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"Because you Love Them"
Keep up to date in your pets world with the Just About Pets Blog
"Because you Love Them"
Switching over to a Raw Food Diet?
If you are considering switching your dog to a raw food diet, you may be confused by the conflicting information available on how the diet will impact your pet.
Unfortunately, there are a number of misconceptions regarding raw food diets that may have you believing they can negatively affect your dog.
To help you better understand a raw food diet like the ones available from Just About Pets, here are the 5 biggest myths surrounding raw food diets!!!
Myth 1: Dogs have adapted & live longer on commercial Kibble diets
Dogs have NOT adapted to a cooked food diet, as evidenced by the millions of pets sitting in the waiting rooms of veterinary clinics with periodontal disease, skin diseases, cancers, organ diseases, diabetes, obesity—diseases that have strong connections to cooked and processed foods.
Dogs are living longer today because of improved social status and advances in medical care.
Dogs are valued members of the family.
They sleep inside, are cared for, and receive regular medical attention.
Dogs used to be left outside to brave the elements, guarding houses and livestock.
When they could no longer do the job, they were disposed of.
Medical care was not important.
Myth 2: Raw Diets are not balanced
Raw meat diets that include a variety of bones and organ meat contain the proper nutrients and ARE balanced.
Raw foods contain the exact proportions of fat, protein, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes a dog needs. Your dog has little need for vegetables. Most of the nutrients in vegetables are unavailable to your dog.
Another concept of balance is the idea perpetuated by the pet food companies: “Dogs need complete and balanced nutrition in every meal.”
This is nothing but propaganda designed to make people buy into commercial dog food.
Do you eat a complete and balanced meal every time you eat? No! You eat a variety of foods over a period of time, without signs of nutritional deficiencies.
at Just About Pets we have balanced diets available, from all meat to whole prey to veggies and fruit mixes, we’ve got a wide variety of healthy choices for your beloved pet.
Myth 3: Raw Bones are DANGEROUS for my dog!!
Cooked bones ARE quite dangerous. Cooking changes the structure of the bone, making it indigestible and brittle. Raw bones are chewable, are fully digestible and are not dangerous for your animal. Bones are a really important part of a dogs diet, and a major source of calcium and phosphorus required for the maintenance of their skeletons.
Raw bones can be a healthy and safe part of your dog's balanced diet. Offering nutritional, physical and mental benefits of raw bones have been a necessity to the canine species' wellbeing for thousands of years. And it's no wonder—they help clean teeth, distract from negative behavior and provide much-needed care!!
Guess What?! We've got a whole freezer or raw dog bones from size small to large!!
Myth 4: Bacteria in Raw Meat is Harmful to my dog!
If your dog already has a compromised immune system or some underlying problem, they may be affected by bacteria. Healthy dogs have several natural defenses.
Their saliva contains lysozyme, an enzyme that lyses and destroys harmful bacteria. Their short digestive tract is designed to push bacteria through quickly without giving it time to establish.
Most of the documented cases of severe bacterial septicemia are from kibble-fed animals or animals suffering from reactions to vaccines.
Commercial pet foods have been pulled off shelves more than once because of bacteria AND molds that produce a deadly toxin.
Ideally your dog’s digestive system can handle bacteria in the gut without a problem.
Dogs’ bodies are built to prevent harmful bacteria like salmonella from invading the body and upsetting the healthy balance of intestinal flora.
Dogs have highly acidic stomachs as well as natural digestive enzymes and bile that help them process Salmonella and other bacteria without becoming ill.
It’s when dogs are fed kibble that things become an issue. Kibble doesn’t contain those live enzymes, so your dog’s digestive system can become overrun.
You can further avoid bacterial contamination if you choose, store and prepare your dog’s meals with good hygiene protocols in mind and get his meat from reputable suppliers such as holistic pet stores that sell certified made raw food diets!.
Myth 5: Raw Food will make your pet aggressive!
This is one of the biggest myths surrounding feeding a raw meat diet to dogs, and perhaps the one that has done the most damage.
The thought that feeding your dog a healthy, complete raw diet will turn him into a wild beast with bloodlust for small critters is common, but based on nothing but fear.
Feeding a raw meat diet won’t make your dog aggressive, but as with any food that your dog really enjoys, some dogs may be defensive or territorial when eating and won’t want to share! Teaching your dog good manners and polite behaviour around food is essential, regardless of the type of diet he eats.
