So what do we mean by Ethical, Sustainable and Environmentally conscious?

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At Gully Road we believe the way we source our delicious stinkin treatos can either have a positive or negative effect on our little planet…. That’s why we have written here our views on how we can have a positive impact…. Have a read…

Ethical 

Whilst this is always a very personal decision – for us it’s about how the animal that provides the treats has been treated during its life… this is particularly relevant to the livestock options such as our pastured fed beef range… all of our beef products are sourced from our sister company Provenir – that is the only company in the southern hemisphere that actually processes animals on the farm that they were raised on… the only company… don’t believe us…Google it. In fact Provenir had to change the antiquated laws in Victoria in order to operate… Thanks Mr Regulatorman!! So for us at Gully Road – we will only source treats from livestock from the highest animal welfare processor in Australia…… which can make you feel kinda special and good at the same time….

Sustainable

For us this is about the process of harvesting – the questions we ask is..”are we using high value options that could be used for human consumption – or are we value adding “waste” items. We support the latter – a good example is our fish range… they are sourced from Australian fishermen that are value adding the bits that aren’t used for us humans – enter Shark Skin Scrolls, Fishtails, Fish Jerky 🐟 – all these items are waste by-products of fishing for human consumption….

So why the hell does this make it sustainable…I hear my internal voice say… Well, my doubting friend …. Its kinda simple – as a planet we need to be taking less and giving more – maximising the value out of each animal that is harvested… this philosophy is not only sustainable for the company… but is more sustainable for the planet … as we are taking less fishies.

Environmentally conscious

How can we create dog treats that will directly help the environment hmmmm… that’s the big question.

What treat can we provide that will directly improve our ecosystem…. The answer my friends is hopping across the paddock – yep rabbits [and you thought I was going to say Kangaroo!!].

Rabbits have, and continue to degrade our land, so by buying dehydrated hoppers or skin bits .. not only is your doggo reliving their ancestral hunting desires but its helping farmers and natural landscapes alike…

Your Treato choice matters!

So through the process of buying delicious stinkin treatos for your best mate from Gully Road…. you can know that your furry friend is having a direct positive impact on the ethical treatment, sustainability and environmental impact of our landscape….. and you just thought you were buying affection!!!

This is what we believe and this is what we are going to do…. Support of Gully Road supports our endeavours to create a better planet through making dogs batshit crazy for our treatos..

Now back to the piss-taking fun… 🤣

Why we’re on the mooooove 🐮

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Guys, it’s been a rough trot lately. You’re probably sick of hearing that but geee whizz it’s been a really hard few weeks.

To be honest, the Pity Party is still in full swing and we keep crying… I mean there’s plenty of laughing too but it’s gotten to the stage where we greet each other like this

“Good Morning! I’ve already cried once today and it’s only 6am”

“Meeeeeeee too! Was yours a quick sniffle or a good howl?”

“Oh it was pretty howly… but then I found some peanut M & Ms”

“Oooh…got any left? I think that’s what I need!”

So what happened? How did the wheels fall off?

Basically we were reported for operating illegally… Which according to all the publicly available information we weren’t.

We would buy all our products in ‘finished’ from licensed facilities and then send them out in deliciously stanky parcels. We did no processing, cooking, dehydrating, prepping, slicing, dicing of any description on site.

However, I will admit to brushing furry cow ears with a horse brush (it was one of those momentous times where you think “Well, I just didn’t think i’d end up a fully grown woman, sitting in a shipping container, grooming a cow’s ear… Didn’t that Uni degree pay dividends 🤣)

But according to the Meat Police Overlords, there was a teensy little clause, from something written in the 60s (not kidding!) that said were were ‘processors’ and as such needed a licence.

For things like blood and guts and meat and food prep… sure I get it…

But moving a dried goat trotter from one box into another box? Not so much.

Anyway, I just couldn’t come at the licence requirements. It involved a whole new facility, mountains of paperwork, vast amounts of cash and a squillion rules.

I started this business so I could work from home, surrounded by animals and keep a quiet, private life tucked away in my Valley. With these changes I’d need to build a whole new facility and be left wide open for the Meat Police to barge in whenever they wanted and whenever the Dibber Dobber wanted to have another whinge.

