We love our natural pet parents! And if you’re reading this, you’re probably pretty fond of our Only Natural Pet products, too.
We’re extending the season of giving this year to bring you our rebate program that rewards you, our loyal customers. Don’t worry – we’ve made it easy for you. You simply earn rebates on every purchase you make online at www.onlynaturalpet.com – and even more when you buy Only Natural Pet brand products. That’s 5% back on Only Natural Pet brand products and 2.5% on all other brands!
All purchases qualify for a rebate, including sale items, discounts, and Auto Delivery orders. So order a little or a lot (you know you will over the holidays) either way, you earn rewards!
There’s nothing to do on your end. You don’t have to register, or use a coupon code or gift certificate. Your rebate will appear in your account quarterly and be automatically applied as a payment method during the online check-out process. Plus, we’re throwing in a free pet nutritional consultation, discounts on new products, and sneak previews on local events.
Call it our New Year’s gift to you, our loyal customers!
Happy 2019! We hope your holidays were festive and healthy, and full of cuddles and play time with your furry best friend.
It’s time to look forward to the year ahead. What adventures will you have? Planning to learn a new skill? How about health and nutrition goals? Whatever you’ve got planned, we know that your companion would love to be a part of your adventure. Why not start the year with a few nutrition and activity goals you can share?
Start with some immediate post-holiday goals. Chances are, you aren’t the only one who overindulged over the past few weeks. Your furry companion could likely use some digestive help, just like you. Our Complete Gut Health is great for cats and dogs and supports normal healthy digestion and features prebiotics and probiotics.
Maybe you need a more thorough resetting of your diet, so use the opportunity of the New Year to commit yourself to improving your overall health. That same commitment works for your dog or cat, too. Just like you know you should cut out the junk food and eat more fruits and veggies, you know that your dog will thrive with a diet consisting of more meat and nutrient rich fruits and veggies, or your cat will thrive on raw cat food which is high in protein, digestive enzymes, amino acids and essential fatty acids.
Once your nutrition goals are set, it’s time to get off the couch and get moving. We know – it’s at the top of everyone’s New Year’s list. But isn’t it more appealing to exercise with your dog, rather than in a gym? Commit to upping your daily walk game – but don’t limit yourself to just walking. Throw in some intervals (walk or run faster for short periods), some games of catch with your dog, or even a set of push-ups. It’s good for you, it breaks up the monotony of the walk and your dog will love time spent with you. And for cats, it’s hard to beat an interactive cat toy!
Lastly, it’s a New Year, so don’t forget to take a moment to be thankful for the beautiful and loving pets who enrich your life every day.
Sure, some of us still have snow on the ground and you can still see your breath during your morning walk with Fido, but that doesn’t mean that fleas and ticks aren’t secretly plotting an attack on your favorite furry friend.
We know that fleas and ticks pose a threat to pets year-round, but they become most active during the warmer months, starting as early as March in some areas of the United States. 2017 was predicted to be one of the worst flea seasons on record and 2018 has a similar forecast due the warmer-than-average winter most of us just experienced. So it’s time to gear up.
At Only Natural Pet, we clearly believe flea and tick control should be both highly effective and safe for you and your pets. There are multiple, natural ways to protect your pets and homes from fleas and ticks.
Parasites not welcome
The best defense is a good offense. Good overall pet health and immunity is your best bet against fleas and ticks. Like other parasites, fleas target less healthy hosts, as well as puppies and kittens with undeveloped immune systems. Diet and exercise, like interactive toys, are the foundation of pet health, so make sure your pets have the basics covered.
Flea combs are the best method to discover if fleas are present. Pay close attention to the tummy and tail areas, and drown any captured fleas in soapy water. Daily flea combing may be tedious, but it’s highly effective.
Repelling the pests
For dogs, essential oil-based, non-chemical products work very well to help keep fleas away. Sprays, wipes and shampoos with essential oils, like geraniol, not only help repel fleas, they’re also safe and feature no synthetic pesticides. Herbal Defense Oil Blend is a great repellent for dogs. You can put a drop on the collar, and dilute it into a spray to mist your dog. Only Natural Pet Herbal Defense Squeeze-On is another effective, safe and long lasting option for your dog.
For cats, EasyDefense Flea & Tick Wipes are easy to use. Oils with geraniol are safe for use with cats. The repelling power of geraniol is effective for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes and it is a great, long lasting flea repellant option.
Most of the flea population lives in your house and yard, not on your pet. Treating the environment is essential if you want to win this war. Remember to either vacuum some Only Natural Pet All-in-One Flea Remedy or an herbal flea powder into the vacuum bag to kill any fleas in the bag. Only Natural Pet All-in-One Flea Remedy can be used on carpeting, on pet bedding, on furniture and on hard floors. It can also be applied to grass to kill fleas in the yard by sprinkling the powder or applying with a hose sprayer.
