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What You Need to Know About Chinese Chicken Pet Treats

Chinese made chicken jerky treats for our pets have made a resurgence in the news recently; most notably the deaths linked to brands like Waggin’ Train and Milos Kitchen. And there have been a number of official complaints made to the FDA over the past six years. It’s become such an issue that Nestle and Delmote have pulled products from the shelves; much to the relief of pet lovers. These deaths have spurred everything from an FDA investigation to numerous petitions. Plus, the stories have made national news, including NBC and National Public Radio.
As an Only Natural Pet customer, you probably haven’t been directly affected by this controversy. You, like us, understand the importance of quality in your pet’s diet. That’s why we have a huge variety of pet treats Made in the USA and pet products Made in the USA, including our Only Natural Pet Chicken Jerky Strips. But for those of you looking for answers and advice, let’s take a look at the facts:

• The FDA has been aware of illness associated with chicken jerky (as well as duck and sweet potato) originating in China since 2007.
• They have received 3,000 reports of illnesses, including 3,600 dogs & 10 cats, and 580 pet deaths related to the treats.
• Cases have been reported in every state.
• Chinese chicken treats have increased 85 fold from 2003 to 2013.

So as you can see, this problem is hugely expansive. And in the face of such a huge problem, it’s hard as a pet owner to know what to do to protect your furry friends. But with sound advice, extra planning, and informed decisions, you’ll be able to give your pet delicious treats without fear.
1. Look for signs of illness: Most of the illness associated with these treats has been gastrointestinal. This includes problems like vomiting, diarrhea, and blood and mucus in stool. More serious issues have arisen however, including pancreatic and GI bleeding and even kidney failure. If any of these issues arrive, seek veterinarian help immediately.
2. Stop buying treats made in China: Unfortunately, all too often, profits outweigh safety for big corporations. Chicken jerky brands like Only Natural Pet and BIXIBI are safely and proudly made in the USA.
3. Remember, chicken jerky is just a treat: Your pet doesn’t need treats to survive, so if you are at all concerned, stop feeding them treats. A balanced diet is essential for your pet’s health, treats are just the icing on the cake.
4. Share with your friends: Make sure every pet guardian you know is aware of what’s happening. Share on social media, like Facebook, talk to them at the dog park, whatever it takes! Get the word out to everyone that these treats are dangerous.
5. Make a statement: This one is easy and powerful. As consumers, we have the power to say to these big companies that our pets are more important than profits. Shop with smaller brands that produce in the USA. Let them know you appreciate their dedication to your pet’s health and happiness.

Navigating the world of pet food can be scary when dangers like Chinese treats and salmonella recalls are popping up so often. But these threats are easily neutralized when you’re a caring, informed pet parent. Together we can stand up for the rights of our pets.

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Help Your Pet RELAX this 4th of July!

The 4th of July is almost here! 

Agnus the chihuahua sitting in an american flagWhile we’re sure our pets are just as patriotic as we are, they may not share our excitement for the local fireworks displays.

Pets can find fireworks terrifying. Fortunately we have a number of remedies that actually work well!

 

Starting out, it’s important to introduce our natural pet stress-relieving techniques a few days or even a week before they’re needed, to give your pet ample time to become comfortable with them. If your pet is afraid of the very thing meant to relax them, you won’t see good results. Plus, it seems like every neighborhood has that “one guy” who doesn’t wait until the actual 4th of July to celebrate with fireworks! So start your chosen treatment method before the fireworks actually begin. Once your dog or cat is stressed out, it can be difficult to calm them down. It’s important to remember that your pet is not only fearful for its’ own safety, but for yours as well! If you begin to worry about whether your pet will be stressed or anxious, it will only validate the fear and add to the anxiety.  It’s important to be calm during such times, as this will help your pet to relax and reduce the fear.

Flower Essences are a very effective tool for combating stress and anxiety because they function on an emotional level.

