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Pet Care Tips

Are Vaccinations really necessary?
Since 2008 all of the World has started to change their regulations to allow for longer intervals between vaccinations when vaccines of proven efficacy are administered.  They recommend that you should vaccinate no more then every three years.

It has been proven that many dogs have a bad reaction to vaccinations as they may overwhelm their immune system they have found that in older dogs it is unnecessary to have them vaccinated at all.  Side effects from dog vaccinations can occur anywhere from instantly up to several weeks or months later. Vaccines can even cause susceptibility to chronic diseases later in a dog’s life.


Vet’s are now accepting this study in Australia you should check with your local Vet if they are up to date with this new research.


Douglas is already 7 years old, the time was coming for his next vaccination.  Instead of getting him vaccinated I decided to have a blood test first to see if he still had the vaccination left in his body which was given to him 5 years ago.  When the results came back he still has the antibody in his system so I have decided not to give it to him.  In America they have been doing research and have already decided that dogs do not need to be vaccinated every year by doing this actually makes their systems weaker.  The problem that we have in Australia is that when we go away and want to board our pets or send them to day care they require a certificate to say they have been vaccinated, I am sure if you speak to your vet and get a blood test like I did showing they still have the antibody in their system then this should be enough.

Next time your pet is due to be vaccinated please discuss with your veterinarian first especially if your pet is sick or old, it is so important for us to protect their health.


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10 reasons why your pet should not eat processed food

Most canned and pet food may be advertised as nutritionally balanced, but this is not always the case. Often it contains products that are not suitable for your pet. These include:

  1. Meat and poultry by-products such as waste matter from animals that are dead, diseased, dying or disabled.
  2. Food that may contain cancerous growths, beaks, tumours, feathers, horns, hooves, faecal matter, worm infested organs, ear tags, sawdust from the slaughter house floor, styrofoam packaging and any other leftovers that cannot be used for human consumption.
  3. Vegetable fibre and grains may contain peanut shells, mouldy grains and other contaminated or rancid foods.
  4. Fats which are old and rancid and therefore could be harmful to your pet.
  5. Dry food can contains toxic preservatives. In Europe, some of these preservatives are banned.
  6. Chemicals which have been linked to skin irritations, allergies, tumours, and pyschological changes.
  7. Dry food has a low moisture content so your pet must drink more to compensate for this state of dehydration. This can also produce highly alkaline urine and places greater stress on the kidneys and other organs.
  8. Cats fed with dry food are much more prone to bladder and kidney problems while dogs are more prone to skin aliments.
  9. Many toxic chemicals are not listed on the labels in pet food, and even the expensive brands and some veterinary lines also contain some of these. The labels on pet food always state that it is unfit for human consumption. If that’s the case, have you ever wondered why it doesn't explain why?
  10. Above all, you probably want to ensure that your pet is getting food that is simply healthy and wholesome – not full of toxic chemicals. This contributes to a happy pet – and a happy household.

Small changes can make a big difference: 7 things you must do to keep your pet healthy

What your pet eats and drinks can have a huge impact on their well-being. If your pet is lethargic, has flaky skin, weeping eyes – or simply doesn’t look like they are in optimum health – some small changes can make a big difference.

We recommend trying some of these tips before you visit a vet or resort to medicating your pet. You may find that your pet will become healthier – the natural way.

  1. Let your pet drink filtered water
    If your pet is itchy, has weeping eyes or is suffering from body odour, one of the first things you should do is change the water your pet is drinking. If your pet is currently drinking tap water, change this to filtered water. You can buy an inexpensive water filter that will eliminate chemicals and minerals.
    While most dogs can happily drink tap water, some dogs are particularly sensitive or allergic to the chemicals or minerals found in tap water.
    Drinking lots of water is also great to flush out any harmful toxins. If your pet is not drinking much water, mix some soup (like chicken soup) with their food.
  2. Do the taste test
    If your pet is itchy, you should also consider what you are feeding your pet. It’s important your pets are not only eating dry food. Many types of dry food contain a lot of preservatives which your pet may not react well with. A good test of whether the pet food you have is good enough for your pet – taste it yourself! That’s right. At Chew Chew, we taste all the food we feed our animals. If we can’t eat it because it’s too dry or tasteless – then it’s not good enough to feed our pets!
  3. What treats are your feeding your pet?
    Change the treat you are feeding your pet (or stop it altogether). Some commercially made treats contain very little useful nutrition and may be full of preservatives which may irritate your dog.
  4. Brush your pet’s teeth
    Bacteria can live in your pet’s teeth. If this is the case, then your pet is swallowing that bacteria when they eat. So all you need to do is get a small toothbrush and clean their teeth every other day – or at least once a week. This will help minimise bacteria. Let the sun shine on your pet!
    Sunshine can do wonders for an animal. If your pet is often indoors, make a point to take them out for walks and to play in the sunshine. This can help with skin problems and can also help eliminate mould (which can be found in the coats of animals who do not see enough sun!) Don’t shampoo your pet too much.

    You might think that the more you shampoo your pet, the cleaner they are. Dogs and cats are very different to humans and don’t need frequent shampooing. In fact, if you do this too often, the shampoo could be damaging and irritating to your pet’s skin.
  5. Does your dog have weeping eyes?
    If so, simply use a moist tissue to gently wipe their eyes. This gets rid of the stains and can help stop the problem from getting worse.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Chew Chew healthier than other pet foods?
Quite simply, our ingredients. We hand-pick fresh food straight from the markets and select meat from a certified organic butcher. Unlike many pet foods, we do not use preservatives or chemicals. The food is natural and everything is prepared under strict conditions at Chew Chew Kitchen. When you buy dry or canned food, it simply does not compare to the nutritional value you find in Chew Chew.

