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

+ To enhance their diet and improve their wellbeing

Let’s look at these categories and needs, and how you can better understand the choices available.

Biscuits

A basic biscuit is a great handout for dogs. You should look for a short list of wholesome ingredients. Any sweeteners should have nutritional value, like fruit or molasses. Some young, active dogs have trouble keeping weight on in the winter, and a daily biscuit can add just enough starch to their diet to keep their energy going.

A simple biscuit can be a nice stomach settler too, for early mornings or late nights (a bedtime snack for a dog who tends to vomit a little bit before breakfast).

Meat-Only

These are an excellent option for many needs. They may be roasted, air-dried, freeze-dried, or dehydrated, so there are no preservatives. They are usually single-ingredient treats so dogs or cats that need to avoid certain ingredients are easy to shop for. There are often organ meat options which are extra enticing.

Meat treats provide an easy way to enhance the diet, and many are soft-enough to crumble over meals as an enticement. Many of them can make an excellent addition to your training treat pouch (for cats too!), and most make good dry pocket treats for walks. Some are in larger pieces making them last at least a few minutes longer than other treats, and they can be put into foraging toys along with less tempting treats to encourage play.

Soft Treats

Best for training treats and for dogs with dental issues. These are often made with a mixture of ingredients that allow for a soft texture. Be sure to read the ingredient panel, you want high-quality stuff, no propylene glycol or Red #42! You can also find some simple freeze-dried meat treats that are soft.  If your pet has health issue be sure the ingredients match their needs.

Some soft treats are designed to be very small training treats, but bigger ones can be easily broken into smaller bite-size bits for quick furbishing and to avoid overfeeding. Some even come in tubes and are designed to be sliced and diced for customized sizes. These can be refrigerated for longer shelf-life.

Chews

There are three basic sub-categories of chew treats: starch-based dental chews, dried parts (bully stix, ears, fish skins, etc), and raw bones. It’s important to buy a chew that matches your dog’s size, chewing style, and nutritional needs.

It’s important to supervise your dog or cat when giving chews so that you know how carefully they chew, how hard they chew, and if they have a habit of swallowing inappropriate items. If your dog is a resource guarder you should work with a positive reinforcement trainer on this issue before offering chews.

Starch-based chews made with ingredients like potato or rice are designed to dissolve in the stomach, making them safer for reckless chewers. You do need to account the amount of calories they consume in this way, and consider limiting chew time for that reason.

Dried parts like bully stix, ears, and fish skins are a good option for animals that need to avoid the ingredients in starch-based chews. They vary a lot in the toughness and digestibility, so learning your dog’s chew style is important.

Raw bones deserve their own detailed discussion, so we’ll put that discussion aside for another time.

It’s always important to get the right size of chew to prevent choking, and to take it away when it’s been reduced to swallowing size. It can also be a good idea to buy a larger chew and simply remove it after 20 minutes so they don’t eat too much of it at once.

It’s important to start interacting with your pet early on when providing chews so that you can calmly take away a high value chew safely. Trading for it with a smaller delectable treat is the best way to remove a high-value chew. Practicing this (including handing the chew back) is an important safety habit to have.

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 up give it the sniff test yourself. If this type of thing occurs when that large bag of kibble is almost gone it’s a pretty sure bet that the food has gone rancid and you need to up your game on purchasing and storing your pet’s food.

Aim to feed your pet’s dry food within two weeks of opening the bag.

Yes. Two weeks.

If you cannot reliably do that and cannot buy a smaller bag, freeze the food in one week packages as soon as you open it (use proper freezer bags to ensure no moisture gets in).

Always store dry food in a cool, dry place. That means for most folks the garage is off-limits.

Always keep the original packaging. This is important in case there is a recall or your pet gets sick and you need to return the food and report the illness to the company. The bag has the information the company needs to track the exact batch of food.

The original bag also provides a safer surface than your typical plastic bin, so if you’re used to dumping out your pets food into a plastic bin please keep it in the bag and put the whole bag in (and if you can’t fit it that might be a another clue that you need to freeze some of it or simply buy a smaller bag.

Always check the production or “best by” date when purchasing your food. Dry foods are generally considered shelf stable in a sealed bag for one year, so if there is only a “best by” date be sure it’s not coming up soon. If you do find a bag that’s close to or past the “best by” date inform the store. Even stores that are diligent about rotating their stock can lose track of a bag here or there and will thank you for bringing it to their attention. You may find that you need to special order your favorite food if it’s not a big seller, but that’s much better than buying a bag that’s been sitting around a store for months.

