Monday, September 12, 2016

How to Help Your Senior Pet Maintain a Healthy Weight

It is just as important for pets to be at a healthy weight as it is for their human owners. Overweight pets are at a risk of developing arthritis, pain, and lameness. They also can develop intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) that can lead to paralysis, especially in long-backed breeds like miniature dachshunds. Overweight dogs take more time to recover from surgery and often experience sub clinical conditions such as inflammation, high cholesterol, and high lipids that lead to pancreatitis, diabetes, and gastrointestinal disease. Obese dogs frequently experience breathing difficulty and heart problems. When senior pets are overweight, their age and weight combine to contribute to a higher risk of developing these health concerns. That’s why it is crucial for senior pet owners to help their four-legged loved ones maintain a healthy weight.

Change your pet’s diet

Your veterinarian is in the best position to help you determine exactly how overweight your senior pet is, what his diet should consist of, and how often you should feed him. Your vet will guide you through helping your senior pet lose weight in a healthy and safe way. It is likely that your vet will instruct you to lower your senior pet’s intake of carbohydrates and help lose weight slowly over time rather than drastically changing his diet. Your vet will also most likely ask you to stop feeding your senior pet table scraps and other people food, as it is often high in sugar, salt, and carbohydrates. A balanced, nutritious diet is best for your senior pet. Orijen Senior dog food is a great choice. 

Sometimes, pet owners do not recognize how many treats they give their senior pets in one day. While we understand that you love your pet and want to reward him or show him affection with a treat, you are not doing anything to help him maintain a healthy weight. Consider tracking how many treats you feed your senior pet in a day if you think that you may be contributing to his weight problem.

Another option is to avoid giving your senior pet high-calorie, processed treats and instead choose healthier treats for him. Carrots are a healthy snack for pets, as are apples without the seeds or core, blueberries, green beans, and frozen bananas. Keep in mind that raisins and grapes are poisonous for dogs. You should also avoid peaches, plums, and persimmons because of their pits.

Be sure your senior pet gets plenty of exercise

No, your senior pet should not be running a marathon with you every day. But, your senior pet should be getting plenty of exercise. Of course, discuss your pet’s new exercise regimen with your veterinarian before you begin to ensure that you don’t overdo it. One of the best ways to exercise your senior pet is to go on vigorous walks. Dedicate time each day to at least one thirty-minute walk. If your schedule prevents you from walking with your senior pet, hire a dog walker who can get him outside when you cannot. Most dog walkers have flexible schedules, so you should be able to hire one who can work around your schedule.

Swimming is an activity that is ideal for older dogs because it is low impact and easy on their weakened joints and muscles. Swimming also builds strength and is relaxing and comforting for most dogs.

Playing tug-of-war is an exercise option that is great for exercising older dogs. This game strengthens their bodies and is good for their jaws, neck, and shoulders. Just be sure to be gentle and avoid hard or violent tugging or swinging that can cause your senior pet to strain a muscle or cause dental damage.

Other exercise options include playing with your senior pet. Fetching a ball or a Frisbee can be a fun exercise for your pet and yourself. He may not be able to chase a ball as quickly as he once did, but your pet will enjoy playing with toys with you and engaging in activities that get him to run, jump, and chase to the best of his ability.

Your senior pet deserves to be happy and healthy to the end of his days. By helping him maintain a healthy weight, you will increase the chances that he will feel good and play with you for as long as possible.

This blog post is courtesty of Janice Miller.

Janice Miller is a veterinarian and also runs a non-profit that helps place shelter dogs with foster parents until they go to their forever homes. She helped co-create because she wanted to have a way to spread reputable pet health and safety resources to pet owners everywhere. The site seeks to provide homeowners, parents, and pet owners with the information they need to keep themselves and their loved ones out of harm’s way.

Image via Pixabay by bykst

Thursday, August 18, 2016

15 Made in USA Dog Toys Your Dog is Sure to Love

Made in Vermont from soft wale corduroy. It measures 12 inches. This handsome bear is stuffed with hypo-allergenic fiber fill with a large loud squeaker in its belly.

Can Toy is a natural rubber chew toy that is sustainable, non-toxic, and biodegradable. Stuff this treat dispenser toy with treats, watch the fun begin, and keep your dog entertained for hours. 

