Dog Food and Treats

Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, March 8

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering free pet food on Monday, March 8 from 2 to 5:30 PM at the Blue Ridge Humane Adoption Center, 88 Centipede Lane, Hendersonville, NC.
 
Cat and dog food will be distributed first come, first serve, as supplies last to those in need or affected by COVID-19. Social distancing and protective measures will be taken by all staff and we ask the public to do the same during the drive-thru pick-up. Masks are required to be worn during pick-up. Food will be distributed car-side, so all you need to do is pull up and the Humane Society will direct you from there! Staff will get your info (zipcode, number and type of pet), and place the food in your car trunk.
 
If a pet owner is in need of food but unable to attend the pick-up, please call or text the BRHS helpline at 828-393-5832.

ReTail Scene: The Best Gear for Doggies

Screen Shot 2021-02-09 at 4.38.20 PMIf you're looking for some of the best gear for doggies that came out last year, you'll want to check out the extensive product review by Whole Dog Journal. Experts evaluated and reviewed a whole bunch of products in different categories, some of which are sure to be of interest to you and your four-legged friend. Some of the products reviewed include:

  • Toppl Treat Toy, an innovative toy that just might replace the long-standing "Kong"
  • Keepsafe Breakway Collar, a proven system that protects against collar strangulation
  • Wash 'N Zip Bed, an ingenious, easy-to-care-for doggie bed.

You'll find reviews of these products and much more here:
https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/lifestyle/whole-dog-journal-product-review-2020-dog-gear-of-the-year/

 


Free Pet Food in February for Henderson County

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering an expanded free pet food giveaway schedule this year.  
 
February Giveaways:
  • Monday, February 8, 10 am-1 pm, at the Adoption Center, 88 Centipede Lane, Hendersonville, NC.
  • Saturday, February 27, 10 am-1 pm, Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, 1304 Ashe Street, Hendersonville, NC.
Cat and dog food will be distributed first come, first serve, as supplies last to those in need or affected by COVID-19. Social distancing and protective measures will be taken by all staff and we ask the public to do the same during the drive-thru pick-up. Masks are required to be worn during pick-up. Additional resources and supplies will also be available first come, first serve.
 
If a pet owner is in need of food but unable to attend the pick-up, please call or text the BRHS helpline at 828-393-5832.

Free Pet Food in Henderson County

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering an expanded free pet food giveaway schedule this year.  
 
Giveaways will be held on the second Monday of the month at the Adoption Center (88 Centipede Lane, Hendersonville), fourth Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, and fourth Tuesday at the Interfaith Assistance Ministry.
 
Remaining January Giveaways:
 
Cat and dog food will be distributed first come, first serve, as supplies last to those in need or affected by COVID-19. Social distancing and protective measures will be taken by all staff and we ask the public to do the same during the drive-thru pick-up. Masks are required to be worn during pick-up. Additional resources and supplies will also be available first come, first serve.
 
If a pet owner is in need of food but unable to attend the pick-up, please call or text the BRHS helpline at 828-393-5832.

The Danger of Xylitol for Your Dog

CautionEver feed your dog peanut butter? Did you check the label first? It may shock you to learn that some peanut butters contain a sugar substitute called xylitol. According to veterinarian Dr. Stephanie Silberstang, writing for PetPlace, "Although xylitol is safe for human consumption... it can be fatal when ingested by dogs. ...although dogs can tolerate regular sugar, xylitol is absorbed rapidly and can cause a spike in insulin. Because xylitol is not sugar, a spike in insulin causes severe hypoglycemia that can result in weakness, collapse, and seizures."

Xylitol is also commonly found in such ordinary items as mints, toothpaste, dietary supplements, gum and even baked goods. It's important to read the ingredients on any product label before giving your dog any food intended for humans. If one of those ingredients is xylitol, keep it away from your dog.

For more information about xylitol's dangers and how to treat xylitol toxicity, read Silberstang's article here: https://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/pet-health/xylitol-toxicity-dogs/?


AHNA Annual Holilday Pet Food and Supply Drive

Screen Shot 2020-12-01 at 2.53.32 PMThe Animal Hospital of North Asheville (AHNA) is sponsoring its annual "Warm Hearts * Full Bellies" Holiday Pet Food and Supply Drive through Saturday, January 2, 2021.

