Dog Food Stores Chicago IL

There are many different types of healthy dog goodies out there on the market and many of them are homemade dog treats. These treats should be free of preservatives and additives and contain natural or organic ingredients. Check below for more information or to find dog food suppliers.

Off The Wall Entertainment
(312) 356-1712
207 East Ohio Suite #260
Chicago, IL

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Have Doggie, We'll Doo!
(773) 286-4727
5316 West Wellington
Chicago, IL

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Bark Bark Club
(773) 274-7233
1106 West Granville Ave.
Chicago, IL

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Zeus And Company Pet Supply Distributors, Inc
(847) 869-6961
2004 West Dempster
Evanston, IL

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Happy Dog Barkery
(630) 512-0822
5118 Main Street
Downers Grove, IL
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treats
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toys

PoopBags.com
(773) 929-7667
3717 N Ravenswood
Chicago, IL

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The Leash We Can Do!
(312) 310-9409
online
Chicago, IL

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Golly Gear
(800) 694-6531
7243 St. Louis Ave.
Skokie, IL
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affordable and practiCAl products - especially for small dogs!"

Golly Gear
(847) 677-0680
4104 Oakton St.
Skokie, IL

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PetSmart
(312) 588-0138
1101 South Canal Street
Chicago, IL
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Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-6:00

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Finding a Tasty, Healthy Treat for Your Dog

Finding a Tasty, Healthy Treat for Your Dog

There's a great old commercial for a dog treat where all you see is the dog's nose moving rapidly toward the kitchen. "It's bacon!" he cries when he reaches the treat but, of course, it isn't really - it's some artificial form of it. We feed our dogs healthy dog food and we mustn't forget to also provide healthy treats. With treats, we have an advantage over our dogs - we can trick them into thinking the treat they are getting is the best treat in the world. This doesn't stop them from standing underfoot while you munch on a piece of pie or fry up the bacon. But with the tasty homemade treats available today, from the store or from your kitchen, your dog is sure to be tempted.

Buying Healthy Treats

There are many different types of healthy dog goodies out there on the market and many of them are homemade dog treats. These treats should be free of preservatives and additives and contain natural or organic ingredients. Avoid potentially toxic ingredients such as garlic. Look for treats that have few fillers and a high antioxidant and vitamin content. And remember that homemade dog treats have a shorter shelf-life. Homemade treats are available at pet boutiques and online at sites such as doggiebistro.com and threedogbakery.com .

Making Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

Making your own treats is fun and saves money. There are many healthy dog treat recipes out there. Below are some sample recipes. For the baked treats, use only as much liquid as is needed to form a firm, most dough.

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter

Mix together and flatten small balls in your hand. Bake at 325 degrees for about 40 minutes.

Chicken Broth Cookies

  • 2 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Mix together then roll out on a floured surface. Cut with a cookie cutter (a bone-shaped one is nice) and bake at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes.

Beef Jerky

Choose a very lean cut of beef such as eye of round. Slice into long pieces of about 1/8 inch thick. Preheat your oven to the lowest possible setting. Place strips on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Leave oven door slightly cracked to let moisture escape. Check in about six hours. Meat should not snap but should break fairly easily.

Make Your Own Tasty Recipes

You can also conjure up your own healthy dog treat recipes. For baked treats, the basic rule is two cups dry ingredients to one cup wet ingredients. Generally, biscuits are baked at 325 degrees for about 40 minutes. To devise tasty recipes, pick from the ingredients below:

  • Chicken Broth
  • Beef Broth
  • Oatmeal
  • Baby Food
  • Egg
  • Cornmeal
  • Flour
  • Brewers Yeast
  • Parmesan Cheese (a little goes a long way)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Molasses (a little goes a long way)
  • Canned Tuna
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Ginger
  • Oregano

Special Needs Treats

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How to Choose a Healthy Dog Food

How to Choose a Healthy Dog Food

The choices in dog food can be overwhelming. There's food for small dogs and large dogs, thin dogs and fat dogs, couch potatoes and active dogs, and even food specific to a breed (such as Best Breed Dog Food). But, if you want to insure the best nutrition for your dog, choosing dog food from the array of healthy foods available is the best course.

But what does "healthy" dog food mean? It's a food that contains a dog's basic nutrition needs, a good source of protein, and adequate fat, fiber and moisture - and then some (see "Up the Ante" below).

To start with, any dog food must meet the safety regulations of the FDA. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (or AAFCO) defines what goes on dog food labels but some feel this is inadequate considering that the AAFCO is not governed and includes people in the pet food industry who benefit from certain guidelines. So, we as dog owners are left largely to ourselves to find a safe and healthy food for our dog.

