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Keep Fido Mentally and Physically Active – Boredom Busters, Enrichment Exercises & More!

What is Boredom?

 

Science has only recently began to look at boredom and understand what makes people bored.  A 2012 review of boredom research entitled The Definition, Assessment, and Mitigation of State Boredom Within Educational Settings: A Comprehensive Review (Vogel-Walcutt, J.J., Fiorella, L., Carper, T. et al.) suggested that boredom is a combination of a subjective psychological state of dissatisfaction, frustration or disinterest and an objective lack of neurological excitement, all of which result from a lack of stimulation. (Kubota, 2016).

Do Dogs Suffer from Boredom?

Animal welfare lecturer Charlotte Burn, from The Royal Veterinary College,  observed dogs left alone at home before publishing an essay entitled Bestial boredom: a biological perspective on animal boredom and suggestions for its scientific investigation, in which she states that Chronic inescapable boredom can be extremely aversive, and under stimulation can harm neural, cognitive and behavioural flexibility.”  She told The Times: “They often yawn, bark, howl and whine. Some sleep a lot – a sign of apathy. Some of this is anxiety but often they are just really bored.” 

Take Your Dog to School

A bored dog, lacking appropriate mental and physical stimulation may get himself into trouble by looking for ways to entertain himself. “Animals in barren conditions seek even aversive stimulation, as if bored.” (Burns, 2017).  Problematic behaviors such as digging, incessant barking and inappropriate destructive chewing may be a dog’s way of alleviating boredom and easing anxieties.

Provide Mental and Physical Stimulation for Your Dog

Some simple changes might go a long way in helping overcome boredom and alleviating anxiety by providing both mental and physical stimulation for the pet.

Here are some suggested ‘boredom busters’:

  • Make sure your dog’s diet is nutritionally balanced. A poor diet may not only affect your dog physically, it could also negatively affect their behaviour.
  • Take your dog to school – Learn how to engage and motivate him!
  • Teach your dog some fun tricks – Check out this A, B, C of Apprentice Tricks video for some ideas!
  • Provide interactive feeding and chew toys.
  • Provide a doggie sandpit – an appropriate place for the dog to dig.
  • Provide a doggie paddling pool – a great place to cool off and have fun in the hot summer months.
  • Play fun games with your dog. 
  • Teach your dog how to relax and provide him with a comfortable place to do so.

    DogSmith Slumber Party – The Perfect Doggy Vacay!

  • Vary your walking routine.  Taking the same path every day is monotonous for everyone.
  • Arrange a playdate with a suitable doggie friend.
  • Arrange a Slumber Party or Sleep Over for when you are away.
  • Hire a certified pet care technician to spend time with your dog while you are out at work – to feed him, take him for a walk, play with him…

Fun Games

There are lots of options for fun games you can play with your dog, many of which can help proof some of your cues.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Practice cues such as take it, drop it, sit, down…. while the dog has fun chasing a soft toy on a flirt pole.
  • Play a game of fetch.
  • Play fun scent games like the Find the Hidden ? Game (Insert word of choice e.g. Treats/Vegetables/Ball/Stuffed Toy/Car Keys). Start by ‘hiding’ food in plain sight and gradually increase the level of difficulty.
  • Enjoy a fun game of hide-and-seek. Simply go hide and then call your dog. Start by hiding in a place where you are easy to find and gradually increase the level of difficulty as your dog gets better at the game. This is a great way of proofing your recall cue. Please, remember the recall word is a very important cue and deserves double reinforcement.  What betterthan a fun game and a high-value reinforcer every time your dog comes, no matter how long it takes him to find you.  Please note, if it is taking a very long time, you should probably make the game easier as you want your dog to enjoy the game and have fun finding you, not get frustrated and give up.  
  • A fun tug session is also a great choice!

Interactive Feeding Toys

Whether you would like to keep your pet occupied while you are out; need your dog to be quiet while you make an important phone call; want a good way of slowing down how quickly your dog eats; want to give your dog a job in the form of an opportunity to ‘scavenge’ for his food; want to provide a suitable alternative to chewing up your furniture or nibbling on your ankles … an interactive feeding toy or appropriate chew toy is going to keep your dog busy while also providing great mental stimulation.  I recommend all pet guardians provide their dog with an interactive feeding toy.  My favourites are the KONG Classic, KONG Wobbler, West Paw Zogoflex Toppl or West Paw Zogoflex Tux. Nylabones are also one of my favourite recommendations for those in need of a good, long-lasting chew. 

