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We offer a wide selection of top quality and healthy products for all sorts of Portland pets!

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Dogs

Just like people, the diet and nutrition needs of dogs can vary widely. But don’t worry, we’re here to help advise on the best food for your pet’s individual needs, your lifestyle and your budget.

RAW FOOD

A raw diet can be a great way to feed your dog, and it can result in shinier coats, cleaner teeth, clearer eyes, and increased support of kidney and liver health. 

Some pet owners choose quick and easy prepared meals and others choose raw meat and then add in their own vitamins and supplements. We carry a wide variety of frozen raw dog food suitable for all kinds of dogs.

Answers Pet Food
Columbia River Natural Raw
Green JuJu
Northwest Naturals
Primal Pet Foods
Small Batch
Wild Coast Raw

These brands can be found at all three locations. Due to store size not all products may be in inventory. Please call your preferred location for any questions. We are happy to special order your product for you at no extra cost.

DEHYDRATED FOOD

Dehydrated dog food is a good choice for owners who like to feed their dog a raw diet, but without the time consuming meal prep — all you have to do is add water! Dehydrated food is nutritionally equal to raw, it’s just been processed (in a cool way we’d love to tell you all about)  to remove the moisture.  

Dehydrated dog food can also be used as a kibble topper for picky dogs that don’t want to eat, and it’s a great option to take camping or places where refrigeration isn’t available. 

Bixbi Rawbble
Bravo Pet Foods
Honest Kitchen
K9 Naturals
Northwest Naturals
Nulo
Open Farm
Primal Pet Food
Real Meat Company
Small Batch
Stella & Chewy’s
Ziwi Peak

These brands can be found at all three locations. Due to store size not all products may be in inventory. Please call your preferred location for any questions. We are happy to special order your product for you at no extra cost.

CANNED OR WET FOOD

We carry canned dog food that is free from wheat, corn and soy, and made without animal byproducts. We believe anything you can do to increase the moisture content in your dog’s food is a good thing! Many dogs prefer moisture-rich food since it better echoes the raw diet they would eat in the wild. Dog owners can add canned food as a topper to add moisture to the meal.

Bixbi Rawbble
Canada Fresh
D.O.G. Certified (Do Only Good)
Dave’s Pet Food
Essence
Firstmate
Fromm Pates
K9 Natural
Kasiks
Koha
Nature's Logic
Nulo
Nummy Tum Tum Pumpkin
NutriSource Pet Food
Open Farm
Pet Kind
Portland Pet Food Company
Rawz Natural Pet Food
Redbarn
Taste of the Wild
Weruva
Zignature

These brands can be found at all three locations. Due to store size not all products may be in inventory. Please call your preferred location for any questions. We are happy to special order your product for you at no extra cost.

DRY OR KIBBLE FOOD

Dry dog food (or kibble) is a nutritious and convenient way to feed your dog -- provided you know what you are looking for! Our shops carry dry food free from wheat, corn and soy and made without animal byproducts, preservatives and extra food coloring. We carry a wide variety of dry food and can a brand even the pickiest dog will enjoy!

Bixbi Rawbble
Essence
Farmina (N&D)
Firstmate
Fromm
Kasiks
Now & Go (Petcurean)
Nulo
NutriSource Pet Food
Open Farm
Pet Kind
PureVita
Rawz Natural Pet Food
Skoki
Solid Gold
Stella & Chewy's
Taste of the Wild
Wishbone Pet
Zignature

These brands can be found at all three locations. Due to store size not all products may be in inventory. Please call your preferred location for any questions. We are happy to special order your product for you at no extra cost.

GRAIN-FREE OR GRAIN FRIENDLY?

Before humans started feeding them, dogs would have hunted for raw, protein-rich food. Similar to the Paleo Diet, the theory is that protein-based, grain-free pet food more closely mimics a dog’s ancestral carnivore diet. With the introduction of mass-produced dog kibble around the time of World War II, inexpensive fillers like corn, wheat and barley were added to dog food to create bulk and reduce costs. Today, most commercial dog food still lists corn or wheat as a primary ingredient. 

