Thursday, September 14, 2017

Probiotics For Dogs

Why Probiotics for your pets?

We all know for us, that yogurt is a good probiotic , but is it good for your pet?

Yogurt contains a lot of sugar and added flavorings which are not good for your 4 legged friend.

Why are Probiotics so important for your pets?

Boosting the immune system is the most important reason to supplement with Probiotics. 

Probiotics are the good guys- a friendly bacteria and necessary to a healthy and balanced stomach and intestinal tract. There are good bacteria and harmful bacteria.

Even though your dog or cat's body should supply it's own needs, there are factors that lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria. Symptoms may show up that don't point to the gut.
So, what destroys the good bacteria in your pet's gut? 
1. Antibiotics or Prescription Drugs
2. Stress
3. Changes in the home- such as a new pet
4. Poor diet or lack of nutritional needs
5. Pollutants
6. Chemical Fertilizers

These stressors allow the harmful bacteria to multiply and produce too much toxins and carcinogenic agents. The toxins then inhibit normal function of the digestive tract, thus placing stronger demands on the kidneys and liver. With this, the whole body is affected, speeding up the aging process, leading to disease and painful physical symptoms.  All of this is because it has weakened the immune system. 

80% of your pet's immune system is based in the gastrointestinal tract (gut).
Symptoms that can display as a lack of this good gut bacteria are:

  • Skin allergies with dry, itchy spots or hot spots; 
  • Allergies that increase inflammation and mucus; 
  • Gas, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, constipation
  • An intolerance to certain foods; 
  • Chronic compromising of the immune system.

Friendly bacteria types:

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Lactobacillus bulgarius
  • Lactobacillus reuteri
  • Streptococcus thermophilus
  • Saccharomyces boulardii
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum
  • Bacillus subtilis

So, what are the recommended Probiotics for your dog and cat?

Give Probiotics in between meals.  It's better not to interfere with normal gastric juices. 
Many products today contain between 1 and 3 million beneficial bacteria per scoop. This is okay. Any amount of probiotics can be helpful. But, if you really want to make sure you're promoting optimal health and wellbeing, you can do far better.
“Ideally, you’ll want to find a probiotic formula with 20, 30, 40 million or more beneficial bacteria per scoop.

Purina Fortiflora Canine Nutritional Supplement Box, 30gm/30 Count - Individual packets of powder.  Purina’s Fortiflora is the number one selling probiotic for dogs, and our number one recommendation for dogs requiring occasional digestive support for loose stools and diarrhea. It can safely be used on pregnant and lactating bitches as well as young puppies and is highly palatable. 

Purina Fortiflora Feline Nutritional Supplement Box, 30gmPurina Fortiflora Feline- Individual packets of powder- 30 per box.  This is by far the most palatable digestive supplement we have found with our own 4 cats. We highly recommend this! 

Probiotics for Dogs with Natural Digestive Enzymes &x25CF; Dog Probiotics Chewable ● 4 Bill CFUs / 2 chews ● Dog Diarrhea Upset Stomach Yeast Gas Bad Breath Immunity Allergies Skin Itching Hot Spots  Pet Vitality Pro makes a great chewable complete digestive health and immune system supplement that works for dogs. With 4 billion CFUs per 2 chews it has added Maqui Berry. Papaya and a Super Green Food. Made and Manufactured in USA in an FDA inspected facility. All certified ingredients. We make sure, that our product is 100% SAFE for your dog. Every production batch is MICROBIOLOGICALY TESTED in a third party lab, to proof safety and purity. Produced in small batches - always benefit from a fresh product with long shelf life.

Raw goat milk is abundant in natural probiotics. It has very little lactose (the sugar that’s in cow’s milk) so doesn’t cause the same digestive issues as regular dairy.

Kefir1/4 Cup Live Organic Water Kefir Grains (Tibicos) Natural Probioticsis high in probiotics and excellent at rebalancing intestinal bacteria, boosting immunity and correcting loose stools and diarrhea. If you have multiple dogs, renewable Kefir is the most affordable solution. This is great after a round of antibiotics. 

Kefir contains minerals and essential amino acids that help the body with its natural healing powers. Among them, Tryptophan, an essential amino acid, is abundant in Kefir. Well-known for its relaxing effect on the nervous system it may help calm high drive or highly anxious dogs.
You can now buy Kefir at almost any grocery store now, rather than trying to make your own. is your source for made in USA Pet Supplies.

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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.