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NEW grain-free Lamb formula from Taste of the Wild

Monday, June 17th, 2013

In yet another indication that grain-free pet foods are the new “IT girl”, Taste of the Wild has released a new flavour to their entirely grain-free range.

Their Sierra Mountain formula  is a lamb protein, grain-free formula for all life stages (ie. puppies, adult dogs and seniors) with sweet potatoes and peas providing highly digestible energy for your dog. 

Made with real roasted lamb, this formula offers a taste sensation like no other. It’s a 25% crude protein meal that’s supplemented with fresh fruits and veggies that are loaded with antioxidants. Plus, added chicory root reduces your bestie’s risk of worms. 

 Key benefits of the Sierra Mountain (lamb) formula:-

- Chelated minerals boost the immune systems

- Made without grains, a common allergy trigger for dogs

- Yucca Schidigera extract aids gastrointestinal system and reduces odour in stools

- Taurine protects the heart

- Cranberries offer bacteria prevention and fight acid urine

So, if you’re searching for a healthy, grain-free diet for your bestie, consider Taste of the Wild.  In addition to their new Lamb recipe, there’s Wetlands Roasted Fowl, Pacific Stream Smoked Salmon and High Prairie Bison & Venison flavours.

All recipes are made with real roasted meats and fresh fruits and vegetables to support a strong immune system, healthy digestive system and overall optimal health.

 

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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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Artemis Osopure Grain Free to replace Maximal line

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

In yet another indication of the rapid rise in popularity of grain-free pet foods, Artemis has announced they will be replacing their grain-free Maximal dog food product with THREE new grain-free lines early in 2013.

The new Osopure Grain Free range contains three different & nutritious recipe formulas - Bison, Duck & Salmon – all without grains but mixed with Garbanzo Beans which are an excellent source of carbohydrate, fibre and other essential nutrients.

All contain approximately 24% protein and come with the trusted Artemis Guarantee that NONE of their products contain any corn or soy, any wheat or wheat gluten, rice protein concentrate and no added chemical preservatives, artificial additives or by-products.

Buy why are grain-free foods becoming so popular? We’ve blogged about this a lot (see ‘Safety in Numbers) but perhaps we can answer it with this simple explanation. Evolutionary history shows that our 4-legged besties are natural hunters and carnivores, not grain eaters. Through hundreds of years of domestication, dogs have retained a nearly identical digestive system to their wolf ancestors so grains are considered ‘foreign’ and many dogs have shown an aversion to foods that contain too many grains.

These aversions show in symptoms such as itchy skin, hot spots, yeast problems in ears and sensitive stomachs. However, medical research shows that a simple diet of real protein sources (ie; salmon, bison, chicken, lamb, etc) balanced with a non-grain carbohydrate seems to be offering permanent relief.

Have a chat to your Vet and read the labels on the products. Pookinuk sells many brands which each have grain-free formulas (Artemis, Canidae, Earthborn, EVO, Taste of the Wild) and they all vary in fat and protein levels. Some products can be quite high in fat and protein (up to 40%) which may suit some dogs but not all.  The new Osopure Grain Free lines contain 24% protein and 14% fat which is a fair balance.

Here are 6 reasons why you might consider the new Osopure Grain Free range:-

  1. An holistic grain-free formula packed with essential vitamins and minerals is designed to help support your dog’s overall well-being.
  2. Tomato pomace and potato fibre are two natural fibre sources that help support your pet’s digestive system.
  3. Quality protein sources, rich in amino acids, are hand selected for the Osopure grain-free range in order to provide optimum fundamental nutrition for your pet.
  4. The Osopure Grain Free range is carefully crafted to supply the necessary nutrition to your dog at every stage of life, from puppy to the golden years!
  5. Fruits and vegetables provide natural antioxidants to help support your dog’s healthy lifestyle.
  6. Garbanzo Beans & Sweet potatoes are excellent sources of carbohydrates, fibre and other essential nutrients which help your dog stay active all day.

Available from  January 2013, these three new Osopure recipe formulas will be added to our fast-growing section of Grain Free products. You now have loads more choice and more options for your pet’s food.

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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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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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Innova, EVO Grain Free & California Natural ARE BACK IN STOCK

Monday, July 30th, 2012

We’ve put  the ‘out of stock’ sign away because new shipments of Innova, EVO Grain Free & California Natural have finally arrived.

I guess its testament to the high demand for these uber-quality brands that put them out of stock in the first place. And it possibly took the importer by surprise but stocks are now back in abundance.

If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, here’s a quick summary of what’s so good about these popular North American pet food brands:

Innova – uber-premium pet food made from farm-fresh ingredients from the five main food groups. Premium, natural & holistic nutrition.

EVO Grain Free – Not just high protein, grain free food but low carb as well. Extreme nutrition for your pet producing strong, lean bodies without sacrificing energy levels. Just as nature intended.

California Natural – pure & simple nutrition using only one protein ingredient – no fillers, no chemicals, no additives.

To place an order for any of these brand’s products and receive delivery straight to your door, go to www.pookinuk.com.au.

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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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Artemis Maximal – for the record is NOT IRRADIATED!!

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

For some reason we seem to be getting feedback that one of our most popular brands, Artemis, is irradiated. Just for the record – this is certainly NOT the case.

The whole irradiation topic became top of mind around two years ago when a brand called Orijen became available in the Australian marketplace. Orijen is still a highly successful brand in the American marketplace, with one of its key points of difference is that the recipe is cooked at low temperatures. This point of difference however was its downfall, as all petfood coming into the Australian marketplace that is cooked at low temperatures must be irradiated upon entry into the country.

