LOVING OUR PETS,
FEEDING THEM NATURE'S FOODWe are a family who love our animals. We have been blessed with wonderful pets who played a large role in rearing our daughter!
Our first experience of raw feeding happened twenty years ago with our bullmastiff , Kismet.
For the first two years of her life, Kismet was plagued by health problems. The worst of these was a skin condition which would start as a rash and erupt into raw open sores. After may conventional treatments (anti-biotics, cortisone) we were advised to put our gorgeous girl down and end her suffering. In desperation we searched for an holistic vet.
The problem was simple - food! This vet told us to get her off pellets and onto real food - as nature intended her to eat. Her life was literally saved by switching her from an extremely expensive kibble /pellet dog food to the raw, real food diet. She lived a long, happy and healthy life.
We became fascinated with this diet, and read everything we could get our hands on. More details on the barf diet and natural pet-rearing can be found on the why we feed a raw diet page. Everything we read confirmed our experience that natural raw food made for happy healthy dogs and cats. So, when we got to getting our new puppies we wanted to start off right.
We fed Satchmo and Kaesha on food which combines raw meaty bones, vegetables, fruit, and herbs from the day they came to us. The result was two healthy, happy pups with silky coats, white teeth, clean breath, and fantastic natures.
Seeing this, we switched our cat to natural raw cat food. What a change! She was an old cat, and we had put her lethargy down to age. Within two days the results were visible. She became playful again, and her "inner kitten" got back to getting up to all sorts of delightful mischief! Her hair-shedding stopped, and her coat became shiny and soft.
We were so excited by the changes in our animals that we couldn't stop telling our friends about it. Many of them asked to try our food for their animals.
One friend whose dog suffered from constant diarrhea reported that he had normal stools for the first time in his life. This was after many vet visits and attempts at treatment. Another friend said that she hadn't even realised that her dog was depressed. She thought that his lethargy and his anxiety were simply a part of his nature. With a change to raw food, she watched him change into a confident, lively dog.
We decided that it was time to make this food available to other people. We have been so happy to see the results. Some pictures at the end of this page tell stories of our client's pets. Dogs and cats with itchy skins have found relief on the raw diet. The owners were happier too. Bad dog and cat smells had cleared up. The animals had less stools. Vet bills were getting less. We remain a home-based business, situated in Cape Town, South Africa
"Give a Dog a Bone”
of the Day”
are our ready-mixed complete raw meals for dogs and cats, each available in
a variety of flavours. We are now making this food available to
All our meals our made from fresh produce which is fit for human consumption. We only use free-range chicken, and wherever possible, we use organic ingredients.
meals contain the correct proportions of raw meat, bone, offal, vegetables,
fruit and supplements recommended by the natural diet specialists We do
not use any cereals or grains. The fresh food is minced and
packaged as frozen meals in 1kg or 500g re-sealable bags.
Careful research has allowed us to ensure that these meals
are balanced according to your pets needs. They are also very tasty and
easy to serve.
Your dog and cat food will give your pets all the nutrition
need. The only supplement we recommend is salmon oil as an
Omega 3 source. This is because this oil does not retain its
nutritional value with freezing.
teeth and for muscle co-ordination, treat your pet to whole raw meaty
bones - beef marrow bones, turkey drumsticks, chicken necks and chicken
carcasses are available for purchase. We also stock whole
pilchards which are a treat for both dogs and cats., and a natural source of Omega 3.
Last, but not least are those little extra treats - we have a range of preservative-free
dried meat treats, as well as baked dog and cat treats available.
We also stock a range of herbal supplements for animals with health problems - including dog and cat skin itch relief, help for arthritis and others.