With rules like this, it was never going to fly 🤣👇

While it would be sad not to have the dogs or lambs in the office with us anymore, I just couldn’t bear the thought of telling Mary Kate that we no longer had a job for her.

She’s worked so hard to put herself through school and finally got her dream job as Gully Road’s Wellness Officer – It was just too much to tell her we no longer had a job for her.

So who were the dibber-dobbers?

I’ve got a few ideas… but that’s where you come in 🤣

Before packing everything up, we compiled the biggest, stankiest, treato haul of all time – and it’s up for grabs for the successful identification of The Dibber Dobber. There’s more on that below

Um… What now?

Well one option was to shut the doors completely (that was the desired outcome of the Meat Police). The other was to lawyer up and fight…. and that would drain my pockets (& happiness cup) pretty quickly 🙄

But THEN… a cracking solution came along.

We’ve decided to hand the reins over to our mates ‘down the road’ who have been supplying Gully Road for a while now. They’ve got all the licences (stick that up ya bum Dibber Dobber), they’re a small family business, they live on a farm surrounded by weird looking animals and they’re just good people.

I knew you guys wouldn’t hang around for long if we sold up to some plastic lovin’ corporate so this seems like the perfect solution. Obviously there will be a few teething problems while we do the handover because meticulous record keeping is err…not one of my strengths 😳

To be more accurate, we’re just throwing them in the deep end with helpful instructions like “These Moo Tubes are great for little teefs. Teeeeeeeeeeeeeefs! Lil snappy teeefers” (while tapping our own teefs for illustrative purposes)… It’s pretty advanced stuff 🤷‍♀️

But in the end you can expect the same deeeeeeelicious products and generous servings – sourced from small businesses around Australia. The focus will always remain on providing ethical treatos with minimal waste. Because haven’t we all had enough of cutesy plastic packaging holding a measly 80gs of treats?? It’s just so bloody pointless and needlessly wasteful 🙄

So what’s next for us?

Well we’ve lined up a few gigs at a Strip Club when lockdown is over and failing that, there’s always the street corner.

Nah, I don’t know… but I can tell you one thing, it will 100% not involve the aroma of dried fish… (but depending on how dirty your mind is, you can draw your own conclusions about our new chosen professions 🤣)

So, we actually don’t know what we’ll do.. but don’t worry, we’ll pop back into the Gully Road socials and let you know about our new venture.

But you know what guys? We’re going to miss you. Not in that cheesy tourism campaign sense of the word either. We really will.

Even typing this has me tearing up again.

What a surprise!..Got any peanut M & Ms?

It’s been quite bizarre getting to know you and your puppers so well over this last year. We’re invested in you guys and we genuinely care whether Jasper gets better and whether Jeeves will ever learn to Jedi mind trick his Mum into dishing out more treatos. We’ve loved being part of your lives and we’re so grateful for every single order and message of support.

This is so shit.

Fuck you Dibber Dobber.

But…

Please, please, please continue to support Gully Road. Chris and his family will bend over backwards for you guys and I really urge you to get behind them. Feel free to introduce your dogs in the order comments, put in special requests and be specific with your teeeeeeeef requirements (remember: they understand better if you tap your own teefs at the same time).

By supporting Gully Road you’ll be continuing to support the little guys and be helping make the world a better place for animals xxx

If you’d like to keep up with us, you can find our personal accounts on Instagram below. Who knows, with all this spare time we might post more than once every 6 months 🤣

And if you’re keen to keep up to date with our random farm happenings on Facebook, check out Timmy Trumpster Rescue Pony on Facebook (language warning applies 🤣)

Don’t be shy, come and say hi!

Pauline’s IG account

Jemima’s IG account

Mary Kate’s account

Rabbit for Dogs: Why wild is wonderful but farmed is pretty effed up

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I’m calling it… wild rabbit is one of the best food sources for dogs.

Of course, some peeps wont agree but I reckon there’s a pretty compelling argument from a nutrition, welfare and environmental perspective.

…But not all rabbits are created equal and there’s some important info you need to know.

