Purina Small Animals Food Launches in PetSmart Stores Nationwide

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Purina® Garden Recipe® and Purina® Small Animals Treats are launching in the more than 1,100 PetSmart® stores across the nation.

ST. LOUIS, MO — Animal lovers can now take advantage of the history and research behind Purina® for their small animals with Purina® Garden Recipe® and Purina® Small Animals Treats launching in the more than 1,100 PetSmart® stores across the nation.

“All pets, no matter how small, quickly become cherished family members,” said Gabriela Bonadonna, Senior Marketing Manager for Land O’Lakes Purina Feed. “With years of experience feeding animals large and small, people have trusted Purina to provide quality products backed by more than a century of scientific research and an abiding passion for the health and well-being of animals of all sizes. With the launch of Purina® Small Animals, we can be sure that even the smallest family members are getting the nutrition they need, the variety they love and treats that taste good and satisfy.”

There are an estimated 16 million small animal pets in the United States according to the American Pet Products Association. These specially formulated diets for gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats and mice will allow all small animals to enjoy wholesome ingredients, like seeds, nuts, vegetables and fruits, fortified with the proper nutrients essential to fuel their energy and support their good health.

“Just like the rest of the family, these small animals need their share of vitamins and nutrients,” said Dr. Mikelle Roeder, a nutritionist with Land O’ Lakes Purina Feed. “The Purina® Garden Recipe® and Purina® Small Animals Treats provide a balanced mix of fun, delicious food that you will enjoy sharing with your critters combined with the nutrition needed to help them live a long healthy life.”

Members of the PetSmart® PetPerks® program can save up to 20 percent off all Purina® Small Animals products through April 31, 2012 just by giving them a try. The product lineup available at PetSmart stores may include Purina® Garden Recipe® Rabbit Diet 4 lbs.; Purina® Garden Recipe® Rat and Mouse Diet in 4 lbs.; Purina® Garden Recipe® Guinea Pig Diet in 4 lbs.; Purina® Garden Recipe® Gerbil and Hamster Diet in 2 lbs.; Purina® Apple-Flavored Flips; Purina® Gourmet Bites with Tasty Vegetables; and Purina® Treat Sticks varieties for guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits.

All Purina® Small Animals products are quality guaranteed. Anyone not fully satisfied with the product, can return the unused portion within 30 days of purchase to the retailer where they bought it, along with the paid receipt to receive a replacement or full refund.

For caring tips for small animals and additional product information, visit www.purinasmallanimal.com. To find Purina® Garden Recipe® and Purina® Small Animals Treats at the nearest PetSmart, use the locator at http://stores.petsmart.com.

About the Purina® brand
Purina® Small Animals ensures that even the smallest family members are getting the nutrition they need, the variety they love and treats that taste good and satisfy. Purina® Garden Recipe® and Purina® Small Animals Treats include specially formulated diets for gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats and mice.

Since its founding in 1894, the Purina® brand is one of the most recognized symbols in animal nutrition. We have spent countless hours researching and understanding the needs of customers and their animals. With years of experience feeding animals large and small, people have trusted Purina to provide quality products backed by more than a century of scientific research and an abiding passion for the health and well-being of animals of all sizes. Purina has earned its reputation by feeding more than 100 million animals every day and by having more than 80 patents granted in the U.S.

Visit the Purina® Small Animals website for more information at www.purinasmallanimal.com


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4 Responses to “Purina Small Animals Food Launches in PetSmart Stores Nationwide”
  1. Karine Jans says:

    I was hoping for a brand with less calcium. 0.4 % is acceptable as max level. 0.5-1% is not

  2. Sally says:

    I don’t get it. Anyone who has frequented any guinea pig forums can pick up from research and first-hand experience what makes for good guinea pig food. Good quality Timothy hay based pellet (for adult pigs); that corn and grains are not acceptable food and are an indication of filler. That kale, spinach and parsley are all high in calcium and oxcilates that can contribute to the formation of bladder stones.

    Are we guinea pig owners so terribly misinformed? It is difficult to find decent pellets and treats for guinea pig. And now Purina trots out their new guinea pig food and treats are full of “wholesome ingredients”. First ingredient on the pellets are wheat, alfalfa, wheat, corn, corn and sunflower seeds. Seriously? Their treats feature wheat flour and dehydrated cabbage, alfalfa, parsley, spinach and kale. Tasty they might be, but that is a bladder stone just waiting to happen.

    I am curious if the food for the other small animals have a more acceptable nutrition and and closer to true diet requirements. But their line of guinea pig products are way off. I guess I should be lauding them for not using the truly terrible ingredients, like animal fat and beet pulp? On the other hand, most of the awful pellets out there have hay (even if it’s alfalfa) as the first ingredient.

    Obviously a decent guinea pig pellet doesn’t have a high enough profit margin. Much easier to sell the uninformed masses with junk food.

    Bah.

  3. From looking at the ingredients list, it is readily apparent that Purina’s new line of pet food for small animals is certainly not appropriate for the long term health of guinea pigs. Adult cavies should be given quality Timothy hay based pellets, plain and without any “treats” that are more suited for an avian diet. Purina’s Garden Recipe pellets and treat line are the dietary equivalent of choosing to give your beloved guinea pig processed junk food.

    Alfalfa – listed second on the ingredients list, meaning that most of the feed is composed of this (after the first listed ingredient, wheat middlings). Alfalfa is high in calcium, therefore making it unsuitable for adult cavies as a diet high in calcium is known to contribute to bladder stones. While quality alfalfa hay or pellets are given to adolescent and pregnant guinea pigs, the following listed ingredients make this dry feed an inappropriate choice even for them.

    Seeds and grains – these are high in fat and have too much protein for guinea pigs. They also present a choking hazard.

    Cane molasses – an artificial processed sweetener. Cavies certainly don’t need added sugars, the only sugars they should consume are natural fruit sugars found in fresh fruits and vegetables.

    Dried carrot flakes, banana, papaya – these dehydrated products are low in nutrients, high in salt and preservatives.

    Corn products (whole corn, ground corn, corn distillers dried grains) – filler food that are not found in their natural diet and can also be high in fat and starches.

    Soybean oil, coconut oil – again are high in fat, offer little to no nutritional value, and are not appropriate in a cavy’s diet.

    Purina’s Treat Sticks are not much better – they seem to be comprised solely of seeds, nuts and grains that are not suitable for a cavy’s diet. The Purina Gourmet Bites and Apple Flavored Flips contain a limited selection of actual dehydrated vegetables, but again these have little in the way of nutritional value and are poor substitutes for the fresh greens necessary in a well balanced cavy diet. These mass marketed treat lines are never inexpensive, why not choose to buy fresh leafy greens and vegetables for your guinea pig instead?

    This is yet another low quality line of guinea pig food products that only serves to mislead less knowledgeable guinea pig owners into thinking they are buying something good for the long term health and nutrition of their pet.

  4. Cassandra says:

    Just by eyeballing it, the ingredients are pure junk. If you compare using Guinea Lynx’s guidelines for healthy pellets, you’ll see that these pellets are of no value: http://www.guinealynx.info/pellets.html.

    The best options are KMS Hayloft (http://www.kmshayloft.com) and Oxbow through and through.

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