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

 

 

H2O equation for Cats!

Health & Diet

She may be 100% sass, but physically she’s 80% water or SHOULD BE!

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getting what she craves!

Cats do not drink as much water as dogs and it is more difficult to tell if they are thirsty so it is very important to understand water in their diet. They should be getting about 260mL of water a day on average (a little over a cup) and their food can help!

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If your cat needs additional water in their diet try our canned food selection and dehydrated foods.  Read more…

How do I know if my cat is dehydrated?

  • The skin elasticity test
    • hold the skin between your cat’s shoulder blades and pull the skin away from the body (nicely!) and let go. If the skin snaps back fairly quickly, your cat is getting a good amount of moisture
  • Sunken eyes
    • Eyes that appear to be receding back into kitty’s head can be a sign of dehydration
  • The moistness of gums
    • If you press your finger to your kitty’s gum line, it should feel moist
  • Cold paws
    • If your cat’s paws feel cool or cold relative to the her bodily temperature

Behavior

Why does an animal that spends nearly half of its life cleaning itself seem to hate water so much? There are many reasons why this is the case.

  • Their evolution didn’t involve much water – cats have always thrived in a dry and arid environment therefore they never learned to swim
  • Water weighs them down –  their coats soak up that moisture causing their body temperature to lower
  • All the smells! –  a cats nose is very sensitive, it contains 200 million olfactory receptors
  • Baths insult their independence – If a cat is interested in water, let it be on their own terms.

Thecat swimre are some breeds of cats that enjoy water

  • Turkish Van
  • Turkish Angora
  • Maine Coon
  • Bengal
  • American Bobtail
  • Japanese Bobtail
  • Norwegian Forest
  • Abyssinian

Your Dog’s Winter Coat

                fluffy white dog under the falling snow in winter

While there are definitely some nice things about the winter season in Cincinnati, the weather during this time of the year can be quite rough. It’s important to remember that’s just as true for your dog as it is for you. Specifically, the combination of low humidity and keeping your house warm through heating can result in your dog’s coat drying out. Because you want to know that your dog feels great throughout this season and isn’t struggling with problems like winter dandruff, we want to share some coat tips for this time of the year:

1. Consistent Grooming

You’ll definitely want to stay on top of your dog’s grooming needs during this time of the year. Brushing on a regular basis will remove dead hair, tangles and dirt. Not only will this keep your dog looking its best, but it will also help with things like skin circulation. And while it is fine to bathe your dog even when the weather is cold outside, just make sure your pet is fully dry before it goes out again.

2. Skin Spray

Pet Wants is passionate about helping dogs enjoy the highest quality of life. That’s why we developed a homemade skin spray for dogs. This spray is perfect for keeping your dog’s winter coat from drying out. It can also help with other issues like hot spots, bites, burns and irritations. The ingredients used to make this wonderful spray are calendula infused purified water, witch hazel, aloe vera gel, vegetable glycerin, avocado oil, lavender oil, cedarwood oil, peppermint oil and geranium oil.

3. The Right Diet

You’ve probably heard the expression “you are what you eat.” This very accurate saying applies to dogs of all sizes. That’s why it’s so important to choose the right type of food for your dog. Because Pet Wants dog food is carefully designed to support all elements of a dog’s health, we include ingredients that are specifically targeted at coat health. Flaxseed and fish oil are two examples of those ingredients that can be found in our blends. By combining ingredients like these with all the other healthy elements of our fresh dog food, you can count on your dog feeling and looking great all winter long.

4. Don’t Forget About the Feet

Your dog’s coat isn’t the only part of its body that faces different conditions during this time of the year. Your pup’s paws can also face some harsh conditions when you’re out for a walk. The best way to deal with those conditions is our paw wax for dogs. Made from organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax and lavender oil, simply applying this wax prior to heading out into the cold will help your dog a lot.

Leaving Cats At Home During Vacation

Beautiful young woman with cat sitting on bed

If you’re planning on taking a vacation this summer or fall, one of the things you need to do before leaving is figure out what’s going to work best for your cat while you’re gone. While this is an issue that most cat owners think of well in advance of leaving for a vacation, it’s still something that causes quite a bit of worry. Read More

What MSM Can Do For Your Dog

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MSM stands for Methylsulfonylmethane. Although that’s a mouthful, it’s simply an organic sulfur containing compound. The reason you should care about MSM is it’s been shown to be useful as a joint health supplement. The benefits of this compound are applicable to both humans and dogs.

7 Reported Benefits of MSM

The first reported benefit of MSM is the reduction of chronic pain in dogs. This compound is a natural analgesic. It’s able to block pain impulses from transferring through nerve fibers, as well as cortisol and the inflammation process. Functioning as a synergist is its second benefit. MSM has been shown to improve the cellular uptake of everything from vitamin A to calcium.

The antioxidant qualities of MSM are its third reported benefit. Being an antioxidant means MSM is able to bind to free radicals and deactivate them before they’re able to cause any harm. Fourth on the list is detoxifying, followed by aiding in the prevention of neurological diseases. Sixth is helping to lessen the negative effects of allergies.

Allergies aren’t something that are as noticeable in dogs as they are humans. But dogs can definitely suffer from them. And for those that do, MSM can provide relief. Last on the list is combating parasites. MSM is not a replacement for any medications or other measures recommended by your dog’s vet. However, it can give your dog an additional barrier of defense against a wide range of parasites.

Not All MSM is Equal

While there are a lot of good things that can be said about MSM, one important note is not all forms of this compound are equal. Many forms of commercially produced MSM come with the risk of contamination or impurities. That’s because it only takes not following a single sanitation procedure or using water with heavy metals to create a problem. The best way to avoid those issues and ensure that MSM is as beneficial as possible for your dog is to get an ultra pure formulation.

