Whangarei Public Dog Park

Whangarei Public Dog Park at Dave Culham Drive, Whangarei  is we think the best dog park facility in Whangarei. The public dog park is managed by an enthusiastic committee and supported by the Whangarei District Council, this area is fully fenced with two shelters to get out of the sun or the rain equipped with water troughs for the dogs.

It’s such an awesome place to take your dog. Dogs love the ramps and agility equipment designed to make for fun times with your dog and the kids, the park is very well taken care of. Visit us our Facebook page to inform you of all events and changes that will be occurring at your local dog park.

Pet Nutrition

Dog food

Recommendations differ on what diet is best for dogs. Some people argue dogs have thrived on leftovers and scraps from their human owners for thousands of years, and commercial dog foods (which have only been available for the past century) contain poor-quality meats, additives, and other ingredients dogs should not ingest, or that commercial dog food is not nutritionally sufficient for their dogs. However, many commercial brands are formulated using insights gained from scientific nutritional studies and there is no reliable peer-reviewed evidence that domestic options are superior. Since conventional meat factory farming is becoming obsolete when compared to the health and environmental benefits of insects (see entomophagy), experts now suggest dogs should have a diet with crickets replacing meat. Most store-bought pet food comes in either dry form, also known as kibble, or wet, canned form.

Raw feeding

Raw feeding is the practice of feeding domestic dogs cats and other animals a diet consisting primarily of uncooked meat, edible bones, and organs. The ingredients used to formulate raw diets can vary. Some pet owners choose to make home-made raw diets to feed their animals but commercial raw food diets are also available.

The practice of feeding raw diets has raised some concerns due to the risk of foodborne illnesses and nutritional imbalances. People who feed their dogs raw food do so for a multitude of reasons, including but not limited to culture beliefs surrounding health nutrition and what is perceived to be more natural for their pets. Feeding raw food can be perceived as allowing the pet to stay in touch with their wild, carnivorous ancestry. The raw food movement has occurred in parallel to the change in human food trends for more natural and organic products

Feeding human foods to animals

Prepared foods and some raw ingredients may be toxic for animals, and care should be taken when feeding animals leftover food. It is known that the following foods are potentially unsafe for cats, dogs and pigs.

  • Chocolate, coffee-based products and soft drinks Alcohol
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Garlic (in large doses) and onions
  • Alcohol

Generally, cooked and marinated foods should be avoided, as well as sauces and gravies, which may contain ingredients that, although well tolerated by humans, may be toxic to animals. Xylitol, an alternative sweetener found in chewing gum and baked goods designed for diabetics, is highly toxic to cats and dogs

Dog eating bone
Kibbles dog food