Dehydrated Pet Food
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
Dog Treat Mix
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!
"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.
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.
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.
Let's hear it for cats!
Treats for traveling with a dog that has motion sickness
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.
Facts about pet foodAll dogs share virtually the same DNA and because of that, all breeds and sizes first and foremost require healthy food not specialized food.There is no perfect singular food for every dog – what may work well for one dog may not benefit another.All ingredients in pet foods are important and are listed in descending order by weight.Whole ingredient supplements or whole food vitamins, low-fat yogurt, fish oil, eggs, sardines can enhance your pet’s nutrition.Variety is the most important nutritional gift for your pet.Wet food diets for cats are much healthier than dry food diets.Ingredients such as grain and corn are NOT healthy for cats.Dry pet food does not clean teeth.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.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.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.Canned 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.
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When you take your dog for a walk, both of you should dress for today’s weather: