We all love to get our pets presents, stocking stuffers and treats for the holidays.
Tail Blazers carries all kinds of healthy treats and food, fun toys, collars, leashes and other accessories to choose from!
Top 3 Healthy Treats for Stocking Stuffers
1 Feel Good Treat Biscuits – Made in BC, these delicious, wholesome crunchy biscuits are made with real, wholesome ingredients and come in various flavors.
2 Wellness Pure-Rewards – Available in lots of flavors, this tasty meat jerky treat is made with minimal ingredients and is grain free.
3 Halo Liv-A-Little treats – These specially prepared, 100% freeze dried meat treats for cats or dogs are sure to be gobbled up!
Want to give your pet something new to try for a festive holiday feast?
Try Nature’s Premium meatballs or Merrick canned Grammy’s Pot Pie or Turducken!
Can you trust the advertising you see? Most of the
time the answer to that question is no.
Can you trust your breeders recommendation? Though
most breeders strive to raise healthy animals, it does not make them a
nutrition experts. Many are greatly influenced by the fact that they have
so many dogs to feed and cost is a primary concern for them.
So you think that leaves your veterinarian. Can you
trust their opinion? Again, just because they went to veterinarian school
does not mean they know much about nutrition. Let me give you what I
consider to be the main point to back this up. Cats are carnivores. That
means they get all of their nutritional requirements from meat and fat.
Yet most foods on the market, including veterinarian brands, are grain
based with little, if any meat. When these diets first came out they were
not scientifically tested. The companies learned over time that nutrients
were missing because of ailments to your pets. Taurine is a prime example.
It is an amino acid in meat and without it cats develop many ailments such
as lack of fertility, immune deficiencies, cardiac problems, degeneration
of the retina leading to blindness and impaired fat digestion. If these first formulas were
scientifically studied they would have known this before these foods hit
the market place. They did not, and after many house hold animals were
going to veterinarians with ailments, companies looked into what was
causing the problem. They figured out it was a lack of taurine, and ever
since have added it to cat food. But why was it missing from their diet?
You see taurine is present in meat. Remember when I said cats are
carnivores? Their natural diet has taurine, but these foods that are on the
market do not have much meat in them. This includes veterinarian formulas.
So what do the veterinarian brands do? They add the amino acid taurine.
Ask yourself - why not add meat? If your vet does not know that a cat
should eat a meat diet, not a grain diet, should they be who you get
nutritional advice from? If their solution is to not feed them a species
appropriate diet but instead to add vitamins and minerals and amino acids
to replace what they are missing in the diet. What kind of advice is this?
Now let me show you the first veterinarian food that I
believe should never be allowed to be sold as a food. Most are not very
good foods, but this one is disgraceful. It is a dog food. Dogs are
omnivores, which means they mostly need meat and fat to get the nutrients
they need but can have small amounts of grains. This is a hypo-allergenic
formula. The first five ingredients are the most
Purina HA Canine ingredients:
soy protein isolate, vegetable oil, calcium phosphate, partially
hydrogenated canola oil preserved with TBHQ, powdered cellulose, corn oil,
potassium chloride, vegetable gums (gum arabic, guar gum), choline
chloride, DL-Methionine, salt, magnesium oxide, lecithin, taurine, zinc
sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, manganese sulfate, niacin,
calcium carbonate, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, calcium
pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, garlic oil,
Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3
supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex
(source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.
Starch, who knows what kind, but that does not even
matter. It is not something dogs should be eating. Next we have the only
protein. One of the least absorbable proteins available with large amounts
of MSG in it. The rest of the food is oils and supplements. This is like
feeding your children French fries with a multi vitamin every meal. The
only difference is here you actually have a veterinarian recommending it.
Can you imagine if your doctor recommended French fries with a multi
vitamin as your child’s diet? You would find another doctor. So yes, if
your veterinarian recommends Purina’s veterinarian diets, I would look for
another vet. It really is the worst vet food we have ever
So who do you trust?
Here at Tail Blazers we want to make your choices
easier. All of our foods and treats are species appropriate and whether
you want dry canned or raw food we have foods that will make sure your pet
lives a long healthy life. After all, studies show that having a pet
increases our life span and health. Shouldn't we do the same for
The holiday season is a joyous time for humans and pets, but as pet guardians we must be aware of some holiday hazards that may affect our pets.
Plants - Poinsettias, mistletoe and holly all have parts that are potentially poisonous to both dogs and cats. For alternatives, try silk plants or greenery for decoration.
Chocolate - The holidays means lots of delicious chocolate, but make sure your pets cannot access it because chocolate is very toxic for dogs and cats even in small amounts.
Tinsel - Tinsel hanging off the tree may look nice, but to cats it is a tempting toy, that if ingested can cause intestinal blockages. The same goes for ribbons used in wrapping. Avoid using tinsel and make sure ribbons are not left laying around.
Driveway salt - That icy mess on the driveway is best fixed by using salt, but it may cause paw, throat and stomach irritation to dogs. Try walking around areas with salt on them or use booties outdoors.
Plastic wrapping - Puppies and cats love the sound of plastic wrapping, but playing with it may cause accidental ingestion, leading to intestinal problems.
Lights - Some dogs find strings of lights fun to chew on, so make sure and address the issue of chewing before it becomes a problem.
Taking a few minutes to pet-safe your home for the holidays can ensure a safe, fun and healthy holiday season with your pets!
We would like to thank all of our supporters and wish you Happy Holidays! With your help it
has been an amazing eight years and many companion animals are eating
better than ever before.
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