With the recent acquisition of Chewy.com by Petsmart three major quality manufacturers have announced they will no longer supply product to Chewy. Champion Pet Foods, NutriSource/PureVita and Fromm have all either already or will soon be severing ties to the online retailer. This means Acana, Orijen, NutriSource, PureVita and Fromm pet foods will not be available through that channel. Wholesome Pet Essentials is proud to be a retailer for all of these lines and we carry an extensive inventory of all three at very competitive prices and we pride ourselves on our customer service. Plus we have a frequent buyer program on all these products which is not available from most on-line sellers! For those not in the Ankeny area we can also offer shipping at a minimal cost.
- Back-Clip Harness
Back-clip harnesses attach to the leash between shoulders. This type of harness is very comfortable and easy for your dog to walk in, and it is a great option for small dogs and those with throat issues. Another great perk of back-clip harnesses is that the leash is less likely to get tangled under your pet’s feet and it is easy to put on. These are also great for older dogs who may need a little “lift” now and then. Back-clip harnesses are probably most common but can actually cause more pulling effort by some dogs, especially large ones.
- Front-Clip Harness
Front-clip harnesses attach to the leash at the front of the dog, at its chest. This type of harness is commonly used for training dogs to walk on a leash and they restrict pulling and certain movements. This harness gives the owner more control over the movements of the dog and allows for redirection, but the leash can sometimes become tangled while walking. Although this harness offers more control for training, for dogs with aggression issues it may require additional training tools.
- Tightening Harness
These types of harnesses come in both front-clip and back-clip options, but have a space that tightens as the dog pulls providing pressure and “reminding” the dog they are pulling. The slight tightening is uncomfortable and for dogs that have almost mastered the art of walking on a leash, this is a gentle reminder. With this type of harness the objective is to apply gentle pressure.
Getting the Right Fit
Here are some tips when fitting your dog’s harness. We frequently have customers try their harness on in our store! Note that we have all three types of harnesses at Wholesome Pet Essentials!
- Get the Stats. Your pet’s weight, chest measurements and neck measurements are essential when picking their new harness.
- Check the harness. Harnesses will tell you what size is best for which weight and measurements. Choose a size that your pet falls mid-way in the scale. If your dog falls in the overlap of two sizes, go with the bigger size.
- If your dog is hard to fit, try to choose a harness with many points to adjust the sizing.
- When adjusting the harness use the “2-finger rule” as with collars. The harness should fit tight enough that the dog will not be able to escape or pull their legs through, but loose enough that you can fit 2 fingers between the harness and your dog.
How can you tell if your dog’s harness doesn’t fit?
If your dog can wiggle out or pull its leg through the harness it will need to be tighter. If the harness is too tight then you may notice hair loss or chafing on contact areas, commonly across their back or under their arms. A sign that the harness style might not be right for your dog is rotating while being worn, or if your dog is resistant to walking but has walked fine in other harnesses.
#1 fact about bully sticks– They’re 100% Digestible!
Bully sticks are made from a single, natural ingredient that is 100% digestible. In fact, in the United States, the USDA regulates the production of bully sticks to ensure they’re made from all-natural ingredients and free of pesticides, dyes and chemicals. The treat is purely beef pizzle; in other words, it’s 100% meat. Bully sticks are one of the only fully digestible chew treats on the market.
#2 reason we love Bully Sticks – They’re Healthy
Aside from being made from a single, all natural ingredient, bully sticks are full of other health benefits. They are very high in protein and low in fat, making them a suitable choice for dogs trying to lose weight. Because they’re low fat, you can offer them more often without worrying about adding excess fat to your dog’s diet. Beef is also an excellent source of amino acids, magnesium and calcium to promote your dog’s skin, coat, muscle and brain health. Bully sticks are much less likely to cause a blockage like rawhide because of their digestibility and they don’t splinter or break into chunks.
#3 Fact about Bully Sticks – They Promote Dental Health
Bully sticks are an excellent way to promote dental health in dogs. Since periodontal disease is increasingly common in our canine companions, combating it can be difficult. Although they won’t replace regular dental cleanings by your veterinarian, the chewing and gnawing required to work through a bully stick scrapes off plaque and tartar before it sticks to your dog’s teeth.
#4 Fact about bully sticks – They’re Good For All Dogs
Bully sticks come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, which means there’s a perfect bully stick for every dog – whether you’ve got a 2-lb. Chihuahua or a 200-lb. Great Dane. There are regular bully sticks, braided bully sticks and extra-thick bully sticks. They also come in various twists and shapes to spice things up a little bit (mostly for the owners, as the dogs seem to love them all the same). Trial and error will determine which bully sticks are best for your dog and it will depend on how heavy a chewer your dog is and how long the treats last. They are all packed with the same health benefits regardless of shape or size.
Flying with a pet? These are the worst things you can do
Going on vacation with your best furry friend should be a fun experience. However, getting to your destination can be quite an adventure, especially if your preferred method of travel is by plane.
Of course, you want to ensure that Fido or Felix is safe and comfortable, but not all airlines make the journey easy. Also, advance arrangements won’t always guarantee that your pet will travel on a specific flight.
Airlines reserve the right to refuse transport of an animal for reasons such as illness, an improper carrier, extreme temperatures, or if he or she demonstrates aggressive or violent behavior, according to U.S. Pet Air Travel Regulations.
When traveling with an animal, it is important to keep in mind that typically airlines require pet health certificates that are no older than 10 days, even if the country of your destination accepts an older one, the U.S. Department of State, says.
Pet policies can be hard to fully comprehend, but several general guidelines will help you make your companion as relaxed and content as possible through the trip. Avoid these major don’ts the next time you travel with a furry friend.
1. You feed them a lot
2. You booked a non-direct flight
3. You travel during peak hours
4. You fly your pet in the cargo hold
5. You don’t let it get familiar with its carrier
The first step is getting the right kind of carrier. They are available in both hard and soft-sided. You want to make sure your pet isn’t squeezed and they should also be comfortable but not be jostled around. Pets should, however, be able to freely turn and move around. It’s important to give your companion about a month to get used to its new environment.
6. You don’t take familiar toys
Put their favorite toy in the carrier for extra comfort. If your four-legged best friend has a favorite sleeping bed, stuffed animal, or bone toy, do not leave the house without bringing it. This will be a friendly reminder of home and will make them feel better, more comfortable and less stressed.
7. You give your pet tranquilizers
The American Veterinary Medical Association absolutely does not recommend fliers give pets tranquilizers when traveling by because it can increase the risk of heart and respiratory problems. Short-nosed dogs and cats sometimes have even more difficulty with travel. Airlines may require a signed statement that your pet has not been tranquilized prior to flying. A sedated animal may not be able to brace and prevent injury.