Friday, December 14, 2012

San Diego Animal Rescue Groups

We were shown this great resource by Jeff from  It is an interactive map that has a lot of the animal rescue organizations in San Diego County.  If you click on a pin it will bring up information and a link for the that organization.  This is a great way to help out a neighborhood rescue organization that you might not even known was there!

 Here are the links to for dogs and cats. Cats Dogs

Dog Rescues

Cat Rescues

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Glacier Peak Pet Allergy Test

Glacier Peak Pet Allergy Test

We were just introduced to a new product that we think a LOT of people could use.  Glacier Peak Holistics has made an affordable professional allergy testing solution for dogs.  We wanted to test the kit and see the results before we started promoting the product.  After seeing many happy customers and getting the actual results for several of our staff member's pets we realized how many people would be able to use this product.  

The kit is extremely easy to use.  Just open it up, take a sample of saliva from your dog on the q-tip that is provided and send that with a sample of hair to Glacier Peak's testing facility.  They can run three separate tests - Food Allergy, Environmental Allergy, and Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency.  The kit itself is $59.99 and each test requires a payment of $15 to Glacier Peak's lab.  The turn-around time for results is about 2 weeks.

As some of you may know, similar testing will cost over $500 at a private lab.  We think this is an outstanding value since all three tests and the kit will only cost you $100 total!  

As you can see below the result sheets are very easy to read and extremely detailed.  The results shown below are from one of our staff member's dogs.  Glacier Peak also includes a recommended action paragraph for your dog.  

The real benefit to this is that your dog could be allergy free with a diet change based on the results of this test.  We will help you find the right diet using the results you receive.  Not only will we consult with you for FREE but we will credit your online account with $10 as soon as you purchase the allergy test.  You can use the $10 rebate on any future order you choose.

Please email or call us with any questions you might have.

Glacier Peak Allergy Test - Food Allergy Results

Glacier Peak Allergy Test Kit - Environmental Allergy Results 

Glacier Peak Allergy Test Kit - Vitamin Deficiency Results
Phone : 619-822-1610

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Latest Champion Foods Notice

Here is the most recent press release from Champion Pet Foods.  Bottom line is that they expect all sizes and flavors to be on shelves by middle of January.

November 30th, 2012 Champion Foods Update - Click to Enlarge

We'll continue to update about Orijen and Acana on our blog!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

IB Pet's 3nd Annual Halloween Pet Costume Contest Party

Please join us for our 3nd Annual Halloween Pet Costume Contest Party at IB Pet!  All contestants will receive a goodie bag filled with food and treat samples just for signing up!  Winners will receive an awesome gift basket filled with pet food, treats, toys and more!  If you came the past 2 years then you know how awesome the prizes were!  Register today so we know you are coming and we will have your goodie bag waiting for you!  

Contest Categories:
 - Cat
- Small Dog
- Medium Dog
- Large Dog
- Pet and Owner Pair

Who Else Will Be There?

How do I get there?
600 Palm Ave, Suite 127
Imperial Beach, CA 91932

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Raw Frozen Green Tripe

Written by: Russell Blauert, Owner of IB Pet.
K9 Kraving 100% Raw Tripe
Green tripe is an often overlooked supplement in a raw diet for your pet.  Did you know that when a carnivore makes a kill some of most highly desired parts of the animal are the organs and  specifically the stomach?  "Green" tripe is the uncooked and unprocessed stomach of a ruminating (grazing) animal.  Green does not refer to the color, which can be somewhat greenish in color, but to the fact that it has not been cooked or bleached.  It is packed full of good bacteria and enzymes that promote a healthy digestive tracts for our dogs and cats.  Ordinary grocery store tripe is not referred to as green because it has in most cases been bleached and scalded thus diminishing or completely destroying the naturally good enzymes.
Green tripe contains Lactobacillus acidophilus, more commonly known as lactic acid bacteria.   It is a good digestive probiotic for both humans and canines.  Also, the calcium:phosphorous ratio is 1:1, the overall pH is on the acidic side which is better for digestion, protein is 15.1%, fat 11.7% and it contained the essential fatty acids, Linoleic and Linolenic.  This analysis was done by Woodson-Tenant Laboratories, Inc.  
Benefits of Lactobacillus Acidophilus in canines and felines: 
  •  Treats diarrhea and GI infections
  •  Aids digestion
  •  Treats chronic constipation
  •  Treats symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  •  Enhances the immune system
  •  Lowers the risk of pollen allergies

Friday, August 17, 2012

Are Heartworm Medications Necessary in San Diego? Get the Facts.

