Saturday, February 27, 2010

New Nina Ottosson Dog Puzzle Toys on SALE

The New Nina Ottosson Dog Puzzle Toys has arrived and are on sale.

Take a look at the new Dog Twister, Dog Finder, and Dog Casino.

These new puzzle toys have just reached the U.S.

I just read an article about dogs and stress and causes of illnesses.

Pet parents don't understand their pets needs to be stimulated mentally. When dogs are bored- they become stressed. Stress then triggers some illnesses.

Dogs often develop behaviors that are not acceptable when boredom sets in.

Have you ever noticed how your dog chews things when they don't have enough to do?

Take the time and sit down with your dog and play some of these puzzle toys.

They really do stimulate the mind. Your dog has to work the puzzles in order to be rewarded with treats. Remember dogs like positive reinforcement training also.

They love praise and attention. What better way to spend quality time with your pet and enhance their mental stimuli.

Mickey's Pet Supplies carries all of the completely washable plastic Nina Ottosson dog toys and they are on special sale right now.

Call 877-863-5431 or go to to order yours now.

FREE SHIPPING on all orders of $75 and over.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Bully Sticks- Free Range- Odor Free- In Stock

We have the Free Range MOO Brand bully sticks in stock.

Choose from Bully Jrs. in 6 pack of 12", bully jr. 6" sticks, Bully jr. 12" sticks and regular Free Range Bully sticks in 9-10" one pound bag or 11-12" size in one pound bag.

We also have Free Range Supreme Bully sticks in the 6" and 12" size. These are not by Moo brand, but are excellent quality- also from Brazilian cattle that are raised free-range grazed, without steroids, antibiotics or preservatives.

All of our Bully Sticks are USDA certified by the department of Agriculture.

If you are looking for Odor Free Bully sticks- choose from our wide selection.

Call 877-863-5431 to place your order anytime.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Best Whitening Shampoo for dogs and cats

One of the most common questions asked by every dog pet parent is how to keep their white dog looking clean and white. It has always been a topic to explore for most pet parents.

Bathing your dog with the right shampoo and conditioner is a part of regular pet grooming. Keeping your dog clean plays an important role in keeping him away from skin diseases as well. It is important to take care of your dog's hygiene to maintain their overall health and well-being. It becomes more of a point of concern when you have a dog with long and white hair.

In pets like the Bichon Frise, Toy Poodle and Shih-Tzu it becomes essential to choose the right white color- highlight (hylyt) shampoo to make your sweet pup look as bright and white as possible.

Finding the right dog shampoos for your white to look it's best and bright white is not so difficult. You will find the Tomlyn Sho Sno shampoo which is made especially to brighten white dogs. The special formulated shampoo will condition, soothe and highlight the brightness of the white on your dog's coat. This shampoo removes unsightly gray, yellow, and green stains. Creates sparkling accents. Sho Sno by Tomlyn revitalizes dull, lifeless hair and removes dulling grime and stain. By using this whitening shampoo the animal's hair coat is highlighted and enhanced.
This gentle formula whitens and brightens without bleach or harsh chemicals as it moisturizes. The Sho Sno also works great on cats with white fur such as Persians.
This is the top recommendation of breeders and show dog owners to keep their white dogs white.
Remember, spring is coming and your white dog will be outside playing and getting full of dirt and grass stains. Keep your white dog looking clean and beautiful by washing them with a whitening shampoo.

Healthy Dog Treats

What makes a dog treat healthy?

Wholesome, all natural ingredients sourced from here in the USA.

We have chosen only the highest quality dog treats for our online pet supplies store.
We just added the Honest Kitchen Smooches, Pecks and Nuzzles dog treats.

If you are looking for something to feed your dog that is on a limited diet, then you should try these. The Nuzzles are made of Barley flour, Duck, Molasses, Filtered Water, Eggs, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Cherries and Parmesan Cheese.
Honest Kitchen treats contain absolutely no wheat, corn, sory, rice, beet pulp, added salt, sugar, artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.
They do not put any by products, fillers or synthetic ingredients in their dog biscuits.
All of their grain products are 100% certified Organic & all of their meats come from here in the USA- Free Range Chickens, Beef from the Midwest. The Honest Kitchen ingredients are all USDA Human Grade.

Nuzzles would be great for your dog that is on a Duck diet. We know so many Bichon Frise that have been switched to a duck diet. These would be great.

The Pecks are a Buffalo and Blueberry dog biscuit. These are made smaller and work great for small dogs or as a training reward.

For all of you that have dogs that love their chicken treats- there are Smooches. Smooches are heart-shaped chicken and cranberry dog biscuits.

