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Why Grain Free?

The simplest answer is that when your dog gets loose it does not run to the nearest grain field and eat the grain. The just don’t naturally eat wheat, corn, rice, barley, oats, canola, sorghum, and/or soybeans.

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Life Stages Explained: Cats

Have you wondered about what stage of life your cat is in? Many people often talk about the different life stages of their dogs but not often of their cats. Do cats have life stages? Are they as obvious as with a dog? Check out our blog to find out more information.

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Life Stages Explained: Dog

Knowing what stage of life your dog is in can help you when you find yourself scratching your head wondering what the purpose was behind them chewing on your shoe or why they don’t want to move off of the couch today.

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Human Foods That Dogs Can Eat

While there are certainly some foods that we should avoid giving to our dogs at all costs (link to post about foods dogs can’t eat) , there are some human foods that dogs can eat. If your dog is being good and you want to reward him with a special treat, the following list will give you some ideas for safe foods you can feed him.

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What NOT to Feed Dogs!

If you’ve ever run out of treats, or just wanted to give your pup something a little extra special, you’ve probably turned to the pantry or refrigerator. While there are some human foods that are safe for ingestion (stay tuned for next week post) , there are also some that are toxic and life-threatening. You’ve likely heard of the more obvious ones like chocolate and alcohol, but the following are surprising foods you should never give to your dog. As you’ll see, just because something is healthy for you doesn’t mean it is healthy for your dog.

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Preventing or Reversing Dog Obesity

Just as obesity in humans can cause a wide range of health problems, so too can dog obesity. When dogs eat too much or don’t exercise enough (or both), they can quickly gain an unhealthy amount of weight. Even moderate obesity can reduce your dog’s lifespan, so taking proper care of them is crucial every step of the way.

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The Benefits of Grain-Free Dog Food

Have you just brought home your brand new puppy? Much like raising a child, a lot of thought and planning goes into how you take care of him—including choosing the right food. At Great Lakes Pet Food, we believe that proper nutrition will lead to a long and happy life for your pup. That’s why we’ve created our protein-rich, grain-free pet food. But why grain-free?

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Food for Thought – Grain in Pet Food

In nature - Do coyotes live off grain? Do deer eat meat? No. Dogs and cats digestive systems are made to digest meat and fats. So why feed them grain? Good question! Because it's a cheap filler, not because it's good for them. MEAT IT'S WHAT THEY WANT, IT'S WHAT THEY...

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Emergency Kit for Your Pet

With all the crazy weather we're experiencing across the nation, here's some timely advice regarding your pet in case you need to move quickly in an emergency....

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Facebook Reviews

Please visit our Facebook page to read more reviews about Great Lakes Pet Food! Thank you to all those who have shared. The food is truly being enjoyed by many wonderful fur friends!...

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No Chicken Protein in Great Lakes Original Canine Formula

When a dog is diagnosed as "allergic to chicken," in almost all instances (there are exceptions of course) the allergy is to chicken protein.  Great Lakes original canine formula with pork meal does NOT contain chicken protein.  The natural preservative used is...

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The Great Grain Free Debate

While I could spend this post linking multiple articles and arguments for feeding your cat or dog grain free food, I will simply say this:  After researching the pros and cons - arguments for and against - we chose grain free foods.  When a wild (feral) cat or dog,...

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Love, Loss & Learning – A Great Lakes Pet Story

Mischief. It was a great name for the black kitten that darted about the adoption room where we met her. Like many indoor cat owners, we had her front feet declawed and she was spayed. We began feeding her affordable dry food and occasionally fed her cooked meat from...

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My Personal Pet Journey

At three years old, I picked up a snake and reportedly said, “Look Mommy – worm!” I was told she nearly fainted. There were a myriad of cats and kittens on the farm – snow whites, tabbies and tortoises – lovingly shuffled into the house and dressed in my doll’s...

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