Made from 100% Cordura 1000D(An extremely resilient spec material being used by the military). Fabric is sourced in US from North Carolina. This durable toy has double stitched seams, tug straps for tossing and throwing and a squeaker for added fun! 

Virtually Indestructible Ball is gorilla tough, and constructed from safe, non-toxic polyethylene plastic. Provides hours of fun. Won't tear, break or burst!

Rugged and durable, made from a superior grade rubber.  This made in USA dog tug toy is gentle on teeth and gums and a great source of exercise. Perfect for large puppies that like to chew. Plus its Vanilla scented!

Moo Choo cow is one of our favorite companion toys. Made of cow print plush material, stuffed with hypo-allergenic fiber fill, and a squeaker. Made in USA- from Vermont.

Puncture resistant, made in USA tough dog ball. This ball has amazing bounce and a each color is scented differently. This is like the popular tug and toss ball without the handle. It is made of a flexible plastic, so it gives to your dog's bite and bounces well. It will not deflate and does not need air. It's great for pouncing, bouncing, chewing, chasing and floating. 

Designed for constant, erratic motion, the Jolly Egg has a fun oval shape that dogs love to chase. These egg shaped balls really get dogs moving and now little dogs can exercise too! The shape of the egg ball makes it shoot away when your dog tries to grab it, then the chase is on.They can never quite get a grip on the Egg, but they love to try! Since the toy constantly escapes your dog, it gives your dog a safe, fun outlet for their prey instinct. This is a very sturdy toy and we recommend this for those dogs who seem to destroy everything.

Made of durable Megalastomer, bright translucent colors, and infused with vanilla for great taste. Not to mention it floats!

What could be more fun for your dog than this super tough and durable ball that has a map of the world on it. Plus it is Minty too- to keep your dogs breath fresh. This ball is rated a really tough and durable 5 out of 5 chompers- Great for aggressive chewing dogs. 

These dog toys are designed to be recyclable and to create virtually no waste during our manufacturing process. Hurley dog toys are all the fun of a ball and a bone in one durable toy. West Paws dog toys are made from extremely pliable, one-of-a-kind material, Zogoflex. This versatile dog toy is bound to give your favorite dog chomper hours of enjoyment - Guaranteed.  

floppy, flat and fabulous, the stuffing-free Floppy dog toys are designed for dogs that have a tendency to love traditional plush toys to pieces. Great for pouncing, shaking, tossing and retrieving, these lively toys have two squeakers sewn inside. Because they’re made with baby-blanket soft material, Floppy toys are as soft and snuggly as they are fun.

KONG- shaped food and treat dispensing toy that provides a new way to entertain and challenge your dog. The Wobbler sits upright until pushed with a dogs paw or nose, then wobbles, spins and rolls, dispensing treats through a KONG-shaped hole near the top. Dogs quickly learn that motion causes treats to fall out, but the unpredictable movement keeps the toy challenging, even for seasoned Wobbler users. The Wobbler is Made in the USA of durable, FDA food-approved, high-strength polymer.

The Sqwuggie has a strong sewn-in loop tug handle for playing fetch or retrieval and a muffled squeaker so they are quiet for the 2 leggeds among us but perfect for the sensitive ears of every dog. These dog toys are made of recycled USA fire hose. These toys are water resistant, machine washable and dryable.

This big duck measures 19 inches long and about 13 inches wide, making it great for a big dog. Soft, snugly, durable, washable and dryable! Superior workmanship, 100% Made in USA with US materials and labor, double stitched cotton thread. Each handcrafted plush toy contains a durable squeaker.

You will find the largest selection of all made in USA pet supplies of any store. We are proud to support our small local manufacturers here in the USA,
Take 10% off your purchase of  Made in USA dog toys with code  MUSTUSA at Mickey's Pet Supplies. 
Call 877-863-5431 to order by phone.
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Monday, August 8, 2016

Shampoos That Are Safe For Your Pet

Everyone has their own favorite routines to bathe their pets. Many owners just use human shampoo to maintain a fresh smelling coat. But there’s a reason why pets have their own special shampoo, and no, it’s not just because of marketing purposes.

