We are often asked questions about the care and wellbeing of pets, so we've shared here with you.
If you have a question please feel free to contact us. We'll do our best to answer.
  1. My cat is overweight. What can I do to help?
    These days most of our cats live indoors and aren't very active. In addition, a lot of people free-feed their cats, leaving their bowls full of kibble all day long. Besides leading to obesity, this can also cause havoc on their pH balance. Know your cats ideal weight and feed the quantity that is recommended. Put out their food twice a day for an hour each time. Try and engage them in physical activity. If all else fails, consider buying a low fat food until they reach their optimal weight. Be patient. Weight loss should be gradual.
  2. Should I stick to one food for the life of my pet?
    No. Since there is no such thing as a perfect dog food, we can assume that there may be some flaws in each food. Perhaps there are deficiencies of some vitamins or there are excessive amounts of others. These irregularities over a lifetime cane become dangerous, this is why it is best to rotate diets and this includes feeding foods from different manufacturers.
  3. Why feed raw?
    This simple three word question can fill volumes of books with the answer, actually there are tons of books regarding this very question. The simple answer is that we at Boutique PennyPetz feel all species should be fed a biologically appropriate diet and for our carnivore dogs and cats, that means a raw meat-based meal. The BARF (biologically appropriate raw diet) means fresh food that is free of preservatives, additives, colouring, and artificial flavours. The benefits are numerous and include no more allergies, cleaner teeth, better digestion, less stool and odour, shinier coat with less shedding, and a healthier immune system.
  4. What's the best way to transition to a new food?
    Typically it is recommended to transition a pet slowly over a one week period. Start with 75% of the old food mixed in with 25% of the new food and gradually over several days increase the new and decrease the old. However, such a long transition is not necessary if you are only switching within the same company or if you switch your pet’s food frequently. For the most part, it isn’t dangerous to switch quickly. Typically it will just cause digestive upset, so if you are stuck, you can add pumpkin for a few days or a digestive aid such as Carna4 Ground Sprouted Seeds. When switching a pet from kibble to a raw diet, it is not recommended to switch gradually, but to go cold-turkey. Contact us for more in-depth details.
  5. What causes food allergies?
    Most pets have food intolerances as opposed to true allergies. Common signs that your pet may be in trouble include itchy skin, frequent ear infections, chewing their paws, gastrointestinal upset, hot spots, rashes on their chest, stomach and toes. The first thing to eliminate from their diet is grains. Pets aren’t meant to eat grains and often just by feeding a grain-free diet, the problem is solved. If not, chicken should be avoided. Something to consider to help determine what your pet is allergic to is to switch to a raw diet. The beauty of this is that you will not find a more limited diet then the raw diet. Talk to us for more information.
  6. Does AAFCO test pet food?
    "AAFCO does not regulate, test, approve or certify pet foods in any way. AAFCO establishes the nutritional standards for complete and balanced pet foods, and it is the pet food company's responsibility to formulate their products according to the appropriate AAFCO standard."