The Artemis Fresh Mix range is a combination of real chicken, vegetables, fruits, brown rice and essential minerals. They also have a grain free product called Maximal. A key feature of the Artemis range is that it does not contain any wheat, soy or corn, commonly known as fillers and all three seem to have strong links to allergies and skin issues.

Another key feature of the Artemis range is that the manufacturing process involves a cooking method which raises the inner core temperature of the kibble above 100 degrees, which means it can be imported into the country without the need for irradiation.

So just to set the record straight, Artemis Fresh Mix, Artemis Maximal and Artemis Osopure and Artemis canned variety’s, both cat and dog, are safe to feed to your best friends without fear of irradiation!

 

 

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BLACK HAWK touches down at Pookinuk

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

NEW Black Hawk pet food

When it comes to pet food, do the words “Australian-made” float your boat? What about “holistic” or “no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives” or “complete & balanced nutrition“? Or maybe it’s the word “affordable” that gets your heart racing? Well, we’ve got just the thing and it fits all these descriptions and more!

Black Hawk is developed by breeders, is 100% Australian-made as well as being affordable, holistic, super premium and extremely nutritious. And it’s just touched down at Pookinuk!

We get excited when a new dry dog food product comes along that we know our customers are going to love. And we count our customers as both the two-legged and four-legged kind! If you’ve got a dog, puppy or cat, there’s a Black Hawk product they’ll love.

Just a little background:- After a health scare prompted her to look at her own diet as well as her dogs, Sherel, the founding owner of Black Hawk Pet Care, thoroughly researched pet foods and their ingredients. Showing dogs for most of her life and owning Australian Grand Champion “Kylain Black Hawk” (an exceptional German Shepherd), Sherel had a pretty good reason to make sure her dogs were eating the best dog food possible.

She listed all the ingredients relevant to pet food and formed three lists. List A = Ingredients that matter; List B = Ingredients that are OK; and List C =Ingredients that are not OK. From there she researched every dry food on the market to determine how healthy they were and if they were suitable for her pets.

To cut a long story short, her investigations revealed there was only one dry food using all the ingredients in List A. It was made in Australia and importantly it DIDN’T contain any wheat, corn, soy or artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. BIG TICK! Sherel began feeding it to her dogs and after a short period of time, began getting feedback from friends and family who noticed how well her dogs looked. Their coats were shiny and soft, their muscle tone had improved and their overall condition was excellent. Other positive benefits included a reduction in stools, increased energy levels, brighter eyes and more contentment overall.

Black Hawk was born. It’s a world class, super premium dry food at an affordable and realistic price. There’s a Lamb & Rice formula for dogs and puppies while cats are offered a Chicken & Rice formula. All formulas come in two sizes - 3kg (from $25.95) and 20kg (from $104.95). Give it a try!

Black Hawk for puppies Black Hawk for cats

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Grain Free – safety in numbers?

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Grain Free Diets – it doesn’t seem that long ago that we had 1 Grain Free Diet in the Pookinuk range, now we have 17 in total. 11 Dog and 6 cat grain free diets. It is all due to existing American brands making their way into the Australian market, much to the delight of the discerning pet owner here in Australia. Brands such as Artemis, Canidae, Earthborn, Evo, Innova and Taste of the Wild are all now available in Australia.

Most of these brands have more traditional diets utilising fibre sources such as brown rice, pearled barley, or even oatmeal to balance up their diets, however Taste of the Wild is an all GRAIN FREE offering.

Some customers in the early days were concerned about the high fat and high protein combination of the grain free diets with some diets as high as 42% Protein and 22% Fat. Some dogs do extremely well on these very high percentages and for others it is too rich a diet. Now however there is an enormous choice of different combinations with the lowest on offer being a 25% Protein and 15% Fat balance.

It is little wonder that the Grain Free diets have come into vogue given the amount of phonecalls we receive at Pookinuk regarding allergy issues. Things such as itchy skin, hot spots, yeast problems in ears, sensitive stomachs etc are a very common issue. Thankfully these Grain Free diets 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 these dogs suffering allergy issues relief.

Regardless of your preference between brands if you are considering a grain free diet for your dog or cat you now certainly have a wide variety of choice , after all there is safety in numbers!

Grain Free Diets (alphabetically listed)
DOGS:
Artemis Maximal - 42% Protein, 22% Fat
Canidae PureLand – 25% Protein, 15% Fat
Canidae PureSky – 34% Protein, 16% Fat
Canidae PureSea – 40% Protein, 20% Fat
Canidae PureElements – 34% Protein, 18% Fat
Earthborn Primitive Natural - 38% Protein, 20% Fat
Earthborn Coastal Catch – 32% Protein, 18% Fat
Evo Turkey and Chicken – 42% Protein, 22% Fat
Taste of the Wild Roasted Fowl – 32% Protein, 18% Fat
Taste of the Wild Smoked Salmon – 25% Protein, 15% Fat
Taste of the Wild Bison and Venison – 32% Protein, 18% Fat

CATS:
Earthborn Primitive Feline – 44% Protein, 20% Fat
Earthborn Wild Sea Catch – 44% Protein, 20% Fat
Evo Cat and Kitten – 50% Protein, 22% Fat
Felidae Pure Sea – 40% Protein, 20% Fat
Felidae Pure Elements – 39% Protein, 20% Fat
Taste of the Wild Venison Salmon – 42% Protein, 18% Fat

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