With so much buzz surrounding natural pet food these days, it’s hard to really get to the root of the trend. Thankfully, Only Natural Pet has been in the business for over 11 years: natural for us isn’t just a fad, it’s a lifestyle. To help spread the word about the importance of the Paleo Diet for dogs and why it’s helping our dogs live longer, healthier lives, Samantha Randall from Top Dog Tips sat down with Dr. Jean Hofve, Only Natural Pet’s on-staff holistic veterinarian, Marty Grosjean, Only Natural Pet’s founder and CEO, and Eran Cohen, PetSmart’s Chief Customer Experience Officer. Why would she interview a PetSmart representative? Because Only Natural Pet products are available exclusively at PetSmart stores and PetSmart.com.
To help the 7.6 million homeless pets that enter shelters in the United States every year, Only Natural Pet is teaming up with BlogPaws. During this season of giving, every purchase from Only Natural Pet made with the IMAGINE5 coupon code from the #IMAGINE5 campaign will give 5% of the purchase to Be The Change to help homeless pets as they wait for their forever home.
Read the entire Imagine5 article here and make a difference in a pet’s life today.
Everything You Need To Know About the Different Types of Pet Food
Recently our CEO & Founder Marty Grosjean wrote an article for the Natural Papa blog to help natural pet parents sort through all of the amazing pet food options available. Take a look to learn about all of the types out there and demystify your pet’s diet!
Only Natural Pet Partners with Safe Haven Rescue and Colorado Pet Pantry to Help Pets in Need
We’re excited to announce that Only Natural Pet recently donated 15,000 natural pet meals to two Colorado organizations: Safe Haven Rescue and Colorado Pet Pantry to help pets in need. We’ve spent the past 11 years finding innovative, cutting-edge holistic health solutions for dogs and cats and has become a leader in the natural pet products industry and all of the donated meals came from Only Natural Pet’s newest high-quality, grain-free, natural PowerFood dry food line.
“The Colorado Pet Pantry pet food bank and our clients are immensely grateful for the generous donation from Only Natural Pet,” said Eileen Lambert, executive director of the Colorado Pet Pantry. “With two pet food banks coming up this week alone, the pet food donation will immediately help families throughout the Denver and Boulder-metro area to feed their pets and keep them with the families that love them.”
Giving back to the Colorado pet community is important to Only Natural Pet. In addition to food donations from Only Natural Pet’s online store, our flagship retail store in Boulder hosts weekly pet adoption sessions in partnership with Safe Haven Rescue. Since March of 2015, over 60 pets have been adopted from the weekly event.
Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition, Only Natural Pet & BlogPaws: Making a Successful Zero-Waste Event
At the most recent BlogPaws Conference in Nashville, TN, Only Natural Pet teamed up with Caitlyn Bolton and the Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition (PISC) to create a zero-waste event. This was a first ever for the pet industry and the pilot program went amazing!
Since this was a first of its kind for the pet industry, Bolton needed to lead a dedicated team to ensure success. “Because this is the first zero-waste event in the pet industry that we know of… we will start by managing the waste under our direct control-this includes all waste accumulated during the setup, conference and teardown,” Bolton said. This included everything from diverting bottles and glass to more complicated materials including shrink wrap, food waste and pet waste from landfills; encouraging sponsors and participants to reduce and reuse as much as possible; and to continually communicate the goals of the zero-waste conference and the important role it plays for the pet industry, pet parents and, of course, the pets!
Check out Pet World Insider’s interview with Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition’s Caitlyn Bolton to learn about the importance of this zero-waste event and the impact that it has:
Our friends over at Fidose of Reality love and care for your dogs just as much as we do. That’s why they’ve put together this useful guide of 8 Hacks to Prevent Dog Fleas and Ticks. Packed with natural solutions to the nastiest biting insects, this post is all-natural and a must read for any dog parents out there who want to protect their dogs from fleas and ticks and from dangerous chemicals and pesticides.
Can Dogs Catch the Flu?
Canine flu is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs. It is thought to be a mainly airborne virus, most likely transmitted by an infected dog coughing or sneezing on another. In otherwise healthy dogs, statistics show that the canine flu is a fairly mild disease with most dogs recovering completely in two to three weeks.
The canine influenza virus (CIV), type H3N8, was first noted in greyhounds several years ago, and appeared quite dangerous at the time, with many deaths. However, its deadly effects are attributed to secondary pneumonia that developed due to the unsanitary conditions in which the greyhounds lived and worked.
What is the Difference Between H3N8 and H3N2?
In March 2015, a new outbreak began in Chicago and quickly spread around the Midwest; other areas have also reported cases. This is a different strain, H3N2, that originated in Asia. This form of CIV appears to be generally mild, except in susceptible individuals, including young puppies. This strain is also unusual in that it can affect cats and possibly other animals, though not humans.
What are Canine Influenza Virus Symptoms?
In the vast majority of dogs, CIV produces only mild, self-limiting respiratory signs: coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and fever, for up to 3 weeks. In some cases, lethargy and poor appetite may develop. Canine flu is similar to kennel cough in that antibiotics do not affect the course of the disease.
The canine flu is highly contagious; and like human flu, it is most contagious during the 2-4 day incubation period before signs of illness appear. Infected dogs continue to shed virus for about 10 days. These traits make prevention difficult.
The most likely places for your dog (or cat) to contract this flu virus are daycare and boarding kennels, dog parks, grooming facilities, pet stores, and veterinary clinics – all places where a lot of animals (especially puppies) pass through, and the chances of spreading the virus are high.
Is There a Vaccine for Canine Influenza Virus
A vaccine against the H3N8 strain of CIV is available. However, again, like human flu vaccines, it neither prevents infection nor prevents symptoms. At best, it may reduce the severity and duration of illness, and it may reduce viral shedding by an infected dog. Because it is a killed vaccine, a 2-shot series is required, with at least 10-14 days between inoculations. Immunity develops slowly; so the vaccine doesn’t really take effect until 3-4 weeks after the first shot. Giving the vaccine after a dog has been exposed to the virus is therefore useless.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The currently available vaccine does not protect against the H3N2 strain that is going around in 2015.
The CIV vaccine is considered non-core, and vaccination is not recommended for most dogs; or for any dogs that may be exposed to the newer, H3N2 strain. Some boarding kennels require vaccination for CIV; however, such requirements are not based on science, but on fear.
How is the Canine Influenza Virus Spread?
CIV spreads through respiratory secretions and contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes), and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs without using proper precautions.
The virus can remain infectious on surfaces for up to 48 hours, on clothing for 24 hours, and on hands for 12 hours. Good hygiene and isolation of infected dogs will limit, if not eliminate, transmission.
What Dogs Does the Canine Influenza Affect?
CIV, like many other viruses, is most likely to cause serious problems in young puppies, and in older dogs who already have other health issues.
What is the Best Defense Against Canine Influenza?
The best defense against canine flu (or any other infectious disease) is a healthy immune system — that is, one that is supported with top quality nutrition, appropriate supplements (antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids, and other immune supporters), limiting exposure, appropriate exercise, and good stress management.