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A Fond Farewell

Recently we had to make the difficult decision to discontinue a couple of products. You may have noticed that Kung Fu Fido Fortune Cookies, Monzies Cookies, and Sojos European-Style Cat Food Mix are no longer listed on our website. For the smattering of loyal customers of these products, this song’s dedicated to you. 

A holistic approach to heartworm

When warm weather finally arrives, dogs are just as eager to get out and enjoy it as their owners are. But both canines and humans alike face a trade-off: with sunshine and climbing temperatures come pests like fleas and the dreaded mosquito. Those biting little buggers can do more than give you an itch to scratch – they can give your dog heartworm, a potentially fatal parasite.

a Pug's weight loss

Meet Riley. Riley is a four-year-old Pug who was adopted into to his forever family with a serious weight problem. Riley and his little Pug sister Penelope live in Montana and enjoy mountain hikes and trips to the dog park, but Riley’s weight made it difficult for him to keep up. Pugs, in general, are often thought of as chubby pups. Their fat rolls are endearing, and their small statures often allow them to gain weight easily. However, just like any other breed, an overweight Pug faces serious health problems.

AVMA to vote against feeding of raw pet food

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is about to vote on a policy against the feeding of raw meat to pets. Specifically the AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine will vote to create a policy to "discourage the feeding to cats and dogs of any animal source protein that has not first been subjected to a process to eliminate pathogens because of the risk of illness to cats and dogs as well as humans."

Can Dogs Really Be Vegetarians?

Many vegetarian dog owners have questions about whether or not a vegetarian diet for dogs could be feasible or even healthy. After all, much has been made of the fact that dogs are omnivores – meaning they eat both plants and meat. If this is true, shouldn’t they do just as well on plant-based diets as meat-based ones? The answer to this question can be found by looking at the circumstances of canine evolution and examining the anatomy of a dog’s digestive system. 

Cats and finicky eating

Even for devoted cat owners, cats can be a bit of a mystery. Of course, that’s part of what makes them so fun to live with. From their peculiar behaviors to their range of vocal tones, cats will keep you on your toes. Unfortunately, many cats have a quirk that can be a real concern to their owners: picky eating.

Deciphering your dog’s metabolism type

Each dog is one of a kind. His personality, his coat, his nose, and his metabolic type are unique. A dog’s diet should fit his individual needs and will depend on his size, age, activity level and metabolic rate. But just because you have a large dog doesn’t mean he will burn off a large amount of food. Depending on your dog’s metabolic rate, a small dog may require more than his larger, slow-metabolism counterpart. Dogs are omnivores and despite their metabolic rate, they should consume a balanced diet of protein and plant-based foods.

do allergies have your dog itching this spring?

It’s springtime and many of us are looking at the fresh buds on the trees through red, watery eyes. Unfortunately our four-legged friends don’t get a hall pass when it comes to allergies. While environmental allergies (ie. pollen, etc.) and genetics can play a role, often the guilty-party can be found on the ingredient panel of your dog’s food. Dog food allergies can mimic seasonal allergies, causing flaky, itchy skin, scratching, shedding, irritated ears, goopy, watery eyes and digestive issues.

Feeding pets with medical issues

When you consider your pets family members, there’s no question about whether you’re going to help them when they need special medical attention. Whether it’s a short-term injury or a chronic condition, making your pet feel well and doing what you can to keep him healthy is second nature.

if it’s good enough for Fido ....

For a guy who owns a pet food company that touts its Grain-Free products, I sure do eat a lot of gluten. So, it is with great pride that I can say that since April 12, 2012, I have been 100% gluten-free. It all started one night when I came home from an exceptionally long day at the office. It was around 10 pm, and my wife and kids were fast asleep. Given how late it was, you’d think that I’d be a bundle of stress. But on the contrary, I was feeling pretty good. (It must have been a sense of accomplishment from finally finishing my 2011 workers comp insurance audit).

