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Your cherished pet is in good hands at Kingsmark Kennels, Northern Arizona's premier boarding resort. Let us pamper your family member to a spa day, luxury boarding or fun filled activities that will keep your pal busy! We offer it all from VIP packages, supervised socialization, one on one play time & doggie day camp. You won’t find another boarding resort that will do what we do!

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$53,937.95

Rewards savings for 2013 - $64,686.97!
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How to Read Dog Food Label's

Written by Shannon Gottschammer.

How to read Dog Food Label'sHow do I read the dog food ingredient list?

Like packaged food for people, pet food must list ingredients by weight, starting with the heaviest. But if the first ingredient is a type of meat, keep in mind that meat is about 75% water, according to the FDA.

Without that water weight, the meat probably would fall lower on the ingredient list. Meat meals, such as chicken meal or meat and bone meal, are different; most of the water and fat have been removed, which concentrates the animal protein.

What are byproducts, and should I avoid dog foods that contain them?

Veterinarians say that’s a matter of personal choice. Any pet food labeled as “complete and balanced” should meet your dog’s nutritional needs.

Liver, which is a byproduct, is rich in nutrients such as vitamin A. Meat byproducts also can contain blood, bone, brains, stomachs, udders, and cleaned intestines, according to the Association of American Feed Control Officials. Byproducts don't include hair, horns, teeth, and hooves, although an exception is allowed for amounts that occur unavoidably during processing.

Meat meal also may contain animal parts that many people consider to be byproducts. An ingredient listed as “chicken” or “beef” may include the heart, esophagus, tongue, and diaphragm. Although all these ingredients may sound unpalatable to you, your dog would probably disagree. So don’t necessarily balk if you see byproducts in the ingredients list.

Federal rules to guard against the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) ban some previously allowed cattle and buffalo parts in animal feed, including pet food. The FDA rule bans the inclusion of body parts from any animal that has tested positive for mad cow disease, as well as brains and spinal cords from older animals, as these are considered to be at higher risk of the disease.

What are all those chemical-sounding names lower on the ingredient list?

Preservatives, artificial colors, and stabilizers in pet food must be either approved by the FDA or be generally recognized as safe, a category that includes everything from high fructose corn syrup to benzoyl peroxide, used to bleach flours and cheese. Manufacturers must list the preservatives they add, but they do not always list preservatives in ingredients such as fish meal or chicken that are processed elsewhere.

Some pet owners don't want to buy food that contains the synthetic preservatives BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole), BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), or ethoxyquin. These preservatives stop fats from turning rancid and can keep dry dog food fresh for about a year, but their safety has been questioned by some consumers and scientists. But the FDA says they’re safe at the level used in dog food.

“There is a debate about whether there is a need to avoid artificial ingredients like these, as conventional safety testing says they’re fine,” says Susan Wynn, DVM, AHG, a nutritionist for Georgia Veterinary Specialists in the Atlanta area and a clinical resident in small animal nutrition with the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. “I wouldn’t want them in my diet every day though, and I try to avoid them in my dog’s daily diet.”

Ethoxyquin came under scrutiny in the 1990s after complaints of skin allergies, reproductive problems, cancer, and organ failure in some dogs given food with this preservative. In 1997, the FDA asked dog food makers to halve the maximum allowed amount of ethoxyquin after tests conducted by manufacturer Monsanto Company showed possible liver damage in dogs fed high levels of the preservative.

Some manufacturers no longer use ethoxyquin, BHA, or BHT, instead using natural preservatives such as vitamin E (mixed tocopherols), vitamin C (ascorbic acid), and extracts of various plants, such as rosemary. Those also keep food fresh, but for a shorter period. Be sure to check a food’s “best by” date on the label before buying or feeding it to your pet.

“If you want shelf life, it’s better to have chemical preservatives,” says Joseph Wakshlag, DVM, PhD, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. “They’re added at amounts that won’t harm the dog, and it creates a more stable fat. Rancid fat can cause liver enzymes to go up, and diarrhea.”

