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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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“You are what you eat” also applies to your pet

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

We stock a lot of premium, high quality brands of pet food and one of the most popular is Holistic Select. Unfortunately, supply issues in Australia have affected this brand over the past twelve months and a lot of their loyal customers have found alternatives.

But that’s all about to change. A new Australian distributor has been appointed and they (and Holistic Select’s American parent company) assure us that they are committed to constant supply and re-establishing the brand’s Australian popularity. To help them along, we thought we’d put the spotlight on this brand and tell you why you should consider it for Fido or Kitty!

(Buy Holistic Select from Pookinuk this week* and you won’t pay for shipping (metro areas only) PLUS you’ll receive a FREE bag of all-natural dog treats worth $19.95).

Holistic Select takes the “you are what you eat” philosophy and applies it wholeheartedly to their pet foods. The label you see featured below illustrates just how serious they are about the ingredients in their pet foods. They only include high quality real ingredients, not fillers, to provide an holistic, natural and balanced diet for your pet.

At the crux of their philosophy is the digestive health of your pet. When the digestive system isn’t working properly, toxins that should be excreted instead travel into the blood stream and throughout the body. The Vets and nutritionists at Holistic Select have therefore formulated their recipes to encourage a healthy gut. High quality meat meals (proteins) are the basis of all their recipes.

Contained in all their recipes are:-

  • high quality, concentrated meat meals (protein) – some recipes contain a single protein source while others contain multiple proteins
  • whole grains as carbohydrates
  • fruit & vegetables
  • natural fibre (oatmeal, flaxseed or beet pulp)
  • probiotics – the “good bacteria”
  • prebiotics
  • digestive enzymes
  • phytonutrients that act as antioxidants

For a detailed explanation of the Holistic Select philosophy, click here to go to their Blog or their American website. There’s also plenty of customer testimonials to read also – click here.

Holistic Select is produced in North America by WellPet, a small pet-loving family company – click here to find out more about them.

Or give us a call – we love answering questions about pet food!  T: 1300 65 66 75.

* November 3-11, 2011.

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Our first ever Pookinuk Pooch Parade

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Who had the most fun? Well that’s a good question …. we think everyone did! Our first ever Pooch Parade went off without a hitch … or any lost dogs!

Winner of Best Dressed .... The Hoff (a.k.a. Ted)!

 The fancy-dressed dogs, the eager owners and kids showing off their tricks and even Monty the Great Dane with the very long tail …. all who participated had a barking good time so thanks to everyone for making our very first Pooch Parade a great success.  You can see the photos on our Facebook page.

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Earthborn Holistic® Natural Dog Food now at Pookinuk

Monday, November 15th, 2010

You’ve got to love Earthborn Holistic®’s mantra -  Caring about the nutritional needs of your dog, but also about the environment and the earth we inhabit.  Earthborn Holistic® is whole food nutrition born from the earth. Love your dog. Love your planet!

We love that! And that’s why we’ve added Earthborn’s delicious, protein rich and natural dog food to our Pookinuk range.

Earthborn's range of holistic, natural dog food

Each carefully selected ingredient has a purpose. Earthborn chooses nature’s finest digestible proteins, fruits, and vegetables, and an exact blend of vitamins, minerals, and omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Every formula, including their grain-free food, offers delicious options for your dog’s unique nutritional needs.

There’s 4 products in the range:-

Adult Vantage helps condition your dog for life, with quality animal proteins such as chicken meal and whitefish meal.

Puppy Vantage offers optimal holistic nutrition for the special needs of growing puppies.

Ocean Fusion is a great alternative food for your adult dog. Whitefish meal and menhaden fish meal are the only animal protein sources in this formula.

Primitive Natural Grain-Free formula – formulated without grain or gluten, and high in protein (turkey, chicken & white fish meal), this special formula is ideal as a high-protein, grain-free alternative diet.

Each variant comes in 3 sizes. Starting from $35.95 for 2.7kg, there’s two other sizes available – 6.3kg ($69.95) and 12.7kg ($101.95).

Earthborn Holistic® offers a wholesome approach to nutrition, with high-quality ingredients that nourish the whole dog. Every Earthborn dog food formula is designed to offer balanced nutrients that support your dog’s overall health and physical well-being.  Available at Pookinuk now.  Look after your dog & the planet at the same time!

