About Us

About Holistic Gold Pet Nutrition Center

Holistic Gold Pet Nutrition Center is a retail pet store which exclusively sells Solid Gold Pet foods. The store is owned and operated by Sissy H. McGill.

About Solid Gold

Solid Gold Health Products For Pets, Inc., has been a pioneer of natural, holistic animal nutrition since 1974. We now have a line of nine dry dog and cat foods, including our new high protein, low carbohydrate dry dog food, Barking at the Moon™. We also have a line of canned dog and cat foods as well as nutritional supplements, treats, and topical products.

All our dry and canned dog and cat foods are wheat, corn, and soy free. We use healthy oils packed with omega fatty acids such as canola oil and salmon oil. Over the years we have updated our formulas as new nutritional research has become available. For instance, a few years ago we added taurine to all our dry dog foods to help protect against dilated cardiomyopathy.

Solid Gold is also an industry leader in the use of revolutionary foil “barrier” packaging for all our dry food products, which means we don't have to use chemical preservatives or flavor enhancers. Barrier packaging keeps food fresher longer, maintains palatability, and helps to sustain the potency of valuable vitamins and other nutrients, which may deplete over time with conventional paper bags.

If you have specific questions on Solid Gold products, please feel free to call us at (619) 258-7356 or email dane@holisticgoldpetcom - please be sure to include your phone number in the event that a product specialist needs to call you.

Our Philosophy

The concept behind holistic health care is that the body should be viewed as a whole structure and not regarded just as a collection of individual parts. All systems within an organism are connected with one another in some way, and any imbalance may disrupt other body systems before physical signs are seen.

All aspects of a disorder should be considered in the planning and implementation of a treatment regime, as opposed to treating only the apparent clinical signs themselves. For example, a dog that suffers from chronic skin irritation, ear infections, or chews incessantly at his feet, should not just be treated with steroids, antibiotics, or topical applications. The cause should be determined and addressed. Foot-chewing and chronic ear infections are classic signs of food allergies in dogs. Often, a simple change in diet combined with support for the immune system, will rectify the problem within days.

Viewing the body as an inseparable structure, and helping the cause of problems, (as opposed to "splitting" the body into its individual parts and trying to help only the visible signs), allows that body, which is fundamentally sound, to return itself to normal.

Solid Gold selects ingredients from mostly US products. We get curcumin root of the turmeric plant from India to produce foods and supplements, which can be used in conjunction with each other.

Our History

Sissy Harrington-McGill

The founder of Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, is Sissy Harrington-McGill. Sissy went to Germany in 1974, to buy the fawn son of the 1974 World Champion Great Dane and the brindle nephew of the 1973 World Champion Great Dane. She has raised Danes since 1958.

While in Germany, she found that the German Danes were very healthy and lived to be 11 to 13 years old. The American Danes lived to be only 7 to 9 years old. Sissy believed this difference may have been nutrition-related and gathered samples of some German dog foods.

Upon returning to the United States, she had the various foods analyzed to determine how they might lengthen the life span of the American Danes. She then developed the Solid Gold Hund-n-Flocken (which means “dog food flakes” in German).

Thus, began Solid Gold Health Products For Pets, Inc., The Holistic Animal Nutrition Center. Sissy has a Master’s Degree from Columbia University in New York City. She began a doctoral program at the University of California, Berkeley and completed her coursework at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Solid Gold was chosen as the United States Chamber of Commerce Small Business Association, California Exporter of the Year.