Dry food is convenience food, but it’s not indestructible. For more details about this issue read this short article by Steve Brown.

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 food or even the meat you purchase for yourself, they will have zero tolerance for any pathogenic bacteria in prepared raw pet food diets.

They are targeting raw and minimally processed pet foods only, looking for any sign of e.coli, salmonella, or listeria.

This testing is not being done on dry or canned pet food, even though they have also been found to have these pathogens (not to mention the added danger of aflatoxins and mycotoxins in dry pet food, and the ongoing problem of dangerous hidden ingredients from large, less-than-honest companies).

This testing is also not being done in response to complaints. Yet they make no move to recall dry foods that are implicated in the deaths of many pets (even getting the attention of Congress).

The rates of contamination are quite low in raw pet foods, much lower than the meat you buy for your own meals. How does a 7% rate of pathogenic bacteria in pet food vs. a 39-81% rate of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in meat for human consumption sound to you?

The FDA does not believe raw meat foods for animals are consistent with the goal of protecting the public from significant health risks.” They say it’s all about safety for the pet owners, but apparently they feel that you have the ability to handle raw meat in your home when feeding yourself, even though the rate of contamination is much higher in meat intended for people (in their full statement they do reiterate the commonly-known precautions of handling any raw meat, yet state in terms specifying raw pet food… huh?)

Pathogenic bacteria in dry food is actually more dangerous to pet owners because most of us don’t use the same care in handling that they do with raw food, and reports of dry pet food as a source of human illness have been appearing for many years.

We know that healthy dogs and cats are well-suited to handling small amounts of these pathogens as they occur in nature (we sure know that they survive eating dirt and licking their butts). It has been proven that healthy animals neutralize pathogenic bacteria. This is especially true of raw feed dogs because their diet helps their GI tract maintain a healthy gut full of beneficial bacteria and a digestive system with a proper pH level to help kill of pathogens naturally.

You are also safer from pathogenic bacteria if you take care of your gut, with a healthy diet and plenty of foods that provide naturally occuring beneficial bacteria, so remember to take what you learn about fresh food for pets and apply it to your own wellbeing.

All manner of foods, for people and pets, can be sources of pathogenic bacteria when mishandled: spinach, peanut butter, and even pet food. The natural world is full of bacteria. Our own bodies are actually outnumbered within; we have 10 times more bacterial cells than human ones! The key for humans, cats, dogs, everyone – is having a healthy balance of bacteria.

Small raw food companies, people we have known for years, are on the verge of being driven out of business due to the high cost of responding to the FDA’s witch hunt. Other companies have felt forced to change the processing of their diets and use high-pressure-pasteurization, which kills ALL bacteria, both good and bad, thus reducing one of the important benefits of raw foods.

We all need to be concerned about what (or whom) is driving the government’s decision-making-process. Is it the economic influence from the large multinational corporations like Nestle, Mars, Smuckers, and Proctor & Gamble (who own most of the largest pet food manufacturers)? Is their influence on the self-policing AAFCO part of the problem? We recently wrote about the problems we see with how these companies make pet food. 

Follow sites like Truth About Pet Food and Whole Dog Journal for well documented information about all of these issues, and ask us any time you’re in the store if you have concerns about your pet’s food.

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.
  • They don’t contain inedible fillers like peanut shells and the hulls swept up from grain mill floors.
  • Their ingredients are specifically identified (no “meat and bone meal,” for example, which could be any species at all).
  • To the best of our ability they are sourced from ethical and humane conditions, for the animals and the people working to harvest and process the fish, meat, and vegetables that go into the food.

When a company representative come to our store to pitch their new food we ask a lot of tough questions, and expect clear answers.

We will also stop selling a food that has lost our trust. This most often happens when independent companies are purchased by large corporations who are not focused on providing healthy pet food, but are focused on using pet food as a small part of their supply chain.

 

Two of the most recent stories that illustrate these points (in different directions) concern Weruva and Merrick, two popular canned food lines that we’ve carried for many years.

Weruva sources and packages it’s fish in Thailand. While the waters off Thailand have traditionally considered some of the healthiest for ocean fish stocks, unethical fishing practices that also include slave labor on the boats have made it even more important to have the facts. There is also the general concern about sourcing food products from so far away.

From our very first meeting with Weruva they have been open and accountable, ready to talk about how their fish are caught and prepared, and the conditions of the workers in their Thai facilities. They are one of the few companies that address these serious issues openly on their website and when asked by customers and retailers.

Weruva’s products aren’t cheap, but that’s because they don’t cut corners, and as a result they produce a food that you could eat yourself (yes, the writer has tasted their cat food, the only time she’s done so through all the years in this industry).

