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LOVING OUR PETS,
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you for visiting our site, and for your interest in
a Dog a Bone"
of the Day" raw
dog and cat food.
On this page we want
to share our story of how we became raw feeders, and to tell
you more about our food
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 many conventional veterinary 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! The new 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 combined raw meaty bones with a little bit of 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 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 clear.
Flat Cat 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 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. That was six years ago now. 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. Over the six years, however, we have grown out of our small home kitchen, and As Nature Intended now has a home of its own in Muizenberg, six awesome chefs in the kitchen, a full-time driver for deliveries, and our wonderful office and shop manager.
You can find us on the corner of Albertyn and Clevedon Roads in Muizenberg. We would love you to come and visit!
"Give a Dog a
Bone” and “Cat
of the Day”
our ready-mixed raw meals for dogs and cats, each available in
a variety of flavours. Our
meals contain the correct proportions of raw meat, bone, offal,
fruit and supplements recommended by the natural diet
All our meals our made from fresh produce which is fit for human consumption. All our recipes have undergone the strict analysis and stringent testing required by the Dept of Agriculture, and our foods are registered under Act 36/1947. We only use free-range chicken, and wherever possible, we use organic ingredients. We do not use any cereals or grains. 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. The fresh food is minced and packed as frozen meals in 1kg, 500g, or 250g re-sealable bags. Your dog and cat food will give your pets all the nutrition they need. The only supplement we recommend is salmon oil as an Omega 3 source. This is because this oil loses its nutritional value with freezing.
For great teeth and for muscle co-ordination, treat your pet to whole raw meaty bones. Beef ribs and marrow bones, Turkey drumsticks and wings, Chicken necks and Chicken carcasses are available for purchase. We also stock whole pilchards which are great for both dogs and cats., and a natural source of Omega 3. Here is the latest addition to our family - Mojo at 12 weeks old, enjoying his first beef rib.
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 the food that we have available can be found on the On the Menu page.
If you are new to raw feeding, the How to feed raw pet food page gives advice for changing your pet's diet.
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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:|
Badger is the cutest rescue pup brought to Muizenberg from Prince Albert. He was not expected to survive but with the help of TEARS vets and raw food - he has made it to over 3 kgMarion and Trevor
Here is a picture of my Boxer, Barbosa. If he could speak the human language, he would be saying:
“Yum, this free-range chicken meal is so fresh and tasty! My mom MUST love me!"
Phoenix - beautiful and clever
Mike and Moira
Sheba and Ezra - making us laugh :)
Daniela and Marcel
This is Tyson coming home after
being filled with morphine -
cant walk......but still wants his raw food!
Lilani and Duane
Here's a pic of one very happy well fed Basenji called Yebo!
Because of epileptic seizures we want to feed our dog fresh meat menus only. Our Basenji Yebo! is doing very well on your Give-a-dog-a-bone menus and he loves the carcasses, necks and bones very much.
We are sure it helps keep the seizures away, it makes Yebo's fur shiny and healthy and we have a very happy dog around the house. Thank you guys!
Myrthe, Marco and Yebo
My dogs have absolutely been loving the new food!
They are super excited at meal times and gobble it all up.
I think they are doing really well on it, their stools are way firmer etc.
Thank you for your continued good service and consistent good food. Here is a picture of Wolfie.
Clarence and Barnaby - Thank you Saskia for these awesome pics
|Some old favourites...|
"Oscar had itchy, flaky skin full of scabs. His face was swollen, he was losing hair, and he was scratching himself raw. He is about six months old now and seems to have inherited sarcoptic mange and also has a very diffficult immune system. He is allergic to everything.
Since being on the 'Give a Dog a Bone' raw chicken mince, combined with treatments, he has transformed from a frustrated itchy puppy to a playful, relaxed and very shiny dog. His skin condition is great.
His interaction with us is different too. He's more obedient, affectionate and alert"
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,
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
12 months later......
Here are some pics you might enjoy - Berry has grown into a gorgeous boy. He has been going to Cape Province Dog Club since he was a pup......they also encourage raw feeding.
Dear Chandre, Chris and Cheryl
Mom said you wanted some pics of me so I selected these ones so you could see how beautiful I am.
Also, you can see how fit I am from your yummy food Ben brings for me, and it makes me so fast that neither mom nor dad can ever catch me....
But then I get so thirsty that my tongue hangs almost to the ground, and guess what I am dreaming of after the bowl of water??? Yes, of course it's my supper...Mmmm
These are pics taken at Betty's Bay where mom and dad take me specially so I can run on the beach.
By the way, mom says to ask you (remember I told you she is quite technologically backward) where you put my pics up on Facebook 'cos she tried to show them to me but couldn't find the last ones you said you had put up. Shame, please can you help her 'cos her screams of frustration really hurt my ears.
Love Ms Daisy Lyddell
Olive, Bogart and Eva
Another happy little customer.......
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..
"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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