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Indie Pet Stores Respond to Latest FDA Update on Grain-Free Food and DCM

Many are educating customers via Facebook.

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In the latest update on its investigation into reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in pets eating certain commercial foods, the FDA included a list of “Dog Food Brands Named Most Frequently to DCM Cases Reported to FDA.” Among them are many favorites of independent pet stores.

Since the update June 27, indies have taken to Facebook to provide necessary context on the investigation for their customers and to help guide them toward making the best food choices for their pets.

Dog Krazy, VA

This lengthy post from Dog Krazy’s Nancy Guinn shares the FDA update but puts it in perspective for her customers, and also shares that she feeds one of the brands on the list: “Now here’s a more comforting fact. Millions of dogs and cats are eating the foods listed and are 100% healthy. My own Bulldog is eating Zignature Kangaroo and I am not changing his diet. Both myself and my numerous vets (he has several vets and specialists) all know that this is the best diet for his allergies. After starting him on Zignature Kangaroo his allergies cleared up, his IBD is under control and he no longer has constant diarrhea. And as much as I hate bringing this up, I lost my first Bulldog to heart issues. And she was eating grain in food for most of her life, not grain free.”

The Green Spot, Omaha, NE

Jessica Ellis and Whitney Kamish also went long, telling customers in their post on the topic, “This is LONG because it’s important. Please take the time to read through to the end, especially if you are concerned about your pet’s diet.”

The heartfelt message addresses the news and encourages customers to read beyond misleading headlines. “While our hearts go out to anyone who has lost a dog to DCM, please know that IT IS EXTREMELY RARE. … do your own research and don’t rely solely on headlines to tell you the whole story. You are your pets’ BEST advocate!”

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Furry Friends, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO

This store shared a blog post on its website that puts the update into perspective and also delves further into the issue of taurine deficiency.

Treats on a Leash, Ames, IA

GRAIN-FREE FOOD/DCM UPDATE! Please let us know if you have questions or if we can help you with anything..

Posted by Treats On A Leash LLC on Saturday, June 29, 2019


Barb Morris went live with her “GRAIN-FREE FOOD/DCM UPDATE!” and said, “Please let us know if you have questions or if we can help you with anything.” She also included a bit about the history of kibble and how highly processed food affects both pets and people.  

All for the Pet, Severna Park, MD

Lee, Mark, Olivia and Alex of All For the Pet made it clear in their post to customers that, “There is no recall. The FDA simply listed some of the foods dogs were eating.” The post includes a long list of food alternatives and makes a pitch for raw as the best diet to prevent health problems.

Brown Dog Bakery, Ankeny, IA

This store shared the article “Please Don’t Panic About the Grain-Free Thing” from respected publication Whole Dog Journal, and used the comments to further explain that the article takes an unbiased approach to the topic. 

Flying M Feed Co., Houston, TX

The Triple AAA solution to the DCM dog food debate…

Posted by The Flying M Feed Co. on Monday, July 1, 2019

Trace Menchaca went live in personable videos to advise customers, but also to give tips to fellow retailers on turning this news to their advantage. “I come from the Container Store world of retail,” she says. “Accommodate your customers. Astound your customers!”

Loyal Biscuit Co., ME

Heidi Neal shared with her informative post a link to Primal Pet Food’s statement on the topic, and she also included a collage of photos featuring Loyal Biscuit Col staff and their pets.

Happy Dog Barkery, Downers Grove, IL

From Beth Staley, another lengthy post that provides information, context and support, with additional links in the comments.

Abby’s Road Veterinary Care, IA

Dr. Abby Strobbe weighed in from an integrative vet’s perspective.

Paddywack, Mill Creek, WA

Shane Sommerville went live on the topic.

Wags to Whiskers, Plainfield, IL

Janelle Peters Pitulla created a post that other retailers have used themselves, either in whole or part.

Felix & Oscar, Springfield, VA

This store not only provided context on the FDA update, but also encouraged customers to ask questions regarding ingredient sourcing, recalls and other important factors when choosing food.

If you would like to share your responses to customers and discuss this topic with your fellow indies, join the PETS+ Facebook community. We’ll add to this story as examples come in.

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Boss Pet / Petedge Launch Nutritional Supplements for Pets

They are veterinarian-formulated, condition-specific, natural health supplements for cats and dogs.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Boss Pet Products, dba PetEdge, a supplier of wholesale pet products and grooming supplies, has responded to a rapidly growing market demand for natural nutritional supplements for pets by introducing a new line of veterinarian-formulated, condition-specific, natural health supplements for cats and dogs in the form of tasty soft chews. New Total Pet Health supplements provide scientifically balanced nutritional support for improved health, vibrancy and quality of life.

