Dry Dog Food

Dry dog food includes:
Acana

Blue Buffalo Life Protection formulas

Blue Buffalo Wilderness

Canadian Naturals

Canine Caviar

First Mate

Fromm 4 Star

Fromm Gold

Go! & Now Fresh (Petcurean)

Holistic Select

Kasiks

Natural Balance

Natures Harvest

Open Farm

Orijen

Royal Canin

Science Diet

Taste of the Wild

Wellness

Zignature

Benefits of Dry Dog Food

Dry foods are absolutely a convenience for many pet owners. Food can be left out for hours, if not days, and not spoil. Dry foods are easier to store — a large plastic bin with a tight lid is usually enough to keep the food fresh and safe from insects and rodents (and from pets) — and is more economically cost-effective when feeding multiple pets. Dry kibble can also be used as an effective training treat and as a dental health supplement. Some dry foods are specially formulated and shaped to clean the teeth as the animal chews it. It also comes in many different sizes and types, making it easy to find the best food for your pet.

Of course, dry foods do not provide as much moisture as wet foods do, something that becomes more important as an animal ages, when an animal is ill, and in dry, hot climates. In those cases, a wet food diet can be more practical. Dry food can also tend to have lower levels of animal based proteins, which are important for your pet’s development.

Wet Dog Food

Wet dog food includes:

Blue Buffalo (Wilderness, Homestyle Recipe, Stews)
Canine Caviar
Firstmate
Fromm
Fruitables
Holistic Select
Merrick
Natural Balance
Natures Variety Instinct
Nutro
PetKind
Rawz
Science Diet
Taste of the Wild
Tripett
Wellness (95%, Stews, & Super 5’s)

Benefits of Wet Dog Food

Price is the most commonly cited reason that people prefer to feed dry food to their dogs; canned food is far more expensive to feed than dry food. Owners of large dogs or multiple dogs rarely feed canned food as anything other than an occasional treat, for this reason alone.

Of course, there are other objections, too. Many dog owners report that they don’t like the odor of wet food, or the extra work involved in opening the container and serving an appropriate amount – and the hassle of having to store any amount still in the container in a refrigerator for the next meal. And a persistent minority of dog owners worry that dogs who eat only canned food will have more dental problems (such as a buildup of tartar and resulting gum inflammation) than a dog who eats kibble.

These concerns vary in validity.

It’s impossible to counter an objection to the high cost of wet food; it simply is far more expensive to feed canned food than it is to feed kibble. Wet food obviously contains a lot of water, so you have to feed more of it (in terms of weight and volume) than dry food to deliver the nutrients your dog requires. Because it’s so heavy, it’s far more expensive for the pet food companies and distributors to ship wet food than dry food, too.

That said, the cost of feeding top-quality canned food is comparable to the cost of feeding commercial raw frozen or dehydrated diets – and lots of people find a way to pay for those foods.

Freeze Dried & Dehydrated

Freeze dried & dehydrated  food includes:

K9 Naturals
Orijen
Primal
Ziwi Peak

Benefits of Freeze Dried & Dehydrated Dog Food

Commercial pet food has existed for only about 80 years. The food we are most familiar with for pets is the artificial diet of kibble and canned food. Prior to the advent of these “pet foods” dogs and cats ate scraps from their owners tables. There is no evidence that feeding commercial pet food has been a benefit to domestic dogs and cats and in fact there is evidence that these commercial and denatured, poor quality foods are dangerous and detrimental to our pets long term good health.

Better Than Kibble and Cans

These two forms of pet food, kibble and canned, have been the mainstay of commercial offerings for dogs and cats. The last decade has shown a sharp increase in a demand for a different kind of food as guardians have begun to understand the enormous benefits of feeding foods that are neither canned nor kibbled. As the benefits of feeding raw foods and fresh whole foods have become evident to guardians worldwide a revolution in the feeding of pets has begun. As the understanding of optimal nutrition for pets has made clear that kibble and canned foods are not an appropriate diet for animals, new healthier and more nutritious ways of feeding whole foods have become available.