A raw meat diet won’t cause or worsen any behavioural problems in your dog, nor turn him into an aggressive monster.
Checkout some of our Raw Food Doets that we sell here at Just About Pets!! Take a peek into our raw freezers!
‼️ If you’re looking into feeding raw! Consider Stella and Chewy’s Raw meal patties!! We’ve got a wide variety of classic and exotic flavors here in store!! From “Super Beef” to “Absolutely Rabbit” the choice is yours (or your pups lol!) 🙂 🐶 prices starting at $7.99/lb ‼️ #feedraw
🐈‼️ Did you know we carry a wide variety of raw food for cats too?! From our brand of Just Raw to the Irrawsistible brand, we’ve got it! Prices starting at $6.99 come in and see how you can get your kitty started on a raw diet!! 🐱 ‼️
We carry the famous IrRawsistible raw food brand! In a bulk box or package sized! From small - large, they’ve got patties for pets of all sizes! INCLUDING cats! 🐱
Choose raw! 🐶
Have you tried Mountain Dog Food??!! We’ve got Chicken/Turkey Veggies & Fruit packs, Chicken Necks, Chicken and Bone, and Musher Blocks (whole block of chicken and fruit/veg !!) 🐾 💕
affordable and long lasting’ especially those musher blocks’ take out a chunk, thaw it in a container and put the rest in the freezer till next feeding time!!! 🐾
LIKE WHAT YOU SEE??? THERES MORE!! Including WHOLE PREY Diets!! Come on down to 2030 Abbotsford Way - Abbotsford BC and start feeding raw!
HERE’S WHY ALL YOUR FRIENDS ARE HEADING TO TAKE THEIR PUPS TO DOGGIE DAYCARE.
Let’s Face It. We’re working more hours, and that means less time spent with our beloved fur babies!
While some pups are content to sleep the day away waiting for you to come home, there are many pups that need a little something extra to do during the day.
And that’s where Doggie Daycare comes into play.
Whether you’re dropping your dog off at daycare every day, or just once or twice a week (or month), there are plenty of reasons why your pup will thrive in this environment.
Here are our top reasons why you should give doggy daycare a go.
Dogs need to be around other dogs in order to learn how to act properly.
They learn what’s appropriate to do and not do, how to introduce themselves to new faces, and how to play nicely with others.
If you can, start the socialization training as soon as possible—Here at Just About Pets we have many new puppies that come in, and have plenty of Dogs who started coming when they were just a wee pup!
In the above pictures you’ll see Zed! The Mastiff X Puppy is now a big, socialized and happy boy who loves his daycare friends!
If you start young, your dog will become a lot more confident when it comes to interacting with strange dogs out in public!
Great Outlet for Energy
You know what your dog is like when you come home from work—he just can’t wait to play with you!!!… and that may not be the first thing on your mind after a long day.
But exercise IS critical for a healthy and happy dog, and he’ll definitely get that @ doggie day care.
All that running around and playing is a wonderful way for him to expend excess energy!!
Your pup may be lonely
“It’s so lonely at home all by myself!” Because your dog can’t actually tell you this in words, he’ll show you by being destructive and chewing on things he shouldn’t.
Many dogs don’t like being at home alone and benefit from the company of other dogs. In doggie daycare, your dog will get plenty of attention and playtime with other dogs.
Occasionally, you’re not in a position to rush home from work to let him out.
Hey, we all have to work late unexpectedly. But your dog has been home all day, and he needs to go pee.
That’s not a concern when your dog is spending the day at doggie daycare—it’s just one less thing that you don’t have to worry about.
A Change of Scenery
Even if your dog is fine with being home alone all day, it’s a good idea to change up his routine every once in a while.
Give him a break from barking at the mailman and sleeping on the couch.
Doggie daycare will be like a mini vacation for him.
Making New Friends
We all need friends—and your dog is no exception. Doggie daycare encourages your dog to make new friends. If your dog makes a BFF, you can set up a doggy playdate outside of daycare for walks or a romp at the dog park on the weekend. Besides, it’s a wonderful way for you to meet new dog people.
Book Your Meet & Greet Now!
👋🏼 First time considering Daycare? Come in for a FREE 1 Hour Meet & Greet with our trained staff and friendly daycare dogs 🐶💕 Call In and ask us about Abbotsford’s #Best Doggie Daycare 💓
Come in and let your pup play and meet new friends!
