There are some really good quality, lightly processed foods on the market but feeding dogs wet or dry food from a pouch or can means that whilst they munch away, they won’t be provided with the fresh raw foods that are essential for puppy health, growth and (most importantly during the chilly winter months!), immunity.
Good nutrition is one of the most fundamental building blocks of life, so let’s ensure our puppies are developing the best way they can right from the start – handily, our vet approved Wickedly Raw Superfoods make this super easy…
Natural raw vitamin- and mineral-rich foods found in Wickedly Raw Superfoods are vital in supporting your puppy’s immunity and general health, and can be added to any food diet for puppies over 12 weeks old. Just one pinch a day will provide everything they need for a healthy, balanced diet.
As if that wasn’t enough, it’s also jam packed with goodies such as bilberry, cranberry and a whole host of good bacteria that can help strengthen your puppy’s immune system. The probiotic found in Wickedly Raw Superfoods has been proven to also aid digestive issues, eye health and bone density as well as preventing long-term health complications. Then there’s cranberry, great in helping slow down plaque build up in our dogs’ teeth, and flaxseed which can even help prevent major diseases such as cancer.
We know you love your puppy and want to give him or her the best start in life. Look after their health from the off, and watch them wag their tail with gratitude!
Your dog doesn’t have to feel left out this Halloween. Set doggy tails wagging with these homemade tasty pumpkin biscuits that are not only healthy, but really easy to make.
The ingredients can be found at any supermarket that does an organic range or your local health store. The finished product weight is around 300g or 40 small bites.
You can also make substitutes for certain ingredients. Organic raw coconut oil can be used in place of sunflower oil if you wish to reduce the fat content and coconut or quinoa flour can be used instead of spelt flour if your dog is gluten sensitive!
Organic Spelt flour: 200g
Organic Eggs: 1
Organic oats or millet flakes: 100g
Pumpkin seeds: 1 Tbsp
Organic (if possible) milled flaxseed: 1 Tbsp
Sunflower Oil: 2 Tbsp
1. Preheat oven to 180oC (Fan)
2. Peel and chop the pumpkin and boil until soft, drain and mash
3. Mix flour and oats in a large bowl with flaxseed
4. Beat the egg and add the oil then mix in to the dry ingredients and finally add the pumpkin and pumpkin seeds.
5. If the mix is too wet add some more flour, to dry add some water – looking for consistency of ball of dough
6. Lightly dust counter with flour and roll with a rolling pin until it is approximately 5mm thick
7.Cut into biscuit shapes or we found Halloween cookie cutters at Sainsbury’s
7. Place on baking tray and bake for 15-20 mins
8. Remove from oven and allow to cool
9. Place in an airtight container and use within 3 weeks.
We’d love to know what you think and see some photos of your baking skills!
This week in the press we read that Ed Sheeran feeds his dog Spinee Din Din Wickedy Raw Superfoods.
We’ve met Ed a couple of times, and as well as obviously being super talented, he’s a lovely chap and the fact a paw print is his signature means he’s all about four legged furries.
Maybe Ed could introduce Taylor Swift to Din Dins! Apparently she has a cat called Indie and a couple of Doberman Pinschers.
Check this cool piece of coverage out.
Ed's paw print logo
As much as we like to treat ourselves with sweets, chocolate and crisps, highly-processed, packaged pet food and treats can leave your precious pooch or much-loved moggie with health problems. As a nation of pets lovers, most of us Brits would never knowingly harm our pets, but the findings from a recent survey about the quirky ‘treats’ owners like to give their cats and dogs have sent our tails in a bit of spin.
Source: Pet Owners Association
Here’s a quick run down on why yummy treats are no-go goodies for cats and dogs:
Maize and corn are common allergens for dogs and cats and monosodium glutamate often creates a negative immune response in pets (and humans!). Hidden ingredients in crisps, such as onion powder, can also be dangerous to cats and dogs and onions can interfere with blood circulation and may cause hemolytic anaemia in cats and dogs.
You should never give your dog any kind of chocolate; it can cause seizures and even death in extreme cases. Chocolate contains methyl xanthine alkaloids (primarily theobromine and caffeine) which affect the use of an enzyme that controls hormonal and neurological function. It can cause excessive stimulation leading to increased heart rate, hyperactivity, seizures, coma and potentially death. Other effects seen with chocolate overdose amongst dogs are vomiting, diarrhoea, increased thirst, increased urination, and lethargy.
Cakes, sweets and biscuits should never be fed to a pet. They contain too much refined sugar and a high proportion of fat for a small animal. Giving a dog a small plain biscuit or a slice of buttered toast is the equivalent of giving it a hamburger in human terms.