FOOD ALLERGIES

Many dog owners who visit our shops cite grain allergies as a reason for choosing a grain-free diet. While food allergies certainly exist in pets, they occur considerably less often than some would have you believe, and most grains don’t even make the top ten list of offending foods. In order of prevalence, the foods most likely to cause allergies are: beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb/mutton, soy, pork, rabbit, and fish.¹ 

However, some breeds are predisposed to food-related allergies, including: Retrievers, Boxers, Chinese Shar-Peis, Cocker Spaniels, Collies, Dachshunds, Dalmatians, Lhasa Apsos, Miniature Schnauzers, Soft Coated Wheaton Terriers, Springer Spaniels and West Highland White Terriers². With these breeds especially, we advise erring on the side of caution and avoiding potentially allergenic food items. 

¹Caplan, C. (2018, May 31). The Top 7 Most Common Food Allergens for Dogs. Retrieved August 1, 2018, from https://www.rover.com/blog/7-common-food-allergens-dogs/

² Marion, K. (2017, April 11). Is Grain Free Dog Food the Way to Go? Retrieved August 1, 2018, from https://www.caninejournal.com/grain-free-dog-food/

GLUTEN-FREE VS. GRAIN-FREE

Sometimes our customers will ask about gluten-free dog food when they actually mean grain-free. Gluten is a protein found in certain types of grain - specifically wheat, barley and rye, so dog food that is free from gluten will not contain those proteins. Thankfully, celiac disease, a condition that causes a significant negative reaction to gluten, is extremely rare in dogs (with the exception of Irish Setters¹). 

The good news is that not all grains contain gluten. Corn, millet, rice and sorghum are naturally gluten-free. Confused? Don’t worry! We’re here to help. Our knowledgeable team is eager to answer questions and recommend the very best gluten-free or grain-free food for your pet. No one diet is appropriate for every animal. Ultimately, high quality ingredients are the most important element of your pet's diet.

¹ Huston, L., DVM. (n.d.). Is A Grain or Gluten Free Diet Right For My Dog. Retrieved August 1, 2018, from https://www.petmd.com/dog/centers/nutrition/evr_dg_why-grain-free-dog-food-may-not-be-the-best-choice

WHY FOLLOW A GRAIN FREE DIET?

While dogs have been domesticated for some time, the canine digestive system is still pretty primitive. Dogs have little natural digestive support for breaking down and metabolizing complex carbohydrates and cereal grains. These fibers and grains can remain undigested, with the body relying mainly on fermentation to break them down. In humans, digestion begins in the mouth with an enzyme called amylase. In dogs, the amylase used to digest carbohydrates is produced in the pancreas and small intestine¹. Over a long period of time, this can damage the lining of the digestive system, resulting in inflammatory bowel disorders, organ failure, food sensitivities, food allergies, leaky gut syndrome and obesity. 

Most vets today recommend that carbohydrates and grains make up a small portion of a dog’s diet. Many grain-free dog foods contain more protein and animal fats and fewer carbohydrates than their grain-based counterparts and are therefore more easily digested. Proponents of grain-free diets will also argue that it helps keep dogs fuller longer, so they’ll have more energy and eat less often. Since grain-free diets are more easily digestible, stool may be smaller and the dog may experience less flatulence. Dogs with grain allergies who follow a grain-free diet will also benefit from healthier skin, a shinier coat and less shedding.

¹Dog Food Advisor. (n.d.). Are Dogs Carnivores - or Omnivores? Retrieved August 1, 2018, from https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/canine-nutrition/dogs-carnivores-omnivores/

WHY FOLLOW A GRAIN FRIENDLY DIET?

When deciding on a food for your pet it is important to understand that not all grains are created equal. Grains that are highly processed are stripped of their nutritional value, but whole grains provide a myriad of vitamins and minerals. 

Fiber from whole grains can help regulate the digestive system, serve as food for the good bacteria in our guts, and eliminate toxins from the body. Soluble fiber (found in foods like oats) helps stabilize blood glucose levels, control cholesterol and enhance absorption of nutrients. Grains can reduce the overall calorie content of a meal and providing satiating fiber, which helps the body feel full and is therefore helpful in weight reduction.

Some large breed dogs, older dogs, and less active dogs can benefit from a lower protein diet that contains more fiber. Carbohydrate-based energy from grains benefits dogs with certain medical conditions, including: kidney or liver disease, which requires a protein-reduced diet; or pancreatitis or intestinal bowel disease, which requires a low-fat diet.

Grain-free pet foods grew in popularity at the same time that gluten-free and Paleo diets for humans became popular. For better or worse, customers frequently apply their own dietary habits to their pet’s nutritional needs. Some would argue that grain-free diets don’t provide any significant health benefits but are merely a clever marketing ploy. 