Ethical and Welfare Considerations

Guys… if you take one thing away from this article, or even the whole website. Please, please, please draw a big fat line between farmed rabbits and wild rabbits.

Rabbit farming in Australia seems to have flown under the radar in the Shitty Animal Welfare Practice Stakes. It’s no better than caged and battery chickens. I’ve included a link at the bottom from Sustainable Table that outlines the big difference between farmed and wild rabbit.

Here’s an example of a rabbit farm in Australia 👇

Also, breeding rabbits in a country that already has such a monumental rabbit population problem seems pretty douchey to me 🤷‍♀️

Ever since I’ve had some success selling our Wild Rabbit products – I’ve had a few suppliers come up saying they too have ‘wild’ rabbit products they can supply to me… Only when I’ve seen the product, I can tell they are 100% NOT wild rabbit 😩

HOT TIP: If you see a rabbit fur product that is white, black, caramel, patchy or anything that looks like it’s the colour of a pet rabbit – it’s been farmed and is NOT wild.

Wild rabbits are the speckly, grubby brown seen below.

With the meat, obviously it’s much harder to tell but wild rabbits are usually smaller and leaner than farmed rabbits. They’re also much harder to find.

When it comes to animal welfare, there’s just no question that Wild Rabbit are one of the best options. They hop around doing their rabbity thing – wrecking crops, digging holes and rooting like… well rabbits – so they probably have quite a delightful life 🤣…..Then one night, with no warning and no fear it’s all over with a fast, clean shot to the head.

That sure beats living your whole life in a cage with no fresh air, sunshine or socialisation 🤷‍♀️

Nutrition

Wild rabbit meat has the highest protein ratio compared to chicken, pork, turkey, duck, fish, lamb or beef. It also an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Rabbit meat is high in vitamins B3 and B12, phosphorus, potassium and selenium.

It’s low in fat but contains a fantastic balance of fatty acids being richer in omega 3 than chicken or pork.

Environmental Benefits

Feral rabbits compete with native wildlife, damage vegetation and degrade the land. They ringbark trees and shrubs, and prevent regeneration by eating seeds and seedlings.

Their impact often increases during drought and immediately after a fire, when food is scarce and they eat whatever they can.

Australia is home to over 150 million wild rabbits (which is why I think farming them is so ridiculous). Most control methods are pretty inefficient so it sits well to find an end use for their meat and hides.

Introducing ‘Wild Rabbit’ dog treats

So… after all of that – how do we source our Wild Rabbit?

Well, a friend of ours is an avid hunter and helps local farmers by cleaning up their feral animals. Mostly he shoots foxes during lambing season and also but does rabbit control at other times.

And yes, he is the reason we have such a stupid amount of orphan lambs at our place 🤣🤦‍♀️

So back to the rabbits…We figured we could pay him for the rabbits and use the meat (and fur) for treats… Because before that, the carcasses were just chucked into a burn pit.

So now, instead of the whole thing being wasted – we use absolutely everything we can. The only parts we don’t use are the head and the organs. It’s all available- literally from their ears to their tails – and all the healthy meaty parts too. Check out the Wild Rabbit on the Shop Page here.

These treats come to you from wild animals with absolutely no preservatives or ‘treatments’ – they’re exactly as you’d find in the wild, only dehydrated for your convenience.

Our Wild Rabbit Half Hides are excellent for sweeping the digestive tract 🐇

Harvest & Dehydration Process:

  • These rabbits are sourced from local vegetable farms where no poisons are used.
  • During the harvest and butchering process, all rabbits are assessed for signs of illness and discarded if there are any signs of sickness or parasites.
  • The segmented rabbits are frozen for 6 weeks prior to dehydrating (this is the current recommendation for parasite eradication)
  • The rabbit meat is dehydrated at 75 degrees, which is the current human consumption standard for the removal of harmful bacteria. The length of dehydration depends on the cut getting dried.

The above is a transparent description of our risk mitigation in relations to pathogens & parasites. This is over and above the standards for human food consumption, however customers need to be aware that these are wild, natural products. We use no preservatives – including no chemicals, irradiation or other methods of sterilisation. Please consider this when deciding if these treats are right for your dog.