Written By: Lori Blauert of IB Pet 
I currently do not use a monthly heartworm preventative on my pets.  I've been advised by multiple veterinarians that it is unnecessary in San Diego.  Being from the east coast I understand the risks of heartworm disease and would never recommend forgoing treatment on dog from back east but here in San Diego where mosquitos are scarse and the weather is cooler our dogs are not at risk. Why would I want to give my pets a monthly dose of toxic poison anyway if I don't need too?

It has been abnormally hot in San Diego the past few weeks and I've noticed some mosquitoes bites myself.  A friend of mine even told me she heard there was a case of west nile reported in San Diego.  With all this mosquito talk it got me to wondering about my dogs risk for heartworm so I did a little research on my own.  I first came across this article,  The Truth About Heartworm, which outlines the 7 steps that must be completed to give your dog a dangerous heartworm infestation.  I also found that according to veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker, "Heartworms are a variety of roundworm with the clinical name dirofilaria immitis. They are spread by mosquitoes.  Dogs can only get heartworm disease through infected mosquitoes. They can't get it from other dogs or other types of animals, from dog feces, or from their mothers while in the womb or through nursing.

Only certain mosquitoes can transmit heartworms to your dog. These mosquitoes must meet certain precise criteria, including:
  • They must be female. 
  • They must be of a species that allows development of the worms in the cells of the body (not all species do). 
  • They must be of a species that feeds on mammals (not all do). 
  • They must have bitten an animal infected with stage 1 (L1) heartworms about two weeks prior, since approximately 14 days are necessary for the larvae from the other animal to develop to stage 3 (L3) inside the transmitting mosquito.
  • This mosquito must then bite your dog. When the larvae reach stage L4-L5, which takes three to four months, under the right conditions they can travel via your dog's bloodstream to the lungs and heart. 
If your dog's immune system doesn't destroy these invaders, they will reach maturity (L6), the adult stage, in which males can grow to six inches in length and females to 12.
Two other critically important features in the transmission of heartworm are:
  1. The right temperature. During the time the heartworm larvae are developing from L1 to L3 inside an infected mosquito, which is approximately a two-week period, the temperature must not dip below 57°F at any point in time. If it does, the maturation cycle is halted. According to Washington State University heartworm report from 2006, full development of the larvae requires "the equivalent of a steady 24-hour daily temperature in excess of 64°F (18°C) for approximately one month."
  2. Humidity and standing water. Mosquitoes are a rarity in dry climates."

After reading this and finding the same info from a few other reputable sources I was pretty convinced that my dogs are pretty safe here in San Diego.  I then decided to dig a little deeper and see what some of the local vets in San Diego had to say about it.  I stumbled on some information on
Sunset Cliff's Vet Hospital's website which has me scratching my head again. They state on their website that cases of heartworm have been reported in San Diego and therefore they recommend you must treat your dog.  They also state that these cases are from dogs that have traveled to San Diego from other areas of the the country.  I  guess they are leading your to believe that your dog can get heartworms from other dogs.  As a vet your would think they would know that heartworms can only be spread through a mosquitos bite, right?  I'm not a vet but it sounds to me they are just trying to sell you heartworm preventatives?  