KONGS and Nylabones come in a range of sizes and chewing options.  KONG options include the KONG® Classic, KONG® Extreme, KONG® Puppy and KONG® Senior. There are also KONG balls, bones, toys on ropes, rings, tires and many more rubber KONG toys. There are Nylabones for soft chewers and Nylabones for extreme chewers.  They come in a variety of shapes and flavors such as peanut butter, bacon, cheese, chicken, Philly cheese steak and more, so there is sure to be one that your dog loves.  Whether purchasing a KONG, a Nylabone or any other interactive feeding toy or chew, please choose the appropriate size and chewing ‘strength’ for your pet. Puppy teething rings are another ‘must buy’ but something a simple as soaking a face cloth in water and popping it into the freezer, means that you always have something on hand to help soothe a puppy’s sore gums.  Please always actively supervise and, if unsure as to whether the pet might try to swallow something, keep hold of it while they enjoy a good chew.

Stuffed KONGS

Stuffing a KONG is not only good for your dog, it is a great way of using up your surplus (doggie appropriate) groceries!  One of my dogs’ favourite recipes is a mixture of cooked sweet potato and flaked chicken mixed with leftover veggies and kéfir. I simply stuff the KONG and pop in the freezer for an extra challenge!

If you and your dog are just starting out with interactive feeding toys, keep it simply by simply stuffing with some loose high-quality kibble, small chunks of meat and cheese or a few small treats. Encourage your dog to play with the toy and offer plenty of praise as he starts moving it around to get the treats out.

Here’s a favourite recipe – the KONG ‘Summer Picnic’

KONG® Classic

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup low-fat cream cheese

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.  Split the mixture between your KONGs and freeze for a greater challenge.

You can find the Kong ‘Summer Picnic’ and lots more stuffing recipes on the KONG website here

Doggie Ice-Cream

Another of my dogs’ favourite recipes is banana ice-cream. I blend the ingredients and pour into an ice cube tray. Once frozen, the doggie ice-cream is served in a West Paw Zogoflex Tux (the perfect size for an ice cream cube!). This is suitable for both feeding toy novices and pros.

Ingredients:
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups kéfir or plain low-fat yoghourt
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (organic if you have it)

Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until it’s mixed. Pour the mixture into ice trays and freeze.  Serve in a Zogoflex Tux.

One of my dogs’ and my canine clients’ much-loved low-fat alternative to banana ice cream is fish sorbet.  This is how we make it:

West Paw Zogoflex Tux

  • Three-quarters fill an ice tray with water.
  • Flake in some tuna, sardines, mackerel or salmon.
  • Add 3 crushed blueberries or other favourite fruit such as apple, banana or melon to each cube.
  • Freeze and serve in a Zogoflex Tux.

 

Please note that some food can be toxic or otherwise hazardous to dogs. No onions, sultanas, grapes, raisins, xylitol (artificial sweetener), chocolate, macadamia nuts or cooked bones. This list is not exhaustive.  For more information on foods that could be unsafe for pets, visit the ASPCA’s People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets page.

 

Training Classes

Attending group training classes is a great way of providing both mental and physical stimulation for your dog. If you are new to training, we advise a pet dog manners course – The DogSmith Small Paw Etiquette Puppy Class is a fantastic choice for those of you with young puppies.  The Pet Dog Ambassador programme is a great choice for dogs of all ages. Fun Scent Games and Trick Classes are also highly recommended as both get a big thumbs up from dogs and guardians!  If you or your dog are likely to be unhappy in a group class situation, we highly recommend private training sessions with a qualified force-free trainer.

When Should You Call a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant?

telephone-dogWhile implementing the above recommended ‘boredom busters’ is going to help provide mental and physical stimulation for your dog, if you have a dog with specific behavioural challenges such as: Aggression toward people; aggression toward dogs or other animals; leash reactivity and impulse control problems; excessive barking or digging; destructive behaviours; growling nipping and snapping behaviours; attachment or separation anxiety problems; shy or fearful behaviours; abnormal behaviors, such as excessive licking, air snapping or obsessive tail chasing; hyperactivity…  we urge you to contact a certified dog behaviour consultant as soon as possible.