Links 👇

“Not all Rabbits are Created Equal” – Sustainable Table

Gully Road Wild Rabbit Dog Treats

This is why we don’t sell kangaroo meat

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A few months ago I was driving home and had a small brain fart.. I thought, hmmm – I dont think I want to sell Roo products anymore. At the time they were our biggest sellers – so it wasn’t an easy decision.

What some people don’t realise is that a significant portion of kangaroo culling is driven by the pet food industry. Some cull quotas are even dedicated as pet-food only programs. This means these animals are being specifically killed to feed our dogs – and that just doesn’t sit well with me.

This year (2021) the Kangaroo Harvest Quota increased by nearly 40,000 to 95,680 – and that’s just in Victoria. And in the last 18 months 86 kangaroo harvesters and 5 pet meat processors ave taken part in the pet-food only program.

I dunno about you, but I reckon there are plenty of alternative meat sources, with just as many benefits to our dogs – from animals that have already died to feed humans first. To me, it seems off to go out and take a life just to feed our dogs.

Besides, I think kangaroos are kinda cool. With so many being killed on our roads and wiped out my the bushfires – I don’t think we should kill them so they can go straight to pet mince. I feel like they deserve a bit better than that 🤷‍♀️

Also, from a business perspective, it was a really dumb decision. Roo is cheap to buy, has a big profit margin and is easy to sell – there’s no wonder pretty much every pet food or treat business has it in stock.

But sometimes you’ve just gotta do what feels right – you know? 😳

Seeing as the roo products were always sop popular with our customers, I sourced some fantastic and suitable alternatives – rather than leaving y’all in the lurch. Instead of Roo Tails we now have Lamb Neck Splits (great, meaty chews!), instead of Kanga Tubes we have Moo Tubes and the Roo Liver Jerky has been replaced by Goat Liver Jerky. 

So there we have it, that’s where we’re at – and I genuinely hope you’re on board with these changes… Or at the very least this has provided a decent explanation for you. 

Edit: Since I first mentioned this, there have been a few questions. A few have popped up more than once, so I’ve answered them below 👇

Isn’t this better than leaving them to rot in the paddock?

Well no, that’s not really how the system works.

Professional roo shooters wouldn’t have any incentive to go out and shoot them, if they weren’t collecting carcasses and getting paid for the meat. It’s not uncommon for farmers to shoot roos on their own property but a) that’s on a pretty small scale and b) it’s unlikely they’d have the systems and licensing in place to collect and sell these carcasses anyway.

There’s a massive population issue with kangaroos. They’re better off being killed for pet food – otherwise they’ll die slowly of starvation.

Nah, I call bullshit on this one.

There just aren’t the population numbers for this to happen. Sure, nature will take it’s course in times of drought and farmers will understandably get cranky when kangaroos compete with their livestock for feed.

But weird fear mongering like this is just a pretty desperate way to justify roo harvesting in huge numbers.

Q: How can you favour one life over another?

I guess this is where it gets a bit tricky. I’m the first to admit that it’s my personal ethical compass that comes into play here and it may not resonate with you.

But here goes..

Us big, bad human beings are at the top of the food chain. As such I’d rather salvage the leftovers from the human consumption industry to feed our pets.

Secondly, I’m more inclined to source products from introduced species, especially ones which are having a detrimental impact on the environment.

For example our Wild Rabbit products come from an existing program where rabbits are eradicated from local vegetable farms. Until we started buying them, the rabbits were just dumped in burn pits…. Also rabbit meat is pretty much the most biologically appropriate source of protein for dogs… so it kinda worked out well.

Often these motivating factors work in together. For example the goat and camel products we sell are by-products from human consumption AND are declared feral animals. Two birds, one stone and all that.

Grass Fed & Good Fats For Dogs

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Grass fed, grass finished meat products are a completely different ball game when it comes to healthy fats. Grass-fed fats been found to be higher in:

  • Fat soluble vitamins
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Beta carotene (a potent antioxidant)
  • CLA (more on that below)

The fat from grass-fed animals takes on a yellowish tinge (that’s the beta carotene) rather than the stark white fats of a grain finished animal.