We understand that using natural methods can take more effort than using chemicals and pesticides on your cat or dog. But as natural pet parents, we want our pets, our homes and our environment to be healthier! For more information on natural flea control products, view our Flea & Tick Control Products for dogs and cats.
Now that we’re a week into 2018 and all of the typical New Year’s fanfare has died down, we think it’s time for fresh twist on the New Year’s Resolution. Why not kill two birds (not really) and make some commitments to your pet parenting and your personal health and wellness? Read on for great ideas for resolutions for you and your pet.
#1 Get Moving
We know, we know. It’s at the top of everyone’s resolution list. But isn’t it more appealing to exercise with your dog, rather than in a gym? Commit to upping your daily walk game – but don’t limit yourself to just walking. Throw in some intervals (walk or run faster for short periods) or some games of catch or even a set of push-ups. It’s good for you, it breaks up the monotony of the walk and your dog will love time spent with you.
#2 What’s Up Doc?
Chances are, you have health screenings or doctor’s appointments you should make in the New Year. The same is true for your pet. Yearly examinations by your veterinarian are so important to good preventive care. Vet visits are also the perfect time to ask for advice, talk about nutrition, supplements or get an expert opinion on any behavioral issues.
#3 Get Out There!
Daily walks are great, but consider going a little bigger. Try hiking, trail running, snow shoeing, kayaking or any other activity that gets you and your dog outside and moving! It’s a great way to bond and the physical activity and mental health benefits are great for both of you.
#4 Primp and Polish
No one wants a stinky pet. Regular grooming — bathing, nail clipping, brushing teeth and coat – will make your pet more pleasant to be around and (bonus!) it’s healthier for your pet. Plus, all that nurturing and daily grooming is a great bonding activity for you and your pet. But pay attention – any skin and coat problems that don’t resolve with regular grooming, please see your veterinarian.
#5 All Work and No Play…
…makes pet parents very dull. More play time is a fun and positive resolution for people and pets! It’s a great stress reliever for you and who doesn’t embrace unconditional love and attention? Cats love the thrill of chasing a laser toy or catnip toys and dogs are happy with most any game, like fetch, tug and pull, hide and seek. It all works!
Lastly, it’s a New Year so don’t forget to take a moment to be thankful for all you have, especially the beautiful and loving pets who enrich your life every day.
We all know how age can creep up on us, and that is certainly true for our dogs. The old adage “one human year equals seven dog years” is a good starting point, but in fact, small to medium breeds are considered a senior at 9 to 11 years, large dogs at 8 to 10 years, and giant breed dogs at 6 to 8 years.
Each dog, like each human, is different. Some signs of aging are obvious – others, not so much. However, being aware of the changes in your dog could help you catch health issues early. With diet, supplements, and extra care, many of these conditions can be prevented, delayed or managed, to give your dog the best possible quality of life. Here are some general things to watch for:
What is usually considered “slowing down” or “a little stiff” may be a sign of arthritis. Extra weight makes arthritis even worse, so consider a high protein diet to help protect lean muscle mass while shedding fat. Proper weight and moderate exercise are the keys to comfort. Also consider joint support supplements and antioxidants for dogs, which offer good anti-inflammatory action and pain relief. And don’t forget a new dog bed for more comfortable sleep.
Older dogs can put on weight due to less activity, slowing metabolism, thyroid issues, etc. And we know that overweight and obese dogs have a higher incidence of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. Your senior dog needs more and higher quality protein and reduced calories and an age-appropriate exercise routine.
Not Responding To You
Has your dog stopped coming when you call? Is he hard to wake up after sleeping? Or does she get startled easily if you approach from behind? Hearing loss or deafness may be a reason for this. Take care to protect him from hazards such as cars and consider teaching hand signals for basic commands. Both dogs and cats can develop cognitive (learning and memory) problems as they get older, which are increasingly recognized as a form of dementia. Antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids for dogs (krill & cod liver oil is best for this condition) are valuable in keeping your pet’s brain functioning at its best.
As they age, dog’s eyes often show a bluish transparent “haze” in the pupil area. This is a normal effect of aging and the medical term for this is nuclear sclerosis or lenticular sclerosis. A white opaque cloudiness in the eye can also be a sign of cataracts, which will need treatment. Check with your vet if you notice any cloudiness or have questions about eye care.
More Bathroom Breaks & Accidents
As your dog ages, he will need to go to the bathroom more often. In older dogs, lower levels of hormones and slower nerve responses contribute to incontinence. If he starts having accidents in the house, increase your number of potty breaks throughout the day. Also consider a bladder control supplement to support your dog’s bladder muscle function and maintain bladder health in senior dogs.