Each Total Pet Health formula addresses the unique nutritional needs of pets. The all-natural supplements are NASC (National Animal Supplement Council) compliant, made in the USA and contain no wheat, corn, colors, dyes, artificial ingredients or chemical preservatives. The line offers premium-quality nutritional support for hip and joint, pre- and probiotic digestive support, stress and behavior support, skin and coat support and a full-spectrum multivitamin and mineral supplement for overall health and wellness.

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“Pets are living longer, which is not only driving rising veterinary costs, it is also increasing the demand for effective, nutritional supplementation,” said Chris Miller, president, Boss Pet / PetEdge. “Pet owners not only want to proactively promote health and wellness at every stage of their pets’ lives, they also want to treat specific conditions and provide greater comfort and mobility for aging pets. Total Pet Health addresses all of those needs with a complete line of natural, effective, life-enhancing of solutions.”

Total Pet Health supplements have been developed by veterinarians using only naturally sourced ingredients. Each formulation is scientifically balanced for optimal effectiveness and every weight-based dose is easily delivered in the form of a flavorful soft chew. “The fact that pets enjoy the flavor and texture of the soft chews promotes a positive dosing experience for pets and pet owners,” said John McGlynn VP marketing, PetEdge, “With Total Pet Health supplements, there is no need to deal with, or try to camouflage, hard tablets, messy powders and odorous oils. Pets happily eat the soft chews and receive the full benefit of perfectly balanced nutrition. Pet owners get the highest value for their money and healthier, happier pets.”

The complete line of Total Pet Health supplements includes:

  • Joint Support — the most commonly purchased, condition-specific pet supplement — is available in regular and PLUS strength for dogs and a formula for cats — contains highly-effective, balanced ingredients such as glucosamine HCL, MSM, chondroitin sulfate and vitamin C to ease stiffness and pain and support synovial fluid, cartilage and connective tissues. The supplement is available in a protein-free formula with hyaluronic acid for dogs of all ages and breeds — which is especially ideal for protein sensitive dogs. The Joint Support PLUS formula is designed for competitive dogs, working breeds and senior dogs with mobility issues. “Our Total Pet Health supplements contain a higher concentration of the essential active ingredients plus the highly-effective Perna Canaliculus — a New Zealand green-lipped mussel and natural whole food source of joint support nutrients, amino acids and omega fatty acids,” Chris Miller explained, “Unlike the perna extract used in other hip and join products, which lack important fatty acids and other bioactive components, Total Pet Health uses the entire organism as a whole food source for maximum benefit.” The PLUS formula also contains manganese (Mn proteinate), an important trace mineral. Joint Support for cats contains the same highly effective ingredients as the PLUS formula for dogs in balanced dosing for cats.
  • Digestive Support supplements have recently joined Joint Support as the most commonly purchased condition-specific supplement type among dog owners with expected continued growth. Total Pet Health uses a specialized formula of beneficial pre-and probiotics to support a healthy digestive tract and immune system, promote healthy gut flora, digestive health and regularity and increase healthy enzyme levels to aid in nutrient absorption and utilization. The formulations guarantee 100 million CFU/grams of Bacilis coagulans and 200 mg of FOS — a prebiotic to feed the healthy microflora in the GI tract. These shelf-stable supplements do not require refrigeration and are available in dog and cat formulas.
  • Stress and Behavior Support is an exclusive, non-sedating formula which calms pets without affecting the pet’s personality or energy level. Specifically developed for pets that are exposed to environmental stressors, or pets with a nervous disposition, it helps reduce anxiety caused by separation, boarding, fireworks, thunderstorms, moving, traveling, crowds and trips to the vet or groomer. Formulas for cats or dogs contain thiamine (vitamin B1), L-tryptophan, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) powder and green tea (Camellia sinensis) extract (yielding L-theanine). It can be used to address specific environmental stressors or as a daily supplement. Dosing can be doubled if needed.
  • Skin and Coat Support for dogs promotes healthy skin, shiny coat and normal shedding. The formula helps to calm dry, itchy, flaky skin and soothe irritation and inflammation caused by allergies and seborrheic dermatitis. It is also ideal for enhancing the coats of competitive and show dogs. The chews contain omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, flaxseed oil, safflower oil, salmon oil, vitamin E, crude protein, crude fat and crude fiber.
  • Daily Multivitamin for dogs provides balanced, full-spectrum multivitamin and mineral supplementation plus amino acids, essential fatty acids, fish oil omegas and B complex vitamins. It contains antioxidants to fight free radical damage and support the immune system as well as EPA and DHA to promote healthy skin, coat and brain function. This protein-free formula is also ideal for pets with protein sensitivities.

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Nulo Barkitecture Austin Showcases Custom Doghouses to Benefit Animal Rescue

All doghouses are sold via silent auction.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Nulo Barkitecture Austin, celebrating its 15th year, will host a one-of-a-kind custom doghouse show and auction on Oct. 27, sponsored by the Austin pet food company, Nulo.

