If you have a fussy or picky eater in your furry friend we’d invite you to try our Lotus Brand dog food. The holistic formula is BAKED rather than extruded and I can personally testify that our very picky Teddy Bear “Murphy” loves this food!!! In the near term we will be expanding our varieties.
Another idea for a fussy eater is to moisten the kibble with HOT water. It probably only takes a teaspoon per 1/2 cup of kibble to really release the tantalizing aroma of the food.
What happens if your family pet suddenly turns up lost? You may have a tag on them and the finder may decide to do the decent thing and contact you. But what if that tag has been lost (they frequently are)? There’s a good chance there is no tag. Regardless, a microchip provides permanent identification that cannot fall off, be removed or become difficult or impossible to read. A microchip may just serve as the conduit to reunite you and your pet. Dog or cat. A microchip is not a GPS. It’s not a tracking device. They are instead a radio-frequency identification implant that does not require a power source. There is no battery in it. The microchip gets power from the external scanner and then transmits the number to the scanner. Veterinarians and rescue centers all have scanners that can read the chips. The microchip is inserted under the loose skin between the shoulder blades with a sterile applicator. It only takes a few seconds as though it was a simple vaccination. The chip has been compared to a grape seed. Once microchipped the number needs to be registered with a pet recovery service. If your pet is recovered by any of the multitude of rescues, etc. out there they will scan for a chip and report the number to the recovery services which will then contact you.
Bonus benefits of microchipping your pet
Some microchip registries offer additional services for your pet’s care:
- Specialists available 24/7 to assist with advice and support if your pet is lost
- Travel assistance for pets found far from home
- 24/7 Emergency Medical Hotline
- Lost Pet Alerts sent to a network of animal shelters, veterinarians, and concerned citizens around where your pet was lost.
Remember as long as there are pets, even those belonging to the most responsible parents, they will go missing. That is why we are happy to sponsor a microchip clinic at the store on June 6 from 1-5 pm. The cost is just $25 for the chipping and all proceeds will go to the Animal Protection and Education Charity.
Probably 75% of the product we have in dog and cat food kibble is totally grain free. Now let’s discuss what grain free means. Or perhaps more importantly what it does not mean. In the case of dog and cat food kibble some starch is needed to make the extrusion process work. That is the process that very quickly heats under steam and pressure and expands the product which then is cooled and contracts to form a hard kibble. That’s a very simple description but generally accurate. That starch has traditionally come from rice, pearled barley and occasionally oat groats in the best quality foods. These are ingredients that rarely cause any issues for your pets. And they provide a source of carbohydrate (energy) as well. Good recipes limit their inclusion rate and rely on meat for protein (amino acids). They do NOT have corn or wheat! Grocery store and big box store brands will frequently utilize corn or corn by-products and frequently wheat as well. Not good stuff in that their inclusion at high levels in these brands creates all kinds of issues with potential allergens as well as amino acid balancing challenges which can provide your pet sub-par nutrition. Remember that article on skin issues and rough hair? True grain-free foods still (in most cases) utilize starch in the process. But they turn to potatoes, sweet potatoes, lentils and/or tapioca as starch sources. Hence they are labeled “grain free” as they do not even utilize rice or barley. Their protein level is typically higher. And the dog will in most cases leave you with less poop to deal with. And much more limited chance of an allergic reaction. They are the “best” of the best.
We also carry a large selection of totally grain free treats for dogs and cats. There is absolutely NO WHEAT in any of our treats. Not what your dog or cat needs!
Champion Petfoods: This Canadian company makes high-quality dry foods with lots of fresh meat.
By Nancy Kerns
Champion Petfoods is a privately held company that makes high-protein dry dog foods with a high inclusion of meat, much of it fresh. The company calls its guiding principle “BAFRINO,” an acronym that stands for “biologically appropriate, fresh regional ingredients, never outsourced.” As of this writing, all of Champion’s dry foods are made in its own manufacturing plant in Morinville, Alberta, though the company is currently building a second dry food manufacturing plant in Auburn, Kentucky. Champion also manufactures freeze-dried foods at its own plant in Oakville, Ontario.
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You may have heard the news that Blue admitted in court that there was at least one ingredient in their pet food that was not on the label. Blue had been vigorously defending the integrity of their pet food labeling ever since it was challenged by Purina last year. Now they have admitted that in fact there were ingredients found in their food that was not on the label. One can only speculate as to how or why this happened but it may be that a co-packer is responsible for the issue. In the case of a co-packer the brand holder does not have direct control over the ingredient purchasing or quality control process in manufacturing. That is why we at Wholesome Pet Essentials make every attempt to avoid product produced by a co-packer. (Please see blog post dated April 14….) Fromm, Merrick. Holistic Select, Earthborn, Nutrilife (Fromm produced), Whole Earth Farms (a Merrick label), Natural Planet and of course Orijen are all produced by their own production facility. They are responsible for their own ingredient purchasing and quality control. All of these present excellent alternatives to the Blue line! Bring in your blue bag or label and receive 15% off any of our quality alternatives. Offer not valid with other discounts. Expires June 30th.
Are you feeding one of the grocery store or big box brands of dog food? Or one of the “chow” products? Disappointed in your dog coat’s appearance and feel? Did you realize that dogs and cats use 30-35% of their dietary protein to maintain healthy skin and coat? That’s why they need high quality biologically available protein in their diets. A dog or cat on high quality protein will feature a healthy shiny coat and skin. That will not come from a product high in corn, soy, corn gluten meal, distillers grains, corn germ meal, soybean meal, etc. A high quality meat based protein provides the necessary amino acid profile needed to provide the skin and hair coat you and your pet wants. More on that later……