Ingredient profiles: The herbs that do good for your dog’s diet

For millennia, people have used herbs to treat illness and bolster their health. We might not necessarily think of those healing properties when we grab a sprig or a leaf to season our foods, but the value they possess for flavoring is certainly equal to their value to our well-being – and that of our pets.

Is avocado safe for dogs?

It’s no secret we care what our pets eat, which is why there’s much debate among animal professionals, pet parents and nutrition experts about feeding avocado to dogs.

is raw dog food dangerous?

News spread Friday that fourteen people spread across nine states had become ill from salmonella poisoning after handling tainted dog food. As an advocate of raw pet food, It was interesting to see that the food in question was a cooked kibble.

Keep that puppyish figure! Using food to maintain your pet’s weight

Pet obesity has been getting a lot of notice in recent years, as our four-legged buddies’ waistlines expand right along with those of many humans. And just as in humans, diet and exercise are the two key factors in how your pet gains - or doesn’t gain - weight. 

Kibble, canned and beyond: Making sense of dog food options

Go to any pet food and supply store and it’s easy to feel like you’re suffering from sensory overload. With aisles upon aisles of food options, each touting its own tagline, it can be confusing to make any choice, let alone the one that’s best for your dog. If you find yourself mystified by the multitude of options, let us offer a little extra help.

soaking it all in

One of the biggest challenges we have faced when converting even the most health-conscious pet owner from feeding a kibble or canned diet into a shelf-stable raw dog food diet, like Sojos, is the 15 minutes of soaking time required. Everything is moving along smoothly as new customer reads the bag and smiles at the REAL food they can see through the clear window. Then they read the part in our instructions that says “soak for 15 minutes”.

Spotting skin problems in cats

A shiny, soft and full coat is a telltale sign of a healthy cat. Logic says that the exact opposite is true as well: if your cat’s coat isn’t looking so good, it’s a sign that her health isn’t up to par. Unfortunately, there is a whole host of skin diseases that your cat can come down with – and it’s up to you as the owner to be able to spot them, treat them and prevent them for the future.

The toxic treat: What you need to know about chocolate

When a curious dog catches the scent of something, his first instinct is to taste it. Where we would inspect an item before we consume it, dogs eat and then decide they want more. Humans enjoy all varieties of chocolate, but just a small amount could be fatal to your pup. Just why is chocolate toxic to your pooch? The cocoa beans used in making chocolate contain a chemical called theobromine that is toxic to dogs. This bitter alkaloid, which is related to caffeine, is metabolized in dogs much more slowly than their human, chocolate-loving counterparts.

The value of feeding raw dog food

There’s no doubt about it – interest in feeding raw dog food is strong and growing. As more and more people encounter raw-fed dogs and see how healthy they are, owners look for realistic solutions to do the same for their pets. However, there’s a persistent perception that feeding raw is too expensive to make financial sense, whatever the benefits might be for a dog or cat. But is it true? The simple answer: No. And why not? Here are two key reasons:

what the AVMA Ruling means for you and your pets

Earlier this month the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) passed a resolution discouraging the feeding of raw meat to cats and dogs. During the groundswell of opposition that arose in the weeks prior to the vote, there was much fear and gnashing of teeth among raw feeders (including myself) trying to prevent this resolution from passing. Many worried that the AVMA was trying to ban raw food for pets, or that this ruling would ultimately alter the FDA’s stance on raw diets.

why is my dog so gassy?

Can your dog clear a room because of his flatulence? It’s not his fault! All dogs are prone to gas, especially if you feed them a low-quality food with fillers and artificial preservatives, random table scraps or too many snacks. Food allergies and eating too fast can contribute as well.

‘Naturally occurring nutrients’: What it means for your pet

Back in the ’50s and ’60s, the pop culture vision of the distant future – like the all-too-crazy-to-imagine year 2000 – often included people getting all their nutrition in the form of a single capsule. While we live every day in that previously unimaginable future, it seems sillier than ever to think that we could get everything our body needs from a pill instead of real food. And why? Because we’ve wised up, and now we know better than to buy into the idea that synthetic food can be as healthy as real food.