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Grain Free Diets, Taurine & Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Grain Free Diets, Taurine & Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Last July, the FDA released a statement about a possible link between the development of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs and grain free diets, specifically those diets containing high levels of legumes and potatoes. Shortly after, the media began reporting the story without much detail, leading pet owners to believe that feeding any grain free diet could lead to their dog developing DCM. The story, however, is much more complicated than as presented in these news reports; no conclusive, causal evidence has been uncovered, and the facts about grain free diets, DCM and taurine in dog foods have led many to conclude that these concerns are unproven. Please read our FAQ below for more information about taurine, grain free diets and DCM. We have also included links to information from veterinarians and pet food manufacturers on the subject, including this piece by Dr. Doug Knueven of Beaver Animal Clinic that provides an excellent overview of the issue. What are grain free diets? Grain Free diets refer to any pet food diet that does not contain cereal grains (wheat, corn, soy, rice, barley, oats). As dry pet food (“kibble”) requires a form of starch as a binding agent, many grain free diets contain potatoes or legumes (peas, lentils or chickpeas) in lieu of grain. Although the news media has lumped diets not containing cereal grains all together, it is important to note that not all grain free diets are created equal – high quality grain free diets will contain mostly animal protein, with some potatoes or legumes used as binders and located further down the ingredient list. What is taurine? Taurine is an...
8th Annual Pet Photos with Santa

8th Annual Pet Photos with Santa

November 17 – Petagogy Greensburg December 1 – Petagogy Shadyside 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Bring your pets to Petagogy for photos with Santa taken by expert local pet photographer Jessica Wasik of Bark & Gold Photography! Jessica will take a free digital photo of your pet(s) sitting on Santa’s lap and provide options for ordering prints, holiday cards and more! Pets will be seen on a first come, first served basis and must be comfortable around other animals and people. If your pet is unable to be around other animals but would still like to be photographed on Santa’s lap, please email info@petagogy.com by November 14 (Greensburg) and November 28 (Shadyside) and we will try to accommodate them. Dogs must be on leashes (no retractable leashes, please). Cats and small animals must be in...
Petagogy Greensburg’s 3rd Annual Customer Appreciation PAWty & Pet Vendor Fair

Petagogy Greensburg’s 3rd Annual Customer Appreciation PAWty & Pet Vendor Fair

We love our Greensburg customers and we’re celebrating with our 3rd Annual Customer Appreciation PAWty & Pet Vendor Fair on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm! Bring your pet and enjoy activities, samples, giveaways, raffles and more! Plus, get 10% off your entire purchase at Petagogy Greensburg (on top of special deals on select pet food brands)*! • Representatives from natural pet food and treat companies including Acana, Earthborn Holistic, Fromm, Fussie Cat, Orijen, Primal Pet Foods, Stella & Chewy’s, Zignature and many more! • Free pet bandana tie-dying • Pet costume contest (judging begins at 2:00 pm) • Dog treat decorating with Biskit’s Barkery • Food available onsite from Hoshi Food Truck • Prize raffle featuring pet gift baskets and gift certificates (all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Westmoreland County) • Free doggie ice cream, samples and more! The event will be held in the parking lot in front of Petagogy Greensburg (across from Lakeview). *Excludes gift cards; cannot be combined with any other coupons or...
February is Pet Dental Health Month!

February is Pet Dental Health Month!

Save 20% on teeth cleaning and dental products during the month of February! (Excluding all bones, animal parts and chews.) February is pet dental health month! Good dental health is an important part of your pet’s overall health and wellbeing. Too much plaque and tarter can erode your pet’s gums, creating pockets for bacterial infections. These infections can cause tooth and bone decay, sometimes leading to more serious health issues. Many times, bad breath is a sign of too much plaque and tarter. It’s best to help control plaque and tarter before it builds up. Although brushing your pet’s teeth regularly is optimal, we understand that some pets are unwilling to allow their humans to do it. Check out a few of our favorite dental hygiene products that help keep your pet’s teeth clean without brushing: Raw bones and chews – One of the best ways to keep your dog’s teeth healthy is by regularly giving him things to chew on like raw meaty bones, natural rawhide, bully sticks or sweet potato chews made by reputable companies like Primal, Vital Essentials, Wholesome Hide, Barkworthies, Earth Animal, Sam’s Yams and Snook’s. Regular chewing helps polish and scrape teeth as the dog crunches and gnaws. Ark Naturals’ Brushless Toothpaste – Brushless Toothpaste is a highly digestible dental chew made with breath-freshening ingredients like chlorophyll, cinnamon, vanilla and clove, and ridges that provide effective teeth scrubbing and support healthy gums. On the inside is a patented toothpaste center that provides three bacteriostats to inhibit the growth of plaque-forming bacteria and assist with bad breath, tartar and plaque build-up. Earthbath Tooth & Gum Wipes –Tooth...
Are Your Pets Winter Ready?

Are Your Pets Winter Ready?

Snow is here and many dogs love to play in it! But, with snow comes ice and salt, which can be both painful and harmful to dogs that come in contact with it. Make your winter outings with your dog safer and more enjoyable with these winter weather products (available at both Petagogy locations): GroundWorks Natural Icemelter – The chemicals used in traditional road salt and ice melt can cause dryness, cracking and even burns to a dog’s pads. GroundWorks is a premium fertilizer-based product designed specifically to melt ice and snow effectively, while being completely eco-friendly and pet safe. It safely works to -23°C (-9°F), melting ice and snow even in the toughest winter conditions. You should always wash and dry your dog’s paws and pads after walks to remove any ice and salt, as well as check for cracked pads or redness in between the toes. Pawz Rubber Dog Boots – These disposable-reusable boots will protect your dog’s paws from harmful and painful rock salt and icemelter. Each pack comes with twelve biodegradable rubber booties that will last many wearings; simply replace individual boots when needed. We get asked about other rubber-soled boots, but we like Pawz because they are the most natural-feeling boots your dog can wear, allowing your dog to feel the ground and providing a needed sense of stability. Musher’s Secret – A good alternative for dogs that dislike wearing boots, Musher’s Secret is a dense barrier wax that forms a breathable bond with your dog’s paws. Developed in Canada for use with sledding dogs, it provides pad and paw protection in extreme weather conditions. It’s made from a blend of...