You’ll notice that with our new Pastured Beef Range – there is a much higher proportion of fat on the treats, and it might be a bit yellower than you’re used to. However, I can assure you that’s a good thing 👍

The down low with CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)

CLA is a beneficial fatty acid with anti-inflammatory properties, it is found in meats & milk of ruminant animals. CLA is linked to fighting cancer, preventing bone loss, and building muscle. The anti-inflammatory properties help provide protection from chronic inflammatory disease.

Importantly, grass-fed fats contains 300–500% higher more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than fats from grain-fed cattle.

Synthetic CLA is often added to commercial pet foods, but the absolute best source for bio-available CLA is from grass fed and grass finished beef cattle.

Highest Welfare Produce for Dogs: Introducing our Ethical Beef Range

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You guys… This. Is. Massive.

Until now, us pet owners haven’t had much choice when it comes to selecting ethical, high welfare produce for our dogs.

If you’re anything like me, you’d never buy a caged egg or battery chicken breast but when it comes to making considered dog food decisions…well that choice isn’t really there.

Whether you feed kibble, canned or raw – it’s hard to know exactly what’s in it…and importantly what standards of welfare those animals were held to.

I mean you’re never going to see a dog food label that says ‘Caged Chicken with Peas & Gravy’ or ‘Pet Mince from A Pig That Never Saw the Sky’ 🤷‍♀️

But don’t despair, light is on the horizon and it’s closer than you think.

A few weeks ago I found a place that provides exceptional quality beef from grass-fed, free range cattle that have a high welfare lifestyle from start to finish.

And by ‘finish’ I mean they get a quick, painless, stress-free death within the familiar surrounds of their own farm.

Currently Australian livestock are primarily processed in abattoirs- which involves the stress of long distance travel and the fear associated with unfamiliar environments.

It’s not great, in fact it’s pretty terrible… And it’s those scenes that make people swear off meat for good.

But that’s not the answer, especially as conscientious dog owners.

Instead we’ve gotta pull on our grown up pants and actively research our food production – as well as that of our pets. And yes, this includes livestock welfare (even the confronting stuff) and from that information we can make better, more informed decisions.

Change is possible and it starts right here.

“I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we’ve got to do it right.” – Temple Grandin

After we discovered the high welfare beef producer down the road, Pauline and I couldnt get there fast enough.

We were shown around, saw the set up and were actually pretty speechless.

The level of respect and compassion given to these animals at every step is pretty mind blowing. It sets an incredible precedent for improving livestock welfare in Australia.

People, the change is coming and we get to be part of it 🙏

High Welfare Pastured Range – Honouring the Whole Animal

Here at Gully Road, we’ll be repurposing the ‘spare parts’ in a new range of High Welfare fresh, raw dog food delivery in Victoria.

Shortly after that we’ll be offering pastured beef dehydrated treats and chews.

I know right… How exciting!!!

And around about now I bet you’re thinking ‘Hmmm… Sounds good. But how crazy expensive is this going to be?”

Well I’m glad you asked and obviously these products will be more expensive.

That’s because it’s a premium grass-fed product (no fast-buck feedlots here) and we’re doing everything on a small scale…by hand… So we cant compete with mass production prices.

However I can assure you there will be no douchey mark-ups or wanker tax… after all, if we cant sell these treats – then it defeats the purpose of honouring the whole animal.

During the trial phase, we’ll only have limited quantities and availability will be released by email or direct link only. (This is because I cant be bothered with the yelly whinge-bags that pipe up on social media every time I make mention of anything remotely confronting 🤦‍♀️)

So seeing as you’ve made it this far you might be keen to know more? If you’re in Victoria, visit the Gully Road Raw site by clicking below 👇

If you’re not in Victoria, please enter your info at the bottom of this page and I’ll let you know when the new products have arrived.

Ya girl the ‘Woke Dickhead’ (with Woolliam Wallace) wheeling and dealing in the offal trade.

Yes, some dude called me a ‘woke dickhead’ on a recent post and I thought…”Hmmm, that’s got a ring to it… I’m gonna run with it”

Anyway, here’s the form. Let me know if you want in 👇

Gummy Shark for Dogs – Is it an ethical, sustainable choice for treats?

