Give Your Pet The Gift of Well-Being With Calming Aids for Dogs & Cats

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Whether your pet struggles with anxiety all year long or is usually calm and laid back, the holidays can create extra stresses for both pets and people. Daisy is a somewhat anxious dog…I figure it has to do with being abandoned and having experienced life in an overcrowded shelter before we adopted her but you just never know!

One line of products that we use and recommend to our pals and readers is the stuff from ThunderWorks. They’re the company that makes the ThunderShirt calming wrap for dogs, which you’ve probably heard about, plus a bunch of other great calming aids you might now be familiar with. In addition to being a thoughtful gift for any fur kid on your own list, these items also make a much needed and greatly appreciated donation item for your local pet rescue group or shelter!

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Calming Aids for Dogs & Cats:

Here’s a quick roundup of some of the products we think make a terrific gift for any pet that needs a little all-natural comfort or help alleviating anxiety during holiday travel, stressful times or all year round:

  • ThunderShirts for Dogs & Cat: ThunderShirt uses gentle hugging to calm your dog or cat. With its patented design, ThunderShirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs and cats if they are anxious, fearful or overexcited. Based on surveys completed by over two thousand of their customers, over 80% of dogs and cats show significant improvement in symptoms when using ThunderShirt.
  • ThunderSpray for Dogs & Cats: ThunderSpray mimics a mother’s natural pheromones and provides the soothing fragrances of lavender and chamomile.Suggested uses: Vet visits, crating, car travel, fear of thunder, pet and owner separation, reactivity to other animals or people, general fearfulness and many other issues.
  • ThunderLeash for Dogs: Help make walking your dog a hassle free, positive experience for both you and your dog. Dog harnesses can be great tools for many dogs, but not everyone wants to make the effort to get one onto their dog or to have extra stuff to carry around. ThunderLeash is the perfect combination of simplicity and functionality. For those times you just need a standard leash for a quick walk or for times when your dog is well behaved, simply connect the ThunderLeash to your dog’s collar just like any other leash. But for times when pulling might be a problem, simply wrap ThunderLeash around your dog’s torso and slide it into the harness slot. Now whenever your dog pulls a mild pressure is applied to his torso and the pulling will quickly cease.
  • ThunderToys & ThunderTreats for Dogs: ThunderToy is the perfect stuffable chew toy for calming and distraction. The ThunderToy was specifically designed to be stuffed with the ThunderTreat, a treat with calming properties, and together they can keep your dog calm and happily occupied for up to an hour. The ThunderToy comes packaged with a free 4oz bag of ThunderTreats.

Find these and more great calming aid gift ideas for dogs and cats on sale at Amazon.com. ThunderWorks products are also available at Petco.com, through PetSmart.com and many local retailers. They offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and great customer support!

Important Halloween Safety Tips For Pet Parents

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Halloween pet safety tips

We hope everyone is getting ready for a super fun and spooky evening of parties & trick-or-treating! Just wanted to give you a few reminders and tips to help keep your pets safe this Halloween:

The Door: Holidays like this one can be stressful for fur kids with lots of ghouls and goblins knocking on the door and ringing the bell. The last thing you want is to spend your Halloween searching for your lost pet because they got scared and bolted when the door was open. Even if your dog or cat isn’t ordinarily a door dasher, consider putting pets in the bedroom or use a baby gate to keep them safe and more relaxed.

ID Tags: I know lots of people don’t make their pets wear their collars once they are in for the night, but on the off chance that your dog or cat does make a run for it, you’ll want to be sure they are wearing their ID tag with your current contact information. Better safe than sorry!

Candles: Avoid the risk of your fur kid burning their nose, paws or tail by using flameless candles to illuminate that carved pumpkin you worked so hard on. It’s safer for the human kiddos traipsing around in costumes, too!

Glow Sticks: If you decide to use glow sticks in your pumpkin or your kiddos are carrying them instead of flashlights, be sure not to let the dog get a hold of them or they can end up with a big tummy ache! Make sure that you use glow sticks labeled “non-toxic” if you decide to go that route.

