There’s lots of great news and some interesting new products as we go “back to nutrition basics” this fall! First off, we are extending our store front hours! We are now open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. We hope that this will meet your need for an extended shopping time. If not, please let us know!
You may have noticed that the store has been Googled! When you search for It’s Raining Cats and Dogs on Google, you can now go directly into the store and check us out.
And finally, you have received a coupon in your mailbox. This coupon campaign has been developed to mark the 10th anniversary of It’s Raining Cats and Dogs. We want to thank you for your business by giving you some great deals on products at the store. You will be receiving new coupons every week for the dates noted on the coupon. You must print them out and bring them in for the coupons to have value. We hope you take full advantage!
Not your mother’s fragrance…
WARNING: You may need to hold your nose…this article could offend!
For anyone who’s ever had the “opportunity” to sniff some raw tripe, you may think those of us who love it are out of our minds!
Tripe is raw, unprocessed stomach tissue and content from ruminants like cows and sheep. Many people from Europe regularly cooked tripe for their families and a surprising number of our customers remember having it served to them when they were growing up. Today, many folk, including dog breeders in Europe, South Africa, Australia and many other countries, swear by green tripe. Some raw pet food feeders claim that their pets, even on a well-balanced raw diet, experience immediate improvements in coat, skin, energy, teeth and digestion when switching their dogs to a diet comprised mostly of green tripe.
“Green” tripe is really brown but has been named green because the tripe of grass-fed cattle has a greenish tint. Cows produce four types of tripe because they have four stomachs. The paunch or rumen is the first and largest compartment. It provides what is commonly known as plain, flat, blanket, double, or thick-seam tripe. All ruminants including cows, goats, sheep and deer have a rumen. The reticulum is the cow’s second stomach, and its surface has a distinctive honeycomb texture. Honeycomb tripe is what you can find in supermarkets after being scalded, sterilized and bleached. The omasum or psalterium is the cow’s third stomach. It is also known as leaf, book or Bible tripe. The abomasums is the cow’s “true glandular stomach”.
Some tripe feeders are so passionate about tripe, they make it sound like it can bring dogs back to life. Here’s just a few of the assertions:
And it doesn’t end there! There are also claims that dogs with behavioural problems become calmer, some chronic illnesses or conditions improve or disappear, dogs with breeding problems successfully reproduce, pups raised on green tripe excel at everything, elderly dogs resume their careers and win competitions and the list goes on. The enthusiasts do issue one caution: not all dogs respond with such dramatic changes. However, it must be said that there are enough stories to make you rethink that smell.
Anaylses show that tripe’s calcium-phosphorus ratio is 1:1, a ratio considered ideal for dogs. Its overall pH is slightly acidic which aids digestion. The protein content of raw tripe is 10% and its fat content is about 5 percent. Tripe contains the essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic) in their recommended proportions as well as magnesium, potassium, B-complex vitamins, the amino acid taurine, and trace amounts of other minerals as well as vitamins A, C, D, and E. Green tripe is approximately 78 percent moisture. Tripe also contains large amounts of Lactobacillus acidophilus, the lactic acid bacteria that is the main ingredient in probiotics. It is loaded with gastric enzymes, other gastric juices and amino acids. The same gastric juices that help cattle with digestion aid the canine in digesting and efficiently utilizing food.
Feeding tripe exclusively is rare. Some people feed enough tripe to average two-thirds of their pets’ diet. Carnivora, a raw food company outside of Saskatoon, suggests treating tripe as a supplement, adding perhaps 25% to a diet consisting of whole ground animal carcass. What you feed depends on the dogs’ activity level, age and metabolism – less for a couch potato, more for a working dog. It is said to be well tolerated by many dogs with allergies and food sensitivities – even those who cannot eat beef.
The best tripe is frozen ground green tripe or dried tripe treats from pasture-fed animals. Canned tripe is also good – while the enzymes, beneficial bacteria and other fragile nutrients can be compromised, dogs are likely to prefer canned tripe over other canned foods.
It’s Raining Cats and Dogs carries raw tripe from Carnivora in four pound bags (presented in 8 ounce patties) as well as canned tripe and dehydrated tripe treats from Trippett. Both Carnivora and Trippett are Canadian companies. Is it time you held your nose and gave it a try? Your pup will love you for it!