 
 
 
 

More Information

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The DogSmith offers force-free, learning-theory based dog training programmes coupled with professional pet-sitting and dog-walking services.

Whether you’re a dog owner looking to solve a specific behavioral problem, a dog lover simply wanting to strengthen and broaden your relationship with your dog, or a family wanting the best care possible for your pets while you’re away from home, the DogSmith is the only call you’ll ever need to make.

Listen to a five minute podcast about the DogSmith and our training and behavior services. There is a difference between the two.  Alternatively you can contact your DogSmith who will help guide you in your choice of services.

You can locate a local DogSmith here.

 

The Pet Professional Guild

The Pet Professional Guild is a membership organization representing pet industry professionals who are committed to results based, science based force-free training and pet care.

You can locate a PPG Professional Member in your area by clicking here: PPG Member Search

 

 


Do You Really Know What’s In Your Pet’s Food – Watch this short video

Although you may think all pet food manufacturers have your pet’s best interests in mind, this is not always the case. Current pet food regulations allow manufacturers to use ingredients that you would never knowingly give to your pet. In fact, you may be shocked to learn what some brands of pet food really contain. Watch this short presentation before you commit to a brand of food for your loving companion. Click on the video icon to see this important message!

 



If You Had One Sentence To Share Advice On Pet Food!

If you had One Sentence

  • Written By: Susan Thixton
  • 10-30-2011
  • Categorized in: Pet Food News

If you had just one sentence to share advice about pet food, what would that once sentence be?  Here’s a few one sentences from various pet owners, health professionals, and pet food manufacturers…

“Since having a cat die from the tainted food in 2007, we currently choose food for our new kitty that has limited ingredients, no glutens, few vegetables and grain-free from companies that have not tried to hide or minimize product recalls and we also stay involved by joining pet forums where pet owners share possible early signs of food issues and we confront pet food companies regarding ingredients, food problems, and advertising falsehoods.”
Sandi
Pet Owner

“Stay away from foods that contain grain or fillers, and if you decide on a raw diet, stick to a brand that has been subjected to high pressure processing pasteurization in order to minimize the risk of harmful bacteria.”
Phyllis Entis
The Food Bug Lady
http://efoodalert.wordpress.com

“A dog should eat a diet made from foods fit for human consumption, without grains, that includes a variety of fresh meats with fat, bone, and organ meats, with about 15% vegetables.”
Dr. Laurie Coger
Veterinarian

“Read the label and learn what the ingredients are.”
Kath
Pet Owner

“Learn how processing to make products shelf-stabilized and convenient not only changes the look of food, but the nature and quality of food, then include a variety of whole, unprocessed foods in your pet’s diet no less than twice a week.”
FreshFetch Mike
Fresh Fetch Pet Food

“Would you eat it?”
Dr. Cathy Alinovi
Veterinarian

(two – one sentences)
“Feed them like your grandparents would have fed her pet.”
“Feed them real food, mostly meat, with some vegetables and fruit.”

Davyd Smith
People Fud Pet Food

“I’ve researched pet food for many years and my advice is to make your own and if you can’t do that, only buy pet food fit for human consumption, it does exist.”
Mollie

And mine…
“Many pet foods aren’t what they claim to be; unlike our pets, pet food can lie.”

Now…what is your one sentence?

 

Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

 

Susan Thixton
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author, Buyer Beware
Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
TruthaboutPetFood.com
PetsumerReport.com

 

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Is your choice of pet food APHIS EU Certified?

The pet food i use, recommend and sell is APHIS certified Learn more here

What does this tell you about a pet food. Read this blog by Susan Thixton

Animal Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) European Union (EU) Certification; this is what a pet food manufacturer must have before a pet food can be shipped to Europe.  This certification could provide the answer to quality of ingredients many pet parents have.

A pet food manufactured in the US and sold in the US, thanks to FDA Compliance Policies, can include rendered ingredients sourced from 4D (diseased, dying, disabled, and dead) animals.  However, a pet food manufactured in the US and exported to Europe must be made from ingredients “fit for human consumption”.