Freeze-Dried-A Better Option

One of the newer and better options that is quickly gaining in popularity throughout the country is freeze-dried foods.
Pets parents have quickly understood the benefits and convenience of feeding a freeze-dried diet to their dogs and cats.
Freeze-dried foods can provide all of the many health benefits of frozen raw foods without much of the mess and fuss of a frozen or refrigerated diet.
Those who feed raw diets believe that this is a far healthier way to nourish their dogs and cats. They often see dramatic improvements in their dog’s health after switching to a pure whole food diet. Dogs plagued with various skin allergies, picky eaters and overweight dogs improve when they fed a strict diet of whole raw foods. Meats and vegetables can be freeze-dried to make this type of diet easy to prepare. In most cases, freeze dried foods are “just add water and serve”. This gives dogs and cats the benefits of a homemade raw diet as freeze drying leaves the ingredients as close to fresh as possible and does not require additional chemical preservative to stay for long periods of time at room temperature.

Freeze-dried diets provide the following benefits to their dogs:
• Better skin and coats
• Less likelihood of allergies
• Fresher breath
• Optimal weight management
• Improved digestion
• Smaller, less smelly stools
• Improved oral health
• Overall Improvement in Health and Immunity

Feeding frozen or fresh raw foods can be messy and time-consuming especially if you have to gather all the ingredients yourself and try to balance your dog’s nutritional needs.

The Advantages of Freeze-Dried Foods

Ease of use is only one reason why a freeze-dried diet can be perfect for those who want to feed raw, but want the convenience of kibble.
It has the ease and convenience of kibble yet it’s comprised of the same ingredients as a raw or fresh diet and contains no preservatives. The food is not messy to prepare or feed. The food will already be nutritionally balanced so you don’t have to spend time choosing the ingredients or making the food yourself. You can still give your dog raw bones for recreational chewing. Never give your dog cooked bones. Freeze-dried foods also have a long shelf life making them ideal for traveling with your dog or cat and for keeping in an emergency survival kit. No additional refrigeration or freezing is required. You can store freeze-dried foods easily in any kitchen cabinet.

How Does Freeze-Drying Work?

Freeze-drying is a process that removes moisture from the ingredient without the use of heat as in dehydration. All the guardian needs to do is add water back to the freeze-dried food to rehydrate it.
The freeze-drying process includes freezing the food, lowering the pressure around the food, removing the moisture, and sealing the product. The freeze-drying process acts as a preservative, which is how the food can last for so long without any other preservatives.

Frozen

Frozen dog foods include:

Carnivora
Natures variety Instinct
Primal Pet Foods

Benefits of Frozen Dog Food

Raw food defined

Raw food can be fresh or frozen, homemade or store-bought. Several companies currently make raw food that is available frozen in “chubs” (sausage like tubes that are wrapped in plastic) or nuggets, or simply in plastic containers. This type of raw food is very similar to foods like hot dogs or sausages and may be the easiest form for handling by humans who do not eat meat themselves. Some people make their own raw food by purchasing a variety of meats and bones and cutting or grinding them into appropriate sizes and textures, which can also be made in volume and frozen.

A raw dog food diet is designed to mimic a dog’s natural ancestral menu. The whole concept of raw feeding is based upon a dog’s instinctive carnivorous bias — a built-in desire to capture (or find) and eat another animal.

As unsavory as it may seem, it is completely natural for a wolf to consume the entire animal.

Meat, bones, organs and all.

As direct descendants of wolves, dogs are simply not genetically optimized to consume the 50% carbohydrate content of today’s commercial kibbles.

