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A BLOG ABOUT REALLY HEALTHY THINGS.

(FOR ANIMALS.)

Why are you all such jerks?

tick treatment

No, not you personally. You guys are the best.

The reason I pose that purely hypothetical question is that I recently put up a couple of Instagram stories about how I am (apparently) a terrible mother because I give my dog chemical flea and tick treatments. I explained in them that I make absolutely no apologies for doing this because I live in a very high-risk Paralysis Tick area, and it’s really shitty that people are judged for the choices they make when it comes to the care of their animals. I don’t like giving my dog chemicals and for the first four years I owned him, I didn’t. But I also really, really like him and I don’t want any harm to come of him, especially if I could have prevented it. These products are FAR from perfect. I am aware of the risks and I’ve made an informed choice. It’s mine to make.

But I didn’t really think much of it. I needed an Instagram story to put up and I had just given the treatment that day and compulsively taken a photo of it.

I was completely overwhelmed by the response I received, on both Instagram and Facebook, from people who had been similarly shamed for giving their pets chemical treatments, as well as from people who had been shamed for NOT giving chemical treatments. You can’t bloody win! And that’s kind of what inspired me to write this post, which is realistically going to end up being a fairly pointless rant (I can feel it).

I love that there are these really tight knit little communities of animal loving dog and cat freaks, waging war against multinational conglomerates who are seemingly out to poison our treasured pets with endless streams of processed junk food and overmedication. I do. But can be all just back the hell off each other a bit? I am a member of a zillion raw feeding groups on Facebook but I don’t follow any of them, I have all notifications turned off and I almost never participate because they give me major anxiety.

The world of fresh feeding is confusing and overwhelming enough with just the corporations to contend with; when you add in a bunch of strangers on the internet criticising every single thing you do or every question you ask or every bit of input you offer, it makes me want to slam my laptop shut and feed my dog Pal in protest. The point of this post is not to offer the answers one way or the other (that’d be impossible and totally contradictory to the point I’m making); more than anything, it’s really just to say “I get it.” It’s OK to not know everything and get overwhelmed. I do. There is almost never one single right answer to a question. I’m still learning and my opinion on many things has changed over time and will continue to change in the future. The person who types the loudest isn’t necessarily the most knowledgeable. And even if they are, it’s OK to do something different. You’re not a bad person if you don’t feed your pets gourmet meals that look like the animal equivalent of an Instagram yogi’s smoothie bowl for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s OK to not give them breakfast or lunch at all. It’s OK to give your pets chemical treatments and vaccinations if you feel that it is the best choice for them (and for you). It’s OK not to, too. If someone disagrees with you in a comments thread, it’s OK to turn off notifications and walk away (trust me, I do it ALL the time and you WILL feel better for it). Don’t worry what everyone else is doing. Don’t give up. Don’t panic. Breathe.

There are heaps of really great resources out there and heap of really average ones. Find the ones that work for you and chuck the rest in the bin. My door is always open, and you are totally welcome to email me, Facebook me, Instagram me, call me, turn up at my house, whatever. I have free resources HERE and all of my nutrition products cover the most common concerns and have loads of flexibility built in to suit different lifestyles and levels of experience. If you buy a nutrition plan and you are finding it too much work, email me and I can give you my recommendations for commercial products to use as a base or a backup. Ask me stuff! I love it. Honest.

And remember to breathe…

The Unique Nutritional Needs of Cats

Leo the cat

At a glance, the digestive system and all of its extremities is pretty similar when comparing dogs and cats. Both have sharp pointy teeth for ripping flesh, they lack flat molars for grinding plant matter, their jaws are hinged and don’t move from side to side, neither produces salivary amylase (amylase is the enzyme in our saliva that begins the digestion ofRead More

Yes, You Can Feed Chicken to Your Dog. (Probably.)

chicken breast

You heard me. CON-TRO-VERSIAL. I know.

If you’ve been reading about raw feeding for a while, you have probably come up against an article or someone in a Facebook group, or even a nutritionist who says you shouldn’t feed your dog chicken. Blanket rule: no chicken. I recently encountered someone Read More

Green Tripe: Canine Superfood?

green-tripe

You know how you hear about all of those perfect foods that can sustain human life because they contain every nutrient we need for health, like bee pollen or spirulina? Mmmm delicious. Dust for breaky again. Well green tripe is the doggy equivalent of this, except it’s more like if chocolate was the most nutritious food you could buy in the sense that they Read More

Why does my dog smell like corn chips?

dog on bed

If your dog has never smelled like corn chips then that probably sounds like a completely ridiculous question. She’s finally lost it. But I would bet my bottom dollar that at least half of you thought “YES! Why does my dog smell like corn chips?!”