The European regulations state “The legislation prohibits the use of any rendered protein which was obtained from animal carcasses that were unfit for human consumption as an animal feed ingredient or for pet food.”

As well, APHIS EU certified pet foods would be GM free.  From the EU regulations “All food products containing or consisting of GMOs, produced from GMOs or containing ingredients produced from GMOs must be labeled even if they no longer contain detectable traces of GMOs.”  

eHow journalist Michele Moore, explains that besides meat ingredients fit for human consumption and non GM ingredients, each shipment of pet food (to obtain APHIS EU certification) “Pet food manufacturers must obtain a health certificate that is signed by APHIS after pet food manufacturing facilities have been inspected and officially approved by APHIS veterinary services.  A health certificate must accompany each individual pet food shipment.”

And “Suppliers of cereals, meat or fish must be approved by APHIS.  Approval is based upon freshness, nutritional quality and digestibility.  Quality control at the manufacturing site measure levels of protein and the percentage of fat.  Additional quality controls cover hygiene, packaging and storage.”

So what does this mean to petsumers?

Regardless if you live in the US or in Europe, a pet food that has APHIS EU certification provides you with several guarantees.
1.  meat ingredients are sourced from animals fit for human consumption (human grade).
2.  knowledge of GM ingredients (manufacturer would be required to know and provide this information to US or Canadian pet parents, would be listed on the label for EU pet parents).
3.  Suppliers of ingredients are inspected and approved by USDA.
4.  Additional quality control.

And yes, pet foods can have APHIS EU certification and be sold in the US (and anywhere else in the world).

Call your pet food manufacturer and ask if the food has APHIS EU certification.  Warning: I’ve had some pet foods over the years try to tell me they are inspected by APHIS; this is not a complete or correct answer.  You need to know if the pet food manufacturing plant specifically has APHIS EU certification.  Yes, you can ask for a copy of that certification for proof.

And by the way, don’t assume that because a pet food is sold in Europe but known to be a US pet food has APHIS EU certification.  Many brands that are sold internationally have manufacturing plants in various countries around the world; this is a way to avoid stricter import/export laws.

 

Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

 

Susan Thixton
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author, Buyer Beware
TruthaboutPetFood.com
PetsumerReport.com

 


Egg Waste Pet Food Ingredients

Egg Waste Pet Food Ingredients

  • Written By: Susan Thixton
  • 8-24-2011
  • Categorized in: Pet Food Ingredients

From StratfordBeaconHerald.com “A $405,000 grant through the province’s Rural Economic Development (RED) program is helping revitalize an egg-processing plant here that is converting egg “waste” into high-protein pet food products.”

“The plant had been closed for about four years. Walz explained that the company processes whole-egg waste from egg-grading plants and turns it into powdered pet food, which has up to 50% protein.”

“In addition, the plant extracts egg white from discarded egg shells and produces liquid egg white that can be used as a binding agent in pet food.”

Note that the above company uses “whole-egg waste from egg-grading plants” – in other words, eggs rejected for use as human food – and turns it into powdered pet food ingredients.  Waste, eggs rejected for human use, become pet food.

A Google search of “what is whole-egg waste from egg-grading plants” finds the following as the first result…
“Egg liquids salvaged from non-edible eggs of egg grading plants were acidified to pH 4.0–4.5 with 3.4 N HCl and successfully stored at 13° C. for up to 10 days. After storage the acidified egg liquids were treated with 92% equivalency of 3.4 N NaOH after which egg meats were cooked and incorporated into a specialty pet food formulation.”  (From Poultry Science Association)

Egg liquids were (and we have to assume are still) treated with NaOH…which is “Sodium Hydroxide, which is also commonly referred to as Caustic Soda, Caustic or Lye.”  Yes…Lye…as in soap.

Wouldn’t lye (or sodium hydroxide) be dangerous for pets to consume?  Yes it is.

The Material Safety Data Sheet for Sodium Hydroxide states “Danger! Corrosive.  Harmful if swallowed or inhaled.  Causes burns to any area of contact.  Reacts with water, acids and other materials.”

Potential Health Effects
“Ingestion:  Corrosive!  Swallowing may cause severe burns of mouth, throat, and stomach.  Severe scarring of tissue and death may result.  Symptoms may include bleeding, vomiting, diarrhea, fall in blood pressure.  Damage may appear days after exposure.”

