Posts Tagged ‘pet food’

A new puppy is a great deal of fun but also a great responsibility…

July 10, 2013

As puppies grow, they will need quality, routine veterinary care along the way. Their delicate immune systems mean that it is very important to make sure they have all required vaccinations at the right time. Regular checkups with your veterinarian will permit you to monitor your puppy’s growth and health.

The right activity and healthcare are just two parts of the equation for a happy puppy. The other thing puppies need to support their healthy growth is quality nutrition. There are many puppy foods on the market, so how can you be sure that you are choosing a food that will provide for your puppy’s nutritional needs?

You might have heard the expression “garbage in, garbage out” in reference to poor human food choices but it can apply to dogs as well. It’s very important that puppies get complete nutrition from a good-quality food in order to develop properly. A happy, long life begins with a diet designed to support your puppy’s growing, changing body. Here are a few tips:

  • Don’t feed adult dog food to a puppy.
  • Choose a good puppy food that will provide all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Avoid foods high in “fillers” such as corn and wheat with little or no nutritional value.
  • Be wary of additives and preservatives.

Your veterinarian will tell you that good nutrition is of the utmost important to your puppy’s healthy growth. Veterinarians also know that while puppy parents have the best intentions, it’s hard to make the best choices. That’s because many people don’t really know how to tell which puppy foods are good choices and which are low-quality.Our veterinarians recommend Royal Canin puppy food.  The benefits of the Royal Canin food line include:

  • Reduces the formation of tartar
  • L-Carnitine helps metabolize fat
  • Biotin keeps skin and coat clean and healthy
  • Developed with highly digestible proteins for the best possible nutrient absorption and with specific nutrients to support digestive health
  • Higher caloric content aids developing puppies

In addition, the Royal Canin frequent buyer plan offers further savings when you buy 6 bags…you get the 7th free! If you are considering adding a new puppy to your family, make sure to ask us about the best nutrition options to help your new furry family member grow up happy and healthy!

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Finding a safe, healthy and tasty treat for your furry friend!

October 25, 2012

A recent recall of chicken jerky treats made in China made the news across the world and encouraged many pet lovers to think very carefully about the snacks they give their beloved pets.  Treats, table scraps and human foods can all cause problems in small companion animals.  We would like to provide you a few tips on how to keep your pet healthy.Pet treat safety

1. Don’t Give Bones. Dogs are notorious for chewing on things they shouldn’t and items given to dogs as “treats” can have grave effects. In particular, many people think that giving their dogs chicken or turkey bones during the holidays is a safe option, but they soon end up in the emergency room after their dog swallows one of the bones. The sharp edges can lead to bleeding, internal injuries, and worse.

2. Don’t Feed Table Scraps. Another problem is that human food can contain toxic ingredients that can seriously poison your pet. The tasty onion rings, grapes, raisons or other high fat meals that you love can make your pet sick.

3. Be Careful With Treats. The best way to keep your pet safe from toxicity or injury due to treats is to only feed them treats which are designed for feline or canine consumption.

4. Check Recalls. Regularly check the FDA recall list and make sure that their food or treats are not anywhere on there. Monitor your pet closely for any signs of injury or illness and if something feels “off,” trust your instincts. Stop giving your pet the treat immediately and call us if symptoms occur. We try to proactively notify our clients of pet food and pet treat recalls.

5. Pick Treats for Your Pets Size. Treats that are too big or too small can cause problems by getting caught in your pet’s mouth or esophagus. For example, items that are too small for your large dog can be easily swallowed.

If you are in the market for healthy, tasty and safe treats for your pet, stop in today and we’ll help you select just the right treat for your furry friend!

 

ALERT: Pet Food Recall

January 11, 2012
A supermarket's pet food aisle

Dry dog food manufacturers are continuing to recall bags of food due to high levels of aflatoxin.

Yet another manufacturer has announced a recall of dry dog food due to higher than acceptable limits of aflatoxin, and an additional manufacturer has issued new affected lot numbers from an earlier recall.

The recalls began Dec. 7, 2011, when Cargill Animal Nutrition announced that it was removing batches of its dry dog food (River Run and Marksman) from store shelves because of elevated levels of aflatoxin.

Since then, Proctor & Gamble (Iams puppy food), Advanced Animal Nutrition (Dog Power food) and now O’Neal’s Feeders Supply (Arrow Brand dog food) have all recalled batches of their dog food within the last three weeks.

O’Neal’s Feeders Supply of DeRidder, LA, announced Dec. 13, 2011 that it has recalled an entire year’s worth of dry Arrow Brand dog food due to corn with elevated levels of aflatoxin. The recall affects food manufactured between Dec. 1, 2010 and Dec. 1, 2011.

We have recommended Royal Canin products for many years and their commitment to research and development along with quality in their manufacturing process has repeatedly offered peace of mind.  Royal Canin puts the dog and cat first and tailor makes their food in line with your pet’s real nutritional needs. While Royal Canin might not be the lowest cost food option, the quality of the product is still an exceptional value considering their commitment to quality nutrition for your pet.  Ask us about maintenance diet options with Royal Canin as well as how their special lines of food may be best suited for your pet.

How do I know if I’m feeding my pet too much or too little?

May 31, 2011
A young male cat

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We often get a lot of questions about food, especially regarding how much a dog should eat.  How much should your dog eat?   Well … it depends.   It’s not as simple as saying your dog should eat one cup or two.

Every food has different caloric densities and every dog has varying caloric needs based on your pooch’s innate make-up and exercise level.

So… how do you know how much to feed?

1. First, you need to determine if your dog is an ideal weight, too thin or too fat.

2. Second, weigh your pet and determine a baseline weight.

3. Third, start feeding.

Then… this is what you do:

• If your dog is at an ideal weight – We recommend feeding the mid-range recommendations posted on the bag.

• If your pet is under-weight – then feed the high-end range on the bag based on their weight.

• If your furry friend is overweight – then feed on the low range on the bag based on their weight.

After you feed for 2 weeks, weigh and reevaluate your dog. Determine if their weight went up or down relative to the goal and how much you should feed going forward.

If your pet’s weight was ideal and it increased, then decrease the amount you are feeding by 20 percent. Feed for 2 weeks and weigh them again. If the weight is the same and you believe your dog’s weight is ideal, then you are probably feeding the proper amount.  If your pet lost weight, then increase the amount by 20 percent, etc.

We hope that this gives you some helpful information and guidelines on how much to feed your pet. Remember, every dog is different.  The most important thing to do is to feed a good quality food.  Call us today at  (614) 888-4050 for a FREE weight analysis with a Registered Veterinary Technician who can also make a recommendation for the ideal food (and quantity) for your pet.

Blue Buffalo Pet Food Gets Recalled After Pets Get Sick

October 14, 2010

Blue Buffalo Co. Ltd. has recalled some of its dry dog food because it could contain too much vitamin D and may make dogs who eat it sick, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

So far, 36 cases have been reported nationwide where dogs showed signs of having high levels of the vitamin including lethargy, drinking an unusually high amount of water and frequent urination, the FDA said. All of the dogs’ health improved with a change in food and none show any long-term health problems.

High levels of vitamin D in dogs can cause hypercalcemia, which is a serious and potentially fatal illness that affects organ function and can cause renal failure, coma and death in untreated cases, according to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Although we routinely feed and recommend the Royal Canin brand of food for your pet, you can NOW order Science Diet through our online store.  Remember too that shipping is always FREE!  Visit our site product site to learn more.