ALSO, STAY TUNED AND BE SURE TO FOLLOW US ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS! Your fur baby might just end up featured on our front page!
We love to post daily dog photos for your enjoyment 🐶 💕 $26 > full day and $16 > Half day! First time? Call in and Book your free 1 hour meet and greet .
Reasonable Prices + Drop Ins
Doggie daycare has many benefits, one of those is, we do drop ins! (After being accepted and evaluated during a meet & greet). Off to work at 9am? Drop your dog off quickly and pay for him or her when you get back! It’s only $26 For a Full day of play and $16 for a half!
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Do you truly know what your pet is breathing in? Did you know that some of the cleaning products in your home MAY be TOXIC for your pet?
Pets are more vulnerable than people to exposure to toxins in and around the home. Since pets are smaller, they're closer to carpets, garage floors, lawns and restricted spaces which may harbor chemical and pesticide residues.
With the onslaught of chemicals that face you and your pet day to day, how are you to avoid harmful toxins that can build up in the body and have damaging and lasting effects?
Flea Control Chemicals and SOME Essential Oils
Flea control is a challenge for most pet owners.
Flea repellent products labelled as ‘natural’ may still be toxic to your pet. The chemical d’Limonene, derived from citrus peels and found in many natural anti-flea products, can be highly toxic to cats. Flea sprays and dips which contain “all natural Pyrethrin” can be toxic to some pets, and Pyrethroids , synthetic derivatives of pyrethrins, expose your pet to even more chemicals.
Flea control formulations which use essential oils can be particularly hazardous to cats. Essential oils are absorbed rapidly into their skin and enter the bloodstream, and because cats do not efficiently metabolize essential oils, exposure can build to toxic levels.
And while there may be no initial adverse reaction, the effects of essential oils can be cumulative and manifest themselves at a later date.
Other natural ingredients known to cause allergic reactions or have toxic effects in some animals include Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) oil and Pennyroyal oil.
This highly alkaline product is especially concerning to pets as it is denser than air, which means those poisonous fumes are pet level. For your pet, who breathes in faster than you do, that means more toxins are absorbed into their system.
Though naturally occurring, chlorine in high concentrations can be deadly to pets. Avoid bleach whenever possible, using oxygen “bleaches” instead in your laundry and for stain removal. Chlorine can be found in anything from laundry detergents to all-purpose cleaners.
Ammonia is a very alkaline natural product and many people choose it because it’s a highly effective cleaning agent.
However, it’s simply not worth it when you consider that ammonia is also highly toxic to your pet, causing possible severe damage to eyes, skin, stomach and even causing death with enough exposure.
You must stay on the lookout too, because your pet can be exposed a few ways: through inhalation of fumes or ingestion of product or residues.
Ammonia is found commonly in oven cleaners, window cleaners, floor waxes, and fertilizers – often as ammonium hydroxide.
With the rise of cheap, DIY cleaners, some pure and “natural” ingredients such as ammonia are finding their way into homes again. If you have pets, keep these toxic cleaners well out of reach, or better yet, don’t use them at all.
Used for fragrance in household cleaners and deodorizers, cosmetics, packaging, toys, food, and many other products, phthalates are known hormone-disruptors. Since hormones control so much more than just reproduction in your pet’s system (and yours), phthalates have been linked to indirect symptoms such as weight gain, cancers, and developmental delays. You’ve probably heard of the commonly known phthalate, BPA, but there are many more.
Formaldehyde, while commonly known as a preservative and embalming fluid, is also found in many cleaning products for its antibacterial effects. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen in humans and can also cause a range of uncomfortable physical symptoms, including irritation of the mouth and throat lining. Exposure usually comes from inhalation, though you can absorb small amounts through the skin as well. The biggest concern for your pet would be inhaling formaldehyde through vapours in the air from cleaning products. Though it doesn’t have to be listed on your cleaner ingredient list, other names for formaldehyde include: formalin, formic aldehyde, methanediol, methanol, methyl aldehyde, methylene glycol, and methylene oxide.
We care about you and your fur babies!
WE HAVE PET SAFE PRODUCTS
No need to fear all these harmful chemicals, here at Just About Pets, our first priority is health and safety! We carry only pet safe and lightly scented natural cleaning products! There is a way to clean, without fear of hurting your precious pets well being!
earth rated products are highly recommended!! Scentless Odor remover and stain remover, OR lavender scent! Which ever you prefer!