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Nutrition Guideline Water What can You Do? Puppy Time Puppy Health Check Teeth Brushing
Eating Grass Too Chubby or Too Thin Lifestyle of an Old Dog Operations Medicine Liver Disease
Kidneys Allergies Joint Problems Diabetes Cancer Pet Loss

Nutrition Guideline

The food your dog eats doesn't just go straight to their bowels. It goes around their whole body, including the kidneys and bladder and also through their urine.

Starts at bowel → blood → around the body via the blood → kidneys → bladder.


Does your dog drink enough water? If your dog is old or sick, the first thing you need to do is consider whether they are drinking enough water. If they don’t get enough water or if they are not peeing properly, it means there may be blockages in their body.

If your dog isn’t able to pee out waste and toxins, this can cause problems. While young dogs often have the strength to fight these problems, older dogs find it much more difficult to deal with these issues.

What can You Do?

Even though you may think that you are filling their water bowl regularly, remember that dogs get much of their water intake from food. So it is usually more important to keep an eye on their urine rather than their stools.

Are you feeding them too much? Some old dogs still love exercising just as much as they did when they were younger. If your dog is like that, there is no need to reduce the amount of food you give them. But if your dog is lethargic and doesn’t want to exercise much then you need to reduce their food intake. Remember QUALITY is always better than quantity. Nutritional meals not only provide energy, they also help your dog’s blood circulation, which is vital for healthy living. If you notice they have gone off their food then this is a sure sign that a problem is occurring.

Puppy Time

Puppy time is the most important for your nutrition which will set you up for life, it is also unfortunately for Mum and Dad their most stressful as it is the time where you vomit and have diarrhea a lot as your metabolism is not yet stable and you are going thru many changes and all these changes have an impact on your body for eg. Sleeping, temperature, lifestyle of course food and many more. So please Mum persevere with me during my body’s transition. However if it continues for more than 2-3 days in a row then please take your puppy to the Vet.

Between 13-16 weeks old their sharp baby teeth will be falling out and adult teeth will be coming thru it is very important during this biting (chewing) time to teach your dog what they can and can not chew. Let them chew only on the toy or treat which is ok for them as this is when they will pick up bad biting habits.

Around 12 weeks old (when finished 2nd vaccination) it is now time to go out everywhere to socialise them so take them to the park or bring to Chew Chew. This will give them the opportunity to learn how to greet other dogs and when to keep a distance, they will meet many kinds of dogs who will help teach them, they will soon realise that not all dogs are puppy’s and want to play all day like them older dogs will normally bark once or fake bite them to teach them. So please Mum, if this is your first puppy don’t be scared off by the other dogs straight away just have a careful look at the situation.

Puppy Health Check

After one year their body’s metabolism will start to level out and you should now be in a routine.

Brushing is great for both short and long haired dogs, it is a good idea if you can do this everyday as it takes of the dead hair which makes your dog smell, you can check for fleas and ticks as well as massaging them which they love.

A dog’s nose is normally moist (although some dogs have dry noses their whole life). Eyes should not be bloodshot (if they are sleeply or have an infection they will be red). Ears should not smell (if they have a very strong smell it means they have bacteria inside there, please take them to the Vet to get the medicine). Never try to clean up the ears yourself as you will only make it worse.

A dogs coat should always be soft, shinny and smooth (if their coat changes they may have an organ problem) try to take note and remember the quality of how their coat looks during their healthy times. Also monitor their health by keeping an eye on their weight if they lose or gain weight. During walking time keep an eye on their walking style so if it changes you will no that something is wrong, sometimes they may have a burr stuck inside their paws, so please check their paw straight away.

We should also know what our dog’s normal pee and poo’s look like so if they suddenly change a lot we will be aware that something is not right.

Teeth Brushing

Since human Doctor’s discovered that bacteria from the teeth go into the body it can cause heart disease and damage to our organs. It has now become popular to get our dogs teeth cleaned at the Vet’s, as their situation is the same as us.

Teeth cleaning is a strong protection against disease even though it seems strange to get your dogs teeth cleaned. Please try to get in the habit of cleaning your dog’s teeth yourself from puppy time. If you already have an adult dog who really hates having their teeth cleaned then Chew Chew has many ways around this, so please contact us.

If sending your dog to the Vet for a teeth clean, just ask your Vet if it is possible if they can clean them without putting your dog to sleep? Once they have been cleaned try to maintain yourself so it is not necessary for them to get this done every year so they don’t need to have the medicine please talk to your Vet.

Eating Grass

During walking time a lot of dogs want to eat grass, why do they eat the grass? Still no one in the world knows. When walking Douglas (my beautiful baby) I watch what grass he eats, I never let him eat grass near poles as a lot of dogs have peed on it as well as grass that has been sprayed with fertiliser.

It is in our dogs DNA knowledge why they instinctively eat grass, I believe after studying Douglas that they choose how to digest the grass they either vomit it up or poo it out, the grass is not always digested as it can come out long and still together. Their bodies just choose how they will pass it I guess sort of like their own doggie medicine. Therefore I accept him to eat a little bit when he wants to.

Too Chubby or Too Thin

As we look at our own pet’s every day we find it hard to know what is actually normal. If a dog puts on too much weight they can be at risk of heart disease, joint problems which will affect their organs. If a dog is too thin it means they are possibly not able to digest their nutrition, or are not getting enough food, or having too much exercise.

Remember each breed of dog is different as well as their environment, exercise, favourite food, sleeping so it is impossible to calculate their daily food intake from the back of a packet. If you notice your dog is getting a bit chubby then please reduce their food intake.

