The pet food industry continues to follow the latest trends and hopes to influence pet parents to buy certain brands. There have been so many food recalls over the past few years it’s now more important than ever to stay on top of what your dogs eat!
What about raw diets for dogs?
The staff here at Fang! Pet & Garden Supply did some research on the benefits of raw diets for dogs. This diet is still controversial and many vets aren’t yet on board but a lot of pet parents are big fans and our staff recommends raw diets to many of our customers.
Some things you should look for? Research the brand, ingredients, AAFCO statement and the guaranteed analysis. Whole Dog Journal talks more about this in their article about freeze-dried raw diets. Our staff always researches the sourcing (where are they getting the meat from) to make sure it’s biologically appropriate and that’s it’s completely balanced before choosing a brand.
Determine how your dog’s digestion is generally speaking before transitioning to a raw diet. Do you know if they have any allergies that should be avoided or proteins your dog does better on? Speak to your vet as well and always transition to a raw diet from kibble by mixing it with the regular food and increasing it over time (5-10 days). Your dog should be able to make a gradual transition without any digestive issues. Also, watch your animal’s stools to determine if they’re loose or if your pet is uncomfortable.
A raw diet typically consists of organ meats, muscle meat, whole or ground bone, raw eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, and some dairy, such as yogurt.
Here are four benefits based on research and personal experience.
1. Shinier coats
Shiny healthy coats is a major benefit of feeding raw diets. Thanks to those omega fatty acids!
Raw diets are known to help strengthen the immune system. So nutrition plays a big part in healthier skin and coats. These omega fatty acids help keep inflammation down which keeps itchy skin from occurring.
2. Improved dental health
Feeding a raw diet to your dog prevents dental disease which is the cause of everything else (e.g. heart disease).
3. Increased energy
Some experts say their dogs have better concentration with commands and less hyperactive yet more energy. This is a reason many breeds benefit from this diet. Mealtime is the best time of the day!
4. Smaller, firmer stools
Smaller stools are not a myth. You’ll be stunned after feeding raw at how small the stool was after a few days. And in addition to smaller stools, they are less pungent smelling and typically much firmer than stools you’ll see on a kibble based diet.
Should you add supplements?
Yes! Ask our staff about raw goats milk or Kifer, Konagen along Green Juju and bone broth.
Konagen- Locally-made collagen broth that can ease the joint pain/inflammation and increase mobility in senior pets! Cats too.
Juju – Staff often match this supplement to folks reporting that their dogs love to snack on fresh green grass. A healthy way to fill the tummy at meal time or between meals for extra hungry dogs.
Goats milk – This is digestion support for all! Also a great way to add some calories for underweight fur friends.
Always come and talk to us about your dog’s nutritional needs so we can help you decide which raw food diet and protein makes the most sense for your dog. Nothing is more important than your dog’s health!
Disclaimer: Please consult your vet before making any drastic dietary changes to your pet’s diet. Our staff are not vets or holistic vets.
Master gardeners will tell you that as your houseplant grows larger and the roots begin to grow through the drainage holes, repotting the plant into a larger pot will become necessary.
In addition, pests (gross!), diseases, and mold often infiltrate the soil of a potted plant. To prevent further damage or a recurrence of the problem, get rid of the old soil!
This post is another Q&A with one of ourexperts and nursery department head. if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to stop in and ask our staff about up-potting!
A Q&A with Granville Goff, Nursery Department Head, Fang! Pet & Garden Supply
What is Up Potting?
Up potting is what we do when a plant has become root-bound in its current home. This means that the plant has cycled through several growth periods and has “outgrown” its current home.
Indications: When you water, it runs immediately through (not enough soil for retention). Yellowing leaves that don’t respond to adjusted watering or fertilization,Visually if you can see the roots coiling (worth popping the plant out of the current pot to examine), If the plant looks too big for the size pot it is in(remember everything you see above the soil has relatively equal mass below the soil [roots]).
You will need a new pot, fresh potting soil (an appropriate blend for the type of plant), a watering can (with a narrow spout), materials for drainage if the pot has no drainage holes, a rubber mallet for jostling loose especially stuck plants.
Important stepsfor repotting a plant
In many cases, you can simply take the pot and tap it against a work surface in along the circumference and the root mass will “let go” of the pot walls.
Other times you may need to cut a plant free from a plastic stock pot or tap the bottom and sides of a pot with a rubber mallet to loosen the plant.
I would not recommend placing a coffee filter in the bottom of a pot since it is designed to absorb water and will begin to decompose increasing bacterial growth in the root zone which is a recipe for root rot and ultimately plant death.
According to the ASPCA, “approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. When these abandoned and often abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home and their potential is limitless. Some of the benefits of adoption are often hidden. Human and canine both enjoy the increased activity and social interaction through daily walks. Humans develop patience as they learn the ways of their new four-legged companion. Dogs explore the many scents of the human lifestyle, usually discovering shoes are off limits.”
There are only a few days left in October so we still have time to get the word out about four adorable adoptable animals that you can meet at the Pixie Project.
Here are some pics and short excerpts from their profiles! More in the links below about each animal.
So while you’re looking for a last minute costume and candy, help us find forever homes for these four animals!
