Pet Nutrition

Loyal Biscuit Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor.

At Loyal Biscuit Co., your pet's well-being is our top priority, and we believe excellent nutrition is the first step towards better health. Poor quality foods can affect your pets' bodies in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Food allergies; biting and chewing at itchy paws; dry, flaky skin; hot spots; chronic ear infections.

  • Poor digestion, which can lead to a decrease in a food's nutritional benefits and possible reduced life expectancy; excessive gas and/or loose stools; increased pet waste.

  • Weakened immune system which could make your pet susceptible to diseases such as diabetes, cancer, obesity, arthritis, pancreatitis, and urinary tract infections.

We carry a wide array of foods suited for any price range—you can find complete raw diets and raw meaty bones in our freezers, and dry kibble and canned and dehydrated foods on our shelves. See below for more information on the different food types.

  • Dry: Dry pet food, or kibble, is not only convenient, but is often the most affordable method of feeding. All our kibble options are completely free of unnecessary fillers like corn, wheat, soy, and animal by-products.

  • Canned: A moisture rich diet is a vital part of your pets health and a canned diet provides just that. Canned foods are less processed then dry kibble and retain more of their nutritional value. We have dozens of canned options in nearly every protein imaginable!

  • Freeze-Dried Raw: Similar to a traditional frozen raw diet in nutritional value, though the moisture has been removed without the thawing or cooking of the product. This allows the benefits of a raw diet with the convenience of a food that doesn’t need to be frozen. Because of the importance of moisture in your pet’s diet, it is recommended to re-hydrate any freeze dried raw diets.

  • Raw: A raw diet consists of a combination of completely uncooked meat, ground bones, organ meat, and supplemental produce and very few, if any, unnecessary fillers. It is often considered the most biologically and species appropriate diet for dogs and cats and what our pets are truly meant to eat.

Feeding a nutritious food does not always mean spending a lot of money. In fact, natural foods aren’t much more expensive than grocery store brands. After factoring in lower feeding amounts (pets eating holistic foods typically require 20-40% less food than pets on economy brands) and fewer vet visits, a healthy diet can actually cost you less in the long run than a pet food offering fewer nutritional benefits.

What To Look For In A Pet Food

Loyal Biscuit Co. is proud to feature holistic, natural, and human-grade pet foods as well as delicious treats and natural supplements with ingredients that promote a healthy diet and vibrant lifestyle. Here are some tips to use when selecting an appropriate food:

Look For...

  • Clearly named meat or fish—chicken, lamb, beef, salmon

  • Concentrated named meat proteins—chicken meal, turkey meal

  • Whole grains and starches—brown rice, barley, sweet potatoes

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables—whole potatoes, carrots, apples

  • Named fats from quality sources—chicken fat, herring oil, sunflower oil

  • Natural preservatives—mixed tocopherols, vitamin C or E

Avoid...

  • Non-specific ingredients—poultry by-products, meat and bone meal

  • Protein fillers—corn gluten, wheat gluten, egg product meal

  • Carbohydrate overload—refined flours, wheat, mill runs

  • Processed fruits and vegetables—tomato pomace, dehydrated potatoes

  • Fats from non-specific sources—poultry fat, animal fat, vegetable oil

  • Artificial preservatives—BHA & BHT

How do I transition my pets over to a new food without upsetting their stomachs?


Slowly switching to a new food is the safest bet to avoid digestive upset. We suggest making the transition occur over the course of a week or two. Start off by feeding 25% of the new food and 75% of the current food for 2–3 days. Then gradually increase the new food to 50% of your pet’s daily intake, and decreasing the current food to 50% for another 2–3 days. If that’s going well, bump up the new food to 75% and the old food to 25% for another 2–3 days, until you can feed your pet 100% of the new food. You can always add a little “insurance” when food switching by grabbing some pumpkin puree—available at all Loyal Biscuit locations—which is great for easing tummy troubles and helping with food transitions.




My pet has a special dietary restriction. Do you offer anything for that?


We sure do! We offer foods and supplements for pets with even the most extreme food allergies and other health issues. If your pet is on a special diet, we’re happy to talk with you about their specific requirements and do our best to provide you with some healthy, natural alternatives to meet their needs.




Isn’t it best for my dog to stay on the same food?


We’ve been told that for years, but our pets actually thrive when given an array of foods—variety is the spice of life, after all! Our pets aren’t really designed to eat the same thing every single day, so we recommend rotating their food on a routine basis—that can be daily, monthly, or every few months—whatever works best for you! By switching up what you feed them, you actually help to strengthen their digestive system, broaden their nutritional intake, and help prevent the development of food allergies.




Is raw food really safe?


Yes! We believe that a raw diet is one of the best things you can feed your dog or cat. They are the most biologoically apporpriate diets, and most pets thrive on a raw diet. Dogs and cats have short and highly acidic digestive systems, allowing them to digest raw foods safely and quickly. On top of that, the raw foods we carry all have very high standards and strict safety procedures in place to ensure your pet is getting a food that’s completely pathogen-free.




Isn’t dry food good for my pet’s teeth?


This is a really, really common misconception, but unfortunately dry kibble doesn’t do much to keep your pet’s teeth clean. We like to compare it to you replacing your oral care routine with eating a handful of pretzels. Sure, it’s yummy, and while it might technically scrape some plaque off, it’s not a suitable substitute for your daily tooth brushings. A much more effective way to keep their teeth sparkly white is to provide raw meaty bones for your dog or cat to chew on. The bones work to scrape away plaque while the remaining muscle tissue provides a flossing action. Check out our freezers for a selection of bones to suit pets of all sizes! Other great options are regular brushings, or by using the Tropiclean Fresh Breath system of gels, foams, or minty-fresh water additives.




Doesn’t natural food cost a lot more?


Not necessarily! We actually have some foods that are cheaper then brands we have found at big box stores or the grocery store! Plus, if you feed a food that has more nutrients, you can often feed up to 40% less food than one with a lot of junky fillers, making bag of food last you a lot longer. With the added benefit of our Loyal Biscuit Co. R ewards programs for our customers, you can save even more!





Pet Food FAQs

  • How do I transition my pets over to a new food without upsetting their stomachs?

More Resources & Education

Stop in to talk to our pet nutrition experts about your pet's dietary needs, and let us offer recommendations for a great, nutritious food to enhance your pets health.

 

Don't see the food brand you are looking for? We welcome special orders and order from our distributor's weekly!

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