our website at www.eastcoastdogs.com.au

 

East Coast Dogs Team.

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How much raw dog food to feed?

How much raw dog food to feed?

How much raw dog food to feed?

As a general rule, dogs should be eating approximately 2-3% of their body weight daily. This will vary depending on the dog’s energy and activity levels. If your pet is overweight and needing to lose a few extra kilo’s, feed them closer to 2% of their body weight and give them more exercise. If your pet is underweight, or has high activity levels, closer to 3% should be fed.

We recommend feeding your dog their required amount over 2 meals per day as this is better for their digestion (and helps to avoid bloat in larger breeds) as well as it stops them scouring all day looking for food. If need be though, you can feed them in one sitting.

Dog Weight 5kg 10kg 15kg 20kg 25kg 30kg 35kg 40kg 45kg 50kg
2% 100g 200g 300g 400g 500g 600g 700g 800g 900g 1KG
3% 150g 300g 450g 600g 750g 900g 1.05KG 1.2KG 1.350KG 1.5KG

For Puppies, below in a feeding percentage amount depending on the pups age by weeks. As shown below, growing pups can consume up to 10% of their bodyweight. Please click on the guide to see amounts.

If you're unsure how much your dog should be eating, please contact us at sales@eastcoastdogs.com.au

East Coast Dogs Team

 

 

 

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