Our response on Beneful adWe have carried Merrick canned foods and chew treats for many years, and they have always been popular. We stopped carrying many of their chew treats when they started irradiating them, but continued with their canned foods because they were so palatable and popular, and because they were made start-to-finish in the U.S. by the company themselves. Like many other companies, though, they grew larger and larger, and were sold to Nestle. Other examples of these kinds of sales: Natural Balance is owned by Smuckers (note how this is hidden through an additional layer of brand packaging), Zukes is owned by Nestle, and Natura is owned by Mars (after being purchased by Proctor & Gamble).

In our experience these sales to huge multinationals results in a lowering of quality and in many cases an increase in recalls due to poor manufacturing oversight, usually within two years of the sale. We simply don’t believe that these companies have our pet’s best interest at heart.

Don’t expect to find Merrick in our stores for much longer, and as always, we’re on the look-out for new and better products for your pets.

One of our newest foods, Open Farm, really goes the extra mile to ensure that their products are ethically produced, providing third-party humane certification for their source farms.

And of course many of our raw food companies respond to these issues as well, especially our regional companies like Smallbatch, Halshan, and our own Dexter’s Naturals.

We want our customers to know that we pay attention to the ethical treatment of not only your pets, but also the animals raised to feed them and the people employed to make the products.

We believe that knowing what your pet is eating is worth the extra cost.

 

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 are all excellent for sick animals because they are highly nutritious and easily digested (they also smell interesting, which can encourage animals who aren’t feeling well).

Raw cultured goat milk is a balanced source of highly digestible protein, enzymes, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Unpasteurized milk retains all naturally occurring enzymes, including lactase, making it much more digestible than pasteurized milk.  It’s high in caprylic acid which helps fight yeast problems. Its broad array of nutrients are easily and quickly absorbed, making it perfect as a convalescence food and as a milk replacement for puppies and kittens. It can be fed as a meal on days when you want to lightly fast your pet. Probiotics are added to the products we carry for increased health benefits. Both of our raw milk brands are sourced in the U.S. from free-ranging, grass-eating goats, and are tested for e. coli, salmonella, and listeria.

Primal Goat Milk: Probiotics added are: Lactobacillus acidophilus (improves immune response to pathogenic bacteria and fungi), Lactobacillus lactis, Lactobacillus salivarius (inhibits h. pylori in lab tests), and Enterococcus facium (needs to be replaced continually in the body, but found to be resistant to many antibiotics and better than L. acidopholus at shortening diarrheal episodes). Cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric are added as warming digestive aides.

Answers Goat Milk: Probiotics added are: Lactococcus lactis and Leuconostoc mesenteroides. A small amount of honey is added to act as a prebiotic, and a small amount of cinnamon is added as a warming digestive.

Answers Fermented Fish Broth
Like all fermented foods it contains high amounts of naturally occurring enzymes and probiotics. It’s high in gelatin which is healing to the intestinal lining, and contains beneficial amounts of chemical components that support healthy joint and matrix functioning. It contains actual thyroid gland (from fish), and is beneficial for animals with chronic renal failure who are on low protein diets (the broth is high in beneficial amino acids that aid kidney function). It’s also a good source of fatty acids.

Green Tripe
Our raw green tripe is from grass-fed cattle and contains the stomach and partially digested grasses that, with the digestive chemistry, are the source of naturally occurring enzymes, probiotics, and other nutrients. It is not nutritionally complete on its own, but is very useful as a regular part of any pet’s diet (many owners feed a weekly meal).

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Emergency! Get Prepared.

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 of an emergency evacuation.

Keep your cat carrier or dog crate
Some of us clean out our garage or closet and wonder whether we want to keep storing that pet carrier we haven’t used in years. YES! You do want to keep a carrier at home in case you need to evacuate your pet. Emergency shelters are more likely to accept pets than they used to be, but they will (almost always) require you to have your pet contained in order to have them with you. Plastic carriers usually come apart to make storage easier, and there are fold-down metal or fabric options too (the latter should only be used for pets who are well acclimated to confinement. Be sure you have your contact information ON the crate too. Use clear packing tape to thoroughly cover a written sign (include your pet’s name too), or attach a specially made tag to the wire grate.

Food
Even if your pet eats raw food you want to keep shelf-stable food on hand in case of emergency. Cans last the longest, but dry, freeze-dried, and dehydrated food can also be stored. Note the “best by” date and be sure to feed or donate the food before it expires, then rotate in a new batch. You should try to store enough food for a week. Putting a gallon of water aside for your pet is a good idea too.