Did you know?
BEST PLACES TO WORK:
The Honest Kitchen recently was ranked 37 out of 50 companies by Outside Magazine. Why? All employees have access to a flexible working schedule as well as yoga, pilates and cardio classess at a neighbouring fitness centre. The office is dog friendly and perks include compensation for annual checkups, an allowance for free pet food and encouragement to take a daily group walk! And these same employees taste test your pet’s food!
FIVE TOP DETECTION JOBS FOR DOGS & THE DOGS WHO EXCEL AT EACH:
COOL NEW THINGS AT THE STORE!
From 4 Paws Bakery in British Columbia, we are now carrying single ingredient, high protein, jerky, strips and chips. They come in bison, elk, kangaroo, duck, camel, ostrich, veggies and yam. The feedback has been terrific and they’re perfect for both cats and dogs who love their meat, need a limited ingredient diet, or have allergies or intolerances!
Blue Buffalo is in stock! We are carrying the Wilderness line as well as the canned stews and the Blue Buffalo cat litter. This natural litter is made out of crushed walnuts and is part of the Blue Buffalo frequent buyer program. The rewards program for both the dry food and the litter is buy 10, get one free. As you know, the more variety of formulas in your dog’s diet, the better so this will offer you yet another option!
Pets 4 Life Dog food is now available in 9 pound boxes. The rectangular patties are 8 ounces. Pets 4 Life, as you probably know, is a Canadian company based in Ontario. Their products contain ingredients in the human food chain and are all sourced in Canada.
And yet another Canadian company, Welly Tails, is offering a mature/senior cat supplement. This supplement was designed to provide brain and eye support and includes digestive enzymes, probiotics, immunity support, urinary tract support and joint health support.
Home Health Checklist for Your Cat
Cats are creatures of routine. Any unexplained deviation from your cat’s normal behaviour, such as hiding in strange places, restlessness and pacing, excessive vocatlization or aggression, can be cause for concern.
Taken from Animal Wellness Magazine
There’s an App for that!
Ever worried about your dog needing first aid or whether the symptoms you are seeing are health related? These apps may provide some assistance.
What do YOU do?
A survey completed in 2011 by CareerBuilder looked at animal guardianship in relation to chosen profession, compensation and job satisfaction. Some of the findings included:
Is it turkey time yet? October 8th means it’s time for…
Turkey Time Biscuits!
Here’s a recipe for leftover Thanksgiving after you’ve had all the turkey you can handle for another month or two!
Preheat oven to 350o F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or mixer. Form dough (the dough will pull away from the side of the food processor or mixing bowl). Lightly flour a cutting board or counter. Knead the dough to about ½” in thickness, and cut into desired shapes. You can also place the ball of dough in the middle of the cookie sheet, and using a rolling pin, or even the side of a glass, roll the dough out to each corner of the cookie sheet and lightly score with a sharp knife or pizza cutter.
Facts about pet foodWhole ingredient supplements or whole food vitamins, low-fat yogurt, fish oil, eggs, sardines can enhance your pet’s nutrition.Real food – especially muscle & organ meats and ground bone – is a perfectly natural diet for pets.The vitamins and minerals listed on dry and canned pet foods are synthetic and added to the food after the heat processing to try to make that food complete.Wet food diets for cats are much healthier than dry food diets.If fed an exclusive dry food diet, rotate the dry foods at least 3 to 4 times per year so your pet has access to different formulas and different levels of vitamins and minerals.Ingredients such as grain and corn are NOT healthy for cats.Dry pet food does not clean teeth.All ingredients in pet foods are important and are listed in descending order by weight.Variety is the most important nutritional gift for your pet.All dogs share virtually the same DNA and because of that, all breeds and sizes first and foremost require healthy food not specialized food.Canned pet food tends to have more meat including organ meats in their ingredients.Grain has no nutritional value for dogs.Real food, and in particular, raw food diets are the least heat processed pet food, followed by dehydrated foods, then canned food and finally, dry foods.There is no perfect singular food for every dog – what may work well for one dog may not benefit another.
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