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Treat Safety: Know Your Treats

German Shephard Chewing a boneFrom the deadly chicken jerky coming out of China to your everyday rawhide – identifying safe treats for your dog can be a matter of life and death. Most chews look innocent enough, but the truth is these chews are not only unhealthy for our dogs, they can be downright dangerous! But with some careful research and helpful tips, you can prevent treat time from becoming a terror.

Find the Source

The biggest step you can take for your dog’s treat safety is knowing the country of origin of the treats and chews you’re feeding.

As an educated pet parent, you’re already aware of the recalls and FDA investigations resulting from the Chinese chicken jerky treats, but there are other dangers to avoid when considering your dog’s treats and chews.

Girl with large chocolate LabChicken breast is more readily available and less expensive in China because human consumption focuses on dark meat, rather than white meat. However, the chicken sourced from China, as well as Chinese processing, use techniques and additives, like certain antibiotics, that are not allowed in the United States for safety reasons. The end result is a questionable treat that presents a risk not worth taking.
For not only your dog’s chicken jerky treats, but also his sweet potato chews, make the safer choice and only buy products sourced from the USA. They’re overseen by the FDA and must follow strict guidelines to ensure safety for your pet.

Beef and lamb chews can be sourced from several different areas.

USA chews will always be overseen by the FDA, which will mean a safe, high quality product.

Numerous chews also come from Australia and New Zealand, both countries with strict oversight, pristine environments, and high quality products. Beef chews from South America are also very safe, healthy options for your dog. High quality South American beef is a way of life for many ranchers and they are very careful to produce grass-fed, free range, 100% safe products.

Ingredient Dos and Don’ts

Look for the 100% ingredient listWhen it comes to ingredients in your pet’s treats and chews, a simple rule of thumb is less is more. Single ingredient treats are not only great because they’re a healthy option for your pets, but you can easily determine what’s in them, and more importantly, what’s not. If a product is made with 100% chicken, 100% sweet potato, or 100% beef, you know exactly what your dog will be eating.

Artificial colors, preservatives and flavors are also very common in pet treats. Keep your eyes peeled for any ingredients that don’t look familiar or that you can’t pronounce.

Gently dehydrated treats are easily made without these ingredients, so shop around and find options without artificial, harmful chemicals.

Finally, make sure you read the ingredient panel. A lot of companies will make healthy claims on the front of the bag, but the truth is discovered on the back. Read the ingredient panel carefully and make sure you know everything that’s in the treat.

Back to Nature

woman reading a food labelNatural ingredients are always going to be better for your dog: they’re easier to digest, they’re in line with a high quality, healthy diet, and they’re less processed than conventional treats. But with so many treats claiming to be natural, finding the truly healthy options can be difficult. There are some simple tips to help.
Look for how the product is marketed. When companies claim that their products are “100% Real,” they are grasping at straws. “Real” is not a substantiated claim and makes no difference in what’s actually in your dog’s treat. This also applies to treats that make big, bold claims on the front of the packaging. When you want to find out what a product is made with, you look at the ingredient panel, not the front of the bag.

Truly natural products can be easily identified by looking for certain phrases, like single ingredient, grass-fed, and free range. But even more important is looking at the ingredient panel: if there’s only one ingredient, then you know what your dog is eating.

It’s also helpful to keep processing in mind. If the chew or treat is bright white or some unnatural color, then it has more than likely gone through a toxic bleaching and dyeing process. If, for example, the sweet potato looks like a sweet potato, then you know that it has simply been dehydrated, which not only maintains nutritional content, but keeps dangerous chemicals out of the process.

Feeding Safety

Sweet Potato ChewsAlong with knowing what you’re giving your dog, it’s equally important to know how you give it to your dog. Although natural treats like bully sticks and sweet potato chews are 100% digestible, they can still present choking hazards and get lodged in your dog’s throat. Preventing this can be a fairly simple task.

Always be present when giving your dog a chew. You don’t have to be nose to nose, but make sure you’re in the same area as your dog and stop in occasionally to make sure bullysticks everything is going smoothly. This not only gives you peace of mind that your dog is safe, but it also helps reinforce the bond between you and your dog.

Know your dog’s chewing habits. If he likes to swallow large pieces of treats, take the chew away from him when it gets down to the final bit. This will remove the choking hazard, but still give your dog a satisfying chewing experience.

When it comes to bully sticks, make sure you size your treat to your dog accordingly. Smaller dogs can do well with any size bully stick, but the 4 inch ones will last a while and are

satisfying. For larger dogs, make sure you’re getting a 12 inch or 18 inch bully stick to prevent choking and offer them a longer chewing experience.

