Great Health News for you and your dog!

Petite Pet Inn now has its very own certified Pet Food Nutrition Specialist! Donna (Petite Pet Inn’s owner) has recently taken and passed a Pet Food Nutrition course and is currently enrolled in a Raw Dog Food Nutrition course. Dog food nutrition as well as human food nutrition, has been an ongoing interest of Donna’s for over 30 years. She has read many, many books on the subject as well as taken seminars. The only thing that was left to do was to actually get some type of certification.

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Donna’s certification comes through Dogs Naturally University and she is proud to be affiliated with such a wonderful organization. Donna’s plan is to eventually become certified at every level of DN University’s Nutrition program as well as to participate in Doctors Rounds and DN University’s continuing education. All in an effort to stay current and up to date with the goings on in the pet food industry, and to better position herself to help the clients of Petite Pet Inn.

Quote from Donna: “Over the years, as a groomer, dog trainer, and owner of my own dogs, I have been aware of the mounting health issues assaulting dogs. I have seen clients pets get worse or better, over the years, as their diets have changed. I have been directly responsible for changing the lives (for the better) of many clients dogs just by recommending diet changes. Years ago I saved the life of a tiny Chihuahua that had raging IBS that her veterinarian gave up on and who told the owners to just take her home, as they could do nothing else for her. I ended up with her, changed her diet, and she is still going strong 4 years later! I believe the KEY to every dogs healthy longevity is the correct DIET!”

So if you are worried about what you feed your dog, or are simply just curious to see if you can do better, send us an email by clicking here and let Donna take a look at what you are feeding your dog vs the health issues your dog may be having. Or simply get some great info on feeding your dog toward a healthier future. We will be posting to the blog often with tips and suggestions, for example check out the paragraph below.

Do you know what “dried grape pomace” is? Well basically its dried grapes. We all know that grapes and raisins are a known toxin to dogs. Click here for Wikipedia info on the subject.  I bet you didn’t know that dog food companies are not allowed to add any ingredient to the food they produce that is NOT legally defined by AAFCO. And guess what?  Grape pomace is not legally defined in AAFCO’s Official Publication – the pet food regulations book. Why you might ask, is Science Diet adding “dried grape pomace” to their  Hill’s Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed dry , Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Small & Toy Breed, and Hill’s Prescription Diet b/d Canine dog foods illegally? A substance made from a substance known to be toxic to dogs!

The trust, we as consumers, place in dog food manufacturers is unfounded and blind. Dog food manufacturing is big business and big business is in business to make money, bottom line. Thats it. Don’t trust blindly your dog food manufacturer. Find out what’s actually in your dogs food. Read the label. Understand the difference between chicken, chicken meal, chicken by product, and chicken by product meal. It matters! A consumer reading her dog food label discovered what Hills Science Diet was putting in her dog’s food. Read about it HERE. She made a difference and the state of Kentucky is taking Hill’s Science Diet to task and telling them to remove the ingredient from their food. Where is AAFCO or the FDA in all this….. silence.

Take your dog’s health into your own hands and let us help.

Time for Springtime Photos!

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Yep its that time again! Springtime Photos with Donna! Bring your dog for daycare on Thursday, March 29th because Donna will be taking springtime photos of all the dogs in daycare or boarding that day! Nope, you can’t make an appointment. They must come for daycare and at some point midday Donna will arrive to take photos of your love bunny! Once she’s finished she will head home to lay on some magic and email you a social media version of what she considers her best “work”. After that she will upload versions of all the best photos to our new website! Have you seen it yet! Click here! Let us know what you think, seriously, is it easy to navigate? Is it missing something? Is it too wordy, just right or not enough? Did you find the photos easily? We want to know!

Don’t forget to check with the front desk to make sure we have your correct email address! Check out our website to see the 2018 Valentines Day photos. Please click on the link to the right and follow our blog if you haven’t already. You don’t want to miss a thing!

Breaking News!

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The “Truth about Pet Food” website has just announced a voluntary recall of certain Milo’s Kitchen dog treats by the J.M. Smucker Company. Seems there are “elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone” in certain treats. We have seen some of our canine clients with these treats in the past so, if you have any of the Milo brand treats in your home I would recommend that you check out www.truthaboutpetfood.com for more information regarding this recall.

The “Truth about Pet Food” website is a must have website to subscribe to. In case you didn’t know, pet food companies can have “invisible” pet food recalls that lawfully they are not required to publicly announce. Once subscribed to www.truthaboutpetfood.com they will notify you of any recalls they become aware of as well as any other issues with pet food they become aware of, like the following…

Deadly Chinese Jerky Treats…Again

Truth about Pet Food reports,

“Jerky dog treats imported from China are sickening and killing pets again. It is unknown how many complaints FDA has received, TruthaboutPetFood.com has received multiple complaints over the past couple of months.”

Hey folks, this all started way back in 2007. One would have thought that the FDA would have done something about this but…”after 11 long years of investigation – the FDA has never provided consumers with a reason/cause for the pet illnesses and deaths.”  However in 2013, the New York Department of Agriculture found high levels of illegal antibiotics in the those treats. Is it any wonder our pets get so sick?

DO NOT TRUST ANY FOOD OR TREATS THAT SOURCE FROM CHINA! Figuring out if your dog’s food or treats come from China is not as easy as you would think. Check the package very carefully for the small print. Usually this information is listed in tiny print on the back of the package somewhere. Don’t be fooled by pretty pictures or US flags. While the product could have been “assembled” or “made” in the USA that does not mean the actual ingredients were not sourced from foreign companies like China. Sorry but I don’t trust any pet food or treats that are sourced in China. Remember the Melamine fiasco that killed hundreds and possibly thousands of pets? Yep that was China.