Full details of all that we have available can be found on the On the Menu page. If you are new to raw feeding, you will find advice for changing your pet's diet on the How to feed raw pet food page.
from Well-Fed Friends
Please send us your pictures and comments by e-mail and we will upload them here
|Newcomers to "Give a Dog a Bone" dog food and "Catch of the Day" cat food:|
Zuli and Bailey
They love it :)
All the Best,
We’re doing very well. Berry loves his food and has had no problem with the immediate transition. I too am getting in to the routine of defrosting, weighing and feeding. As well as adding the egg, sardine and bones in-between.
Here is a picture of Berry – eating his egg this morning!Warm regards, Dean
Snitch and Khan
As you can see my cats are woolfing it down!
Think I might have no problem with the transition from pellets to raw! Typically they are eating out the same plates
even though I dished up 2!
Thanks for everything have a great weekend!
Jasmine and Tyson
LOVING their new food!
Thanks for the food and advice. The dogs really love the food and we will def continue with you guys. I can already see change in my boy after two days
Yvette and Stefan
Many thanks, Indy is doing SO well on the food
and loving her healthy immune system.
Miss Indy - Sleeping Beauty
What attentive customer service you offer – thank you.
Thanks so much, the dogs are really thriving on it!
I have to say Neena is mad about the food and I will definitely order some more. Kind Regards, Gilly
thank you for your YUMMY FOOD. i love the chicken the most. ive turned into a piggie and cant wait till my next meal..
its made me feel much better and now that my mummy put me on this food i havent been to that horrible vet place again..
Your low-fat mix has been just what I need to get myself back in shape for summer.
In fact, I turned quite a few heads the last time I was down at the beach.
Not bad for a 91-doggy-year-old lady like myself, heh?
And it's all thanks to your diet
Now if I can just get the hyperactive collie upstairs to settle down when it's my naptime...
Paws 'n love,
"Salty loves the food. He cannot get enough of it - so far no complaints from him apart from he has to wait several hours until his next feed.
Our little one, Muttley, has taken an interest, so we are giving him a spoonful on his pellets, so that he does not feel like he is missing out. Once he has finished his pellets I will move him over to the new diet.
I might be seeing things but Salty seems to be a little friskier than normal."
I have a Boerboel with Aortic Stenosis (he is sadly only 3)
and a lively 3 year old Labrador-cross who recently
had a cruciate repair
so diet is super important.
Dogs loving the food..thanks!!! Just goes to show what a good raw diet can achieve (he has been VERY strictly on one since diagnosis 6 months ago).
Dozer's cardiologist was delighted with his progress…an incurable and inoperable heart condition has actually improved!
The heart rate and beat is more regular and the thickening of
the heart wall has REDUCED!
He says to carry on whatever
I am doing!
"I struggled for years to get Cash on a diet which he enjoyed eating. He hates kibble and with his sensitive tummy, I couldn't feed him anything else. When I learned that the kibble I was giving him was actually a very low-grade product (even though I paid hundreds a month for it!), I decided to explore other options.
We tried homecooking according to Dr. Pitcairn's guidelines, but my yorkies still had runny tummies and very bad breath. And it was still expensive.
Once we tried Give a Dog a Bone's barf diet, my Yorkshire Terriers loved it! Within two weeks, their breath was much nicer, their coats are shiny, their teeth are strong and white and the best of all, I don't have to struggle to get him to eat anymore! He wolfs down his food and keeps asking for more.
My Yorkies and I love the raw food - and it's so easy to feed it! "
Callicoon's Elzbieta of Coonstar Coonstar's Begunnie Coonstar's Coontucky Jumpin' Jack Flash
"I must tell you that Jack is your bestest fan! He gobbles that food down in no time"
"Just thought I'd let you know that our Maska Shiye (Navajo for Strong Son) has lost so much weight on this diet.
At the start of the show season in March this year, the judges consistently sent back a report saying he's a 'fatty-boom-boom' or 'needs to eat less hamburger'. At our annual Maine Coon Interest Group show in May he won the prize as Best Medium hair - which came with a large packet of dried food.
I immediately gave that away because I have no further use for it."
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