Posts Tagged ‘natural pet food’

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 rise and rise of natural pet food

Monday, April 30th, 2012

It was only five years ago that super premium brands like Eukanuba, Hills Science Diet and Advance were the leaders in the pet food industry with their dry, ‘healthy’ pet food formulas. They were heralded by the Vet industry as the healthy alternative to wet, gravy-rich brands such as Pal and the like.  How things have changed!

Now there’s loads of new kids on the block and they’re taking the pet food world by storm with their all-natural formulas. Pet owners have realised that the ‘you are what you eat’ philosophy applies to pets as well as humans! Subsequently, food that contains no chemicals, no artificial colours or flavours but does contain a host of all-natural ingredients is high on their shopping list.

We recently listened to a presentation by a U.S. manufacturer of pet foods who said they’ve been amazed at the rise in sales of all-natural pet food. They commented that “Today’s consumers want to feed their pets like family and even, to a greater and greater extent, like people. Consequently, natural pet food is taking the market by storm”. We liken this to believing that most people wouldn’t eat a fast-food diet (aka McDonalds/KFC) every day, so why would you give it to your pet?

When we started Pookinuk about four years ago, the pet food products available were a drop in the ocean compared to what’s available now. The expansion in the list of all-natural brands goes on forever …. Earthborn Holistic, Artemis, Holistic Select, Black Hawk, California Natural, Innova, Evo, Canidae, Eagle Pack, K9 Natural, Taste of the Wild, Dr Bruce’s Vets All Natural, Organix and Ziwi Peak … and it’s still expanding.

Furthermore, the science of pet nutrition has advanced in such a way that even these all-natural formulas are becoming specialised. The various protein & carbohydrate sources on offer (eg. Chicken & brown rice/Whitefish & sweet potatoes/Salmon & potato/Lamb & rice) are formulated in various amounts to suit different breeds of canines and felines based on their energy needs. Completely grain-free formulas are also becoming more popular. But that’s a whole different ball game …..

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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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Spring Specials At Pookinuk

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Step into Spring and enjoy our latest specials! Take out the fuss and back-breaking worry and get your pet food, accessories and healthcare delivered to your door.

Advance Bonus Bags are back – get up to 3kg extra food for free. Now’s a great time to try this super premium, Australian made pet food. Bonus bags available on Active, Adult All Breed, Adult Large Breed, Puppy Growth, Puppy Large Breed & Weight Control products for dogs. Plus Adult Cat. Offer available while stocks last.

Take 15% off the price of selected Hills Science Diet items.  The food the vets feed their dogs, Hill’s Science Diet large bags are on special this month – Hills Canine Large Breed 15kg, for example, is now $97.95 (was $114.95). Go to our website to see other Science Diet specials (available dog products only).

Take $20 off the price of 13.6kg bags of Grain Free products from Canidae. Now $99.95 (were $119.95). If you’re looking for a grain free fish or meat protein diet for your dog, try Canidae’s Salmon or All Life Stages Formula while it’s on special. This is an alternative to try if you’re an Eagle Pack Holistic customer who’s been waiting on stock replenishments.

** NEW ** All Natural Treats – our very own Pookinuk brand! We’re very excited about our new range of doggie treats. They’re all natural – no additives, no preservatives, no colourings – and they’re dehydrated and ready for munching and crunching! Lamb puffs (great for sensitive stomachs), Green-lipped Mussels (great for arthritis), Roo bites (very low in fat) and Bull sticks (nature’s toothbrush!). Only available at Pookinuk.

Save 15% off the RRP of Puppia’s range of leads, collars & harnesses:- Be the fashion leader with these gorgeous accessories. Puppia’s great new range of sparkling collars, colourful harnesses and matching leads are now available at Pookinuk and are certainly adding colour and glam to the world of dogs. Save 15% off the normal retail price when you buy from Pookinuk.

Flexi‘s retractable leads are all the rage – save 15% off the RRP for a limited time. We’ve added to our range and now have a varied range of colours, styles and lead lengths to cater for all requirements.

There you have it – our Spring specials in a nutshell. Saving you $$ and the fuss and bother of buying your pet food & accessories. Hope to see you at www.pookinuk.com.au soon.

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Canidae & Felidae – new to Pookinuk

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

New to our Pookinuk range is this economical & super premium pet food from the U.S. called Canidae (for dogs) and Felidae (for cats).  Listed as one of the Whole Dog Journal’s “Top Foods”, it’s an holistic, all natural, top quality dry food for dogs and cats. 

The range includes a variety of products to suit all dog’s & cat’s needs and tastes. They also have some grain free formulas (a great alternative for Artemis Maximal for Cats which has been discontinued).

All natural with variants to suit all dogs & cats

Grain free food for cats

Varieties available:-

The Canidae & Felidae range offers superior palatability, digestibility and nutritional benefits for your pets. All products are produced using stringent safety procedures (in USDA, FDA and AAFCO approved facilities) and meet the AAFCO Dog Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.

Dogs & cats love the taste of this all natural range. Probably because it includes high quality meat meals: chicken, turkey, lamb & fish with fresh lamb meat.

