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Pet Nutrition

Pet Nutrition

We believe excellent nutrition from food is the first step towards better health and vitality for our pets. Stop in to talk to us about your pet’s dietary needs, we can offer recommendations for a great, nutritious food to enhance your pets health.

Poor quality foods can have a negative affect your pets’ health:

  • Food allergies; biting and chewing at itchy paws; dry, flaky skin; hot spots; chronic ear infections.

  • Poor digestion, which can lead to a decrease in a food’s nutritional benefits and possible reduced life expectancy; excessive gas and/or loose stools; increased pet waste.

  • Weakened immune system which could make your pet susceptible to diseases such as diabetes, cancer, obesity, arthritis, pancreatitis, and urinary tract infections.

Holistic Veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker addresses pet diet and nutrition in this video The Best & Worst Foods For Your Pets, by Dr. Karen Becker.

Dry: Dry pet food, or kibble, is convenient and often the most affordable method of feeding. Most of our dry food options are free of unnecessary fillers like corn, wheat, soy, and animal by-products.

Canned: A moisture rich diet is a vital part of your pets’ health and a canned diet provides that. Canned foods are less processed then dry kibble and retain more of their nutritional value. We have dozens of canned options offering many different protein sources.

Freeze-Dried Raw: Similar to a traditional frozen raw diet in nutritional value, except the moisture has been removed without the thawing or cooking of the product. This allows the benefits of a raw diet with the convenience of a food that doesn’t need to be frozen. Because of the importance of moisture in your pet’s diet, it is recommended to re-hydrate freeze dried raw diets.

Raw: The “evolutionary diet”, a raw diet consists of a combination of uncooked meat, ground bones, organ meat, and supplemental produce and no fillers. It is often considered the most biologically and species appropriate diet for dogs and cats. How To Feed Raw Diets

Food Variety

Pets thrive when given a variety of foods, just like humans. We recommend rotating their food on a routine basis—that can be daily, monthly, or every few months—whatever works best for you. By changing up what you feed them, you actually help to strengthen their digestive system, broaden their nutritional intake, and help prevent the development of food allergies.

For more information see the video by holistic vet Dr. Karen Becker

Feeding Tips:Transitioning to New Food

When switching to a new food it is safest to go slowly to avoid digestive upset. We suggest making the transition occur over the course of one to two weeks.

  • Start - feed 25% of the new food and 75% of the current food for 2–3 days.

  • Gradually - increase the new food to 50% of your pet’s daily intake, decreasing the current food to 50% for another 2–3 days.

  • Bump up the new food to 75% and the old food to 25% for another 2–3 days, until you can feed your pet 100% of the new food.

You can add intestinal helpers when switching foods: organic canned pumpkin, BeneBac intestinal bacteria and/or digestive enzymes all help ease tummy troubles and can help with food transitions.

We also carry foods that are made to help with intestinal issues: Natural Planet Organics, Nutrisource and Pure Vita are all made with patented intestinal and nutritional formulae and the brand has a “no gas” guarantee. Nutro recently launched their “Rotations” food made with ingredients that help with the transition.

See Tips to selecting food for your pet – we can help! Tips for Selecting a Pet Food

More Resources

Dog Food Advisor

Foods to Avoid or Restrict

Diet and Health Info for Man’s Best Friend

 

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Located in the Rite Aid Shopping Center

27177 State Highway 189,

Blue Jay, CA 92317

Phone. 909-336-1061

Email. tommyspetstudio@gmail.com