Summer 2013

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Dehydrated Pet Food
Going on a road trip or going to the cottage, dehydrated pet foods are the perfect travel food!
 
Dehydration is the process of removing water from a food so that the enzymes present in that food are suspended or inactivated until the food is rehydrated. High heat processes used in making dry or canned pet foods can destroy these enzymes, denature the proteins and break down beneficial nutrients.  With dehydration, raw food ingredients are exposed to a slow, gentle, heating process and the ingredients retain their original vitamins, enzymes, minerals, antioxidants and micronutrients.  Utilizing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, NRG Pet Products says that the nutritional losses during dehydration are 3-5% compared to 60-80% loss during canning and significantly more during dry food manufacturing.
 
Most premium companies – and all the products carried at It’s Raining Cats & Dogs – produce foods using only the best quality ingredients.  The Honest Kitchen, Sojo’s and NRG all use real whole food ingredients that are human grade.  The Honest Kitchen’s products are made in a human food production facility that is registered and inspected by the FDA.  Canada’s NRG uses local organic suppliers and growers that farm using environmentally responsible practices and their meats live range free and are fed a natural diet.  Sojo’s uses USDA meat, no GMO’s and no preservatives.

Dehydrated pet foods are terrific for people unsure about raw feeding, who want to add variety into their pet’s diet or who are traveling and still want to feed their pets real whole foods.  With each of the companies we have referred to, you can “see” the ingredients – their end products contain natural colour, flavour and aroma that indicate living foods!

New at the Store

Ascenta Feline Omega-3
This is a fish oil supplement especially for cats.  It is guaranteed pure quality fish oil made from anchovies and sardines and has a balanced EPA (minimum 115 mg) and DHA (minimum 185 mg) ratio.  Omega 3’s are “good fats” which can only be obtained from diet because they are not produced by the body.  They are beneficial to maintain joint health, skin and coat health, renal function, growth and reproduction, heart health and immune system health.  Processed cat food (canned and bagged) can contribute to an imbalance of omega’s in your cat’s diet – once they have been heated and processed into the final product, Omega-3s suffer significant degradation.  This supplement is suitable for all ages and breeds and has an ocean fish flavour cats love.

Dog Rocks
100% natural product from Australian that will save your lawn from dog urine burn patches. Dog Rocks filter out impurities from water that pass through your dog's urine and create a burn patch when they contact your grass!

Dog Treat Mix
Available in Nutty Banana Biscotti, Gar-licky-parmesan Chicken and Chicken Pot Pie.

ProBloom
New from Honest Kitchen!
Shelf stable instant goat’s milk with five billion added probiotics and digestive enzymes, Pro Bloom is designed to nourish and nurture both cats and dogs.  It is ideal for growing puppies and kittens to provide additional calories and digestive enzymes.  It is also suitable during rehabilitation when used as a digestive aid and for animals needing general immune support at the gut level.  Pro Bloom is human grade and made in the USA from pasture-raised free ranging goat’s milk, and is free of pesticides, herbicides, growth hormones and antibiotics.  Goat’s milk is a rich, complete source of protein including the amino acids leucine, threonline, tryptophan and lysine, as well as calcium, vitamins A, B2, B6, C and D, and potassium.  Goat’s milk rarely causes lactose intolerance because it contains slightly less lactose than cow’s milk and is more easily digested.

This 8 ounce box contains 16 individual packets of powder and will last a 30 lb. dog 48 days when fed daily.
 

Ice Pups are back!

Newly repackaged in boxes with single serve packets, the ingredients of these treats couldn’t be healthier!  Ice Pups are made of dehydrated chicken, turkey, whey, dandelion, asparagus, watercress, honey and parsley.  Once rehydrated, they can be served frozen (poured over ice OR our preference, in an ice cube tray) or used as a warm broth. 
Frozen, they are the perfect cool treat on a hot summer day!

Safety First!


Keyla – 14 year old Shih Tzu

"Weekends at the lake wouldn't be the same without the security of my lifejacket. My mom, Joanne, says I don't have to worry about fatigue when I'm in the water. I'm buoyant!" Keyla is wearing a Canine Friendly (RC Pet Products) Lifejacket. It has an ergonomic fit, ultra-buoyant non-PVC foam, and keeps dogs in a natural swimming position. It is fully adjustable and has a d-ring for leash attachment. It retails for $49.95 to $54.95 depending on size.