They’re remarkably simple, combining the energetic essence and effects of flowers in unique formulas.  We’ve found our pets are very “tuned in” to emotional energy, and they seem receptive to these formulas.  While they’re effective, they’re also very mild on the body and completely safe.  Flower Essences can be applied in a number of ways: dropped directly into your pet’s mouth, rubbed on their fur, added to their drinking water or even all of those methods at once!

Some of our most popular Flower Essences listed below are now 15% OFF:

Homeopathic Remedies can be effective, very mild and completely safe for your pets.

Homeopathic Remedies work by combining a number of ingredients in extremely small quantities that might seem like they would add to the stress; however these formulations in turn cause the body to react against the ingredients – which can produce a calming effect.  The typical daily dosage can be increased during times of stress (like during fireworks, or that wild party you have planned!).

Our most popular stress remedy, Only Natural Pet Stress & Anxiety Homeopathic Remedy requires 5-10 drops 3 times per day to treat general anxiety. During times of stress that dose can be increased to 5-10 drops every 15 min for the first hour, every 30 min for the second hour and then once again for the third hour (If your Fireworks show lasts that long, we’d appreciate an invite!).  Homeopathic Remedies should ideally be dropped directly into the mouth. However, if that is difficult they can be mixed with treats, food or water as well.

We offer several other homeopathic remedies for anxiety. One may be right for your pet!

Herbal Formulas are another great option, that tends to work over a longer period of time than homeopathic remedies or flower essences.

These formulas can keep your pet relaxed for an extended time with little to no interruption of the benefits!  Since the effects last a bit longer, herbal remedies are one way to reduce any sudden “spikes” of stress and create a sustained, relaxed feeling.  Herbal Remedies can be mixed with food, treats, water or given directly.

Other herbal remedies you’ll find on our website (Also now 15% OFF):

We have a few other solutions for relieving stress that don’t fit into one of the above categories as well.  Our Only Natural Pet Phero-Soothe is a simulated Pheromone spray that creates a feeling of safety and well-being in any environment.  Our pets have a powerful sense of smell, which helps make this product effective. The Thundershirt is a unique and creative product. It gently “hugs” your pet, which creates a sense of safety and security by making them feel less vulnerable. Both of these products can be combined with just about anything as well, so they’re a versatile choice that will complement any solution!

Treating anxiety, especially a rational anxiety like a fear of loud explosions, can take some trial and error.  We’ve found that combining two or more products is generally the most effective. So explore your options, find the right solution for your pet, and get ready to enjoy those 4th of July fireworks without stress for you or your pet!

All Stress and Anxiety Solutions at 15% Off

June 14 – June 26, 2013

Coupon Code: RELAX

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Tick-Tock: The Sound of the Ticking Tick Time Bomb

Ticks Attach To Our Pets in the Grass

Time Outside Also Means Tick Time

As conscientious pet parents, you know that time outside is tick time for our pets. Unfortunately, research is showing that these blood sucking parasites are only getting worse. Multiple factors are leading to larger, hungrier, and more dangerous tick populations. Thankfully, knowing the facts, understanding the dangers of conventional treatments, and treating your pets with natural tick repellent alternatives will help support your pets during tick season and, most importantly, keep them safe!

 Why are the tick populations exploding?

Various factors are contributing to an explosion in tick populations; especially populations further north. The major problems are:

  • Climate change & warmer winters: With warmer winters, ticks are able to reproduce more and survive longer. Normally, long, deep freezes would help keep ticks at bay, but since long cold snaps aren’t as common, populations are thriving.
  • Suburbanization, bringing together people & pets, wildlife, and ticks: Ticks are opportunistic and willing to feed on anything that crosses their path. And with humans and their pets advancing on wildlife’s terrain (and wildlife becoming more comfortable with people around), this path crossing is becoming much more common.
  • Increased populations of deer: We’ve all seen deer feasting in our backyards and parks; unfortunately they have plenty of ticks feasting on them. This means ticks are finding plenty of blood to help them feed, survive, and reproduce.
  • Migratory birds carrying ticks to new areas: Ticks are no strangers to air travel, and with houses butting up against plenty of migratory birds’ nests, ticks are finding it easier to find one way tickets to your backyard.