Ok I'm not trying to call out Sunset Cliff's Vet Hospital here but 
I then scroll down and read that they state that flea preventative products such as Frontline and Advantage purchased from anyone other than a vet are harmful to your pet.  Years ago Frontline and Advantage products could only be purchased from a licensed veterinarian but like with many other drugs, once they have been tested over time they can become available over the counter.  This happened a few years ago and these topical flea products can now be purchased from your local pet store, Petco, PetSmart and even at Walmart or Costco.  Sunset Cliff's claims on their website that the products these store are selling are not made by Merial and Bayer, the makers of Fronltine and Advantage.  Well that is just simply not true my friends.  As a pet store owner in San Diego I know for a fact that the Frontline and Advantage products I carry in my store are made by Merial and Bayer.  Obviously as a consumer you always want to make sure you are purchasing your products from a reputable dealer as I am sure knock offs do exist but for them to state that all of these products are fake just blows my mind! They are making these statements simply to scare you, just like with the heartworms.  They are trying to sell medications.  As a pet owner you want to be able to trust your vet but it's confusing and hard to know who to trust.  I guess you just really have to do your homework and know the facts.  


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Puppy Crate Training

Puppy Crate Training
By: Russell Blauert

Crate training is the easiest and most effective way to stay in control of your young dog.  Especially for the first couple of months, it is imperative to keep an eye on your puppy at all times.  This is important for two reasons, the first being the pup’s safety. The second reason is to avoid letting the puppy do things that we humans consider mischievous.  If a puppy is allowed to freely do things that we do not like then that behavior will become a habit.  Your puppy might like chewing on your floorboards and when we find the damage half an hour later it will be too late to correct him, because he will not relate the correction the behavior. When puppy has an accident, the best thing to do is ignore the bad behavior, quickly take the puppy outside and if he finishes going outside reward puppy with treats and praise.  Praise should be just as rewarding as treats.  Obviously we can’t keep an eye on our dog when we are not home or asleep and the crate is the perfect tool to avoid accidents from happening.  The goal is to not give the puppy an opportunity to have an accident. If the puppy damages your house or has a potty accident then blame yourself not the puppy.                                                
Make the crate a comforting place for the puppy.  In the wild, dogs, especially pregnant females, search out dens.  A puppy’s natural instinct is to stay close to the den environment.  In time your young dog will learn to like his or her crate.  When our dogs became old enough to not need the crate we left it out because they like to nap inside on their own.  Put in a small amount of bedding, (no expensive beds at first), cover the top and sides with a dark blanket, and leave the front open to replicate a den.  Keep it out of the sun, away from any A/C units, and put it into a corner where the pup can get a good look across a room.  I guarantee one thing, your puppy will howl like it is the end of the world the first few nights in the crate.  The most important thing is to not give in to the crying. If you do, you reward the dog for crying.  That behavior will be learned instantly.  Leaving your house is another time the dog will cry until it is a little older.  You won’t be there to hear it so it’s much easier to ignore.  The crying is not from being in pain, the puppy just wants to be with you.  This is the puppy’s instinct kicking in again.  Dogs are not loners but in a suburban environment you must train your dog to be alone while you are at work or at the grocery store.  Before you leave, quickly put the dog in the crate with no fanfare, give it a treat or toy to occupy it and leave quietly.  As with leaving, when you come home do it quietly and quickly. 
Potty training and the crate go together very well.  I mentioned it earlier but again I have to stress that you cannot let a young puppy out of your sight.  A young puppy will want to go to the bathroom every few hours throughout the day and the night.  The KEY is to make this happen outside and not in the living room.  Every few hours take your puppy outside and watch it go.  Have a key phrase/word that you will train your puppy to recognize. (“get busy”, “piddle”)  Have a treat ready and be prepared to offer the treat and praise the puppy within a couple of seconds after the business.  As soon as the puppy hits the grass, start saying the key word.  If the puppy doesn’t respond in a couple of minutes then try it again in an hour.  The puppy will associate the grass and the key word with going to the bathroom quickly.  The treats and praise will reinforce the behavior.  At night, the puppy will start off needing to go once or twice.  As soon as you hear your puppy moving around in the crate in the middle of the night, open the crate, pick the puppy up, and carry it outside to the grass.  Remember the treat and the praise even though it’s 3 am.  Try to get the pup out before the crying really commences.   Your crate should be large enough for the pup to stand up, turn around and stretch out but not big enough to let the puppy go to the bathroom and then just move away from it.  Instinct won’t let the puppy go to the bathroom in it’s own den. 
The other thing that will help immensely in potty training is to get your pup on a set food and water schedule.  Planned meal times and set times where water is available will help you learn when your pup needs to go out.  Water should be available during the day but don’t let the puppy drink excessively right before bedtime.  

