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January Specials, Upcoming Events & Antibiotics Article
Monthly Specials

Featured Brand  - ZiwiPeak 

Premium & Pure

"ZiwiPeak is carefully crafted to include everything that's required for a complete and balanced, whole-prey diet. All of our air-dried recipes start by adding over 95% fresh meat, organs, bone and seafood. Dogs and cats are carnivores and their bodies are not designed to deal with the carbohydrates humans eat. As a result, when you feed these carbs to your pet, they can often result in allergies, skin irritations and many other health issues. 

Most pet foods contain rendered meat or meals, which is produced by high temperature boiling of left over animal parts like feet, heads and stomachs. It's then dried and ground down into a fine powder. This process strips the nutritional benefits from ingredients, but it is very inexpensive so that's why other companies use it.  At ZiwiPeak , we don't cut any corners and we don't use rendered meats or meals in any of our products. 
The best way to see what isn't in our recipes is to take a close look at our ingredients list on our pack. Then compare it to our competitors. You'll notice a real difference and we are sure your pet will too."

For more information on ZiwiPeak, click on the following link:

For 4 Days Only (January 5th - 8th) Save 20% On All Varieties ZiwiPeak Air Dried Food

January Specials
  • 4 Day Sale (January 5th-8th) - 20% Off All Varieties ZiwiPeak Air Dried Food 
Wild Calling 
  • $3 Off Small Bags
  • $4 Off Medium Bags
  • $8 Off Large Bags
  • Cans - Buy 3, Get 1 Free

Bravo 2 Great Promos!
  • 20% off 2 New Bravo Chews - Pork Roll Chews & Crazy Curly Bully Stick
  • Get a free 4oz Bravo Homestyle Complete With The Purchase of Any Size or Brand of Kibble

Vital Essentials 
  • 20% Off All Frozen Food

OC Raw 
  • 20% Off All Freeze-Dried Food 

Nature's Logic
  • 20% Off All Sizes Turkey Kibble Only (While Supplies Last)

  • 20% Off All Varieties of Stews (Chicken, Beef, Turkey & Lamb)
Red & Yellow Tag Items
  • Save up to 50% on many items marked with a red or yellow sticker throughout the store
Upcoming Events

Intro to Homeopathy with Dr. Alex Bekker, MD
Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 21st at 2pm. Dr. Alex Bekker, Doctor of Homeopathy will be here to talk about the miracles of homeopathy. Homeopathy has been used for centuries to treat everything from acute issues like cuts, bruises and diarrhea to more lingering long-term chronic illnesses like arthritis and ongoing ear infections. One of the wonderful benefits of homeopathic medicine vs conventional medicine is that is works with the body to heal, rather than suppress or cover up symptoms.  We hope you will take advantage of this free Intro to Homeopathy seminar from a doctor that practices it everyday.  There will be future seminars scheduled for a small fee.  If you are interested in joining us, please call us at 817-656-2275 as space is limited.

Paint Your Pup 
Join us for our next Paint Your Pup on Saturday
January 21st from 7:00-9:30pm. We have such a great time at this event each month!  Our artist, Jayson Blondin is great to work with. Remember, you do not have to be an artist to attend!  The artist does all of the heavy lifting.  All you have to do is show up to paint the picture that he has already sketched from a picture of your choice. It is $45 and BYOB. Light snacks provided. Space is limited.   Call us at 817-656-2275 to reserve your spot.

Below is a link to a few pictures of our last Paint Your Pup Event
(anti = against, biotic = life)

Kim Bloomer, ND
American Council of Animal Naturopathy

In healthy bodies, there is a natural balance of  about 80% "good/friendly" bacteria and about 20%"bad" bacteria in a normal, healthy intestinal tract.

Antibiotics are designed and used to kill bacteria - both good and bad in your pet's intestinal tract. Note that ALL bacteria is killed, not just the "bad".  A very little known fact is that once antibiotic use is stopped, it is the bad bacteria that grow back first - and faster. The result: the more antibiotics you use-the unhealthier the animal becomes.

