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Dry foods help reduce dental disease in dogs

Dog eating food

Dog owners always have question about whether to feed their pet dry or canned foods.  This can be a daunting decision, given the number of both dry and canned foods.

High quality dry foods can easily meet the nutritional requirements of most dogs.  You will want to check labels for the amount of meat-based proteins the food contains versus grains.  Higher priced dry foods will tend to contain more meat-based proteins than their lower-priced competitors.

The added benefit of dry food is that chewing on it reduces the buildup of plaque and tarter on your dog’s teeth.  Dogs that eat only a wet or canned diet are more prone to dental disease if the diet is not balanced with treats and toys for chewing.  Some dogs – if raised on only canned food – will refuse to eat dry food at all – so it’s important to start your dog early on at least a partial dry diet.  In many cases, we suggest waiting until the dog is of senior age before giving a preponderance of canned foods.

NOTE: The above does NOT pertain to cats who have different nutritional needs.  See other blogs on cat nutrition.


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Neighbor Shopping Tips to help pet owners navigate growing number of food & supplies choices

Midnight snacksDue to the growing number of choices and products, you might think that shopping for your pet is getting easier.  It’s not.

Dry, canned, raw, reconstituted, grain free?  Gravy, sliced, tidbits, pate? The choices when it comes to food alone are mind boggling.  What about cat litter – clay, clumping, corn, wheat, recycled newspapers?  And on and on.

To help our neighbors narrow down their choices before they shop, we have launched Neighbor Shopping Tips here on my blog.  We are hoping that our information will make shopping easier for pet owners —  wherever they shop.

There are lots of high quality pet products on the market today.  In many cases, the question is not so much, which products are best – but which products are best FOR MY PET?  Factors like your pet’s age, breed, and existing health issues all impact your choices of products.

In all cases, we are going to try to provide you with candid information to help you make good choices for your pet.  As a pet owner myself, I will draw on my personal experience with pet foods and products as well as that of my team members, many of whom are pet owners as well.  In addition, we learn a lot from all of you – so keep the feedback coming as you try new products!