Treats

Dog treats include:

Bear Crunch

Benny’s Bullies
Cloud Star
Feel Good
Fruitables
Greenies
Hero
Jones
Kettle Craft
Masters Own
Natural Balance
Northern Biscuits

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Open Range
Orijen
Plato
Primal

Puppy Love
Purebites
Rollover
Silverspur
Snack21
This & That
Waggers
Wellness
Zukes

Benefits of DogTreats

Treating Your Dog

Dog owners show dogs their love by giving treats. While many of your everyday dog treats are basically empty calories — and should therefore be kept to a minimum — there are some special types of dog treats that will give your dog a bit of supplemental nutrition. These treats are often classified “functional dog treats”.

Enhancing dog foods and treats with “special” ingredients is certainly nothing new, but these days there are products available for many different desired results. These treats can be found in a variety of forms — including biscuits, freeze-dried, jerky, chews and more. All of these products are formulated to provide some additional benefit to the dog when given on a regular basis.

Targeting Your Dog’s Specific Needs

So, you might be thinking, what dog treats could your furry friend possibly benefit from?

Weight Control/Loss: If your dog is overweight, look for treats made to be low in fat and calories and high in fiber. Added ingredients such as L-carnitine (which has been shown to increase fat loss in dogs) can be helpful for reducing weight.

Joint Care: If your older dog is slowing down and has trouble getting up and down, providing him with some extra ingredients for joint care (i.e., glucosamine and chondroitin) is now common practice. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can also be added to dog treats to help reduce inflammation and soothe painful joints.

Dental Care/Bad Breath: Tartar build-up in the mouth can cause some serious halitosis. Dog treats in this category have special chemicals or textures designed to help break down plaque and tartar. This can help reduce the amount of bacteria in your dog’s mouth, and thus the offensive odor. Many of these special dog treats also include chlorophyll, mint, or parsley in the mix to help cover up the smell for a short time. While these ingredients might not necessarily clean the teeth, they may increase the amount of time between professional dental cleanings if given regularly.

Skin Health/Hair: Animals with dry, flaky skin and rough, brittle hair can benefit from added omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in their daily diets. These fatty acids can come from flaxseed, fish oil, or other natural sources. These ingredients work along with vitamins (such as vitamins A, E and D) to nourish the skin and hair and give a glossy shine.

Digestive Health: If your dog has issues with a touchy digestive tract (irritable bowel or colitis), providing some extra fiber and/or beneficial probiotics/prebiotics might help to balance things out. Some ingredients you might see in these kinds of dog treats include fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), yogurt, chicory, Brewer’s yeast and beet pulp.

Other: Other types of functional dog treats include ingredients for heart health (flaxseed, taurine, tumeric), immune system health (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids), and behavioral issues (chamomile and lavender).

Advantages/Disadvantages of Functional Dog Treats

While these functional ingredients can certainly provide some benefits, there’s always a chance of giving your dog too much of a good thing. Even though these dog treats are considered “healthy” and do provide added nutrition, it is best not to overdo it. Be sure to read the package to find out the correct amount to give based on your dog’s weight, and consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your dog’s health.

Supplements

Dog supplements include:

Bluestem
Carnivora
Cranimals
Grizzly
N’Zymes
Pettek
 Plaque Off
Tropiclean
True Raw Choice

Benefits of Dog Supplements

It has become commonplace for humans to include a daily multivitamin as part of their regular diet. There are special formulations for kids, young adults, middle-aged adults, and so on. It stands to reason that just as humans can benefit from supplementing their diet with the vitamins and minerals that are not readily available in their immediate environment, so might our pets benefit from supplements that are formulated specifically for their needs. In fact, many pet owners have already discovered the benefits of supplements, whether through their own research or by a recommendation from their veterinarian.

Does Your Pet Need Supplements?

For the average dog or cat that is in good health and is being fed a complete and balanced commercial diet, there is no need for supplementation. However, if the animal has not been receiving a well-balanced diet, or has particular health needs that require additional intake of certain ingredients, it would be wise to look into supplementing your pet’s diet.

