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Pet Food Facts Article by Tina Perry - PDF

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Recommended Dog Diet
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Recommended Cat Diet
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*Please make any switch to a new food over a 3 to 4 week time period!!! GO VERY SLOWLY!!!*

Cats are strict carnivores so they need a diet that is primarily made up of protein, some fat with a low carbohydrate content. Think of the Atkins diet. Cats should NOT be eating grains; rice, wheat, corn, barley, etc. They are not biologically designed to digest this kind of food. So we came up with a recommended diet to put your kitty on:

You must feed a multivitamin with good mineral content if you are going to home cook. We recommend a very palatable liquid multivitamin by Vetri-science. We carry it with us or you can purchase a good quality product at one of the natural pet food stores that we recommend on our referral list. Don’t just go to a generic pet store; many of the products sold there are sadly deficient and will not provide your cat with the supplements that he or she needs.

There are 2 stores that carry the recommended foods, please refer to the referral list. They carry 4 brands that we recommend, #1 being our favorite on down the list (based on their list of ingredients):

  1. Wellness (canned)
  2. Innova Evo (dry) *
  3. Wysong (need multivitamin)
  4. Pet Guard

* Innova Evo contains no grains, so it’s a nice substitute for owners that don’t like to feed canned food.

Always choose a Pet Store Brand versus a Grocery store brand if you are unable to get to a natural foods store.
- Pet Store examples would be Iams, Eukanuba, Science diet, Nutro, etc.
- Grocery store brand examples would be Fancy Feast, Frisky’s, Purina, etc.
- Generic is the worst: Safeway, Giant, etc.
*** Read labels for the most quality protein content and least amount of grains. ***

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Recommended Dog Diet
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*Please make any switch to a new food over a 3 to 4 week time period!!! GO VERY SLOWLY!!!*Dogs are omnivores and need good quality protein, a moderate amount of fat and select carbohydrates. Vegetables are much healthier for your dog than grains (Rice, corn, wheat). Think of the Atkins diet! Here are our recommendations:

There are2 stores that carry the recommended foods, please refer to the referral list. They carry 4 brands that we recommend, #1 being our favorite on down the list (based on their list of ingredients):

  1. Wellness (canned)
  2. Innova Evo (dry) *
  3. Wysong (need multivitamin)
  4. Pet Guard

* Innova Evo contains no grains, so it’s a nice substitute for owners that don’t like to feed canned food.

Always choose a Pet Store Brand versus a Grocery store brand if you are unable to get to a natural foods store.
- Pet Store examples would be Iams, Eukanuba, Science diet, Nutro, etc.
- Grocery store brand examples would be Fancy Feast, Frisky’s, Purina, etc.
- Generic is the worst: Safeway, Giant, etc.
*** Read labels for the best quality protein content and least amount of grains. ***

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Dog Training Principles
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  1. Be consistent; if a behavior is unacceptable, it should never be permitted.

  2. Always follow a correction by demonstrating the preferred behavior and praise him for doing the right thing.

  3. Never give a command that cannot be enforced. For example, don’t call your dog off leash until he is 100% reliable on a long leash.

  4. Never call your dog to punish him. If necessary, go get him. If he gets a food reward and plentiful praise every time he comes to you, you’ll have a very reliable recall before long.

  5. Gently handle your dog’s feet, ears, tail and open his mouth daily. Make sure there is no place on your pet that is forbidden to be touched.

  6. Never play the tug of war game with your dog. This reinforces the sense of their power in their jaws. Play fetch instead and insist that they drop the ball for you.

  7. Make sure that you can take a food bowl, bone or toy away from your dog without him threatening to bite you. If necessary, feed his meal to him by hand and make him work for it.

  8. Socialize your dog with people as much as possible. Have friends give treats and make him perform tricks to earn them. Don’t socialize your puppy with other dogs until he is four months of age and has had all of his vaccinations.

  9. Give a command once and then make sure he does it the first time. Otherwise, you will teach your dog to ignore your commands.

  10. Vary the routine; don’t just repeat the same sequences of exercises again and again.

  11. Don’t just train your dog in your yard or house. Make use of public parks, parking lots and school yards.

  12. Don’t avoid distractions; utilize them! You want your dog to be obedient under all circumstances.

  13. Make training fun for your dog as well as yourself and always end on a positive note.

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