Golden Retriever Adoption Event Saturday June 27

We are excited to remind everyone that we have a Golden Retriever Rescue coming to join us on Saturday, June 27 from 11AM-2PM. We will be posting available dogs as soon as we get a list of the ones coming. In the meantime, check out their website at www.ragom.org. See you next Saturday!!

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Free Holistic Select Offer

Bring in your empty bag from any competitor product and we’ll give you  a free 3# Cat or 5/6# Dog bag of any Holistic Select product we have in stock.    The Holistic Select recipes are manufactured in Mishawaka, Indiana by Wellpet.    They are a lifestyle product and include  puppy,  small breed,  large breed, adult,  and senior health formulas.   There is also  a very popular weight management product and two total grain free formulas.

 

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Why we don’t have Taste of the Wild….and some other brands….

From time to time we get inquiries from customers looking for a brand we don’t carry.   One of these is Taste of the Wild.    Why do we not sell Taste of the Wild?   It’s a nutritionally sound product, in a very attractive bag, very effective marketing….there’s every incentive for us to carry it.    Except, TOW is manufactured by Diamond Milling.    A co-packer that has an extensive recall history.

This from Dog Food Insider:

The Taste of the Wild site gives no indication that the food is made by Diamond and many people who feed this food are unaware of the connection. Diamond has had a history of recalls due to aflatoxins, concerns about Salmonella, and production issues at least since around 1999-2000, including a large recall in 2005, and many consumers have lost confidence in the company and the products they produce. Nevertheless, Diamond manufactures or co-packs food for many other brands including CanidaeSolid GoldCostco’s KirklandDick Van Patten’s Natural BalanceTractor Supply’s 4Health, and NutraGold.  Since their earlier recalls, Diamond says today they use 151 quality checks to ensure the quality of their products. However, the company issued a recall in May 2012 for many of their products, including Taste of the Wild, after a Salmonella outbreak linked to their South Carolina plant.

Most consumers have no reason to closely check for this kind of information so we have taken it upon ourselves to offer only products we have the highest confidence level in.    Wholesome Pet Essentials owners have an extensive background in the animal nutrition industry (including dog and cat) including years of involvement in ingredient purchasing and quality control at multiple feed operations.     We understand the difference in ingredient quality and will not knowingly sell you an inferior or unsafe product.       We carry brands that will meet or beat any of the nutritional specifications on the brands we don’t carry and will provide you with peace of mind that they are made with wholesome safe ingredients.   Your pets health and well being is our focus!

Grain Free…No corn or wheat!

 

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!

The Orijen Story….From Whole Dog Journal

Champion Petfoods: This Canadian company makes high-quality dry foods with lots of fresh meat.

 

Orijen is Champion Petfood’s flagship line, with high meat inclusions and high protein levels. All seven of the Orijen foods are grain-free.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

For the rest of the story please copy and paste this link:

http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/18_5/features/Pet-Food-Profile-May-2015_21212-1.html

 

Disappointed Blue Customers….Welcome Here! 15% Off

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.    

My Dog’s “Coat” is not very Shiny

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……

Whole Earth Farm Grain Free Recipe with Turkey & DuckSmall & Mini Breed Adult Anchovy & Sardine and Chicken Meals Dry Dog Food  Adult Dog Sojos Grain-Free Recipe Freeze-Dried Dog Food MixAll Gold Dog Food

“Smartleash” for Safer Outdoors Dog Play

With spring in full swing our dog walking activity will hopefully pick up.     We recommend a short leash for long walks which enable you to properly “heel” your dog on the walk.   However, if you are of the mind to use a retractable leash for a short walk or just to romp in the back yard we have an innovative leash that just might be a lifesaver!    The “Smartleash” has a built in braking mechanism that will engage when your pet decides to run down the rabbit that bolts in front of them.  Not only that but every “Smartleash” comes complete with a wrist-strap for that inevitable time when you drop the leash!   We have several sizes available in both blue and red colors.

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How to Store your Dog and Cat Food Kibble

We suggest storing your kibble in the original bag of which most now come with zip-lock closures. You may of course place it in another container if desirable. If the kibble is transferred to another container please wash the container and thoroughly dry before placing new contents. Some of the fat that coats the kibble can coat the side of the container and over time may turn rancid if not cleaned regularly. This can make your pet turn their nose up at the food!  Store the product in a cool DRY location.