The Basics

An average dog should have a diet that is 50% vegetable, 40% meat and 10% grain. Grown dogs need a minimum of 18% protein on a dry matter basis, whereas puppies require at least 22%. All dogs also require some fat, amount dependent on their level of activity. Dogs also need approximately 4% of their diets to be fiber. These are all, again, on average. In doing a dog food comparison, it is best to start with the labels.

Deciphering Dog Food Labels

Dog Food Ingredients: A good way to determine the quality of a food is the ingredient list. With a little practice, you can find a food that does not have unwanted products and is highly digestible. The ingredients are listed in order by weight.

One trick some manufacturers use is to break an ingredient into several different smaller ingredients and list them separately. For example, the ingredients might include chicken (first), ground corn, corn gluten, and corn bran (further down). You might think chicken is the main ingredient but, grouping the corn ingredients together, they would likely greatly outweigh the amount of chicken.

Guaranteed Analysis

The following must be included on dog food labels:

  • Minimum crude protein
  • Minimum crude fat
  • Maximum crude fiber
  • Maximum moisture

Note: "Crude" does not take into account digestibility or the source. The source could be human-grade beef or chicken feathers.

Some Tricks Of Your Own

  • Look for the first source of fat named on the label, to determine the main ingredients. For example, if chicken fat is listed seventh, the ingredients prior to that are the major ingredients. Those after are secondary.
  • Watch out for the names and description on the package of dog food. For instance, a product called "Doggy Dinner with Liver Flavoring" might have only a small amount of flavoring since a certain percentage is not required.
  • Calculating the "real" amount of each guaranteed analysis can tricky. Manufacturers can be deceptive, using high quality...

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The Wet Versus Dry Food Debate

The Wet Versus Dry Food Debate

Does your dog come running at dinnertime because you're shaking his kibble out of the bag? Or is it because you're stirring his wet food in the can? Or do you shake a little, stir a little? When choosing a dry diet, a wet diet or a combo for your dog, there are many comparisons to make.

Wet Versus Dry Food

Deciding between wet and dry food for your dog can be tough. Dry dog kibble is easier to store and serve. Wet often contains fewer grains and more protein. Here are a few more comparisons:

Benefits Of Dry Dog Food

  • Easy to store and measure out
  • Benefits your dog's teeth and gums
  • Helps ensure firm stools
  • Lower cost per serving

Drawbacks of Dry Dog Food

  • According to the Animal Protection Institute, some dry foods are sprayed with animal fat, an unnecessary and unhealthy ingredient
  • Tends to be high in gluten

Benefits of Canned Food

  • Contains more protein which can be beneficial for some dogs
  • Contains more moisture which is good for hydration and the urinary tract
  • Many dogs find it more palatable
  • Long shelf life when unopened

Drawbacks of Canned Food

  • Some dogs gain weight more easily on canned food
  • Short shelf life when opened; requires refrigeration

Mitigating Circumstances

If you have a dog with special issues, it is best to consult your veterinarian for food recommendations. Dogs, like people, react differently to different diets - some need mostly protein, some need lots of carbs; some benefit most from dry kibble, some from canned food. Here are a few special circumstances to keep in mind:

Age: Young pups and senior dogs tend to do better on wet food because of the added hydration. It is also easier on their teeth.

Overweight Dogs: Wet food is higher in protein which is what a dieting dog needs. It also makes them feel fuller longer. However, a high-protein dry dog food can also be sufficient.

Medical Conditions:

  • Diabetes: A low-carb diet is best.
  • Epilepsy: It is thought that a high-protein diet, whether dry or wet, may reduce seizures.
  • Food Allergies: Dogs are sometimes allergic to dairy, wheat and beef. A duck and potato or chicken and rice diet is often recommended and can be accomplished with either dry or wet food.
  • Hyperactivity: It is thought that a low-protein diet is best, which can easily be achieved with dry kibble.
  • Why Premium Dog Food Is The Best Choice

    Whether dry or canned, dog food that falls into the "premium" category offers the most balanced nutrition for your dog. Premium dog foods range in price from approximately $25.00 to $50.00 per 15-pound bag. If this is too pricey, consider mixing a premium food with your less expensive food.

    Premium dog food is beneficial in several ways:

    • Few to no fillers or animal-by-products
    • All-natural and/or organic
    • No preservatives or artificial additives
    • Usually only a few ingredients which is good for dogs with digestive problems and dogs with food allergies
    • Tends to be high in Omega-3 w...

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