  • Nutritionally dense meals originate from meats processed in a human grade facility
  • Grain Free Formula with 80% meat protein and 20% vegetable and fruit protein – provides wholesome nutrition and increased energy levels.
  • CANIDAE Grain Free All Life Stages formula meets the AAFCO Dog Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.

All Natural Holistic Benefits

  • High Quality Meat Meals: Chicken, Turkey, Lamb, & Fish with Fresh Lamb Meat (Fish varieties includes 80% fish protein)
  • All Natural, High Quality, Holistic Pet Food
  • Super High Protein formula great for working breeds or dogs with high energy requirements
  • 80% of the total protein is derived from meat or fish, 20% from vegetables and fruits, and 0% from grains
  • Natural Ingredients Plus Essential Vitamins & Amino Acid Chelated Minerals
  • Naturally Preserved Herbal Formulation
  • Excellent Palatability
  • Contains Skin & Coat Conditioners to Maintain a Health Luxurious Coat
  • Balanced Omega 6 & 3 Fatty Acids & DHA
  • Superior Digestibility
  • Guaranteed Viable Micro-Organisms
  • Guaranteed Enzyme Activity to Help Break Down Cellulose
  • Made the CANIDAE Way with Superior Quality: No Corn, Wheat, Soy, Grain Fractions, Glutens or Fillers and Naturally Preserved.

Prices start from $69.95 for 6.8kg of Canidae (available in larger sizes) and $49.95 for  3.6kg of Felidae (available in 6.8kg also).

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Artemis Maximal – grain free diet for dogs

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

If you’re looking for a high protein, low carb, GRAIN FREE diet for your dog, Artemis Maximal might be just the thing.

Grain free diet - bonus bag offer at Pookinuk

Grain free diet - bonus bag offer at Pookinuk

And to promote trial, for a limited time Pookinuk is giving a 1.8kg bag away free with every 13.6kg purchase of Artemis Maximal dog formula.

The Maximal formula was created to ensure a balanced diet for those who have chosen the raw food option for their pet. A single source protein (chicken) eliminates possible allergy caused by multiple protein source.  There are no grains or beet pulp in this product.

Artemis is dedicated to providing not only healthy pet food but promoting a whole-life 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. Artemis Pet Food is an all natural product – they do not use any artificial colours, dyes or bleach.

Because a healthy lifestyle begins with nutrition, Artemis’ food balances all the necessary proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, to produce a super premium, entirely nutritional food for your pet. A holistic approach also encompasses disease prevention and finding ways to support the natural healing process. Their products were developed with the idea that prevention is the best cure so they have gone the extra mile and incorporated fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs and digestive enzymes to truly meet all the nutritional requirements.

Made in California, Artemis Pet Foods first arrived in Australia in January 2008. Artemis has been consistently listed in the Whole Dog Journal’s Top Approved Dry Dog Foods and once again in 2009 acheived this status.

Artemis Maximal is also available in 6.8kg bags as well as a formula for cats.  See if your pet benefits from this holistic, grain free approach. Give it a try!

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Choosing the right dog food

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Just read this great article published by the ‘Whole Dog Journal’ out of the U.S. about how to choose the right dog food.

We subscribe to this great publication (every February they publish their ‘Top Dog Food’ report) and are always impressed by their totally unbiased reporting on things that really matter in the world of dogs (and it’s not funded by advertisers!). 

whole dog journal

There’s no doubting that the quality and philosophy about pet food over the last decade or so has changed dramatically.  It’s now not considered beneficial for a dog or cat to live wholly on a wet diet. A good quality dry food is considered much more beneficial because not only does it deliver the required nutrients but also keeps your pet’s teeth clean and healthy (for one thing).

The article suggests that dogs, just like people, are individuals. And if we are to base our pet’s dietary choices on this, then you wouldn’t feed the same food to a large, active dog and a small, lie-at-home-all-day-watching-television dog!  That makes sense to me.

And it makes good common sense to follow the advice to assess your dog’s health while dieting on its current food. List the health assets and problems it may have. Health assets are things like bright eyes, fresh breath, clean teeth, glossy coat, clean ears etc.  Any conditions for which your dog requires a visit to the vet would be listed on the problems list along with things like bad breath, goopy eyes, excessive gas, diarrhoea, recurring fleas or worms, low or excessive energy etc.

If there are a lot more assets on your list than problems, and the problems are minor, then you’re probably already feeding your dog the right type of food.

If not, then your dog’s a good candidate for a change of diet!  Again, go to view the Whole Dog Journal article as it outlines in much more detail what you should be assessing if your dog’s health is an issue.

And referring back to their Top Dog Food report, we’re happy to report that we stock three of their ‘approved dry foods’.  Artemis, Organix (Castor & Pollux) and Eagle Pack’s Holistic Select can be purchased and home delivered from Pookinuk.  All these foods use high quality ingredients and are classified as either a ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ food.

 We speak to a lot of our customers about dietary concerns they may have for their pets so if you have any concerns or have followed the Whole Dog Journal’s advice and realised that your dog or cat perhaps isn’t eating the right food, give us a call. We’re more than happy to help point you in the right direction – 1300 65 66 75.

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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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