Your worst fear – finding a lump. Dogs often develop spongy lumps, called lipomas, as they age. These lumps are usually fatty tumors and no reason to worry. However, you should have your vet check out all lumps you discover. You should be checking for lumps frequently. On short-haired dogs they will eventually be noticeable by sight, but it’s better if you detect them early. On long-haired dogs, regular checks are vital, since they may not be visible even when they get larger.
This sign of aging will probably be the first you encounter. Most dogs don’t have minty-fresh breath, but if it starts to smell funkier than usual, don’t ignore it. Dogs as young as three develop this and it’s usually a sign of dental disease. The longer the teeth are allowed to decay, the worse it will be for your dog and your pocketbook. The good news is that you can help prevent your pet from suffering through a good oral care regimen. Brush her teeth regularly, and in between brushes, natural dental chews will help keep them clean.
Deteriorating Coat Condition
Your dog may encounter skin and coat issues at any age, but he is more susceptible to them as he gets older. Look for dry coat, itching, flakiness, rashes or hair loss. Quality skin and coat care products can alleviate some of these issues, but talk to your vet to determine if there is a medical cause of the issue.
The holidays, ski season, and warm-weather vacations are fast approaching and for many pet parents, that means having to make a decision about your pet’s care. Of course, we always want our fur babies with us, but if that’s not an option this year, you need a plan for your pet while you’re away.
If you’re a first-timer, your top two options are to hire a professional pet sitter or board them at a doggy daycare or kennel. In making your choice, you’ll want to consider your pet’s age, health and temperament, and of course, your budget.
Usually more cost effective than pet sitters, since pet sitters charge per visit and kennels charge per day.
Great option for social dogs who need a lot of exercise and activity.
Contagious diseases, like kennel cough, distemper, giardiasis and coccidiosis are found in kennels. This is a no-no for puppies and kittens as their immune systems are susceptible to picking up these illnesses.
Staff can’t always give each pet special attention (sometimes you have to pay extra for this).
The kennel will perform feedings, bathroom breaks and walks according to their schedule, not yours, which is not ideal for puppies.
Your pet can keep his or her routine, which is essential for puppies or kittens.
No exposure to contagious illnesses.
If you have a pet with special dietary or medical needs, the pet sitter can administer medications.
Pets are given special attention and playtime with pet sitters.
Pet sitters can also bring in mail, water plants, and turn lights on/off while you’re away.
Since pet sitters typically charge anywhere from $10 upwards per house visit, and that can add up fast.
The season of giving is upon us! And if you’re like 95% of all pet parents, you are already making a list and checking it twice for Fido and Fluffy. And why not? Our four-legged family members like presents too! It is estimated we will spend more than $60 billion this year in pet gifts alone.
Get (or give!) a new leash on life. Sure, it’s practical, but why not spruce up that old look with some added style and safety of a new collar or leash.
You have a lot of great options for pet gift-giving, but remember that spending quality time with YOU is the best gift you can give your dogs and cats. Have a healthy and happy holiday season from everyone at Only Natural Pet!
Maybe you look forward to it and maybe you dread it, but whatever your opinion on winter, one thing is true – it’s a time when our beloved pets need a little more care. That beautiful fur coat is not enough protection for the upcoming cold weather months. Before the mercury dips too low, make sure you and your four-legged friends are ready.
#1 Bootie Time.
In the warmer months, booties are great for protecting paws from rocks and debris. In the winter, it’s the ice, salt and antifreeze that can injure them. Both salt and ice can have sharp edges which can cause injury and salt pellets can burn a dog’s paw pads. During walks, your dog’s paws can also pick up deicers, antifreeze or other chemicals that could be toxic. Dog booties from Ruffwear and Pawz are great because they protect against all these elements plus they help your dog’s grip on the ice. If your dog refuses to wear booties, try a dog paw wax, like Musher’s, and make sure you wash and dry their paws thoroughly after being outside.
#2 Sweater weather.
Coats and jackets for dogs aren’t just a pet fashion statement. Dogs with short or shaved fur or smaller breeds of dogs need the extra protection from the biting cold. And when fur gets wet it loses much of its insulating ability. When shopping for a dog sweater or coat, make sure you get the correct fit. Also make sure it doesn’t affect your dog’s ability to see or move comfortably.
#3 Time for reflection.
During winter’s shorter days, you’ll probably be doing more dog walking in dark pre-dawn mornings and dark nights. Make sure you dog is easy to see with a reflective jacket, collar or use a reflective light.
