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  • 6 Steps for Choosing the Right Dog Food for Your Dog

    6 Steps for Choosing the Right Food for Your Dog
    We all want to be responsible pet owners and a big part of caring for your dog is seeing to its nutritional needs. Our beloved four-legged family members cannot tell you want they need, so it’s up to you to be able to navigate the every-growing sea of dog food brands. Keep in mind that no two dogs are exactly the same and differences in age, growth, activity level and reproductive status all play a role in which dog food might be right for your dog. And while there are many good dog food options with regards to nutrition, there is no one “best” dog food and these steps should help you evaluate the most important needs for your individual pet. So let’s get started!

    1. Your pet’s age and activity level. These categories are very important when deciding on a dog food. A growing puppy needs more calories than an older pet would, just as a high energy breed of dog needs more calories than a breed that prefers to laze around the house.

    2. Evaluate the specific nutritional needs of your dog. You should ask the question of whether your dog is in healthy shape. Can you see a discernable waist and feel the dog’s ribs with your hands? It can be fairly easy to see if your dog is a little on the thin side or if he has been packing on the pounds and this should factor into your dog food decision.

    3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. When comparing dog foods inside a pet supply store, allow the employees to help you by asking questions about each dog food you’re considering. They are usually pretty knowledgeable about the dog food they stock and can help point you in the right direction or give suggestions based on your pet’s individual needs.

    4. Talk to your veterinarian. If you’re worried about your pet being at its optimal weight or if it has very specific health problem that is affected by diet, then your first resource should be your veterinarian. You should be able to discuss options and develop a plan that’s right for your pet. Typical diet related health problems can include dry/irritable skin, chronic loose stool and diabetes.

    5. Check the list of ingredients on the label. After you’ve narrowed down your pet’s nutritional needs, now it’s time to make sure the dog food fits those needs. Many people don’t realize, but dogs are omnivores that can eat a variety of vegetables, meats and grains. The thing to be on the lookout for is the first listed ingredient, which should be the protein source or the meat that you want your dog to have. Stay away from foods that have a grain or vegetable listed first, unless you are specifically looking for a vegetarian diet, and beware of foods that have “meat by-product” or “beef or chicken meal” listed first.

    6. Check the protein and fat analysis on the label. This gives you a starting point for deciding if it’s right for your dog. Also important is the adequacy of the food for your pet, does the bag say that the food is appropriate for “all life stages” or is it specifically for “adult maintenance”? These are all things to consider with choosing a dog food.

    The key element here is that doing a little research can go a long way to picking the perfect dog food for your pet. Here at Petland Kennesaw, we have landed on Health Extensions brand dog food and it is what we feed and recommend in our store. Health Extensions is an American made dog food company that is family owned and operated, which is an important factor with us as we are family owned and operated ourselves! It has several protein sources to choose from, organic chicken being the most popular, as well as formulas for senior, weight management, small breed specific and grain-free. And if that doesn’t fit your needs, we have many other high-quality dog foods for you, and your four-legged companion, to choose from!

  • 6 Homemade Treats We Think Your Pooch Will Love!

    6 Homemade Treats We Think Your Dog Will Love!
    Are you looking to spoil your little furbaby with some homemade treats, but don’t know where to start? Well, we’ve got some recipes here that are sure to be a hit! It’s important to make sure that everything that goes into homemade treats are safe and palatable for your four legged friend.

    1. Peanut Butter, Oatmeal and Banana Dog Treats:
    Ingredients:
    • 1 egg
    • ⅓ cup peanut butter (chunky or creamy)
    • 1 cup whole wheat flower
    • ½ cup oats
    • 1 mashed banana (1/2 cup)
    Directions:
    • Preheat oven to 300 degrees
    • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and knead until a dough ball forms. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour.
    • Roll it out on a lightly floured surface and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. (I use the cap of spices for tiny circles, since he’s itty bitty.)
    • Place the cutouts on a baking sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes
    Via: http://thecozycook.com/peanut-butter-oatmeal-banana-dog-treats/

    2. Spinach, Carrot and Zucchini Healthy Treats:
    Ingredients:
    • 1 cup pumpkin puree
    • 1/4 cup peanut butter
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
    • 3 cups whole wheat flour, or more, as needed
    • 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
    • 1 zucchini, shredded
    • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
    Directions:
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
    • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
    • Gradually add old fashioned oats and 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky. Add carrot, zucchini and spinach, beating just until incorporated.
    • Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
    • Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.
    • Let cool completely.

