Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fort Collins Pet Laws

Below are the most common infractions people are cited for in Fort Collins. Each is a quick synopsis so you can gain a better understanding and avoid a citation!

Leash Laws – Any and all dogs on city or public land must be on a leash. The only public area where dogs are allowed off leash in Fort Collins is at one of the Dog Parks in town. For the full list of City owned dog parks click here.

Licensing – All dogs and cats 4 months and older in Larimer County must be licensed through the Larimer Humane Society. If they are not properly licensed you can be written a citation.

Rabies Vaccination – All dogs and cats in Fort Collins must be up to date on their rabies vaccination. You can be written a citation if they are not, also you will not be able to license them until this is done.

Pet Waste – As the owner of a pet, you are responsible for the removal of all pet waste on public and private property (not owned by owner of pet). If you are caught not picking up your pet waste, you will be written a citation.

Animal Disturbance of peace and quiet – The owner of an animal shall not allow said animal to create noise problems for neighboring homes or apartments. Noise problems would be barking loud and for excessive periods of time, whining and or yelping loud or for excessive amount of time, howling or squawking loud or for excessive amount of time. We all know dogs bark and birds squawk, it becomes a problem when this happens continuously throughout the day. Once a complaint has been made Animal Control will leave a notice, and if nothing is done to remedy this problem investigative actions will be taken. You could be written a citation.

Quantity of Pets – A pet owner is not permitted to keep more pets on their property than can be properly maintained in a healthy condition. The amount of pets must not create a health or safety hazard for the owner, neighboring persons, or animals.

Obviously the paragraphs above are not the exact laws and regulations in Fort Collins, for a more detailed description on each and many more click here. Below are the rules for all City of Fort Collins Dog Parks:
  •  Owners must clean up after their pets.
  • No aggressive dogs allowed.
  • Dogs must be licensed and vaccinated.
  • Puppies under 4 months prohibited.
  • Spayed/Neutered Animals recommended.
  • Leaving dogs unattended prohibited.
  • Limit 3 dogs per visit.
  • Dogs in heat prohibited.
  • Young children must be supervised.
  • Owners must carry a leash at all times.
  • Please keep gates closed.
In the future we will write a blog on livestock, and Chicken laws as the majority of the above laws do not apply to them!

[1] http://www.colocode.com/ftcollins/municipal/chapter4.htm


Monday, March 31, 2014

Company Profile: Spring Naturals Pet Foods

Spring Naturals is a line of dog and cat food created by Performance Pet Products which has been producing pet foods since 1946. Their mission in creating Spring was, “to develop a complete family of wholesome products that would provide no-compromise pet nutrition. Every recipe would be made with only select, market-quality ingredients from sources in the United States [1].”  Spring Naturals believes in a “Whole Food Nutrition Philosophy;” meaning they use only whole ingredients no meals or by-products. They also believe a Low-Glycemic food is a great way to keep your pet happy and healthy.

In all Spring Natural Diets Fresh whole meat is the first ingredient! The available proteins are: Beef, Salmon, Lamb, Turkey, and Chicken. This is great for rotating as they have many options to keep your pet from becoming bored or developing an allergy to a specific protein. On top of their whole meat protein sources Spring Naturals uses whole chickpeas, green peas, and eggs for additional natural sources of protein.

Whole Fruits are another great part of this diet! Spring uses fruits such as Cranberries, Blueberries, and Apricots because they are high in antioxidants and help maintain a healthy immune system.

Garden Fresh Vegetables are used in all diets. Spring uses Carrots, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Dandelion Greens (prebiotic), and Whole Tomatoes. These provide great health benefits and are fiber rich for digestion.

Along with traditional Dinner diets that include whole grains, Spring Naturals has a wonderful Grain Free line of foods with the same proteins.


Spring Naturals is available at all Poudre Pet and Feed Supply locations. For more information on Spring Naturals foods, or company visit any Poudre Pet and Feed location and talk with us. Or visit with us at any upcoming events this summer!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Why Frozen Bones are great for your dog!

There are some common misconceptions that divert people from using frozen marrow bones. This is too bad frozen raw bones are actually great for your dog, and will keep them occupied much longer than most treats.

Many believe that bones will splinter and are difficult for dogs to digest. This is true for cooked bones, but Frozen Raw Bones are highly digestible and very rarely splinter. The cooking process tends to alter the structure of the bone which causes it to weaken and splinter.  However frozen raw marrow bones are structurally sound, and have so many benefits to your dog’s overall health!!

