Frequently Asked Questions
Where is NatureDog located?
NatureDog is located at Unit 6 17-19 Edinburgh St, Oakleigh South, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12 – 5pm are the best hours to visit. SMS or Ring 0409 004 630 for appointment outside of these hours.
Can I buy NatureDog in retail outlets?
Yes, NatureDog is available at the following retail outlets?in Melbourne –
Doncaster East – Canine Elegance – 958 Doncaster Road
Fitzroy North – Wild Things Food – 228-230 St George’s Road
NEW!! Middle Park – Middle Park IGA Supermarket – 19-21 Armstrong St
Moonee Ponds – Count Dogula’s – 493 Mt Alexander Road
North Melbourne – The Paw Principality – 60 Errol Street
NEW!! Prahran – The Prahran Grocer – 87 High St Prahran
NEW!! Point Cook – Point Cook Dog Training & Day Care – 4/399-401 Old Geelong Rd, Hoppers Crossing
Yarraville – For My Petz -?89 Anderson Street
Can I pick up from you?
Yes you can pick up direct from our warehouse on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday 12 – 5. We not only sell our Nature Dog products but also a small selection of raw meaty bones. Bulk raw meat is also available. Please call and let us know you’re coming…in case we’re out delivering!! Phone 0409004630
Can I get NatureDog at the Farmers’ Market?
Yes! On the 3rd Saturday of each month Gasworks Farmer’s Market, Gasworks Art Park 21 Graham Street Albert Park. 8am – 1pm. Please let us know in advance if you would like to pickup any special orders from the markets. Thanks! Click here for a list of dates.
How much do I feed my dog?
Click here to calculate how much to feed your dog. It is recommended that a healthy active dog be fed 2 – 3% of their body weight each day. To do this, multiply the weight of your dog by 2 or 3 and this will give you the total amount of food they need per day in grams. Nature Dog recommends that of this total you feed 50% Nature Dog and a minimum of 50% raw meaty bones. If you have a puppy, please contact us for more information.
I have a 10kg dog. How much will it cost to feed per week?
For example, a 10kg dog will eat approximately 200 – 300 grams of food per day. So if you feed say, 250 grams of food per day this works out as 125 grams of Nature Dog, and 125 grams of raw meaty bones. This works out to cost $10.50 for the one kilo of Nature Dog from which you would get 8 meals, plus however much you spend on the raw meaty bones. You can vary the ratio of Nature Dog to raw meaty bones depending on your budget and the eating habits of your dog.
I have two 30kg dogs. How much will it cost to feed them?
Currently Nature Dog has a number of customers with two dogs of 30kgs plus who order 6 x 2kgs tubs of the Chicken, Kangaroo, Rabbit and Beef mix per month. Total cost $120 plus raw meaty bones and whatever else they decide to feed. A 30kg dog would eat approximately 600 grams of food per day. 300 grams of Nature Dog plus 300 grams of raw meaty bones. The owner of two 25kg dogs spends $63 per six weeks plus raw meaty bones. You can vary the ratio of Nature Dog to raw meaty bones depending on your budget and the eating habits of your dog.
What if my dog is overweight?
Feed your dog less. Nature Dog makes it easy to manage how much food you are feeding your dogs. Feel your dog. If you can’t feel their ribs…too fat…cut back on the amount of food given. If you can see their ribs…feed them more!!!!
What type of Raw Meaty Bones do I feed my dog?
Feed any type of bone that can be totally consumed and chewed by your dog. Preferably from a young animal as the bone is softer – Chicken wings / necks / frames. Turkey wings / frames. Beef ribs / brisket bone. Lamb necks/lamb frames. Whole fish (with bone). Goat ribs / necks. Venison ribs/necks. Whole quail. Duck wings / neck / frames Big marrow bones are okay for your dog to have for a few hours, but once the marrow has gone and the excitement has worn off these bones are often left to rot in the back yard. Old bones become brittle and are often regurgitated. Old bones too can cause injuries to teeth as they become very hard when baked in the sun for a few days.
My dog has pancreatitis. Can they eat Nature Dog?
Yes, your dog needs less fat in its diet. Nature Dog produces a single protein which contains all the veggies and fruit plus low fat Kangaroo meat. Beautiful!