    Via: http://damndelicious.net/2015/06/10/spinach-carrot-and-zucchini-dog-treats/
    3. Oat and Apple Pretzel Dog Treats:
    Ingredients:
    • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oat Flour
    • 3/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats
    • 1 free range egg, beaten
    • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce

    Directions:
    • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    • Beat egg and set aside.
    • Combine applesauce, oat flour, and rolled oats in a large bowl. Pour all but 1 tablespoon of the egg over the mixture and set aside the remaining 1 tablespoon of egg.
    • Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture until a dough forms. The dough should be tacky but not overly sticky. Add a bit more or less flour if necessary.
    • Take a two tablespoon sized piece of dough (approximate) and roll into a tube. It should be about 10 inches long and about the width of a pencil.
    • Take each tube and make into a U shape, then twist the ends together and fold back to the top. This makes the pretzel shape. Pinch the ends in to make sure they’re secure.
    • Place the pretzels onto the baking tray. Brush the top of each pretzel with the remaining egg.
    • Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes until they’re slightly browned and become crispy. The pretzels should be pretty hard, just like pups love them!
    • Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.
    • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

    Via: http://www.thecookierookie.com/oat-and-apple-pretzel-dog-treats/

    4. Chewy Cheddar Puppy Puffs:
    Ingredients:
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
    • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • ½ cup evaporated lowfat milk
    • 1 large egg

    Directions:
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Mix all of the ingredients together until well combined.
    • Drop the dough by teaspoons full onto a greased cookie sheet.
    • Bake for 9-12 minutes or until golden.
    • Remove from the oven, cool and store in an airtight container

    Via: http://bitzngiggles.com/chewy-cheddar-puppy-puffs/

    5. Doggie Breath Mints:
    Ingredients:
    • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats, (optional whole wheat flour)
    • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/4 cup of water, plus 1 teaspoon
    • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (unrefined extra-virgin is best)

    Directions:
    • Preheat the oven to 325° F
    • Add oats to a blender and pulse to a flour like consistency. In a large bowl whisk together diced parsley and mint, egg, water, and oil. Add oat flour and stir to combine. Knead dough a few times then turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
    • Using your hands or a rolling pin, flatten dough to about 1/8″ thick. Using a cookie cutter or knife cut out approximately 40 (1-inch mints) mints. Place mints about 1/4-inch apart on a parchment lined or non-stick cookie sheet. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
    • Allow mints to cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container.

    Via: http://skinnyms.com/diy-doggie-breath-mints/
    6. Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Bone Treats:
    Ingredients:
    • 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour (can substitute whole wheat flour if you know your dog is okay with wheat)
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree (can substitute mashed sweet potato, thinned down with a little water)
    • 1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter (no sugar added)
    • 2 large eggs
    • Pinch of salt

    Directions:
    • Preheat oven to 350f.
    • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin puree, and peanut butter until smooth. Add the flour and salt and mix with a rubber spatula or your hands to form a stiff, dry dough. (If the dough is too dry to hold together, add a few drops of water, or a little more pumpkin puree, as needed).
    • Dust your counter or work surface with a little more flour and dump the dough out. Knead the dough into a rough ball, and roll between 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Use any cookie cutters you like to make the biscuits. Re-roll and cut any scraps. If you’d like, use the tines of a fork to poke indentations about half-way deep into each biscuit.
    • Place biscuits onto an un-lined baking sheet (they can be spaced as close as you like, since they won’t spread at all) and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the tray and flip each biscuit over – return to the oven and bake for another 10-20 minutes, or until completely dry. Let cool before treating your pup!

    Via: http://www.willcookforfriends.com/2012/12/pumpkin-peanut-butter-dog-biscuits-tummy-friendly-treats.html
    Make sure before adding or changing your dog’s diet that you consult your veterinarian if they have any food allergies or you think they might have food allergies. Also, make sure not to give too many treats at one time as they can upset your dog’s stomach, everything in moderation!

  • Choosing the Best Furry (or Feathery!) Friend for You!

    Here at Petland Kennesaw, we have many different types of animals that you can visit with and learn about, but when you’re looking to add a new family member, it can be hard to choose which one might be best for you! Below, we have some descriptions of the most popular pets we have and you can decide for yourself which one best fits your lifestyle!

    Hamsters – whether it be a dwarf hamster like the Roborovski or a full-size like a Panda Bear or Teddy Bear hamster, these pocket-sized pals make a good starter pet for people of all ages. They do require a cage that is big enough for them, but not too big that they can escape! Chew toys, proper food, an exercise ball and wheel and a few grooming tools will put you in business to take care of these little guys, but otherwise, they are fairly low-maintenance. Just watch out that the breed of hamster you choose might be nocturnal, which means they are most active at night, in which case, make sure the wheel you choose is a silent one!

