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Specialty Pet Foods Make a Difference for Pets

<p class=' bwtextaligncenter'> <b>PetSmart</b><sup><b>®</b></sup><b> Helps Pet Parents Make Smart Diet Choices for Their Pets</b> </p>

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Specialty Pet Foods Make a Difference for Pets09:00 EDT Wednesday, May 26, 2010 PHOENIX (Business Wire) -- With the wide selection and availability of pet foods on the market today, it's easy for pet parents to ask themselves, “Am I feeding my pet the right food?” According to a recent PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) survey, 93 percent of pet parents believe that what they feed their pet really matters to the pet's health and well-being. “Specialty foods provide pets with top-quality nutrition that helps maintain their overall health at all life stages, and some foods are designed to also help alleviate specific issues such as food allergies or intolerances, obesity, hairballs and stiff joints,” says Mark Finke, PhD, pet nutrition expert for PetSmart. Superior Ingredients = Superior Health Benefits Specialty pet foods contain high quality ingredients that provide pets with numerous health benefits such as improved digestion, healthy skin, luxurious coat and weight control. Specialty foods can be tailored to meet a pet's needs depending on breed, breed size, life stage and special need. Key nutrients and ingredients can support overall pet health and vitality. For example: All cats and dogs can develop conditions like dandruff or dull coats, but foods with the right mix of proteins, fat, vitamins and minerals can help maintain skin and coat health. For example, copper promotes normal hair color and keeps coats soft and shiny, while vitamins A & E support hair growth and healthy skin cells. Extra fiber can be beneficial for some cats because it helps move hairballs through the digestive tract. Cats who groom excessively or long-haired breeds, like Himalayans or Persians, are more susceptible to hairballs and may benefit from a fiber-rich food. Omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce the inflammation caused by osteoarthritis, a disease that affects older cats and dogs, especially large breeds such as Great Danes, Labrador and Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds. Natural substances like glucosamine and chondroitin help maintain healthy joints. Protein, a key ingredient in all specialty foods, is critical for kittens and puppies to develop healthy coats, skin, muscles and organs. In older animals, protein helps maintain the immune system, muscles, skin and coat. “The high quality ingredients found in specialty foods allow pets to absorb more nutrients from a smaller amount of food, which also means they don't have to eat as much, resulting in less waste for pet parents to clean up,” adds Dr. Finke. Good Nutrition starts at PetSmart PetSmart has a variety of resources to help pet parents make the best food choice for each individual pet. Specially trained store associates can help pet parents pick the right food with the right ingredients each and every time. In addition, pet parents can visit the Specialty Food Information Center at for food solutions that meet the specific needs of their pet and ensure pets are healthy from teeth to tail. For more information about the health benefits of specialty foods, pet parents can log onto and read Frequently Asked Questions about Specialty Pet Food. About PetSmart PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. The company employs approximately 45,000 associates and operates more than 1,160 pet stores in the United States and Canada, 165 in-store PetSmart PetsHotel® cat and dog boarding facilities, and is a leading online provider of pet supplies and pet care information ( PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products; and offers complete pet training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart® Doggie Day Camp (SM) pet day care services and pet adoption services. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization and the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, has provided more than $109 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations. Through its in-store pet adoption partnership with PetSmart Charities®, PetSmart has helped save the lives of more than 4 million pets. Follow PetSmart on Twitter Find PetSmart on Facebook