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Winter Products For Dogs

Puppy_Dog_Walking_Nyack_NY_RocklandDogWalksWhat should pet owners consider when thinking of their dogs health during the winter months? Winter can be tough on pets just as with humans. Seasonal issues can include dry itchy skin from indoor heat, damage to paws or gastro disturbances from outdoor rock salt products. Dogs with arthritis can experience worsening joint stiffness from cold floors. Outdoor dogs- can suffer from the cold elements. Water dishes left in colder temperatures can freeze over leaving your pet with no access to water.
For more tips on winter skin and paw protection see ASPCA article. http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/top-ten-winter-skin-paw-care-tips

E-commerce site like Entirely Pets and Only Natural Pet Store sell items specifically for the cold weather. I personally hate to see a dog with hurt paws from stepping on rock salt. Some winter items for dogs include:

Winter Bundle Pack for Dogs -! Winter Bundle Pack for Dogs Wondering what’s the best way to keep your dog warm this winter season? That’s Easy! Check out the Winter Bundle Pack for Dogs that comes with everything you need to keep your dog warm and comfortable. From a heated bed and easy drinking heated bowl to protection from the elements outside, we’ve got you covered! Take advantage of this bundle kit at this great price! Includes: 1) Orthopedic Heated Bed (30 x 40) 2) Pawz Dog Boots (Medium) 3) Allied Heated Pet Bowl – 5 Quart / 50 watts

Pawz Biodegradable Natural Dog Boots
Pawz are the world’s first disposable latex rubber dog boots designed to go on easily and fit securely without using zippers or straps.

K&H Lectro Soft Heated Pet Bed (19″ x 24″) – $59.99

This heated dog bed is perfect for outdoor dogs. Provides soft, comfortable warmth, even in sub-zero temperatures! Thermostatically controlled to warm to your pet’s normal body temperature, keeping them warm in any conditions. Ideal for doghouses, basements, garages, barns, sheds, porches and other outdoor shelters. The super soft PVC exterior won’t absorb moisture and stay wet like a fabric bed. Steel-wrapped, chew resistant cord. Comes with a removable, washable cover. Not recommended for destructive dogs. Product Features Provides soft, comfortable warmth, even in sub-zero temperatures Thermostatically controlled to warm to your pet’s normal body temperature Ideal for doghouses, basements, garages and other outdoor shelters PVC exterior won’t absorb moisture Steel-wrapped, chew resistant cord

Spotlight: MAXOTA RAW and URBAN WOLF NY

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For pet owners in Rockland   County, NY there   is a new specialty pet store in town- Urban Wolf.  What makes this Nyack pet shop stand out from others is their own small batch brand of all natural raw dog food called MAXOTA RAW.

Urban Wolf co-owner Gunner Williams was introduced to the concept of raw by his vet, a raw diet advocate.

“Nutrition is the key to your pet experiencing increased energy, improved skin and coat health, and better smelling breath. This is achievable by transitioning your dog to an all-natural raw food, such as MAXOTA RAW. A dog’s digestive system is built to utilize more nutrients out of a raw natural diet.”

Gunners has a background in preventative & holistic health practices. After seeing the benefits of a raw diet first hand with his own dog, he was motivated to make his own natural, fresh, wholesome dog food.

“At MAXOTA RAW, we produce, package and freeze all our all natural raw pet formulas in small batches and use only the finest, freshest, human-grade USA ingredients available. All our products are grain-free and contain zero additives, preservatives, hormones, steroids, antibiotics or fillers.”

If you are in Rockland County, URBAN WOLF is having its Grand Opening on January 29th, in Nyack, New York. The special event will include educational information about adopting a raw food diet for your pet.

 

ABOUT URBAN WOLF and MAXOTA RAW

Co-owner Gunner Williams, received a BS in Nutritional Sciences, has a background in preventative & holistic health practices and was a registered sanitarian and environmental health specialist.   While working at Canyon Ranch he was exposed to holistic health practices and alternative forms of preventive medicine.

URBAN WOLF is a specialty pet boutique in Nyack NY, specializing in healthy, all natural food and treats and featuring MAXOTA RAW, a small batch raw dog food formula.

MAXOTA RAW is currently available for purchase in-store or safely shipped frozen via UPS.  to local New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Vermont areas
http://www.maxotaraw.com/

Spotlight: shoo!TAG flea and tick tag

shoo!TAG is an innovative non-toxic alternative to applied flea and tick treatments and conventional insect repellents for mosquitoes, chiggers and flies.  shoo!TAG  uses no sprays, lotions or liquids of any kind.

