Taylor the Dog at Cat N Dog StuffHi Everyone, this is Taylor,

We’re back! Had a lovely, relaxing week off, and now we’re happy to be back at the store, seeing all you folks coming in.

My two Moms have had a good time this week rearranging the store and getting ready for Season to start. Yes indeed, it is coming up fast! We look forward to seeing all our Snowfur Friends and Snowbird Humans.

 

Speaking about food, my Humans have recently come across information about foods targeted specifically for different dog breeds.

Have you seen these? While we can order these for you in the store, Buddy & I sat down to research the facts. (He types better than I do.) Check it out!

Food Targeted Specifically for your Dog’s Breed: Is there a real value?

Alexis eating dinner

The Formulations

You should first know that there is a standard for nutrients for pet foods (Association of American Feed Control Officials). Protein, vegetables, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, minerals: have all been studied for our optimum health. Beyond that, there are no standards for individual breeds. Poodles, Chihuahuas, Bulldogs, Labradors, Rottweilers, etc., can all eat the same stuff.

Some breeds, however, are prone to digestive issues. Our friend Ada, who is a German Shepard, has a sensitive stomach. She gets no dairy and grains. Our “Pure Vita Kangaroo” keeps her happy and healthy. But I’m a terrier with similar concerns. I get the same stuff. (It’s YUMMY)

We have formulations of food that have or don’t have grains, limited ingredient foods, raw foods that are a complete balanced meal, and freeze-dried that make feeding raw food even easier. The new Square Pet foods address healthy skin, weight, and fat content in a furry friend’s diet.

Conclusion: It’s important to note that there are no guidelines for foods for specific breeds – and not a lot of research. So… we’ll keep watching this topic. If you have questions, my Human mom Nancy can tell you more. Stop in or call her at 941-627-4093.

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Food Size and Shapes

What can be important for our furry canine friends is the size and shape of the kibble foods.

Did you know some scientists did a study on how different dogs pick up their food? They fed some dogs on a piece of glass and put cameras underneath to watch. Hahaha, that sounds pretty gross. But here’s what they found:

  1. Small dogs might have trouble chewing big kibbles and so need smaller pieces
  2. Large dogs tend to not chew, just swallow, small kibbles, so large pieces are better
  3. Labradors typically eat too fast, so big kibbles with a hole in them slow down them down
  4. Bulldogs and flat-faced breeds eat better if the food is shaped in squiggles

Wow – we started out this blog with just the one topic, breed-specific foods, and went down a huge Internet rabbit hole, reading lots more about our nutrition. All this writing has made me hungry… is it dinnertime yet?

Until next month, thanks for reading!

With a wuf, wuf and a meeooow,
Taylor, Buddy & Mango

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