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Sensitive tummies are yelling S.O.S. for help!

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Like humans, our 4-legged best friends also suffer from food intolerances and allergies.

Allergies occur due to a prolonged exposure to a single protein. By rotating diets we can help prevent this. By offering single protein diets we can also help prevent this. So ….. here’s some good news for 4-pawed sufferers.

Artemis has just released a highly specialised formula based on specifically omitted sources. Called S.O.S. (Specifically Omitted Sources), it is comprised of fewer than 10 ingredients, plus vitamins and minerals, to hone in on any special dietary needs your dog may have…because sometimes paying attention to what isn’t there is just as important as what is. In layman’s terms, it’s a food specially designed for dogs who need to limit their protein source due to allergies or intolerances.

With three flavours (Salmon, Duck & Lamb) to choose from, your dog can be sure he is getting the protein that’s right for him. As individual animals have different levels of enzymes some animals assimilate nutrients from one source better than another. By providing a variety we allow our animals an optimal chance to get the best assimilation.

Artemis is dedicated to providing not only healthy pet food but promoting a whole-line or holistic approach to caring for animals. They believe that achieving a balance of all parts – all aspects of an animal’s life - enables them to thrive.

Because a healthy life style begins with nutrition, Artemis creates pet foods that balance all the necessary proteins, fats,  carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, resulting in a food that is greater than the sum of its parts. A holistic approach also encompasses disease prevention and finding ways to support the natural healing process. Their products are developed with the idea that prevention is the best cure and they have gone the extra mile by incorporating fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs and digestive enzymes to truly meet all the nutritional requirements.

The S.O.S. .range is available in a dry kibble in 3.4kg and 12.7kg size bags at special introductory prices ($34.36 for the 3.4kg/$82.36 for 12.7kg) for a short time only.

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Joint health gets a boost!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Here’s great news for dogs (& humans) who suffer joint soreness or arthritis. The Rosehip fruit has been found to act as a natural anti-inflammatory!

We always talk about glucosamine and chondroitin when it comes to joint health and osteoarthritis so this news about Rosehips is BIG!

We were contacted recently by the people at The Rosehip Specialists about a new product of theirs called Rose-hip Vital Canine. For more than ten years their Rose-Hip Vital with GOPO (for human consumption) has been available in pharmacies and health food stores throughout Australia. It has been hugely successful so after 30 scientific papers, including 6 double-blind placebo trials on humans, dogs and horses, unique to Rose-Hip Vital, they are delighted to finally be able to offer a product for dogs. (There will soon be a product for horses).

It’s the first natural product registered by the APVMA (Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority) since new guidelines were introduced for the registration of Complementary Herbal Remedies in 2009. Having had some experience with this process, we know how difficult and costly it can be to get this registration!

Rose-hip Vital Canine is plant based and is made from 100% pure and natural Rosehip fruit with no additional additives. Unlike many other complimentary therapies for joint health, the product doesn’t contain any animal ingredients, including shellfish. Nor does it contain yeast, gluten, wheat, dairy, lactose or genetically modified ingredients. Additionally there are no known side effects or contraindications and it is shown to be well tolerated.

A patented manufacturing and drying process activates a compound found only in Rose-Hip Vital products which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.  Rose-Hip Vital Canine is a clinically proven 100% natural anti-inflammatory, power antioxidant and rich natural source of Vitamin C, which may be of benefit for improving the joint health and general well-being of active and ageing dogs. Throughout the APVMA application process the people at Rosehip Specialists actively seeded the product with both dog owners and Vets with amazingly positive results.

“What an amazing difference Rosehip Vital has made to our 9 year old red cattle dog, Wally. Wally has a history of back injury but thanks to Rosehip Vital he is now enjoying a new lease on life. Wally is more active as he is moving a lot easier. Other people have commented that this is the best they have seen him look for a long time. We were concerned that Wally’s history of back problems would shorten his lifespan but thanks to Rosehip Vital we are confident that Wally will be enjoying life for many more years.” (Melissa from Bucca, QLD)

For more testimonials, check out Rose-Hip Vital Canine’s website.

It’s available in two sizes (150g and 500g) and as an introductory special, we’ve taken 10% off the price (until March 2013).  If your dog is an active or ageing dog, then for joint health and general well-being try Rose-Hip Vital Canine.


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Rogz – the cool and hip lifestyle brand for pets

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

With summer spreading its lovely warmth everywhere there’s a very strong urge to get out and about with your pet and enjoy the outdoors.

One of the brands we sell bases its entire personality around that urge. And the Rogz brand of collars, leads, toys, ID tags and bowls are walking out the door so fast, you’d think they had legs!

