Taking care of your furry friend shouldn't be difficult. Make sure they receive plenty of love and attention, take them into the vet regularly, get them out to socialize and exercise and feed them nutritious food. The food part however can prove far more challenging than it should. Big brand pet food providers often offer inferior food with an assortment of fillers and unhealthy byproducts.more
Taking care of your dog starts with making sure they are properly fed and given plenty of water. However, if you don't know what to look for you may confuse a slender dog with malnutrition. There are several signs of being malnourished to look out for.more
Feeding your pet a raw food diet is an excellent way to make sure your furry little friend receives the very best vitamins and nutrients for a long and healthy life. That said, there are several do's and don'ts you need to follow in order to avoid negative side effects of some less than desirable food products.more
Have you ever looked on the back of a pet food label, only to find you have no idea what some of the ingredients are? If so, you are not alone. Many of the big-label brands of dog food use "filler" ingredients to bulk up the food and decrease the cost of production, passing the savings (and the nutritional deficiency) on to you.more
Searching for the right food for your dog is important. You don't want to just settle for the big name brand, boasting you receive an extra 20% for free! Cheaply priced dog food is exactly that: cheap. It's like putting cheap, processed food into your body every single meal. You might save money, but you put yourself at risk of health problems. Cheap, big brand dog food comes packed with fillers. Try organic, protein and vitamin rich brands instead.more
Buying traditional cat food is easy. You simply go to any store, pick up a bag of dry food or a box of canned food and call it a day. However, this may not be the best option. In fact, organic cat food is significantly better for your feline than regular cat food. Here are some of the major health benefits associated with choosing organic.more
Dogs are almost always happy to see you, go on a walk and chase a ball around the yard for hours at a time. However, a happy dog doesn't always mean a healthy dog. While personality and energy are always great indicators, here's how to tell if your dog is in great shape.more
Dental cleaning for dogs and cats is often an afterthought. Many pet owners simply don't think about brushing their pet's teeth or having their mouth professionally cleaned. However, a dog and cat's oral health may be related to other health issues, ranging anywhere from heart disease to cancer. Here are a few of the biggest reasons you should stay on top of cleaning your pet's mouth.more
With the majority of your dog's body covered in fur, their ears, nose, eyes and mouth become important windows into their overall health. Identifying a possible ear infection early on helps you prevent the problem from spreading, may give you an indication to alternative health concerns and allows you to restore your pet's comfort faster. Here are a few ways you can tell if your dog has an ear infection.more
Do you love pets? Are you the person who gravitates towards the furry little friend in someone's house instead of spending time with the people? Perhaps you would spend all day, every day, walking with your pup or playing with your cat. If this sounds like you, opening an organic pet food store may be the perfect venture for you. Ben's Barketplace is a one-of-a-kind pet destination with franchise opportunities available.more
Police dogs have become an integral part of police forces around the world. Animals can often perform certain duties far better than humans. While dogs have long been used for tracking, K-9 police dogs are unique and, in many states, are protected by the exact same laws as human officers. Here are some more facts about our four-legged public servants.more
Fleas can be a cat owner's worst nightmare and, more importantly, a very uncomfortable experience for cats. While many companies market products that are full of chemicals to kill fleas, this has actually been proven counterproductive. Luckily, with a few small changes to the way you approach flea treatment and prevention, you can help to make your cat's life much more comfortable.more
When it comes to dog food, nutrient density is extremely important. While plenty of dog food brands offer nutrient testing, this is just a small picture of what is actually in the dog food. Each manufacturing plant can differ from place to place. Most companies also cannot identify the types of nutrients in the food. It's important to purchase your dog's food from a quality raw food provider, and here at Ben's Barketplace we only sell the best dog food for your pet.more
Your dog's oral hygiene is extremely important to their overall health. While some dog owners may believe that oral hygiene is simply for cosmetic purposes, or to try and rid their dog of bad breath, it is actually directly linked to tooth decay, gum disease, and even heart failure.more
Dogs get ear infections just like humans do, and they are just as uncomfortable. While you can take your dog to the vet or use home remedies for their ear infection, the best course of action is to take measures to prevent an ear infection altogether. it probably won't come as a surprise to you that your dog's diet can help to prevent ear infections, which is why switching to a raw food diet can be hugely beneficial.
Food is Linked to Ear Health
At Bens Barketplace, we offer the types of dog food that your dog needs in his diet in order to help protect this body against a variety of ailments, ear infections included. But how does diet help with ear infections? By consuming a preservative filled diet, the body tries...more
Not all dog food is created equal, and the health benefits your dog will reap from eating BLUE Wilderness Dog Food is living proof of this statement. When it comes to a wholesome, well-rounded diet we fully endorse this high-quality food for your dog.more
It's hot out, your dog is drinking more water than usual so you head to the sink to fill his bowl up for the third time today. But wait. Are you giving your dog the same quality water as you give him in his food? If you are giving your dog tap water to quench his thirst, or if you are purchasing processed dog foods then the answer is no.
