DCM from the perspective of one pet store owner

I have decided to give my thoughts on the subject of Dog Food Diets and DCM Illness given the fact that many of my customers have asked for my thoughts; I will warn you, my thoughts always seem to run a little long, so this prospectus is a little long, but I promise...

Dilated cardiomyopathy – Is It Nutritionally Related?

The FDA released a list of foods yesterday that they have associated with Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs. Their list, their statements and reports leave a lot more questions than answers.  First and foremost how large was this study?  Is there enough conclusive...

A Dog’s Coat – Upkeep & Expense

There are so many cute puppies to choose from! Before you fall for the sweetest face take a moment and consider what you are committing to. Yes, you know you will need food, toys, a crate, puppy shots and checkups. The first year is always the most expensive. But what...

Eight Questions We Ask Before Carrying a Brand of Food

If you think the number of brands of dog and cat food you see in the store is overwhelming, you should see what we as retailers experience when we attend industry trade shows with companies from all over the world, shoving brochures in our hands. So how do we narrow...

Let’s talk Raw Bones

You’ve probably given your dog smoked or steamed bones to chew on. They’re a great choice for avid chewers – they don’t break easily and they keep the dog busy. But have you ever given your dog a raw bone? With the meat on, uncooked, and frozen? Raw bones are actually...

Don’t Let Fear Stand in Your Pet’s Way

By Connie Roller, Manager People have a tendency to fear what they do not understand. Many pets have never had a change in diet because the old myth of ‘you should never change your pet’s food’. “Why shouldn’t you switch it up?” is my question of the day. It’s just...

Why Swim Your Dog?

Exercise is very important to the health of every dog. Unfortunately, in our climate there are many days of the year that are too cold, icy or hot to take long walks with a dog. The average puppy and adult dog really should have an opportunity for some running time;...

Are There Alternatives to Prescription Diets?

At The Feed Bag, we are continuously striving to learn more, so that we can give you the best possible advice for keeping your pet healthy and happy. After recently attending a nutritional summit with lectures given by Holistic Veterinarians, we have summarized the...

You Might Want To SKIP This Dog!

Is a Jack Russell Terrier right for me? So you saw the movie My Dog Skip, and now you want one. You might name it Skip, or Eddie, or Wishbone. You and your puppy will live happily ever after, and he will charm you forever with his intelligence and antics. Right? ...

How To Become A Vet Tech

By Natalie Voss My childhood cat, Tom Kitten, was generally a nice guy. He considered himself my home tutor (evidenced by his tendency to sit on textbooks) and happily cuddled on the couch with me in the evenings. That’s what we told everyone at the veterinarian’s...

Supporting Local Businesses

At The Feed Bag Pet Supply, we pride ourselves on our success as an independently, locally owned  business,given the numerous big box, chains and outlet stores that consumers have to choose from. The attached article is from the website of the American Independent...

The Best Food To Feed A Dog

By T. J. Dunn, Jr., DVM “What is the best food to feed a dog?” Every day veterinarians are asked that question by dog owners. It’s a sincere question because most dog owners want to feed the very best to their furry friends. Good health begins with...

What your Cat is Really Saying

Your cat has many ways of silent communication, if you just pay attention and watch closely. This is a great article from the website of Cats International, a group that knows cats and cat behavior like no other. Read more… Share this post...

The Definitive Guide to Saving Your Couch from Your Cat

Compliments of Cats International This is not “rocket science” and yet I am continually surprised by the number of feline behaviorists that have successfully kept kitty from urinating on the carpet, from biting the house guests, and cruising the countertops but when...

Sorting out Supplements

By Laura Scott and Elizabeth Pask Has Fido’s coat lost its youthful luster? Or is he having trouble negotiating the step up to the couch because his back is stiff? For many of us, our dogs are cherished members of our family and, as such, we strive to give them the...

Food and Jerky Treat Recalls, What to Believe?

The newspapers, television and especially the Internet have been bombarding us with information regarding the recalls of certain products. Being informed of anything regarding our pets safety is great, but sometimes less-legitimate websites feed us false information...

Canine Cancer Diet

Because the diagnosis of cancer has been so prevalent in the past few years, I see many people struggling with the issue of what to feed their pets. Having been through it myself, I know it can be a matter of trial and error as the pet’s appetite changes. Read...

Anatomy of a Tick Removal

Teenage Daughter yells for help. I have been called Hey, Hey You, Hey Mom by this child. But when “MOMMY” is screeched, I know there is a problem. Apparently, she tried to brush what she thought was an M&M off the dog’s throat. This dog is known far and wide for...

Who’s Rescuing Who?

I watched a dear friend struggle with the end of life issues that every pet owner eventually faces. But the more I saw Lidia agonize over the end of Ludwig’s life, I also saw pictures of all of her other pets crowded around her, offering comfort as only they can....