A word of caution: if your pet is on a prescription pet food diet, the food may already contain the ingredients you are looking to supplement, or may have ingredients that would not work as efficiently when paired with an adverse supplement. If, on the other hand, your pet does have special health needs or is on a prescription diet, consult with your veterinarian or veterinary dietitian before adding anything to your pet’s diet — including even the most benign supplements.

Choosing the Right Supplements

The most commonly used supplementary products for pets include those for strengthening the joints, protecting and conditioning the skin and hair coat, improving digestive health, and for overall well-being.

Supplements that are formulated for joint health typically include the ingredients glucosamine and chondroitin, which have been found to be useful in treating arthritisin both humans and animals. Supplements that are made for healing dry, flaking skin and dry hair coats include ingredients that add essential fatty acids to the body to increase moisture in the skin and hair. Fish oil is a typical ingredient in skin and hair supplements. Vitamins C and E, both well known for their antioxidant properties, can be used to reduce inflammation and may even help to maintain cognitive function in older animals.

And just as people eat foods such as yogurt with live cultures for its ability to keep the microbacterial balance of the intestines at healthy levels, and soluble fiber for aiding in digestion, some of these same ingredients can be used to make probiotic and prebiotic formulas for animals for the same use. Pre- and probiotic supplements are especially good for digestive health, but they also help the immune system to maintain a healthy response, reduce allergy symptoms, and prevent diarrhea.

Can Supplements Be Harmful?

Too much of anything, even something that is otherwise healthy, can be a bad thing. Some products may even have a toxic effect on your pet, despite their being labeled “all natural.” Only limited studies have been conducted on the safety and effectiveness of vitamin and herbal supplements on dogs and cats. Because of this, you should conduct your own research with a great deal of care, and consult with an expert in animal health before adding anything that is out of the ordinary to your pet’s diet.

Pee Pads

Dog pee pads include:

Bare Necessities

Accessories

Dog accessories include:

Chuckit
Collar Soft
Drinkwell Fountains
Earth Rated
HyperPet
Kong
Loft
Nature’s Miracle
Plaque Off
Precision
Sherpa
Thundershirt
Timberwolf Pet Products
Vets Best

Benefits of Dog Toys

Just like human beings, animals have it in their nature to enjoy play. Dogs are playful creatures. Just as humans need time to unwind and have fun, dogs need play to keep them emotionally healthy. Unfortunately, we cannot be there to play with our canine friends all the time, but we can always keep them preoccupied with dog toys!

Dog toys are particularly important for puppies. When they are growing their teeth, their gums can get very sore. Chewing on toys helps to alleviate the pain and also helps to keep their teeth nice and clean. Aside from that, having a toy to keep them preoccupied can lessen a puppy’s feelings of anxiety, especially when they are in a new home. Keeping chewable toys close by will make them feel less alone and less scared when they sleep at night. A lot of puppies love cuddling up to soft toys when they are tired. A safe soft toy (with no little pieces to choke on) would be ideal.

When dogs are bored or anxious, they sometimes manifest it through destructive behaviour such as chewing on your shoes or worse – your furniture. Toys can stimulate a dog’s mind and help ease negative feelings. Also, they allow your pets to get some physical exercise, which is beneficial for their overall health. With all these health benefits, high quality and fun dog toys are a good investment. When you leave the house, it can be a good idea to leave a “squeak” toy for your dog, such as our Squeaker Bone. This will give your dog the feeling that the toy is interacting with it when you are out, and will help prevent boredom and loneliness. Another good toy to consider is the Kong range. These are toys that can be tightly packed with food and treats to keep your dog entertained for hours as he tries to lick the goodies out.

When you are home with your dog we suggest Knotted Rope tug-of-war toys. This strengthens the bond between you and your dog and also helps him to develop strong teeth and muscles. When you are out for a walk with your pooch, any toy that your dog can chase is a fantastic idea. Toys suitable for this include Tennis Balls and Rubber Frisbees.

Grooming

Dog grooming includes:

Earthbath
Furminator
JW