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

 

 

Happy 14th Birthday to the one who started it all…. Jackson!

   

 

Ever wonder how Pet Wants got its start? Michele and Amanda Broughton Hobbs struggled to ease the allergies of their dog Jackson for years. After countless trials and errors with different foods and medications, and thousands of dollars spent on vet visits and testing, they decided to take matters into their own hands. The couple began working closely with a family-owned pet food company right at home in Ohio to formulate a gluten-free, nutrient-dense pet food that could be made-to-order in small batches fresh every month. Jackson finally experienced relief—within a couple of months on Pet Wants food, his symptoms disappeared and Michele and Amanda’s search for a cure came to an end. Nearly seven years later, thousands of dogs and cats throughout the country are now thriving on the same pet food that eased Jackson’s allergies. All of us here at Pet Wants still honor Jackson as the mascot of Pet Wants and the one who started it all—you can even see his portrait hanging in our original shop at the historic Findlay Market.

Today we celebrate Jackson’s 14th birthday and still tell his story as the first pet to experience the wonders of Pet Wants food. Jackson is an energetic 75 pound Australian Shephard/Collie mix. With the birth of Michele and Amanda’s twin boys, Jackson and his high-energy demeanor became a lot to handle. A Pet Wants staff member knew the perfect match for Jackson through a colleague at Save The Animals Foundation. Sure enough, Jackson and his new family were a wonderful fit and he has lived with them ever since. He now enjoys a large yard and lots of trees… and a cat to chase around. He is, of course, still enjoying Pet Wants food, and supports his joints in his older age with our Joint ReLiver supplement and Sound Dog chews. His long, healthy, happy life reminds us all of the power of a high-quality, nutrient-dense, gluten-free pet food.

Prepping Paws for Winter

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In our last post on dogs’ winter coats, we mentioned the importance of taking care of paws as well. Since winter can be quite hard on the paws of any dog that spends even a moderate amount of time outside, we want to dive into this topic in detail. By understanding exactly what winter means for your dog’s paws, you’ll be able to take the necessary steps to provide support and protection for your pet. Read More

Your Dog’s Winter Coat

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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.

Do Dogs Feel the Changes of Daylight Savings Time?

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Most people are happy about the extra hour of sleep they’re able to gain when clocks turn back an hour near the beginning of fall. While that experience can be a positive one, the same isn’t always true once this new schedule goes into effect. Plenty of people require a few days to adjust to a new sleep pattern. Others don’t like the fact that it is dark when they go to work in the morning and dark when they get off at the end of the day. And for a portion of the population, this shift completely throws off their internal clock and can cause ongoing sleep challenges for weeks at a time.

Since this single change can have so many different effects on people, it brings up an interesting question of if the switch has any impact on animals. While dogs obviously don’t look at a clock and decide what they need to be doing, they do follow a set schedule for different activities that’s driven by their circadian rhythm. Because the change that humans make to their clocks impacts this schedule that dogs internally follow, we want to highlight a few of the disruptive issues dogs may experience this time of the year:

Going to the Bathroom

Even though potty training a puppy can be quite a challenge, once a dog gets in a consistent routine of going to the bathroom, they’re going to want to stick with it. Many owners take their dog out when they first get up in the morning. So if you start sleeping in an hour later due to the clock shifting back, your dog may get quite antsy or start trying to get you up at the time when it usually goes out. Depending on your dog’s personality, you may be able to shift to a new morning potty time in just a few days or you might have to stagger this shift over a longer period of time.

Eating

Your pet knows when to expect its bowl to be filled with delicious dog food. So when that important event doesn’t happen right on schedule, plan on your dog coming straight to you for a refill. As with going to the bathroom, the time required to fully shift your dog to a new feeding schedule can range from a few days to a couple of weeks.

Spending Time with You

If you come home at the same time every day, your dog knows when to expect you. So it’s completely normal for your dog to be a little extra excited or even anxious when you first start coming home in the days following the time change.

Because dogs do have such a consistent inner clock, yours may be caught off guard when going to the bathroom, eating or hanging out with you doesn’t occur at the normal time as a result of the shift caused by Daylight Savings Time. While this is definitely a change your dog is likely to notice, the good news is as long as you’re aware of it, you can take a few steps to minimize the amount of time your dog feels like it’s out of its normal routine.

Is Your Dog Stressed Out?

 

photo-1455103493930-a116f655b6c5Over half of the adult population in the United States experiences physical symptoms caused by stress. But we’re not alone in facing the negative effects of this condition. Dogs can also suffer from stress. And just like humans, it can take a toll on their well-being. If you’re trying to get to the bottom of whether or not stress is impacting your dog, here are three signs you’ll want to watch for:

  1. Decreased Appetite

When you feed your dog delicious food like Pet Wants, you know that they’re always going to be excited when it’s time for a meal. So if you notice that your dog suddenly loses the spark it usually has for eating, chances are it’s due to stress or another health condition.

  1. Sleeping More Than Normal

Dogs definitely sleep more than humans. The short answer to why is they don’t sleep as soundly as humans. In order to get the amount of rest they need, dogs have to spend more time with their eyes shut. Although spending quite a bit of time sleeping isn’t a bad thing for dogs, what can be cause for concern is if your dog starts sleeping even more than normal. Like most of the other signs on this list, stress is one of several health conditions that increased sleep can signal, so be sure to let your vet know about this issue in a timely manner.

  1. Self-Isolation and/or Aggression

Like people, dogs may need to occasionally recharge by spending time alone. What a dog shouldn’t need to do is constantly isolate itself from humans or other dogs in your household. Frequent self-isolation is a very strong indication of stress that’s occurring from anxiety or some type of pain that your dog is trying to hide. This symptom can also manifest itself as aggression whenever anyone tries to get close.

Helping Your Dog with Stress

By knowing the signs of stress in dogs, you can help protect yours. If you do notice any of the signs of stress or have reason to believe your dog may be suffering, it’s always best to consult with a vet. Even if it turns out to be nothing, a vet will never fault you for wanting to take the best possible care of your dog!
Once you’ve met with your vet and ruled out any serious health conditions, you can help your dog with its stress by making outdoor exercise a priority. Another way to help is creating a designated area in your home where your dog feels 100% safe. And if you aren’t feeding your dog a high-quality food like Pet Wants, switching can help provide your dog with the health support needed to feel its best. Pet Wants also makes dog-friendly Calming Balm infused with essential oils to reduce anxiety. And if your dog hasn’t tried our Housemade Snooze-Booster Pawsicles, they’re missing out on some serious chill time.  Snooze Booster has dried lavender buds frozen in a pumpkin and turkey breast puree and cranberry to boot!  Just think how you feel after Thanksgiving dinner! Yes please…

Sweating the Dog Days of Summer

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Sweating the Dog Days of Summer

Although we’ve made it through July, there are still plenty of hot summer days left. In a previous post, we talked about boarding your dog in Cincinnati. That can be useful if you’re going on vacation for a few days. Dog day care at a boarding facility may also be a great way to prevent pet anxiety when your household returns to a school-year schedule.

With this post, what we want to focus on is something that may happen to your dog when you’re out and about. That topic is sweating. Specifically, we’re often asked if dogs actually sweat. When you come back inside after a walk outside in the heat, you may notice that your dog has a different smell. While it’s completely understandable to attribute that change to normal sweating, what’s interesting is dogs don’t have the same types of sweat glands found in humans and many other species. Instead, dogs take a different approach to cooling off. 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.