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Traveling with Pets

By: Kelly Robins
This article was originally published at
Republished with permission.
Most people would consider their pet as a part of the family. Lovable cats and dogs often get stockings on the fireplace mantel at Christmas, bejeweled collars, and are given gourmet food. Adoring pet owners love spoiling their four-legged companions and only want the best care possible for them. It should come as no surprise, then, when owners wish for their pets to accompany them on their travels. Flying with pets can be complicated; every airline has its own criteria for getting your pet to their destination and it isn’t always the most enjoyable experience. The owner can help the pet become comfortable with the procedure by taking the necessary preparations for the flight. With the proper research, you can ensure that your pet’s travel experience will be as simple as possible.

Airline Policies

Every airline has its nuances, but generally the pet policies are the same. The airline specifies how much the pet may weigh, where the pet’s carrier will be stored, how old the pet must be, and so forth. Before you book a flight, you should contact the airline you wish to travel with to make sure that your pet can be accommodate. Not all airlines cater to larger pets and most will only accept cats and dogs. The airline is not liable for your pet’s health while traveling, so if you have any concerns that your pet will be exceptionally stressed out during the flight, you should discuss it with your vet.
Southwest Airlines accepts small, vaccinated pets over two months old to travel in the main cabin with their owners inside a small carrier with an additional fee of $75 for each leg of the trip. The owner must be an adult, with one pet per traveler. They will not permit Fido to travel without a chaperone. The carrier, which must be small enough to fit under the customer’s seat, counts as either the passenger’s carry-on or personal item. Southwest Airlines sells carriers, but you may also use your own as long as it fits the required dimensions depending on your seating assignment. Your pet must be able to shift around in the carrier comfortably, able to both sit and stand in their confinement. If your pet gets too feisty, Southwest Airlines reserves the right to turn them away. Southwest Airlines doesn’t offer their customers an option of traveling with larger pets in the cargo area, thus travelers with large dogs will have to purchase a ticket with another airline.
United Airlines has implemented a program in which pets can travel safely in the cargo area, called PetSafe. Small pets may continue to travel in the cabin with their owners with much of the same regulations as Southwest Airlines, but PetSafe is a nice alternative for pets that don’t fit in your lap. With the program, you can check on your pet’s status through online updates throughout the duration of the journey. Unlike Southwest, which provides no emergency considerations for your pet in case of illness, United shows concern for your pet and gives the worried pet owner a peace of mind with their dedicated 24-hour live animal desk. They also transfer pets in climate-controlled vehicles when your pet needs to make a connecting flight at any hub where they will be sitting in warmer temperatures for extended periods of time. In terms of cost, PetSafe is more expensive than traveling with your pet in the cabin.  Rates  vary based on the weight of the pet, weight of the carrier, and where you’re traveling. Domestic flights can range from $75 to $659 per leg of the flight.
American Airlines offers both cabin and checked pet travel for a flat fee on each. Checked pets cost $175 per kennel for all domestic locations, while pets within the cabin fly for $125 per kennel. The airline suggests that you give yourself extra time upon check-in to get your animal situated and you will be required to fill out a questionnaire regarding the pet with an airline agent upon your arrival. The questionnaire is a standard checklist to ensure that you have complied with the usual animal travel regulations, such as whether or not the pet can move about the crate with ease and whether you’ve provided the correct paperwork for its vaccination information. American Airlines has a somewhat lengthy list of breeds that they will not accept for traveling in the cargo, mainly consisting of “snub-nosed” dogs and cats. These are pets with short, stubby snouts such as pug dogs or Persian cats. These animals, referred to as brachycephalic breeds, often have breathing problems which could be compromised in the air.