    Bunnies – these also make a perfect first pet for many different people. Rabbits tend to be gentle and easy to handle as long as you keep a sure grip on them. Younger children need to be monitored carefully that bunnies don’t jump out of their hands and do better when the child is sitting on the ground and the bunny can be in their laps. Rabbits do require a much bigger cage as they can reach several pounds in weight depending on the breed you go with. Rabbits also need a varied diet that includes not only pellet food, but all hay and fresh fruits and veggies once they reach adulthood. They also need stimulation in the form of chews, treats and toys and, of course, lots of love from their owners! If a slightly higher maintenance pet is still okay with you, then a bunny might be right up your alley!

    Cockatiels – these feathered friends are easily spotted in our new aviary at Petland Kennesaw! If you’ve never considered having a bird as a pet, you are surely missing out! They make great pets, especially our hand-raised babies, to first time pet owners. They can learn to whistle tunes and even talk in some cases! They can also be very affectionate, giving their owners “kisses” and grooming their hair. Birds do require an appropriate sized cage, as well as many types of toys and chews to keep them entertained and daily interaction from their owners. They can sometimes be very demanding, so make sure you are prepared for that if you decide that an avian pet is right for you!

    Puppies – as man’s best friend, we couldn’t leave the dogs out of our examples of pets! While dogs can be the most demanding of pets, they can also be the most rewarding. It takes a lot of responsibility to take care of a new puppy or dog, but the unconditional love they show you over the course of their lives make it all worth it! Sometimes the amount of training, toys and nutrition they need can be daunting, but we can help you rise to the occasion if you decide that a puppy is the pet for you!

    We hope you enjoyed this brief description of our store’s favorite pets! And if you are still unsure about which pet may be right for you, come in our store and let our dedicated Pet Counselors answer any questions you might have about pet ownership. We can make sure you have everything you need to be a responsible (and happy!) pet owner. Thanks for being such a valued member of our Petland community!

  • How to Find the Right Dog Groomer

    How to Find the Right Dog Groomer

    Your pet is an important part of the family. So, just like any family member, you want them to stay healthy, happy and clean.

    Many pet owners rely on the services of a professional breeder to help maintain their pet’s hygiene, look, and health. Whether you’re bringing a new puppy home, or looking to find a new groomer in your area, our staff has put together some tried and tested tips for finding the right dog groomer for you and your pet.

    Find a groomer – ask friends who they might recommend. Talk to your vet, your neighbors, or your coworkers. They should be able to point you in the right direction. A quick Google search for groomers in your area can also help you find the name of a groomer near you.

    Stop by – Once you’ve found a groomer you like with a solid reputation online, pay them a visit in person. You can ask questions about their background, credentials and if they might be right fit for your pet. An in-person visit also gives you the chance to tour their facilities.

    Get the full picture – make sure you understand what the service will cost and what it will include. Also, be sure to understand the procedure for setting up an appointment, cancellation policies. These important details matter when you’re choosing a groomer who you’ll want to work with for multiple grooming visits.

    Finally, prepare for your pet’s first visit – make sure your pet is up to date on his or her vaccinations prior to scheduling your first appointment.

  • Bringing Puppy Home: What You Need

    Bringing Puppy Home: What You Need

    It happened. You fell in love.

    Now, it’s time to take your new family member home.

    Are you sure you have everything you need for your first days together?

    The staff at Petland Kennesaw have matched puppies with new families for many years, so we’re experts on making sure those matches end up being the perfect fit. It starts on knowing the right supplies you need to make everything perfect for puppy’s first week home.

    Here’s what we recommend you have in advance to make sure your first days with puppy are the best they can be.

    ● Dog toys – make sure they’re designed for a new puppy. Toys for full grown dogs can be too tough on a young puppy’s teeth.

    ● Dog treats – to help get a head start on training!

    ● Dog food – this should be puppy formula food. Puppies have special dietary requirements in the first stages of their life.

    ● Bedding – provides comfort for the new puppy and a designated place to sleep in.

    ● Cleaning Supplies – despite that cute face, your puppy WILL have accidents, so it’s best to be prepared with cleaning equipment in advance.

    ● Dog Grooming – if puppy makes a mess or gets into one, have puppy shampoo and brushes available to help get her clean.

    ● Dog Leashes and Collars – so you can take your new family member out for walks and start leash training