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Animal Connection has been the premiere source for holistic pet supplies for Charlottesville and points beyond since opening in Fall 2001, thanks to a Chesapeake Bay Retriever called Ernie. When he developed cancer at the young age of seven, I decided to forgo traditional chemotherapy and drugs and became a student of Wendy Volhard's holistic canine therapy and a faithful raw food chef for my dog.

Because I couldn't find the raw food and supplements Ernie needed, I left a fifteen year advertising career and decided to use my marketing skills to help people find better resources for their animal companions. It's a decision I've never regretted and my wonderful dog lived eight more years than the vets thought he would.

Ernie was a great companion and ran the store until the ripe old age of sixteen. We're still searching for another store greeter but you can sure feel his welcoming presence when you come to visit our store.
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We believe there's not just one "right" brand of pet food. That's why we offer over 350 options, including...

Nutrition for every age and breed from brands we trust.
Special diets for allergies and medical challenges.
Training rewards, including locally baked treats.

Feeding your pet correctly can prevent allergies, digestive problems, ear infections, hip and joint issues, itchy skin and hot spots, tartar buildup, bad breath, tear staining, and immune system disorders. When we recommend a diet for your pet, we consider:

Breed and Ethnic Background
Age, Weight, Level of Physical Activity
Medical and Diet History
Emotional and Behavioral Issues

We feature pet foods made with USA grown grains, USA raised grass-fed/grass-finished meats,
cage-free chicken, non-GMO/organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs. We select many foods that are prepared in small USDA approved facilities.

Note: A pet food company can say their meats are "made in the US" even
if sourced elsewhere. This includes chicken, pork, beef, and seafood. We research the manufacturer, their ingredients, how the food is prepared, and only select those that are responsibly sourced.

Our selections are listed below. If you don’t see your brand, we may be able to order it for you. If you use a “special" diet, we have holistic alternatives for you to consider.

Frozen Raw, Dehydrated, & Freeze Dried Diets

Aunt Jenis, Bravo!, Frenchie's Kitchen, Furry Foodie, Grandma Lucy's, Honest Kitchen,
Nature’s Variety/Instinct, Orijen, Northwest Naturals, Primal, Sojos, Stella & Chewy's
Dry Kibble and Canned Food Acana, Artemis, Fromm, Halo/Spot's Stew, Holistic Select, Merrick, Natural Balance, Nature’s Variety/Instinct, Orijen, Pet Kind, Sammy Snacks, Taste of the Wild, Tiki Cat, Tiki Dog, Weruva, Wysong, Wellness, Wild Calling Bones, Chews, Training Treats, and "Just Because" Bag of Bones Barkery, Barkworthies, Bravo!, Boulder Biscotti, Chasing Our Tails, Cloud Star, Daisy Delites, Feelgood, Hoppy Hounds, Healthy Dogma, Honest Kitchen, Himalayan Dog Chews, My Doggy Bites, Northern Biscuit, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Pawsitively Gourmet, Peak Antlers, Plato, Primal, Rushing Waters, Sammy Snacks, Sams Yams, South Paws, Smiling Dog/Sassy Cat, Spoil Me Rotten, Tasman's, Wild Meadow ...and a very well stocked bakery case of locally made favorites!

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