How often should I feed my dog?
Typically, once or twice a day. But it’s entirely up to you to decide what’s best for your dog and your own household routine. You don’t have to stick to the exact same time every day. Sometimes, I feed my dog, Douglas, two small meals in the morning and the evening. Other times, I only feed him in the evening. Your pet will learn to appreciate what you put in front of them.

I have been buying pet food from the supermarket for a while and it does not seem to harm my dog. Why should I change his diet?
An increasing number of vets agree that processed pet food is the main cause of illness in dogs and cats. It can also contribute to premature death. This was revealed in the British Journals of Small Animal Practice in December 1995. It was further researched by the Australian Veterinary Association and proved to be correct.

What if my pet is allergic to a certain food?
Animals can be allergic to artificial additives. These are not found in Chew Chew foods. However, if your pet does have an allergy to any of the natural ingredients in Chew Chew, we will gladly work with you and your vet to find an alternative meal solution.

How do I order?
You can purchase online, call us directly, Email us, or shop from a store that stocks our products. Please click on the following link for details: Where to Shop. You can submit any questions or comments via an online form here: Contact Us

How is the food delivered?
If you buy from stores or the markets, you can take the products away immediately. If you are on Chew Chew Kitchen’s 7 Day program or 5 Day program, you will receive delivery of meals on the same pre-agreed day each week. They are prepared fresh and packaged for your convenience. All cooked food should be placed in the fridge or freezer until you are ready to thaw and serve.

How long before I can expect to see results in my pet?
In some cases, immediately! But typically, it takes at least four to six weeks before you see changes in your pet. You might notice that an animal with lacklustre energy starts to become healthier and more lively. Or you may notice the colour of the coat change – it may shine more. And flaky skin disappears. After four months on a Chew Chew diet, your pet will be at optimum health.

If I cook for my dog at home, why should I use Chew Chew?
We ensure that our meals provide your pet with optimum nutrition. We have solid research and experience behind us and our menu has been developed in consultation with vets. We also include essential herbs, oils, and supplements to all Chew Chew products. Chew Chew is food you can trust.

Eating grass

During walking time a lot of dogs want to eat grass, why do they eat the grass? Still no one in the world knows.  When walking Douglas (my beautiful baby) I watch what grass he eats, I never let him eat grass near poles as a lot of dogs have peed on it as well as grass that has been sprayed with fertiliser.

It is in our dogs DNA knowledge why they instinctively eat grass, I believe after studying Douglas that they choose how to digest the grass they either vomit it up or poo it out, the grass is not always digested as it can come out long and still together.  Their bodies just choose how they will pass it I guess sort of like their own doggie medicine.  Therefore I accept him to eat a little bit when he wants to.

To chubby or to thin

As we look at our own pet’s every day we find it hard to know what is actually normal.  If a dog puts on too much weight they can be at risk of heart disease, joint problems which will affect their organs.  If a dog is too thin it means they are possibly not able to digest their nutrition, or are not getting enough food, or having too much exercise.

Remember each breed of dog is different as well as their environment, exercise, favourite food, sleeping so it is impossible to calculate their daily food intake from the back of a packet.  If you notice your dog is getting a bit chubby then please reduce their food intake.

For a dogs food volume please adjust to suit the average shape of your breed.

How to serve meat and vegetables to your dog

A dogs DNA is different to a Wolf who is a meat eater only, dogs can eat meat, vegetables and grain, they need all these nutrition’s in their meals.

Dogs can not digest vegetables in the stomach like us but they can digest thru their bowel very well.  Cut the vegetables very small and boil well as this is easier for them to digest, the more variety of vegetables the better except never use onions. 

Some people think that dogs should only eat raw meat but over the last few years scientists have discovered a lot of bacteria in raw meat, so I feel it is dangerous to serve the meat raw, by cooking it we are killing the hidden bacteria’s.  If you still choose to serve your dog raw meat then please choose organic, this also applies to feeding your dogs marrow bones and chicken wings etc. for treats as we really don’t know what is in the marrow if not organic especially chickens as they are feed a lot of hormones these days which we are then feeding to our dogs. 

To keep your pets healthy use the guideline below.


Meat 40 – 60% of the meal

Other veg or grain please adjust accordingly

Commercial dog food wet and dry

Dry food was originally designed for convenience, over time they started to add the nutrition so then it became convenient and perfect nutrition which will keep for a long period of time.

Dry food has only 10% water in it as it is protected from mould, each company now has a different nutrition guideline you can now buy high quality, expensive ones.  If you really believe that this is all they need to eat their whole life, then I ask you to eat just one piece to try what kind of taste and texture you are feeding your dog, if you choose not to eat this then please consider why you don’t want to and think about how it is made? If you don’t know the answer then why are you feeding this to your dog?  Natural food has more than 80% water in it, if you starting to doubt what you are feeding your dog or need some more knowledge then please contact Chew Chew.

Wet food or tinned food has more than 70% water in it, this is also convenient and has more flavour than dry food dogs will tell you which brands they like and dislike.  I also ask you to try this yourself but before you do please check the preservatives and added food colouring.  Please consider this the next time you feed your dog.

When I first started selling in the markets I met many different types of dogs and their owners, I met owners whose dogs were 18 & 19 years old, I always asked them “what do you feed your dog”?, their reply was “not so special food just the same things that I eat”, I always asked “have you ever given the commercial dry or wet food to your dog”?, their answer was always the same “no way”.  This is a true story.




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