Their popularity is, according to the two South Africans who started the business 7 years ago, a lot to do with the brand’s personality. They based it on their own lifestyle – surfing, outdoors, sport and fun – and it struck a chord.

All their products boast few frills, no fuss, great looks and great quality. Check out their Utility range of collars, leads and harnesses and you’ll see exactly what Rogz is all about. Funky colours and reflective webbing (for the outdoors) is the mainstay of this range.

Rogz Utility collar in turquoise

Originally making surf-style sunglass cords and watch straps, Paul Fuller and Irene Raubenheimer started making pet accessories under the Rogz name when they saw an opportunity to create hip looking pet gear with personality. They also thought it offered an opportunity to kick back and enjoy more time surfing but its worldwide popularity has probably put an end to that!!

They’ve just launched a new range of gorgeous ‘Luna‘ bowls which are also proving very popular. Available in 5 different colours and 3 sizes, they start at $18.95.

Rogz 'Luna' bowl in orange

It’s a great story and one that’s sure to continue along its active, hip way for a long time to come. To check out the entire Rogz range available at Pookinuk, click here.

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Merry 2012 Christmas!

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Every year we shake our heads in disbelief that Christmas has come around again so quickly. This year is no different!

So, before the fat man in the red suit comes charging down all our chimneys, we’d like to say a very big THANK YOU for your custom and support this year. We’ve had a massively busy year full of new websites, (loads of) new products, new services and new premises thrown into the mix but it all adds up to what we hope is a better Pookinuk offering for you and your gorgeous pets.

We’ll be closing on Friday, December 21 for a little break but will be throwing open the doors on Wednesday, January 2 and look forward to helping you look after your loving, 4-pawed friends in 2013! All the best for a safe and happy Christmas and a fabulous New Year!


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Another NEW Grain Free flavour

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

The rise and rise in popularity of the grain-free foods for pets (see our previous post “Grain Free – safety in numbers“) has again been validated with the launch of another flavour to the Earthborn Holistic range.

Meadow Feast is a grain free, LAMB based diet for dogs that’s packed full of vegetables and fruit to ensure a protein rich, balanced diet.  It’s also gluten-free and high in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to ensure high energy and the development of lean muscle mass.

Without sounding like a broken record, a grain-free diet seems to be the answer for dogs suffering allergy issues. Things such as itchy skin, hot spots, yeast problems in ears and sensitive stomachs are a very common issue . Thankfully a grain-free diet seem to be combating these issues. A simple diet of real protein sources (ie; salmon, bison, chicken, lamb, etc) balanced with a non grain carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes seem to be giving relief to dogs suffering allergy issues.

So, if your dog (or cat) suffers from various allergies, maybe a grain free diet is the answer? Have a chat to your Vet first though and read the labels on the products. Some products can be quite high in fat and protein which may suit some dogs but not all. With the variety of different formulas on offer these days though, the protein & fat levels vary so we’re pretty sure you’ll find one that will suit your pet perfectly.

As always, give us a call if you have any queries. We’re more than happy to talk through the various grain-free ranges with you.

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EzyDog removes the shock and doubles the strength!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Does the prospect of “walkies” make you flinch and sigh with apprehension? Is that because your dog pulls, jumps around or lunges at anything that moves leaving you with sore arms and shoulders?

Well, the new EzyDog “Double-up” collars and “Zero Shock” leashes may be the answer.

Featuring two stainless steel D-rings to take the force and pull of your dog, strength and flexibility are the top features of this new range of “Double-up” collars.

To watch a video and see how it works, click here.

Made from the highest quality materials, the Double-up collar is non-rusting and features EzyDog’s soft touch Nylon webbing for comfort. Reflective stitching is incorporated for night time safety as well as an ID Attachment for your dog’s tags. EzyDog sure has doubled up on strength to triple the fun!

You don’t have to use the ‘Double-up” collar in conjunction with the “Zero Shock” leash but it’s definitely worth considering if your dog is a little hard to handle whilst out for ‘walkies’.

Protect against sudden move and jolts and make for a more enjoyable and comfortable walk with the ‘Zero Shock’ leash. The shock absorbing ‘Z’ component drastically reduces strain and pull on both your dog and the stretch acts to self correct your little (or big) furry friend. The leash also features a soft neoprene lined loop handle and there’s also an extra ‘traffic control’ handle at the short end of the leash for when you need close control of your dog.

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Don’t lose your dog in the dark! NEW Orbiloc safety lights.

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Check out this great NEW walking accessory that’s just landed on our shelves.

If you’re looking for a safety light for your dog, look no further. Developed by the military and used by professionals, the Orbiloc safety light is the ants pants when it comes to your dog’s safety.

Click here to watch a video.