My dog needs a low protein diet. Can they eat Nature Dog?
Yes, Nature Dog will make up your food according to your dog’s diet. We are currently feeding dogs on a low protein diet and the results from the vet have been 100% each time! Very happy owners and dogs!
My dog loved the food for a couple of days and then stopped eating!!
Yes, this can happen. You have just fed your dog the most nutritious meal its’ ever had!! What a change! And so what can happen is that for the first time in its life your dog is satisfied or full. They don’t want any more food and so might refuse to eat for a day or two. This is perfectly normal and is excellent for your dog’s health. Giving the digestive tract a rest is quite okay.
Is it okay not to feed my dog for a day or two?
Yes, it is perfectly okay to give your dog a ‘day off’ food at least once a week. What, I hear you say? Yes, giving your dog a rest from food gives their digestive tract a rest. If you consider a dog in the wild it does not necessarily eat every single day. This allows the digestive tract to fully eliminate all food and thoroughly digest what has been eaten. It is quite healthy for dogs to have one (some people say two) days a week off the food. No, they will not starve and it does not hurt them at all. It is just very hard for the owner when you have those loving eyes gazing at you as you devour some food!!! Did you know a dog can survive 50 days without food, but only 5 days without water – they are amazing animals. We do not recommend you test this please.
How do I switch my dog to raw food?
A question often asked is how do I switch my dog to a raw food diet? Some dogs will have no trouble at all as they are the type of dog that eats anything and it is easy to simply change their diet overnight. Other dogs can be quite fussy and therefore will take a bit more persistence on the owners part to achieve this objective. These dogs have trained their owners as to just exactly what they will and will not eat and so we continue to feed and over feed them. What needs to happen to influence a change in such dogs is that we need to fast them and use their hunger as a way of switching them to raw food. The problem is that most, if not all owners have trouble with such an idea. They believe that it is cruel. Point to note here is that you are not starving your dog but merely fasting your dog to provoke some real hunger so that it is ready to eat almost anything! The following points are some handy hints as to what to do when fasting your dog as you change from a diet of commercial food to a raw food diet courtesy of Ian Billinghurst (Give Your Dog A Bone 1993).
- Best just to check with your vet that there is no underlying condition that could be affected by fasting.
- Stop feeding your dog. It will still love you!
- Wait a few days and introduce raw food. A dog when hungry will eat almost anything.
- Another way to change a dogs eating habit is to gradually change the food over.
- Remember that the food you have been feeding will have flavour enhancers and salt added to which your dog will be addicted.
- So, we need to trick your dog into believing that nothing in its diet has changed.
- Know which food your dog really enjoys and then get it used to eating this in a finely minced state.
- Add to this the food you would like your dog to eat. Mince it and add a tiny amount to its favourite food. It must be a very small amount like half a teaspoon well mixed in so that your dog does not detect it. If your dog is hungry this will help.
- Now very gradually start to increase the amount of new food to the old food very gradually.
- Remember persistence will pay off in the end.
- Gradually reduce the amount of mincing until you are feeding the dog in the form you want it to be fed.
- Vegetables that the dog does not eat may need to be really pulverized. The texture of a vegetable can be a deterrent and plays a major part in switching to raw food. If your dog is picking out bits of vegetable then the size of this must be reduced.
- Achieving the switch will mean a happier and healthier dog!
- For the first time in its life the dog may be totally satisfied and so does not want to eat for a few days.
- Fast the dog for a day or two and feed as normal with the new food.
- Some owners are so used to feeding their dogs constantly that they think the dog does not like this food and take the easy option and give the dog the commercial food they are so addicted to!!
- If your dog is older and not used to eating raw food as it has been on the commercial diet all its life, then start with partly raw and partly cooked food.
- The aim is to gradually get your dog used to the healthier food option.
- Abrupt changes in an old dogs diet can mean total rejection or when eaten, diarrhoea.
- Gradually reduce the amount of cooking until the food is being consumed in its raw state.
- Your happy pooch will thank you!
Acknowledgements: Billinghurst, I. 1993 Give Your Dog A Bone. Warrigal Publishing, Bathurst, NSW.