The pet food ingredient that could be made from waste eggs would be listed as “egg product” on the pet food label.  If your choice of pet food contains this ingredient, call the manufacturer and ask if the eggs are sourced from “whole-egg waste from egg-grading plants” or if the egg product is sourced from USDA approved eggs.  If the manufacturer representative doesn’t know or won’t tell you, you might want to consider a new pet food.

It continues to baffle me as to why regulatory authorities continue to allow the pet food industry to be the dumping ground for all things waste.  Regardless of federal law, regardless of the potential hazard to the pet consuming these waste ingredients…pet food continues to be THE place to sell your garbage.

 

Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

 

Susan Thixton
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author, Buyer Beware
TruthaboutPetFood.com
PetsumerReport.com

 

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Study found Dog Foods were Not what they Claimed- Susan Thixton

# Written By: Susan Thixton The Truth About Pet Food

We have another study proving pet foods are often not what their labels claim they are. This time, alternative meat protein dog foods (venison) were tested. They found 75% included ingredients not listed on the label.


In the Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, first published late last year, authors D. M. Raditic, R. L. Remillard, and K. C. Tater provides “ELISA testing for common food antigens in four dry dog foods used in dietary elimination trials.” This study took a close look at four venison kibble dog foods for common food allergens (a venison dog food would be commonly recommended as an alternative diet for dogs suffering from food allergies). They found that three of the four dog foods tested – that did NOT have soy listed on the ingredient panel – tested positive for soy. One of the four venison dog foods tested positive for beef, yet no beef ingredient was listed on the ingredient panel.

Many times, veterinarians recommend an alternative meat protein diet such as venison to patients suffering from food allergies. In an attempt to diagnose the specific allergen, veterinarians often prescribe the pet to be put on a dietary elimination trial; eliminating specific allergic suspects such as chicken, beef, corn, wheat, and soy from the pets diet. “General practitioners, gastroenterologists and dermatologists use dietary elimination trials to diagnose food allergies in dogs. These trials are lengthy (4–13 weeks) and require a client’s strict adherence to the prescribed food.”

“The pet owner may select OTC diets based on the name of the product, e.g. venison and sweet potato, which ensures nothing more than the product will contain at least 3% of those ingredients. Pet owners and veterinarians also make the assumption that if food proteins or isolates of a food protein are not named in the product ingredient list, then the product does not contain those food proteins and therefore, is a suitable diet to be used in a diagnostic elimination trial.”

But what this study found, was that pet parents purchasing some venison dog foods are not getting what they paid for. “Three of the four over the counter (OTC) venison canine dry foods with no soy products named in the ingredient list were ELISA positive for soy; additionally one OTC diet tested positive for beef protein with no beef products listed as an ingredient list. One OTC venison diet was not found to be positive for soy, poultry or beef proteins.”

When you read the full text of this study, it does allude to be in support of prescription pet foods. However, these scientists did not include brands of prescription pet foods in their study. To read the full study, click here.

Thanks to FreshFetch pet foods for sharing this study with us.

Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author, Buyer Beware
TruthaboutPetFood.com
PetsumerReport.com

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FDA testing found four pet food/pet treat ingredients to be associated with pentobarbital in dog food;

The FDA Four

  • Written By: Susan Thixton
  • 4-21-2011
  • Categorized in: Pet Food Ingredients

FDA testing found four pet food/pet treat ingredients to be associated with pentobarbital in dog food; “Meat and Bone Meal, Beef and Bone Meal, Animal Fat, and Animal Digest”.  What pet foods/treats use one (or more) of the four risk ingredients?  Here’s a partial (but very long) list of the pet foods that contain the FDA Four.

Background: Pentobarbital is a drug used to end the life of an animal.  It is commonly used to euthanize dogs, cat, and horses.  Several years ago the FDA tested dog foods (no cat foods were tested) purchased from retail store shelves for the presence of the drug pentobarbital.  From the FDA website “There appear to be associations between rendered or hydrolyzed ingredients and the presence of pentobarbital in dog food. The ingredients Meat and Bone Meal (MBM), Beef and Bone Meal (BBM), Animal Fat (AF), and Animal Digest (AD) are rendered or hydrolyzed from animal sources that could include euthanized animals.”

