Today is National Mutt Day, a day dedicated to influencing people to embrace, save, and celebrate mixed breed dogs. With so many adoption centers facing overpopulation, National Mutt Day was created to spread awareness of the fact that happy, healthy, friendly mutts are oftentimes overlooked and needing loving homes. Many people want purebred dogs or toy breeds but, while we love all breeds, mutts make some of the best pets. Most mixed breeds aren’t susceptible to the diseases and ailments that purebred dogs are and adopted dogs can be among the most grateful and well-behaved pets, because they know you saved their life. The holiday is also celebrated on July 31, giving humans two chances to spread awareness and save a mutt’s life. If you’re considering adopting a dog or adding one, whether it’s today or any day, consider saving a mixed breed!
For us, November means two things. 1. Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and 2. Turkey, Turkey, TURKEY! Which is why we feel the need to pay a little tribute to one of our favorite poultries. We integrate turkey into our Fresh to Home™ recipes to give Fido all the flavor and nutrition of turkey that we love. Turkey is a low fat source of quality protein and contains important vitamins and minerals like selenium for a healthy immune system, phosphorus and choline, as well as beneficial omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Niacin and B6 are also found in turkey, which promote heart health. There’s even speculation that turkey supports insulin production to maintain healthy levels, a benefit for dogs with blood sugar issues like diabetes. It’s pretty much a superfood when you consider how tasty and nutritionally beneficial it is. And, as Turkey Day approaches, PLEASE keep cooked poultry bones out of Fido’s reach, as splintering can quickly become dangerous. From our family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. For more information on all of our turkey eats and treats for Fido and more, head to our hompeage at www.stewartpet.com.
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, a month designated to recognizing the importance of improving an older pet’s life. Sadly, senior pets are often overlooked and among the last to be adopted, when in reality they make amazing pets. Older pets already have established personalities (which are usually calm and docile), they’re out of their destructive phase, are usually house trained (or learn quickly), and really, all they want to focus on is love. If you have a busy schedule or maintain a relatively low-key lifestyle, a senior pet could be the perfect companion for you. We know that puppies and kittens’ “aww” factor is through the roof, but if you really listen to your heart strings you may just find yourself adopting a doting older companion. If you’re in the market for a pet, we truly encourage you to consider giving a senior pet the loving home they deserve.
If you don’t keep up with pet news like we do, you may not know that hundreds of pets have died and others have become ill as a result of consuming jerky treats manufactured in China. Investigators are stumped as to what the specific cause is but it’s important to know that pets who ingest poorly made treats might exhibit symptoms within hours of consumption including decreased appetite and activity, vomiting and/or diarrhea, increased thirst, and/or increased urination. Veterinarians around the country have fact sheets to help diagnose and treat pets should they exhibit any of these symptoms. Friends, it’s important to check your labels for where ingestible products are made, or even avoid jerky treats all together if you’re apprehensive.
We want to reassure our loyal customers and fans that Stewart Pet treats and food are NOT affected, are NOT produced in China and are 100% safe for pets to consume. We are proud to safely create our products right here in the USA in USDA-inspected facilities and your pet’s health is of upmost importance to us. We hope you and your furry friends steer clear of this issue, just remember its as easy as looking for the “Made In…” label on packaging.
Also, for additional information about our food safety program, head over to our homepage at www.stewartpet.com.
We know when the weather’s cool and the clouds are out it’s hard to get going, but pets don’t interpret “lazy days” the same way we do. It’s important to maintain some type of activity level during the winter, even if it’s not the same caliber as the summer. Of course there’s always the option of bundling up for a 30-minute jaunt around the neighborhood, but what about the days you don’t feel like bundling up like the Michelin Man? Not to worry, as there are a few options to keep your dog’s body and mind active on those colder days.
- Playing Hide and Seek is a great way to not only bond with your pet but to keep their mind working. We will say that this game requires a little bit of training, as your pet has to know the ‘stay’ command while you plot your hiding spot. Once you’re in place, have fun! You can call their name quietly, shout it, whistle, put a treat in your pocket and see if they smell it, whatever! But remember to always give lots of praise when your little sleuth sniffs you out! (If your pet isn’t great with ‘stay,’ try just hiding a few treats around the house for the same mental jog).
- Take them somewhere! Headed to your local pet store for something? Bring them along! Not only will they LOVE the car ride, but it lets their nose go wild (which is mentally stimulating) and also lets your pal get a small walk in a new setting. Plus, you’re getting your errands done in great company!
- Lastly, doggy daycare, agility classes or training classes are a phenomenal way to tire your pooch out without needing to layer up for a two-hour hike. Not only are these options phenomenal for socialization, your pup won’t stop running, jumping, or playing for a whole day!
We keep up with all of the obscure pet holidays throughout the year so that we can relay awareness to our faithful fans. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month, which has a soft spot in our hearts. Here at MiracleCorp our canine comrades come in every size, shape, color and breed and we adore our adopted mutts as much as our purebreds.
