October 10, 2018

What's your dog's name? If you're like most people, they probably have a lot of nicknames as well. They're probably cute names and some might not even make sense or you don't remember the origin. But it doesn't matter. What's important is that your dog has a name. You don't want your dog to be a statistic.

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention released their 2017 study results and a startling 100 million+ cats and dogs can be considered obese. The association estimates that 56% of dogs are overweight. Stop and think about that for a moment. That is a startling number and it's in our hands as pet owners to do something about it. Bubba sounds much better than fat. 

Obesity in pets has a tendency to cause a multitude of health problems including arthritis, diabetes, heart failure and sometimes even cancer. Vet care is expensive and an obese dog may even have a shorter lifespan with more frequent vet visits and health issues. 

To help combat this growing concern, aside from the obvious increase in physical activity, one area of focus that we as pet parents must pay close attention to is nutrition. Have you ever turned your dog's food bag over to read what it says? If you're like many pet parents, you probably haven't. We as consumers are consistently bombarded with mixed marketing messages and proper nutrition is one of the most confusing parts of dog ownership. Have no fear, we're here! We're here to help you navigate the commercial pet food industry including not only food options but what to look out for and stay away from in your pet's food.

The foods we carry in store are carefully selected for reasons we believe make them a good, healthy choice for your pet. There isn't a one size fits all option for dog nutrition which is why we enjoy working with you to determine the best possible option for your situation. A few of the brands we love are Fromm, Orijen, Acana, Zignature, Stella & Chewy's, Primal and Bixbi Rawbble among many others. 

Feel free to stop in anytime to chat about getting your dog to live a healthier life through proper nutrition!

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