So how does it work?

The shoo!TAG® is a lightweight plastic card that has a magnetic strip that works off the body’s bio-energetic field. Every living creature has an energy field around it and that energy activates the frequency within the strip that blocks mosquitoes, flies, fleas, chiggers or ticks. The frequency helps deter them away. Simple attach the tag to your pets collar.

Tags will last up to 4 months once they are properly attached to a pet or person’s energy field.

The companies vision was to create a bug repellent that was safe, non-toxic, green, lasted for more than a day, had no liquids, sprays or gels or require the label to read “Caution Hazardous Chemicals Inside”.

Owner Stacey Lemire distributes the product to veterinarians, retail and online. “We designed shoo!TAG® to produce a strong barrier around the animal. While no solution is perfect, ours has seen terrific results in reducing the number of fleas, ticks and flies on your dog or cat.” As consumers become more aware of “green” products shoo!TAG is leading the way by promoting ecologically responsible alternatives to protect our four legged friends from toxic chemicals.

“At least 1,600 pet deaths related to spot on treatments with pyrethroids were reported to the EPA over the last five years…” 1

About Shoo!TAG – Products are available for dogs, cats, horses and people, offering protection from biting insects by creating a chemical free barrier. For information or to order visit   www.GenuineShooTag.com

1 According to the Humane Society’s website, quoting The Center for Public Integrity

GreenPaws Fight on Toxic Flea and Tick Products

Spring is almost here and so will flea and tick season. While researching some natural flea repellant products I came across the Green Paws website and NRDC’s efforts to get the EPA to protect consumers from toxic pesticides in pet flea collars.

Flea and tick products with certain chemicals can leave residues on fur that can lead to damage of the brain and nervous systems- not just dogs and cats–but people, too.

Check out the NRDC’s Green Paws campaign that helps consumers find the safest flea-control products on the market. The Green Paws product guide is an excellent resource for anyone that is worried about commercial flea and tick medications.

See if your flea and tick product is safe download http://www.simplesteps.org/greenpaws-products

About: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.3 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals. Since NRDC’s flagship report, Poison on Pets, was released in 2000 with a list of dangerous chemicals contained in flea and tick products, they have helped to get almost all of them banned.

Pet Dental Health Care

February 2012 is National Pet Dental Health Month

Do you brush your dog’s teeth on a regular basis? Doing so may add years to your dog’s life (and improve their breath when they shower you with lots of kisses is just another added bonus).

Here is a round up of some  dental hygiene products for cat and dogs.

HappyTails Spa These gentle wipes are perfect for the dog who resists brushing, they clean the front and the back of the teeth at the same time, Thru 2/10/12  they re offering 2 for the price of 1 (enter the Promo Code FREEDENTALWIPES at check out)


KissAble Dental Wipes

Price: 12.99
KissAble Doggie Dental Wipes

Only Natural Pet Store is offering 15% off their all natural dental products all month in February see their website for pricing and promotional details. Some items include natural supplements, oral sprays for dogs or cats or tasty dental chews.

No time to brush or in-between dental grooming try Greenies Dental Chews or Ark Naturals Breath-Less Brushless-Toothpaste


Ark Naturals Breath-Less Brushless-Toothpaste Dog & Cat Grooming Small / Medium

Price: 13.99
Breath freshening outside & real toothpaste inside. These chews are highly digestible & breathlessly yummy for proven teeth scrubbing.

TrueBlue Fast & Fresh Dental Swipes


TrueBlue Fast & Fresh Dental Swipes Dog Grooming 50 Count

Price: 13.49
Pre-moistened pads with an all-natural, botanical solution for a healthy mouth & fresh breath. With peppermint, parsley, and baking soda!

Triple Pet EZDOG Pet Dental Kit


Triple Pet EZDOG Pet Dental Kit for Large Breed Dogs

Price: 12.99
Gentle Nylon Bristles, three flexible heads, tongue cleaner and natural vanilla flavor. Total clean in one convenient kit.

Triple Pet EZDOG Pet Dental Kit for Small Breed Dog and Cat

Price: 12.99
Gentle Nylon Bristles, three flexible heads, tongue cleaner and natural vanilla flavor. Total clean in one convenient kit.