Come one and come all! Step right up and see the most famous dynamic duo on the planet: It’s C.J. and Touche! We are a couple of 9-year-old adorable Pug/Terrier mixes both weighing in at around 14lbs. We have been together all our lives and never go anywhere without the other, so suffice to say we are indeed bonded. We, unfortunately, lost our mom who recently passed away in hospice care. But we are very social with other people and would be oh so happy to be apart of a family again. In this 3 ringed circus known as life, we have met a lot of other dogs and people in our travels, but we would much prefer to retire in a quiet adult only owned home as the only pets.
Hi everyone! My name is Frances, but you can call me Franny for short! I am an adorable 10-year-old Chihuahua mix weighing in at only about 8 lbs. Though I am small, I have a big heart with a lot of love to share with you. I am a confident but sensitive lady who enjoys hanging with my adult only human pals. I enjoying going for my daily walks and love rolling around in the grass. When I am out on these adventures, everyone seems to want to wink at me. It took me forever to realize that they thought I was winking first-HA! You might notice I have one eye that is quite smaller than the other. I was just born this way and there are no medical concerns regarding it, and overall I have adapted to it just fine! Besides being outside in the sun, I really enjoy being next to my people getting lots of cuddles and snuggles on your lap.
One small yummy hot fudge Sundae coming right up! And the cherry on top of it all, well that’s me! Hello everyone. You can call me Sundae and I am a 6-year-old Chihuahua mix sweet enough to curb any sugar craving! At 8 lbs, I am a small gal with a big heart. I come from a very rural place in California, so I am a little bit nervous at first, but I tend to shake it off quickly and am actually highly social! Outside, the busy traffic is still new to me but I am always happy to see new people or other doggies on the street. In fact, I get so excited when Pixie staff come to see me that I do a little cooing howl to let them know that I am ready to play!
All hail the King! Just kidding. I am still more of “king in training”. After all, I am only about a 1.5 old! I came in rough shape at Pixie, but they got me all patched up and ready to go! I am even officially all cleared to start running around with my doggy pals and human friends over 8, and I am so very excited to do so! I just love being active and would be a great little hiker. My foster mom says I still like to have my down time and would happily snuggle up on the couch with you after a day of puppy antics.
Adoption fee is $350
If you have any questions about these animals, please contact the Pixie Project!
Illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites are on the rise in the United States, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
And Lyme disease is the most frequent tick-borne infection in America. Over 300,000 cases of Lyme Disease are estimated to occur in the United States each year. The ticks that transmit Lyme Disease are very small (as small as poppy seeds). So how to get rid of ticks and what diseases do they carry? What are some prevention techniques?
What about in Oregon – how do we protect our dogs?
According to the Oregon Vet Medical Association, “The Companion Animal Parasite Council’s interactive map shows Lyme disease activity in each Oregon county. Woods that host the Western black-legged tick are where the majority of cases occur. In 2016, 103 cases of Lyme disease were reported in Oregon dogs. Most cases occur in the summer months.”
So Lyme Disease for those unfamiliar with this infection is something that should be on your radar this summer if you plan to hike with your dogs in Oregon or Washington. And is your dog on a flea and tick medication?
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is a tick-borne disease affecting both dogs and humans. Named after Lyme, Connecticut, where the disease was reported in epidemic proportions in the mid-1970s, the disease was first discovered in the United States in humans in 1975 and in dogs in 1984.
An infected tick must be attached to the host for more than 24 hours to spread Lyme disease.
Fang & Feather opened its doors in 2012 in the growing Kenton neighborhood where owners could walk from their houses or apartments to find a friendly store stocked with a wide variety of affordable supplies, including food, toys, and accessories for cats, dogs, birds, bunnies and other small animals.
Six years later in our new home on Lombard, we are re-branding with a refreshed logo and name. “Fang! Pet & Garden Supply better reflects who we are as a company after expanding over the last year. Fang! Is what people know us as and Pet & Garden Supply is what we have to offer our awesome customers. We have spent a lot of time growing the products that we offer as a full line pet supply store. At the same time, we have been building our garden center that carries houseplants year-round and also have a seasonal outdoor garden center that carries a full line of outdoor plants for every aspect of your plant-loving person needs,” explains owner, Nancy Fedelem.
You’ll see new and better signage both inside and outside the store. We will have a new neon sign on the front of the building so it’s easier to see the store as you are driving. We will also have a sign on the west side of the building for better visibility.
Things that won’t change! Our great customer service! Our great products! And our store hours.
Q2. Is the entire staff well versed in gardening or are there specific team members the community should rely on?
A2. We have a dedicated staff for our seasonal outdoor garden center that can answer all your gardening and plant questions. Inside the store, our staff will be able to answer basic questions and help you with all your houseplant needs along with all your pet supply needs.
Q3. What are you most excited about?
A3. I’m excited about our new logo, it’s a nice fresh look at who we are as a company. It has a nostalgic feel to our old logo with the circular design element and large capital “F” but at the same time, the new fresh font makes the design more energic to reflect the recent changes that Fang! has seen as we have added new products and departments to our store.
The Site informational portal that helps our customers know what kind of products we carry and what you can expect when you visit us at the shop. We also have a new blog that offers some wonderful articles about all things dog, cat, small animals, and plant. And every month we highlight our favorite customers in a “customer spotlight” and I always look forward to learning more about our customers and seeing all their cute pictures.
Q4. Will you introduce any new product lines with the launch?
A4. We are always adding new products on a weekly basis to the shop, however, the re-branding is happening at a very important part of the year as we get ready to open our season garden center on March 31. What better time to drop the word “feather” and add “Pet & Garden Supply.”