Fluoride: A Known Neurotoxin
What does fluoride, arsenic, and lead all have in common? They are considered neurotoxins. Even the levels that are currently considered "safe" for human consumption are now being reevaluated. In a recent study, it was found that "safe" levels of fluoride consumption in children did enough damage to cause a drop in IQ that could lead to serious issues such as ADHD and cognitive disorders.
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Business owner hopefuls and animal lovers rejoice, you can now start your very own Ben's Barketplace franchise. With many years in the pet food business, pet owners adore Ben's Barketplace for the nutritious and extensive healthy pet foods that are available.
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Joining a health conscious company like Ben's Barketplace is a lucrative financial decision, and more importantly, it's one you can feel good about. When you join the...more
Fleas can be a cat owner's worst nightmare and, more importantly, a very uncomfortable experience for cats. While many companies market products that are full of chemicals to kill fleas, this has actually been proven counterproductive. Luckily, with a few small changes to the way you approach flea treatment and prevention, you can help to make your cat's life much more comfortable.
Why Traditional Methods Don't Work
While the intentions are good, most pet owners do a lot of harm by overexposing their cats to traditional flea treatments which are fully of pesticides and other chemicals. While this may work in the short term, over time the chemicals begin to break down the cat's immune system and this causes the animal to become a great new home for fleas. Similar to weeds...more
Not all pet food is created equally. Much like your own options for food, there are various options for your pets. You can choose cheap food, or food that is more along the lines for health food for dogs and cats. When you think about the long term effects of dietary choices for your animals, you will understand why quality pet food is so important.
Feeding your pet a low quality pet food is like fuelling yourself or your family on fast food and nothing else. Cheap pet food contains inexpensive ingredients that make up the bulk of the food as filler. The nutritional quality is sub-par, and you will see the effects in your pet’s mood and health. When animals eat food that is not designed for their optimal nutrition their entire bodies suffer, from energy and attitude to dental...more
You are what you eat – and that is true for pets, too! People are not the only creatures impacted by their diets. Your cat, dog, or other pet is equally at risk of drawbacks from poor food choices.
The worst foods for your pet are relatively easy to identify. They are the commonly used, inexpensive bags of dry kibbles, popular for their price and convenience.
These types of dog food often have subpar ingredients, such as corn syrup. This is an inexpensive type of sweetener that makes the food more palatable to your pet, but comes with a lot of health risks like weight gain, hyperactivity, behavior problems and diabetes. Corn itself is also used as cheap filler in these foods, and it can turn bad in the bag, poisoning the food and creating even bigger health...more
What is species appropriate nutrition and how can it affect your pet?
The concept of species appropriate nutrition is quite simple – each species is designed to thrive on a specific type of food, with nutrients that work perfectly with that animal’s body. Carnivorous animals should eat meat, and vegetarian animals should not. Animals that would eat raw prey in the wild are best served by eating raw meat as domesticated animals.
If you take a look inside your dog or cat’s mouth you will see one of the ways in which they are designed to be carnivorous animals. Both dogs and cats have very sharp teeth that are made for tearing flesh. They are not made to chew extensively.
You cannot see the inside of your pet’s body, of course, but if you could you would see that their...more
Raw feeding is a growing trend in the world of pet care, for good reason. A raw meat diet for cats and dogs is one of the best health choices you can make for your pet. The benefits for your cat or dog, with a raw meat diet, are substantial!
Both cats and dogs are carnivores, and their bodies are designed to function on prey – raw meat. While a dog raw meat diet can have a bit of leeway, a raw meat diet for cats must be very fresh, as they will reject anything that is too old. Both animals can eat the same meats for raw feeding, from poultry to pork, beef, lamb, fish, rabbit, and organ meats.
Why would you choose raw feeding?
Conventional dry cat and dog food, the cheap kibbles you can find at any store, is made up of animal by-products, corn syrup, and inexpensive...more
Feeding your dog a raw diet, or sourcing raw food for cats, is a great way to extend the longevity of your pet’s life and ensure that they are in optimum health. Both cats and dogs can benefit from a raw diet.more
Your pet’s paws are itchy, red, and sore – ouch! What can you do to help him feel better?
Irritated paws are likely caused by contamination or allergies of some sort. Whether it is salt, grass, mold, or some other kind of toxin, these substances get into your pet’s paws and cause problems.more
Nobody wants their pet to suffer with ticks or fleas, but it can be challenging to find all natural pet pest repellants that are not harmful to your dog or cat, your home, and the environment. Luckily, there are more and more options for great organic pet products that you can find at holistic pet food stores, keeping your beloved companion free of annoying pests.more