Protect Your Pets from Ticks this Spring

Lyme Disease is becoming more prevalent in pets and the only way to protect your dogs and cats is to keep infected ticks away. In fact, positive cases of Lyme Disease are up 10 percent from this time last year, according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

Although Lyme Disease is a serious illness, we don’t want to keep our pets inside all year with the hopes that they won’t be bitten by an infected tick. April is Prevent Lyme in Dogs Month, so this is a great time for all pet owners to think about what they can do to help keep their pets healthy and safe. Lyme Disease is a year-round concern, but spring is possibly the worst time, as ticks are molting when the ground warms.

Here are a few ways to help protect your pet from ticks:

Use a flea and tick preventative: It is important to treat your pet with a preventative that repels ticks as well as fleas. Most pet owners assume if they are on a flea treatment that it repels ticks as well. This is not always the case. Many only work after the tick has bitten the animal. Diatomaceous Earth is a natural way to kill fleas, ticks and other insects on both cats and dogs. Although it looks and feels like flour to the naked eye, under a microscope diatomaceous earth resembles small pieces of broken glass. The food-grade diatomceous earth is harmless to us and animals, those tiny glass-like fragments kill insects and their larvae, by piercing their protective structures, which causes them to dehydrate and die. Apply the diatomceous earth lightly on your pet’s coat, as well as on bedding and carpeting, and because it can take up to 3 days for it to fully work, leave it in any fabric before cleaning. We sell a food grade type that is full of internal benefits as well.

Use a natural repellent: A natural repellent can help keep fleas and ticks at bay. We recommend the Pet Wants Flea and Tick Spray, which is made with natural essential oils such as cedar and peppermint to act as a natural deterrent for insects. Due to cat’s potential sensitivities to essential oils this product is only intended for use in dogs. Pet Wants Flea and Tick spray is properly diluted with therapeutic grade essential oils.

Keep your yard groomed: Ticks do not like to be in sunlight for extended periods of time and are found more frequently in areas where grass is more mature and has a developed underbrush. Keeping your lawn cut and well maintained could help reduce the instance of ticks in your backyard.

Treat your yard: Treat your yard with a natural insecticide, such as diatomaceous earth listed above. Again, it is safe for humans and pets, but diatomaceous earth is deadly to many parasites, including ticks. Sprinkle a small amount on your dog and cat to help with prevention during peak months. Add a light dusting to the areas of the yard your pet frequents the most such as their favorite pee spot. Diatomaceous earth also works well in preventing against garden pests.

Check for ticks: Be sure to inspect your pet closely after they’ve been outside. Ticks tend to target areas like the ears, inner thighs and legs. If you do find a tick on your pet, be sure to remove it as soon as possible. The best way to remove a tick it to grab tweezers or a tick key and place as close to the head as possible. The goal is to remove the tick completely and not have anything remain. If a tick bites your dog it can transfer the bacteria but only if it stays attached.

Lyme Disease does not appear in pets like it does in humans. Pets typically show symptoms such as fever, lameness and pain – not the Lyme Disease rash humans get. Many times, by the time you spot symptoms, it is likely the dog has already been infected, so prevention is the best tool in the fight against Lyme Disease.

If you have any questions about natural flea and tick prevention, please contact us. You can also stop by our store at Findlay Market or at 1409 Vine Street in Cincinnati. www.PetWantsCincy.com

5 Tips for a New Puppy Parent

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Having a puppy can be both stressful and rewarding. Here at Pet Wants Cincy we love puppies and we love feeding them. In honor of National Puppy Day this month, we wanted to share 5 things we wish we had known when our dogs were puppies.

1) When They Need To Relieve Themselves

Potty training can be a stressful time. Puppies have small bladders and don’t know where you expect them to do their business. To help avoid accidents in the house it’s useful to know when your puppy is most likely to take a potty break. Puppies are most likely to relieve themselves after they have eaten; slept for more than 20 minutes; or played rigorously. It is a good idea to watch your puppy closely after any of these activities and watch for sniffing as an indicator you should get them outside ASAP!

2) Better Nutrition Matters

Many new puppy owners feed the food the shelter gave them or whatever the breeder was feeding. It is important in the first year to give your puppy the best nutrition possible. Here at Pet Wants we are committed to improving your life and that of your pet. We focus on diets that are made fresh and are free of corn, wheat, soy, and animal by-products. Puppies are growing and need proper nutrition to support muscle development, bone growth, and a healthy immune system. Ask your Pet Wants staff for advice on your puppy and which diet works best for his/her individual needs.