Antibiotics depress the immune system by decreasing the number of circulating white blood cells. This in turn, lowers the animal's ability to fight infections.

It can take on average, one (1) year to build the friendly bacteria back up to a healthy level after the use of antibiotics if you are feeding a species appropriate raw diet and supplementing with probiotics (friendly bacteria). If the animal is on a poor nutritional, cooked and/or processed diet hen it will take even longer for the animal to recover and in fact may never fully recover.

Some "good/friendly" bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus work to protect the body from yeast infection and unfriendly bacteria. Some of the good bacteria actually manufacture B vitamins while others manufacture their own form of antibiotics. Some of the good bacteria also fight some tumor growth, work to lower high cholesterol levels, and even improve digestion.

Candida albicans is a normal inhabitant of the body, however, when antibiotics are used, they knockout its competitors, and Candidia is able to re-grow, multiply and spread. This in turn leads to infections, producing antigens and toxins which cause a weak immune system, neurological, and endocrinology disorders.
The overgrowth of yeast leads to autoimmune disorders, eczema, skin rashes, mange etc. To make matters worse, antibiotics can inhibit the availability of several of the B vitamins, vitamin A, folic acid, zinc, and magnesium. When antibiotics cause diarrhea (which they most often do), loss of these important vitamins becomes serious.

Diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, skin disorders, fever, elevated white blood cell count, weak immune system, vomiting, dehydration, potassium deficiencies, allergies, bad breath, eczema, yeast infections, nutritional deficiencies and constipation are just some of the many side effects and problems linked to antibiotics.
A study  published in 2005 in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that using antibiotics (or being a heavy user of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs -NSAIDs) more than 10 times during childhood increases the risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL).

Some facts to consider about antibiotics:
* Most illness or disease begin in the intestinal tract. Thus, antibiotics create the potential for serious illness to begin.

*If the animal has ever eaten foods with preservatives it has been given 'hidden antibiotics'. The job of preservatives is to control bacteria and once the animal eats food with preservatives, it will ultimately have an effect inside the intestinal tract which will kill the friendly bacteria.

*If the animal has chronic, recurrent ear infections often receiving repeated prescriptions for ear salves containing steroids and antibiotics, these animals are never permanently cured with these drugs.

*  Pets with chronic skin disease and even epilepsy always respond favorably to a simple change in diet to a Species Appropriate Raw Food (S.A.R.F.) diet, with the addition of probiotics.

*Bacterial infections, stress, traveling, antibiotic treatment, poor diet and a number of other factors can and do disturb the balance in our intestinal tract, decreasing the number of beneficial bacteria while allowing an increase in pathogenic bacteria. This increase in pathogenic bacteria can result in gas, diarrhea, constipation, and other intestinal symptoms.

How do you know if the animal has a bacterial imbalance? If it has bad breath, it has a bacterial imbalance. If it has chronic flatulence, it has a bacterial imbalance. If it has colitis or other kinds of digestive disorders, it has a bacterial imbalance. If it has diabetes, arthritis or other debilitating chronic illnesses, it has a bacterial imbalance. In fact almost all illnesses stem from a bacterial imbalance in that the body that prevents it from absorbing nutrients. Without excellent nutritional absorption, the body eventually fails.

Probiotics are a class of beneficial bacteria that promote health, balance and efficient functioning of the digestive system. These friendly bacteria are normal inhabitants of the intestines and help to digest foods by breaking them down into their individual component parts, such as fats, amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals for absorption into the body. Another function of these normal bacteria is to prevent or limit the growth of unwanted bacterial pathogens including salmonella, clostridia and E-coli that can prevent proper nutrient absorption, create intestinal disturbances and eventually cause more serious illness. 

Prevention of illness by a well maintained microflora balance is accomplished by a method referred to as "competitive exclusion". That is, the good bacteria take up positions known as enteric sites therefore preventing the pathogenic bacteria from establishing itself and proliferating to become a predominant bacteria.

Dr Will Falconer has written the e-book, "Vital Animals Don't Get Heartworms".  
It truly is a life-changing way to look at heartworm prevention.  Click on the following link to get your copy today:

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