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$20 off Eagle Pack Natural

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Love Eagle Pack’s Natural Formula? Or perhaps your dog would like to try a new food?  One of our specials for May is a discount off the price of 15kg Eagle Pack Natural. Normally priced at around $99.95, we’re currently selling this super premium product for $79.95.  This special price won’t last long so order before end May.

May special - $20 off 15kg Natural Formula

May special - $20 off 15kg Natural Formula

Made in the U.S., Eagle Pack’s Natural Formula is ideal for adult dogs of all sizes and breeds. The main ingredient is lamb meal from range-fed sheep but also features quality carbohydrates such as oatmeal, rice and corn.  Each is bought as whole grains, are naturally pesticide-free and ground fresh for each production run.
This formula does not contain soy or wheat. Eagle Pack base their choice of Natural formula carbohydrates on findings that suggest soy causes gas and wheat has been tested as one of the top three ingredients known to cause allergies.
Natural Formula has proven extremely beneficial to German Shepherds, Boxers, and other breeds suffering from digestive tract and weight and coat problems and has been proven on Large and Giant breeds for over a decade.
To place an order, click here or to find out more about Eagle Pack’s range of super premium dog & cat foods, go to Eagle Pack.

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Raw Food Options

Monday, April 12th, 2010
Our Blog “Why raw food ?” talks about the benefits of a raw food diet for dogs and cats. We’ve had lots of customer enquiries so here’s an overview of the raw food products we are currently stocking.
Dr Bruce’s VETS ALL NATURAL Complete Mix:
Developed by Dr Bruce Syme, this product is an all natural food for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens that, when mixed with the appropriate ration of raw meat forms a fully balanced, 100% preservative and additive free, completely natural raw food diet for dogs and cats.  
Complete Mix for dogs

Complete Mix for dogs & cats.

Complete Mix is manufactured in strict accordance with the principles of raw food. Ingredients are air dried at, or below, body temperature to prevent any thermal damage to proteins, vitamins and enzymes.
The mix is designed to be reconstituted by soaking in an equal volume of water for 24 hours which increases palatability but also allows the germination (activation) of the starch in the grains, increasing their digestibility, nutritional value, and bio-availability.
Here at Pookinuk we pride ourselves on sourcing a variety of different pet foods and therefore being able to offer our customers a range of products to suit their individual (and pet’s) requirements. So, we’re pleased to offer this product amongst our stable of brands. 
The Vet’s All Natural range consists of 4 formulas:  Puppy,  Adult & Senior Dog,  Weight Loss for Dog,  Cat. The variations are designed to meet the individual needs of dogs and cats at different life stages with regard to level of growth, energy, and nutrient requirements.
Each of these are available in 3 sizes: 1kg (bag), 5kg (bag), and 15kg (bucket or carton refill). 
We’ve just been introduced to a new type of dog food which is quite unique to the Australian market. Its called K9 Natural and it’s a raw dog food that’s nutritionally based on the diet of the dog’s closest relative, the wolf. (According to K9 Natural, research has shown that the DNA of the domestic dog is at most only 0.2% removed from that of the Grey Wolf.)
A freeze dried raw food

A freeze dried raw food

I fed this to my dogs last night (they’re fluffy, poodle crosses so not particularly wolf-like in appearance, appetite or looks!) - THEY LOVED IT! You  mix it with a little water, stir and leave it for a few minutes and it turns into a delicious smelling (for a dog), chunky gravy meal.

K9 Natural’s philosophy is based on the fact that canines are carnivores and, according to K9 Natural, when you understand these basic principles of nature and canine physiology, raw feeding with species-appropriate ingredients makes a lot of sense. Furthermore, when put into practice it can deliver great benefits for your dog.

K9 Natural is a revolutionary, freeze dried, raw dog food which combines the natural goodness of fresh whole foods with an absolute commitment to the true nutritional needs of canines.

The Freeze Dried products are not cooked.  The freeze drying process simply removes the moisture content and at no stage is heat applied.  The product returns to its original, fresh, raw state when water is added at feeding time.

K9 Natural contains only quality ingredients – 85% real meat, bone and blood, plus 15% fresh fruit and vegetables, whole eggs, garlic and cod liver oil.  K9 Natural DOES NOT contain additives, artificial preservatives, wheat, wheat gluten, rice, rice gluten, cereal bulking agents or corn.  Therefore, says K9 Natural, your dog is getting everything nature intended it to eat.

K9 Natural Freeze Dried requires no refrigeration, has an indefinite shelf life and comes in lightweight portable packs.  Also available as Lamb Treats.