Did you know?
 
A natural, mid-level wag of a dog’s tail indicates happiness but a high stiff wag means the dog is agitated and ready to protect something. A low quick wag means the dog is scared and submissive.

 

The hazards of heatstroke

For those of us in Manitoba this year, summer can’t come fast enough!  But for our dogs and cats, the heat of summer comes with some real hazards.  Unlike us, our pets depend on panting and sweating from the glands between the toes to release heat.  Heatstroke happens, more frequently than any of us would like to see.

Puppies and kittens, senior dogs and cats, and those who are overweight, have heart disease or other medical conditions are at a higher risk for heatstroke. In addition, some breeds are more prone than others.  Animals with short upper respiratory tracts – such as pugs and Pekinese dogs, and Persian and Himalayan cats – cannot pant as effectively and are especially susceptible to heatstroke.

Signs of heatstroke include increased panting, and dry, sticky and discolored (bright pink, reddish or purple) gums and tongue.  This is considered the first stage, and in most cases, helping your dog cool down is all you need to do. Take him to a shaded or air-conditioned area.  If possible, douse him with water. Use cool but not ice cold water (the latter may cause shivering and actually increase his body temperature).  Offer small drinks of water but don’t force him to drink.  Over-heated dogs sometimes cannot swallow properly.  If, in tandem with excessive panting and discolored gums, your dog vomits, displays a lack of coordination, lethargy or even collapses, he is in serious heat-related distress and you must seek immediate veterinary attention.
 
Cats are typically more adept at keeping cool than dogs, although they are not immune to heatstroke.  A cat that is over-exerted or cannot find a cool place is at risk.  If she pants and drools, she is over-heated.  Apply the same cooling techniques as you would for a dog.   A cat that vomits has a lack of coordination, dilated pupils or mucus membranes that are grayish in color is in serious trouble and requires immediate veterinary attention. 


  TIPS TO PREVENT HEAT STROKE: 

  • Exercise your dog early in the morning or later in the evening.
  • If you must walk your dog when the weather is hot, carry a portable water bowl and bottled water. Keep the walk short, stop at regular intervals in shaded areas and offer your dog water.
  • If you allow your cat to roam outdoors, ensure that a bowl of water and shaded areas are available.  Install a cat door so she can come indoors when it gets too hot out.
  • Never leave your animal inside a car, even for a minute or two – not even if you park in the shade and leave a window partially open.  Temperatures inside a car can rise 40ºF in just one hour, and 80% of that increase occurs within the first 30 minutes!  This is the case even on cloudy days, or when the car is in the shade.
  • Sun protection is important and some medications are known to increase sun sensitivity.   Apply a bit of sunscreen to sun-exposed areas, using a product that’s made for children, that contains no zinc or PABA, and that has an SPF higher than 15.
  • Don’t forget his feet!  Paw pads are often irritated by hot asphalt and become dry, cracked and sore so don’t forget some protection there as well!

  

Our four-legged companions rely on us to keep them happy and healthy and to help them beat the heat. A few simple precautions will keep your best friend safe all summer long.

 
with assistance from ANIMAL WELLNESS MAGAZINE  
 

Let's hear it for cats!
A 2011-2012 survey by American Pet Products Association found that cats are the most popular companion animals. 86 million cats compared to just 78 million dogs live in U.S. households.

 

Treats for traveling with a dog that has motion sickness 
Ingredients:
4 c. whole oat flour
1 tblsp. Cinnamon
1 tblsp. carob powder
3 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. ginger
Instructions:  Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Add the applesauce, mixing until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Roll the dough and cut to the size you want and place on a cookie sheet.  Place in the oven and reduce the heat to 175 degrees F.  Leave the treats to slowly bake for 2 hours or until they are “bone” hard!  Cool completely before storing.

Spring Meadows Raw Feeding Calculator App

Spring Meadows brings their Natural Pet Food calculator to iOS! Customers of Spring Meadows nationally acclaimed Whole Animal Pet Food now have an easy reference to how much to feed to their pet on a daily basis.

Whether you're on the go or at home, simply select your pet's age and activity level, enter their weight and start feeding!

The Android app is now live on the Spring Meadows store.
You can find the app at the below URL online in addition to searching the Android store on your phone.
Android: http://tinyurl.com/springmeadowsandroid
iPhone: http://tinyurl.com/springmeadowsiphone

 

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