IF federal food safety laws were actually enforced with pet food, any pet food that contained pentobarbital (thus a euthanized animal) would be considered adulterated and thus prohibited.  But, sadly, the FDA does not enforce federal food safety laws with pet foods (read more about illegal pet food ingredients).

So…we do not know with certainty that every batch of pet food containing the ingredients Meat and Bone Meal, Beef and Bone Meal, Animal Fat, and Animal Digest contain the drug pentobarbital or a euthanized animal.  We only know that from FDA testing, these common pet food and treat ingredients are associated with the drug pentobarbital and thus a euthanized animal and we know pentobarbital would ONLY be in a pet food ingredient if that ingredient contained a euthanized animal (this drug would never naturally be in any pet food ingredient).  We also know that IF these pet food/treat ingredients did contain pentobarbital, they would be deemed adulterated according to federal food safety law (that’s if anyone of pet food regulatory authority bothered to follow federal law).

So…what pet foods contain the FDA Four?

The following is not all inclusive.  And the list could change if any of these pet foods removed the FDA Four ingredient.  Please feel free to add to this list in your comments AND certainly share this list with your friends and family.  Big Thanks to Kelly H. for helping me compile the list of pet foods!

Remember:  I am NOT saying the following list of pet foods contain pentobarbital or a euthanized animal.  I am saying that the following list of pet foods do contain, according to FDA testing, an ingredient that was determined to be associated with the drug and a euthanized animal.

As of 4/21/11…

FDA Four Pet Foods
(Meat and Bone Meal, Beef and Bone Meal, Animal Fat, and Animal Digest)

Alpo
Prime Cuts Savory Beef Flavor Dry Dog Food

Beneful Pet Food
Original Dog Food Dry
Healthy Weight Dog Food Dry
Playful Life Dog Food Dry
Healthy Radiance Dog Food Dry
Healthy Harvest Dog Food Dry
IncrediBites Dog Food Dry
Healthy Growth for Puppies Dry
Snackin Slices Dog Treat

Cesar Canine Cuisine
Filet Mignon Flavor Dog Treats
Grilled Chicken Flavor Dog Treats
Prime Rib Flavor Dog Treats

Chef Michael
Rotisserie Chicken Flavor Dog Food
Filet Mignon Flavor Dry Dog Food

Eukanuba
Sensitive Skin Dog Food Dry

Kibbles & Bits Dog Food
Original Dog Food Dry
Wholesome Medley Dog Food Dry
‘n Beefy Bits Dog Food Dry
Mini Bits Dog Food Dry
Homestyle Beef Dog Food Dry
Honestyle Chicken Dog Food Dry
Brushing Bites Dog Food Dry
Balanced Bites Dog Food Dry
Tender Cuts with Real Turkey, Bacon & Vegetables in Gravy Dog Food Canned
Tender Cuts with Real Lamb, Rice & Vegetables in Gravy Dog Food Canned
Tender Cuts with Beef & Vegetables in Gravy Dog Food Canned
Tender Slices with Beef & Vegetables in Gravy Dog Food Canned
Tender Slices with Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy Dog Food Canned
Hearty Cuts with Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy Dog Food Canned
Meatballs & Pasta Dinner with Real Beef in Tomato Sauce Dog Food Canned
Burger Dinner with Real Bacon & Cheese Bits in Gravy Dog Food Canned

Lassie Brand Dog Food
Training Treats Baked with Lamb

Nature’s Recipe
Healthy Skin & Coat Venison Meal & Rice Recipe Dog Food Dry
Toy Breed Chicken Barley & Rice Recipe Dog Food Dry
Large Breed Chicken & Oatmeal Recipe Dog Food Dry
Farm Stand Selects Turkey with Real Fruits and Vegetables Recipe Dog Food Dry
Farm Stand Selects with Real Fruits and Vegetables Recipe Dog Food Dry
Healthy Skin & Coat Lamb Meal & Rice Dog Treats

Nature’s Select
NV Hip & Joint Biscuit

Ol’ Roy Dog Food
Ol Roy Dry Dog Food
Kibbles, Chunks & Chews Dry Dog Food
Krunchy Bites & Bones Dog Food Dry
Cuts in Gravy Mixed Grill Canned Dog Food
Cuts in Gravy Cheeseburger Flavor Canned Dog Food
Cuts in Gravy Country Stew Canned Dog Food

