Concerned about your Champion?

We know our customers are currently seeing news about Orijen & Acana dog and cat foods that would be a concern to any pet owner.

A lawsuit is being brought against them that claims that the food contains high levels of dangerous heavy metals.

However, if you get past the headlines and look at the facts you’ll see what we do, an overblown attempt by an organization with questionable tactics and flawed science.

We still believe that these foods are among the most thoughtfully made dry foods available, and we recommend that you learn more about the issue at the links below.

As you know we keep our eyes open about the pet food industry and are not afraid to discontinue foods from our stores when we believe they are a risk to our pets. This report does not fit the bill.

Read this good blog post from Truth About Pet Food that deals with the facts of this case.

This article from The Whole Dog Journal does a good job at showing you why you should question The Clean Label Project who is bringing the suit.

Here is some information directly from Champion, the makers of Orijen and Acana.

 

Natural Flea Management

Natural flea management requires three levels of care for best results – Internal, Topical, and Environmental.

It takes more effort than a once-a-month drug but it spares your pet’s body the burden of detoxing from those chemicals for which no long-term safety studies have been done.
If you are concerned about chronic health problems and cancer we implore you to kick the drug habit and focus on optimal health and a little diligence to keep your pet healthy and happy.

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Understanding Raw Food Recalls

As raw food becomes a larger part of the pet food market, the problematic pet food regulation maze becomes more apparent.

We’ve all been warned about Salmonella contamination in our own food, like bagged spinach or peanut butter, and it is important to acknowledge that some strains of Salmonella can be dangerous – but that’s primarily a risk to humans. Healthy dogs and cats are well designed to accommodate naturally occurring levels of bacteria, and common safe handling habits should be done for ALL raw meats.

It’s also important to know that dry pet food is also easily contaminated, and that there is an expectation of contamination in meat destined for your grocery store. The fact is that raw pet food is being sought out for testing (they actually go to stores to buy it), while dry pet foods are not, a situation that ends up making raw food look like a dangerous option when it’s optics controlling your view of the whole picture.

We’ve opened our blog up to an expert who can speak from direct experience and provide the details that clarify the situation. Continue reading

The Truth Hurts But The Lies Can Kill

It has been challenging trying to navigate the murky division between fact and fiction in regards to the pentobarbital discovered in both the Evangers and Party Animal brands of canned pet food.

The scope of the Evangers tainted meat is painful, not only for the loss of pet’s lives and health, but the loss of trust we put in these companies. Because Evangers packages other pet food brands that Dexter’s Deli carries, this has hit extra close to home. So, when pentobarbital was confirmed, along with the discovery of horse meat, many companies who had their food packaged by Evangers abandoned ship immediately, with one glaring exception: Party Animal. So, it was not surprising when pentobarbital was discovered in Party Animal formulas as well.

We were a fan of the Party Animal line from the start, so the sting of ending our relationship with them hurts, as it was a favorite brand for many of our customers. Party Animal marketed their brand as certified organic, so people felt good about feeding this line and the price was easy on the pocket book. As we learn more, maybe it was cheap for a reason.

How did pentobarbital get into cans of Party Animal if all the ingredients are from certified organic sources and the handling of the ingredients complies with USDA National Organic Program procedures?

How is Party Animal able to produce an organic product so inexpensively, when other high quality brands are $2 to $3 more?

These questions and many more, are questions that consumers want answered. But, with our current government administration complicating the truth more with FDA deregulation on the horizon and current documents being hidden from public view (requiring a court order to see any damning FDA reports), how can consumers really trust that they are buying safe pet food that contains what it claims?

Most of the multi-billion-dollar pet food industry does not willingly answer consumer concerns regarding product efficacy, safety or sourcing. At Dexter’s Deli, we will continue to do our best to educate and inform pet owners and sometimes the truth is hurts, but the lies from the pet industry can also be deadly for our pets.

We encourage you to take some time and follow the links for more information.


Pentobarbital: How does this Euthanasia drug get into pet food?

Who regulates pet food?

