I have been working hands on, grooming pets for five decades. Over the years we have seen a lot of health issues in the pets that we groom, seasonal allergies being the most common after periodontal disease. The constant scratching, licking and chewing can result in self mutilation, lick granuloma, and secondary bacterial or yeast skin infections, making the pet and pet-parents miserable. Other related chronic health issues associated with allergies are bilateral ear infections, increased tearing which creates acidic skin irritation under the eyes and inflamed and swollen paw pads.
Pets that suffer from these seasonal allergies, or who are hypersensitive to flea bites, should be eating a diet that is corn, wheat and soy free, among other things. Those very common dog food ingredients are known allergens and should be avoided in order to provide your furry best friend optimum health and nutrition. You cannot determine what is inside the bag, or how nutritionally sound that food is by the graphics on the packaging, even if they are manufactured by the top names in pet food. You must read the label and have some knowledge of ingredients to avoid from for the long-term health of your best friend. You may be surprised to know that the most common response from our pet parents whose pets suffer from skin problems, when asked what pet food they feed is “Beneful” and “Kibbles & Bits.” I encourage you to research the negative impact of feeding a diet that lists corn, soy, wheat gluten or any type of by-product meal as the first ingredients. When the food is changed to a higher quality corn, soy and wheat free formula the results can be dramatic. Less scratching, skin lesions clear up and the dog is all around happier, more comfortable and healthier.
When we started researching pet food so that we could find our signature salon brand, one that we could recommend to our clients and their pets with confidence, we kept coming back to Blue Buffalo. So we purchased a few bags and began feeding our dogs and cats the Blue Buffalo brand. My whippet Indi no longer suffers from a sensitive tummy and loose stool. My cats, Lucky Loo and Bella no longer regurgitate after every meal, as they seemingly did, for the last decade. Another pets digestion improved, skin and coat looked healthier and shinier. So, we decided this was our brand, and that is why you will only find the Blue Buffalo pet food brand in our salon. We feed it, we recommend it and we sell it! And you’ll be happy to know that we match PetSmart and other large chain prices. PLUS, we offer monthly deals on Blue Buf.
There are different formulas, both dry and canned, available for the different life stages, sizes and dietary needs of most all pets. Because canine obesity is a major issue in the health and comfort of many of the pets we see, the Blue Buffalo Weight Management formula is one of our most popular foods. If your pet is overweight, Weight Management may be a good choice for your pet too.
There is a family and their beloved pet Airedale behind this company…not a faceless corporation. Here is their story taken from the Blue Buffalo website:
We don't "own" our dogs and cats; they are family members and companions who are treated with love and respect. Our office looks like a pet playground with a furry friend in almost every corner or vacant chair. (We actually have more dogs and cats then we do employees!)
We have Molly, Chris and Kim's Golden; Moose, Dave and Paige's Golden; Floyd, Monty and Lorraine's Maine Coon Cat; Zack and Emma, Billy and Robin's Airedale and Yellow Lab; Zeta, Jeremy and Tonya's Toy Poodle; Tabitha, Samantha's pleasantly plump cat; Bailey, Caryn's lovable, tail-wagging pooch; Gorby and George, Joyce's lovable felines; Teddy, Rich's Golden Retriever; and Coco, Jake and Freddy, Dan and Alicia's Persian Cat, Boston Terrier and Shiba Inu.
And, of course, there's Blue, Bill and Jackie's large breed Airedale, who is the inspiration for our company and one of the best pals who ever put on a collar.
When Blue had his last bout with cancer, we did some research and found out that cancer is the number one cause of death for both dogs and cats. We also found out that this is not just a "living longer" phenomenon, it's showing up in younger dogs and cats as well. And while there's a lot of research going on relative to the causes, prevention and treatment of cancer, many veterinarians are beginning to link the increases in environmental toxins with the growing incidence of this disease.
We hadn't thought much about toxins in the past, but when we looked into it a little further we found that they are virtually everywhere. Almost all of the household surface and rug cleaners have warnings on their labels; lawn and garden fertilizers and pesticides are toxic (just look at all of those little yellow signs) and the list goes on. This doesn't even include air pollution and the decline in water quality (which is why bottled water has become a multibillion-dollar business). All of these things have a big impact on dogs and cats because of their size and proximity to the toxins themselves.
Once we had this information we decided to make a food that would include ingredients to nourish our companions along with ones that had been scientifically shown to provide an extra level of protection against environmental toxins. Our first step was meeting with leading experts in canine and feline nutrition. With them, we developed the BLUE™ Life Protection Formula dog food and BLUE™ Spa Select™ cat food.
BLUE Life Protection Formula and BLUE Spa Select start with real chicken, lamb or fish as the first ingredient and plenty of whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruit. BLUE will provide your companion with the wholesome nutrition veterinarians and breeders recommend. But that's just the start.
Only BLUE contains LifeSource Bits, a precise blend of nutrients and antioxidants that have been cold–formed for greater potency. Included in our LifeSource Bits are vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that have been scientifically shown to help defend dogs and cats from the negative impact of environmental toxins, strengthen their immune systems and provide support for their special life stage requirements.
Lastly, and of equal importance, BLUE Life Protection Formula and BLUE Spa Select contain no chicken or poultry by-product meals†, artificial preservatives, colors or flavors, and no corn, wheat or soy, which have all been known to trigger allergies.
If you haven't tried either BLUE Life Protection Formula or BLUE Spa Select with LifeSource Bits, we hope you do soon. They set a new standard in healthy dog and cat food, and we guarantee that you'll be completely satisfied.
What your pets eat has direct impact on his or her health and future life longevity. We feed, recommend and sell Blue Buffalo pet food. We believe your pet will be happier and healthier when you feed it too.
We know you have lots of options for where to purchase your pet’s food and we hope you will shop with us. We have devoted our lives to caring for people’s pets and have years of experience in pet nutrition and the effects on the health and comfort of the pet. We will take the time to discuss your pet’s condition and recommend the Blue Buffalo formula that is right for him or her. We match all competitors advertised prices and will even carry the bag to your car!