Pedigree Pet Food
Large Breed® Nutrition for Dogs Dry
Small Breed® Nutrition for Dogs Dry
Adult Complete Nutrition for Dogs Dry
Healthy Joints Food For Dogs Dry
Healthy Longevity Food For Dogs Dry
Adult Complete Nutrition for Dogs Dry
Healthy Joints Food for Dogs Dry
Healthy Longevity Food for Dogs Dry
Healthy Weight Food for Dogs Dry
Wholesome Nutrition for Dogs Dry
BreathBuster Snack Food for Dogs Med & Large
Goodbites Hip & Joint
Goodbites Oral Care
Goodbites Multi-Vitamin
Goodbites Skin & Coat
Goodbites Senior
MarroBone Snack for Dogs Sm, Med & Lg. Dog

Purina One
Cat Foods
Healthy Kitten Formula Cat Food Dry
Smartblend™ Salmon & Tuna Flavor Cat Food Dry
SmartBlend™ Chicken & Rice Formula Cat Food Dry
Vibrant Maturity® 7+ Formula Cat Food Dry
Beyond™ Chicken & Whole Oat Meal Recipe Cat Food Dry
Beyond™ Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe Cat Food Dry
Urinary Tract Health Formula Cat Food Dry
Advanced Nutrition Hairball Formula Cat Food Dry
Indoor Advantage® Hairball & Healthy Weight Formula Cat Food Dry
Sensitive Systems Cat Food Dry
Dog Foods
Healthy Puppy Formula Dog Food Dry
SmartBlend™ Lamb & Rice Formula Dog Food Dry
SmartBlend™ Small Bites Beef & Rice Formula Dog Food Dry
SmartBlend™ Chicken & Rice Formula Dog Food Dry
Vibrant Maturity® 7+ Senior Formula Dog Food Dry
Beyond™ Chicken & Whole Oat Meal Recipe Dog Food Dry
Beyond™ Lamb & Whole Barley Recipe Dog Food Dry
Large Breed Puppy Formula Dog Food Dry
Large Breed Adult Formula Dog Food Dry
Sensitive Systems Dog Food Dry
Healthy Weight Formula Dog Food Dry
Biscuits Lamb & Rice Flavor

Purina ProPlan
Dog Foods
Natural Beef & Barley Formula Dog Food Dry
Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Formula Dog Food Dry
Natural Salmon & Brown Rice Formula Dog Food Dry
Natural Turkey & Barley Formula Dog Food Dry
All Life Stages Chicken & Rice Formula Dog Food Dry
Shredded Blend Beef & Rice Formula Dog Food Dry
Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice Formula Dog Food Dry
Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice Formula Large Breed Dog Food Dry
Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice Formula Weight Management Dog Food Dry
Shredded Blend Lamb & Rice Formula Dog Food Dry
All Life Stages Lamb & Rice Formula Small Bites Dog Food Dry
Chicken & Rice Formula Weight Management Dog Food Dry
Giant Breed Formula Dog Food Dry
Large Breed Formula Dog Food Dry
Large Breed Formula Weight Management Dog Food Dry
Performance Formula Dog Food Dry
Sensitive Skin & Stomach Formula Dog Food Dry
Small Breed Formula Dog Food Dry
Toy Breed Adult Formula Dog Food Dry
Cat Foods
Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Formula Cat Food Dry
Natural Salmon & Brown Rice Formula Cat Food Dry
Chicken & Rice Formula Cat Food Dry
Salmon & Rice Formula Cat Food Dry
Hairball Management Formula Chicken & Rice Formula Cat Food Dry
Indoor Care – Salmon & Rice Formula Cat Food Dry
Indoor Care – Turkey & Rice Formula Cat Food Dry
Sensitive Skin & Stomach Formula Cat Food Dry
Urinary Tract Health Formula Cat Food Dry
Weight Management Formula Cat Food Dry

