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Addiction Pet Foods July 16 2015

We've just added the full line of Addiction Pet Foods for both cats and dogs online and at our retail store My Pet Naturally in Los Angeles.  Addiction Pet Foods is made in New Zealand at their own manufacturing plant and come in dry kibble, raw dehydrated, cans, and delicious treats.

Addiction Pet Foods are:

1. Hypoallergenic

2. Made with unique meats - novel and premium proteins

3. Grain-Free

4. Eco-sustainable, Earth-Friendly

5. Free-range

6. Supports a rotational diet

We carry the following Addiction Pet Foods formulas:

Addiction Dog Dry Kibble:  Salmon Bleu; Viva La Venison; Le Lamb; Wild Kangaroo & Apples; La Porchetta; Viva La Venison Puppy; Salmon Bleu Puppy; Wishbone Pasture; Wishbone Lake; Wishbone Ocean

Addiction Cat Dry Kibble:  Salmon Bleu; Viva La Venison

Addiction Dog Raw Dehydrated Food:  Outback Kangaroo Feast; Fig'licious Venison Feast; Perfect Summer Brushtail; Homestyle Venison & Cranberry Dinner; New Zealand Forest Delicacies; Herbed Lamb & Potatoes; Steakhouse Beef & Zucchini Entree; Country Chicken & Apricot Dinner

Addiction Cat Raw Dehydrated Food:  Wild Brushtail & Berries Entree 

Addiction Dog Cans:  Black Forest Rabbit & Blueberries Entree; Safari Buffalo Meatloaf; Herbed Duck Confit & Sweet Potatoes Entree; Hunter's Venison Stew; Turkey with Apples & Cranberries Entree; New Zealand Brushtail & Vegetables Entree; New Zealand Venison & Apples Entree; Unagi & Seaweed Entree; King Salmon & Potatoes Entree

Addiction Cat Cans:  Black Forest Rabbit & Blueberries Entree; Safari Buffalo Meatloaf; Herbed Duck Confit & Sweet Potatoes Entree; Hunter's Venison Stew; Turkey with Cranberries & Apples Entree; New Zealand Brushtail & Vegetable Entree; New Zealand Venison & Apples Entree; Unagi & Seaweed Entree; King Salmon & Potatoes Entree

Addiction Dog Treats:  Meaty Bites Venison; Meaty Bites Brushtail; Meaty Bites Beef; Meaty Bites Chicken


World's 1st Eco-Conscious Treat March 03 2015

Introducing an amazing new treat for cats & dogs: "Awesome Possum!"

* World's 1st eco-conscious dog & cat treat
* Grain-free, all natural
* GMO-free
* Excellent source of protein to manage food allergies

Great alternative protein
* High in Omega-3s, great for skin & coat
* Made in New Zealand

The Brushtail Possum is considered a major agricultural pest in New Zealand as they are found in millions with no known predators and they destroy native flora and fauna and endanger wildlife. By feeding this treat, pet owners will have a responsible food option by helping to conserve animal and plant life and at the same time providing their pets with a nutritionally superior and delicious treat.

New Zealand Brushtail and the American Possum

Despite the likeness in names, the New Zealand Brushtail should not be confused with the North American Opossum (Didelphis Virginiana), which belongs to a different marsupial family, from a very different part of the world..

New Zealand Brushtail – An Unmatched Source of Omega 3 & 6

Brushtail Possums eat only the finest food, including a variety of leaves, fresh shoots, berries and grasses. Brushtail Possum meat contain higher levels of Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids than other red meats. Omega 3 & 6 have important anti-inflammatory effects and are extremely beneficial in the management of allergies and inflammatory skin conditions.

Hypoallergenic

Our Holistic and Hypoallergenic Formula uses only the freshest vegetables and premium meat. Every possible care has been taken in formulation and production to ensure minimum instance of allergic reactions.

Naturally Irresistible Taste

The Brushtail Possum on its own is highly palatable and unlike most pet foods which use artificial flavorings to enhance the taste of their foods, Awesome Possum’s Treats is an all-natural and delicious solution with an irresistible taste that appeals to even the fussiest eater.


Activated Charcoal February 05 2015

Activated Charcoal is commonly used for the treatment of certain poisoning and drug overdoses.  It also helps to essentially "capture" or bind-up unwanted materials, toxins, and gas in the stomach and intestines and pass them through the body without allowing them to be absorbed into the body of the pet.  The toxins are then eliminated through the animal vomiting or having a bowel movement.  Often the feces will be black. Comes in a capsule as well as a powder form.  Always check with your veterinarian or the animal poison control center hotline if your pet may have accidentally received or been given an overdose of the medication.