Sure, you probably use pet-friendly ice melts, but that doesn’t mean your dog won’t come across dangerous chemicals while out on walk so steer clear of spills. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle.
#6 Enjoy the great indoors.
The threat of frostbite to dogs is real, so don’t leave your dog outside for long periods of time. Even sunny winter days can be deceiving, as wind chill can make the actual temperature colder than it really is. When it’s cold or wet out, keep younger, older and sick pets indoors.
Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet. Use common sense, and follow these guidelines, and you can keep your dogs safe and healthy through the winter months.
You’ve seen the headlines – as a population, we are getting fatter. Close to 40% of adults are obese and that number continues to grow. But you may not know that this same epidemic is effecting our pets. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 52.7% of dogs and 57.9% of cats are overweight or obese. Now consider that more than 60% of the owners of overweight dogs don’t think their dogs are obese, and you can understand why this situation is not improving.
How did this happen? Most experts blame rising pet obesity on the shift in pet diets toward highly processed, grain and carb heavy foods, and less and less exercise (incidentally, some of the same factors that drive human obesity). No matter the cause, the results of pet obesity are clear – osteoarthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, ligament injuries, kidney disease, cancer, and an overall decreased life expectancy of more than two years.
As pet owners who believe in natural nutrition, we are not immune to this issue. As a result, here is a five step plan for recognizing and tackling pet obesity.
Look and feel – Real scientific measurements such as the body condition score (BCS) is a great diagnostic tool, but you can start by doing a quick assessment at home using your eyes and hands. Start by feeling your pet’s ribs. You should be able to feel each individual rib with a slight layer of fat over them. You should not need to work at finding those ribs. Then look at your dog or cat from above. You should see a waist behind the rib cage of a cat or dog in the healthy weight range.
Talk to your vet – a trip to the vet will obviously give you a very clear picture of your pet’s ideal weight, but with blood and urine tests you can also rule out other factors that may be causing weight gain, including issues related to the thyroid, metabolism or hormonal problems.
Meal timing and portions – The next step is to look at how often and how much your pet eats. It’s a myth that pets can always self-regulate their diets, so no more free feeding. Also, you’ll want to limit the amount of treats and no more table scraps for Fido.
Get moving – Taking your pet out for a short walk to do his or her “business” is not enough. Exercise needs vary based on a dog’s age, breed and size, but in general, dogs should be active between 30 minutes to 2 hours every day. It’s a great opportunity to engage with your pet, introduce some fun new fetch toys and get moving yourself.
Finally, be patient. If you go through these steps you should see results. But remember that healthy weight loss takes time. As long as your dog is continually losing weight – even very small amounts per week – you are on the right track.
It’s a new year, which often signals a fresh start and time to think about your goals for the next 12 months. But here’s a fresh twist on the New Year’s Resolution–why not kill two birds (not really) and make some commitments to your pet parenting and your personal health and wellness? Read on for great ideas for resolutions for you and your pet.
#1 Get Moving
We know, we know. It’s at the top of everyone’s resolution list. But isn’t it more appealing to exercise with your dog, rather than in a gym? Commit to upping your daily walk game – but don’t limit yourself to just walking. Throw in some intervals (walk or run faster for short periods) or some games of catch or even a set of push-ups. It’s good for you, it breaks up the monotony of the walk, and your dog will love time spent with you.
#2 What’s Up Doc?
Chances are, you have health screenings or doctor’s appointments you should make in the New Year. The same is true for your pet. Yearly examinations by your veterinarian are important to good preventive care. Vet visits are also the perfect time to ask for advice, talk about nutrition, or get an expert opinion on any behavioral issues.
#3 Think Outside the Walk
Daily walks are great, but consider going a little bigger. Try hiking, trail running, skijoring (combination of cross country skiing and dog sledding), snow shoeing, kayaking or any other activity that gets you outside and moving! It’s a great way to bond and the physical activity and mental health benefits are great for both of you.
#4 Primp and Polish
No one wants a stinky pet. Regular grooming – bathing, nail clipping, brushing teeth and coat – will make your pet more pleasant to be around and (bonus!) it’s healthier for your pet. Plus, all that nurturing and daily grooming is a great bonding activity for you and your pet. But pay attention – any skin and coat problems that don’t resolve with regular grooming, please see your veterinarian.
#5 All Work and No Play….
…makes pet parents very dull. More play time is a fun and positive resolution for people and pets! It’s a great stress reliever for you and who doesn’t embrace unconditional love and attention? Cats love the thrill of chasing a laser toy or catnip toys or fetch toys, and dogs are happy with most any game, like fetch, tug of war, hide and seek. It all works!
Lastly, it’s a New Year so don’t forget to take a moment to be thankful for all you have, especially the beautiful and loving pets who enrich your life every day.