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Squeezing the Juice – For Your Dog

vegetable-juice-dogs

The single factor that stands between me and glowing skin, a svelte figure and weekly juice cleanses is that my juicer is so bloody annoying to clean. Honestly. I love fresh vegetable juice. It makes me feel like I’ve just had ten coffees and done a yoga retreat. It’s probably mostly psychological, but I love it nonetheless. I used to really struggle with theRead More

Why should I feed plants to my carnivore?

green-cauliflower-leaves

Good question, glad you asked.

There are definitely different schools of thought among “raw feeders” when it comes to feeding plant matter to dogs. If you’re brave enough to tackle the comments sections of raw feeding Facebook groups (braver than I!) you will find many, many people arguing that dogs are Read More

Going Green Without Going Green

Plant based abundance bowl

Today is World Animal Day. As an animal nutritionist, the obvious take on this is to celebrate how we can contribute to the improved welfare of animals through feeding them fresh, healthy, species appropriate foods. And we should celebrate this!

But in the case of dogs, this must come at the expense of another animal’s life. It is an Read More

Sharing is Not Always Caring

Italian Greyhound with toast

I am all for sharing as many foods as possible with my dog. I shop for his food at the same time as my own. He eats my yogurt and kefir and coconut oil and my ridiculously expensive organic eggs. It’s somehow much easier to justify giving him a little bit of these things every now and then when I already have them on hand for myself. I will also ‘fess up that in a Read More

Keeping it TOO Simple

Tex-Perkins-kelpie

I’m a huge fan of keeping it simple. I’ve spent a fair amount of time ranting into this here ether about how much I hate superfoods and buzzwords, and I do stand by much of that.

But I had an interesting experience recently, which has led me to review my philosophy somewhat. And I love that. I love that I am always learning and experiencing new things and Read More

Fasting Your Dog to Wellness

empty dog bowl

I am the first to admit that I have tried just about every wellness fad under the sun. And you know what, I still do a lot of them. I reckon “wellness” gets a bad wrap. Who doesn’t want to be well?! I understand why it does and I do agree that it has been somewhat problematically wielded to hawk products that are not in any way representative of what a Read More

Lazy bones: Healthy Food Hacks for the Time Poor

raw turkey wing

Once a week, she said. OK, once a fortnight. Monthly is a good compromise. And then I disappeared into a puff of smoke. I know, I’ve been absent. In my defence, I have been hosting sold out workshops, consulting with all sorts of exciting clients and packing up my worldly possessions in anticipation of moving my whole life about 1600 kilometres north. But it’sRead More

5 Foods to Boost Your Dog’s Health

organic garlic at farmers market

I love food. I think it’s magical. I love perusing the mountains of fresh produce at the market and knowing that I have the power to take those raw ingredients and create nourishing meals for myself and for my friends and for my family. I love knowing that these meals have the power to make us feel good and look good and smell good (what? Tex is family too). I truly Read More

A-Z of Natural Foods for Dogs
raw dog food meal

There are SO many more than 26 topics I could cover on the subject of natural foods for dogs, but just for fun, here is an A – Z.

Alfalfa is a powerful natural supplement that contains vitamins A, B1, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, D, E, K and U, beta-carotene, biotin, folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron, Read More

Dogs: Omnivore or Carnivore?

fresh vegetables at Ceres organic market

Ah, the age old debate. Well, maybe not age old. Few decades old. A generation, tops.

Nevertheless, it’s a question I am asked often. Is my dog an omnivore or a carnivore? And I can completely understand why you would ask this; looking around at commercially available foods for dogs and even many homemade dog food recipes, Read More

Give Your Dog A Bone Part II

dog with a bone

There are two important things to take away from this post. The first is the importance of giving your dog a bone. The second is the importance of thinking through your blog post titles. This is “part two,” because I already wrote a post with this title, despite the fact that it had little to nothing to do with giving your dog a bone. Lesson learned.

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Allergy Fighting Smoothie Recipe (for dogs)

allergy fighting meal for dogs

Spring is upon us and with that comes all of the joys of warmer weather. For me personally, my mood is heavily impacted by the weather and come August I am totally exhausted by winter and often feeling pretty flat. The sun and warmth that September brings Read More

Give Your Dog a Bone

sesame milk

I have a confession to make.

I am really, acutely aware that “holistic canine nutrition,” as an industry, sounds like a load of wank. It’s up there with paleo, charging twenty dollars for a jar of fermented cabbage and anything with the word “bespoke” in front of it nowadays.

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Who. What. Why.

Tex Perkins the black and tan kelpie

Hello. Welcome to HUNDE.

The main goal of this blog is to provide a space for educating pet owners about feeding their animals a natural diet so that they can be as healthy and happy as possible. It’s a topic fraught with contradiction and it can be overwhelming.

Personally, I’m Clare.

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