The Pros of Probiotics & Digestive Enzymes December 04 2014

Just as probiotics and digestive enzymes can be beneficial for people, they can be just as helpful for cats & dogs.

 

Pets that may benefit from adding either probiotics and/or digestive enzymes to their diet can have symptoms like:

 * Digestive upset

 * Mild stomach infections

 * Gas

 * Vomiting

 * Diarrhea

 * Loss of Appetite

Probiotics are a group of healthy bacteria that should be at 4-6 billion live cultures to be effective and should come from a non-dairy source like plants; but can also come in vegan varieties as well.  They can be added to your pet's diet as a supplement of beneficial bacteria in powder, capsule or liquid form.  Probiotics help to balance out the stomach flora which allows the stomach to function normally.  By incorporating probiotics into your pet's diet, they can also help to keep the walls of the stomach from being irritated after breaking down kibble.

 

Digestive Enzymes aid in digestive support.  They assist in breaking down and digesting foods to make it easier on the animal to assimilate carbohydrates, starches, and grains which are often found in kibble.  Also, by adding the digestive enzymes, there is less poop as more is broken down and not passed as stool.

 


Benefits of Calcium In Your Pet's Diet November 13 2014

Calcium is a great supplement and can have many wonderful benefits by adding it to your dog or cat's diet.

Calcium can help with combating irritation, inflammation and infection in the body of the animal.  It can also aid in injuries that can be caused by physical activity like running, jumping, going upstairs or for muscles that may have atrophied.  In addition, calcium can aid in getting fractures and breaks to heal more quickly.

Some signs that a dog or cat may be calcium deficient are inflammation in the joints, stomach, ears, and eyes.

When selecting a calcium supplement for your pet, there are several different sources of calcium that can be added:

1)  Calcium from cow bone (bovine calcium) - most natural source

 

2)  Calcium from eggshell

 

3)  Seaweed calcium - this type of calcium doesn't actually come from seaweed, but from calcified coral beds 

 


Senior Health - Kidney Failure October 30 2014

There are many types of degenerative illnesses that effect our pets as they age.  One of the more widely seen illnesses in cats and dogs is kidney failure or renal disease.

In acute disease, such as a toxicity, the signs occur suddenly and can be very severe. In chronic kidney disease, the onset may be very slow and the signs fairly nonspecific.  There are many causes of kidney disease, but some may include:

  • Age
  • Viral, fungal, or bacterial infections
  • Parasites
  • Cancer
  • Abnormal deposits of a certain type of protein in the kidney
  • Inflammation
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Trauma
  • Toxic reaction to poisons or medications
  • Congenital and inherited disorders.

  Some signs that may suggest the onset of renal failure are:

  • Increased water consumption
  • Increased urination volume 
  • Decreased urination 
  • Lack of urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Decreased appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Lethargy

There are several supplements that have been proven to offset some of the symptoms of kidney disease in dogs and cats.  The first one is Calcium.  Calcium occurs naturally in the body and can help the kidney tissue to heal itself.  Another supplement that is often recommended is Glucosamine.  Glucosamine assists in bringing down inflammation.  In addition, MSM is another supplement that can help by aiding in keeping the infection down.  While these are just a couple of supplements that are recommended for renal disease, it is important to also consult with your veterinarian.  


What are the Benefits of Feeding a Raw Diet October 21 2014

The thought of starting to feed a raw diet can be a bit overwhelming as the majority of dog and cat owners are so use to the convenience of kibble and canned foods.  Raw food diets are designed to mimic the diets of wild animals before dogs and cats were domesticated.  

Dogs and cats in the wild did not have little cooked pellets that contained cooked vegetables and grains (or cooked meat, for that matter), thus their systems are not made for digesting these ingredients. A raw diet is a direct evolution of what dogs and cats ate before they became our pets.  Wild animals do not encounter many of the ailments that many of our household pets acquire and to a certain degree this can be attributed to the food that we feed them.

By making the choice to feed raw, there are a vast number of health benefits for your pet once you make the decision to switch to raw.  Some of these benefits include:

1) Healthier skin and coat - many pets are allergic to grains which can lead to a plethora of skin issues.

 

2) Naturally clean teeth - kibble can leave a coating on teeth that can promote plaque.  By feeding a raw diet, it can help to maintain healthier teeth and gums as well as fresh breath.

 

3) Improved digestion - grain-based commercial diets often don't meet your pet's nutritional needs and since dogs and cats mostly thrive on meat, these grain-based diets can be hard to digest.  Dogs and cats fed on cooked, grain-based diets often have foul-smelling stools, chronic or occasional intestinal gas, and even diarrhea.