Good pet shampoos are superior to human products, and here’s why. Most human shampoos can be very harsh on your pets, even for us humans! The chemicals and fragrances in most brands are actually working against your pet’s natural ability to maintain their beautiful skin and coat. They may smell better, but it’s negative damage overall. Often the damage is so gradual that many pet owners don’t notice the effects.

The fact is, pets have more sensitive skin than we do and human shampoo is much more likely to dry them out and make them itchy. In fact, some owners are quick to suspect allergies when the real culprits are the types of products being used for bath-time!

If your pet has rashes, or has somewhat irritated, dry, flaky, and/or peeling skin then it may be time to re-evaluate what you’re using on them. If that’s already the case, try a natural oatmeal shampoo, also made for pets, which can relieve such irritations.

So now we’ve talked about human versus pet shampoo, but what makes one pet shampoo better than another? There are so many different options that it can be very overwhelming. When in doubt, read the label. An ideal pet shampoo will contain no soap or detergents, and even better if it has either low fragrance or no fragrance at all.

“But I want my pet to smell really good!” I know, we all do. But understand that a pets sense of smell is much higher than ours and adding to much fragrance to your best friends coat can be irritating and make them uncomfortable. I promise, if the pet shampoo you pick out does what it should, your furry friend should smell great even without a fragrance. “What about baby shampoo?” Believe it or not, your pets skin is actually more sensitive than a baby’s because it is covered in fur.

Back to the no-soap talk. “But isn’t soap what cleans my pet?” Well, yes, it does, but that’s because soap is a powerful surfactant that removes oil secretions from the skin. Is it needed in a pet shampoo? No. Why? Some breeds and species are prone to sensitive skin and others suffer from allergies. A soap-free shampoo will help soothe itching and keep your best pal clean at the same time. Plus, if you are using a flea treatment, only soap-free shampoos will not remove the treatment from your pets because the flea treatment needs the natural oils of your pet to absorb into the skin.

Avoid commercial shampoos with polyethylene glycol, a petroleum used as a base for cosmetics that can be an irritant; sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate, both detergents frequently found in canine shampoos.
Good pet shampoos made without soap generally contain ingredients such as oatmeal, coconut, essential oils or aloe vera. Look for labels that read ‘organic’ or ‘natural’, but always check the ingredients to be sure the product doesn’t contain soap.

“But wait, what about conditioner?” It’s not needed. A conditioner’s main purpose is to cover up the damage done by shampoo by replacing natural hair oils with artificial oils. If you are using a soap-free shampoo, you are already using a wonderful product to clean your pet without removing all of its natural oils, so there is no need to ‘cover up damage’. Conditioners stay on the hair and get absorbed by your scalp. Imagine how much fur your pet has compared to your hair. That is a lot of absorption!

Looking for a great start to soap-free shampoo? Mickey’s PetSupplies has some wonderful shampoos for every need!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Choosing Healthier Food and Treats for Your Dog

Choosing Healthier Foods And Treats For Your Dog

In the shadow of recent reports of poisons and toxins found in locally manufactured dog foods and treats being shipped in from overseas, pet lovers are becoming more vigilant about what they’re feeding their four-legged friends. And for good reason, since thousands of deaths have been linked to toxins found in these pet products and blamed for other illnesses and diseases that have crippling our canines. 

Labels - Labels - Labels

When it comes to feeding our beloved animals, it can’t be overstated the necessity of reading labels when it comes to making these important pet purchases. For example, corn is commonly listed as the first ingredient in many different brands of dog food. This cheap and starchy filler is often used by manufacturers to meet Federal guidelines for caloric requirements.

 But corn and other types of grains can have a number of adverse effects on our pets, everything from digestive issues to skin allergies have been reported. When choosing healthy dog food for your canine, be sure the first, foremost and largest ingredient listed and used in production, is protein found from meat sources and not corn, which isn’t fully or easily digested by the majority of dogs.

More Natural Choices

While more natural and healthier options for treats are fairly easy to find these days, even hypoallergenic choices are available online, many people are looking at the many benefits and availability of fresh fruits and vegetables when it comes to feeding our pets. People may actually be surprised by some of the many healthy foods dogs find appealing.