Identification
Be sure your pets are wearing collars with ID tags, and that the information on your pet’s ID is current. It’s not a bad idea to have an extra collar or harness (harnesses are more secure in emergencies) with tags stored in your pet’s emergency stash. Have your pet microchipped, and be sure to follow-up and complete the registration for the microchip to have current and complete information. This should include contact information for someone outside your household who could help your pet in the event that you can’t be reached. San Diego County Animal Services is now using Find Rover, a free facial recognition app for smartphones, to help reunite owners with their pets, so consider uploading your dog’s photo today as a “just in case” precaution.

Paperwork
Tape an envelope to your carrier (or to your backup food) to store important information such as alternate contacts, veterinary and insurance information, medication information, dietary or supplement needs, behavioral concerns, and any health conditions that might not be apparent. Have copies of photos of your pet that can be used to clearly identify them. Take a photo from the side and from the front, and print them together on a page. Consider storing a copy of the photos with your own emergency information or in the glove compartment of your car.

Extras
Have a spare set of dishes (stainless steel dishes are durable and nest together for easy storage), an extra leash, poop bags, First Aid kit (with how-to booklet), towel, grooming wipes, and any other supplies you think you could need (or could loan to another pet owner). Have a pet rescue sticker on the front of your house.

Talk To Your Neighbors
Be sure you and your neighbors are familiar with each other’s pets. Exchange contact information and form partnerships in case someone isn’t home at the time of an emergency.

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New Year’s Patio Pawty Celebrates Local Animal Welfare Groups

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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, and Susan Schelling.

Sociable leashed dogs are welcome.

Free no-limit parking is available at City Hall in 11th St. as well as nearby residential streets. Parking on Camino Del Mar is metered.

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 to educate them with sensible information and build their confidence about natural nutrition.

 

 

  1. “Dry Food Cleans Their Teeth”
    Dogs and cats only crunch kibble enough to gulp it down, if they crunch it at all. They aren’t going to spend enough time on those little bits to have any effect on tarter building up on their teeth. In fact, the starches in dry food are just what will encourage tarter – the opposite of what the myth says. Chewing is how dogs and cats naturally keep their teeth clean. The second way for our pets is for us to help them out with regular brushing and dental care.
  2. “100% Complete & Balanced”
    Would you eat Total Cereal with milk as your sole diet? Of course not.  Commercial dry foods rely on the idea of nutritionism: promoting laboratory nutrient analysis over the importance of live, natural, whole food synergy and safety. While bags of nuggets may be able to sustain an animal, they are not providing optimal natural nutrition. The bottom line is to get out of the mindset that scooping nuggets out of a bag is all you need for a “complete” diet.
  3. “Don’t Change Foods”
    We don’t believe that you should rely on one company to decide what constitutes a healthy diet for your pet. Rotating foods regularly (at least 4 times a year) can prevent allergies and sensitivities that are due to over-exposure to specific foods, and will provide a variety of nutrient profiles for balanced health. Dogs and cats should be able to switch foods without experiencing digestive problems. If your pet can’t switch easily you should explore supplements and other ways to improve their digestive health before giving up on variety.
  4. “Grain Free Is Better”
    While dogs and cats aren’t physiologically designed to eat grains, this decent idea has become a bit of a fad, resulting in mediocre foods being made to fulfill demand. Many of these foods are still high in carbohydrates and high on the glycemic index, which is much more of a concern overall.  If you’re using grain-free dry food in the hopes of avoiding health issues, remember myth number one and go beyond the bag.
  5.  “Never Feed People Food”
    What is “people food” anyway? That entirely depends on the people. Processed foods aren’t good for anyone, but healthy, species-appropriate fresh foods are the #1 way to improve your pet’s health. Don’t give your pet your mealtime cast-offs, some of those could indeed be bad for their health (like a handful of cooked chicken skin). But don’t be afraid to give sensible bites of sensible foods (natural, fresh, whole… not sauces, fats, and sugars).  If you’re worried about begging at your dinner table simply put the food in your pet’s dish along with their meal and ignore your pet while you’re eating.
  6. Senior Food
    Too many “senior” foods lower the protein levels, which is a bad idea for animals that need help maintaining good muscle condition and energy.  It’s a myth that older animals need lower protein diets to protect their kidneys. Older animals may need more digestible protein and increased fiber, both of which can be easily added with fresh meat, eggs, and vegetables.
  7. Diet Food
    Many diet foods are low in protein and loaded with fillers that no dog or cat should be eating. Many animals put on these diets become hungrier because their body is telling them they aren’t getting the nutrients they need, and they often don’t even lose weight. Our pets shouldn’t be put on crazy crash diets anymore than we should be. After you’ve ruled out medical reasons you can do well by reducing calories a little while increasing exercise. Some of the best weight-loss stories we’ve seen have been animals switched off dry food and onto fresh raw diets that are naturally low in carbohydrates and high in whole nutrients.
  8. Prescription Diets
    Despite being sold by veterinarians most of these diets are filled with caloric place-holders that aren’t fit to be called food. They often also conform to outdated beliefs about certain health issues, and may cause other problems in the long term. If your pet truly needs a highly-specialized diet for the long-term there are many holistic veterinarians and practitioners who can design a healthy and appropriate diet that will be truly beneficial.
  9. Hypoallergenic Food
    Animals can be allergic to anything, and claiming a specific meat is “hypoallergenic” is misleading. True food allergies are rare, and food intolerance are better tested via elimination diets or a saliva test called Nutriscan. The bottom line for immune dysfunctional pets is that feeding only processed diets will never get them to optimal health.