Purina Dog Chow
Puppy Chow Puppy Food Dry
Puppy Chow Large Breed Formula Food Dry
Healthy Morsels™ Soft & Crunchy Bites
Complete and Balanced Dog Chow Dog Food Dry
Healthy Morsels with Real Lamb & Rice, Soft & Crunchy Bites Dog Food Dry
Naturally Complete Dog Food Dry
Little Bites Dog Food Dry
Fit & Trim Adult Dog Food Dry
Active Senior 7+ Adult Dog Food Dry

Purina Cat Chow
Nurturing Formula Kitten Chow Dry
Indoor Formula Cat Food Dry
Complete Formula Cat Food Dry
Naturals Cat Food Dry
Healthful Life® Cat Food Dry

Science Diet®
Cat Foods
Adult Hairball Control Cat Food Dry
Adult Hairball Control Light Cat Food Dry
Adult Indoor Cat Food Dry
Adult Light Cat Food Dry
Adult Optimal Care™ Ocean Fish & Rice Recipe Cat Food Dry
Adult Optimal Care™ Original Cat Food Dry
Adult Oral Care Cat Food Dry
Adult Sensitive Skin Cat Food Dry
Adult Sensitive Stomach Cat Food Dry
Healthy Advantage™ Feline Adult Cat Food Dry
Kitten Healthy Development Ocean Fish & Rice Recipe Cat Food Dry
Kitten Healthy Development Original Cat Food Dry
Kitten Indoor Cat Food Dry
Mature Adult Active Longevity™ Original Cat Food Dry
Mature Adult Hairball Control Cat Food Dry
Mature Adult Indoor Cat Food Dry
Nature’s Best® Chicken & Brown Rice Dinner Adult Cat Food Dry
Nature’s Best® Chicken & Brown Rice Dinner Kitten Cat Food Dry
Nature’s Best® Ocean Fish & Brown Rice Dinner Adult Cat Food Dry
Nature’s Best® Ocean Fish & Brown Rice Dinner Kitten Cat Food Dry
Dog Foods
Adult Active Dog Food Dry
Adult Advanced Fitness Original Dog Food Dry
Adult Healthy Mobility™ Large Breed Dog Food Dry
Adult Healthy Mobility™ Dog Food Dry
Adult Healthy Mobility™ Small Bites Dog Food Dry
Adult Lamb Meal & Rice Recipe Dog Food Dry
Adult Lamb Meal & Rice Recipe Large Breed Dog Food Dry
Adult Lamb Meal & Rice Recipe Small Bites Dog Food Dry
Adult Large Breed Dog Food Dry
Adult Oral Care Dog Food Dry
Adult Sensitive Skin Dog Food Dry
Adult Sensitive Stomach Dog Food Dry
Adult Small Bites Dog Food Dry
Healthy Advantage™ Canine Adult Dog Food Dry
Healthy Advantage™ Puppy Food Dry
Healthy Advantage™ Puppy Large Breed Dry
High Energy Dog Food Dry
Mature Adult Active Longevity™ Dog Food Dry
Mature Adult Large Breed Dog Food Dry
Mature Adult Small Bites Dog Food Dry
Puppy Healthy Development Original Dog Food Dry
Puppy Lamb Meal & Rice Recipe Large Breed Dog Food Dry
Puppy Large Breed Dog Food Dry
Puppy Small Bites Dog Food Dry
Simple Essentials™ Treats Small & Toy Oral Care Adult Small Nugget

Special Kitty Cat Food
Original Cat Food Dry
Gourmet Cat Food Dry
Kitten Food Dry

Whiskas Cat Food
Whiskas® Purrfectly® with Chicken Dry Cat Food
Whiskas® Purrfectly® with Chicken & Salmon Dry Cat Food
Whiskas® Meaty Selections™ Dry Cat Food
Whiskas® Indoor Dry Cat Food
Whiskas® for Kittens Dry Cat Food
Tempations® Classics Cat Treats
Blissful Catnip
Backyard Cookout
Surfers’ Delight
Hearty Beef
Tasty Chicken
Creamy Dairy
Savory Salmon
Seafood Medley
Tempting Tuna
Tantalizing Turkey
Tempations® All Naturals Cat Treats
Wild Alaskan Salmon
Beef Tenderloin
Free Range Chicken
Yellow Fin Tuna
Tempations® Essentials Cat Treats
Dentabites®
Hairball Control
Indoor Salmon
Indoor Chicken
Skin & Coat
Kitten

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