The first benefit is actually pretty huge. Frozen Marrow Bones are fantastic for dog’s teeth and overall dental health, “Plaque and tartar can build up on a dog’s teeth offsetting the balance of good bacteria in the mouth which leaves way for infection and disease to spread.”[1]. Most people do not realize that dental problems in dogs can lead to many worse problems. Keeping your dog’s teeth and gums clean and healthy is very important. Frozen Marrow bones are great for teeth and gum health; the left-over meat and tendons on the outside of the bone work almost like dental floss to clean the teeth as your dog chews. Plaque and tartar build up is usually the cause of bad breath, so by feeding raw bones fairly regularly (I try for once a week) you can help keep that breath smelling fresh and the teeth and gums healthy!

Another benefit of frozen marrow bones is they offer a great source of calcium and phosphorous which is necessary for your dog to maintain their bone health. The marrow inside the bones tends to be a little bit fatty, so this is great for dogs that need to gain some weight. Dogs with very sensitive stomachs may get diarrhea from the marrow but most will adjust and do great on them.  Frozen bones are a fantastic way to keep a dog busy while you are entertaining guests, or even just to give you a break from the amount of attention they require. My dog will chew a frozen bone for upwards of 3 hours straight; it’s also a fantastic oral workout for them! 

As with every treat we sell I recommend being present while your dog is chewing a frozen marrow bone, as there is always a risk with anything they chew on. Be sure the bone is the proper size for your dog. Do not give a large dog a tiny bone or choking is a definite possibility. Frozen bones are a fantastic way to help keep your dog healthy and happy. It can be scary to try new things with our dogs, but if you can get over that your dog will love you for it! We carry a large variety of frozen bones so please stop by and ask us our opinions as we love to talk about the benefits of frozen bones!!
[1] http://hungryhound.com/raw-marrow-bones-are-amazing/

Friday, January 10, 2014

Company Profile: Fromm Family Foods

Fromm Family Foods is an independent pet food manufacturer. The company was established in 1904, in Mequon Wisconsin. The Fromm Family can trace the roots of the company back to the turn of the 20th century. The Fromm brothers raised foxes for fur. In doing so they needed to create a nutrition system to keep the foxes healthy.  As the fur market began to decline the company decided to focus on pet food. They developed the first ever kibble for dogs, and sold their first bag of dog food in 1949. They have since grown and currently employ 110 people; they are still family owned and have zero intention of changing that. Tom Nieman is the 4th generation to own Fromm Family Foods and his two sons Dan and Brian are very involved in the company.

Fromm has 3 lines of dog food Classic, Gold, and 4-star. The Classic line is a fantastic value brand; it is one of the best priced premium foods on the market. There is a Classic Adult and a Classic Senior. The Gold line offers more life stage variation. All of the Gold line foods use Duck, Chicken, and Lamb as protein, but they offer Puppy, Large Breed, Weight Control, and Senior options. The 4-Star line is where it gets fun! This food is the top of the line. There are multiple proteins including chicken, salmon, duck, beef, and even pork. There are grain free options in the 4-Star line as well! All of the Fromm foods contain fresh fruits and vegetables. On top of a great dog food line Fromm makes two great cat food lines as well. They have a Gold line very similar to the dog it has Kitten, Adult, and Senior formulas. Again the 4-Star line in the cat has many varieties your cat will love! One unique feature of Fromm pet foods is their use of egg and of course being from Wisconsin they use cheese in all of their diets!

The Fromm Family is one of a few companies that have never been on any recall list. This is due to their safety measures. Before any Fromm food leaves the plant it is tested in house, as well as by an independent company. They believe that it all starts with fresh ingredients. Tom Nieman said, "It's the same thing you'd see at the grocery, it's just dropped off at our plant." [1] The safety measures in place at Fromm Family Foods are second to none, for more information visit: http://frommfamily.com/food-safety.

You can find Fromm dog and cat foods at any Poudre Pet and Feed Supply location where our knowledgeable staff is ready for any questions you may have. If you are looking for a great food for your pets we have the best price in Fort Collins, so do not hesitate to come see us!!
    

Friday, December 13, 2013

Pet Names

Choosing the right name for your pet is as important for most people as naming a child. Now I do not have any kids, but this seems like a big deal. I mean you are going to have to call that kid by that name for the rest of their life! Same with pets, so it is important that you choose the right name.
Most people like to be creative, but some are pretty boring. Don’t get me wrong I come from the most boring dog naming group there is. I am part of the group who keep the name the shelter gave the dog. When I got my dog Lexi I just decided to keep the name because she already knew it. It worked out she is definitely a Lexi!
To me the names I don’t quite understand are the very generic human names on a dog. Have you ever met a dog named Michael, or James, I know I haven’t. Human named dogs make me nervous like should I call him Mike? I can understand why some would do it; if pets are like our children and we want to name our children after a certain person that I get. 

