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Northwest Naturals Raw Dog Food

Northwest Naturals Raw Dog Food

Ever considered feeding your dog raw food?  Going back in time to before dogs were domesticated, they ate raw meat (as some ancestors of dogs such as wolves, still do today).  Feeding a strictly raw diet, or using raw as a topper on kibble can be extremely beneficial for dogs.

Raw food provides three essential benefits that cooked pet food cannot compete with:

Enzymes: Enzymes are a catalyst for all processes in the body such as cell growth and breaking down nutrients during digestion. Most food enzymes are essentially destroyed under the conditions used to cook and process food, leaving foods devoid of enzyme activity. Enzymes are denatured when heat is applied.

Amino Acids: Amino acids form the proteins that in turn form muscle tissue and increase fat metabolism. There are two types of amino acids; essential amino acids and nonessential amino acids. Dogs and cats cannot make essential amino acids and so must obtain them from raw foods.

Intracellular Moisture: Intracellular moisture, also called cytosol, is the liquid found inside cells. Intracellular moisture is the most effective way for your pet’s digestive system to break down and process their food. Without the moisture from prey animal cells, the digestive system has to work extra hard to complete the digestive process. When cooked, plant and animal cells lose this natural moisture.

Burns Feed Store carries Northwest Naturals who offers many varieties of nutritious diets including:

  • Lamb
  • Beef & Bison
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Chicken & Salmon
  • Turkey
  • Whitefish & Salmon

Burns carries a 6 pound reseal able, easy-carry bag which holds individually quick frozen nuggets which weigh approximately .20 oz each, 80 to the pound (approximately 480 nuggets per bag). The formulas are ground, formed and then quick frozen at -30° for 10 minutes.  Open the bag and pour the proper feeding amount into your dog’s bowl. The small nuggets will thaw quickly and are small enough for the tiniest dogs or puppies. The pourable feature means that you never handle the raw product and you place the portion you do not use back into the freezer.

Another tip is once you purchase the bag and get home, take a few minutes and separate the appropriate amount of nuggets into small zip lock bags and place into the freezer.  Then the evening or morning before each meal, simply pull those bags out of the freezer and place them into the refrigerator. At next meal time, empty the pre-counted nuggets into the dogs bowl, already thawed, no counting or waiting needed.

Come on in and ask any questions you may have about feeding raw and Northwest Naturals, or visit their website at https://nw-naturals.net

Pet Food Diets and Dilated Cardiomyopathy: DCM

 

Dilated Cardiomyopathy: DCM

 

This disease has been a hot topic of discussion for the better part of the past two years in the dog world. DCM is a disease of a dog’s heart muscle, resulting in an enlarged heart.

 

Initially, grain-free Pet Food diets were thought to perhaps contribute to DCM. However, after extensive research and studies, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that there is no scientific evidence that a grain-free diet causes canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).

 

Dr. Steven Solomon, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, acknowledged that the “complex scientific messaging” on DCM and diet has contributed to misinterpretation about the safety of a grain-free diet. DCM impacts approximately 1 percent of dogs in the United States. Historically, DCM has been linked to genetic predispositions, but emerging science has demonstrated an array of factors that may contribute to DCM, including breed, genetics, biology, pre-existing health conditions, digestive issues, obesity, processing of key nutrients, and activity level.

 

Dr. Solomon’s full remarks are available online.

Pet Food Frequent Buyer Cards

 

Did you know Burns Feed Store carries many different brands of pet foods?
Many of those have frequent buyer cards that award owners who buy multiple bags, a free one after so many. Our Astro Loyalty program keeps tracks of your purchases here at the store.

With so many options of pet food, we like to make things a little easier for pet owners to decide and we definitely understand how expense your critters can get. That is why we love to help ease the choices by taking care of helping you choose the right food for your pet and rewarding you and your pet for shopping here at Burns Feed Store.

Some of the brands we carry that offer a free bag offer include:

Taste of The Wild, Nutrisource, Petcurean, Merrick, Northwest Naturals, Canidae, Solid Gold and more.

This program is good for dog and cat food, including World’s Best cat litter.

If you have been buying these brands or others and have not been asked about a frequent buyer card, stop in and we can get you started.