A range of healthy new dog treats are now available from K9 Natural. These tasty bites are the ideal “responsible” treat for your dog, thanks to their all-natural ingredients and nutritional benefits. And judging by the in-house trials, our furry friends would do just about anything for a taste of them!

The Healthy Bites (available in chicken, beef and lamb) and Green Lipped Mussel Healthy Snacks are made with natural, locally sourced New Zealand ingredients and are also:

  • Packed with protein
  • Free of grains
  • Free of gluten
  • Free of artificial flavours and preservatives

Perfect for training, rewarding or just being your best friend, these treats also add a little nutrition boost for your dog – so you can ensure...

If you have felines at home, you may have noticed something odd about their water-drinking habits: it’s not much of a habit at all! Cats can withstand a spectacular amount of fluid loss before they replenish their body’s water stores; they can sometimes take up to 6 days to completely rehydrate themselves. That thought alone is enough to make anyone reach for a glass of water…

My cat doesn’t seem to need much water, is it really that important?

Proper hydration is central to your cat’s health. Cats evolved from desert-type environments, where they hunted fresh prey (with a moisture content of 70-80%) to get their hydration fix. This likely explains why cats are less intuitive about drinking regular water; they prefer to derive...

Worms are a common problem for cats and dogs – especially young kittens and puppies. The nasty parasites live inside their stomach and intestines – getting first dibs on the nutrients and goodness in their food.

Worms come in many shapes and sizes, from the large, stringy roundworm to the tiny hookworm. The two most prevalent are the tapeworm and roundworm.

Tapeworms develop inside fleas that have eaten tapeworm eggs, which the pet then swallows when grooming. Widespread in your pet’s environment, they can grow up to half a metre long and deprive your pet of valuable nutrients from their ideal spot in the intestinal tract.

Roundworms live in the stomach and are contracted when, via an innocent sniff or accidental tread, your...

sensitive stomach? It's a sensitive issue

It can be common for cats and dogs to experience an upset stomach, and in most cases, they will recover just fine on their own. However, sometimes an upset stomach is more than just an upset stomach and may be in fact be a stomach sensitivity or even worse, an underlying health concern.

A tummy upset that goes beyond the 24-hour period can cause further health issues, such as dehydration, anemia, and weight loss. If this is the case with your pet - take them to the vet for a thorough examination.

Common symptoms of stomach sensitivities:

Do you have a cat or dog that has one or more of the following symptoms?

  • Intermittent loose stools
  • Occasional vomiting
  • Excessive flatulence
  • Picky or fussy with their...

HEALTHY TREATING IS THE BEST REWARD

Giving your pet a treat is an effective training aid, a reward for good behaviour and a way to show them love and make them happy. In general, treating your pet is a healthy practice, but it should be just that: a treat. An overweight pet and pet obesity is a major contributor to pets with arthritis, diabetes, and other preventable issues.

Here are a few basic tips that will help keep treat time healthy.

Calorie-conscious

Start by using treats sparingly. It is, after all, a treat, and make sure treats aren’t spoiling scheduled meal times. Look at the ingredients and avoid too much crude fat or sugars that can contribute to weight gain.

Also, try to look for treats that contain a calorie count on the packaging so you can...