Pet of the Month - "Ragdoll"

Written by Shannon Gottschammer.

Pet of the Month - RagdollThe Ragdoll is a cat breed with blue eyes and a distinct colorpoint coat. It is a large and muscular semi-longhair cat with a soft and silky coat. Developed by American breeder Ann Baker, it is best known for its docile and placid temperament and affectionate nature. The name "Ragdoll" is derived from the tendency of individuals from the original breeding stock to go limp and relaxed when picked up.

History

In the 1960s, a regular non-pedigreed white domestic longhaired cat named Josephine, who had produced several litters of typical cats, was injured in an accident involving a car and taken to the veterinary hospital at the University of California. Josephine was of a Persian/Angora type and had litters sired by several unknown male Birman or Burmese-like cats, one of which had the Siamese point coloration. After Josephine recovered, her next litter produced kittens with a docile, placid temperament, affectionate nature, and a tendency to go limp and relaxed when picked up. When a subsequent litter produced more of the same, Baker purchased several kittens from the owner who lived behind her, and believing she had something special, set out to create what is now known as the Ragdoll. The breed was selectively bred over many years for desirable traits, such as large size, gentle demeanor, and a tendency to go limp when picked up, as well as the striking pointed coloration.

Out of those early litters came Blackie, an all black Burmese-like male and Daddy Warbucks, a seal point with white feet. Daddy Warbucks sired the founding bi-color female Fugianna, and Blackie sired Buckwheat, a dark brown/black Burmese-like female. Both Fugianna and Buckwheat were daughters of Josephine. All Ragdolls are descended from Baker's cats through matings of Daddy Warbucks to Fugianna and Buckwheat.

Baker, in an unusual move, spurned traditional cat breeding associations. She trademarked the name "Ragdoll", set up her own registry ca. 1971, the International Ragdoll Cat Association (IRCA), and enforced stringent standards on anyone who wanted to breed or sell cats under that name. The Ragdolls were also not allowed to be registered in other breed associations. The IRCA is still in existence today but is quite small, particularly since Baker's death in 1997. IRCA cats are not recognized in any major cat breed organization or cat show.

What Set's Kingsmark Kennels in Flagstaff Apart?

What Set's Kingsmark Kennels in Flagstaff Apart?What sets Kingsmark apart is the fact that we focus 110% on every client and guest that walks through our door. We march to the beat of our own drummer instead of paying attention to what every other Flagstaff kennel does or doesn’t do. Our business has proven to be very successful with over thousands of satisfied guests.

Our mission is to be Northern Arizona’s premier boarding resort providing excellent service with exceptional care in a clean and comfortable environment. We promise to treat your pet like a part of the family and ensure that they will have a safe home away from home. Thank you for entrusting us with your animals!

Customer Testimonials

  • We love bringing our dogs here. There are (other) kennels closer to our house but we choose to drive 15 miles out of way to bring the dogs here.

    -- Flagstaff, AZ.

  • Both dogs seem happy and "at home" here. I am particulary happy with Shannon's grooming, she is one of the few people who does Blue's feet correctly.

    Elna Manges, Flagstaff, AZ.

  • He loves his holiday turkey (with mashed potatoes too) menu!

    Flagstaff, AZ.

  • I love how friendly, helpful & caring the staff is. I always feel good leaving my dogs at Kingsmark!

    Flagstaff, AZ.

  • Loki loves it here and that's all that matters - clean and very nice staff.

    Flagstaff, AZ.

  • Always great staff and my dogs love coming here!

    Flagstaff, AZ.

  • Everything was handled very professionally & the service was upbeat, friendly & welcome.

    Flagstaff, AZ.

  • Zoe has enjoyed her stays here for the past 3 years. She will miss you when she relocates back to CA next week. Best wishes for the coming new year.

    Flagstaff, AZ.

  • A little pricey over the holidays but peace of mind in knowing (my pet is) taken care of.

    Flagstaff, AZ.