For example, many canines enjoy eating raw carrots and believe they’re some kind of a chew toy and will gnaw them to ribbons and consume the leftovers as well. During summer months, some canines are treated with “pumpkin pops” easily made from freezing solid packed pumpkin in ice cube trays. Both of these orange additions to their diet are packed with vitamins and minerals and pumpkin also aids with doggie digestion.

Other Options & Those To Ignore

There’s plenty of vegetables to supplement your dog’s diet, greens like kale, spinach, beans and broccoli are all excellent choices. Blueberries are high in antioxidants and fish oil has a number of benefits. But there are also some dangerous “people” foods that need to be deleted from a canine’s menu. While we all know that chocolate is dangerous for dogs:

       The artificial sweetener xylitol, commonly found in sugar-free gum and some desserts, can cause toxic events in our pets.

       Grapes and raisins have adverse reactions in many dogs for some unknown reason and even though it only occurs in certain canines, they should still be omitted.

       Along with chocolate, caffeine should also be avoided in a canine’s diet.

       Nuts, especially macadamia, are also dangerous for dogs.

       Avocadoes cause all kinds of animals of different problems and perils, so don’t let your dog anywhere near the guacamole dip, not to mention the risk of the choking hazard presented by the pit.

Other foods and beverages that aren’t healthy for humans shouldn’t be consumed by dogs either. Things like alcohol, salty snack foods unrisen yeast doughs should also be avoided.

Other Meats To Consider

When it comes to getting more meat and less grains in our dog’s diet, sometimes we overlook other types of protein sources that aren’t as traditional. There’s more to meat than beef and poultry, fish, bison, rabbit, deer, even kangaroo should also be considered as healthier alternatives.

Some animals can develop allergies or other adverse reactions from being fed the same thing for extended periods of time, so think about mixing it up a little when it comes to your pet’s feeding time. Especially when it comes to foods that contain a great deal of grains, these can take a toll on a dog’s digestive system over time. Think about it this way, in the wild, would dogs be eating things like corn, barley, wheat or rice?

While you should always check with your veterinarian before making changes to your dog’s diet, they’ll agree with some healthier choices in most circumstances. Depending upon their current eating regimen, and other factors like age, size, breed, activity levels and so forth, healthier alternatives are always a good option when it comes to feeding our beloved four-legged friends. 

Contributing author is Amber Kingsley. Amber is a freelance writer who has donated countless hours supporting her local shelters in Santa Monica, CA.  Her focus with writing is on pet related topics such as pet food, health and training. 
Courtesy of Mickey's Pet Supplies- a natural pet store specializing in high quality made in USA treats, toys, grooming products and pet health products. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

5 Unusual Summertime Threats To Our Pets

As animal lovers, we all hope that everyone has gotten the message, loud and clear, never leave an animal alone in a hot car, not even for one minute! 
But during the warmer months of summer, there’s many other perils out there facing our pets. Aside from looking for signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion, we should also be careful to avoid some other risks under the afternoon sun.
Always provide plenty of shade and cool water for your pets. 

 Here are four lesser known threats that face our pets during the dog days of summer:

#1 - Coolant Calamity

Before it gets too hot (or even too cold), many DIY motorists will change out the coolant (or antifreeze) in their automobiles. The main ingredient in these products, ethylene glycol is highly toxic for animals. Just a few drops of this sweet-tasting substance can cause acute life-threatening conditions like renal failure and death in some cases.

Be sure you keep this dangerous chemical away from your animals at all times and be on the lookout for this deadly substance in driveways, puddles and parking lots in your area.

#2 - Surface Stings

Many of us forget how hot the pavement, sidewalks and other outdoor surfaces become under the searing summer heat. For example, on a typical summer’s day, when the exterior temperature reaches 95℉, concrete rises to 125℉, red bricks commonly found on patios soar to 130℉ and black asphalt on the street climbs to a blistering 140℉. Beyond the threshold of pain at just 120℉, at temperatures of 140℉, permanent damage from burns and scarring can occur.

Before you consider letting your cat out onto the patio or taking your dog for a walk, consider their sensitive paws on these hot surfaces. Unless you’ll be out there with them barefoot, at least feel the temperature of the ground before putting them in harm’s way.

