All things pet food related at Burns Feed Store!

Burns Feed Store understands that a pet isn’t just an animal living in your house, it’s a part of the family. Just like humans need to focus on keeping a balanced diet and getting the right mix of fruits and vegetables, proteins and fibers. But every pet is different and one golden retriever might have different dietary needs than another! Read our pet food related blog posts below, or see some of our pet food products available >

Horses With Sugar Sensitivities

Horses today, in general, don’t work as hard as they once did, before cars and trucks. As a result of this they have developed a lot of the same problems as the typical American. They can develop a condition very similar to Type 2 Diabetes. It’s called Equine Metabolic Syndrome, or EMS, and it leaves tissues less sensitive to insulin, which in turn causes the pancreas to produce more of this vital hormone. One dangerous disease that often results from EMS is laminitis, also known as founder. Laminitis is the modern name for an old disease. The word refers to the weekend structures in a horse’s foot, the lamina, that results in this crippling form of lameness.
The consumption of too much starch/sugar stresses the digestive tract and can lead to colic or laminitis. High starch and sugar concentrates should be fed in limited amounts, especially to sensitive horses. The fiber your horse consumes is the most important part of their daily diet.

Early signs of Insulin Resistant Horse:
– Abnormal weight gain or weight loss
– Increased or excessive water consumption and urinating
– Loss of stamina and muscle tone
– Tendency to develop laminitis or colic
– Inflammation
– Abnormal fat deposits
– Excessive Hunger
– Depression and/or fatigue

In the rainy seasons, spring and fall, grasses can be triggering to sensitive horses. Once again, the grass turns brilliant green and starts producing sugars. Limit time and access to the grass during these times. Grazing muzzles, while out in the pasture, can be used to help prevent colic or founder for all horses.

Low starch options at Burns Feed Store:
– Purina
– Wellsolve L/S
– Enrich Plus
– Enrich Plus Senior
Triple Crown
– Low starch
– Lite
– Low carb Complete
– Low Carb Stage 1
– Low Carb Senior
– Gentle Balance
– (Lite) Low Fat/ Low Carb
– Safechoice Senior (No Molasses)

Burns also stocks horse treats that are low sugar and low starch. This disease can be both prevented or maintained to keep your horse living a comfortable life. Stop in and ask for recommendations for your horse if you are noticing any of these signs!

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 & Trout
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Chicken & Salmon
  • Turkey
  • Whitefish & Salmon

Burns carries a 6 pound resealable, easy-carry bag which holds individually quick frozen nuggets which weigh approximately .20 oz each, 80 to the pound (approximately 480 nuggets per bag). We also carry a 15 pound box which is a better value for those bigger dogs who eat more! 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.

Another tip is once you purchase the bag or box 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.

Also check out the freeze dried diets and treats!!

Come on in and ask any questions you may have about feeding raw and Northwest Naturals, or visit their website at