If you find a tick…..

If you find a tick….

* When finding a tick, carefully remove the whole tick from the pet’s body. . How to remove a tick using tweezers: Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible by gripping its head. Carefully, pull upward until the tick releases his grip. Do not twist or jerk the tick or you might break off the head or mouth parts, and you do not want to leave the tick head embedded in your pet’s skin. Also, do not squeeze to the point of crushing the tick, or disease-spreading secretions may be released. If you do not have tweezers or a tick scoop, you can use your fingers, a loop of thread around the jaws, or a needle between the jaws to pull it out.

Note: Studies show that using petroleum jelly, alcohol and hot match heads do not work to loosen ticks from skin, although a few people still use the petroleum jelly and rubbing alcohol approaches, but the hot match technique has caused skin injuries.

* Another way to remove a tick: Apply liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for 15 seconds.  The tick should release and come out when you lift the cotton ball.

* Ticks do not drown in water, so dispose of them by wrapping in a tissue and flushing down the toilet, or drowning in rubbing alcohol. Do not crush the tick; that can spread disease. Some vets may want to see the tick if disease transmission is suspected.

* Swab the pet’s bitten area with antiseptic.

Natural Prevention:

Above all, keep your pets healthy. Fleas and other parasites have less effect on healthy animals…and they tend to live on pets who are unhealthy and/or have weak immune systems. And, as with healthy humans, healthy animals recover from illness faster and in the case of contracting parasites, are not likely to get sick. It’s a matter of immunity.

Also be aware that stressful conditions weaken immunity in humans and animals. A harmonious home is a healthier one.

Chemical-free, drug-free ways to keep your pet from getting “bugged” include inspecting your pet each day, and better yet, after each outing outdoors. Also see above for combing and bug removal tips.

 

 

Fireworks or Thunderstorm Anxiety?

What to do about your dog’s anxiety over fireworks?     Thundershirt has a patented design that applies a gentle constant pressure on a dog or cat’s torso.   Using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for years.  There are several studies under controlled conditions that show not only better behavior during thunderstorm like conditions but also measureable reductions in heart rate.    The manufacturer estimates the garment is effective in 80% of pets.   The Thundershirt comes with a money back guarantee.       Many users report a comforting effect from the Thundershirt during other stressful times for pets such as travel.

 

We also carry a line of Thundershirt holistic calming pheromone spray containing both lavender and chamomile and other holistic calming products as well.    Useful alternatives to drugging up your pet for those stressful times.

TShirt

 

Brachycephalic Dogs….and Heat!

Most people are not familiar with the term “Brachycephalic,” but if you own a Pug, Boston Terrier, Pekingese, Boxer, Bulldog, Shih tzu or any one of the other breeds with “pushed in” faces, you should become familiar with this word. The word comes from Greek roots “Brachy,” meaning short and “cephalic,” meaning head.

Brachycephalic dogs have been bred so as to possess a normal lower jaw, that is, one in proportion to their body size, and a compressed upper jaw.

HEAT STRESS – Because of all these upper respiratory obstructions, the brachycephalic dog is an inefficient panter. A dog with a more conventional face and throat is able to pass air quickly over the tongue through panting. Saliva evaporates from the tongue as air is passed across and the blood circulating through the tongue is efficiently cooled and circulated back to the rest of the body.

In the brachycephalic dog, so much extra work is required to move the same amount of air that the airways become inflamed and swollen. This leads to a more severe obstruction, distress, and further over-heating.

BRACHYCEPHALIC DOGS ARE THE MOST
LIKELY CANDIDATES FOR HEAT STROKE.

Altogether, the upper airways of the brachycephalic dog compromises his or her ability to take in air. Under normal conditions the compromise is not great enough to cause a problem; however, an owner should take care not to let the dog become grossly overweight or get too hot in the summer months. Be aware of what degree of snorting and sputtering is usual for your individual pet plus, should your pet require general anesthesia or sedation, your vet may want to take extra precautions or take radiographs prior to assess the severity of the syndrome.

 

Thanks to marvistavet.com for the above information!

Golden Retriever Adoption Event Saturday June 27

We are excited to remind everyone that we have a Golden Retriever Rescue coming to join us on Saturday, June 27 from 11AM-2PM. We will be posting available dogs as soon as we get a list of the ones coming. In the meantime, check out their website at www.ragom.org. See you next Saturday!!

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Free Holistic Select Offer

Bring in your empty bag from any competitor product and we’ll give you  a free 3# Cat or 5/6# Dog bag of any Holistic Select product we have in stock.    The Holistic Select recipes are manufactured in Mishawaka, Indiana by Wellpet.    They are a lifestyle product and include  puppy,  small breed,  large breed, adult,  and senior health formulas.   There is also  a very popular weight management product and two total grain free formulas.

 

www.holisticselect.com

 

Why we don’t have Taste of the Wild….and some other brands….

From time to time we get inquiries from customers looking for a brand we don’t carry.   One of these is Taste of the Wild.    Why do we not sell Taste of the Wild?   It’s a nutritionally sound product, in a very attractive bag, very effective marketing….there’s every incentive for us to carry it.    Except, TOW is manufactured by Diamond Milling.    A co-packer that has an extensive recall history.

