No doubt we all love our pets, our “fur babies.” Our pets are truly family members, and we want the best for them. But, do you really know enough about your pet’s diet? Is it truly nutritious, or is poor nutrition causing your pet to suffer from health or behavioral problems?
Phil Ray, of Best 4K9, has made it his mission to educate pet owners about nutrition and to provide only the best, highest quality pet food choices for their beloved pets. As a former firefighter and paramedic, Phil gained an understanding about human nutrition and its relation to human health. He then took that concept into his pet food distribution and retail business started in 1998 in Florida. He has now brought his knowledge of pet nutrition, and passion for providing it, to North Carolina. Best 4K9 has opened three stores over the past five years, educating pet owners throughout the Triad. Adding to their Greensboro and Oak Ridge stores, their newest location is on Robinhood Road in Winston-Salem.
“Our focus is on educating people about high-quality nutrition for their pets and how it can be used to drastically improve a pet’s health and life,” said Phil. “We spend a lot of time with each person to help them explore what’s going on with their pet and what they might do differently.” They offer a very carefully selected line of products and have personal relationships with all the manufacturers they recommend. They do factory visits to ensure quality production. The brands they carry consist of foods and treats made only from quality ingredients.
“It’s amazing what a difference proper nutrition makes in a pet’s health,” said Phil. Poor quality diet for dogs and cats can result in the same kinds of health issues humans experience eating a poor diet – obesity, diabetes, skin irritation and even heart problems. Switching your pets to a high-quality diet can clear up problems like poor digestion, allergies, ear infections, hot spots and excessive licking. Phil and his well-trained team make it easy to transition your pet to a new, healthier diet. The Best 4K9’s three-part diet transition plan is to introduce the new food as one third new to two thirds old, then gradually work the new diet in completely over six days. This allows your pet’s digestive system to adjust easily.
Best 4K9 also suggests rotation feeding for optimal health. By rotating types of food, such as chicken, beef, lamb, etc. as well as food forms – raw, wet and dry – adds exciting variety for your pet and can actually strengthen your pet’s immune system. Done correctly, rotation feeding can help your pet avoid digestive problems and prevent picky eating habits. Help your pet enjoy eating as much as you do!
Best 4K9 carries frozen, dry, and wet pet foods, supplements, treat, toys and training items such as collars and leads. They offer healthier cat litter made from corn, which is a better choice than clay litter which creates dust that can damage a cat’s respiratory system. One very popular item at Best 4K9 is the raw goat’s milk for dogs and cats. Pets love it, and it contains beneficial probiotics for healthy digestion.
Phil and his team are educators. They learn about their clients’ pet needs and often offer samples, knowing they are assisting pets toward proper nutrition resulting in long and healthy lives. They often hear back from their clients with such comments as, “He is finally interested in his bowl again!” “He has never eaten like this before!” and “I can’t believe how much her skin has improved and the scratching has stopped!”
The Robinhood Road store also offers premium grooming by appointment. Store hours are Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Grooming appointments can be made Tuesday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit them online at www.best4K9.comor on Facebook and Instagram.
WINSTON-SALEM: 3382 Robinhood Road • 336.829.5993
OAK RIDGE: 2205 Oak Ridge Road • 336.298.7781
GREENSBORO: 5820 N. Church Street • 336.441.8437