(Not So) Fun Facts About Ticks

Sun Tzu famously said, “If you do not know your enemies… you will be imperiled in every single battle.” So before we go to war with ticks, let’s get a couple things straight:

  • Ticks are small arachnids with 8 legs; making them close relatives to spiders and scorpions.
  • There are 2 families of ticks found in North America, Ixodidae (hard ticks) & Argasidae (soft ticks).
  • There are over 800 species of hard & soft ticks in North America.
  • A female tick can lay between 300 and 3,000 eggs over the course of her life.
  • Lyme Disease, probably the most famous tick borne disease, was named after the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme, Connecticut, where the disease was first identified in 1975.

Tick-Borne Diseases & Symptoms

Symptoms: The scariest part of ticks is the wide variety of diseases they carry; and since they can transmit more than one disease to the host at a time, it’s difficult to identify and treat illness after a tick bite.  Check your pets regularly for ticks, and watch for any sign of illness after a bite, including:

  • Fever
  • Coughing or Respiratory Problems
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or Joint Pain
  • Altered Mental State
  • Paralysis

Major tick-borne diseases: Tick borne diseases can be separated into four major categories, including bacterial, viral, protozoan, and toxic. If you feel your pet is suffering from any tick-borne illness, take them to your veterinarian immediately.

Bacterial

  • Lyme Disease or Borreliosis
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Relapsing fever
  • Typhus
  • Ehrlichiosis anaplasmosis
  • Tularemia

Viruses

  • Tick-borne meningoencephalitis
  • Colorado tick fever

Protozoa

  • Babesiosis
  • Cytauxzoonosis

Toxin

  • Tick paralysis

Fighting Ticks Effectively

It’s no secret that conventional, pesticide based tick prevention for pets is dangerous, and in some cases, deadly. There’s no reason you should have to choose between possible paralysis from a tick bite and possible paralysis from tick prevention. At Only Natural Pet, we like to say no thank you to both! Here are some of our favorite, natural solutions:

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Only Natural Pet Store’s Newest Newsletter!

It’s the end of the month and that can only mean one thing…Only Natural Pet Store’s Newsletter! With the warm weather upon us, we’ve decided to focus this natural newsletter on the power of natural flea control. Spring time means fleas are going to be springing into action as well, but with some sound advice from Dr. Jean and Only Natural Pet’s Fearsome 5 Flea Products, there is no infestation that you can’t defeat. So enjoy some great reading and be sure to pick up the best flea products on the market for 10% off! Just use the coupon code FEARSOME5!

Plus, enjoy our Breed Spotlight, which features a Labrador Retriever and a Siamese Cat. We’ve also featured a heartwarming story of Only Natural Pet Store customers Steve and Lori’s pet boxer. Not to mention some helpful advice from our Holistic Healthcare Library. So enjoy some good reading, some great deals and our amazing new products, all in our newest Only Natural Pet Store Newsletter!
Only Natural Pet Newsletter

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Strike Up the Band and March Into Our March Sale, New & Overstock Sale!

It’s a new month at Only Natural Pet Store and that can only mean one thing… our Sale, New & Overstock Sale! Check out the best natural products for your dog and cat and help them kick off the month on the right paw! Whether you’re interested in getting Animal Essentials Calcium Supplement, Nutrisca Freeze Dried Dinner Bites, Harry Barker Bamboo Dog Bowl or the perennial favorite Only Natural Pet EasyRaw, you can find the best deals around with Only Natural Pet Store’s Sale, New & Overstock Sale. Shop now and shop often, this only lasts to the end of the month!

Sale, New & Overstock!

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Ushering in a New Era of Chews at Only Natural Pet!

There’s boring old bones…and then there’s Only Natural Pet’s New Chews!

