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Unleash the Power of Insects

Unleash the Power of Insects

As pet owners, we strive to provide the best nutrition for our beloved four-legged companions. Protein is one of the most important components in your dog’s diet and it is therefore essential that your dog eats from high-quality sources. In recent years we have seen more pet food companies use edible insects as a primary … Continued

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Understanding Antinutrients in Your Dog’s Diet

Understanding Antinutrients in Your Dog’s Diet

As a loving dog parent, you're probably attentive to every aspect of your dog's health, especially their diet. You've likely heard the term "antinutrients" and may have questions. What are antinutrients? How do they affect your dog's health? In this blog post, we'll delve into antinutrients and discuss their potential impacts on your beloved canine friend.

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Treating and Preventing Wet Eczema

Treating and Preventing Wet Eczema

Wet eczema, also known as moist dermatitis or hot spots, is a common skin condition that can affect dogs of all breeds and ages. It is characterized by red, inflamed, and often painful patches of skin that appear wet or oozing. The fur around the affected area also often sticks together due to the oozing sores. Hot spots can develop quickly and secondary infections in the affected area often follow.

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How cold impacts dogs

How cold impacts dogs

As winter arrives, it brings along colder temperatures that can have a significant impact on our furry friends. Dogs, just like humans, are affected by the changing weather conditions, and pet owners must understand how colder temperatures can impact their beloved companions, especially pawrents of short-haired and small dogs. 

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How to relieve constipation in dogs

How to relieve constipation in dogs

Constipation refers to hard stools that are difficult to pass. They will be infrequent and look like small pellets. If no stool is passed, your dog may have an obstruction in their stomach causing constipation. This is a serious condition that will need medical attention. However, common constipation can often be treated with home remedies.

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What normal dog poop looks like

What normal dog poop looks like

Your dog’s stool can say a lot about their general health and it is wise to keep an eye on your dog’s toilet habits. Frequency, consistency, shape, size and colour help determine whether it is a normal dog poop or not. Contact your vet if the stool is abnormal or changes suddenly. Note down some … Continued

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The story about our insect protein

The story about our insect protein

We source our insect protein (black soldier fly larvae) from a local producer in Cape Town. They are an innovative, highly competent and driven company that seek to be the best in all areas of their business. They are committed to providing their staff with excellent working conditions, skills development and opportunities in their company. … Continued

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Zola and hypothyroidism

Zola and hypothyroidism

Zola is a beautiful dog from Sidewalk Specials. She was adopted by Pernille and Rob in 2018 after they had to say goodbye to their previous much loved dog Tilly. Zola quickly settled into the family and loved her new life in a safe and loving environment. In 2021, she suddenly seemed very tired, and she didn't want to go for walks. Pernille and Rob took her to the vet, and she was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.

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Hypothyroidism in dogs

Hypothyroidism in dogs

If your dog suddenly gains weight and lacks energy, it may be a sign of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones, which are important for metabolism, growth and development. If the thyroid malfunctions, nearly every system in the body can be affected. This condition is more common in medium to large breeds and is rare in toy breeds. The gland uses iodine from food to make thyroid hormones (T3 and T4).

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