PetzLife Oral Care Dog & Cat Dental Products


PetzLife Oral Care Dog & Cat Supplement Dental Gel with Salmon Oil 4 oz

Price: 27.99
Oral Care products specially formulated to end plaque & tartar build-up, and the all natural ingredients kill bacteria.

Newton Homeopathics Doggy Breath addresses bad breath and poor digestion


Newton Homeopathics Doggy Breath Dog & Cat 1 oz

Relieve or prevent bad breath, stomach pain, gas, and bloating from acid build up and poor digestion in cats and dogs.

Spotlight- Liquid Glucosamine For Animals

In reviewing options to treat my aging Rottweiler I now administer a daily liquid glucosamine supplement. In researching, I came across two liquid supplements that address arthritic and joint care needs that are very similar in composition- ArthriMAXX and JointMAX .  I opted for Joint MAX Liquid but have used ArthriMAXX Soft Chews in the past. Price points and taste factor for my pet were my deciding factors

 Pet Health Solutions, the makers of Joint MAX® Liquid incorporates Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Vitamin C in liquid form. It contains Aloe Vera, MSM and Manganese for added joint support. Joint MAX Liquid is an excellent option for pets suffering from osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, and other conditions affecting the joints.

Also comes in a Triple Strength Chew.  Joint MAX  produces a liquid version For Cats, Joint MAX® Sprinkle Caps for Cat as well as a horse version, Joint MAX®TS EQ.

  • Can be given alone or along with other meds like Rimadyl, Deramaxx .
  • Contains Chondroitin, Glucosamine, Manganese and Zinc.

For information on JointMAX visit their website: http://www.jointmax.com/faq.html

Animal Nutritional Products is the maker of ArthriMAXX for dogs & cats.  Their liquid formula is easy to use; just measure and pour over your pets food.
The liquid formula ensures both higher absorption and easier assimilation for full potency. Indications for
• Musculoskeletal disorders
• Hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia
• Stifle disorders
• Osteoarthritis
• Post-op orthopedic surgery
• Lameness
• Breed related musculoskeletal    disorders

They also produce a soft chew version. For information on ArthriMAXXs products visit their website: http://www.arthrimaxx.com/products.html , http://www.arthrimaxx.com/content/Dog_Brochure.pdf

Natural Tick Prevention for Dogs

Two years ago my dog  Thor came down with Lyme Disease. The symptoms came on fast and it was very scary to see him become lame and unable to eat.  The vet helped but it took two rounds of antibiotics over many weeks.  I have learned to be more diligent with him, our home and being on the defense every day. That includes monthly topical, natural preventatives, visual inspections and stepped up grooming for the spring-fall months.

WHAT IS LYME DISEASE IN DOGS?

Lyme disease is an infectious tick-borne disease. It is caused by a type of bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. The most common initial symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs include fever, joint swelling, limping, lameness and lethargy. Infection typically occurs after the Borrelia-carrying tick has been attached to the dog for at least 18 hours.

WHAT TO DO TO TREAT YOUR DOG TO PREVENT FLEA & TICKS

Have a discussion with your vet – especially if you live in a high prone state.

TREAT Monthly topical tick treatments such as K9Advantix, Sentry, and others. Very effective but some owners worry about harsh side effects. There are natural treatments  you can do alone or ideally in conjunction with vet approved preventative measurements

GROOMING:  Spring is a good time to revaluate grooming. Just as humans switch over regimes for winter and summer you should treat your dogs coat as it relates to the season.  NATURAL FLEA AND TICK SHAMPOOS there are many all natural, gentle formulations on the market to choose from. UP THE BRUSHING- you may need to switch to daily brushing if your dog is very active outdoors. GET A FLEA COMB. Use this comb only after you have thoroughly combed your pet’s coat with a regular grooming comb.

INSPECT  Pets should also be inspected for ticks after walks, especially this time of year, if you live in a densely brush area or lyme disease zone such as NY/CT. ALERT: Learn how to properly remove a tick from the skin to avoid infection


Doc Ackerman’s Botanical Citronella Pet Spray for Dogs and Cats

Price: 12.49
Designed to provide a highly effective, all natural alternative to chemical laden products.

Doc Ackerman’s Botanical Citronella Shampoo for Dogs and Cats

Price: 11.99
With Green Tea extract and aloe vera, this herbal shampoo is designed to help your pet with flea and tick problems.