Pizza and leftovers:
You should avoid feeding fatty foods such as pizza and burgers to your pet. Too much poor fat and table scraps can lead to pancreatitis and obesity. There are plenty of healthy treats that your cat and dog will enjoy just as much and raw foods are by far the best for your pets health. After all, pets aren’t biologically designed to eat processed foods or human snacks. And, more often than not the smelly breath, stinky wind, sore or dry skin are often linked to dietary issues.
It’s never too late to change a pet’s feeding habits and help improve their quality of life.
What a cruel twist of fate that for some dog and cat lovers, the mere sight of a four legged furry triggers, sneezing fits, uncontrollable scratching and runny noses.
It Isn’t Fur That Triggers a Sneezing Fit
Many allergy sufferers don’t realise it’s not the fur or hair on their pet that’s the problem. Flakes of skin called dander are what cause most allergic responses. Even if your dog is bald, you can still be allergic.
You might also be allergic to your pet’s saliva, either on the fur or when it comes in direct contact with your skin.
Hypoallergenic dog breeds can be a great option . Generally, dogs without hair or with continuously growing hair tend to be the most hypoallergenic dogs. However, some of these dogs, like Poodles will need to be kept on a strict grooming schedule. Other hypoallergenic dogs are Havanese, Maltese, Yorkshire Terrior and Brichon Frise
No dog is 100% non-allergenic, but some breeds are basically “low-allergy.” Though they shed little to no hair and less dander than typical dogs, all dogs will shed some dander - even hairless dogs.
Steps to Minimize Pet Allergies
- Create a pet-free areas in your home.
- Purchase an air purifier. Depending on the type you buy, they really do help clean the air of allergens and pollutants.
Remove carpeting, curtains and other fabric that traps animal dander. Tile or wood floors are much easier to clean of allergens.
- Clean your home frequently and wash pet bedding frequently in hot water.
- Bathe your pet. But take special care to use only safe, non-drying herbal animal shampoos. Don’t use people shampoo to wash your pet!!
- We use probiotic in our Wickedly Raw Superfoods supplement for dogs which helps your pets allergies, so why not consider taking a daily probiotic for yourself. Healthy gut bacteria is important for proper immune system function , and research indicates doses of good bacteria help to resist allergies.
- Feed your pet a natural raw food diet or Barf diet. By reducing allergenic foods going into your pet you can reduce allergenic saliva coming out of your pet.
Make sure your pet’s essential fatty acid requirements are met. By assuring your pet has optimal levels of EFA’s in their diet you can dramatically reduce shedding and dander associated with EFA deficiency.
Reducing the allergen load in your home and minimizing allergic reactions to your pets, will help every member of the family — those on two legs and those on four!!!
Every now and then we like to share some of the nice things our customers say.
Ruth Hamilton noticed a difference in her cat Coco’s overall heath and appearance within a few weeks of adding Wickedly Raw Superfoods to her pet food.
This is Coco’s story (retold by Ruth):
” I’ve recently moved my 14-year old cat onto raw food by Honey’s Real Dog Food. The people at Honey’s mentioned they knew several people who had started giving their cats Din Dins Wickedly Raw Superfoods. I bought some and gave half to my daughter to try on her cat, also on raw food.
Coco has been on this supplement for just under three weeks and because she is having her food quantities reduced (so she can lose some weight), I am not giving her a bit less than a whole scoop.
This Tuesday I emailed my daughter and said that it might be my imagination, but Coco’s coat felt so much softer. She emailed back and said she couldn’t believe it – she was just about to email me and say exactly the same about her cat!
Coco also has mild arthritis and I have to say that she seems not to be limping quite so much.
I hesitate to ever use the phrase “miracle food”, but I can’t stop touching her she feels so very, very soft!
My daughter and I both said we might start taking it ourselves to see what it can do for us! “
We absolutely love hearing good news stories like this. Wickedly Raw Superfoods is a great compliment for any pet food (wet or dry) but is particularly good for home prepared food or a pre-prepared BARF diet as it contains those trace vitamins and minerals your pet absolutely needs. Although a raw food diet can be much healthier, it can be tricky to ensure you’re adding everything your pet needs – Wickedly Raw Superfoods can do that job. Also your dog or cat may not be used to the bacteria in raw meat, so the antibacterial and immune promoting elements in the supplement are a fantastic benefit.
Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like a free sample of Wickedly Raw Superfoods for your dog or cat.
It’s hot outside so keep an eye on your dog overheating.
Here are a few Din Dins cooling tips.
