Pro Pac is cheaper than supermarket foods?

We’ve recently made some big changes to the main page of our website. In particular we’ve included some important information about pet food (and Pro Pac) that you might find very interesting.

In researching other dog food brands we also discovered something very interesting. Apart from the vastly superior ingredients in Pro Pac (which means you will probably end up with a different dog with minimal if any health problems) Pro Pac actually works out cheaper than most of the supermarket brands (such as Beneful).

We have compared the energy levels of each food and you’ll see that to provide the same amount of energy (kilocalories) with Pro Pac you can feed a LOT less. So a bag goes a LOT further.

Check out the comparison chart on our website www.petfooddirect.co.nz (about halfway down the page).

The warehouse is now back in full swing so if you are needing more Pro Pac supplies remember you can order online at www.petfooddirect.co.nz or give us a call anytime (24/7) tollfree on 0800 364 366. We normally get the order on the courier to you on the same day.

Is Corn A Bad Ingredient in Dog Food?

Corn CobIt has been said that if you were to ask ten dog owners for their opinions on the right food to feed a dog you will get twelve different answers! It seems everyone has an opinion, and knows the “facts” about dog food that they have “heard” somewhere. Of course, a lot of the blame for the confusion can be laid at the feet of the petfood manufacturing companies themselves. After all, when you look at the poor ingredients that are used in many foods you can’t help wondering how the company concerned could have the conscience to market it as a “complete nutrition” for dogs, let alone with all the marketing hype that is found in most dog food advertising.

All this has led to many owners literally “throwing the baby out with the bath water” and denouncing anything that isn’t pure raw meat as bad food dogs. Without wishing to get into the debate over the merits or otherwise of a raw diet for dogs (apart from saying that many dogs I have observed on a raw food diet do not seem particularly healthy), the truth is that a dried dog food can not only be convenient and economical for the dog owner, it can also be extremely beneficial for the dog.

A common ingredient in dried dog food is corn. For some reason (no doubt something to do with information spread by petfood sellers whose brands don’t include it), it seems to have something of a negative connotation. Some people say it is unnatural, not well digested by a dog, of no nutritional value and simply a cheap filler used by companies to keep their prices down and their sales up.

But let’s look at some facts and we will find that corn is not only NOT harmful to dogs, it is also highly beneficial.

Corn is a carbohydrate and is thus an energy source. Dogs need a lot of energy, and corn is a very good way to provide it. Corn is one of the most digestible carbohydrates, with a 99% digestibility. This is why it has been described as “probably the perfect carbohydrate for dogs” by a number of nutritional experts.

The other reason corn is viewed negatively is because of the view that it can cause allergies. However, it is one of the least causes of allergies of any ingredient of dog food. In a study of 278 cases of food allergies for dogs where the cause was clearly identified, drone was way down on the list. Far ahead of it were beef, dairy products and wheat. Of the 278 cases of allergies in the study, only 7 were caused by corn.

Corn is also not a “cheap” filler. Human-grade corn (particularly when it is not genetically modified as is the case with Pro Pac) is not cheap to produce or buy.

As long as corn is not the FIRST (and therefore the main) ingredient in a food, it can be a highly beneficial component of the overall food for a dog. In fact there have been many reported cases of dogs that, when corn was removed from their diet, lost weight and coat condition and had a big drop in energy levels.

If you have heard that corn is “bad” and a “cheap filler” then you only need to look at the many dogs in magnificent condition who have a quality dried food that contains corn to know that corn is actually a highly beneficial ingredient.

 

How often does your dog scratch?

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Have you ever noticed how much your dog scratches itself? It’s an interesting question and the truth is that most dog owners don’t really give a second thought to the amount of scratching their dog does.

In fact, many dog owners simply accept that a dog which often licks or scratches itself is perfectly normal. However, the truth is that your dog shouldn’t scratch itself any more than you do (which presumably isn’t that often).

Observe your dog over an hour or so and notice how much is scratches or licks itself. If it is more often than a couple of times then you may have a problem. Think of it from your pet’s perspective – if it is scratching a lot it obviously has some sort of skin irritation which will be at the least annoying for it, and it may even be causing it discomfort or pain. If it is an obvious issue then it should be addressed.