Here is why we chose to carry The Honest Kitchen line of treats and foods:
Honest Kitchen uses 100% Human Grade ingredients for all their products. They are baked in a local bakery in San Diego, CA- USA. This company knows exactly where their food sources are:

Their chicken is USDA certified free-range, humanely raised, vegetarian fed without the use of animal fat or by-proucts and is never, ever fed antibiotics.
Place of Origin: Petaluma Poultry located in Northern California.

The free range birds are raised in roomy, naturally lit barns and have open access to outdoor pens. Free-range chickens are not only better for your pet, sustainable farming also has a positive impact on our planet.

Their meats are 100% sourced from the US Midwest – and always have been!

Their golden, ground flaxseed is certified organic and made in Washington, USA

Their dried cranberries are natural, unsweetened and free of sulfites-made in Masssachusetts, USA & their whole rolled Oats are 100% organic from Montana, USA

All of The Honest Kitchen products are wholesome, all natural and totally delicious.

We are so happy to carry their line of pet products!
Besides knowing where this company sources all of their ingredients, their treats and foods smell and taste good.
Find all natural, wholesome and healthy dog treats at
Call 877-863-5431

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Stray Voltage a Threat to you and your pets

There was a very interesting article in the Animal Wellness magazine this fall and thought we
would share a re-written summary of this. Original article written by Carole Raphaelle Davis for Animal Wellness magazine.

Dogs all over the world and their owners are getting zapped by stray voltage. This is a phenomenon lurking under our sidewalks. When there is a high concentration of people and equipment, such as lamp posts, manhole covers, electrical plates, storm drains and concrete sidewalks they can become conduits of the buried electrical systems.
What happens is that the insulation on the buried electrical wires wears out or becomes damaged by construction or digging or by salt corrosion over time. When these conductors come into contact with the surfaces that you and your furry friend walk on, it becomes an electrocution hazard.
Most of us, would wonder if the sidewalk has to be wet. No, concrete actually conducts electricity.
In New York City in January of 2004, Jodie Lane was killed by an electricfied metal plate while walking her dogs. She died trying to help her dogs, who survived the shock. Con Edision settled with her family for 7.2 million. New York had to spend $100 million in citywide detection for reducing the risk of stray voltage. This is not just an isolated incident. Most people don't know what happened to their pets so these electrocutions go unreported.
When you have a severe electric shock every organ and cell in your body short circuits. Your pet may suffer organ damage, cardiac arrhythmias and your pet can have seizure like symptoms. The shock can cause fluid in the lungs and the stomach and the intestines are first to show signs of the damage. Dogs get zapped more than people because their feet have no protection.

So, how can you and your pet be safe? Take a cue from your dog. If they do not want to walk in area on the sidewalk or grate, do not force them. Dogs seem to know these things.
Don't walk in areas that are under construction. Don't walk in areas that have been salted.
Salt is a conductor! Take your dogs to the dog park or other grassy areas when possible.

New York's Con Edison has reduced it's stray voltage shocks by 80% since 2004. Though some city utility companies don't believe there is a problem and even veterinarians have not heard of the stray voltage problem.
Tell your friends, your vet, your dog walker, your dog trainer about this so they become more aware. Go to the Power Survey Company website which answers questions and explains what is stray voltage.
Power Survey Company is working with the Companion Animal Protection Society to reach out to the veterinary hospitals here in the U.S. to help awareness of this problem.