This from Dog Food Insider:

The Taste of the Wild site gives no indication that the food is made by Diamond and many people who feed this food are unaware of the connection. Diamond has had a history of recalls due to aflatoxins, concerns about Salmonella, and production issues at least since around 1999-2000, including a large recall in 2005, and many consumers have lost confidence in the company and the products they produce. Nevertheless, Diamond manufactures or co-packs food for many other brands including CanidaeSolid GoldCostco’s KirklandDick Van Patten’s Natural BalanceTractor Supply’s 4Health, and NutraGold.  Since their earlier recalls, Diamond says today they use 151 quality checks to ensure the quality of their products. However, the company issued a recall in May 2012 for many of their products, including Taste of the Wild, after a Salmonella outbreak linked to their South Carolina plant.

Most consumers have no reason to closely check for this kind of information so we have taken it upon ourselves to offer only products we have the highest confidence level in.    Wholesome Pet Essentials owners have an extensive background in the animal nutrition industry (including dog and cat) including years of involvement in ingredient purchasing and quality control at multiple feed operations.     We understand the difference in ingredient quality and will not knowingly sell you an inferior or unsafe product.       We carry brands that will meet or beat any of the nutritional specifications on the brands we don’t carry and will provide you with peace of mind that they are made with wholesome safe ingredients.   Your pets health and well being is our focus!

Grain Free…No corn or wheat!

 

Probably 75% of the product we have in dog and cat food kibble is totally grain free.    Now let’s discuss what grain free means.    Or perhaps more importantly what it does not mean.    In the case of dog and cat food kibble some starch is needed to make the extrusion process work.    That is the process that very quickly heats under steam and pressure and expands the product which then is cooled and contracts to form a hard kibble.    That’s a very simple description but generally accurate.    That starch has traditionally come from rice,  pearled barley and occasionally oat groats in the best quality foods.    These are ingredients that rarely cause any issues for your pets.    And they provide a source of carbohydrate (energy) as well.   Good recipes limit their inclusion rate and rely on meat for protein (amino acids).   They do NOT have corn or wheat!    Grocery store and big box store brands will frequently utilize corn or corn by-products and frequently wheat as well.   Not good stuff in that their inclusion at high levels in these brands creates all kinds of issues with potential allergens as well as amino acid balancing challenges which can provide your pet sub-par nutrition.    Remember that article on skin issues and rough hair?    True grain-free foods still (in most cases) utilize starch in the process.    But they turn to potatoes, sweet potatoes, lentils and/or tapioca as starch sources.   Hence they are labeled “grain free” as they do not even utilize rice or barley.      Their protein level is typically higher.   And the dog will in most cases leave you with less poop to deal with.   And much more limited chance of an allergic reaction.    They are the “best” of the best.

We also carry a large selection of totally grain free treats for dogs and cats.    There is absolutely NO WHEAT in any of our treats.    Not what your dog or cat needs!

The Orijen Story….From Whole Dog Journal

Champion Petfoods: This Canadian company makes high-quality dry foods with lots of fresh meat.

 

Orijen is Champion Petfood’s flagship line, with high meat inclusions and high protein levels. All seven of the Orijen foods are grain-free.

 

 

 

 

Champion Petfoods is a privately held company that makes high-protein dry dog foods with a high inclusion of meat, much of it fresh. The company calls its guiding principle “BAFRINO,” an acronym that stands for “biologically appropriate, fresh regional ingredients, never outsourced.” As of this writing, all of Champion’s dry foods are made in its own manufacturing plant in Morinville, Alberta, though the company is currently building a second dry food manufacturing plant in Auburn, Kentucky. Champion also manufactures freeze-dried foods at its own plant in Oakville, Ontario.

 

For the rest of the story please copy and paste this link:

http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/18_5/features/Pet-Food-Profile-May-2015_21212-1.html

 

Disappointed Blue Customers….Welcome Here! 15% Off

You may have heard the news that Blue admitted in court that there was at least one ingredient in their pet food that was not on the label.   Blue had been vigorously defending the integrity of their pet food labeling ever since it was challenged by Purina last year.   Now they have admitted that in fact there were ingredients found in their food that was not on the label.    One can only speculate as to how or why this happened but it may be that a co-packer is responsible for the issue.     In the case of a co-packer the brand holder does not have direct control over the ingredient purchasing or quality control process in manufacturing.      That is why we at Wholesome Pet Essentials make every attempt to avoid product produced by a co-packer.   (Please see blog post dated April 14….)   Fromm, Merrick. Holistic Select, Earthborn, Nutrilife (Fromm produced), Whole Earth Farms (a Merrick label), Natural Planet and of course Orijen are all produced by their own production facility.   They are responsible for their own ingredient purchasing and quality control.     All of these present excellent alternatives to the Blue line!    Bring in your blue bag or label and receive 15% off any of our quality alternatives.     Offer not valid with other discounts.    Expires June 30th.