Join AHNA this Holiday Season to help pets in need in our community. During "Warm Hearts * Full Bellies," AHNA will be collecting donations of wet or dry pet food, much-needed supplies, and monetary donations for the Asheville Humane Society (AHS) and Meals on Wheels of Buncombe County. Through Saturday, January 2nd, AHNA will be offering several different ways to donate to help these amazing organizations. Due to how the threat of COVID-19 has affected our community, they have made some changes to the annual holiday food drive with safety in mind.
 
Donations Accepted:
AHNA will be collecting wet or dry cat or dog food, small animal/rabbit food, cockatiel/parakeet bird food, cleaning supplies, pet supplies (toys, blankets, and more), along with monetary donations at AHNA.
DROP OFF:
There will be a donation bin on the patio at AHNA (1 Beaverdam Road, Asheville 28804) for donated items. Items can be dropped off during regular business hours (M-F 7:30am-6:00pm, and Sat 8am-5pm).
ONLINE:
Starting in December, AHNA will be offering online donation collections through Amazon wishlist and direct donations to the organizations. Supplies can be ordered online and delivered to AHNA. Donations will be distributed after the first of the year to the Asheville Humane Society and Meals on Wheels.
Direct Donations:
Asheville Humane Society: https://www.ashevillehumane.org/donation-drive
 
To show our appreciation, Animal Hospital of North Asheville has partnered with Science Diet Pet Food to donate an extra pound of food for every pound (up to 2,000 pounds) of pet food donated during our Holiday Pet Food Drive.
Please, if you want to donate by check, it must be written to the organization of your choice (not to Animal Hospital of North Asheville).

ReTail Scene: Botanical Bones in Asheville

Screen Shot 2020-11-16 at 10.24.18 AMA new dog business just launched in Asheville: Botanical Bones. Here's the story, according to the website:

"Botanical Bones is a family business thoughtfully making superfood + adaptogenic dog treats in Asheville, NC.

When we rescued our pup, Carnaby, at 4 months old from an animal shelter in Asheville, NC it was the early days of the pandemic. He had a rough start before we brought him home and was an extremely anxious puppy.

As new dog owners, we decided  to start by addressing our dog's struggles the same we would our own: in the kitchen.

We’re strong believers in the healing power of plants. It was clear that Carnaby was struggling so I started experimenting with superfoods and adaptogens our family uses every day for wellness. 

When we saw how much our pup loved the treats we were making we decided to share them with neighbors. Pretty soon we realized we needed to share these SUPER TREATS with the world!"

Check out the products, available for purchase online, at: https://botanicalbones.com/

Image: BotanicalBones.com


Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, Nov. 9

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is holding a free pet food giveaway on Monday, November 9 from 9 am - 1 pm at the BRHS Adoption Center at 88 Centipede Lane, Hendersonville, NC. Supplies will be given out while they last, first come, first serve. Social distancing and protective measures will be taken by all staff and we ask the public to do the same (contact free, wear a mask, and keep a 6 foot distance).

Food will be distributed car-side, so all you need to do is pull up and we’ll direct you from there! Staff will get your info (zip code, number and type of pets), and place the food in your car trunk.


Canine Obesity is a Serious Problem

Thick-4392363_1920Did you know that 53 percent of dogs in America are obese? Canine obesity is a serious problem but it is generally caused by two simple factors: Your dog gets too many calories and/or your dog doesn't get enough exercise. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? It's the same problem some people have!

According to PetPlace
, if your dog is overweight, it's time to create an "obesity management program." That isn't as hard to do as the name implies: It means collaborating with your vet to properly feed your dog and ensure adequate exercise. It's important that everyone in your household understand and agree to the program so you can maintain consistency.

Dogs follow the lead of their people -- and they know how to push your buttons! While you may think it is a nice treat to give your dog "people food," particularly around the holidays, it really isn't a good idea. Just like with people, that's when pups can pack on the pounds. In addition, even if your dog seems hungry (and some dogs always seem hungry) it's best to keep portion sizes appropriate. For most dogs, daily exercise is an important part of obesity management -- so you or someone in your household needs to make that commitment. You should also know that some dog breeds, such as labs and golden retrievers, are more likely to gain weight as they age than others.

Here's a helpful article about dog obesity causes and cures from PetMD.