Give Your Dog a Quality MSM Supplement

Even if your dog already has a quality diet, it’s unlikely that the food your dog is eating contains enough MSM to create a therapeutic dose. The recommended amount for dogs is 50 to 100 mg MSM per 10 pounds of body weight. We believe that MSM can be very useful for dogs with issues like joint pain or chronic inflammatory condition.

That’s why we have our Joint ReLiver supplement. The only two ingredients in this quality supplement are ultra pure MSM and dehydrated pork liver. Not only can dogs benefit from this supplement, but they love the taste as well! We also give you the added convenience of being able to make a one-time or recurring order.

Why Freshness is Key in Your Pet’s Nutrition

Pet Wants is more than just the name of our company. It’s also a guiding principle of the food blends we offer. Specifically, we make sure that our food is developed in a way that best serves what pet’s bodies want and need to be as healthy as possible. By taking this approach with our food, we’re able to offer foods that are great for pets who range from puppies and kittens all the way to senior dogs and cats. Read More

What Exactly is Kitten Season?

 

Although kitten season may sound like a term that’s used when someone is making a joke, it’s actually a very real thing. This terms refers to spring, which is when kittens are most likely to be born. Digging into the science behind kitten season and why cats are most likely to give birth during spring is actually quite fascinating.

 

When compared to humans and dogs, a cat’s cycle seems very unique. Instead of cycling monthly or twice a year, a cat’s cycle is organized by the amount of daylight they get. In order for a cat to go into heat, they need at least 12 hours of daylight. The evolutionary reason for this is to ensure kittens aren’t born during the winter, which is the time of year that traditional food sources for cats like rabbits and mice are hibernating.

 

While a cat’s heat cycle is definitely different from the cycles of humans or dogs, they’re not the only animal that has it. Hamsters, lemurs and horses are a few examples of other animals that use the amount of daylight to regulate their breeding cycles. Cats and these other animals are known as long day breeders. There are also animals like deer, goats and foxes that are short day breeders, which means their cycles are triggered when there are fewer hours of daylight.

 

The Impact of Kitten Season in the Modern World

If you notice the presence of a lot of feral cats in your neighborhood during the coming weeks, it’s not a coincidence. Kitten season means cats are quite active. It also means that lots of kittens are born this time of year without a home. This leads to many being taken to shelters. And even though shelters do their best to care for kittens and find homes, there simply aren’t enough available.  

 

Kitten season means several things for people who already have cats or are thinking about getting one. As a cat owner, one of the best things you can do is spay or neuter your cat early on in their life. Your veterinarian will inform you when your cat is eligible for the procedure.
And if you don’t have a cat but have been thinking about getting one, kitten season is a great time of the year to adopt. By adopting a kitten or adult cat from a shelter, you’ll be able to provide a loving home. Just add a Pet Wants food blend to your cat’s daily routine, and you’ll have a very happy and healthy pet!

Why Spring is the Perfect Time to Adopt a Pet

Why Spring is the Perfect Time to Adopt a Pet

If you’ve been thinking about adopting a pet, now is a great time to follow through on that decision. One of the reasons why Spring is the perfect time to adopt a pet is because now is when both dogs and cats have their babies. While some puppies and kittens will find loving homes, others will end up on the street or in shelters. Although shelters do their best to care for every animal that comes through their doors, it can be a major challenge during spring when so many small animals are arriving on a daily basis. Read More

Water: An Essential Part of Dog Nutrition All Year Long

 

At Pet Wants, we’re incredibly passionate about dog nutrition. We believe that fresh and balanced food is the key to ensuring that dogs are able to live healthy & happy lives. While the food we offer is specifically designed to provide dogs with the optimal balance of nutrients they need, there is another important element in this equation. That element is water. During the hotter months of the year, the need to keep a dog’s water bowl full is easy to remember. But what often gets overlooked is that dogs need to get enough water all year long.

As humans, we often think we’re hungry when our bodies actually just want us to drink more water. That’s why one of the most effective dieting tips anyone can follow is to prioritize drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Since many people have at least a few misconceptions about dogs and their water as well, we want to clear those up by diving into exactly why dogs need plenty of water on a consistent basis, as well as what owners can do to supply the right amount:

Why Water is So Important for Dogs

When water goes into a dog’s body, it’s used to move nutrients in and out of cells. So even if a dog is getting the right nutrients, not getting enough water means they may not be able to properly absorb them. In addition to absorbing nutrients, water is used during the digestion of food. It’s also vital for regulating body temperature. Given that dogs may be exposed to the heater running a lot during cold Cincinnati winters, it’s still possible for them to have an elevated temperature even when the weather outside is quite cold. To top things off, water plays a central role in joint lubrication, as well as cushioning internal tissues and ensuring optimal urination & bowel movements.

Recognizing Dehydration and Providing Dogs with Plenty of Water

In extreme cases, dehydration can cause a dog’s organs to shut down. However, dehydration  can still be a serious issue even without things going that far. In most cases, as long as a dog has access to enough water, they will keep themselves hydrated. That being said, there are a few conditions like diabetes that can cause dehydration, which is why it’s important to know how to recognize this condition.

If you think your dog may be dehydrated, you can check by picking up a fold of their skin around the shoulder blades. If the skin doesn’t quickly return to its position upon release, you should have your dog checked by a vet for dehydration. And to help prevent this condition, make sure your dog has daily access to at least one ounce of clean water for every pound of body weight.