 

3) Increased energy and vitality

 

4) Relieved symptoms of food allergies. 

 

5) Decreased shedding.

 

6) General improvement in overall health.

 


What's in the Can? September 30 2014

Understanding the labels and ingredients on people food can be confusing, but do you know what you should look for when selecting a healthy canned food for your dog or cat?

1) Meat should be the #1 ingredient, followed by a meat broth.  Water is also ok, but broth is preferred.

2) Meat should be listed by it's name like chicken, beef, venison etc. and not by general terms like "meat or "meat-by products."  Meat-by products are an inferior source of protein and can include meat from dead, dying, or diseased animals.

3) If a can includes fat, it should be listed specifically as chicken fat, beef fat, turkey fat etc. not as "animal fat" which can be very ambiguous and one will not know specifically where the fat is sourced from.

4) Grains that are found in canned food should be whole grains like barley, rice, oats, millet, quinoa that actually provide some kind of nutritional benefit, not a grain that is simply added as a filler like corn or wheat gluten.

5) Grain-free cans are cans that include no grains.  There are many different types of grain-free cans and grains are unnecessary in canned foods.

6) No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives should be listed in the ingredient panel.  Most canned foods do not need preservatives as they are cooked in the can.

7) No sugars, sweeteners, added salt - the flavor of the can should come from the meat and/or fruits and vegetables 


Grooming 101 September 25 2014

What are the number one and number two reasons that dogs get groomed?  

1) To look good

2) To smell good

 

However, there are a lot more important reasons to routinely give fido a regular bath or groom.

Hair:  Long-haired dogs especially need to be groomed as skin issues can result from matted coats.  Also, waiting to groom a dog with a severely matted coat can literally tear the skin right off the dog and cause terrible bleeding.  Yet, if you invest in a good quality grooming brush and regularly brush a long-haired dog, you will mostly likely be able to avoid hair that gets matted and spare the dog the pain of detangling between grooming appointments. 

Fleas:  Keeping fleas at bay is another reason to visit your groomer.  Fleabite dermatitis can start from just one flea bite and can create a raw hot spot that can be both irritating, uncomfortable, and a persistent problem for your dog.  Also, untreated fleas can lead to worms.  The importance of natural sprays, dips, and shampoos to treat the fleas along with products like boric acid, diatomaceous earth, and cedar chips work to safely and naturally kill the fleas on the dog and the areas that your dog frequents in the household.

Nails:  Routinely trimming a dog's nails is often overlooked.  Leaving a dog's nails long can cause discomfort when walking, can catch on things, and cause torn toes.  Nails can grow back into the skin which can cause an infection and often times need to be surgically removed therefore creating more pain for the pet.

Eyes and ears:  Stains around the eye area often a result of bacteria may cause an infection and if left untreated may become difficult to remove.  Keeping your dog's ears clean is very important as the ears can become easily inflamed and infected.  Plus, not regularly treating your dog's ears can create a foul smell.

In general, finding a reputable groomer that you trust will help to not only keep your dog looking good and smelling good, but will also help with the overall health and well being of your dog. 

 

 

 

 


What are the signs of an ear infection? August 13 2014

If your pets ear smells really bad and they tilt their head or if they continoulsy shake their head and try to scratch their ears all the time.

What would cause an ear infection?

Foregin debris, foxtails,bacteria,yeast/candida can all cause infections. If it is just debris it could be removed by your vet but if the infection is caused by bacteria or yeast/candida it can be flushed out with a ear rinse that we sell called "Herbal Ear Rinse" from Animals' Apawthecary.

Natural Relief for Hotspots July 29 2014

There is no quick fix.You need patience, persistence, and perseverance. A natural diet along with vitamins will work beautifully to bring relief and healing of the skin.There's a topical treatment you can use called "Redicare Cream" to help relieve the burn or stinging that is caused by the hotspot,so your dog/cat won't feel the need to lick it and make it worse.

The Benefits of feeding Raw Food.... July 15 2014

The Benefits of feeding Raw Food include:

  1. Revitalizing your animals’ organs and immune system
  2. Dramatically reduce or eliminate plaque build-up on their teeth
  3. Increase alertness and attention
  4. Produce healthier skin
  5. Create a softer shinier coat
  6. Enhance overall health and well-being
  7. Lessen or eliminate the need for poisonous flea-control treatments 


...these are just some of the benefits you can expect from feeding raw meals to your Dog or Cat.