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News and Information about Dogs, Cats, and Pet Products

author-profile-photoThis is Lexy from the Burr Ridge store…this past weekend we had our Picky Eaters Day.  Here is a suggestion that might help if you have a picky eater at home.

The most common image of a household pet and the one with the most controversy is that of one drinking milk contently from their bowl. Most people are aware that a dog cannot process milk, but most don’t know that it is the same with a cat. Cats are mostly attracted to cream for their high value in fat. However, most grocery store bought milk contains little fat. All dogs and cats will still drink milk because they enjoy the taste, but you will find out very fast that they cannot digest milk since they are lacking a very important enzyme.

Like most infant mammals kittens and puppies are born being able to break down the sugar lactose in their mother’s milk. They are born with the enzyme called lactase and as they get older the less they produce and the less they can break down the sugars to be able to digest milk. This is where Raw Goats Milk is different and plays a huge role in your pets overall nutrition.

Raw Goat’s milk is known as the most complete food. This raw milk is rich in lactase enzymes helping with the digestion of lactose, which is something that is destroyed when pasteurized. Goat milk contains 13% more calcium, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, protein, and fatty acids, and is easily digestible in 20 minutes.

primal-raw-goats-milkThese are huge benefits of Raw Goats Milk. Not only is this the perfect solution to fussy eaters, but Primal Goat’s Milk has natural ingredients like cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric that make a huge difference.

  • Cinnamon is an antibacterial/antifungal that helps with arthritis and joints
  • Ginger is a natural antioxidant and helps with digestion
  • Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, detoxifier and anti-cancer herb

All batches of Primal Goat Milk are tested for Salmonella, E-coli and Listeria Monocytogenes before distribution making it completely safe to give to your pet!

So why feed Goats Milk at all? It is essentially the best probiotic you could give your fur baby. Not only is Raw Goats Milk good for digestions it helps pets receive their daily need for moisture. More than half the time cats and dogs are dehydrated. Dogs and cats are 65% moisture and they are designed to get their water from the foods they eat.  By adding Raw Goat’s Milk, which is 79% moisture, to their diet they will be given all the nutrition they need.

the-catsMy two cats are the reason that I feed Raw Goats Milk to my dog as well.  O’Malley is my orange short-haired tabby who, like his name from the Disney film The Aristocats, is a bit of an alley cat. He eats anything and everything, but would not settle on one specific food and then there was his bladder issue. Going to and from the vet often he started being very picky on food and became a very unhappy kitty.  His brother, Crookshanks, ended up eating most of his food and for awhile he lost a lot of weight. I would have to constantly monitor him in his litter box to make sure he was doing his business and constantly make sure he was drinking water.

When I became a member of the Two Bostons team I not only switched them to gain free food, but I found Raw Goats milk became my miracle.  It not only enticed O’Malley to actually finish his food, but it also seemed to improve his overall health. It helped him be less fussy, but it also helped him gain enough weight to strengthen his joints. He has never been happier and best of all he has not had a bladder issue since. It was such a huge hit that my dog Skywalker started drinking some as well and now I never have to worry about him not getting the nutrients he needs.

It is as simple as filling their bowl of kibble with the recommended amount of Primal Goats milk to create “cereal”. This addition to a pets diet makes it extremely palpable with all the benefits of a raw diet. I can’t get my guys to stop begging for their “cereal” every morning.  Try this and you’ll see it makes all the difference in the world.

Our pets depend on us to make the right food choices for them!

Our pets depend on us to make the right food choices for them!

As pet parents, we have SO many options when it comes to feeding our furry friends! Package labels can be vague, confusing – and in some cases, downright misleading. But in the case of Nature’s Variety, the product name means exactly what it says! This natural pet food company is heartland-based in Lincoln, Nebraska. It’s staffed with proud pet parents (just like us, just like YOU!) who are passionate about providing a wide range of balanced and whole-food-based dog and cat nutrition options – which, by the way, our pets find totally delectable.

Nature’s Variety Instinct raw foods are made with pure, simple, raw meats and vegetables – the kind many of us would chop up and mix ourselves, if we could spare the extra time — either frozen, or in convenient freeze-dried form. They provide all the nutrients and benefits of a natural whole-food diet, in convenient shapes and formulations that are quick and easy to serve. You can choose from frozen miniature medallions or patties that make meal preparation a snap; or bite-size frozen nuggets that thaw within minutes and offer the speed and convenience of kibble. The freeze-dried Meal and Mixer formulas can be stored at room temperature, so they’re super-easy to take on trips or use on-the-go. All varieties are totally grain-free and gluten free, and are offered in specific formulas for both dogs and cats.

Since we’re pet parents too, we totally get it: Life can get crazy, and some people like the convenience of picking up their pet food where they buy their own groceries. The thing is, dogs and cats are natural carnivores — their instinctive nature is to eat a much higher proportion of meat, poultry, or fish protein in relation to grain. Grocery store cans and kibbles contain a lot of filler to keep them price-competitive – but that also means a whole lot of grain. Nature’s Variety Instinct raw foods are minimally-processed and uncooked, so every bite is extra-appetizing and packed with whole-food energy.

This week, we did a quick, unrehearsed comparison between a box of Milk Bones, a box of Beneful Baked Delights, and a package of Instinct Raw Bites. Here’s how the first five ingredients stacked up:

MILK BONES:
Wheat flour, wheat bran, wheat meal, bone meal, poultry by-products (we couldn’t pronounce most of the stuff that came after these)
Okay, some food for thought: Wheat is a grain, and a common allergen in dogs and cats. Wheat gluten, difficult for many humans to digest, is extremely challenging for your pooch’s system to process – causing everything from gastro-intestinal irritation to blockages. Plus, do you know what animal by-products are? They’re what’s left after the parts that are approved for human consumption are removed. They often include diseased tissue, parts that have been left unrefrigerated, and other elements declared unfit for human intake. And you’ll find them used extensively in most store-bought pet foods – just look on the label.

BENEFUL BAKED DELIGHTS:
Wheat flour, ground corn, glycerin, sugar, corn gluten
A couple more notes: Wheat and corn are two of the top allergens for dogs and cats. They can cause itchy skin, dry coat, eye discharge, ear and digestion problems, plus a range of other issues. Glycerin adds no nutritional value. Sugar is added because it’s tasty to your dog, but it can be as damaging to your pets as it is to your kids. The ingredients that come after these first five include chicken by-products and artificial food dyes.

INSTINCT RAW BITES:
Chicken, turkey, turkey liver, turkey heart, pumpkin seed
Notes: These are natural whole foods and high-protein organ meats. No irritating grains, no by-products. Pumpkin is great for an animal’s coat and digestive tract. We should also mention that the rest of the ingredient list is comprised of apples, carrots, butternut squash, flax-seed, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, dried kelp, vinegar, parsley, salmon oil, citric acid, rosemary, blueberries and other fruits and vegetables. That’s it, plain and simple – and it can make a world of difference to the well-being of your pet.

Want to give Nature’s Variety Instinct raw foods a try? Or perhaps you already know that your best furry friend adores them? Either way, stop by today – we can help you pick the flavor and ingredient mix that’s just right for your pet! (Psssst … and don’t forget: Through the end of September, you can SAVE $4 on a 4-pound bag of Instinct Raw Bites at any Two Bostons store.)