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8/12/15

*ON THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER NUTRITION*

As pet owners we are all concerned about the well being and vitality of our four legged family members. Naturally, a balanced and complete diet will pay off in huge dividends for good health and prevention of chronic disease conditions. Allergies (chronic itching, excessive licking), malnutrition, skin and coat problems (dull coat, hotspots), and obesity are all nutrition related problems that can affect any pet, no matter the size. You want to make sure to feed the proper diet to have your companion thrive, rather than survive.
Pet Foods available at Retail RetreatAt Retail Retreat we carry wholesome and highly palatable food options including FROMM Family FoodsEvanger’s Pet FoodPrimal, PureVitaZignature and award winning Orijen. Their dedication to excellence truly shows in their products. For instance, Evanger’s uses the same meats that go into Whole Foods and fresh fruits and vegetables sourced from the Chicago Farmers Market, all processed within 24 hours of purchase to guarantee freshness. Fromm is a 4th generation family business that has never had a food recall! Cats and dogs alike cannot get enough of their kibble and it is easy to switch from formula to formula to add interest. Zignature cuts out any chicken, egg, grains or potatoes and is thus perfect for sensitive stomachs and pets prone to allergies. And Orijen is a league of its own, un paralleled in its protein mix and content, it truly is biologically appropriate food with a focus on local ingredients that are sustainably raised! Paws up for that!

We understand the concerns of switching your companion(s) to a new food, but know that we all want to do better by our pet(s). Why wait? We make it easy for you. Not only do we have samples of the foods we carry, we also have tips to make any transitioning easy!

Now you might ask yourself, WHAT MAKES A GOOD DIET? It is tough to decide for one in the myriad of food options out there. However, it really is easier than you would think. Here is an example of 4 different foods. Which one would you want your dog to eat?

Option 1

Option 1

Option 2

Option 2

Option 3

Option 3

Option 4

Option 4

Answer:

Please DO NOT feed option 1 to your best friend. Any other food is better than Beneful. Beneful is scary. It mainly consists of fillers and even lists Propolyne Glycol, which is the cousin to anti-freeze. There have been allegations that thousands of dogs have become ill or died as a result of eating Beneful dry kibble dog food. Option 2 is a much better choice, but it still contains quite a bit of fillers and not enough animal protein. Would you be able to guess which food it is? It is Purina Pro Plain. Now to some really great food options for your pal: Option 3 clearly shows a nice blend of animal proteins including turkey, salmon lamb and duck. Land, sea and sky combined into one food option is a solid choice and available via Zignature Zssential. Option 4 represents Orijen Regional Red, one of the best foods you can possibly feed your pet. Its protein-rich formula is unmatched in nutrition and taste.

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: Don’t go by Marketing spend and promises made. Turn to the product label and make sure protein is listed first and preferably followed by more proteins in the first 5-7 ingredients listed. (* Keep in mind that ingredients are listed by weight. Ingredients that contain large amounts of moisture (f.i. chicken, beef or fish) are likely to be at the top of the list because of the moisture content. Ingredients further down the list may offer even more key nutrients such as protein but may weigh less because the water has already been removed for a dry pet food.) Cut out fillers such as corn and any kind of grains. Ideally, you want to opt for grain-free foods, it is more species appropriate. You’ll also want to check the pet food label for a nutritional adequacy statement. This statement will read something like “This food is complete and balanced for all life stages”. Better foods will be a bit more expensive, but if no or little fillers are used, you will not feed as much! So really, a better diet is not that much more expensive.

We look forward to helping you make the transition to a high quality pet food that will make you and your furry friend(s) happy. Always remember, good health begins with proper nutrition.

6/25/15

*NEW IN*

We are always on the hunt for all natural, fully digestible dog chews and treats. Our newest addition are all-natural & freeze-dried salmon skins! This particular chew is great for healthy skin and coat thanks to Omega 3 & 6. These fatty acids play important roles in areas of skin and coat health such as allergies, the control of inflammation, joint health, and the function of other body organs in dogs and cats.

We guarantee, this is your dog’s favorite, new treat! Juni highly recommends it!

Salmon Skin 'Cigars'