Nutrition & Health

We believe pets need to eat well to live well.

★ Wide range of healthy pet food products
★ Proudly support family-owned pet food suppliers
★ Ask us about our dog and cat frequent buyer program

We set high standards and guidelines on our selection of pet food. Good nutrition contributes to a healthy coat, good energy level, balanced temperament and overall good health.

We carry everything from dry, wet, canned, raw, special diet, mature, food for puppies and kittens too. Our treats range from chewy, biscuit, dental, jerky, training treats and more!

Spoil your dog with a treat from our BARKery

Presenting the all Canadian “Bosco and Roxy’s” hand-made cookies. Your eyes will love them and your pooch will thank you! Prices range from $1 – $5 – So scrumptious you might want to take a bite yourself (we did).

Can you name the first 3 ingredients in your pet food?

We receive nutrition-based pet questions all the time. Our knowledgeable staff answer your most commonly asked questions.

How do I know what to feed my pet when there are so many choices?
The first thing you can do is to check out the list of ingredients printed on the food bag. This is your first and best source of information regarding that particular food.

Secondly, seek out natural pet foods that contain the hallmarks of human grade quality food and none of the hallmarks of low quality.

What are 3 examples of human grade and low grade quality food ingredients?
Human grade quality ingredients
a) Meat/protein as first ingredient
b) Vegetables, fruits and fiber
c) Good balance between protein and fats e.g. 27% protein, 14% fats

Low-quality food ingredients (mainly found in commercial and mass markets)
a) Corn or meat by-products as first ingredient
b) Wheat Gluten, Glycerin, Soy, Powdered Cellulose
c) Dried Beet Pulp, Corn Syrup & artificial colour

Why are protein and carbohydrates so important for dogs and cats?
● Cats are carnivores.
● Dogs are opportunistic carnivores that thrive on diets that are almost exclusively meat-based with very few carbohydrates.
● Both dogs and cats digestive systems are designed to handle large amounts of meat and fat.

★ High levels of quality proteins ensure a wide spectrum of amino acids that are an essential part of your pet’s’ diet
★ Unused protein is naturally removed through normal bodily functions, unlike carbohydrates
★ Too many carbs can adversely affect blood sugar levels since they are easily stored in the body as fat
★ High carb content contributes to obesity, diabetes, and a host of other health problems in dogs and cats.

Your dog or cat will naturally consume less food with protein rich diets as they retain more nutrients and have fuller, happier belly’s.

How does my pet digest their food?
Your dog/cat have digestive tracts that are designed for short feasts and long famines—not constant grazing.

★ Dogs have an especially short digestive tract that is designed for quick digestion of meat
★ They have difficulty digesting grains and other complex carbohydrates
★ Carnivores do not have digestive enzymes in their saliva (which is what helps to break down complex carbohydrates)
★ Most complex carbs pass through undigested and create large stools

It is difficult to find unbiased research on the carbohydrate issue. Part of this is due to the fact that most research is funded by dog food companies and the dry foods from the cheaper brands contain mostly grains and poor quality ingredients to keep costs at their lowest.

Note: Any change in your pet’s diet, a time factor of at least 6 to 8 weeks must be applied to allow the body to adjust and rid itself of toxins.

I never thought I would notice a difference in my dog just by switching her food. I bought (what I thought was a good brand) and didn’t think anything more of it. Lucie recommended Fromm dog food and I couldn’t believe the difference it has made. Maddie doesn’t shed half as much and her coat is very shiny (and this was in only 7 weeks). She really loves her new food and I will never go back to what she was on before. Lucie truly cares about your pet and will take the time to help you choose the right food! Mallory

Have specific questions? Call us or come on by!
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Master n' Dogs Retail Store

Phone: 613-792-3711 Address: 354 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, ON K2A 0E1

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