Story Dogs – Helping Young Readers

The Story Dogs reading program provides positive, calm influence on children learning to read

At Natural Animal Solutions, we are incredibly proud to be sponsoring four Story Dog teams across Australia. Story Dogs enables a child and a dog, together with their volunteer handler, a weekly one-on-one reading session. Dogs have been used in the ‘Reading Education Assistance Dogs’ model since 1999.

Story Dog volunteers are guided on working with children to go at the child’s pace and use the calming presence of the dog to support comprehension during each 20 minute reading session. Story Dogs helps over 2,890 children every week to become confident, lifelong readers.

The magical, unconditional support provided by dogs to children and adults a like, can be truly life changing and at Natural Animal Solutions, we are just so grateful to have them in our lives.

The NAS funded Story Dogs teams


Natural Ingredients Guide

A compendium of the natural ingredients used in our products

At NAS we harness the science in nature. All natural ingredients are sourced by us and hand-blended in Melbourne. Free from fillers, every ingredient used is high quality and carefully researched.

Natural remedies have been used for centuries and we’re passionate about providing safe, affordable supplements, easy to add to any food bowl. They are safe and they work.

We have compiled a useful compendium containing many of the natural ingredients found in our products. Click on the button below to download your guide.

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Home BARF Feeding Guide

Making your own NAS Fresh RAW Chicken, Beef or Duck

Our team here at Natural Animal Solutions are passionate about all things Natural. Whilst it was no longer feasible for us to produce our fabulous Fresh RAW products, we’re very happy to share some guidelines on how to go about creating your own version at home.

Instructions

Start by having a chat with your local butcher for the meat cuts as they’ll source high quality ingredients and may help with mincing. All the veggies used in Fresh RAW were raw, but you can cook them, particularly if your pet has a sensitive gut. If you plan to make very large batches, then you may blanche the vegetables in boiling water for a short period so they last longer in the freezer.

The recipe offered here replicates the NAS Fresh RAW range of products, so you can follow the same feeding quantities as your dog is used to. Do not substitute out any of the fruit or vegetables.

Ingredients – 3kg batch:

  • 2kg of chicken OR beef OR duck mince – preferably lean
  • 300 grams of chicken hearts OR beef hearts OR duck hearts – minced or finely diced
  • 100 grams of carrot – finely diced with skin on
  • 100 grams of sweet potatoes – finely diced with skin on
  • 100 grams of zucchini – finely diced with skin on
  • Optional: 75 grams of apple – finely diced with skin on – 1 small apple
  • Optional: 75 grams of pear – finely diced with skin on – 1 small pear

NAS’ Fresh RAW also contained a bone component, which was very finely ground down, providing essential nutrition. Ground bones however is not easily replicated at home, so we recommend adding DigestaVite Plus for prebiotics and multi vitamins, Omega Oils and Nature’s Organic Calcium.

Directions: Combine the meat ingredients into a large bowl and mix together, mix in the veggies and add the fruit last. Adding a small amount of water can help to combine everything together. Divide into meal portions and freeze immediately. Thaw out in the fridge only enough to last 2 to 3 days.

How much should I feed my pet?

If you are introducing Raw food for the first time, best to introduce Raw slowly, mixed in with more familiar food. As a general rule however, a cat or dog should be eating around 2-3% of their body weight each day in food. If your dog weighs 20kg therefore, you can follow this easy maths; 20 x 0.02 = 400gm per day. You can even freeze in large ice cube trays to add as a tasty topper to dry food if preferred.

You don’t have to switch food out completely. Part feeding with Raw food is a great idea and gives your beloved pet some variety when we know finding the time to prepare Raw every day is not easy!

Disclaimer: Before transitioning your pet to a BARF diet or any other specialized diet, it’s essential to consult with a veterinarian or animal nutritionist. They can help you make an informed decision based on your pet’s specific needs and health conditions, ensuring they receive a balanced and safe diet.

A PDF version of these instructions is also available to download.

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