GO NATURAL INGREDIENTS such as citronella like in Doc Ackerman’s line to repel.  Sentry Natural Defense Natural Flea & Tick Spray contains natural ingredients such as peppermint oil, cinnamon oil, lemongrass oil, clove oil and thyme oil. Herbal Flea Collars  from Natural Research People has active essential oils blended into the plastic are another natural defensive tool.

HOME PROTECT Sentry Natural Defense Natural Flea & Tick Household Spray kills fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Using botanical active ingredients made from tree and plant oils it reaches fleas and other pests hidden in carpets, drapes, upholstery, pet bedding, and floor cracks. Protects your home from reinfestation and flea buildup.


Sentry Natural Defense Squeeze-On for Cats

Price: 12.99

Sentry Natural Defense Flea & Tick Squeeze-On for Dogs up to 15 lbs

Price: 13.99

Sentry Natural Defense Flea & Tick Household Spray 12 oz

Price: 16.99

Sentry Natural Defense Flea & Tick Spray Cat 8 oz

Price: 13.99

Sentry Natural Defense Flea & Tick Spray Dog 8 oz

Price: 13.99

Sentry Natural Dental Care Kit for Dogs

Price: 7.49

Sentry Natural Defense Flea & Tick Squeeze-On for Dogs 15 – 40 lbs.

Price: 13.99

Sentry Natural Defense Flea & Tick Squeeze-On for Dogs 40 lbs. +

Price: 13.99

To read customer reviews on any of these natural tick and flea products you can shop online at Only Natural Pet Store

Informative Sites Pet Weight and Nutrition

What is Your Pets Ideal Weight?

Is your pet packing on the pounds, or just slowing down? Overweight people may nurture overweight pets. Lack of exercise, indoor living, eating calorie dense human food, out of control serving size or adding empty nutrient -calorie filled foods can all be causes.

Animal Cancers, Arthritis, Hip Dysplasia are just a few down sides of excess pet weight

Check out this handy reference list of ideal weight ranges for dogs and cats on the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention website

 http://www.petobesityprevention.com/ideal-weight-ranges/

Another interesting resource for nutritional information on petfood is GoodGuide.com. Their mission is to help consumers make purchasing decisions that reflect their preferences and values. They provide green product reviews and information. Good Guide has produced a video: How To Choose Healthy, Green Pet Food: GoodGuide’s Pet Food Ratings or visit their website under Best Pet Food Ratings

Dogswell Happy Hips Treat Review

Thors Review:  Dogswell Happy Hips Biscuits

Dogswell Happy Hips line of dog treats come in a variety of flavors such as Chicken, Beef, Lamb & Rice, Sweet Potatoes and Bacon & White Cheddar which I supplied to my test subject- Thor , a 105 lb Rottweiler with aging hip issues and arthritis onset. The biscuit line touts “Helps Maintain Healthy Hips & Joints with Glucosamine & Chondroitin”.

I try to include healthy natural dog food and treats, in addition to natural supplements, in Thors diet to ease his aches and pains.  These treats were well received.  I like that the biscuits add to his daily Glucosamine & Chondroitin supplement intake  and are made  from all natural ingredients that nutritonally make sense. DOGSWELL® products are made from natural meat and poultry with absolutely no added hormones, processed gluten, and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives

The only comment I will make on Thors behalf-  “what about a bigger biscuit?” I top off his meals with one-two of these tiny tasty biscuits at each meal time and he like s finding the added treat in his bowl.  For large breeds a larger biscuit version would be a nice option.

Key Ingredients= Chicken – cage-free chickens raised without added growth hormones or  steroids. Bacon– They use real bacon, not synthetic bacon flavor. White Cheddar– Bacon and White Cheddar biscuits contain real white cheddar, not artificial cheese flavoring. Oats – healthy whole grains that supply B-complex vitamins, fiber and complex carbohydrates. Glucosamine & Chondroitin – Natural sources of glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate help maintain joint mobility.

Buy Dogswell Happy Hips Functional Dog Treats


Dogswell Happy Hips Functional Dog Treats Happy Hips Chicken 32 oz

NYC ASPCA Offering Free Health Services for Pitbulls

Operation Pit is the ASPCA’s new canine health program specially designed to help Pits and Pit mixes be all that they can be! Operation Pit offers free spay, neuter, or vasectomy surgeries to Pit Bulls, along with free Distemper/Parvovirus vaccinations and free microchips.

Pitbull Mixes are covered by this program as well. Visit the NYC ASPCA website for program details:  http://www.aspca.org/aspca-nyc/operation-pit.aspx