You are the best thing that could happen to a shelter pet and, it might just be in our heads, but we think shelter dogs can be more grateful and doting (because OF COURSE they realize how much greater their life is now!) If you and your family are considering a pet, get down to the shelter this month and seek out your options. Your local shelter may even be running a special in light of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Consider your adoption shelter a catalog of pets that can change your life – whether you’re looking for older, younger, smaller, or bigger, we’re willing to bet your shelter has a dog that would complement your preferences and your family perfectly.
Change a life this October (including your own) and adopt a shelter dog!
Ah, autumn. The leaves are fading from green to yellow to orange, scarves come out of hiding, and kids are looking forward to all the Halloween treats they know are coming their way. Speaking of treats, dogs can look forward to fall too! We love incorporating fall flavors into our delicious, all-natural treats.
Cranberries provide disease-fighting antioxidants, sweet potatoes supply essential nutrients like beta carotene, vitamins B6 and C and manganese, sweet molasses provides potassium without fat, and tasty peanut butter gives Fido essential protein and healthy fats.
You can find these tasty, healthful ingredients in our Pro-Treat Plus® Freeze-Dried treats, Pro-Treat® Natural Biscuits, Healthy Licks™ and new Pro-Treat® Freeze-Dried Blends. (Helpful tip: All-natural canned pumpkin is great for your pup’s digestive system when his stomach seems upset. But, please note it HAS to be all natural, unsweetened pumpkin, not pie filling!)
We hope you and your pooch enjoy fall (and its flavors) as much as we do! Happy treating!
Heading up to the lake this weekend? Or how about taking a lazy rafting trip down your local river? We know Fido loves the water as much as you do, and if you’re planning on taking him with you on any aquatic adventures, make sure you follow these easy tips for safety and fun!
1) Don’t leave pets unsupervised around water. Not all dogs are good swimmers, but the easiest way to solve this is to strap Fido into a life vest. Just like people, dogs can develop cramps, get tired or overwhelmed while in water. Additionally, life vests are a great way to keep all members (four-legged included!) safe while boating.
2) Remember, heat from the sun is more intense around water. Look into sunscreens made specifically for dogs and be sure to regularly watch for signs of sunburn or heat stroke among pets. If any of these symptoms occur, call your veterinarian immediately.
3) Rinse your dog off after swimming. A quick rinse will help remove chlorine, salt, bacteria, bugs or dirt dogs might pick up from pools, lakes and more this summer. Be sure to also remove wet collars to help prevent skin irritations.
4) Keep pets hydrated. Are you drinking fresh water out of a bottle? Save some for Fido! Chlorine from pools and bacteria from lakes can cause stomachaches that could lead to vomiting, diarrhea and other health issues.
Summer is officially here, and as we are all looking forward to longer, more relaxing days spent outside, it also means increased temperatures that can be the difference between comfort and misery for both humans and pets. As the sun shines brighter and brighter, don’t forget about Fido’s needs as well as your own. Here are a few easy tips to make sure your four-legged friend can safely and comfortably enjoy even the hottest dog days of summer:
1) Plenty of Fresh Water: It seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many pet owners neglect this detail. Be sure to change the water frequently and keep it in a cooler place, preferably under some shade. Or, consider using a fountain that automatically filters water regularly throughout day.
2) Shade and Shelter from the Sun: If your pooch spends his time outside while you’re away, make sure they have a place to relax that’s out of the sun’s strong rays. Remember, dogs can get sunburned too, so it’s important to ensure pets have a shaded place to retreat to throughout the entire day.
3) Pools aren’t Just for Kids: In addition to fresh, clean water to drink; your dog would probably love a small pool to refresh and relax in. Make sure to supervise your pets around water and be careful of too much standing water attracting mosquitos or other insects.
4) Don’t forget about our Stewart Pet Healthy Licks (http://stewartpet.com/our-products/treats/healthy-licks-frozen-treats/) for a healthy, refreshing treat during hot days! Your dog will love this refreshing treat and you will love how good it is for him!
We’re excited to share that our Raw Naturals Frozen Dog Food received a top FIVE star rating by Dog Food Advisor, a dog food review website designed to help pet owners make informed decisions when shopping for dog food. The review referred to our Stewart Raw Naturals as “above-average raw frozen dog food” and went on to say that the bottom line about our products is “…is a meat-based raw frozen product using a generous amount of named meats and organs as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.”
Dog Food Advisor reviewed every ingredient listed in our products, which include natural animal products and real fruits and vegetables. At Stewart Pet, we are thrilled to receive the highest five-start earning from Dog Food Advisor. For forty years our food brand products have been providing USA produced, nutritionally superior treats to both the retail and veterinary markets. Our products include freeze dried food and treats, raw frozen food and treats and functional nutrition treats in support of therapeutic diets.
To view the entire Dog Food Advisor review, visit: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/stewart-raw-naturals-raw-frozen/