Q. Are expensive pet foods really necessary?
A. Well, I wouldn’t say necessary but I like to compare the lesser quality pet foods with the artificial colors and “flavors” to feeding your children bologna and macaroni and cheese every day. These things won’t outright kill/harm your pet/child, but they do nothing for long term nutritional health. Just as you and I try to eat a balanced diet, with not too much junk, so should we strive to feed our pets healthy foods. A diet comprised of whole meats and grains with appropriate fruit and veggies is best for our four-legged friends. A high price or advertising budget with pretty pictures on the bag does not always mean the best ingredients in the bag. You need to be a discriminating consumer and read the ingredient label. Whole meats such as chicken, beef, lamb, etc. should be first on the list. Wheat, corn and soy should be avoided. Any “by-product” is a definite no-no. Preservatives such as BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin are suspected carcinogens. The very best foods will contain organic ingredients. Fortunately, there are many superb foods on the market today. Download our list of recommended brands that you can purchase locally along with information
about what to look for in a pet food. There are also websites that will help you with home prepared diets, either cooked or raw. We advocate home prepared diets; however, it is imperative that the diet be balanced. Whether you feed from a bag, can, or home prepare, I believe it is best to rotate and vary the diet, changing the protein source at least every 8-12 weeks. Any switch should be done over a 7-10 day period to minimize digestive upset.
As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. This is very true with pet food. A little extra change towards your friend’s food will go a long way. In other words, what price health?
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We lost some special friends in December and January; we will miss them all.
Boomer Masgai, Ziggy Knoble, Nutmeg Jones, Earl Grey Covert, Sammy Badora, Ming Ostroff, Tiger Accetta, Barney Pierce, Harri Marziani, Taschi Mayro, Hazy McElhone, Jake Cesario, Bigglesworth Yohannan, Max Smith, Brewster Gibson, Athena Kandylski, Baby Girl Kelly, Smokey Joe Kramer, Abigail Stamberger, Molly Beer, Destiny Dolan, Kahana Vara, Gypsy Walzer, Princess Schneider, Kramer Bozzomo, Tesla Throne, Freckles Wuestner-Balsley, Diva Puggi, Daphne Ross, Ray Charles Belfi, Winnie Pagano, Trixie Spaulding, Leonard Jacoby, Cutty McNamara, Prada Lenti, Jasmine Heinz, Ginger Gutowict, Kiwi Johnson, Aggie Wolk, Tookany Duff, Pearl Eliades, Greta Myers, Beauty Gordon, Snickers Hildebrand, Shelby Whitlock, Pepper Duggar, Abby Jann, Mojo Spagnoli, Snowflake Critelli, Style Poole, Cozy Parisi, Coal Throne, Chips Glaras, Savannah Zebrowski, Phoebe Kirkpatrick, Nudge Rosen, Tags McMenamin, Mikey Pawling, Tootie Gittel, Madison Salicondro, Molly Braud, Remmy Wang.
Well, here we are in the middle of this cold, blustery winter and what a winter it has been – snow, snow, snow. So in the spirit of the little cupid boy with the arrow, we are hoping that the following stories of some very special relationships will touch your heart and warm your soul. And, if you have a special story of your own, we would love to hear from you. Enjoy!
By Lisa Berkenstock
We hope you can make it to Northeast Animal Rescue’s adoption weekend!
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