#3 - Bad Barbeque
This is the time of year when all our friends and family stop by for a delicious backyard barbeque, but this environment can be tricky for our animals. Imagine a cute little toddler running around with a piece of delicious, barbequed chicken that is quickly snatched by a passing pooch. Or perhaps a neighbor cat is rummaging through the trash and consuming harmful leftovers. When you’re cooking out, consider keeping your pets indoors or at the very least:

       Be sure garbage containers have tightly fitting lids

       Keep them away from insecticides like citronella candles and other toxins
       Make sure the hot grill is monitored at all times

During the Fourth of July, many animals are frightened by fireworks, the noises, explosions and bright lights. But remember, immediately after the festivities have fizzled, be sure to dispose of all these items safely since the mere scent or taste of these fireworks can be hazardous for pets.

 #4 - Faulty Food

Nothing says summertime like a refreshing fruit salad, although some of these ingredients are actually healthy for dogs and cats, others are dangerous. For example, grapes and raisins can cause a number of different dilemmas for animals. While we all know not to give dogs chocolate, other foods to avoid include:

       Sugar free dishes with xylitol can cause vomiting, seizures liver failure or even death.
       Hot dogs can be swallowed too quickly and cause a choking hazard
       Dips that come with chips can contain onions and garlic which can be poisonous
       Nuts, especially macadamia, can also be toxic for pets

#5 - Pet Sunburn  
Our pets need protection this summer from those burning rays too.  Exposed pink noses and ears can get sunburned.  Make sure you dab a little on those susceptible precious areas. We recommend Doggles Pet Sunscreen as it is non-toxic and safe.  Absolutely, do not use anything with Zinc Oxide as it is toxic to your pet. 
Don't shave your long hair dog as those hairs are protecting him from the sun. Just use an undercoat rake to remove excess hair.

We can all enjoy the summer months without risking injury or illness by being a little more vigilant and paying some more attention to our pets. So go ahead and beat the heat while keeping an extra eye on your four-legged friends this summer

Contributing author is Amber Kingsley. Amber is a freelance writer who has donated countless hours supporting her local shelters in Santa Monica, CA.  Her focus with writing is on pet related topics such as pet food, health and training. 
Courtesy of Mickey's Pet Supplies- a natural pet store specializing in high quality made in USA treats, toys, grooming products and pet health products. 

Katie's Bumpers Firehose Made in USA dog toys

Have you wanted to play with your dog in the water or woods and really wanted a durable toy that you could find?

Try Katie's Bumpers dog toys. These toys are made of a rugged firehose material and have a wonderful gripper handle. Katie's bright colors make it so easy to spot.

They float and easy to toss for a great game of fetch and retrieve.

They are just the right weight for your dog to carry. When they get dirty just toss them in the sink with some soap and water or toss in the dishwasher.

They are so many styles to choose from.  You can do the Frequent Flyer that are a triangular or square shape with squeakers inside. They toss great and work on land, water and snow. There are the double handled-tugs and of course for smaller dogs, the mini-tugs.

These interactive dog toys are used by K-9 police trainers, dog trainers, dog behaviorists and come highly recommended by anyone that has used them.

They are made in the USA from rugged, pre-consumer recycled fire hose material.

These toys are tough, but should be used with supervision and not given to any dog as a chew toy.

Mickey's Pet Supplies has a large selection of high quality Made in USA dog toys.

You can call their toll free number 877-863-5431 to order or visit their website at http://www.mickeyspetsupplies.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Wholesome Hide Reviews

Mickey's Pet Supplies has the largest selection and low prices on Wholesome Hide made in USA rawhide.
You will find the greatest selection of all the Wholesome Hide product line.

Why rawhide?
It's only natural for your dog to enjoy chewing rawhide. After all, for centuries, wild canines chewed on the hides of their hoofed prey. Not only does it just "feel right" to a dog, chewing hid provides cleaning action for teeth, exercise for gums, soothing for older dogs, and is a source of sport for puppies.