If you have not yet seen the documentary Pet Fooled we highly recommend it. It’s now available on Netflix and other major platforms.

Seasonal Allergies – More Than Skin Deep

Itchy Skin, Hot Spots, Rashes, Runny Nose, Goopy Eyes, Ear Infections, Digestive Upset, Inflammation, “Just not right!”

If your pet suffers from any of these problems they will benefit from some specific supplements and diet improvements.

Come in to Dexter’s Deli for help!

HOW THE HEALTH OF THE LIVER IMPACTS EVERYTHING ELSE

The liver is arguably the most important organ of the body for maintaining basic health. It is responsible for metabolizing food and detoxifying the body, thus proper functioning of the liver is key to the body’s ability to absorb nutrition, maintain a healthy immune system, and deal with toxins entering the body.

WHAT DOES THE LIVER HAVE TO DO WITH ALLERGIES?

A healthy liver produces an enzyme called histaminase, which acts as a natural antihistamine. When the liver is stressed it cannot produce enough of this enzyme, so the natural protection is gone and allergy symptoms appear.

Dogs have ten times more mast cells (where histamine is produced) in their skin the humans, so itching all over the body is a common way allergies show up. When this inflammation becomes chronic it can lead to disease.

If your pet is showing signs of serious health problems it’s important to see your veterinarian for tests to ensure that they are not suffering from serious liver disease. Our suggestions cannot take the place of proper veterinary care. We recommend coming in to Dexter’s for a bio-energetic sensitivity test by Glacier Peak Holistics to help you ascertain which food and environment issues are problematic.

WHAT HELPS?

Healthy Diet –  Giving your pet the best food possible is the foundation of good health. Including fresh food provides naturally occurring nutrients for the body. Older animals in particular need highly digestible food in order for them to have a healthy immune system.

Herbs – Herbal supplements are an essential component for improving liver function, reducing allergy symptoms, and improving the immune system.

Essential Fatty Acids – Fish oil added to the food is the best source of Omega-3 EFAs. EFA’s reduce the body’s inflammatory response to invading allergens and improve skin integrity. Absorption of allergens through the skin is one of the primary routes.

Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics – These should be a part of every pet’s diet. They reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and improve the immune system. Enzymes improve the assimilation of EFAs by 71%.

Joint Supplements – Those containing MSM, Chondroitin, and herbs help inflammation throughout the body, not just in the joints.

HOW TO USE SUPPLEMENTS SO THEY WORK

Natural, whole-food supplements work best when given consistently over time. They allow the body to naturally and easily adjust to a healthier state. If your pet is unaccustomed to natural supplements, start slowly – spend a week getting the dose to the full amount, and wait 2 weeks between new supplement starts. If your pet is very ill, please use herbs under the guidance of a qualified practitioner.

Come in and talk to our staff! They can help you navigate the choices and get started on the path to better health for your pet.

Download a PDF of our Pet Health Guide on this topic.

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Spring Into Health

Addressing your pet’s health seasonally can work wonders in keeping their health in balance.

Have you seen your pet’s health change in the Spring? Some pets eat more grass, others get more itchy or have skin eruptions or ear infections appear. These can all be a sign of their body needing some extra seasonal help.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Spring is the season that governs the Liver. The liver in turn governs the body – you can’t live without it! It’s responsible for filtering just about everything the comes into the body, and in Spring it springs to life. If your pet’s liver isn’t functioning optimally this is the time of year you’re most likely to see overt symptoms.

What does the liver have to do with allergies?
A healthy liver produces an enzyme called histaminase which acts as a natural antihistamine. When the liver is stressed it cannot produce enough of this enzyme, so the natural protection is gone and allergy symptoms appear. Mast cells release histamine, and dogs have ten times more mast cells in their skin the humans, so itching all over the body is a common symptom.

WHAT HELPS?

Herbs – herbal supplements are an essential component for improving liver function, reducing allergy symptoms, and improving the immune system.

