I won't be buying what you're trying to sell!
Galen Weston* has been on my mind lately. Galen is heading a new media campaign to get you to buy your pet’s food at his store and not at mine. He’s hanging his campaign on how much you spend on your pet’s food and saying that if you buy that food at his store and not at mine, you’ll save gobs of money. I’ve been on Galen’s website and read through the ingredients in his food and looked at the market research which preceded this new campaign. I’ve watched his commercial on television a number of times and gazed at the earnest young professionals gathered at the off-leash dog beach confessing to him that they shop at my store but hey, if they can save gobs of money and buy the same food at Galen’s place then they’re going to have to change their shopping habits.
Now, I like Galen. He seems like a personable man and I think he’d be the kind of guy who’d be a great neighbour. But Galen is telling us that he can sell a quality pet food for 40% less than anything that I sell and that we won’t notice any difference. And based on what I know about the pet food industry and pet food production in combination with the nutritional research I’ve done, that just isn’t possible. There will be a difference. So right off the top, I’ve got problems with Galen’s pitch.
I don’t shop at Super Store so I can’t speak about President’s Choice products or the individual service you can get there but I do know pet food and I can tell you that the bags of food Galen Weston is referring to are not “quality”. The fundamental truth about nutrition is that a healthy diet consists of healthy foods. We can shop around and find healthy foods to accommodate our budgets but overall, healthy foods do cost money and there’s no getting around that. If you are willing to substitute healthy foods for not so healthy foods however, you can save gobs of money. That’s the reality. It’s just simple common sense.
Galen is asking us to suspend our common sense. He’s asking us to trust him, to believe in him and to buy his products because he’s such a good guy. I’m sure there are a lot of folk who have confidence in Galen. I’m sure he’s a good person and a great neighbour. But I’m pretty sure that he does not have any expertise in the kind of nourishment that helps our pets thrive.
I’m the pet guardian of three healthy dogs who eat healthy foods. I have developed expertise in pet nutrition for well over a decade and there is something I’d like Galen to know (and it’s the real “no-brainer”): I won’t be buying what you’re trying to sell.
*Galen Weston, Jr. is the Executive Chairman of Loblaw Companies Ltd.
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Facts about pet foodCanned pet food tends to have more meat including organ meats in their ingredients.Real food – especially muscle & organ meats and ground bone – is a perfectly natural diet for pets.All dogs share virtually the same DNA and because of that, all breeds and sizes first and foremost require healthy food not specialized food.All ingredients in pet foods are important and are listed in descending order by weight.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.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.Grain has no nutritional value for dogs.Wet food diets for cats are much healthier than dry food diets.There is no perfect singular food for every dog – what may work well for one dog may not benefit another.Dry pet food does not clean teeth.Whole ingredient supplements or whole food vitamins, low-fat yogurt, fish oil, eggs, sardines can enhance your pet’s nutrition.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.Variety is the most important nutritional gift for your pet.
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