3) Train Yourself Before Your Puppy

Training is an important part of development for a puppy. Training needs to start day 1, but most of us discover that we are not equipped to train our puppy. One of the most important aspects of training a puppy is understanding how to train him. Before you bring your puppy home, do research and establish how you are going to train your puppy to sit, lay down, and go potty. Consistency is key; so, make sure you, your significant other, and the entire family know how the dog is going to be trained. Nothing hinders training more than giving the dog different commands to elicit the same behaviors. Everyone involved in training needs to use the same commands so as not to confuse the pup.

4) Make Sure You Have The Right Chew Toys

Puppies love to chew. Some Puppies chew to keep themselves busy while others chew especially hard when they are teething. Many people gravitate towards fluffy stuffed animals because they are cute and remind us of the animals we buy human babies. When you are getting prepared for your puppy be sure to stock up on bones, rubber and rope toys that are a bit tougher. This will help sooth sore gums, and keep them occupied for much longer than a stuffed animal.

5) Crates Are Good

A crate is one of the most useful tools to help in potty training, traveling, and keeping your pup and you’re your belongings safe when you leave. Crates can be a great tool to use for your puppy’s entire life or until you are sure that you trust your pup alone when you are gone.  The first thing to know about your puppy’s crate is that they just need enough room to stand up and turn around. The divider is not just an accessory that comes in the box or a spare part, it’s a vital tool in proper crate training. If puppies have too much room they will poop in the crate which will not help you in training. Having a confined space can make your puppy feel more secure and encourage him to hold it longer until you get home and can take him out. If the crate is too big, you can stick a box or empty cooler in the back and cover it with a soft blanket to make it more cozy and right-sized for your new fur baby.

Always use the crate in a positive way; never for punishment. Always leave the crate door opened when you are home and never put your pup in the crate if you are angry at him for something he did wrong. If you scold your pup and he goes to his crate that is fine, but never use the crate as a punishment. This associates negative feelings with the crate and you want to avoid that. When you leave, put your pup into his crate and give him a special toy or treat that is reserved for time in the crate only.  To help prevent separation anxiety, crate your pup and leave the house for short periods of time, gradually increasing your time away as the pup becomes more at ease in your absence.

 

We hope this helps you prepare for a new family addition. For more helpful tips on your pets visit us www.PetWantsCincy.com and speak with a Pet Wants Nutrition Specialist.

Stinky Dog Breath & Pet Dental Health

Snuggling with your pet can be one of the highlights of being a pet parent, that is unless Fluffy or Fido is suffering from a bad case halitosis! Wherever that bad breath came from, it is probably too offensive for your nose to handle and can haunt you for days. Although pets aren’t known for having great breath, bad breath may really be a sign of poor oral health.

Since February is National Pet Dental Health Month, it’s the ideal time to put the spotlight on oral hygiene and the importance of proper dental care.

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In many cases, the bad breath is due to built-up tartar on the teeth close to the gum line. This can become irritated and inflamed if not addressed and ultimately lead to an infection or disease which can cause severe problems and be taxing on the immune system.

Other times, that stink is coming from the gut! Digestion problems, issues in the gastrointestinal tract, mouth and other organs can be sources of what some call ‘stomach breath’.

In both situations, as with many health issues, diet can make a HUGE difference! Because pets are naturally scavenger carnivores, they have a shorter G.I. tract, less enzymes in their saliva to break down foods (especially sugars & carbs) and teeth made to rip and tear instead of crush and chew.

Try these best practices in dental health with your pet:

  • Feed your pet foods that are low in sugars and carbs which cause more tartar on the teeth.
  • Avoid ingredients with no added nutritional value like common fillers and look for high quality proteins.
  • Consider cleaning their teeth a few times a month, even if it’s just wiping off the outsides with gauze or a wet cloth. If using toothpaste, remember to stay away from toothpaste designed for humans and choose one that is natural.
  • Try ‘snacks’ that can act as dental floss like uncooked or smoked bones. Dental chews are another option, but avoid any gluten in those, or try some sea algae which can break down tartar effectively too!

Remember that good oral health is important for more reasons other than that smelly breath! Your pet’s body can suffer more serious problems so try some healthy dental practices and feed good quality food. If interested in learning more about Pet Wants’ fresh food and the benefits on dental health, chat with us on our website Pet Wants Cincy or stop in our stores!

If awful breath is a persistent problem, talk to your veterinarian to rule out any serious issues.  Solutions for your pet’s bad breath depends entirely on its root cause.

For more information on pets or to try one of our nutritious blends, please visit Pet Wants Cincy.

3 Tips to Help Calm New Year’s Nerves

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Can you believe it’s almost 2018?! Soon bottles will be poppin’, fireworks exploding and the festivities will be underway! Although we love to send the year out with a BANG, this can often prove to be more stressful than fun for our dogs.