Why choose Wholesome Hide?
Wholesome Hide rawhide is sourced fresh from USA cattle.  This company uses only the highest quality hides that are shipped by refrigerated trucks to their Chicago facility.  There the hides are thicker, tastier and made without those pieces and scraps that you find in the imported rawhides. These made in USA rawhides are the safest and best choice for your dogs because they are the only company that has fully USA sourced and produced rawhide chews.

The Wholesome Hide difference:
These rawhide bones are fresher, thicker, long lasting and safer for your dogs than the imports. The tasty collagen layer is left intact due to minimal processing, which means a more flavorful chew that your dog will surely enjoy. Because the hides are fresh and made to order, they are easier to "wet down" and tear off into smaller pieces than the dry and brittle rawhide you find in the big box stores. Wholesome Hide rawhides are Whole Dog Journal tested and recommended. Once you try Wholesome Hide rawhide you will see the difference immediately!

What rawhide products are available?
Rawhide can be formed into an amazing number of products. From little chips to giant rolls and bones, there's a rawhide treat available that will be sure to please your pet. Here are a few popular choices.

  • Flat knot bones
    • These last longer than sticks or chips. Thicker bones keep dogs chewing longer.
  • Rawhide rolls
    • Dogs enjoy playing fetch with these. Super-thick rolls last a long time. Some even contain pork skin rolled within them.
  • Twists
    • Small dogs do well with these stick shaped treats.
  • Chips
    • These are chewy treats and can be given as rewards. Chips are usually eaten quicker than other rawhides.
  • Chunkee rawhide treats
    • These provide a quick crunchy treat and are great for senior pets because they are easier to chew and don't contribute to weight gain.

How often should I give rawhide to my dog?
How often you allow your pet to enjoy its rawhide treat depends upon how aggressively it likes to chew. A good rule of thumb is to let your pet chew a rawhide an hour a day.

Our customer reviews say it all:
  • “I have two German Shepherds who consume most "long-lasting" chews within 15 minutes or so. These, on the other hand, keep them working for hours. They have been particularly useful in keeping my 1yr puppy from chewing on other things, like my furniture! I'm happy to have found such a great distributor as the Wholesome Hide Rawhide products can be hard to find.”
  • “My dogs go crazy over the wholesome hide twists! Delivery is always fast. This company really cares about their customers and their products.”
  • “I tried these for the first time recently for my 5 month old Golden Retriever who is a voracious chewer.  He loves them.  He chews for about an hour per night, til I take it away, and one lasts for a least a week until I feel it is getting too small.  He used to consume the ones from the pet store in one night. If you've got a strong chewer, even a young puppy, I recommend these.  Also of note:  He has no digestive upsets from these bones.”
  • “Quality product that is safe and made in the USA.  They might cost a little more but worth it.   I ordered these for my son's lab puppy because my two labs love them so much except I get the larger super thick.  Mine get so excited when the box arrives.   As always, the service is excellent.”
  • “We recently discovered these jerky bars and after seeing how excited the dogs were to get them, I bought 3 more bags. There are a lot of treats in a bag! My husband ran some of these through his band saw to make smaller pieces for our small dog, while the larger dog gets a bigger piece. They seem to love the crunch and taste. I like the quality of Wholesome Hide products.”
  • “I will say, my dog simply LOVES anything rawhide and this was a perfect treat for him!!  I search and only buy things Made in the USA and was THRILLED to find this website!!  I received everything so quickly and I am a customer for life!!”
  • “I like the Wholesome Hide Large Beefhide Chips because they are made in the USA and my dogs love them. They actually sit in front of the shelf they are on and look up to see if it is time. I am a repeat customer of Mickey's Pet Supply because it is easy to shop at home, ships very fast, and reorders are a breeze.”
  • “These are a favorite of all three of my dogs.  We have used the WH 9-10 inch Retriever Rolls for several years and decided to try the bacon basted ones when they came out.  They go to these first every time!  I love that Wholesome Hide is made exclusively in the USA and that they are made of a single, thick piece of hide - no little chips hiding inside for the dogs to choke on.  Highly recommended!”

Our customers are treated like our family.  We love to talk with you and are happy to recommend the right size Wholesome Hide made in USA rawhide for your dog.  Give us a call at 877-863-5431.

We are a small business and truly cater to our customers.  We inspect all our products individually to assure that you receive only the best.  We care about your pets!
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