*Exercise your dog early in the morning or late at night when it’s cooler and much more comfortable. Obviously it’s still important to exercise your dog everyday but better to back off on lots of exercise when the heat is up!
*Take your dog for a swim instead of a walk if you live near a lake or pond.
*Dogs can’t sweat. They cool off by panting, so an overheated dog will drool excessively, become lethargic and their eyes will be bloodshot. If you lift the skin, it will take longer than usual for it to fall back into place. Watch out for these signs of dehydration.
*Some dogs suffer more than others, darker coats for example absorb more heat than lighter coats. Also, overweight dogs are at a higher risk of dehydration. Carry a bottle of water when going on walks with your dog.
*Find fun and innovative ways to cool your dog. A shady spot, a children’s inflatable pool or put down a wet towel for your dog to lie on. Set up a fan or put a few ice cubes in your dog’s bowl to keep his temperature down.
*Dogs cool from the bottom up. If you’re cooling them down with a cold spray make sure to spray the paws and stomach, not just the top. A wet towel does more good on the bottom of your dog than when laid on the top of his coat.
*And finally, never leave a dog in a parked car on a hot day.
We’re very pleased to announce that you can now buy Din Dins natural and organic pet supplements at Pets Corner.
Pets Corner has been going since the swinging sixties and at last count has 77 stores up and down the country.
They do everything you’d expect to find in a big pet store: massive range of products, medicines, micro chipping and selling pets (all from approved breeders), but what we think makes them special is their knowledgeable and friendly people.
Pets Corner has a particular focus on helping pets that need to shed a few pounds and so they’ve created Health Club, which is their internal training programme. We love this because you can guarantee staff know what they are talking about with regards to nutrition in general and overweight pets. Din Dins Wickedly Raw Superfoods for cats and dogs is particularly beneficial in managing weight and the Pets Corner people can of course tell you all you need to know about our products.
Pets Corner is still a family run business with lots of helpful staff with an eye on selling healthy, superior and natural products, and we really rate them!
You’ll find your nearest Pets Corner at www.petscorner.co.uk
Fur balls (hair balls) can be a problem for cats all year round but for most pets shedding is more noticeable in the summer as a way to cool down.
Fur balls can be extremely distressing and can cause lethargy, diarrhea, defecation problems, a bloated abdomen or a loss appetite.
Dried pet food can make your cat’s fur balls worse as moisture is vital for the bowels to pass fur through the digestive tract – so stick to wet foods or even better raw.
Fish oil in liquid form for cats is a good solution to lubricate the digestive tract and raw superfoods such as slippery elm, flaxseed and seagreens can help fur balls in as quickly as 3 days and here’s why:
Slippery elm creates a smooth coating and barrier around the entire gastrointestinal tract and so allows for an easier passage of fur and other foodstuffs.
Linseed (Flaxseed) is a rich source of essential omega 3 fatty acids and also acts as a demulcent creating soothing mucilage when hydrated, creating a barrier very much like slippery elm.
Seagreens is great for the coat and shedding. Seagreens contain an abundance of natural digestive enzymes (supporting digestion), the mucilagenous polysaccharides heal the intestinal villi, helping the gut.
Burdock is a powerful liver aid and blood purifier. Often helps pancreatitis, good for skin conditions and a general health tonic.
Many conventional products to cure fur balls contain liquid paraffin so not really a great health option. But all these superfoods are in our Wickedly Raw Superfoods for cats and we promise will sort out fur balls quickly and naturally.
For more information and to order online check out www.dindins.co.uk or your nearest stockists including Pets Corner, Harrods and Scampers.
Last weekend was all about the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons conference A.K.A BAHVS. Our founder and Pet Nutritionist Alison with Yuwa our Educational Director and naturopath made the trip down to West Sussex for a day of sharing knowledge and championing natural nutrition.
It was a fantastic opportunity to meet a whole load of vets, do a bit of networking and of course talk about our natural pet supplements. There was lots of new stuff to learn with talks by homeopathic practicing vets and experts in the industry.
The team got to catch up with our favourite Nick Thompson who approved all our products (well we’re bias) and also had the pleasure of meeting Chief Veterinary Surgeon at Honey’s Real Dog Food, Tom Farrington. Tom has done over 28 years in veterinary, lectures regularly and is also responsible for creating an innovative range of homeopathic remedies called Homeopet, so we’re a big fan.
The really great news is our pet supplement was really well received. People we chatted to liked the fact it was a compliment to raw food diets or BARF (www.barfworld.com), whilst for those not necessarily wanting to feed raw meat and bone, it would provide natural, organic ingredients that support health by adding in raw food elements to a convenience pet food.
Din Dins coming to a vet near you soon.