Prebiotics for dogs and cats

Prebiotics for your pet, what does it mean?
Prebiotics work as a health food for the beneficial bacteria in the bowel and help the digestive health of your pet. Prebiotics are also known as Fructo Oligo Sacharides (FOS). They are basically non-digestible carbohydrates which just pass through the body of your dog and don't contribute to any calorie uptake. Prebiotics are non digestible and reach the same state in the colon of your pet.
Most dog and cat owners are still unaware of the importance of Prebiotics for their pets. In smaller and simpler terms: Prebiotics are those non- digestible foods that have a beneficial effect on your pet's digestive system. These are, by definition, "Non-digestible food ingredients that beneficially affect the host by selectively stimulating the growth of one of a limited number of beneficial bacterial species in the colon. Beneficial bacteria include Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli, which have the potential to improve host health, while at the same time working to inhibit the growth of pathogenic, "bad-guy" microorganisms."
Fructo-oligosaccharides or (FOS) or neo-sugars are mad of units of fructose. They are resistant to digestion in the upper digestive tract. These FOS stimulate ht growth of Bifidobacterium in the large intestine. FOS are commonly found in such foods as garlic, onions, leeks, wheat, bananas, asparagus and artichokes. FOS are considered pre-biotics because they promote the growth of the healthy intestinal flora.
To classify a food as Pre-biotics we need to check that it should not be absorbed by the GI tract and should not be broken down. It should reach colon in the same state it was taken. Another parameter which needs to be measured is that it should be fermented by the gastrointestinal micorflora. It should also importantly encourage the growth of health bacteria in the intestine of your pet.
The most widely known living probiotic bacteria are lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. By consuming prebiotics you can increase the levels of the beneficial bacteria in the gut that support your pet's immune function. Prebiotics help relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, antibiotic induced diarrhea and some research has pointed to prevention of Salmonella.
Once the Prebiotics reach the colon of your dog the yeasting process takes place. This results in release of fatty acids. These fatty acids then cover the surface of colon and provide food to the cells for maintenance and proliferation. These fatty acids work as herbs for your pet.
Prebiotics work by stimulating the growth of one of limited number of beneficial bacteria in the host. Beneficial bacteria include Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli. These bacteria have the intensity to improve host health and work to restrain the growth of pathogenic bacteria. Pathogenic bacteria can be referred as "bad bacteria" in the host body. In order to take care of our pet and to keep him healthy we need to care of his digestive health.
Animals' Apawthecary Prebiotics is a blend of certified organic Chicory root, marshmallow root, fennel seed and yucca root to support the healthy digestive flora. Animals' Apawthecary herbal formulas have been formulated by a leading herbalist, Greg Tilford. Mr. Tilford is an author, consultant and teacher in the field of veterinary botanical medicine and a respected pioneer of the natural pet care industry. Mr. Tilford is the formulating herbalist and president of two Montana-based companies that produce natural supplements for companion animals: Animals Apawthecary Co. and Animal Essentials Inc.
The function of the herbs in the Animals' Apawthecary Prebiotics herbal tincture are:
Chicory root- Is a proven prebiotic that promotes healthy digestion. Chicory root is one of the foods with the highest amount of inulin. Inulin is a soluble dietary fiber and is a naturally occurring oligosaccharide. Inulin is a non-digestable fiber, meaning it passes through the small intestine and ferments in the large intestine. Through this fermentation process the inulin then becomes healthy intestinal microflora (bifidobacterium).
Marshmallow Root- Has been found to relieve irritation and inflammation of the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract and also helps to normalize mucous secretions.
In conditions, such as irritable bowel disease (IBD) or digestive problems, marshmallow root soothes and protects the tissues.
In conclusion, your pet may benefit from the use of a prebiotic formula. Dogs and cats that have a digestive sensitivity with resultant loose stool or diarrhea may benefit tremendously with the addition of a prebiotic herbal formula such as the Animals Apawthecary Prebiotic Plus. Many factors contribute to issues that may upset your pet's digestive balance. Stress form travel, change in diet or antibiotic therapy. Your cat or dog may show signs of poor digestive health. Some signs are flatulence, diarrhea, overeating, poor immunity, sluggishness, weight loss and general poor overall appearance. Many of our pets have an inflammation in their small intestine which has caused a severe overgrowth of bacteria. Since there are no side effects or adverse reactions known, the addition of a pre-biotic formula will help promote a healthier intestinal tract and aid in better digestion.
Mickey's Pet Supplies specializes in All Natural, Organic, Holistic, Eco-Friendly pet supplies for cats and dogs. Mickey's Pet Supplies is a family owned store where their customer and their pets needs are their number one priority. This online discount pet supplies store only carries the highest quality products from top names. Most of their products are made in the USA. They believe that your pet is a part of your family and they deserve the best.
You may purchase Animals Apawthecary Prebiotics in the 1 oz and 2 oz. size at or by calling 877-863-5431 to place your order.
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wholesome Hide Retriever Rolls on SALE

Mickey's Pet Supplies carries the only rawhides recommended by Whole Dog Journal-The Wholesome Hide Rawhides.
Made in the USA! Once your dog has a Wholesome Hide rawhide you'll be hooked.

We have all our Wholesome Hide Retriever Rolls on sale. Sale ends Monday February 22nd- so hurry!

The small retriever rolls 4-5" are only $1.29

The medium retriever rolls in 8" are only $2.65

The 10-11" retriever rolls are $3.79

The 10 pack of 10-11" Super Thick Retriever Rolls are $59.95

Orders of $75 and over ship for free to the lower 48 states.
Call 877-863-5431
What makes us different? We have the best in personal customer service. All our orders are hand packed by us with a note and paw print tissue paper. When your order arrives, it is like getting a gift!

Bully Sticks- Free Range from Brazilian Cattle-Odor Free

We just received our shipment of Bully Sticks in the supreme size- 6 inch and 12 inch

We found a new company that has tremendously high quality bully sticks that are sourced from Brazilian Free Range cattle- hormone, antibiotic, steroid free and are all USDA certified and inspected. These sticks are awesome! Here is picture to compare the regular size bully sticks to the supreme size bully sticks. The regular size bully stick is on the left.

