Has your Fido made any New Year’s Resolutions?
Some of the top New Year’s Resolutions can easily be applied to our pets as well. See how we can help your Fido keep them.
2. Exercise more. We have a great selection of things to help keep this resolution. Choose from aerobic-inducing toys like frisbees and balls or intellectually stimulating puzzles…so many options to choose from. We also carry a great assortment of supplements to help manage joint and muscles soreness.
3. Indulge a little. Deliciously cute cookies, 100% freeze dried meat treats, or simply yummy (and really healthy!) goat’s milk.
4. Get better rest. A good day’s work starts with a good night’s sleep. And what could give your Fido a better sleep than a nice comfy bed? We several styles, fabrics and sizes to choose from. All machine washable (making your life easier too!) and all eco-friendly.
5. Accessorize more. Who doesn’t want to look fabulous? All it takes is a fresh new look. We have many leashes and collars in stock, and a custom order program offering over 400 styles!
6. Have more spa days. We carry a great selection of at-home grooming supplies and all-natural shampoos to use at home. Or if you’d prefer, you can take advantage of our private self-wash area for Fido’s spa days. Better yet, call and book a grooming appointment and let us take care of it all for you.
I started to feel like every time I turned around there’s been a recall on something. This got me to do some thinking and some digging and I needed an outlet for my thoughts. Blog.
Did you know there were more recalls on pet food by May 2012 than there were in all of 2011? Yikes, right.
So here are my thoughts.
Types of Situations
There are, in my mind, three types of situations when it comes to recalls.
1. Sometimes, things are a bit out of a manufacturer’s control – like a company that uses organic peanut butter in their treats and got caught up in the organic peanut butter issues recently. The treat company found a reputable source for their peanut butter and their source had an issue. While the treat manufacturer did not have anything test positive for any (more…)
I often hear from people that they picked up this or that at a “big box” store because it was cheaper. Well…. last week I decided it was time to do another price analysis with a big box store (we did one about a year ago). My analysis did not take into account any sales or special offers – it was strictly day-to-day pricing on the items. Here’s what I found.
At one store, I compared prices on 44 identical items. These are the only 44 items that we both carry, so I didn’t pick & choose to skew the results. I included every single item that both of us sell. Of the 44 items, Fido’s Market was lower priced on 42 of them (that’s 95% of them). Our price on those 42 items was, on average, 18% lower than the big box store. In one instance, the big box store’s price was 58% higher than Fido’s!
Let’s also not forget that they are buying in much larger quantities than Fido’s does, and more than likely, they get bulk buying discounts because of it. So, not only are they charging you more for the same item, they’re probably paying less for it to begin with.
Beyond pricing, which we’ve determined is not necessarily lower at a big box store, shopping with small independent businesses are great for the local economy and your community.
And finally, while you may be able to find a “similar” item for a slightly less price, I would venture to guess that:
- The similar item isn’t as high of quality as the item we carry. Quality and safety are priority #1 for us here at Fido’s Market.
- There has been no concern for where or how the item was made, or what materials/ingredients were used in making it. At Fido’s, we take all of this into account when choosing products. It’s not just about the product, but also about the company making the product (are they concerned with animal welfare issues, are they concerned with the environment, etc.).
- You won’t find someone as knowledgeable about any of the products as we are about all of the ones we carry. We take the time to research and learn about each of our products before they even enter our store…and we even learn about ones we don’t carry so we can discuss those with you as well.
The next time you think you’re saving a buck at a big box store, you might want to think again. And think of Fido’s Market. We’re your neighborhood pet supply store – here to help however we can!
I’m going to avoid the “nerdy scientific” stuff as much as I can on this one, but some of it may creep in.
I’ve had a few discussions with people lately about Glucosamine supplements so I thought I’d take this opportunity to share what I know.
Types of Glucosamine
Glucosamine supplements are generally made from shellfish, but can be made from vegetables as well.
Glucosamine Sulfate (G-S)- the glucosamine is chemically connected (more…)
A mild winter will surely bring a flea and tick filled summer. And with the temperatures we’re already having, we might as well say it’s summer now. Using a “spot-on” treatment may seem like a good idea that will solve your problems, but there are plenty of (more…)
February 4th is World Cancer Day. We’ve lost two of our beloved pets to this horrible disease.
Zoe died 4 1/2 years ago and I miss her every single day. Her passing is what started the journey of learning about pet foods and nutrition, and that journey eventually became Fido’s Market.
Max died 3 months ago and I miss him dearly. He is what catapulted me to an even higher understanding of holistic care, and how everything from the food you feed to the pharmaceuticals you allow to be given to the vaccination protocols you follow to the shampoo you use to the toys you give your pet all have an impact on your pet’s overall health.
This is a good article written by three veterinarians on ways to prevent cancer in your pets. If you practice all of these tips religiously, does it mean your pet will never get cancer? No. Some things are genetic, and some things you simply can’t control. But following their advice will definitely reduce the risk greatly. And if there’s something you can can do to reduce the risk, why wouldn’t you?
Wishing you and your pets a long, health-filled life!
How do I know if my dog already has dental problems?
First, how does your dog’s breath smell? If it’s not so pleasant, it’s probably an indicator that bad bacteria is living in there. That typical “doggy breath” is not normal.
Now, look at your dog’s teeth. Are they white and shiny? If there’s a yellow or brown staining near the gums, your dog has tartar build up. As a dog gnaws (more on this later), the tartar is rubbed off. You’ll very rarely see this at the tips of the teeth; however, without appropriate chewing & grinding, it will easily build up near the gums.
Look at your pet’s gums. They should be (more…)
Everyone’s first thought is “my dog must be allergic to their food.” While in some cases your dog may be sensitive to their food, or may be lacking in certain nutrients, more often than not the itchiness is not a food issue. It’s usually much more simple than that.
It’s winter-time and we have the heat on in our homes. The heat is drying to your dog’s skin just as it is to yours. This will make him itch more. Additionally, our winter has (more…)
The past few weeks we’ve seen several pet food recalls due to aflatoxin levels. And at some point, you probably asked “What is aflatoxin?” and “How do I deal with it?”
Aflatoxin is one of many toxins that originate from mold (commonly referred to as mycotoxins). They grow mostly on grains and legumes during their storage. You’ll find them in crops like corn, rice, wheat and soybeans. Aflatoxin can cause neurological problems, liver disease and digestion problems including the inability to (more…)