See if raw  food makes a difference to your pet’s life.

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Australian Organic Dog Food – Biopet!

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Pookinuk is proud to now offer to its customers a range of fully certfied organic dog food, made right here in Australia. The range is called Biopet, has an Adult and Puppy variety, along with Organic Treats and even a Vegan product.


BiOpet’s manufacturing plant is also certified by ACO  (Australian Certified Organic) to produce organic petfood (Certification No 289P). It’s plant is audited annually by ACO to ensure the ACO organic processing guidelines are being adhered to. This organic certification assures the pet owners that BiOpet is indeed organic pet food.

The Biopet range is produced without the use of herbicides, pesticides or artificial fertilisers, is not irradiated & does not contain chemical additives or preservatives.

All materials are sourced from Australian Farmers or manufacturers, the Biopet brand is 100% Australian owned and made.

The Biopet range is a  cheaper alternative to such imported organic brands as Organix or Dick van Patten – Natural Balance (which is no longer available in Australia). Whilst not of the same quality of the Organix is still provides an economic option to the customers who would like to feed their dogs an Organic Dog Food Diet.

The ingredients list reads as follows: Wholegrain cereals and cereal by-products, vegetable proteins, animal proteins, Omega 3 vegetable oil, sea salt. Natural preservatives (Vitamin E)

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Why organic pet food?

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

With 3 dogs, 1 cat and a rabbit between us here at Pookinuk, we’re constantly on the look-out for cat & dog food products that will keep our furry friends in tip-top shape & health. Being strong believers in the old adage “you are what you eat”, we reckon this applies to our four-legged best friends as well!  We’ve seen the benefits of an organic diet so surely dietary changes can help our pets too.

And I don’t think we’re alone in this. Since the Natural Balance brand disappeared, customers are constantly asking us about the availability of a replacement organic pet food.

Research suggests that organic foods have many benefits for pets. Without totally plagiarising from an American website that we’re always referencing (, there are five key benefits:-

1) Reduction of skin ailments and allergies – because it’s free of artificial colors and flavor enhancers, chemical additives and toxic pesticides that could be the source of your pet’s allergies.

2) More energy and a healthy weight – dogs feel more satiated eating smaller amounts of tasty, nutrient-dense foods. An organic diet can help your pet lose weight, have more energy and therefore exercise more.

3) Fewer digestive disorders – easily digestible oats, barley or other natural whole grains and human-grade turkey, lamb or chicken make a huge difference to your pet’s digestive system. Rather than consuming corn or other bulk fillers and chemical additives, your pet will ingest only what it needs for healthy metabolic functioning.

4) Better overall health & stronger immunity – because an organic diet is more digestible, our pets are likely to absorb rather than eliminate more of the nutrients they require to maintain a healthy immune system. Boosting your pet’s immunity may help prevent costly infections and illnesses that require vet care.

5) Quality of life and longevity - a luxurious, shiny coat, energy to run and play, a healthy weight and a strong immune system can maximize your dog’s life expectancy and quality of life into old age.

OK it might be more expensive but it might help delete that even more expensive vet bill!

So, we’ve been on the look-out for a top quality organic product for quite some time and we’re excited to say that we think we’ve found it. Made by Castor & Pollux in the U.S., their Organix range meets all U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements and it doesn’t have to be irradiated when it hits our shores (good thing!).

Organix pack shot - there's Adult dog, Puppy & Cat formulas

Organix pack shot - there's Adult dog, Puppy & Cat formulas

Organix dog & cat food products comply with all USDA National Organic Program requirements, which means that each and every ingredient in Organix including those that aren’t organic are reviewed and approved by an organic certifying agency that enforces all USDA requirements.  Which means that the words “organic” or “‘certified organic” on the Organix labels are bona fide!

Organic ingredients must have no pesticides, no synthetic fertilizers, no antibiotics, no growth hormones, no bio-engineering (no GMOs).  Certified organic, free-range chicken is the #1 ingredient in all the Organix dry formulas with organic brown rice, organic peas, organic carrots and organic flaxseed completing the mix for a wholesome, balanced diet. Buy it online and get it delivered to your door from Pookinuk Pet Supplies – we stock the Adult Dog, Puppy & Cat dry formulas as well as the canned range.

It comes in a 1.3kg bag which makes it easy to give it a try. See if you can see the organic difference and let us know what you think!

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