Nutrition



Healthy Tails  cares deeply about your pet's health.  We know what a difference good nutrition can make, not only in your pet's life, but in your life also.


There are so many choices these days.  There are low quality foods and high quality foods.  There is dry kibble, canned, raw, freeze dried, and dehydrated food.  Kibble can be extruded or baked. There are grain free foods and foods that have grain.  It can be hard to know what is good.


The first place to start is to know that you are feeding a high quality food.  When Healthy Tails is deciding what products to carry, we look for foods that have quality ingredients and are made by companies that care about your family.  We want to see quality ingredients from start to finish. Healthy Tails specializes in helping you find the right food for your pet based upon their breed, age, their likes and dislikes, present health, and possible food allergies or intolerances.


Healthy Tails' mission is to help educate consumers about the choices they make when they purchase their pet's food and treats, and to give you the best customer service possible.  We want to give you an overview of some of the most important points on food, so you will be better able to decipher the list of ingredients; as that is how you want to choose your pet's food.


One of the first things you want to see on your pet's food label is the protein source.  It is very important to have a quality source of protein.  The first words you want to see are words such as beef, chicken, lamb, duck, etc. as the protein source.  If you see "meat" or "poultry" or "by-products", that indicates a lower quality protein and there is no way to know what you are really getting in that food.


Usually the next item seen on the label after the protein(s) would be the grains, or carb source.  Quality grains would be foods such as oatmeal, rice, barley, millet.  Grain free carb sources are pea, lentil and potato.  These ingredient sources have nutritional value, as opposed to inexpensive fillers such as corn, wheat, or soy. The fats in your pet's food should also be clearly labeled.  Beef fat and chicken fat are quality sources of fat; however, the same cannot be said for "animal fat".  Quality oils, such as salmon oil, coconut oil, and olive oil are very helpful and should be considered a good addition to the food. The food we sell at Healthy Tails contain quality, whole fruits and vegetables that are specifically targeted for your pets' health.


When you feed your pet a quality food, you will notice many differences.  Your pet may eat less food because of the lack of fillers.  Another side benefit of no fillers is that your pet will digest and assimilate the food easier into their body, therefore fewer poops on the other end to pick up.  You will probably notice that your pet smells better, just as we do when we eat well.  You can also expect less shedding and a much softer and shinier coat because of the high-quality oils and proteins offering Omega 3 and 6 EFA's which directly nourish and impact the quality of the coat.  Quality oils also help to lubricate the joints of animals that may be stiff from age or injury.  Feeding a high quality food will result in having a healthier pet, and possibly fewer vet visits.


If you are already on a high quality kibble and your pet is still having troubles, you may want to investigate either a raw or a dehydrated diet, as they are less processed than kibble and can be easier to digest.  If you are interested, we are happy to show you a few of the many different options.  We care about you and your family.


Healthy Tails takes nutrition very seriously because we see the diffference quality nutrition can make.