Noah's Ark Pet Wash • 4431 Cass St. • Pacific Beach, CA 92109 • 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM • Closed Wed. • 858-270-8161
Noah's Ark Pet Wash and Boutique, Pacific Beach's self service dog wash and pet supply store  

Dogs and their ancestors evolved on raw food, including raw meat, and not on the highly processed/cooked commercial diet eaten by modern day pets. (Ever see a wolf or dog, left to their own devices, out barbecuing their dinner?) Commercial pet diets came into our lives in the 1950’s. Before that, humans fed their pets table scraps and raw bones. Commercial pet foods were invented as a matter of convenience and a supposed lack of a "balanced diet" theory as well as prevention and treatment of nutritional diseases.

A diet of fresh foods including raw meats and vegetables is the very best diet we can provide for our animals. However, many people simply don’t have time, their budget may be limited, not to mention concerns that their pet will get sick from raw meat. Consider the fact that dogs would not be here today if their ancestors had not been able to survive a raw food diet. Their bodies are designed by mother nature to destroy bacteria. Their stomachs contain very strong and highly acidic digestive juices. Canine intestines are much shorter than humans, 11 feet compared to 21 feet. This translates into much less time for bacteria to grow and cause problems.

The next best diet to a natural species appropriate RAW FOOD DIET is a natural dry and/or canned food. They are much healthier and far less toxic than most regular commercial dog and cat foods for the following reasons:

  • Human grade ingredients are used, (including meats), rather than products deemed unfit for human consumption
  • Use of fresh whole ingredients rather than millings or by-products (i.e., factory waste)
  • Fewer toxic ingredients (including chemical and artificial preservatives) go to for more info on this subject
  • No rancid or highly preserved animal fats
  • Natural preservatives only, such as vitamin C and vitamin E, (mixed tocopherols)

Regardless of which type or brand of diet you choose it needs to meet 5 basic requirements:

  • Proper amount and balance of essential nutrients.
  • High nutritional quality so that the animal’s body can actually utilize the nutrients
  • Palatability
  • Minimal or no fillers and by-products
  • No artificial colors, flavors, chemicals preservatives or additives

As previously mentioned, the pet food industry is a MEGA business, but without the government quality and health regulations from which humans benefit. Because of this lack of regulation, commercial pet food may likely be the most highly processed food on the planet. It’s no wonder our beloved pets now have more health problems than ever before. These poor creatures are suffering from the likes of cancer, allergies, diabetes, ear, skin and coat problems, irritable bowel syndrome, pancreatitis, auto immune disorders, arthritis, obesity, kidney disease . . . . . . . the list goes on and on.

Noah’s Ark is a neighborhood pet store rather than a national chain. Our knowledgeable staff can provide you with current information on natural alternative diets and help you select what’s best for you and your pet. Noah’s Ark carries three types of pet foods; a freezer stocked with Wright’s Poultry and Halshan’s Brand RAW FOOD diets, Azmira Holistic Brand dry and canned dog and cat foods and The Honest Kitchen’s brand of dehydrated dog food called "Verve". We feed these to our own dogs and we’re very picky about what our fur kids eat! We also carry the supplements necessary to provide optimum nutrition or help with an existing condition.

Health starts from the inside out and that means good nutrition. The benefits of a natural diet are:

  • A pet that thrives rather than just survives. Eyes that glow, healthy skin, coat, ears, teeth, immune system and digestion not to mention good smelling breath. Energy abounds.
  • Better resistance to pests such as fleas. Parasites tend to avoid healthy pets. Sickly ones are easier targets.
  • Minimize genetic health risks.
  • Longer and healthier lives.
  • Best of all . . . . .a lot less in vet bills (sorry Doc!)

    Nutrition is the KEY to good health

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