All our bully sticks are 100% beef, meaning your dog will digest them easily.

You will find all natural, organic and holistic pet products for cats and dogs at

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New! Nina Ottosson Dog Casino, Dog Finder & Dog Twister

Just In! The New Nina Ottosson Dog Casino, Dog Finder and Dog Twister have arrived here at Mickey's Pet Supplies.

We are so excited to have these new toys. The Dog Casino is now in the plastic, washable version and at a good price point.
With Dog Finder your dog or cat(yes, cats can do this puzzle toy too!) is to learn to look for treats by moving blocks with its paw or nose in four different directions. The block can only be lifted at the end of each track. Under the blocks there are hollows where treats can be hidden. You can place 1 or 2 blocks in each track. Teach the dog to understand words like: wait, go ahead, back off, find it, sit etc while you are playing. Enrich your relationship with your dog. You show. The dog/cat looks, listens and learns. Praise it when it does things right. Together you will have fun!

Dog Twister- The dog/or cat is to learn to look for treats by moving one block after another around in a circle in different directions. There are hollows under the blocks where treats can be hidden. The blocks can also be locked in position with pegs in holes around the up-side of the game. The dog is to learn to lift these pegs in order to be able to move the blocks and find the treats. Teach the dog words like: wait, go ahead, go back, find it, sit etc. while you are playing. All of the Nina Ottosson dog toys will enrich your relationship with your pet. You show. The dog/cat looks, listens and learns. Give praise when it does the right thing.

With the Dog Casino- in this new washable plastic version- The dog/cat is to look for treats by pulling out the flaps in different directions. In each flap there is a compartment where the treat can be hidden. Increase the degree of difficulty by locking the flaps using the bone-shaped pegs on top.

We recommend these dog puzzle toys to keep your pet's mind healthy and active. One of our regular customers is the Cherokee County Animal Shelter in Georgia. They have been working with their adoptable dogs and cats and have their volunteers playing and interacting with their wonderful animals.

Here is what one of their e-mails said: Thank you so much Ann!
We are actually going to use the additional Pink Spinny with the cats!
We appreciate you sending these so quickly. We have made copies of your business card to hand out when people ask about the puzzles. We have actually had several volunteers who want to use them with their own dogs.
Here are a few pictures of LUKE one of our longest resident dogs demonstrating the puzzles at our recent Grand RE-Opening with our trainer, Katherine.
They were a BIG HIT. Katherine is teaching each of the volunteers the best ways to use the puzzles.
Today was rainy and two volunteers came in and played with some of the dogs using the puzzles - lost all track of time!

Thanks again for your speedy shipping and great service! We look forward to ordering more from you.
Lori Kekel
CCAS Shelter Friends Volunteer Coordinator

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Kissable Toothpaste - Tartar Control Toothpaste

Cain & Able Kissable Toothpaste & Toothbrush Set

This is a great toothbrush and toothpaste combo to get you going to brush your dog's teeth.
This is National Pet Dental Month and in recognition and trying to help people become aware we are offering 10% all pet dental products.
Kissable Toothpaste & Toothbrush combo by Cain and Able is an all natural tartar control toothpaste that's vanilla flavored for dogs. The three headed tooth brush cleans all surface areas better than other toothbrush. This toothbrush has a unique 3-sided design. It looks different because it is different. This is a very smart cleaning tool. The Kissable Toothbrush brushes all 3 sides of your dog's teeth at once (bottom, front and back) with one simple brushing motion. This unique 3-in-1 approach really cuts brushing time down to size. But it gets even better.
This multi-tasking toothbrush massages your dog's gums as it cleans his teeth. Firm scrubbing bristles positioned to clean your dog's teeth are paired with softer massaging bristles that work the gums, helping to prevent gum disease.

Part of the Cain and Able collection, this Kissable toothpaste is all natural and contains tea tree oil for fighting plaque and stevia a natural sweetener. 2.5 oz
Made in USA
Buy your Kissable Toothpaste & Toothbrush Combo at Mickey's Pet Supplies at 10% off
Coupon Code DENT10 at checkout.
All pet dental products are 10% off this month.

Toothpaste Ingredients:Water, Sorbitol, Hydrated Silica, Tetrosodium & Terapotassium Phosphate, Glycerine, Guar Gum, Vanilla, Stevia, Tea Tree Oil.