The weirdest dog names are the incredibly formal like most celebrities use; for example, Peanut Von Strudel, Victoria Snuggleboots, Mister Bigglesworth or Templeton Snodgrass. To me this is incredibly unnecessary since you can get a dogs attention by saying “Dog” and most cats don’t really listen anyway. Some people are into the long formal names and by all means this is your decision. Just make sure you want to be seen in public calling for “Mister Bigglesworth.”

I found this list of the “Top puppy names of 2013”:
And wouldn’t you know it, Lexi is on the list. These are the most common names of 2013 for puppies.

Whether you are trying to be extra original or just picking a name you like, be sure it is a name that works for you. If you end up not liking the name you will be saying a name you dislike a lot. Because training a dog takes a lot of work and you will use the name quite a bit.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A dog for the holidays?

This is the time of year when a lot of people get a dog for the holidays. The holiday season makes a great time to get a dog, whether as a gift for a child, or loved one or as a companion for oneself. The problem is that some people get caught up in the idea of the gift and do not think about the responsibility of owning a dog.

We are very large proponents for dog ownership!! We love our dogs and dogs in general. Dogs are truly man’s best friend. That being said, it is very important to wait until you are ready for a dog. There is a lot of responsibility, and training that goes in to owning a dog. Not to mention the amount of time that must be committed when the dog is a puppy.  

The puppy stage, while it’s the cutest stage of a dog’s life it is the most difficult. Puppies have to be trained to go to the bathroom outside, which requires a lot of effort. They need to be let outside quite often. This means a lot of attention from you the owner!! Getting a puppy when you work 10 hours a day and have no one that can check on the dog is probably a bad idea. Puppies also have a lot of energy they need to burn off. They will become very hyper and want to run around, followed by an hour nap! If you are going to get a puppy be sure you have enough time to get them outside to run around and burn off the energy.

There is always the idea of adopting an older dog that has already been trained to go to the bathroom outside. Don’t let this idea fool you, adopting an old dog is still going to require some work from you. More often than not older dogs have had more than one owner and may be a little nervous. With an older dog, you must gain their trust and they must know you are their master. This is something that will require lots of love and attention. Also an older dog with bad habits will require a lot of work.  We are very much for adopting older dogs from local shelters, as they need love too!!! Just keep in mind that it will still require a lot of effort in the beginning.

We believe that everyone should own a dog, because you will never know unconditional love like that of a dog!! This is just a caution for those who may be thinking about getting a dog for the holidays, just make sure you are ready for the responsibility of pet ownership!! It requires a lot of work, but it is also the most rewarding work you will ever do and very much worth it. Please enjoy the holiday season, and be sure to look at your local shelters if you are in the market for a new companion. Some of the best dogs are waiting for a family this holiday season, why not yours? 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Thanksgiving Has Gone to The Dogs

Now that we have reached November, I am curious whether or not people spoil their pets on Thanksgiving or not? I have done some research and will share! The results were pretty much as expected.

I know that when it comes to my household the dogs are very spoiled around the holidays! I usually don’t feed a lot of wet food to my dog, but when I do my pup loves the stuff. Last Thanksgiving I switched from a canned food (Merrick Thanksgiving Day Dinner) to one of the new “Tubs” available at Poudre Pet and Feed Supply. There are quite a few different brands who make a tub, but for Thanksgiving it only made sense that I give my dog the “Earthborn Holistic Toby’s Turkey Dinner.” This was great because my dog ate what my family ate on Thanksgiving! The Toby’s Turkey Dinner has Turkey, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Green Beans, and Apples. It was a nice way to make the dog part of the family.

My neighbor on the other hand takes it to another level. He like me rarely feeds wet food. But on Thanksgiving Day his dogs eat very well! He makes his dogs a plate of human food. He doesn't go too crazy just a plate of Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, and Stuffing. I have seen this happen and while probably would not feed human food to my dogs, I could see how happy his dogs were and how it made them part of the family.

I asked a co-worker what she did for her dog on Thanksgiving, and she told me she fixes her dog a plate of turkey, sweet potatoes, and stuffing. Apparently I am the only one not fixing my dog a plate of food.

I decided to do some internet research. It would seem that a lot of people give their dogs a plate of human food on Thanksgiving. In fact if done properly it can be a very healthy snack and a great way to include your pet in the festivities. Many of the items we eat are actually good for our dogs. The pumpkin is great for digestive health, Cranberries are great for urinary tract health, and green beans are a great source of fiber. If you treat your dogs to the proper things on Thanksgiving you can actually be helping their health! Things to avoid on this day would be turkey bones!! They are very similar to chicken bones and can splinter and chip which can hurt your dog.

People definitely enjoy spoiling their dogs on Thanksgiving, and it would seem some people take it further than others. There is nothing better than spoiling your dog especially around the holidays. We are always open to more ideas for spoiling your pets, so feel free to send some our way!