We love Pet Wellness Blends Detox/Liver Cleanse for dogs suffering from symptoms of spring allergies. It includes ingredients to help repair and invigorate the liver, draw out impurities through the digestive tract, chelate heavy metals, and support the adrenals.

We also love the Detox Blend and Liver Defense liquid formulas from Animal Essentials that provide gentle support for the liver.

Digestive Enzymes and Pre/Pro-biotics – these should be a part of every pet’s diet. They reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and improve the immune system. Enzymes improve the assimilation of EFAs by 71%.

Essential Fatty Acids – fish oil added to the food is the best source of Omega-3 EFAs. EFA’s reduce the body’s inflammatory response to invading allergens and improve skin integrity. Absorption of allergens through the skin is one of the primary routes.

Joint Supplements – those containing MSM, Chondroitin, and herbs help inflammation throughout the body, not just in the joints, so pets who have chronic symptoms of inflammation can benefit from these supplements.

Healthy Diet – it’s essential that your pet get the best food possible. Including fresh food is important for good functioning of the body. Older animals in particular need highly digestible food in order for them to have a healthy immune system.

Come in and talk to our staff about what will work best for your dog or cat this Spring, and help them have a comfortable and healthy season.

Our Favorite New Year’s Resolutions – For Our Pets!

Eat Clean in 2016

“Let food be your medicine” is as relevant today as it was in ancient Greece – and it applies to your pets too. Nothing is more important to your pet’s long term health than their diet, and including healthy fresh food should be a goal for every pet owner. This isn’t an all-or-nothing “call to raw” but a shift in habit to promote optimal health throughout your pet’s life.

2016.RawResolution_3x3_smDexter’s can help you navigate the change with suggestions that will fit any pet’s needs. Get started by trying Primal raw foods and take advantage of their Raw Resolution offer, come in to Dexter’s to pick up a coupon for a free Starter Pak or $3 off any one package of their Primal Formula diets.

Play Your Way to Better Behavior

Training your pet doesn’t have to be tough or hard, it can be playful and enjoyable. Find an educated positive reinforcement trainer to teach you how to teach your dog. A well behaved dog is welcome in more place, which means more time with your furry companion (which is what you know THEY want more of for the New Year).

brittatrainingDexter’s is partnering with Britta Wilson to bring classes to you on our lovely Del Mar patio. Take time for five Saturday mornings to enhance your relationship with your pet while learning to teach them good manners. Whether you have a new puppy, a teenage renegade, or an adult adoptee, there’s a session for you. Sign up at our store or directly with Britta’s Animal Training.

Ask Questions: Be Your Pet’s Advocate

There’s no such thing as a dumb question. Never be afraid to ask, it’s how you learn, and (to paraphrase Maya Angelou) when you learn better you do better for your pets. For the 20th anniversary of Dexter’s Deli we want you to ask questions.

squarepuptextMake it a habit to ask your vet questions. If you don’t understand why they’ve recommended something, ask them to explain it again. If they want to revaccinate your adult pet, ask them why. Ask them if they’ve read the current science, or even the current professional guidelines on core vs. non-core vaccines. If they want to give your pet an even more “comprehensive” flea-killing treatment ask them what kind of safety testing this product has undergone, and whether any animals have been made ill or have died from it. If they want you to feed your sick dog a “prescription” processed food ask them for a fresher alternative (or a referral to a practitioner who can) that can help your pet thrive, not just survive.

Listen & Learn

Make it a goal to learn your pet’s culture listen to them with an open heart to begin to see the world through their eyes. Leave your phone at home when you take your dog for a walk so you can walk with them and use the time to enliven your partnership. What does your cat notice at the window? Perhaps it’s time to “catify” your home to give your feline more ways to “act cat.”

bordercollieeventsquareiconA unique way to learn about what your pet is thinking is through the assistance of a professional animal communicator. Our well-regarded Talk To The Animals fundraiser event will happening on February 6th where you can dip your toes into the process of working with an animal communicator while also supporting a local animal charity.

Love

Our pets are the experts at teaching us love and compassion. May we learn the lessons and bring that love and compassion into all of our actions on this planet.

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