By Charlene Dean
Most people purchase their pet food from local big box stores or grocery chains. But if you want your pet to have a different kind of nutrition, or it has allergies to grains, the new Pet Food Depot, 70 S. Highway 160, in the Pahrump Junction shopping center might be just the thing.
Former owner of a local pet warehouse, John Shewalter is managing Pet Food Depot for an out-of-state owner and brings his wealth of knowledge to pet owners, but on a small scale.
“I know more about pet foods and nutrition than most anyone,” Shewalter said as he launched into a discussion of the product lines in stock.
“We carry food, treats and toys for dogs, cats and other small animals.” He said the store will increase its stock according to demand.
“I had someone come in asking for bird food, so I ordered it. Someone else wanted chicken feed, so I’m getting that.”
The store stocks pet foods from Diamond, Premium Edge, Chicken Soup and grain-free Taste of the Wild in both bags of dry food and canned as well.
He said not only are some dogs allergic to the grain in most pet foods you find in the other stores, cats are even more adverse to them.
“Cats don’t have the digestive enzyme to break down the grains. They are different than any other animal. Most animals convert carbohydrates to energy, where a cat converts protein to energy.” The store also carries grain-free treats.
Something Shewalter said is “a huge market” are a line of fresh, raw foods for pets. “People are looking for unprocessed foods for pets just like they do for themselves. It’s better nutrition.” He said there are three freezer cases of raw foods and if he doesn’t have what you want, he will order it.
Shewalter said he will also carry a limited number of feeding dishes, collars and leashes in the next couple of weeks. “We only have limited space, so the store won’t carry massive amounts of items, and pet food won’t be available in bulk.”
He said the store will stock smaller quantity bags of pet food to “avoid the mess created when dealing with bulk food and treats.”
For those who make their own pet food at home, Shewalter said he carries a powdered mineral supplement owners can add to the homemade food.
“Making your pet’s food is great, but they need minerals, too.” He said the minerals are already in dry pet food and animals need one or the other.
The quality of pet foods in stock and some of the brand names are available in other locations around town. Shewalter said he will match prices on exact items with those suppliers and “be competitive.”
Shewalter said the store is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., every day and if you don’t see something you want, special orders are welcome. Call 537-6533 for additional information.