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Uh oh spaghetti oh…The sight of gummy shark products has really rattled people’s cages lately… And there’s been lots of yelly, angry keyboard bashing coming this way 🙈

I’m guessing it’s because the word ‘shark’ might be making people think we’re selling endangered animals and apex predators like the Great White or Hammerhead. For those sharks there are real and valid concerns.

However, from my perspective the use of Gummy Shark for dogs is an excellent, ethical choice and that’s why we’re selling it.

However, the spectrum of what’s ethical and not is pretty broad – so I’m just going to outline the reasons so you can make your own mind up.

Again, it’s a bit like the ‘length of a piece of string’, so I’ll stick with sustainability, by-catch issues and whether it’s an appropriate food source for dogs.

Gummy sharks are small species which are fished at sustainable levels in Australia and there are no indications that these sharks are over-fished. In human circles it’s sold as flake – but confusingly, flake is not just gummy shark, it can include some other species 🤷‍♀️

All our Gummy Shark treatos are by-products of human consumption markets – i.e. the bits that are no good in restaurants or supermarkets. This is in keeping with our nose-to-tail mentality where nothing is wasted and everything is celebrated.

Who are you calling Gummy? Little Scully getting her teefers into one of our Gummy Shark Tails.

Gummy Shark Sustainability

Gummy Sharks can be fished at sustainable levels because they:

🌎 Are a fast growing species.

🌎 Have a high reproductive rate.

🌎 Eat from invertebrates in the sand & mud.

However, their fishing is still managed by quota and there is a current catch limit of 1775 tonnes for the 2021 season.

Issues relating to by-catch

Commercial fishing can sometimes catch unwanted species of fish (not the type of fish the net was supposed to catch). This is known as by-catch and the main issues with gummy shark by-catch relates to Australian sea lions and School Sharks.

The previous issues relating to sea lions have largely been resolved. The areas close to sea lion colonies have been closed to gillnet fishing and boats are now monitored by video cameras.

School Shark are considered over-fished and cannot be targeted by fishers. In order to restore the population, there’s currently a rebuilding strategy underway for school shark. This includes closing pupping and nursery grounds to fishing, restricting gear and lowering the by-catch limit.

Gummy Shark for Dogs – is it an appropriate source for dogs?

As mentioned above, Gummy Shark is usually sold as ‘flake’ – and it’s commonly the fish in fish & chips. It is considered totally safe (and delicious) for both human and dog consumption.

Unlike some other sharks, there are no issues with mercury or other heavy metal accumulation. This is because Gummy Sharks are a fast growing species and heavy metals don’t have time to build up in their flesh.

Gummy Sharks are considered high protein, natural fats and in Omega 3 (with 0.141g per 100g).

The skin is extremely tough and it makes fantastic, long lasting dog chews. Our gummy shark products are all tailored towards the tougher chewer and consist of the Chewy Skin Scrolls & Shark Tails.

For quick delicious treatos, packed with plenty of goodness we also have the very popular Cartilage Crispies

So there you have it, a bit more info about Gummy Sharks…. hopefully this will help you decide which way your microwave spins on the issue of whether they’re an ethical choice for your doggo or not 😃

I’d love to know your thoughts… If there’s something I’ve missed or any other questions you’ve got, please shout out in the comments below 😀

Sources:

University of Melbourne – ‘Flake is sustainable gummy shark, except when it’s not’

Australian Fisheries Management Authority – ‘Gummy Shark’

Fish Files ‘Gummy Shark’

Dog Treats with Fur

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Why on earth would you feed dog treats with fur?

Even though it seems pretty gross to us, fur is a great source of fibre and provides some surprising health benefits for dogs. It doesn’t break down during digestion which means is sweeps out the digestive tract as it passes through… and yes, you will see furry poops at the other end 💩

Wild Rabbit ‘Cotton Tails’ are among the most popular of our fur treats for small dogs

Here’s why you shouldn’t turn your nose up at fur:

Fur is a fantastic source of manganese. Manganese is commonly lacking in both commercial and raw fed diets. Fur (as well as wool and feathers) contains 6-10 times the amount of manganese found in organs and meat. Manganese assists in the kidney and liver function, is essential for helping to develop and maintain strong and healthy ligaments AND is great for brain health.