  • I'm very impressed with the services and care my cat and I received. She appears to be a healthy, happy camper with makes me equally happy!

    Randi Colbert, Flagstaff, AZ.

  • I like the fact that when I call, I am always greeted with such friendly service. Lucy loves coming. Thanks!

    Flagstaff, AZ.

  • He always seems to smile when we go down the lane!

    Kathy Schuster & Bindi, Flagstaff, AZ.

  • You guys always have a friendly, positive attitude and a high level of performance -- and you obvious love our pets. Thank you!

    Flagstaff, AZ.

  • Always very friendly and I feel completely comfortable leaving my dogs here. They love coming too!

    Michelle Wilks, Flagstaff, AZ.

  • Our dogs are happy to come and we like the service and dedication of your staff.

    Flagstaff, AZ.

  • Everything was great! Staff obviously cares about the animals. We are excited to start using Kingsmark from now on!

    Singer, Arnold, Daisy & Owner Natasha Harrison, Flagstaff, AZ.

  • We are happy that our dog Hank likes it here!

    Flagstaff, AZ.

  • Great! Thanks. Always a good experience.

    Flagstaff, AZ.

  • I love how nice you all are and how much Jasper love to see you guys!

    Flagstaff, AZ.

  • We (Vic and I) and our dogs, Bailey and Hannah, LOVE Kingsmark. We feel so lucky that we were referred to you when we got Bailey from Second Chance. And, we would have not have our gorgeous collie Hannah if it was not for Kingsmark. Thank you all so much for everything!

    The Smiths, Flagstaff, AZ.

  • Grooming was awesome! Loved the Halloween Bandanas!

    Mrs. Spencer, Flagstaff, AZ.

  • My dog loves being there and I appreciate that he gets to play with other dogs in a safe environment!

    Mrs. Noble, Flagstaff, AZ.

  • Jasper loves the staff at Kingsmark Kennels. They treat him like a royal King!

    Nola Haynes, Flagstaff, AZ.

  • We have used other kennels in the Flagstaff area and have found you folks to be the best, helpful, friendly, caring and our dogs don't complain! We are and have been repeat customers!

    Kristine and Bill Hunt, Flagstaff, AZ.

  • I have used your kennel for over 30 years. You always cater to my pets every needs and you love them too! I drive hundreds of miles out of my way to have my dogs and cats stay with you! When they are at Kingsmark I can relax and enjoy my trip!

    Vicki Numkena, Flagstaff, AZ.

  • Love you guys!!! Thank you so much for all the good work you do!

    Jim & Rebecca Stodd, Flagstaff, AZ.

  • Awesome Staff & and thank you for being so sweet about my husband calling a couple of times to find out how Winston was doing.

    Suzzanne Vargas, Flagstaff, AZ.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can my animal get sick by staying at the resort?

    Even though they had all their shots, despite your best effort they still can catch a cold.

  • Do you socialize cats?

    We do not socialize cats. We have found that they prefer to have their own personal space.

  • What accommodations do you have for cats?

    Each condo is a triple deck kitty palace that gives access to a play room galore!

  • Do my pets need to be spayed or neutered to stay at your facility?

    No - not at all. We do not require your pets to be spayed or neutered to be at our facility.

  • Is your facility climate controlled?

    But of course. We maintain a current temperature from 70 to 72 Degrees throughout day and night.

  • Do you offer grooming?

    Yes we do! Allow us to pamper your pets to a bath, brush and nails or even a new hair doo.

  • Do you have doggie day care?

    Of course we do! Our day care offers a variety of activities to keep your dog busy all day!

  • How many times does my dog get exercised?

    Our facility is indoor/ outdoor which allows them to have access to the outside during the day.

  • How many yards do you have?

    We have the most exercise yards of Northern Arizona. We have 25 heavily treed and shaded play areas.

  • Do you offer executive suites?

    Absolutly! Our luxurious accommodations offer an 8 x 10 room with dog furniture, flat screen HD TVS, and Direct TV