Pets Abroad

If you’re moving to another country, traveling with your pet can be tricky. TheU.S. State Department website has some vital information on traveling internationally with your pet. In order to determine the requirements of the specific country you’re traveling to, contact the country’s embassy. Many countries have quarantine requirements, in which your pet may enter a country but must stay kenneled in an arranged area for several days, weeks, or months to ensure they do not spread any diseases. Some countries simply will not allow you to import your pet. If you plan on traveling internationally with your pet, do not put your arrangements off until the last minute because the laundry list of papers you need to fill out, shots you must schedule, and airline planning can be expensive and complicated.
PetTravel.Com breaks down the quarantine restrictions for individual countries. Countries that require quarantining tend to be countries that do not yet have any incidences of rabies, countries with a high incidence of rabies, and third world countries. Some countries require your pet to be micro-chipped or receive a blood titre test. If you are traveling to the United Kingdom, which is a rabies-free country, from a country with high incidences of rabies, your pet may be denied entry completely or will be quarantined for the duration of six months.
In some cases, home quarantine can be accomplished. Pets that would otherwise spend several months at a quarantine facility upon arriving in another country may do better with home quarantine because it supplies them with familiar comforts. Their owners must simply administer a rabies vaccination and blood test before waiting out the stipulated period before the animal can travel safely abroad. Countries with unavoidable quarantine policies such as Australia tend to have very clean facilities for pets with designated visiting hours so their owners can see them on a regular basis. However, they can be difficult to book as they fill up quickly on a first-come-first-serve basis. If the idea of completing all of the shots, paperwork, quarantining, and booking of flights just to get your pet safely relocated is making your head spin, you can contact a pet relocation specialist, such as the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association. They can help you understand the requirements and assist in getting your dog abroad safely with minimal stress to you.

Service Animals

According to the 1996 Department of Transportation guidance document, service animals are “any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. If the animal meets this definition, it is considered a service animal regardless of whether it has been licensed or certified by a state or local government.” The Final Rule on Air Carriers Access Act was published in the Federal Register in May 2008 and runs over 300 pages in length as an addendum to the previously written “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel” regulations written by the Department of Transportation in 1990. When the laws were first written, service animals were primarily used as guide and hearing dogs. Now, service dogs are used for a myriad of disabilities, such as for hearing loud noises, seizure alerts, psychiatric services, and emotional support as well as the typical seeing-eye dog. Not all service animals require documentation and not all service animals demonstrate a specific activity that visibly assists their handlers, such as those who have service animals for emotional support. As a result, the rules for traveling with a service animal aboard an airplane are somewhat complicated.
Service dogs are able to accompany their handlers directly onto the aircraft and may sit on the floor in the legroom area free of charge. Bulkhead seating can usually be arranged so that the dog is not cramped. Otherwise, they can give the passenger an additional seat so the dog has room on the floor. The service animal must be permitted if it has proper identification, but identification can mean a variety of things, including cards or other documentation, presence of a harness or markings on a harness, tags, or the passenger’s verbal assurance. The only instance in which an airline may demand to see documentation is if the passenger’s service dog assists them with a psychiatric disability, in which case a doctor’s note must be supplied, or if they can’t give credible assurance. Credible assurance would be proven if the handler could demonstrate the dog’s training ability or could explain how the animal directly assists them. The airline representative is not allowed to ask the customer what their disability is.
Unfortunately, since the rules for service animals are so flexible, they are often abused by customers that do not need a service dog and simply wish for their pet to gain access to the plane without a carrier or fee. Airline representatives take note of a dog that doesn’t seem properly trained and may deny access to any dog that doesn’t behave as a service dog should. A service dog always stays at its owner’s feet and will not run freely, bark, growl, bite, urinate or defecate outside of designated areas, or disrupt the rest of the cabin during the flight. Likewise, the airline isn’t required to house service animals undergoing training. The airline may also rebook a flight for a disabled person if the service animal presents a problematic allergy to another customer.