List of Poisnonous Plants & Flowers

We thought we would share the list of poisonous plants and flowers. We had an incident a few years ago and we almost lost our cat, Cody. He got into some English Ivy and he spent days at the emergency center trying to recover from chewing on the stems. He recovered and is perfectly fine now, but it sure gave us a scare and made us aware when we did research on what plants and flowers were toxic. I know some of you probably didn't know how extensive the list is.
We are all thinking Spring right now and just want to remind all of you what flowers are considered toxic to your dogs and cats. Also, as it gets warmer outside, please be aware of the daffodils, crocus, tulip and primrose. Also, all the Lily family are poisonous. Be sure to not bring in the Easter Lillies. They are on the list. We just cut down our black walnut tree because the nuts are so toxic.
Aconite, Aloe, amaryllis, American Holly, American Nighshade, Angel's Trumpet, Apple seeds, Apple of Peru, Apple of Sodom, Apricot pits, Azalea, Barbados pride, Bird of Paradise, Birdseye Primrose, Bittersweet, Bitter almond, Black Walnuts, Blue Cardinal Flower, Buckeye, Bull Nettles, Buttercup, Cala Lilly, Cardinal Flower, Carolina allspice, Carolina Horse Nettle, Castor Bean, Castor Oil Plant, Cherry pits, Choke Cherry, Chrysanthemum, Climbing Lily, Crab-eyes, Crocus, Crowfoot, Daffodil, Daisy, Dumbcane, Dwarf Poinciana, Elderberry, elephant's Ear, english Holly, English Ivy, English walnutss, European Mistletoe, Feverfew, Field Garlic, Flag, Purple Foxglove, Garlic, German Primrose, Gloriosa Lily, Glory Lily, Hedge plant, Holly, Horse chestnuts, Hydrangea, Indian tobacco, Iris, Jameson Weed, Jonquil, Kidney bean tree, Ligusrum, Lily of the valley, Love Apple, Lupine, Manchineel, Marguerite, Marijuana, mescal, Mistletoe, Monkshood, Mountain Laurel, Mushrooms, Naked Lady, Nettle spurge, Nightshade, Nipplefruit, Oleander, Onion, Palma Christi, Peach ts, Peyote, Philodendron, Plum pits, Poinsettia, Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac, Poke, Pokeweed, Potato(green spots), pothos, Precatory Bean, Primula, Privet, Rhodendron, Rosary Pea, sloe, Star Potato Vine, Stinging Nettle, Thornapple, Tobacco, Trumpet Vine, tulip, Wisteria, Wolfsbane, Yaupon, Yew, Easter Lily, Tiger Lily.
Bulbs: Jack in the Pulpit, Autumn Crocus, Meadow Saffron, Lily of the Valley, Crocus Saffron, Snowdrop, Gladiola, Glory Lilly, Hyacinth, Iris, Grape Hyacinth, Daffodil, Jonquil, Narcissus, and Tulip.

Nina Ottosson Dog Magic on Sale

Dog Magic game by Nina Ottosson is a great interactive dog toy.

Just fill the bone shaped cups with your favorite healthy treat and watch your dog have fun.It's that time of year when you and your dog need some mental stimulation.

The Dog Brick is the easiest of the Nina Ottosson dog puzzle toys to do.Hide treats under the 9 bone shaped cups. Your dog will use her sense of smell to dislodge the cups and find the treats. Cats can play this game too.

We recommend the CloudStar Tricky Trainers liver flavored treats-
Only 2.5 calories per piece. Free of corn, soy, sugar, salt, dairy, and egg. Packed in a resealable poly bag, or the Itty Bitty Buddy Biscuits-made special for small dogs or for a wheat & corn free treat try the Zuke's Mini Naturals or Zuke's jerky natural lamb dog treats- which offer the nutritious benefits of real meat, rice, apples, carrots, barley, molasses, canola oil, garlic, brewers yeast, and flax seed with no wheat, corn, harsh preservatives like BHA, artificial colors or flavors.
For cats use the Stella & Chewy's Carnivore crunch or kisses to get them going. We call these treats kitty and dog crack because they are the highest quality freeze dried meat and nothing else. Try duck or turkey flavors.
Mickey's Pet Supplies has the Dog Magic on sale this weekend for a special price of $31.95.
All our treats are 10% off also, so be sure to stock up.

Friday, February 12, 2010


We thought we would post the list of poisonous foods for pets again.
One on the list we found interesting: fatty foods- like bacon and pork cause pancreatitis.

Macadamia nuts --cause neurological problems
Raisins-- cause kidney failure
Grapes-- cause kidney failure
Green spots on potatoes-- cause neurological problems
Chocolate--kidney failure
Cocoa Mulch--kidney failure
Nicotine--very toxic--neurological problems
Avocado(leaves, stems & seeds)--liver problems
Coffee beans-- increased heart rate
Fatty foods such as bacon, pork, gravy--cause pancreatitis
Rogaine-- heart problems
Alcohol- neurological problems
If you have any question that your pet may have ingested a poisonous item please call the ASPCA poison hotline
This information is from information gathered from vets and reposted by Mickey's Pet Supplies

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wheeled Cat-Dog Carrier on Sale

Great Sale on Wheeled Carrier for your cat or dog.

