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Improving Quality of Dry Food

Improving Quality of Dry Food

We commonly are asked about what people can do to provide a better diet to their pet. There are probably a million answers to this question. My favorite answer is to feed a top quality raw food, however this isn’t always possible or affordable for many. Most want to continue feeding kibble, but make it better. Some are also looking for ways to get their picky pet to eat. We always have suggestions to help with both increasing the quality of your kibble and provide greater nutrition. In addition to rotating proteins within the brand you feed, switching to a...

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The History of Pet Food Part II

The History of Pet Food Part II

In Part I of the history of pet food we looked at how dry food or “kibble” came to be and why it might not always be a one-size-fits-all option. The pet food industry has boomed over the past couple of decades, with some incredible advancements in the last decade alone.   We now have canned pet foods that are more edible than some canned human foods, freeze dried complete meals, kibble mixed with freeze dried foods and more frozen and fresh raw options than you can even begin to imagine. Trying to sort through some of these offerings can...

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The History of Pet Food Part I

The History of Pet Food Part I

  The beginning of pet food as we know it began in the year 1860 with the invention of the “dog biscuit” in England. A gentleman by the name of James Spratt made this biscuit from vegetables, beef blood, wheat, and beat root. These biscuits became incredible popular, and by 1890 the commercial pet food industry had made it to the United states with other companies making their own version of the dog biscuit. Commercial pet food, as we know it was born in the 1930’s. Cereal and grain companies were looking for a use for grains, wheat, corn, rice...

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Pet Care: Grooming Your Dog

Pet Care: Grooming Your Dog

He can melt your heart with one soulful glance from his chocolate-brown eyes. He is your best friend and you are a responsible, loving dog owner. You do your best to give him the most nutritious food and treats available. You take him to the vet for check-ups and vaccines. If you have a long-haired dog, you may even make routine appointments with a dog groomer to get his hair professionally trimmed. But did you know that regular, at-home grooming is just as important for his health and well-being? All dogs, even those with very short fur, need consistent, frequent...

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The Dangers Lurking in Pet Food Bins

The Dangers Lurking in Pet Food Bins

This problem is really multifaceted. Once pet food is exposed to oxygen it oxidizes, or becomes rancid. Yuck! The nutritional value after just 3 weeks of being open, even in a storage bin, is substantially lower than when the bag was opened. One of the most dangerous, and unfortunately most common practices is for pet owners to purchase high quality and often times expensive dog food in fancy packaging made to keep the food fresh only to go home, tear open the bag and pour it directly into a plastic pet food bin. This practice is one of the worst...

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