A word about food from The
As you all might notice, The Muttley Crew
has undergone some big changes over the last two years. My idea
of a “one-stop shop” for dogs is finally coming to fruition. We
have expanded our retail area and the amount of choices that dog
owners have. Not only that, but we are carrying more and more
products that are made in the U.S., and many of our treats are
made locally, with organic and free-range ingredients. Most are
When we first opened, we stocked a few dog
food choices that I thought were good, quality foods. I
have always fed my own dogs what I felt was premium quality
food. Like many of you reading this, we treat our dogs
like part of the family. Unfortunately, I lost my beloved French
bulldog two years ago to intestinal cancer. This was a huge blow
to both me and my family. He was the second dog we had lost to
cancer in the last few years. Since then, I have done a huge
amount of research into pet food and pet nutrition.
We do NOT carry any pet treats from China.
All of our treats are 'human grade'.
We now carry a new food. Actually, it's 2 new foods
made by the same company. The names are NOW! and GO! both are
Please call and ask for details or drop by for a sample bag.
We carrry Evo, Orijen ,Acana,Taste of the Wild, Now!, Go!,
Nature's Variety's Instinct, Honest Kitchen, Primal Raw,
Nature's Variety Raw and Rad Cat raw.
We keep in stock a variety of raw bones as well.
As a pet groomer, I am seeing more and more
different types of cancer, more and more dogs with skin issues,
food-related health issues, and behavior problems. I have been
in the pet business about 30 years, and I see the problems
growing by leaps and bounds. Back when I opened my first
grooming shop in 1980, I hardly ever saw dogs with skin
problems. Granted this was when I lived in Colorado and had no
fleas to contend with – but this was at a time when most of us
fed our inexpensive grocery store dog foods. The dogs all seemed
to do just fine on these foods. Still I see so many dogs with
food related problems. What is happening? What are we feeding
our pets that is so bad that it is causing these problems?
First we have to look at one of the main
culprits.....corn. Corn is added to many, if not most, pet
foods. Corn is an inexpensive foodstuff that supplies calories
and minimal nutrition. It is also has a very high glycemic
index, meaning that the carbohydrates supplied by corn quickly
turn to sugar in the blood. A high sugar intake can result in
your pet becoming diabetic. Diabetes is also a growing concern
with pets. I see more pets each year with this terrible
disease. If you read the ingredients on most pet foods, corn
will be one of the first things on the list. Some grocery store
foods and treats even contain corn syrup. This is not only
added to the food during processing, but may be sprayed on after
drying to enhance the taste, thereby hooking your pet on a
The cheapest and simplest of sugars, corn
syrup is believed to be the main culprit in obesity in pets as
well as humans. Dogs do not need sugar in any form. Sugar can
not only cause diabetes, but it is a major cause of cataracts
and chronic ear infections. Corn is also one of the ingredients
that pets easily develop allergies to. Chronically itchy or
scaly skin, moist dermatitis, “hot spots,” and smelly skin and
ears are some symptoms of a corn allergy. Most of this can be
completely cured by a change in diet.
The other problem with corn is the amount
of pesticides used to grow the corn. Not only is the pesticide
not washed off before processing, but the runoff from corn
fields seeps into ground water. Typical pet foods contain an
alarming amount of pesticides.
Other grains can also be problematic:
Soy is another ingredient used in the food. It is
used mostly to keep costs down. Some will argue that this is a
good source of protein. But in pet foods, the bean itself is
rarely used. Instead, pet foods often include the husk or some
other sort of leftover. Again, many pets develop allergies to
Wheat allergies are also very common in pets as
well as humans. Some foods use wheat gluten meal which is
Rice is another starch that provides basically
empty calories. Brown rice is better than white since it is not
as refined and not so high in sugar, but it still can cause skin
problems and again ear infections.
Naturally, meat is the best form of protein
for pets. All dogs and cats need meat and fat to be healthy.
Typical grocery store dog foods contain mostly meat by-product.
By-products are basically leftovers—things you or I would never
consider eating—from butchering for human consumption. Next
you’ll read chicken meal, lamb meal, or some other sort of
animal meal. The meal is at least mostly meat product. But it
is ground and dried, and most pet foods never say whether it is
human grade or pet grade. The latter could be made from meat
labeled unfit for human consumption, such as that from diseased
animals. Some pet foods don’t have any “meat” in them at all.
They contain feathers, beaks, feet, undeveloped eggs, and other
unusable parts boiled down and then dried to make a
protein-based powder. We all remember the recent pet food
recall from the use of melamine contamination. The melamine was
used because it mimics a protein. Some of the recalled food was
what most people considered “premium” food.
We also have to look at the use of fillers
in pet foods. One of the most popular foods on sale at
veterinary clinics contains ground peanut shells and husks. This
filler makes your pet feel full, but it has no nutritional
value. Other fillers found in pet foods include wood pulp,
tomato pumice, and ground corn cob. You get the idea. Your pet
needs fiber just as we do; however, they should be getting the
fiber from vegetables and fruits, just as we do.
Finally, how is all of this stuff in our
pet’s food preserved? BHA and BHT are two of the things used to
preserve animal products, as is beet root (another form of
sugar). Some pet foods, even those so-called premium foods that
contain fish product—fish, by the way, is great for your dog—are
preserved with ethoxyquin. Ethoxyquin has been banned from human
consumption. It is considered to be carcinogenic.
I’ll include a few websites that you should
visit to check all this out for yourself.
We carry Evo, Orijen, Acana, Taste of the Wild, Now!,
Go!, Nature's Variety's Instinct, Honest Kitchen, Nature's
Variety Raw and Instinct Kibble raw. We
also carry all these brands in cat foods.
We keep in stock a variety of raw bones as well.
Of course, I am not a vet nor do I claim to
know what causes cancer in pets. But my research and logic tell
me that we may well be harming our pets by feeding them corn
syrup and meat that is unfit for humans. That is the reason I
have decided to only carry pet food that use only human-grade
products and has been produced in factories that are monitored
by the FDA. Most of these foods are produced with free-range
meats. None contain any grain and all are more in line with a
primal diet. All of them are preserved with Vitamin C and
Vitamin E instead of chemicals.
Along with the new kibble, I will soon be
stocking some of the frozen raw diets, as well as canned green
tripe made from beef, lamb, and venison. Tripe is an excellent
addition to your pet’s diet, and is especially great for pets
with sensitive stomachs. It contains digestive enzymes that help
our pets more completely benefit from all the nutrients in their
I urge you to try our new pet foods and see
for yourself. Your pets will thank you.
I hope that all of our changes will benefit
both you and your canine pal. I will continue to strive for
excellence in all aspects of The Muttley Crew: grooming, daycare
and our NEW retail area.
Owner of The Muttley Crew