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 offering Anesthesia-Free Pet Teeth Cleaning, a complementary and yet controversial service to our forward thinking customers.

In December 2012 two California Consumer Affairs officers and two San Diego Sheriffs raided our Carlsbad store and cited the working dental technician for practicing veterinary medicine without a license. Needless to say it was a startling & stressful event for our staff and visiting practitioner, and we think a lot of muscle, drama, and tax dollars to interfere with cosmetic scaling of pet teeth.

For many years the Anesthesia-Free Pet Teeth Cleaning service fell into a gray area in the interpretation of the law. The service has been available to pet owners for 20 years, with the support of some veterinarians but the opposition of many. Recent strong-arming by the CVMB has pushed more restrictive language through state legislature requiring on-site supervision by a veterinarian, a tactic being taken in many states to restrict access to this and other complementary care options for pets.

The fact is people have been seeking out and using this service for their pets for years. The reasons vary: many people wish to reduce the frequency of anesthesia for their pets, some need to have a lower-cost option for maintenance care, and so on. Many owners are aware of the controversy surrounding it, but they feel strongly that they should have the choice to decide the best care for their pet’s health, and Dexter’s Deli supports this position, and with the practitioners we strive to educate owners about their pet’s health.

We acknowledge that this service isn’t appropriate for every animal, and owners are often referred to veterinarians for further care because the practitioner found an issue the owner wasn’t aware of. We offer a Dental Care handout (composed with oversight by a vet) with guidelines for care and specific questions to ask a vet when seeking advanced dental care, and always speak of this service as a complement to, not a substitute for, regular veterinary care.

So although this service may be halted for now, Dexter’s Deli is working with local veterinarians who believe anesthesia-free teeth cleaning to be an important bridge between owners and vets. Look for updates in ournewsletter and on our website for if, when, and where Anesthesia-Free Pet Teeth Cleaning will be available again.

Pet Dental Services are Restored

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 example of the ever changing ways in which large corporations are trying to make themselves look small to the consumer.

This trend is happening all over the country, not exclusively in the pet supply business. As customers are becoming more savvy shoppers big corporations are trying to catch the “local” wave by buying up smaller stores and operating them in such as way so they’ll appear to the community as the same small, local business.

Well some may say that this is capitalism, just the natural progression of business, our “dog eat dog” world if you will. We here at Dexter’s Deli can tell you that these sorts of acquisitions negatively impact not just the independent local retailers but also their customers and the community.

When you spend your money in a locally owned independent business much more money returns to the local community, in contrast to money spent in national chains.

Dexter’s Deli has been in business for over 15 years and we have become a leader in the natural pet community by offering high-quality natural foods and products, and by working hard to bring you accurate, up-to-date information so you can care for your pets in the healthiest way possible.

Stores like Dexter’s Deli are important to the community in part because we help push the envelope, along with you, our forward thinking customers, about pet care. The fact is that you can’t buy this sort of fresh passion and “can it” as your own.

Dexter’s Deli is far from disappearing. We know that it’s our customers’ support and shared passion that keeps Dexter’s Deli, and stores like us, strong and moving forward.

Thank you all for your support – we know that sometimes it isn’t easy in our busy lives to make that extra stop to shop for your pet – but we’re confident that extra trip to your local retailer enriches, educates, and brings you and your pet a smile.

Take a moment and check out the website of the 3/50 Project – Saving the Brick and Mortars Our Nation is Built On and spread the word.