Nulo Barkitecture Austin raises funds for select animal advocacy/welfare groups. The event is free, open to the public and showcases an amazingly curated collection of canine cribs from some of the city’s most renowned architects, builders and interior designers.

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Some of this year’s participating Barkitects include Newcastle Homes, Studio Momentum, Big D Design, Jauregui Architect-Builder, Pfluger Architects, STG Design, StudioSIX5, Rogers O’Brien Construction, Cedar Ridge High School Design Studio, JE Dunn Construction, Studio8 Architects, S. Watts Group, Gensler, LEVY Architects, CG& S Design-Build, H+UO Architects, Meredith Owen Interiors, NatCo Woodworks, Black Sheep Unique, Tim Cuppett Architects, RisherMartin Fine Homes, Laura Britt Design, Accomplice, LaRue Architects, Elev8 Builders, STUDIOGEE Architecture, Balfour Beatty Construction, Ion Art, Ryan Companies, Driftwood General Contractors, CasaBella Architects, HEWN and Webber + Studio Architects.

A panel of esteemed celebrity judges including architect Jamie Chioco, blogger Camille Styles, Austin Home editor Madeline Hollern, Good Day Austin weekend anchor Tania Ortega, Studio 512 hosts Rosie Newberry and Stephanie Gerry will select winners in several categories while guests vote for their favorite.

All doghouses are sold via silent auction to raise funds this year’s three beneficiaries: Safe in Austin, Lone Star Doberman Rescue and Austin Pets Alive! The barkitect whose house receives the highest bid will also get to choose a beneficiary to receive the Subaru Loves Pets Award presented by Austin Subaru.

Attendees can learn about adoption/animal advocacy opportunities, shop local vendor booths, and check out the The Dogstume contest presented by Raising Cane’s, where “paw-ticipants” dressed as everything from celebrities to snacks (hot dogs anyone?) compete to win fun prizes. There will also be a BarkLounge, fur-nished by FOUR HANDS HOME, for relaxing with furry friends and fine folks over adult beverages and local fare from choice food trucks. Pet portraits will also be available from S. Robertson Pet Photography, with proceeds being donated to the event beneficiaries. Additional sponsors include Patten Title and Daltile.

Just before the main event, Nulo Barkitecture Austin will host its Preview Party on Oct. 24. The evening will allow guests a sneak peak of 3-4 of this year’s custom doghouses in a swanky setting with craft brews and cocktails by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Topo Chico USA, tasty bites from Tacodeli and pet portraits by Zilker Bark. Tickets for the Preview Party are available on Eventbrite starting at $30. Both events include excellent silent auctions, featuring all kinds of fun items including tickets to college and professional sports games, workshops with award winning photographers, songwriting sessions with Grammy Award-winning artists, relaxing retreats and golf packages at some of Texas’ most prestigious courses.

Check out the online auction at: ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=nulo+barkitecture&_sacat=0&_sop=16

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Gold Paw Series Launches the Portland Pullover — Redux

It features extra weather protection while maintaining superior comfort and support for pets.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Gold Paw Series, a family-owned dogwear company, has introduced its hybrid, easy-wearing Portland Pullover — Redux, which features extra weather protection while maintaining superior comfort and support for pets.

The Portland Pullover — Redux is a unique coat that keeps fur dry during the fall and winter seasons thanks to its high-tech, low impact softshell that is waterproof, windproof and non-toxic. The newly redesigned pullover is lightweight, which ensures that pups won’t be weighed down during autumnal romps. It has a leash opening at the collar, reflective trim and a built-in shawl collar for added warmth. Thanks to the closure-free style, pets are just as comfortable lounging as adventuring. The low-bulk fit allows harnesses to fit over the top of the pullover without adjustment and even reduces chafing!

“We are extremely excited to debut our Portland Pullover — Redux just in time as we begin to transition into the colder seasons,” says Rebecca Gadd, CEO of Gold Paw Series. “The Portland Pullover — Redux has the same soft, comfy touch as our classic Stretch Fleece and is the perfect garment to protect pets from harsh weather conditions, ensuring they stay warm, cozy, and dry all season long.”

For over 13 years, Gold Paw Series has been dedicated to improving the lives of dogs and their owners with thoughtful, practical solutions to everyday problems. Its complete line offers pet parents a variety of options for every season, from the Sun Shield Tee and Rain Paw to the Snood and Winter Paw, plus more! The company also offers a Walking Collection, which features collars, a harness and leash.

The Portland Pullover — Redux is available in three color combinations, including Navy/Red Plaid, Lilac/Eggplant and Silver/Hunter Green, for suggested retail prices ranging from $55-$65.

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