Seen from up to 5km away, 100% waterproof and virtually indestructible, the Orbiloc light is backed by a 3 year warranty. That’s how good it is!

Attach it to your dog’s collar, lead or harness and you’ll never lose them in the dark again!

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Never run out of pet food again!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Sound the trumpets and fanfare! With much excitement, we are pleased to announce the launch of our Auto Delivery service which we hope will make your life a little easier because it means you will never run out of pet food again!

Take the hassle out of remembering to order the dog’s food. Take the hassle out of driving to the pet shop. Take the hassle out of lugging the pet food to and from the car.


With our Auto Delivery service, you choose how often you need a replenishment of your pet’s food, healthcare, kitty litter or any pet stuff and we’ll make sure it’s delivered to your door SO YOU ARE NEVER CAUGHT OUT EVER AGAIN!

Here’s some more reasons why our Auto Delivery service could work for you:

  • You’ll save up to $20 off your first order of food
  • You can change, add to or modify your order at any time
  • You stipulate the regularity of your order (eg. choose every week up to every 6 months – whatever suits you!)
  • You won’t be signing any contract so you’re free to cancel at any time
  • You will still enjoy whatever specials may apply at the time of despatch (what does that mean? Let’s say that Artemis Fresh Mix Adult is your pet food of choice and you get a 13.6kg bag delivered every 6 weeks. If your scheduled delivery occurs during a period when Artemis Fresh Mix Adult is on special, then you will automatically enjoy the special price).
  • Your pet’s food & other requirements will be delivered automatically when you need it.

It’s easy to set-up: just click on the ‘Subscription Type’ heading after you’ve added some pet food to your cart to tell us how often you want to receive a regular delivery. That’s it, you’re done! You’ll never run out of pet food again! We’ll send you an email a few days before your scheduled delivery so you can double-check you’ve got everything you need and then ….. VOILA, you and your pet will never, ever be left high & dry again!

Receive regular shipments of all your pet’s needs? You gotta love that!

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Check out the Super Model of Kitty Litter trays ….

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Say hello to ModKat! We’ve been hunting after these ultra groovy litter boxes for a while now so we’re very pleased to say that we now stock them. And we challenge you to find a better-looking kitty litter tray!!

No longer will you have to hide the cat’s litter tray!! Embracing form and function, the ModKat is the most stylish looking cat litter box we’ve ever seen.
The award winning ModKat Litter Box’s modern design compliments any room, while the enclosed base and “rooftop access” allows your cat the privacy needed to do his or her business.

Available in four colours (black, red, yellow and white) for $220, if you buy one from Pookinuk now, we’ll throw in a couple of bags of Greenies feline treats.

You won’t find better style anywhere else!

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The science of pet nutrition = Nutrience

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Pet nutrition has come a long way in the last decade. But I guess it’s not just restricted to pets! The whole western world has gone crazy over anything to do with nutrition, exercise, organics, obesity, beauty, quality ingredients, cooking and so on. But back to pets for a moment.

Pet nutrition is a serious issue. We go back to our argument that you wouldn’t feed your kids a fast food diet every day so why would you give it to your dog? The health benefits are virtually non-existent.

So, have a look at the ingredients in your pet’s food. Is it full of fillers, by-products, glutens and artificial colours & flavours? If so, it might be time to have a think about changing their diet.

A brand you might consider is Nutrience. They take pet nutrition very seriously. Originating in Canada, Nutrience has blended nutrition and science (hence the name!) to create a food for your dog or cat that has ‘no bad anything’ in it!  That means no by-products, no fillers, no added glutens, no artificial colours. 

A lot of people ask us ‘what are the fillers?’ We like this excerpt from Nutrience’s website: “Fillers are not dangerous, but are virtually useless ingredients in a food. They pass right through your pet, giving him very little nutrition. Fillers bulk up a food and help your pet feel satisfied after a meal, but since they contribute less to his nutrition than quality ingredients, he will need to eat a bigger portion of the food to meet his caloric and nutrient requirements. He eats more, you buy more; you are both better off buying and consuming less of a higher-quality food. Eating large volumes of food containing fillers also means more clean-up in the backyard! Nutrience foods do not contain fillers, and instead choose high-quality ingredients for its formulas.”

Many, many brands on the market include fillers. Again, have a look at the ingredients list on the back of your pet’s food packaging. If it contains fillers, you might want to think again about buying it next time.

So, now we know the non-benefit of fillers, it’s important to consider your pet’s nutrition seriously. If you want to see your pet in tip-top health, consider what you’re feeding them and think about the ingredients.

Perhaps it’s time you looked at Nutrience – at least you’d then know that you’re only feeding your pet the healthiest and most nutritious ingredients.

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