By sweeping the digestive tract, fur removes build-up that can be a breeding ground for yeasts and parasites.

Fur helps firm up stools and express anal glands.

Fur is a fun & stimulating treat chew dogs. Much more enriching than a standard chew, dogs tend to relish tearing and chewing at the furry fibres. Even the fussiest dogs absolutely love them! I guess it’s a bit of that instinct kicking in? 🤷‍♀️

“I’ve got a really anxious dog that wouldn’t eat treats…until the rabbit hopper. He values it more than raw meats! I’m so glad I discovered them and your other amazing stuff. Who would have thought rabbit was his favourite?”

Low temperature dehydrated Cow’s Ear from our High Welfare Ethical Beef Range – these are a great furry chew for bigger dogs.

Check out our Rabbit Treats or Cows Ears to find your next furry treat.

Understanding Omega 3 for Dogs: for itchy skin & inflamed joints

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We all love to see our dogs with mobile joints and a nice glossy coat. Before you gloop some oil onto your dog’s next meal – it’s important to know how fats work in a dog’s diet. If you’re accidentally feeding an imbalance of fatty acids, then you’ll be promoting inflammation in your dog.

Without getting too sciencey, dietary fatty acids are grouped into 3 types: Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9.

  • Omega 9 can be synthesized by a dog’s own body.
  • Omega 3s and Omega 6s must be supplemented in their diet.

From an ancestoral perspective, the diets of wolves contained a ratio of 6:1 – this means there were six parts Omega 6 to one part Omega 3. However in recent years (with the increased production of seed oils and increased prevalence of grain-fed food sources), the ratio of most dog foods & meats are closer to 20:1.

With this in mind, it’s easy to see why so many modern dogs have skin & joint inflammation issues.

Disclaimer: Although most modern dogs have evolved significantly from wolves, it’s common practice for scientists and canine nutritionists to study the wolf’s diet in relation to that of the dog.

Omega 6s and omega 3s have different properties but work together to provide their nutritional value. Importantly: If your dog has too much omega 6 without enough omega 3, it leads to chronic inflammation.

The key point to understand here is balance. Omega-6 fats raise inflammation while omega-3 fats lower it. If there’s too much omega-6, the hormones that raise inflammation will be turned on and if there’s too much omega-3, there will be immune dysfunction.

Sources of Omega 6 for Dogs

Omega-6 fatty acids are easily found in vegetables & farmed meats. Most seed oils consumed in the Western countries are very rich in Omega 6s.

You should NOT need to supplement with Omega 6 fatty acids. However, in order to maintain optimum balance and reduce inflammation, you should introduce sources of Omega 3 fatty acids into your dog’s diet.

Sources of Omega 3 for Dogs

The best source of Omega 3 fatty acids is fish. But luckily for Australian dogs, grass-fed meat is also a great source of Omega 3s.

Please note that flaxseed oil (also known as linseed oil) is not readily converted by dogs. For that reason, it’s not considered a good source of Omega 3s.

Why Omega 3 rich treats are better than supplements for dogs

One of the most effective ways to increase the amount of Omega 3 fatty acids in your dog’s diet, is to give them treats high in Omega 3s.

And no, it’s not just because it’s more fun to feed treats than add capsules to their meal…

Fish oils and Omega 3 supplement capsules are known to oxidise easily. Once oxidized, the omega-3 molecules change their shape and reactivity so are not able to carry out the same functions.

However, fish & grass-fed products retain their Omega 3 index when they are low-temperature dehydrated (between 40- 60 degrees celsius).

Low temperature grass-fed proteins are a fantastic source of Omega 3 fatty acids

🇦🇺 All Australian Dog Treats – High in Omega 3s

From our Shop Page, you’ll be able to see more about our low temperature dehydrated chews and treats which are high in Omega 3 fatty acids.

See Seafood Treats and Chews Here

See All Treats and Chews Here