Take your cat to the vet in style and with ease with this wheeled carrier.
Dimensions: 14L x 9W x 20H inches
This wheeled carrier fully unzips and adjusts as a backpack too.
Made of nylon. Holds cats and dogs up to 12 pounds.

We love being able to unzip the front and have our cats sit and look out the mesh panels.

It is a lot easier to wheel kitty in to the vet. We used to use the plastic crate with the handle and found it hard for our cat to balance their weight inside and also heavy and awkward.

We decided to try this wheeled carrier and were sure happy we did.

It was so easy wheeling them in for their visits.

On Sale for $54.95--All orders of $75 ship for free, so be sure to check out our new cat toys too.

The Go Cat toys in the interactive wands and bat abouts are our most popular cat toys.

We also added the crinkle and glow poms by Cancor. We special ordered them from Canada.
All natural, holistic, organic and eco-friendly supplies for your pet at

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ruff Wear Dog Bed- Urban Sprawl on Sale $59.95

Mickey's Pet Supplies has the Ruff Wear Urban Sprawl dog bed for a great price-$59.95
This is a high quality dog bed with water-resistant cover, carrying
handles and slip resistant base. The cover is removable & fully

All orders of $75 ship for free to lower 48 states.

Find a great selection of dog beds and all natural, holistic, organic & eco-friendly discount pet supplies at

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Why you should not declaw your cat or kitten

The trend years ago was to de-claw a kitten at about 3-5 months of age. De-clawing a cat is not just removing their nails. The surgery known as declawing involves removal of the last joint of each toe, along with the claw. In Europe and England this procedure is just not performed. They believe that is inhumane and unnatural to do this procedure.
Here are the reasons why you should not de-claw your kitten or cat.
#1 Cats use their claws and the lower joint for balance
#2 There is no need to declaw your cat to keep them from scratching you.
#3 Cats basically are undergoing an amputation- kind of like humans having the tips of their fingers removed.
#4 Cats can be trained very easily to use a scratching post corrugated cardboard scratching pad.
#5 Keep your cats nails trimmed on a weekly basis. Start trimming your cat's nails when the are young so they do become used to you doing it. Enlist the help of a willing friend or take your cat to the vet or groomer and have them trim the nails.
We have five cats and all them remain indoors and none of them scratch our furniture. We have taught them to go to their scratching post to exercise their desire to scratch.
There are wonderful shaped corrugated cat scratchers by Imperial Cat called Scratch n Shapes that come with a bag of organic catnip. They are made of corrugated cardboard and you may purchase vertical scratchers or different shaped couches and animal shaped scratchers. If scratching in an unwanted place does occur, you may use Feliway Spray or the Feliway Plug in diffuser to help with this.
Your cat's claws are used for balance, for exercising, and for stretching the muscles in their legs, back, shoulders, and paws. In order to stretch these muscles they dig their claws into a surface and pull back their own ric exercising for humans. This is the only way a cat can exercise, stretch and tone the muscles of its back and shoulders. The toes help the foot meet the ground at a precise angle to keep the leg, shoulder and back muscles and joints in proper alignment. Removal of the last digits of the toes drastically alters the conformation of their feet and causes the feet to meet the ground at an unnatural angle that can cause back pain similar to that in humans caused by wearing improper shoes.Scratching is a natural behavior. Cats and their wild ancestors scratch the bark of trees to maintain their sharpness and also shed cuticle layers surrounding the nail itself.
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February is Pet Dental Month- Save 10% on dental

February is National Pet Dental Month and Mickey's Pet Supplies has stocked up on your pet dental needs. You will find all natural toothpaste and toothbrush sets and Zuke's z-ridge dental bones in singles and value packs.
Did you know that most health problems start in poor dental care for your pet.
When your dog eats the food particles and bacteria collect along the gumline forming plaque. If plaque is not removed, minerals in the saliva combine with the plaque and form tartar (or calculus) which adheres strongly to the teeth. Plaque starts to mineralize 3-5 days after it forms. The tartar is irritating to the gums and causes an inflammation called gingivitis. This can be seen as reddening of the gums adjacent to the teeth. It also causes bad breath. When gingivitis goes untreated it becomes periodontal disease.
Did you know that small breed dogs are at greater risk because of their small teeth and the because their teeth are often crowded together. This results in an increased accumulation of plaque because the normal cleansing mechanisms are hindered.
Visit your vet today for an examination and start a regular dental routine today.
Don't forget to enter coupon code DENT10 at checkout for a 10% discount on any pet dental product.