Candy: You probably already know that chocolate is dangerous for dogs, but also watch out for any sugar-free treats since the ingredient Xylitol can also be toxic. And don’t stop being vigilant once Halloween is over…we all know that kids (and parents) like to stash some candy away in their favorite hiding place and you don’t want the fur kid sniffing around and getting a hold of it later!

Emergency Pet Info: Always make sure to keep the ASPCA 24 Hour Animal Poison Control Hotline phone number handy. Order a FREE fridge magnet here for the future, and write it down for now. It’s 888-426-4435. And be sure to find out ahead of time, the address, location and phone number of a local after-hours emergency pet clinic or 24 hour animal hospital. This is also important year-round and not just at holidays like Halloween, and can save time in an emergency when every second counts!

Anxiety: Despite your best efforts, your pet may be super stressed on Halloween, so be prepared with a few calming aids. We like ThunderShirt and ThunderSpray (available for both dogs and cats) as well as Through a Dog’s Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion (you get the MP3 album for free instantly when you order the CD). We also keep a bottle of Bach Pet Rescue Remedy on hand (you can pick it up at Whole Foods if you want it today).

Back to School Sale and Pet Deals at Only Natural Pet Store!

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BACK2SCHOOL for 10% off on products like Separation Anxiety Cures, Puzzle Toys, Chews and even Doggi

Back to School time can be stressful for parents, kiddos and even your pets! Only Natural Pet Store is offering 10% off on products like Separation Anxiety Cures, Puzzle Toys, Chews and even Doggie Backpacks. So whether your fur kids stay home alone during the school year, or go off to Day Care, you can stock up and save on items to help keep them happy and occupied. Be sure to use the Only Natural Pet Store Promo Code BACK2SCHOOL and order by 8/31/12!

Win a Custom Embroidered Thundershirt for Your Dog! {Christmas in July Giveaway Hop}

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Christmas in July Giveaway Event

It’s time for Christmas in July, a spectacular giveaway event July 16-27, with chances to WIN all kinds of gifts and prizes! After you enter our giveaway here, be sure to check below for info on how to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway plus links to all the other participating blogs and giveaways for more chances to WIN!


Win a Custom Embroidered Thundershirt!

Our Giveaway is sponsored by Thundershirt the proven solution for dog anxiety and fear of thunderstorms and noises. The Thundershirt is Daisy Tested and Approved and you can see Daisy wearing her Thundershirt here!

For a quick intro if you are unfamiliar with Thundershirt, check out this video and get the scoop straight from a dog’s perspective!

Not only will the lucky winner give their dog the gift of calm, but you’ll also get to choose your size, color and personalize your dog’s Thundershirt with their name custom-embroidered on the side!

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*HOT* $10 Off Comfort Zone Printable Coupon for Dogs and Cats!

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Comfort Zone Printable Coupon $10 Off for Dogs or Cats

Do NOT wait to snag this super High-Value Pet Coupon for $10 Off any Comfort Zone Product for Dogs or Cats! Comfort Zone products help to relax stressed out or anxious dogs and also reduce unwanted behaviors in cats like spraying and scratching. $10 Off is the best coupon I’ve seen yet on Comfort Zone, which can be purchased at PetSmart and other pet supply stores. You can print this coupon now and then stack it with a Store Coupon for additional savings (I’ll post when the new ones are released for Petco and PetSmart)!

Comfort Zone Coupon cats and dogs

When we first adopted Daisy she was very anxious and the behavioral consultant at the rescue shelter suggested that we try some products like this with D.A.P. (Dog Appeasing Pheromones) that soothe and comfort an animal by mimicking the natural chemicals and scents produced by mother animals.  Comfort Zone is also recommended for separation anxiety and fear of noises like thunderstorms and fireworks! You can read more about Comfort Zone Pet Products here and then make sure to print the $10 Off Comfort Zone Coupon here before it’s gone!