Here are 3 tips to help calm those New Year nerves:

1. Try some pre-party exercise:
Exercising your pup before the New Year’s Eve party can help tire them out when it comes time for the evening celebration. An overstimulated dog will be that much more nervous, so take your dog out for some energy-draining activity that day. If he’s tired, it’ll be much easier for him to sleep through the chaos.

2. Give an herbal supplement:
Sometimes, just a short-term calming aid will do the trick. Pick up a Pet Wants Snooze-Booster Pawsicle with turkey, lavender and chamomile, to help to soothe some of the nervous tension. Or try some NaturVet Quiet Moments Calming Aid Dog Soft Chews that are packed full of thiamine and L-Tryptophan, these bites help reduce stress and tension while the added melatonin helps to promote rest and relaxation. Give your pet a tasty treat 30 minutes before a stressful situation and enjoy his calm demeanor in any distressing situation.

3. Use an acupressure wrap:
Pet Wants Cincy sell a wrap called the Thundershirt. It’s design uses acupressure and maintained pressure to reduce stress. The Thundershirt is a wrap for your dog with Velcro tabs provide gentle, constant pressure. Their website reports that over 80% of Thundershirt users see significant improvement in noise anxiety symptoms. Most dogs respond with the very first usage; some need 2-3 usages before showing significant improvement.

Happy New Year from all of us at Pet Wants Cincy!

Pet Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Pet Gift Guide for the Holidays

Look no further than Pet Wants Cincy for the perfect gift for your adorable fur-kid. Check out our top picks below!

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Wooly Wonkz Hanukkah Ball Dog Toy Star of David

Make the 9 days of Hanukkah fun and Eco-friendly with the Wooly Wonkz Hanukkah Ball Dog Toy Star of David! The Wooly Wonkz Dog Toy is great for your eco-conscious pup. Soft dogs crave will make playtime fun and safe. Lovingly made in Nepal colors and sizes may vary making each toy special. Made of 100% eco-friendly New Zealand wool, naturally anti-microbal plus Azo-free dyes and toxin free! Great for teething puppies and seniors too.  $12.00 each. Available in our stores or  Order Here

 

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Pet Wants Cincy Wag Bags

Get some swag for your pup! Either small or large, our Wag Bags are the perfect gift that Fido can share with his human family too! Since our Housemade balms, sprays and salves are all safe and full of benefits for humans, this (s)Wag Bag will be used by many well past the holiday season. The Healing Salve alone is a quick go to for my own dry skin and chapped lips!  Small $30.00 (value of $40)  Large $65.00 (value of $80). Available in our stores Order Small Here or Order Large Here

 

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Cosmic Catnip Kitty Cat Grass Kit

Use this Cosmic Kitty Grass to grow nutritious grass that your cat can eat! It contains a blend of fresh herbs and greens that you can grow yourself. These specially selected seeds grow into greens your cat can’t resist, encouraging play and activity for hours. Contains no chemicals and helps improve digestion, reducing hairballs. $4.50 each. Available in our stores or Order Here

 

 

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PetLou Fleece Monkey Stick Dog Toy

Monkey Sticks are back! Every December we bring in monkeys of all sizes, which are perfect for playing hard, or soft cuddling. Plus, this heavy-weight fleece dog toy has a squeaker that makes a grunting sound which makes us laugh! Small $6.00  Large $15.00. Available in our stores or Order Here

 

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Peanut Butter Banana CBD Hemp Oil Edibites

Pet Releaf’s CBD-infused Edibites are a “superfood smoothie” for your pet. They are considered an immune system turbo boost and are the perfect daily supplement for your pet. They contain no wheat, corn, dairy or soy and have no fillers or chemical preservatives. Plus they can help with pain or anxiety too! Available in stores or Order Here

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Signature Housewares Fish Cat Bowl

Say goodbye to ugly cat bowls! This adorable bowl is made of glazed stoneware, a dense ceramic material that stands up to constant use and frequent cleanings. It’s dishwasher safe, very durable and has a single fish image on the inside of the bowl too.  $7.00 each. Available in our stores or Order Here

 

 

 

Whisk & Wag Treat Mixes

Ready-to-bake treat mixes in either Honey & Oats or Apple & Cinnamon have exceptional flavor and an impressive range of health benefits for your furry friends. Just add oil and water for a fresh baked, wag-worthy and wholesome snack.  With no corn, wheat, soy or preservatives and non-GMO, this all-natural product is made with the best ingredients and lots of homemade love.  $12.00 each. Available in our stores or Order Here