Only Natural Pet is proud to announce our line of four new chews! Using our tried and true quality ingredients, we’ve taken dog chews to a whole new level with these amazing new products. Only Natural Pet’s Tripe Springs combine the nutritious power of tripe and the tooth healthy design of a spiral to create a great alternative to a regular bully. Only Natural Pet’s Shish Kabobs feature a gullet stick that’s overflowing with a generous helping of delicious, nutritious organ meat. Only Natural Pet’s Bully Wrapped Shin Bone brings together the tough chewing challenge of a grass-fed cattle shin bone and the delicious taste and aroma of a 100% digestible bully stick. And don’t forget Only Natural Pet’s Bully Stuffed Shin Bone; a free range cattle shin bone stuffed with irresistible, ground up bully sticks.

This new line is sure to be a hit with your dog, and at 20% off, it’ll be a huge hit with you as well! But hurry, the sale ends February 27th!

The Future of Treats! 4 New chews that redefine Give a Dog a Bone! - PLUS Huge Savings on Toys!

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It’s Here Again…The Bully Blowout and Catnip Carnival!

Here at Only Natural Pet Store, we have bullys bursting at the seams and a crazy amount of catnip toys! With a huge amount of overstock, we need to get these out of here to make some room, which only means one thing…You Save! That’s right, we’ve slashed prices on some of our most popular products, and the great part about it is, the more you buy, the more you save! So keep your cats content with our catnip toys and keep your dogs chewing with our wide selection of chews (a great way to celebrate pet dental health month by the way) with these great deals.

Bully Stick Blowout and Catnip Carnival!

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Beam About Your Pets and Keep Them Looking Their Best with our Breed Spotlight!

No matter what breed dog or cat you have, in your eyes, they’re the best… now it’s time to make sure they keep looking that way! To kick off Only Natural Pet Store’s Breed Spotlight, we’re offering up to 30% OFF on all grooming supplies and skin & coat supplies for your dog and cat. So whether you’re celebrating your majestic mutt or your darling domestic, you’ll find the products you need to keep them looking great!

Plus, we’re so excited about the Only Natural Pet Store Breed Spotlight, that we want to hear about your furry friends! Whether you want to share a rare breed, tell us a funny anecdote, share a picture, or ask a breed related question, we’re all ears. Send your stories to promo@onlynaturalpet.com and celebrate the pets in your life! But hurry, the breed spotlight article is going out on February 21!

Breed Spotlight is Coming!

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Smile! And Celebrate Pet Dental Health Month with Only Natural Pet Store!

February is Pet Dental Health Month! And we couldn’t be more excited here at Only Natural Pet Store. Pet Dental Health is a hugely important part of your furry friends well being and covers everything from bad breath to gum disease and tooth care. And the impact poor dental health can have on your pet is enormous, whether it’s improper diet from uncomfortable eating and chewing or just a nasty case of doggy breath. Thankfully, with the help of Only Natural Pet Store, caring for your companions teeth and gums can become a simple, and economical, routine. For the month of February, we’re offering 15% Off all dental health products. So whether you’re looking for supplements, sprays or tasty dental chews, you’ll be able to fulfill all of your pet dental health needs for a great price. Smile! Your pet’s dental health worries are over thanks to Only Natural Pet Store!

15% Off Dental Health Products!

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Only Two Days Left for the Biggest Deals of the “13th” Month!

Well…the holidays are over. We’re settling back into our regular lives, our pets are finding their routines of sleep, play and eat going back to normal, and Only Natural Pet Store has a ton of overstock and clearance to get rid of! That means great deals on holiday favorites from this past year! So whether you’re stocking up so you’re ready for the holidays next year, or just getting your pet an extra present for being so special, everyone can find a deal. With up to 70% off select items and over 50 items under $4.99, this is one deal you can’t afford to miss! Plus, use the Only Natural Pet Store coupon code EXTRA10 and get an extra 10% off your order!

10% off the Already Best Deals

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