It’s almost time for my annual birthday party. Every April we get together to celebrate ME at Crate Escape too. This year will be extra special! In honor of Crate Escape’s 10th Anniversary the party is going to be amazing. My Mom and Dad (Bradley & Stephanie Hastings, Crate Escape Owners) really want you to come so they can thank you for your business and meet the people who trust their dogs to our care.
SAVE THE DATE: April 19th Time: 4:00pm
This is a People Party!
Throughout 2014, we are featuring some of the dogs who were the first to go to our daycare. This month we present; ENZO! Such a pleasure to talk about him, think about him and write about him! Our little Italian Greyhound.
In March we are giving 10% off of our dietary supplements, and $10 off of large bags of dog food. In this blog, I describe what supplements are for and the health they can provide.
First Day of Spring!! April 20th!!
Da, da da!! It’s Enzo!
by Stephanie Hastings
Enzo was the first Italian Greyhound we ever met and so he was special from the start. He and his owners,Tracy and Dan, came in one afternoon to see the facility and do an evaluation for daycare. They left for lunch and we proceeded with the temperament test. To our surprise, Enzo proved to be a hardy little guy with a very social personality. You see, as a breed, they can be quite delicate. But not Enzo. Afterall he was named for the Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the Ferrari automobile. He was strong, graceful and full of fun. He attended daycare for five years until his family moved to Acton for a little more space. We miss them all very much, but know that sweet little man is doing well and is happy.That is the most important thing. Ciao bello!!!!!
Why Give Your Dog Supplements in Addition to Regular Food?
There are many reasons dog people choose to add supplements to their pup’s regular diet. Some examples are: vitamins for better overall health, glucosamine, to strengthen joints and probiotics to aid digestion. Basically, adding the healthy components in the supplements, can affect your dogs’ lives in many positive ways, and address and prevent some common ailments.
It would be great to rely on commercial dog food to fill dietary needs. Reading the ingredients in the food you choose for your dog does not guarantee healthy ingredients. The pet food industry has few regulations, and they are weak. Here is a blurb from ‘Petsumer Reports‘, March, 2014.
‘Walk into any pet store and you find hundreds of choices in a variety of price ranges. How do you decide?
You simply cannot decide on a dog food or cat food by looking at the front of the bag or can; this is marketing, it is not the truth about what’s inside the pet food. Actually, the front of a pet food bag is legally allowed to lie to you. Pet food regulations state a pet food label can contain “unqualified claims, either directly or indirectly”. Unqualified claims mean a pet food label can claim ‘Premium’ or ‘Choice Ingredients’ when the truth is far from premium or choice.
The next challenge pet owners are up against…Pet food regulations ALSO do NOT allow a pet food manufacturer to make any statements to quality or grade of ingredients on their label. Some pet foods use the same quality of meat you’d purchase in the grocery for any other member of your family. Problem is, these pet foods are NOT allowed to tell you this (yes, I know – it’s ridiculous; rules allow them to make unqualified claims, and the same rules don’t allow honest pet food companies to be honest). A quality minded pet food manufacturer, who uses the same quality of meat that you would purchase in the grocery for your family is NOT allowed to tell you that. (Per Association of American Feed Control Officials model regulations.)
Some pet foods contain chemicals and dyes linked to cancer and serious illness. Some canned pet foods have a lining inside the can that contains BPA, a chemical scientifically linked to cancer.’
We use supplements for our dogs and recommend them to customers. As always, no guarantees, but we are comfortable with the high percentage of success.
Listed below are some of the supplements available at Crate Escape too, and in Charlestown:
- DentaTreat: Maintains pet’s oral health (such as removing tartar and plaque).
- Glucosamine Concentrate: A naturally occurring Glucosamine is a combination of amino acids and sugar. It is a naturally occurring substance in dogs, and humans, which the body uses to repair damaged cartilage. Some veterinarians believe when dogs have arthritis they do not have sufficient amounts of glucosamine to advance the repair process.
- Grizzly Salmon Oil: Contain omega 3 fatty acids, which are good for almost every part of the dog from coat and skin, to joints, organ health and even brain development
- Call of the Wild: To be used to help balance a fresh meat diet. Provides micronutrients that they would receive in the natural prey in the wild.
- C-Biotic: Helps with dogs who refuse to eat also helps boost nutritional value of kibble.
- Add Life: Helps restore probiotics, enzymes, vitamins and minerals to dry kibble.
- Pet Inoculant: Boosts immune system and digestive health using probiotics and fatty acids.
- S.E.P: (Stop. Eating. Poop) Helps dogs with eating their own poop.
- Multi Vitamin Mineral Supplement: This supplement contains all the vitamins and minerals your pet needs to live a healthy and active life. Contains less fiber and fat than Seameal but increased levels of protein.
- Seameal: This supplement is a great overall boost to a dog’s food. Containing 60 trace minerals, 12 vitamins, 22 amino acids, digestive enzymes, and flaxseed meal.