We believe that when you buy a dog, you are committing to giving them the best life you can. That means love, exercise and the healthiest diet. They are never with us long enough, so it’s a commitment well worth making. We can’t help you with the love and exercise, we know you have that covered. We are concentrating on providing you with the most convenient way to feed your dog meals they love and keeps them healthy. Happy healthy dogs for a longer life, with the added bonus of less vet bills, it’s an easy decision!
All our meals are:
- Lightly cooked by a professional chef using human grade meat, fish and vegetables
- We never use preservatives or any chemicals, every meal is 100% natural food
- We lightly cook all meals fresh, vacuum sealed and snap freeze for maximum nutritional value
- Every ingredient was highly researched to ensure best blend for maximum health and final menu done in consultation with highly respected Vet Dr Kate Gittings BVSc.
- We deliver to your door weekly
- Not only are our meals high nutritional, dogs love them and we think yours will too!
In 2013 our beautiful dog Bear injured his knee while out on our daily walk together. Not only did we find out he had wrecked his ACL and needed a knee reconstruction, we discovered he had arthritis in both knees and had hip dysplasia! He was only seven years old at the time and we were devastated for him.
The first step was for him to have a knee reconstruction and once he recovered from that, the goal was to help maintain the best quality of life for him we could. Our Vet told us he would have to be restricted to very slow and short walks of no more than fifteen minutes. That wasn’t good news as he loved his exercise so much. We were also told going up and down stairs was not going to help him. So we moved house where he wouldn’t have to climb stairs any longer.
It occurred to me that if diet could make so much difference to humans and their health, why would dogs be any different? Why wouldn’t anti – inflammatory foods make a difference to him as it does with humans? Just because it says on the packaging that processed dog kibble is the healthiest option, why would that be right? After a very short time doing research I was convinced that natural food might help him. I changed his diet to different combinations of chicken, fish, beef, vegetables and rice. Within a very short time we noticed he was moving more freely and after three years he moves better than he was four years ago, before he got injured. He is now ten years old, has beautiful shiny coat and couldn’t be healthier!
I became inspired to find out more about Dog nutrition and the effect it can have on a dogs health and longevity. Not surprisingly I have discovered that as with humans, processed food is not the best diet for dogs. I had been giving my dog unconditional love, making sure he got daily exercise, but was missing the last part of the equation, the healthiest diet to ensure he lives as long and happy a life as possible. So I decided to go into the business of feeding dogs natural human quality food and work with people that love dogs and believe in giving them the best food possible. As humans we have the choice as to what we feed our bodies, but our dogs rely on us to make that decision for them. We believe that natural human quality food, lightly cooked offers the best nutritional value for dogs. We look forward to delivering our meals to your door and helping you give your furry friends the best of nutritional health.
Our Veterinary Consultant
Meet our brilliant Consultant, Dr Kate Gittings BVSc – Principal Vet and Owner Torquay and Surf Coast Veterinary Clinics
FFD: Kate, can you remember at what point in your life you decided to become a vet and what drove the decision?
Dr Kate: I can’t remember ever wanting to be anything else! I’ve always loved animals and to care for them is all I’ve ever wanted to do, so I put in the hard yards to be able to do the job I love.
FFD: What do you enjoy most about the job you do at your clinic in Torquay?
Dr Kate: Knowing that every day, in some way I have benefited the wellbeing of an animal.
FFD: What made you get your dog Clancy and cats Sunny, Izzy and Rainbow from a rescue centre and what advice can you give people when choosing a rescue dog?
Dr Kate: For correctness ….. they we’re saviours from the clinics I’ve worked at, not from actual rescue centres…… and unfortunately – Clancy wasn’t a rescue ….my old dog Rose was, and all the cats are……. There are so many unwanted litters produced each year, at the clinic ALL unwanted re-home able cats and kittens that pass through our doors have been adopted out to loving homes. I’m just one of the lucky people that gets in early to choose a favourite. When choosing someone to adopt the four main factors to consider are 1-temperament (active/docile) 2-size (do you have the room for a large dog?) 3-coat (are you prepared to invest in grooming time?) 4-do you have other family members (both human and pet)? they need to get along, there are many more but this is a starting point. I applied the adoption rules for both dogs and cats mostly.
FFD: The three things that comes to mind as part of the commitment to buying a dog is providing love, exercise and a healthy diet. What other pieces of key advice should people consider when bringing a dog into their life? in no particular order
- Lifespan – the average life span is 12 years for a dog maybe longer, can this commitment be met?
- Veterinary fee’s – annual vaccinations, flea and worm treatments are the bare minimum, but what if something goes wrong? pet insurance can be a great idea to help out here.
- Grooming – depending on the type of dog how great the need for this is?
- Other family member`s feelings both human and other pets.
- What will you do on holidays?
- Can your home/yard be secured?
- Can you commit the time to them?
FFD: Kate what is the best way to transition a dog from processed dog food to natural food to make it as smooth as possible?
Dr Kate: Like every change in diet, Gradually. Whenever a change in diet is made, always start with the old diet at approx 80% and the new diet at 20%, then change the portions( to increase the new food and decrease the old food) over the course of a week until the old food is phased out and the new one in. This applies to dogs that have not had exposure to fresh food. However, always important to introduce new food and animal proteins gradually. It is not uncommon for some dogs to have problems with a specific animal protein, so important to introduce new ones slowly and not start with 6 different protein meals in their first week.