For a dogs food volume please adjust to suit the average shape of your breed.

Lifestyle of an Old Dog

If your dog is unable to climb stairs, jump on the bed and you find that they are urinating all the time then this can be quite stressful on you. It is important to remember that this is just a part of our lovely dog’s life... we all get old.

Chew Chew has many tips to help your dog feel more comfortable and also reduce your stress levels. After all, it is better for you and your dog if you can stay relaxed!

Sick dogs

Does your dog seem unwell? When it comes to Western medicine, we automatically think of taking our dogs to the Vet if they are ill. The Vet typically prescribes medication or advises if you need an operation or further treatment.

Eastern medicine has a different approach. We look at repairing or fixing the cause of the problem. This could be related to food or the environment (behavior, lifestyle, living conditions). We concentrate on what the cause of the problem is.

For example, if the dog has a sore paw, the Western medical approach is to treat the paw. Where as the Eastern approach is to treat the cause of the problem - which could be related to organs or blood - by changing their food or environment.

Chew Chew supports and advises you change your pets’ diet and environment but to also work with the support of your Veterinarian. Once your dog has been healed with Western medicine we are able to maintain their health.


After your dog has had an operation their immune system is low so you need to help repair it. Chew Chew is able to provide you with a detoxifying menu that will help rebuild their immune system back up. We strongly recommend that you consider this when your dog is old.


Medicine not only works to kill infections it also has an impact on the good cells in their body, which means if your dog has had a lot of medication it can weaken their immune system and possibly make it worse. Chew Chew wants to be able to work with veterinarians to help rebuild and boost back their cells.

Remember you are the one to choose what is important for your furry friend and what makes them happy. Western medicine is able to relieve their pain but usually it does not cure the cause. Your beautiful pet is putting their life in your capable hands so it is important you make the right choices. We can help you make those choices.

Liver Disease

If the liver processing system is over heated it is no longer able to repair itself. The best way to help the liver is to cut back on the volume of food you are feeding your pet and give the liver a rest. A good quality protein helps the liver to rebuild itself so please try changing their diet.


We suggest you give your dog more water and more water based food so it can help to flush out their bladder. Dry food has less than 10% water in it but natural food has more than 90% water, which is what we recommend. You also need to reduce the protein in their diet as much as possible and only serve them small amounts so that their system can detox. You should also brush their teeth everyday as bacteria can breed in their mouth. Humans do it every day for a reason!


Vet's recommended food does not work if they don't eat it.

Allergies occur when there is a misunderstanding in their system and they start to treat some foods like poisons. But in actual fact all dogs need a variety of foods to be able to have a balanced diet.

For example your vet may tell you that your dog is allergic to meat but there is no way you could completely cut meat out of their diet so you need to fix their confused misunderstood system. Please ask your vet what kind of meat allergy your dog has.

At the moment there has been no scientific evidence as to why some dogs are allergic to meat. Your vet may recommend giving your dog medication but they may need to try several different types before they find the right one for your dog, your dog should not be on one medication for a long period of time especially if it is not fixing the problem.

If the medication is not doing anything you should consult your vet to see if they can advise another form of medication. Some medications may affect their bowels, as their owner you can help them by trying to detox their system, changing their diet, increasing their water intake and more exercise. Also please be careful not to shampoo your dog too often.

Joint Problems

If your dog has joint problems, you don't want them to put undue pressure on their joints. To ensure they don’t put on weight, control their feeding habits. You’ll know if your dog needs to lose weight if their waistline is not visible.

Veterinarians normally do operations or give medication to stop the pain also we believe that at the same time the muscle needs to protect the joints. Some vets advise there should be no exercise but if this is the case and they stay too calm the muscle becomes weak. Chew Chew recommends you should do some however little and slow exercise with your dog to keep their muscle strong.


Diabetes is becoming more common in dogs, and can be controlled, but if diabetics are not controlled it can cause kidney problems and will affect the eye sight. This will become a serious problem.

Dogs with high diabetics (Type 1) need to have insulin injections; dogs with low diabetics (Type 2) can maintain their diabetics thru diet. These days a diabetic diet is now aimed at protecting the kidneys, as Nutritionists have found by following only a diabetic diet it can not protect your kidneys.

If you think your dog is diabetic then please contact Chew Chew.


Cancer is not necessarily a death sentence there is some hope for every situation. There are many kinds of causes but honestly operations, medication and radiation do not guarantee a cure. Every case is different and you have to consider what the best treatment is for your furry friend you need to talk to and research vets as each one is different, they have their own techniques, policies and belief system so you have to feel comfortable with your pets care in their hands.

Chew Chew is very happy to be able to support you in giving your dog a better quality of life.

Pet Loss

Chew Chews suggests you create a memory book to celebrate the good times you all shared together with your pet. I have found it very therapeutic to make a book about your life together from your dog’s point of view. The first step is to go and buy a special book and cover it then go thru your photos and choose one photo for each page and write a message from the dog’s point of view, eg. "I loved this day when mum took me to the park!" etc.

This is a healthy process and really works, when you get to the end of the book you will see that for more than 95% of your dog’s life how happy they were that you choose to be their parents.

I know how hard it can be to feel guilty but it is more important to be positive and remember the happy times you all shared together.

This book is something you will be able to cherish forever and a good way for you to begin the healing process. I hope you find the time to do this.

This is also helpful before you get a new dog so you will never be able to forget your old friends and not hold onto any guilt.

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