Cats

Although the first proof of domesticated cats dates back to Egypt some 4,000 years ago, there is evidence to suggest that cats were cohabiting with humans as early as 7,500 BCE. Fast forward to the year 2018, and nearly 86 million cats cohabitate with humans in the United States alone — that’s equal to 44% of U.S. households identifying as cat-friendly, as it were! But despite their long history of domestication, cats really haven’t undergone massive changes in their form or behavior. 

Our knowledgeable team understands that a cat’s digestive system is specifically geared for processing a prey-based diet. All cats are carnivores and have no need for carbohydrates. We can advise on the best food for your cat’s individual needs, your lifestyle and your budget.

RAW FOOD

We sell many prepared frozen and raw foods for cats. We believe that raw diets can improve overall health because they are more biologically appropriate. The thinking is that cats will be healthier since they are getting more of the right kind of nutrition they need. Raw diets for cats can: promote shinier coats, cleaner teeth and clearer eyes; support kidney and liver health; reduce the amount of stool because less food is wasted through improper digestion; and make cats feel more satiated (or full). While raw diets are more expensive than other meal plans, the upfront cost is generally offset by future savings at the veterinarian's office. All of our raw food is free from grains.

Answers Pet Food
Northwest Naturals
Primal Pet Foods
Small Batch
Tiki Cat
Wild Coast Raw

These brands can be found at all three locations. Due to store size not all products may be in inventory. Please call your preferred location for any questions. We are happy to special order your product for you at no extra cost.

DEHYDRATED, AIR-DRIED, OR FREEZE-DRIED FOOD

These diets are similar in nature to raw diets, but moisture has been removed, which makes it self-stable so it doesn’t need to be refrigerated like raw food. Freeze-dried diets are generally less expensive than raw diets and travel well. These diets must be rehydrated when fed to cats.  We like these foods because they offer balanced nutrition with minimal processing, and the food is convenient, travels well, and requires minimal prep work. All of our dehydrated, air-dried or freeze-dried foods are free from grains.

Feline Naturals
Northwest Naturals
Primal Pet Food
Stella & Chewy's
Honest Kitchen
Vital Essentials

These brands can be found at all three locations. Due to store size not all products may be in inventory. Please call your preferred location for any questions. We are happy to special order your product for you at no extra cost.

CANNED OR WET FOOD

The two most important ingredients in canned cat food are meat and moisture. Cats are carnivores and in the wild, the prey their food would include up to 70% moisture. When choosing a brand of cat food, always look at the ingredient panel and make sure that a named protein source is the first or second ingredient and that the vegetable content is low. Canned cat food is generally more protein-dense and easier to digest than kibble. All of our canned and wet food is grain-free.

Dave’s Pet Food
Essence
Feline Naturals
Firstmate
Fromm
Fussie Cat
Hound & Gatos
Identity
Kasiks
Koha
Nature's Logic
Nulo
Open Farm
Rawz Natural Pet Food
Redbarn
Sa-shi
Solid Gold
Tapa
Taste of the Wild
Tiki Cat
Wellness
Weruva

These brands can be found at all three locations. Due to store size not all products may be in inventory. Please call your preferred location for any questions. We are happy to special order your product for you at no extra cost.

DRY OR KIBBLE FOOD

Kibble is the most commonly purchased type of cat food since it’s often also the most affordable. Dry cat food is a cost-effective way to feed your cat, but that doesn’t mean skimping on quality - and it can be dehydrating, which is why we suggest adding water or goat milk, or supplementing with raw or canned food to add moisture. 

The average cat needs one ounce of water per pound of body weight, per day. House cats have typically evolved from desert climates, which means they are designed to get moisture from their food rather than by drinking water.  Any moisture that can be added to a cat’s diet is beneficial to their overall health. Dehydration can lead to kidney disease, diabetes and other health problems. 

The dry cat food we carry is free from wheat, corn and soy and contains no animal byproducts or added food coloring or preservatives.

Essence Pet Food
Farmina N&D
Firstmate
Fromm
Fussie Cat
Instinct Pet Food
Now & Go (Petcurean)
Nulo
Nutrisource
Open Farm
Rawz Natural Pet Food
Solid Gold
Stella & Chewy's
Taste of the Wild
Wishbone Pet

These brands can be found at all three locations. Due to store size not all products may be in inventory. Please call your preferred location for any questions. We are happy to special order your product for you at no extra cost.

VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN CATS? THINK AGAIN!

Wondering why we don’t sell any vegetarian or vegan cat food? Because cats cannot follow these kinds of diets! It is simply not biologically appropriate. Here’s why. 

Thanks to their ancestral dietary habits, cats are obligate carnivores, which means they must consume animal protein to survive. Eating a meat-only diet means that cats are getting some vitamins and fatty acids in their pre-formed state, directly from the source you might say. This means their bodies don’t have the ability to make these amino acids and vitamins in the same way herbivores or omnivores do — and they don't need to since the animals cats are eating have already done it for them!

For example, cats require vitamin A in its pre-formed state, but they can't make it from beta-carotene the way humans, dogs, or rabbits can from vegetables like carrots. They also have little ability to form niacin (Vitamin B3) from tryptophan, an amino acid that is used to break down proteins. 

Cats have a high requirement for taurine, which is found almost exclusively in animal tissue and is essential to cardiovascular health. Cats have a high resting heart rate and a high metabolism, and without sufficient amounts of taurine to strengthen the heart muscles, cats can develop cardiovascular disorders, thyroid disorders and metabolic syndrome.

Arginine, also found in animal flesh, is so critical to cats that multiple meals without it can lead to death. After dining, cats produce large quantities of ammonia, which is processed with arginine. 

Cats also lack the digestive enzyme amylase in their saliva. Amylase is an enzyme that breaks down carbohydrates and starches into simple sugars. This enzyme is present in the saliva of herbivores and omnivores but only produced in the pancreas of carnivores. Feeding cats large amounts of carbohydrates strains their pancreas and can lead to pancreatitis, kidney issues, or diabetes. For this reason, we recommend a low-carb, grain-free diet for cats. 

Small Animals

RABBITS

Your rabbit is a herbivore, which means it only eats plants! Grass hay should be the high-fiber cornerstone of every rabbit’s diet. The fiber in hay helps meet the important digestive health needs of herbivores such as rabbits. A daily recommended amount of a uniform, fortified food (pellets) will provide essential vitamins and minerals not found in hay. Fresh vegetables and greens are also an important component of a rabbit’s diet (we like House Rabbit Society’s list of appropriate veggies), and healthy treats can be beneficial when given in moderation. 

(Excerpted from oxbowanimalhealth.com, a brand we’re proud to carry in our stores, and All Points Pet Industry Sales Solutions.)

GUINEA PIGS

The guinea pig diet is very similar to a rabbit's diet with one key difference: guinea pigs cannot produce their own vitamin C as rabbits can — so that vitamin must be provided in their food. Both guinea pigs and rabbits are herbivores which means they require plenty of grass hay and greens along with their pellets. Similar to rabbits, guinea pig teeth are also always growing, so it's important to consider aspects such as texture and size of pellets in order to allow for maximum wear down. We can help! 

(Excerpted from oxbowanimalhealth.com, a brand we’re proud to carry in our stores, and All Points Pet Industry Sales Solutions.)

HAMSTERS & GERBILS

Hamsters and gerbils are omnivores, which means they eat both plants and animals. They thrive on simple diets that include a complete, fortified food (pellet), fresh water (served via sipper bottle or tip-proof dish), and daily fruit and veggies. Nuts and seeds can be fed as treats. 

(Excerpted from oxbowanimalhealth.com, a brand we’re proud to carry in our stores, and All Points Pet Industry Sales Solutions.)

CHINCHILLAS

Chinchillas are herbivores with teeth that are constantly growing. Their diet is pretty similar to rabbits and guinea pigs, but there are a couple of things to know as you learn how to feed your furry friend. Chinchilla pellets should be alfalfa-based and include extra vitamins and minerals for a complete and balanced diet. Some chinchillas can be picky eaters, so it’s important to keep an eye on how your pet is eating. 

(Excerpted from oxbowanimalhealth.com, a brand we’re proud to carry in our stores, and All Points Pet Industry Sales Solutions.)

RATS & MICE

Rats and mice eat both plant and animal material. Pet rats and mice can thrive with a simple diet that includes a complete, fortified food (pellet), fresh water (served via sipper bottle or tip-proof dish), and fruit and veggies in moderation. Like humans, rats and mice are prone to eating when bored, so it’s important to provide healthy food in proper amounts!