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It's Pumpkin Season... and That's a Good Thing for Your Dog

Dog-5626323_1920Pumpkin may or may not be a favorite of yours -- but it's a food that is good for your dog, particularly if he or she is having any stomach issues. Veterinarian Yvonne Stemwedel tells Eating Well, “It’s most useful for cases of what we call ‘dietary indiscretion’—meaning the dog has eaten something it shouldn’t have.” Veterinarian Ana Grum says its helps improve gastrointestinal issues and can be effective in relieving diarrhea.

In addition, pumpkin is nutritious and filling. It contains Vitamin A and potassium, good for a dog's coat, muscles and kidney function. Pumpkin's fiber content makes it a good option for weight management as well because it gives dogs a feeling of fullness, causing them to eat less.

The correct preparation for fresh pumpkin -- for dogs at least -- is to cook it and mash it with no seasoning, sweeteners or additives. Canned, 100 percent pumpkin is suitable, but pumpkin pie filling is not a good idea. Read this article for more tips.

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Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, Oct. 12

Jornada-produtora-6_gJm1FjaFg-unsplashFor Henderson County residents who cannot afford food for their pets, Blue Ridge Humane Society will be holding a free pet food giveaway on Monday, October 12, from 9 AM to 1 PM. It will take place at:

Blue Ridge Humane Society
88 Centipede Lane
Hendersonville, NC

Also... October is a great month to adopt from Blue Ridge Humane Society! This month, Hunter Subaru will make a $100 donation to BRHS for every animal adoption (up to 31 adoptions). To see available animals, visit: https://www.blueridgehumane.org/

Photo by Jornada Produtora on Unsplash


Cool Brew for You Know Who!

Screen Shot 2020-08-28 at 1.45.07 PMNow your four-legged pal can have his or her very own brew when you're enjoying a cold one. Anheuser-Busch has introduced Dog Brew by Busch, a pork bone broth "beer" made especially for dogs. According to the company:

"Busch Dog Brew is an all-natural product and contains only fresh ingredients. Made with vegetables, herbs, spices, water, and pork broth to provide your best buddy with a nutritious and tasty snack that helps to promote a healthy digestive system. Bone broth is also a great way for dogs who struggle to eat solid food to get all of their extra nutrients. Your best friend is going to love it. We’re pawsitive. Ingredients: Bone-in pork butt, Whole corn, Celery, Basil, Mint, Turmeric, Ginger, Water."

Anheuser-Busch also notes that there is NO alcohol and no hops in Busch Dog Brew because those ingredients can be toxic to dogs. The product is intended for your dog to enjoy while you have the real thing.


ReTail Scene: Veggie Treats for Your Dog

Tamara-bellis-E8LxrpUjW7Q-unsplashWhile more dog owners may be turning vegetarian, most vets don't endorse a completely vegetarian diet for dogs. Still, vegetables and some fruits are good for dogs, and one way to include them in your dog's diet is to feed her an occasional vegetarian treat.

Vegetarian Times has compiled a list of the publication's six favorite veggie dog treats. Here they are:

  1. Lord Jameson (multiple flavors)
  2. Rejuv-A-Wafers
  3. Zest Paws Superfood Bites
  4. Wholesome Pride Sweet Potato Chews
  5. Wild Earth Dog Snacks
  6. Zuke's Crunchy Naturals

For information about each of these treats, including available flavors, visit: https://www.vegetariantimes.com/health-and-nutrition/6-plant-based-treats-your-dog-will-do-tricks-for?

Photo by Tamara Bellis on Unsplash


Dogs and Ice Cream

Christian-bowen-OYUzC-h1glg-unsplashWhen you're cooling off with some yummy ice cream, do you let your dog have a lick -- or even buy a kiddie size for your fur baby? Plenty of people do just that -- but this information from PetPlace.com is a good reminder that ice cream made for human consumption isn't always great for dogs.

According to PetPlace, the sugar, fat and lactose in ice cream make it an unhealthy treat for dogs. In addition, these common ice cream ingredients are downright dangerous for dogs:

  • chocolate
  • coffee
  • raisins
  • macadamia nuts
  • Xylitol

Here are some reasonable alternatives as cold doggie treats:

  • Unsweetened frozen yogurt blended with frozen fruit or peanut butter
  • Chicken or beef broth ice cubes

And don't overlook local ice cream shops that offer specially made doggie treats, including Asheville and Black Mountain locations of The Hop.