The first thing most people think of as the cause of scratching is fleas. In actual fact, this is one of the least reasons your dog may have an irritation. Of course, if possible you can inspect the dog’s skin and fur to see if there is any evidence of fleas. If it is not immediately obvious then it is best to look for other (and more likely) causes.

Some animals can react to things in its environment. These included natural elements such as grasses, pollens and plants. A change in season can set off allergic reactions, and are more common in the summer and spring. This is because many of the offending substances are present in the air. Dogs can often be outside more during these seasons as well.

Both fleas and natural irritants can be combatted with medicines from a vet or pet shop. However, before going to that trouble and expense there is one other allergy-causing factor that you should look at closely – the food you are feeding your dog.

In fact, allergies caused by ingredients in dog food is one of the most common causes of skin problems in dogs. If you are not feeding a quality food you can be almost certain that it will be the cause of the problem.

It is a simple fact that you cannot feed things to your dog that don’t agree with it without it trying to eliminate it from its system. The ways its body will try to do this include runny stools, bad breath and body odor – and skin rashes and sores.

All of the following dog food ingredients are common causes of allergies in dogs. Most of them have no place in an animal’s diet:

  • Beef
  • Animal fat
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Dairy products
  • Cereal by-products
  • Artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives

If your dog suffers from any of the symptoms above check out the ingredients of the food you are using. Also be very mindful of any additional foods you allow the dog to eat such as table scraps.

Many people have the attitude that the dog can just eat anything. They seem to think that a smelly dog that scratches a lot is “normal”. However the same people are not very happy when they run up an expensive vet bill.

The food you feed your dog does make a massive difference to its health and wellbeing. It need not cost you any more as with a decent food you feed less anyway. But putting a little bit of care into what you feed will definitely be worth it.

Food Recalls on the Rise: Are Petfoods Really Safe

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Since the food scare of a few years ago when hundreds of dogs died around the world there has been increased focus on the safety of dog and cat food. Regulations were tightened and the result is that there have been an increasing number of recalls of products by companies due to contaminated ingredients. In the last few months alone such well-known companies as Eukanuba, Iams and Nestle One have all had to remove some of their formulas from sale. Most of the problem has been caused by the presence of aflatoxins. These are naturally-occurring fungal substances that are highly toxic to animals, causing liver cancer.

So how do you know if the food you are feeling is really safe? Often these contaminations are only picked up once the food has already been put on the market for sale. And although there is testing, the first sign that there is a problem can be the illness or even death of pets. Losing your pet this way would be a terrible shock to any pet owner, but fortunately there are things to minimize the risks.

Firstly, buy a food where the company can guarantee the country of origin for the ingredients. There are few companies who will actually give you this guarantee, but the problem is that they may source ingredients from countries where the cost is lower, but which have low controls on quality. Most of the problems with petfood contamination have come from ingredients from Asian countries that have much lower standards and controls than the US. The highest regulations for quality are the US and Canada so if the ingredients all come from there the risks are minimal.

Secondly, make sure the ingredients are ALL from the US or Canada (avoid Asia). These countries have the most stringent controls on ingredients in the world so foods made from ingredients sourced from these countries will be safer. Beware, though, that just because a food is made in the US or Canada doesn’t mean all the ingredients come from there.

Thirdly, go for the best quality food you can (based on the ingredients). Supermarket and other cheap brands are cheap for a reason, containing all sorts of fillers and things that pets are simply not designed to eat. They may not be illegal, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be harmful. A better quality food is going to give your pet all sorts of benefits, including better coat, clearer skin, less smell and better energy. You’re going to save money in the long run too, because you won’t have so many trips to the vet.

There is one company that is virtually unique, having NEVER had a food recall in its entire 25 year history. It also guarantees the source of its ingredients, and they all come from the US (apart from the lamb used in those formulas, which comes from Australia and New Zealand). It also has no genetically-modified ingredients, another thing that very few companies can claim. There are no fillers or harmful additives in the food either; it is all made from natural human-grade foods. And it is sold at an economical price.

The company? Pro Pac

We’re very pleased to bring one of the safest and healthiest dog and cat food brands to New Zealand and know it is one of the best choices you can make for your pet’s health.

With the increased tightening of regulations surrounding petfood ingredients the number of food recalls is predicted to increase. But with Pro Pac’s stringent quality controls being amongst the highest in the industry, you can be sure it will remain one of the safest foods on the market.