 (Excerpted from oxbowanimalhealth.com, a brand we’re proud to carry in our stores, and All Points Pet Industry Sales Solutions.)

SALTY'S & FANG! SMALL ANIMAL SUPPLIES

Carefresh Pet Bedding
Lagomorph
Oxbow
Union Point
Whispers Chrispers

Small Animal Supplies can be found at Salty's Pet Supply and Fang! Pet & Garden Supply.

Backyard Chickens

Chickens are omnivores who enjoy a varied diet that can include vegetables, fruits, flowers and grasses. They will also forage for insects and worms. Commercial feed - like you’ll find in our stores - is correctly balanced for all life stages of chickens, and starting your backyard chicken on a high quality feed will help in their egg production and overall health. Remember, chickens should have access to their feed all day long, along with oyster shell (a good source of calcium that promotes healthy egg development) and grit (tiny rocks used by hens to grind up food, and aid in digestion and nutrient extraction). We’ve included a feeding guide below to help you get started. We also carry feeds for backyard waterfowl and turkeys. We look forward to answering all of your backyard chicken questions! 

  • 0 to 8 weeks old - use 18% to 20% starter feed
  • 8 to 14 weeks old - 16% to 18% starter/grower mixed together
  • 15 to 18 weeks old - 16% grower
  • 18 weeks old - 16% layer feed
SALTY'S & FANG! BACKYARD CHICKEN SUPPLIES

Gem Shavings
Little Giant Heat Lamps
Sav A Chick Probiotic
Scratch and Peck
Union Point Feeds

Poultry Supplies can be found at Salty's Pet Supply and Fang! Pet & Garden Supply.

Reptiles & Amphibians

Most lizards can eat a variety of insects, but not all insect meals are created equal! Waxworms, for example, are fatty and more like junk food. Some lizards, such as crested geckos, need a species-specific diet, but can enjoy live insects occasionally. Leopard geckos can have mealworms as a main staple of their diet, but, depending on their age, bearded dragons have different feeding needs. Confused? Don’t worry! We’re here to help. Here’s a little more general information, but please bring your questions to us. We look forward to helping you find the right diet for your unique pet. 

  • Insects are also food for amphibians, including dumpy frogs, pacman frogs, red-eyed tree frogs and other hobby species (but note that we do not carry food for smaller species such as dart frogs). 
  • The feeders we carry are also suitable for a variety of invertebrates such as scorpions and tarantulas. 
  • Some mammals, especially hedgehogs, enjoy insects, and many insects are also great snacks for poultry. 
  • Superworms are lively, fast moving, easily digestible, and have a long shelf life. But you have to keep them at a warm room temperature (75° to 85°) and around other larvae so they don’t pupate. 
  • If shelf life is important, then giant mealworms may be a better choice for your pet. They can last for several weeks if properly stored in the refrigerator, and are ideal for larger reptiles who enjoy mealworms but can handle larger prey.
FANG! REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SUPPLIES

Fluker's
Repashy
Zilla
ZooMed

Crickets
Dubia Roaches
Giant Meal Worms
Meal Worms
Raw Frozen Mice
Raw Frozen Rats
Superworms
Waxworms

Reptile and Amphibian Supplies can be found at Fang! Pet & Garden Supply.

Wild Birds

One of the best ways to enjoy wildlife in the comfort of your home is to watch birds at a feeder. You'll be amazed at the variety of birds that will come to your feeder throughout the year. At our Fang! Pet & Garden Supply location we offer a variety of bird and wildlife seeds, suet, seedcakes and feeders. We are happy to talk with you about all your wild bird and wildlife needs. 

FANG! WILD BIRD SUPPLIES

Chuckanut
Nature's Café
Pacific Bird and Supply Company

Wild Bird Supplies can be found at Fang! Pet & Garden Supply.

Pet Birds

Pet birds need good nutrition and enrichment actives to keep them happy and healthy. Visit our Fang! Pet & Garden Supply location for a mix of products for your pet bird. We have everything for your caged bird including seed, feeders, toys and cage accessories like perches, cozy huts, and foraging toys. If you are looking for a product we don’t have in stock, just ask and we can look into getting it for you.

FANG! PET BIRD SUPPLIES

Volkman Avian Science

Pet Bird Supplies can be found at Fang! Pet & Garden Supply.

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