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The Case Against Grains

Do you know what your pet’s biologically appropriate diet is?  In this article, “Veterinary Nutritionists Promote Pet Food Containing Corn, Wheat and Soy” by Dr. Karen Becker, she argues against ideas put forth in a veterinary news magazine article that promote gluten and grains in dog food.

She says, “So when I come across information that downplays the problems inherent in feeding grain-based diets to carnivores – information that encourages pet owners and vets to stick exclusively with certain types of inferior products sold by giant pet food manufacturers — I feel an obligation to dispute that information.”

Here’s the story at-a-glance provided by www.healthypets.mercola.com:

  • Here’s another case of a group of veterinary nutritionists speaking out in favor of inappropriate ingredients in commercial pet food – in this case, corn, wheat and soy.
  • Some nutritionists believe small pet food companies are spreading “myths” about the problem of grains in pet food, and they believe Americans are buying into the myths because they “love conspiracy theories.”
  • The nutritionists make the point that there is very little study data available on the negative effects of food grains on dogs and cats. What they fail to mention is that pet food studies are funded almost exclusively by pet food companies – the same companies that sell grain-based formulas. See the problem?
  • At a time when we’re seeing an emerging trend toward more species-appropriate nutrition for pets, it’s important to challenge the opinions of those who believe pet owners should stick with biologically inappropriate grain-based formulas produced by major pet food manufacturers.

 Read on for the whole story…


Lakeland Animal Shelter

Lakeland will have adoptables at the Mukwonago store this Friday AND Saturday, January 4th and 5th, from 11am-2pm. 

We hope you will stop in and visit these loveable furry companions!



Spinal Manipulation & Holistic Consultations
for your pet at End of the Leash

Dr. Deanna Witte with Witte’s Natural Veterinary Care will be at the Mukwonago store twice a month to do consultations and/or spinal manipulations for your pet.  She comes the 2nd and 4th Thursdays. 

Dr. Witte’s next visits will be Thursday, January 10th and Thursday, January 31st.

You can also make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Witte to discuss holistic options for your pet (nutrition, supplements, essential oils etc…).  Appointments are for 20 minutes and include a consultation and adjustment. Call the store to reserve your spot: 262-363-3338.

About Witte’s Veterinary Care:

Veterinary service providing traditional and alternative treatment options for your pets. Services include spinal manipulative therapy, wellness exams with individualized vaccination schedules, medical treatment, aromatherapy/therapeutic oils, western herbs, nutrition counseling, and whole food supplementation.


In-Store Specials

While supplies last…we have 50% off select holiday toys and rawhides.  Last chance to snag up some extras on sale!


Honest Kitchen at EOTL Mukwonago

Curious about pet food other than kibble, canned or frozen raw?  Honest Kitchen specializes in dehydrated pet food!  A representative will be at our Mukwonago location Saturday, January 12th from 10am-2pm. Stop in to see demos and ask questions!

Here’s a snippet from their website, www.thehonestkitchen.com:

We make our human grade pet foods from dehydrated whole food ingredients. Dehydration is a slow process that just removes the water from fresh, raw ingredients. That means our foods are a concentrated source of nutrition, and all you have to do is add the water back when you’re ready to serve each meal. A 10 lbs box of dehydrated Honest Kitchen pet food will make about 40 lbs of fresh food, once rehydrated! Our foods are produced right alongside (and on the same equipment as) foods that humans eat, to ensure the very highest production standards are used at all times.


Happy 2013!

Your Friends at End of the Leash

Please remember that us folks at End of the Leash are not veterinarians and no information on our website is intended to replace the indispensable and professional advice of your veterinarian.

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