Dog Treats vs Scraps

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Ever save that piece of fat from a steak for your favorite pet? I bet you’re thinking that no harm can come from the occasional table scrap, right?  Well…don’t be so sure.

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According to a recent article by Drs. Foster & Smith, there are several reasons why actual dog treats are much better for your pet than table scraps.

First, you can end up creating a beggar with table scraps.  As soon as your pet knows you might be willing to give them a little treat from the table there they’ll be: sitting and staring at you with those cute little eyes, just waiting for a treat.  While you may be ok with that, your friends may not!

Next, table scraps don’t have nearly the nutritional value that true dog treats do.  They’re lacking vitamins and minerals necessary for your dog’s diet.  The empty calories provided by table scraps lead to weight gain; weight gain can lead to lots of other health problems for your pet.

If those reasons aren’t enough, feeding your pet table scraps can cause all sorts of digestive disorders.  From bad gas to bad breath and more, table scraps just don’t work well with your pet’s digestive system. They need a simple, stable diet that includes treats specific to them.

Finally, using table scraps to reward or treat your dog can lead to a picky eater and even a thief! Pets will start to choose those scraps over their own food and will eventually steal food from the table or knock over trash cans to get at tasty leftovers.

Click here to see what treats we have on sale!

Click here to see what treats we have on sale!

Instead, stick with great treats like those available at J&M Aquatics and Pet Center! These treats are more nutritious, have fewer calories and are great for your dog’s teeth.  They also help to fight off boredom and your dog’s urge to chew.

How to Choose the Right Pet Food

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Years ago a popular pet food manufacturer decided to explain the
importance of high quality ingredients in pet food by creating an pet
diet called the “Old Shoe” diet. It consisted of 10% crude protein,
6.5% crude fat, and 2.4% fiber. These are acceptable amounts of
proteins, fat and fiber for a pet’s diet. However, the ingredients used
were not! The diet was made of four pairs of old leather work shoes, a
gallon of used crankcase oil, a pail of crushed coal and 68 pounds of
water. This diet was used to show just how important ingredients are to
your pet’s diet.

Pet foods fall into basically 3 categories: “Grocery Store Foods,” “Premium Foods,” and “All-Natural” foods.

Grocery Store foods
are exactly what they sound like: dog foods available at the grocery
story. These foods are usually inexpensive, but at a cost to food
quality. They use proteins that are a lower quality and not as easy to
digest for your pet. They may also contain large quantities of grains
and artificial ingredients or preservatives. While they will provide
your pet with some basic nutrition, they aren’t the best alternative in
the long run.

Premium or “Name-Brand” foods Premium
“Name-Brand” foods can be found in some grocery stores, pet stores and
veterinarian’s offices. They have a better quality of ingredients than
“grocery store” brands, but still containen some artificial ingredients
like artificial colors, flavors, etc.

All-Natural foods are newer to the pet foods
market. These products contain high-quality proteins like real meat,
chicken or fish and real vegetables like potatoes, carrots and beet
pulp. They also use whole grains like rice to help maximize energy for
your pet. Other vegetables like sweet potatoes, apples and pumpkin help
to provide great, all-natural taste and are a great way for your pet to
get vitamins and nutrients. Finally, natural fats like sunflower oil
help to maintain a healthy coat and skin, and natural preservatives like
Vitamin E slow down food spoilage without the need to add artificial
ingredients or preservatives. You can check out our full line of
products and all-natural foods for dogs by clicking here or our all-natural foods and other products for cats by clicking here.

Speciality foods Among all-natural foods are a
separate group of more specially designed foods. These include raw
frozen, freeze-dried, dehydrated raw foods and more. While all-natural
dry foods are great for dogs, some believe that a raw foods diet is
best. Because dogs are direct descendants of wolves, who are
carnivores, many believe that dogs shouldn’t consume so many
carbohydrates and should instead enjoy more raw proteins. According to
those who promote a raw foods diet, the benefits of this include:
• Firmer Stools
• Improved digestion
• Healthier skin and coat
• Reduced allergy symptoms
• Better weight management


For cats, dry foods are great, but another important aspect of
their diet includes all-natural canned foods, like those by Nature’s
Variety. Cats need wet, canned foods in their diet to help with daily
hydration because they often don’t drink enough water.


Finally, J&M Aquatics and Pet Center carried a variety of
grain-free pet foods as well for dogs with more sensitive stomachs or
for owners wishing to again mimic the ancestral diets of dogs. For a list of our raw frozen, freeze dried and dehyrated foods, click here.

Natural Vs Organic: According to Sojos

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by Kira Garret | July 18, 2014

As a pet parent, you want to feed
your furry family members the best food possible—but when choosing,
terminology can be confusing. For example, “natural” and “organic” are
often used interchangeably, even though their meaning is very different.
With that in mind, we hope you’ll find the following definitions
helpful:

Organic:

To be considered ‘organic,’
a food must be free of insecticides, pesticides or herbicides, and must
be without added growth hormones, antibiotics, by-products and GMOs.
When categorizing a meat source as organic, the animal must be raised
antibiotic and hormone-free and must eat an organic diet. Regulations
are strictly upheld when certifying a food ‘organic’ and foods must go
through a rigorous screening process conducted by the USDA. This process
can add significant costs to food production, often forcing pet food
companies to accommodate the organic certifications by charging
extremely high prices for their pet food. .

Natural:

Natural’ foods
can still, legally, contain fillers and minimally processed
by-products. Regulations surrounding use of this term are less stringent
than those regarding the term ‘organic.’ And because of this,
definitions of ‘natural’ can vary from one pet food package to the next.  Read more on Sojos’ website!