Choosing Healthy Dog Biscuits

Today, pet owners are very concerned about the dog biscuits and dog treats they feed their loving friend and companion. There are many choices now in the market, but not all dog biscuits are high quality. You should look for a healthy dog biscuit to reward your dog. Deciding on which dog treat to feed your dog involves a lot of research. First, you should look at the list of ingredients. The healthiest dog biscuit will have a protein listed as the first ingredient. High quality protein ensures that our loving dog friend will have a shiny, healthy coat and allergy free skin.
Healthy dog treats are easily digestible, making your dog happy, healthy and strong. Some of the best brands on our list are Zuke's, Stella & Chewy's, Cloud Star and Wet Noses brand. We have chosen these brands because of their commitment to high quality and ingredient sources. All brands are made and sourced in the USA.
Zuke's natural dog treats are made in Durango, Colorado. This company was founded by a guy and his dog, named Zuke back in 1998. Their premise for making dog treats is to make a healthy dog treat made of ingredients that we would put in our bodies. So, unlike other treats that are comprised of unrecognizable 14 letter ingredients, Zuke's is formulated to provide the specific nutrients your cat or dog needs. Zuke's healthy dog treats include the finest meats, premium grains, fruits, vegetables and oils available. With Zuke's treats you'll never find any harsh preservatives like BHA, added animal fat, nasty by-products or artificial colors or flavors. All of Zuke's treats are naturally preserved with salt, phosphoric acid and sorbic acid. Zuke's uses only the finest Ingredients - USDA beef and poultry, New Zealand lamb and venison, premium whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Zuke's dog biscuits and dog treats have no wheat, corn, soy, added fat or by-products. Many of their products are packed with anti-oxidants from fresh, whole blueberries, apples, carrots and ground flaxseed. If you want to give your dog a treat with natural enzymes and only one ingredient, then Stella & Chewy's is your choice. Stella & Chewy's uses all natural, formed treats that are made with raw, freeze-dried USDA inspected and naturally raised meat. They use no grain, fillers, hormones, antibiotics, artificial colors, sugar or salt in their brand of treats.
Plus, this company is deeply involved in NYC rescue organizations that save the lives of our less fortunate animals. Their flavors of fresh, freeze-dried raw treats include: Carnivore Crunch-Beef, Carnivore Kisses-Bison,Carnivoire Kisses-Turkey & Carnivoire Kisses-Duck. These delicious freeze-dried treats can be given whole as a training reward, or crumbled over food at mealtimes for added flavor and nutrition. Stella & Chewy's founder based her brand on what she fed her rescue dog that was ill. Because of feeding Chewy a fresh, natural raw diet, her dog's health dramatically improved. So she decided to create a brand based on the fresh and natural raw meats that are so healthy for our pets. Both Carnivore Crunch and Carnivore Kisses are a great healthy treat for cats and dogs equally. Their treats are made from true free-range meats with absolutely no hormones or antibiotics. You'll see, once you try these, they will become your pet's addictive treat they'll beg for.
Cloud Star also has a great story behind their dog treats. This company was started by a young couple that adopted a shelter dog with severe food allergies. By doing research on what foods were creating their dog, Samantha's allergies, they started baking their own dog biscuits. The first Buddy biscuit all came from making a wholesome and healthy treat without the allergy causing ingredients. All of their treats are still manufactured right here in the USA with USA-sourced and supplied ingredients, using first-quality ingredients, and eliminating common allergens from their formulations. With many varieties to choose from like: the original buddy biscuit, soft and chewy buddy biscuits, itty bitty buddy biscuits-made small for small size dogs, Farmstand Sweet potato slices, Tricky trainers- dog training treats, Jerky strips, Muttos-which are great for dogs that can only have a specific protein, such as duck in their diet and of course their famous bake at home dog biscuit mix. As part of Cloud Star's commitment to giving back, they donate at least 10% of net profits to support and assist non-profit organizations that benefit animals, women, children, and the environment. That's a good thing!
Wet Noses brand started as a home bakery in 1998. They use only USDA certified organic ingredients in all of their dog biscuits. This company even bakes their treats in convection ovens, buys from local growers, using no preservatives, no chemicals, no animal by products, and no corn, wheat or soy in any of their dog treats. They have six awesome flavors to choose from: Dogranola- made from organic flax seed, dried cranberries and sesame seed paste(tahini). Tahini is very high in protein and low in fat, making it one of the oldest health foods dating back to ancient Egypt; Pumpkin- uses only roasted pumpkin & organic flours; Sweet Potato Curry- Full of fiber rich sweet potatoes that are loaded with vitamins and minerals; Apples & Carrots-made of locally sourced Washington state apples, carrots & lovingly combined with organic rye & oat flour; Cheddar- made of delicious cheddar cheese; Peanut Butter & Molasses- The original and first dog treat made by the founder, Jazz for her dog.
So, be choosy on what treat you purchase for your family friend. If you only eat the healthiest foods, then why give your dog a treat that comes from unknown sources, made of unknown ingredients, such as by-products. You will never have to doubt about a treat purchased from Mickey's Pet Supplies. They are devoted to carrying only the best, all natural dog biscuits and treats for your dog. They will stand behind their commitment to you & your pet, by always researching the companies' products they carry. Rest assured that the treats you receive for your dog are from the best sources to give you the freshest, all natural and wholesome treat that you can feed your best friend every day.
Find all the Zuke's, Stella & Chewy's, Cloud Star and Wet Noses dog treats for discount prices along with personal service at