Pet Airlines

Believe it or not, there is an airline designed exclusively for animal travel. Pet Airways considers the animals aboard as “Pawsengers,” and makes sure they travel in complete comfort in the main cabin rather than in cargo space. The owner needs simply to check them in at the kiosk and then the pets are boarded onto the plane in their carriers and flown to the destination of your choice. They are checked on every 15 minutes to ensure their safety. Based in Delray Beach, Florida, Pet Airways was founded by Dan Wiesel and Alyssa Binder, two animal lovers who started the company when they found traveling with their own dogs to be a hassle. While aboard Pet Airways, owners can check on their pet’s flight status online and retrieve them from a specified airport lounge at their destination.
Unfortunately, Pet Airways comes with its drawbacks. It only services nine cities — Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, New York, Omaha, Phoenix, and Washington DC. They have released plans to open up ports in Houston, Dallas, Austin, St. Louis, and Orlando, but the expansion has been in the woodworks for over two years. Likewise, Pet Airways might be a comfortable alternative for your pet over standard flight, but the cost might outweigh the benefits. While it can cost as cheaply as $99 per individual flight, it can run up to $1,200 per leg, according to stl Today.

Preparing your Pet

Traveling can be stressful for pets. When you check your pet like luggage, pet carriers wind up in the cargo area, which means the ride could be somewhat tumultuous for your furry companion. The cargo area of the plane isn’t as smooth a ride as the cabin. It could be likened to the back of the bus, where every bump is felt. Stressed out cats have been known to lose fur in clumps, and both cats and dogs make vomit in the crate from the turbulence. In order to reduce some of the discomfort to your pet, you may think that you can give your pet a mild sedative to keep them calm. However, the American Veterinary Medical Association discourages use of sedatives aboard an aircraft because the pet’s natural ability to maintain equilibrium is effected. Respiratory and cardiovascular problems may ensue for a pet that travels at increased altitude while under sedation.
Try to make the trip easier on your pet by booking flights without any layovers or connections. Fly to and from destinations that do not suffer temperature extremes, as your pet will be exposed to the temperatures when being transported to the cargo area on the plane from the airport. Ensure that you pet is in good health to begin with and that traveling won’t make them unnecessary stressed. While the USDA requires that your pet be given access to food and water within four hours of check-in, you don’t want your pet to travel on a full stomach. Some veterinarians will even suggest that your pet fast for a brief period while traveling, although airlines will need a note from your vet in order to comply. Prior to your flight, give your pet a chance to relieve themselves in the designated area at the airport to minimize the chance that they will have an accident in their crate.
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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Supplemental Raw Feeding

Supplemental Raw Feeding

Written by Russell Blauert, owner of IB Pet and San Diego Pet Food Delivery

We get the following question several times every week from customers, "Is it ok to feed some raw and some dry food?"  Our answer is "Absolutely!!!"  Any amount of raw that you can feed your dog or cat is an increase of nutrients over feeding kibble or can alone.

Raw is the just that, raw.  Raw is what your pet has evolved to eat and would eat in the wild.  Kibble was designed for our convenience and not your pet's health so it makes sense to feed them what they are designed to eat.  Dogs and cats have extremely short and fast moving digestive tracts and need highly nutrient rich and digestible food.  Raw meat is exactly that.  See my earlier post, Raw 101, for a USDA nutrient breakdown study done on cooked food.  Most kibble is extruded(cooked) at temperatures over 300 degree F.  The nutrient loss can be as high as 75% of the total.

When you start supplemental feeding with raw I suggest mixing in a 1 oz thawed portion of the meat into the kibble with a spoon or a fork.  You can slowly increase the amount of raw each day.  You want to slowly transition any food change to keep your pet from getting an upset stomach.  As you transition you need to reduce the amount of kibble that your pet receives so that they aren't getting too many calories and become overweight.  A great feeding calculator can be found on Nature Variety's website:

Since you are still feeding a complete and balanced kibble or can you can select raw products that are not "complete and balanced".  These are usually referred to as "grinds".  They might be 100% meat or a combination of meat, vegetables, fruits and vitamins.  If you'd rather stick to complete and balanced raw that is fine also.  A good general rule of raw is that if it comes in patties or nuggets then the product is complete and balanced.  Just ask us on the phone, email or in the store about any specific questions.

So, go out and get started with raw today.  Your vet bills will go down and you will have a healthier, happier pet!

Phone : 619-822-1610