Choosing the Right Treat


Treats can be divided into a few basic categories: + Biscuits + Meat-only treats + Soft treats + Chews You’re probably shopping for treats to fill specific needs: + According to their ingredients or nutritional profile + As a simple daily hand-out + As a training treat + To use as a meal enticement + To occupy your dog for a period of time chewing or using a foraging toy …

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Dry Food Safety – Storage Is Up To You


Dry foods, while designed to be stable for storage, can actually degrade quickly once the bag is opened and oxidation begins.  This is especially true of foods containing fish and fish oil, which go rancid more quickly than other fats. Trust your nose (and your dog’s nose)! Rancid fats may make your dog sick, or they may just refuse to eat. If your dog refuses their food or throws it …

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Is the FDA out for blood?


If you feed raw pet food you might be concerned about the recent uptick in recalls by raw pet food manufacturers. You might be starting to second-guess your choice of a raw diet for your dog or cat because you keep hearing about raw food being recalled. Here are some important things to know to put these recalls in perspective. The FDA has decided that, unlike other kinds of pet …

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People often ask us “Why does the food you sell cost more?”

It’s a good question, because the mainstream pet food industry keeps the public in the dark about what actually goes into pet food (and it’s often impossible to tell by looking at the food itself, whether it’s dried pellets or canned meat). The food we sell costs more than many foods on the market for some very basic reasons. Here are a few: They are not made from diseased animals. …

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Probiotic Foods

Beneficial bacteria and live enzymes are the building blocks of not only healthy digestion, but also healthy immune & nervous system. Feeding supplemental foods like raw green tripe, raw cultured goat milk, and fermented fish broth ensures that your dog or cat is getting the most easily absorbed probiotics and enzymes possible, along with other nutritious components. Start slow, as you would with any new food or supplement. These foods …

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Emergency! Get Prepared.

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The recent fires in San Diego County have reminded us all of the importance of being prepared for emergencies, especially evacuations. Pets have been separated from their families because of something as simple as not wearing a collar. Planning ahead for such unexpected events is easy to put off, but we hope we can provide some reminders here for you so that your pets will be safe in the event …

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New Year’s Patio Pawty Celebrates Local Animal Welfare Groups

On Sunday, January 5th Dexter’s Deli will be hosting an afternoon party to celebrate the success of our Holiday Drive and the hard work of the four local recipient groups. We’ll be donating checks of $1,000 to each group, as well as in-kind donations of food from our generous natural pet food companies. Guests will enjoy light refreshments along with music by Adrian Demain and visual art by Nicole Boramanand, Kristina Sacher, …

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9 Commercial Pet Food Myths


Here are the top myths we hear from our customers.  It’s not their fault. These ideas are being spread primarily through marketing by the pet food companies, but unfortunately some of the myth-making is being done by veterinarians who don’t continue their own education on food to go beyond the limited one they get in school.  We want our customers to make informed decisions about feeding their pets. We strive …

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Bad Breath is No Laughing Matter!

STOP everyone! Drop that dental scaler that you just bought online, you’re about to do an illegal act on your pet! Yes, according to the California Veterinary Medical Board and the office of California Consumer Affairs – scraping a pet’s teeth with a metal scaler without a veterinarian over-seeing you is considered a “dental operation” and is illegal in the state of California. For 15 years Dexter’s Deli had been …

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When Big Dogs Try To Look Small

When you spend your money in a locally owned independent business much more money returns to the local community. This summer PETCO, originally a local San Diego store, now a super-giant with more than 1,150 stores nationwide (including more than 30 of their boutique-sized Unleashed stores) bought a locally owned 10-store chain called Pet People. This purchase is a new sort of addition to this pet supply giant and an …

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