Only Natural Pet Donates 15,000 Meals to Colorado Organizations

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.

PowerFood on its way!

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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:

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Fighting Fleas & Ticks? Get Some Help from our Friends at FidoseofReality.com!

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.

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Questions About Canine Influenza? Let Dr. Jean, DVM, Help!

Canine Influenza

By Dr. Jean Hofve, DVM, Veterinarian Advisor

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.

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How to Have a Natural Pet Lifestyle

Marty Grosjean, the founder and president of Only Natural Pet, recently took to the Pet X Talk stage to share the natural pet philosophy with pet parents. Learn how to get started on a path to better health and a natural lifestyle for your pet with this informative video.

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Only Natural Pet Founder & CEO Marty Grosjean on Pet Radio!

Listen to Only Natural Pet’s Founder & CEO Marty Grosjean interviewed on Pet Radio. He discusses everything from ingredient standards, the true meaning of natural, and the important impact a natural lifestyle can have on your pet’s life.

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Will Pet Parents Pre-Order or Exclusively Buy Their Pet Food Online? You Bet They Do!

Natural Pet Product Pioneer Only Natural Pet, Receives Overwhelmingly Positive Response to New Product Launch

Boulder, Colo., September 24, 2014― Only Natural Pet (http://www.onlynaturalpet.com), a Boulder-based pioneer of natural pet food, supplements and supplies, announced today that it is enhancing its pet food offering with an October 6, 2014 release of its natural dog kibble and canned cat food. To formulate the new foods, Only Natural Pet worked with holistic veterinarian Dr. Jean Hofve to create the new allergy-friendly Canine PowerFood™ and Feline PowerPâté™.

“Our customers were looking for a natural, grain-free food where meat was the #1 ingredient. After listening to customer requests, we formulated a natural recipe that is high-quality, made in the USA, and affordable. Our exclusively online approach to serving pet parents streamlines the entire process and passes on significant savings.” said Kersten Lee, Director of Product for Only Natural Pet. Canine PowerFood is a dry food based on the latest scientific research into packing optimal nutrition into a dog kibble, including high animal protein content and inclusion of healthy fats. This revolutionary new food comes in three recipes: Poultry Feast, Just Fish Feast and Red Meat Feast. These allergy-friendly recipes are grain-free and gluten-free and contain low-glycemic carbs like garbanzo beans and lentils, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, offering dogs whole food sources of important vitamins and minerals. Each piece of kibble is infused with Only Natural Pet’s proprietary PowerBoost™, a raw, freeze-dried blend of superfoods like green-lipped mussels, sea cucumber, pumpkin, probiotics, and digestive enzymes.

Feline PowerPâté is a canned cat food that also comes in three recipes: Chicken Dinner, Turkey Dinner and Seafood Dinner. Each recipe comes in a BPA-free can and is made in small batches at a micro-cannery in the USA with 100% human grade, grain-free and gluten-free ingredients. All three recipes feature fresh meat, fruits and vegetables and are packed in a homemade broth.

“Our commitment to improving the health of our companion animals with a holistic approach to pet health has been our top priority since founding Only Natural Pet over 10 years ago,” said Marty Grosjean, Founder and President of Only Natural Pet. “Our success with pre-orders alone demonstrates the trust we have built with customers in developing natural products and shipping them directly to the home. We have been overwhelmed by the positive response from customers that have been shopping with us for years, we can’t thank them enough for their loyal support and trust over the years.”

The new products will be sold exclusively online at http://www.onlynaturalpet.com, http://www.pet360.com and http://www.petfooddirect.com. The Canine PowerFood will be sold in 4.5-pound and 22.5-pound bags; the Feline PowerPâté will be offered in individual 5.5 oz cans and in cases of 24. The new PowerFood line joins Only Natural Pet’s three existing food lines: HealthMeals™, EasyRaw™, and MaxMeat™.

Only Natural Pet worked with BlogPaws (http://www.blogpaws.com), the go-to social media company for pet bloggers and social media enthusiasts, to assist with the launch. BlogPaws recruited 20 pet bloggers to review and sample the PowerFood in an exclusive pre-launch campaign.

About Only Natural Pet
Only Natural Pet (http://www.onlynaturalpet.com) was founded in 2004 in Boulder, Colorado, with a commitment to finding the most effective and sustainable natural pet products for every facet of a pet’s life. Today, Only Natural Pet is the leading online retailer in the natural pet food, supplements and supplies market. The company operates an e-commerce site, flagship retail store, and a print catalog that offers more than 3,900 products from Only Natural Pet and leading manufacturers in the natural, organic, and eco-friendly pet supply market. Only Natural Pet produces more than 200 of its own highly popular Only Natural Pet branded products, including food, vitamins, supplements, flea prevention, and homeopathic treatments.

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