Breed Breakdown: Miniature Pinscher

By Amber Webster, Pet Naturals® Graphic Designer

Dora-sunningWhat has four legs, a tail, bat ears, a jellybean nose, beady eyes, and a high-pitched bark that could wake the heaviest of sleepers? If you guessed Miniature Pinscher, you’d be right. If you guessed rat, or Chihuahua, shame on you (just kidding). My husband and I adopted our now six-year-old Miniature Pinscher – or Min Pin – Dora, when we were nineteen. We had absolutely no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Not only had we never had a puppy before; we were distinctly unprepared for the amount of work involved in raising a Min Pin. If you are considering getting a Miniature Pinscher, read this month’s Breed Breakdown!

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Pet Naturals® Gears Up for Global Pet Expo

Daily-kittenPet Naturals® of Vermont is gearing up to attend this year’s Global Pet Expo in Orlando, FL. Global is the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, and over 800 exhibitors have already registered for this year’s show, from March 12th to the 14th. In addition to providing free samples and answering questions, we are very excited to launch our new Pet Health Degree (P.H.D.) Program at Global Pet. The P.H.D. program is a retail education program designed to educate pet store employees with short, informational videos about our condition specific products. Read on to learn more about the program, and about our Daily Best multivitamins and our popular Calming chews for cats and dogs exhibiting stress-related behavior.

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month

By Ashley Watson

Dog-with toothbrushBrushing your pet’s teeth may not be at the top of your to do list, but according to the to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80 to 85 percent of all pets have periodontal disease. That number jumps to 100 percent in pets over 4 years of age. In fact, it is the number one health problem diagnosed in dogs and cats.

Dental health is important to the overall health of your pet because it affects the health of the heart, lungs and kidneys, which is why it is important to provide your pet with proper daily dental care before there is a problem. February is the perfect time to get into this habit since it is National Pet Dental Health Month. Help protect your pet from periodontal disease, and read this week’s post with dental health tips for your pet.

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Are You a Cat or Dog Person?

By Ashley Watson

Sookie-outbackAt Pet Naturals® of Vermont, we’re pretty proud of the fact that we get to help pets live healthier lives through our work. We know first hand what it’s like to have pets because most of us are also pet parents. We also know how much our readers and customers love pets as much as we do. That’s why we were curious about what makes someone a cat or a dog person. We recently wrote about how pets improve our lives, and now we want to explore the reasons people become pet parents and how they found their furry family members.

Here in Vermont, over 70% of households have at least one pet. Last year, the AVMA survey listed Vermont as the #1 cat owning state in the country! That’s a lot of feline parents, but we wanted to know why dogs didn’t make the list since dogs are everywhere in Vermont. We did a little research and found some interesting facts about why people choose cats, dogs, or any pet.

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