Friday, February 5, 2010

End Dog Boredom With Nina Ottosson Dog Puzzle Toys

Check out our new article just published on how to end your dog's boredom this winter.
End Dog Boredom With Nina Ottosson Dog Puzzle Toys

Whether your dog is an "Einstein" or just not that bright, the Nina Ottosson dog puzzle toys will stimulate your dog's brain. Each dog puzzle toy has a unique design and mechanism that will challenge your dog's mental and physical abilities.
Dogs must work through each of the challenges to reveal the hidden reward-dog treat. Each toy is unique and can be set to different levels of ability for all sizes, ages and breeds of dogs. These toys are tough, hard working and are dishwasher safe.
Let's start with the easiest of the Nina Ottosson dog games- The Dog Brick. The Dog Brick is for skill level-beginner. You start by hiding delicious dog treats under the plastic bone shaped cups. You may start by putting them up at a slight angle or across the indentation to allow the dog to smell and see that there are treats beneath. You can put treats under just one of the bones, some or all of the bone shaped cups. By moving the location of the treat, you can really work your pup to search and locate the treat by smell. Next, in the line-up is the Dog Spinny. This is another basic skill level dog puzzle toy. This toy has only one single removable bone that must be dislodged by your dog. By removing the bone with his paw or mouth, he can then rotate the disk to seek out the dog treats hidden in the compartments below. You can start to move the disk to show him how it is done and he'll get the idea quickly. Gradually reduce the number of treats to encourage him to work harder.
Dog Brick's skill level is rated medium. Your dog must move the sliding bone shaped bricks to discover the treats below. This game comes with 4 plastic bone cups and you can start easy by placing the cups sideways over the treat spot holes. Gradually, introduce your dog to then remove that cup and now sniff and learn to slide the other treat covers to access his rewards.
Hardest on the skill level is the Dog Tornado. This puzzle toy works by having your pup dislodge the plastic bones and then turn the revolving sections to reveal his treats. Of course, with your help, he will quickly learn how to rotate the disks in order to get to the treats below.
We love all of the Nina Ottosson toys, especially during winter. When it's cold and windy and you don't want to venture outside, just bring out your puzzle toys and watch your dog smile. What pup can't resist a great treat and some one on one time with you.
Some of the best tips for interactive play with these toys is to have a controlled session. You should use a light-weight lead when first introducing your dog to these games for controlled play. Keep your play times short and end on a positive note. Don't use excessive treats. Teach your dog to learn and earn their reward. You can even use some of your dog's dry food as treats.
Mickey's Pet Supplies highly recommends the Nina Ottosson dog puzzle toys for any size dog. We have seen the tiniest teacup dog have hours of fun with these toys. We love them because they are so easy to clean. When done playing, simply put them in your top rack of the dishwasher.
Nina Ottosson has new plastic toys that will be available in late February- The Dog Casino, Dog Twister, Dog Finder & Dog Dizzy. We have ordered these new toys and anxiously await their arrival.
So, end dog boredom this winter and get out the puzzle toys. They will surely be your best friend's favorite activity.
Nina Ottosson dog toys are available at discount prices at and you may call to place your order (877) 863-5431.
Mickey's Pet Supplies specializes in All Natural, Organic, Holistic, Eco-Friendly pet supplies for cats and dogs A family owned store where their customer and their pets needs are their number one priority. This online discount pet supplies store only carries the highest quality products from top names. Most of their products are made in the USA. They believe that your pet is a part of your family and they deserve the best.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Nina Ottosson Dog Toys on sale

Mickey's Pet Supplies has all the Nina Ottosson dog puzzle toys on sale.

Check it out $32.45 to $42.95 for the greatest toys to end dog boredom this winter.

Completely dishwasher safe. Be sure to grab some wholesome treats to put in the treat cups too.

Try CloudStar Tricky Trainers, Zuke's Mini Naturals, CloudStar Itty Bitty dog biscuits or any of our all natural treats.

Orders of $75 and over ship for free.

Call (877) 863-5431 to order.