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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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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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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!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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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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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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