October Pet Food News

You know the advice: Wag More, Bark Less! It's a good time for it—October is National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, and the Monroe County Humane Association holds its annual Run for the Animals on Saturday, October 14.

Mister Buck’s is offering 10% off their complete line of dog food and cat food all month, in addition to their continued donation of $1 per bag to our local animal shelter. For those unfamiliar with Mister Buck’s, they are a local company producing excellent dry and canned food for both dogs and cats. We are pleased to offer their complete line at the East store, with a selection at the Near West Side, too.

What makes high quality pet food? Like people, cats and dogs do best with whole, minimally processed foods without additives or artificial ingredients. There is also increasing concern about food allergies in dogs and cats, especially concerning wheat and other grains. Cats do best on a heavily meat-based diet, while dogs need a blend of meats and vegetables. Some pet owners are switching to a raw foods diet for their pets with the idea that it most closely resembles what animals would eat in the wild. Lastly, pet owners are concerned about potential contaminants and are looking for pet food made from animals raised in the USA, following USDA guidelines.

With these considerations in mind, we have added several new pet products at Bloomingfoods East. The first is a grain-free dog food made by Holistic Select with salmon, anchovy, and sardines. The second is a “Duck, Duck, Goose” raw food cat and dog treat made by Stella & Chewy’s. The treats are freeze-dried so they need no refrigeration, while still offering the benefits of raw food. We are also introducing a variety of other pet treats, including two hip and joint treats for dogs from Nutrisource, an all lamb chewy treat from Nutrisource, a low-calorie soft jerky chicken treat from Evanger’s, and two types of breath-freshening dental chews from Halo.

Please let us know what you think of these new options and if there are other pet products you would like to see in our stores.