FAQs



Being a dog owner, I myself have asked lots of questions about what we should and shouldn't feed our pets. Now, with Jollie, I am being asked those same questions... so here is some information and some links that I find useful.



When is a good time for treats?


Dogs just love treat time! Who doesn’t – they make us all feel fabulous!

Treats are rewards and are a valuable incentive for training & encouraging good behaviour. They are also an important part of bonding between you and your dog... and remember a healthy dog is a happy dog which will bring you years of happiness and companionship’. (Visit Pet Food Institute)


To be most effective it is also important to keep treats to no more than 10% of the dog’s diet and the giving of treats should be appropriate & a well deserved reward when your dog obeys a command or is just being good!


Petalia has some great information on dog health, nutrition and treat time ideas – and it’s an Australian site!


Can dogs eat cranberries & nuts?


Cranberries are ok for dogs although grapes and raisins are a not recommended. Excess consumption can cause ‘acute toxicity and kidney failure, which means the toxins ultimately increase to a fatal limit’. (Visit Dog Breed Info)


Macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs but other nuts including cashews & almonds are just fine if consumed moderately.

 

What kind of meat do you use in Jollie products?


All the meat we use we source in Australia from HACCP approved suppliers. That means its all human grade. Plus, we only use choice cuts of beef, not beef liver. For the chicken products, its real chicken breast. It's all the same meat that humans would consume, not offal or off cuts.


Do you have wheat free treats? My dog is gluten/ grain intolerant.


Our ‘Beef FIX for Dogs with Carrot & Pea’ and also our ‘Dried Beef with Honey & Sesame’ are both gluten free products.


Do you have low fat treats?


The Chicken Morsels are the lowest in fat. All the nutritional analysis is on the back of each pack and if you have any questions about specific products please email us at info@jollie.com.au.


What is the Shelf Life of the range?


9-12 months unopened. The Morsel and Cookie products have a shelf life of 9 months.

 

The Dried Beef and Beef FIX have a shelf life of 12 months. The products are best stored in an airtight container such as the Jollie tin to maintain that great Jollie crunchiness and fresh aroma.


My dog is a young puppy. Can I give puppies treats?


Yes, puppies can eat the same treats as an adult dog but in a lower quantity. Give the puppy the treats in moderation, all the Jollie treats break easily into smaller portions. As with any new foods for puppies monitor them for upset tummies in case of allergies or intolerances.


Can I take these products overseas with me?


Yes, but you need to declare the products at customs when entering the country.


Are Jollie products ok for us to eat?

 

Yes, actually, we encourage you to smell and taste the delicious Jollie range. You will soon see for yourself how the delectable aromas and flavours will bring you back for another.


They are made from premium, human grade ingredients and manufactured in Australia to human food standards. Yum!


Are Jollie products GM free?


Yes, all products we manufacture are non GM. We source and support non GM by using Australian whole flour, grain mix and canola oil.
The most common GM modification to Australian plants are soybean, corn, canola, and cotton seed oil products. Be sure to check out all your pet food labels as GM components will be stated.



Are Jollie products preservative free?


All products in the Jollie Range are all preservative free. We are proud to use this claim for our delicious products. Preservatives are used in pet food (including treats) to maintain a long shelf life by preventing fat and other ingredients in the food from oxidising. As Jollie does not use any preservatives, the products should be consumed within the date on pack and kept in a sealed container.


According to Dr Lisa Freeman (clinical pet nutritionist) ‘Preservatives are also blamed for causing cancer, kidney & pancreatic disease, allergies, hair loss, blindness and immunodeficiency in our dogs’. So its good to know what is in your pets’ food.
For more details on preservatives in dog food, visit Dogs Life – a great Australian online dog magazine.



Are there things I shouldn't feed my dog?


Yes, there are many foods we take for granted in our daily diet that are dangerous and sometimes toxic to our dogs. Here are some of the most common foods people have questions about:


1. Chocolate
Chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that is a cardiac stimulant and causes an overly excited and hyperactive dog when consumed!
According to petalia.com, ‘dark chocolate' is the most dangerous form with milk chocolate being the least dangerous. Obviously, the smaller the dog, the less it can eat.


What about Carob?
Carob is suitable for dog consumption because it doesn’t contain theobromine and dogs love the milky texture! Just make sure you don’t get carob treats confused with your chocolate!


2. Onions & Garlic
Onions and garlic cause sickness in dogs as they contain the toxic ingredient thiosulphate.
Dogs affected by onion toxicity will develop anaemia, where the dog’s red blood cells burst while circulating in its body.
While garlic also contains the toxic ingredient thiosulphate – it is less toxic and large amounts would need to be eaten to cause illness.


3. Macadamia nuts
Macadamia nuts are the only nuts which should be avoided. Most nuts are high in phosphorus and can cause bladder stones if consumption is excessive. As mentioned earlier, cashews & almonds are just fine.

4. Potatoes
Although rare, potatoes contain a toxin called solanine and is poorly absorbed once consumed. Solanine is only found in green sprouts (stems that grow from an old potato) and green skins. Note that cooked, mashed potatoes are fine for a dog’s health, actually quite nutritious and digestible.


5. Food scraps
According to vets and animal nutritionists, it’s been determined that table scraps are not a balanced diet for dogs and are deficient in daily nutrients. Although scraps are tasty and our dogs love them, adding them regulary to a balanced diet often adds extra fats which are detrimental to your dog’s health. Feeding your dog the wrong type of food leads to a poor coat, allergies, dietary intolerance, obesity and consequently many other health problems.
Behavioural problems such as begging from the table, disobedience and developing fussy behaviour traits are also problems that can result.

There are many great articles on the good and bad foods for dogs. Here is my favourite link worth checking out for more details.


Pet Education



What about fats and oils, and are there any in Jollie products?


Canola Oil (the chosen oil for Jollie products) is a monounsaturated oil which is Australian grown & is also relatively high in polyunsaturated fats - which makes Canola Oil the best oil of choice!

Scientific research now proves that good fats and oils are an essential part of a balanced diet and play a number of vital roles in maintaining optimum health. They are essential for growth and development, and provide our dogs with energy and essential fatty acids and vitamins. They also provide insulation and protection for bones and joints.

A really good site for more information on fat and nutritional requirements, can be found at


Pet Education



What products new products will Jollie be launching in the future?


Jollie is constantly developing new products. We are driven to make better products for animals, and put to good use all of the great experience we get from creating treats and customer feedback. Keep an eye out on the Jollie news page and Jollie Shop for updates.



Other useful links.


Pet Food Institute
Australian Pet Food Association
New Zealand Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association
Animal Protection Institute
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicine Authority
US Food and Drug Administration