Photo by Christian Bowen on Unsplash


Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, Aug. 10

Screen Shot 2020-08-04 at 10.55.15 AMBlue Ridge Humane Society will be offering a free pet food distribution for those in need or affected by COVID-19, on Monday, August 10, from 9 am-1 pm at the Blue Ridge Humane Society Adoption Center located at 88 Centipede Lane in Hendersonville, NC.

Cat and dog food will be distributed first come, first serve, as supplies last. Social distancing and protective measures will be taken by all staff and we ask the public to do the same during the drive-thru pick-up.  Additional resources and supplies will also be available.

If a pet owner is in need of food but unable to attend the pick-up, please call or text the BRHS helpline at (828) 393-5832.

Image: Blue Ridge Humane Society


Free Pet Food Giveaway - June 18, Hendersonville

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Blue Ridge Humane and the ASPCA are hosting a free pet food giveaway to those in need or affected by COVID-19, on Thursday, June 18, from 9 am-1 pm at the Blue Ridge Humane Society storage facility located at 802 S. Grove Street in Hendersonville, NC.

Cat and dog food will be distributed first come, first serve, as supplies last. Social distancing and protective measures will be taken by all staff and we ask the public to do the same during the drive-thru pick-up.  Additional resources and supplies will also be available.

Image: Blue Ridge Humane Society


Is Grain-Free Food Safe for Your Dog?

Golden-retriever-puppy-2706672_1920Grain-free dog food is very popular: By 2017, it accounted for nearly half (44 percent) of the dog food market. Yet there have been concerns about grain-free food expressed by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) as recently as February 2019

The Doggypedia has published an authoritative article about grain-free food. It contains the following information:

  • What is a grain-free dog diet?
  • The growing popularity of grain-free diets
  • Connection to allergies
  • What is dilated cardiomyopathy(DCM)?
  • Genetic predisposition to DCM
  • DCM Signs
  • Why the FDA is investigating a grain-free dog diet
  • Is grain-free food safe for your dog?
  • What should dog owners do now?

Check out this free resource here: https://thedoggypedia.com/should-you-feed-your-dog-grain-free-dog-food/

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Quality Pet Food Delivered to Your Door

Screen Shot 2020-02-09 at 3.25.18 PMPet Wants is a new mobile pet food delivery service in the Asheville area. Part of a national franchise, the objective of Pet Wants is to deliver fresh, high quality food directly to the customer's door. According to Pet Wants, "Most commercial pet food is manufactured in mass quantities and sent to a series of distribution warehouses before finally making it onto the shelf at your local store. There it sits…possibly for up to 6-8 months before it’s purchased for consumption. Because pet food loses its nutritional value over time, pets can ultimately end up eating a diet that’s low in nutrition and can ultimately lead to unnecessary sickness, disease and even a shortened life.

"Freshness is the key to good nutrition. We provide our proprietary pet food formula that has been carefully developed over the years and deliver to your home to ensure freshness. Your pets will appreciate a healthy, complete and balanced pet food made from fresh, all-natural ingredients. Since our food is slow-cooked to lock in nutrients and is made in frequent, small batches, we deliver the fresh and highly nutritional food to our customers within weeks, not months, of being made. Our customers appreciate the convenience of our auto-delivery system that they can modify prior to each delivery. This ensures that the best possible food is delivered when they need and only how much they need – delivered right to their door – for the same price as most premium commercial pet foods."

The local owner of Pet Wants, Christian Ray, is a Brevard College graduate and founded the Blue Ridge Flyball Club. Pet Wants makes free, personal delivery of quality pet food to Buncombe County households. For more information, visit: https://www.petwants.com/Asheville/


Dog Food Choices and Costs

Dog-2210717_1920Does it seem like there are more dog foods than ever available for your pet? If you answered "Yes," you are not alone. One reason there are so many choices is that the majority of U.S. households (68 percent) own a pet and spend an average of $300 annually on pet food and treats, according to the American Pet Product Association. Astonishingly, the pet food market is anticipated to reach $30 billion in 2022, reports Zion Market Research. Another reason for all the choices is that  humans have been thinking about their own eating habits and, as a result, have transferred that concern to their pets. With pets being treated as members of families, what they eat becomes all the more important.

Here's a handy comprehensive resource from WoofWhiskers.com that compares the cost of dog food: https://woofwhiskers.com/2020-cost-of-dog-food/? It includes such helpful information as the price of dog food for popular brands, the variation in pricing of dog food brands, the most expensive and cheapest dog foods, and more. Check it out!

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