Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tick Season

I was wondering today about Ticks in Colorado as it is "that time of year." I found some information that I thought we should be passing along to our readers! The summation of this article is that tick prevention is more than worth it seeing as how much curing disease involves. To read the article and see their recommendations click HERE. To visit our website to see pricing, and selection click HERE. Have fun with your pets this summer, but be sure to keep them safe!!!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Messing with your dogs feet

I read a blog post put out by Canidae pet foods the other day and thought it would be a good one to share! I constantly have struggles with my dog on the nail clippings, but this gave me a good reason to calm down and not be so frustrated with it. If you are interested in why your dog doesn't let you mess with his or her feet click HERE to read the blog.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Human foods you should NOT share with your dog

Easter has passed, and this got me thinking about how much chocolate I have sitting around my house. Which made think about what would happen if my dog ate it? I know Chocolate is poisonous to dogs, but how bad is it? Also what other human foods are bad for my dog? My first order of business was to dispose of the chocolate so my dog was safe; so I ate it…unfortunately I ate all of it which led me to feel sick to my stomach. Then I began my research, which upon further review there are quite a few foods that can make your dog sick or worse. Some are quite obvious (Chocolate, medicine, any fruit with a pit) and others are kind of a shocker (grapes, Onions, Milk). So here is my list with a short explanation as to why (I have a list of resources at the bottom for more details):

Chocolate: The ingredient in Chocolate that is poisonous for dogs is called Theobromine. A good rule to know is the darker the chocolate the worse it is. If your dog eats white chocolate it will probably be ok just be sure to monitor them. If your dog eats Dark Chocolate depending on his size and how much you should probably get your dog to the vet!

Avocado: Avocados contain Persin mainly in the leaves, seed, and bark this is mainly seen in Guatemalan variety. Dogs are allergic to Persin, which can cause Diarrhea, vomiting, and heart congestion.

Bread Dough: Homemade bread dough contains yeast which causes the bread to rise and expand, it will do the same in your dog’s stomach. You can understand why this is bad, it will cause your dog’s stomach to expand and will cause a great deal of pain. Also as the yeast multiplies it creates alcohol as a by-product which can cause alcohol poisoning in your dog and could result in death.

Alcohol: Even a small amount of alcohol can cause alcohol poisoning in your pets. If your pet ingests any alcohol be sure to monitor them for vomiting, seizures, disorientation. If symptoms worsen take them to a vet immediately for monitoring.

Grapes/Raisins: These foods have been linked to Liver Damage, and Kidney Failure. The weird part is some dogs were affected one time and not affected another. Even just a hand full of grapes can be life threatening for you dog!

Macadamia Nuts: This one is less life threatening, but can cause some severe discomfort for up to 48 hours, and could still result in death. Symptoms include weakness, paralysis of hindquarters, and vomiting. Be sure to monitor these symptoms closely.

Onions/Garlic: These will destroy your dog’s red blood cell count leading to anemia. Most dogs would have to ingest quite a bit to get very sick, but it is probably a good idea to avoid them.

Sugarless Gum: Sugarless gum contains an artificial sweetener called Xylitol which causes an over-release of insulin which can cause organ failure.               

Caffeine: In large enough quantities can be fatal to dogs. There is no antidote for this, so be careful.

This is just a short list of human foods that are potentially hazardous for your dog. Check out the resources below for more foods, and more detail. I hope this offers some insight the next time you think about giving sparky some table scraps! There are plenty of items that are ok to share with your pets, but we will save that for another day!!

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!!