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Give Your Pets a Feast this Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving coming up this week, a lot of us have turkey, and sweet potatoes, and broccoli, and (you name it!) on the mind. And while we’re getting ready to enjoy a delicious meal with our loved ones, we should make sure to include our pets in the festivities as well!

One of the best things about Thanksgiving is the state of your plate towards the end of your first serving: the mashed potatoes have tucked in the turkey, the broccoli has snuggled up with the stuffing, and the yams have cuddled up with cranberries. Every bite, in a word, is kaleidoscopic! Only Natural Pet Easy Raw brings the same hearty, nutritious mix to your pets. Both the dog formula and cat formula feature quality and down right delicious freeze-dried meats and nutrient dense, “superfood” produce like low glycemic sweet potatoes, antioxidant rich cranberries, broccoli, apples and pumpkin.

Plus, EasyRaw is one of the best options for your pet’s diet, offering them improved digestion, healthy weight control, and essential nutrients that can help their body stay strong and thrive.

Just check out our video and see for yourself!

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New Freeze-Dried Meals & Treats from Only Natural Pet Store!

Only Natural Pet Store is excited to announce the addition of our new freeze-dried meals and treats! Freeze-Dried Fresh Filets and All Meat Bites are each made from free-range meats that were raised antibiotic and hormone-free. They’re grain-free too so they make a great option for pets with grain allergies.

Give your companion the benefits of a raw food diet without the mess or fuss with Only Natural Pet Freeze Dried Fresh Filets.

  • Freeze-dried patties
  • Made from free-range, antibiotic- and hormone-free meats
  • Same health benefits of a raw meat diet
  • Easy-to-serve portions in a resealable bag
  • NO grains, preservatives or fillers
  • Available in two flavors: Chicken with Organic Veggies and Beef

Treat your pet to the ultimate in pure, natural taste with Only Natural Pet Freeze Dried All Meat Bites.

  • Great as a training treat or crumbled food topper
  • No fillers or preservatives
  • From free-range meat sources
  • Grain-free & Gluten-free

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New Halo Spot’s Stew Dry Formula for Dogs & Cats!

Only Natural Pet Store is happy to introduce Halo Spot’s Stew Dry Formulas!

Finally, a dry food for dogs and cats good enough to be called “Spot’s Stew”. Created for all life stages, Halo blends a unique combination of proteins from meat or fish, eggs and vegetables for pure nutrition and easy digestibility.

  • No rendered meats or meals
  • Nothing artificial
  • No by-products
  • No fillers
  • No chemicals or preservatives

Click Here to View Halo Spot’s Stew Dry Food.

Halo also offers a complete line of pet care products for dogs and cats, all specifically created to achieve and maintain optimal health for your pet. They guarantee all their products will deliver noticeable results, or your money back!

Click Here to Check Out All Halo Products.

. . . and coming soon at Only Natural Pet Store. . . Ziwi Peak!

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New Senior Pet Products at Only Natural Pet Store

Only Natural Pet Store now offers two new products for senior pets and/or handicapped pets:

PetSTEP Portable Pet Ramp
Key to life-long joint health for active dogs of all ages, PetSTEP Pet Ramps prevent stress related injuries that can occur when pets jump down onto front legs.  PetSTEP Pet Ramps also offer compassionate assistance to rehabilitating and senior pets as well as those with special needs such as arthritis, dysplasia, weight issues, or travel reluctance.

SnuggEase Protective Dog Diapers
Dogs have a number of issues that cause them to lose control of their bladder. SnuggEase provides comfortable protection from both the embarrassment of unplanned discharges and from damaging a home with unwanted messes. Additionally, SnuggEase gives owners the peace of mind in case they are incapable of getting to their beloved pet in time to allow them to relieve themselves in their normal routine.

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Leba III Dental Spray at Only Natural Pet Store

Leba III Dental Spray is now available at Only Natural Pet Store!

LEBA III balances the chemistry of the mouth keeping the teeth clean and healthy for the entire life of your pet, without side effects. How does it work? Leba III stimulates the enzymes changing the chemistry in the mouth. This softens the tartar and eventually, after a few weeks, causes the tartar to fall off.

Leba III, which had a 100% response in double blind testing, keeps your dog’s teeth clean with just 1-2 sprays at morning and 1-2 sprays at night. Click here for the double blind test results.

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New Raw Foods at Only Natural Pet Store

Only Natural Pet Store offers a wide variety of raw foods for dogs and cats and encourages pet owners to learn about all the benefits of feeding a raw diet. You can start by reading our article All About Raw Food.

There are several brands of raw foods available at Only Natural Pet Store including:

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