Yes we have no amylase

Cats have no amylase in their saliva.  I just found that out.  We all know (don’t we?) that cats were the guardians of the granaries, and had no appetite for grains.  Though they did/do like mice, who like grain.  A beautiful solution.  So it makes sense that they have no amylase, which is the enzyme […]

Nature’s Variety, Featured Food for March

I like that their founders come from a family of farmers practicing sustainable agriculture. Fetch incidentally is a MOFGA member, not only because local organic farms produce better tasting, more nutritious food and reinforce our local economy, or because organic farming is better for the health of people, animals and planet, but because life for […]

Anyone need ANOTHER reason not to buy cheap brands of pet treats/foods?

Just read the most recent FDA recalls re peanut butter and pet food.  The only places I think you’d find these brands would be superdiscounters or stores like Wal-Mart, or sorry folks, Petsmart.  You can check the list of recalled pet foods on FDA’s site (there’s no kibble, just chews and biscuits).  Here’s a link […]

If I had $4 Million Dollars….

I’ve been kind of mystified lately imagining how it could be that my little indie business Fetch could be confused with the venture capital-backed corporation down the road.  It’s all about the name.  Their name is similar to Fetch, but with another word tacked on the end.  They are also in the pet industry, and […]

Revisiting Wysong, ‘The Thinking Person’s Pet Food’

They’ve been at it for 30  years, and you could actually say they are cutting edge.  You wouldn’t think so by the looks of their packaging (though it’s improved over the old brown cardboard boxes), but Wysong consistently pushes the envelope with pretty strong statements about what causes disease, and what supports wellness in animals.  […]

Rotation, Rotation, Rotation

All packaged pet foods meet AAFCO’s nutritional requirements, but that doesn’t mean that your dog or cat will absorb all of these nutrients. Hmmm, that’s a whole new angle isn’t it? The food can be (is, in fact) analyzed to determine whether it meets these requirements, but once the food hits the gut (or even […]

Going Electric

Zip doesn’t want to get out of bed.  He’s demo-ing one of our new heated pet beds, low-wattage, totally safe (K&H has been making these for a long time), and this particular bed also has one of his favorite features, a bolster to prop up that sizable noggin.  Check them out on K&H’s website.  We’ve […]

Holiday Reminder Regarding Pets

I know this time of year, we’re all very busy, so I’m planning on keeping the blog posts short and relevant.  Be careful what you share with your dogs and cats from the holiday table. Whole, fresh ‘people’ foods are a great addition to the bowl, but a big piece of ham or turkey skin […]

Allergy Update

Just a quick note re the urticaria Zip was experiencing a couple of posts back.  As soon as I stopped giving any rice, the bumps started receding.  The response was almost immediate.  Within a couple of days, the bumps were almost completely gone.  So it seems certain that he has a rice allergy, and that’s […]

Your new word for the day, ‘urticaria’

Zip’s bout of pancreatitis was easy enough to control.  The usual recommendation is to withhold food for 24 hours to let the pancreas rest (something I read after feeding him…vet didn’t mention it…), and then stick with the standard bland diet of something like boiled chicken and white rice for a few days.  We did […]