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Year-End Sale!

We hope you have enjoyed the holidays with dear friends and family. Now it’s time to catch some savings for yourself and buy treats and toys for your four-legged best friends! We at JasperandZoe.com have just refreshed our entire inventory. For a limited time, we are offering 15% off all orders.

Check out our natural, organic treats, durable leads and collars, smart toys, and other fun and innovative products! We are proud to source most of our products from right here in the USA! Take advantage of the savings now!

As always, all orders ship for free, and a portion of the sales goes to ASPCA to help fight against animal cruelty.

Happy New Year!

Apply “Happy15” at checkout for the discount.

From your family at JasperandZoe.com

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Easy homemade Halloween Dog Treats!

Last year when we baked pumpkin peanut butter cookies for our pooch Jasper, he went crazy, over-the-moon, happy over them, so this year, we decided to share the goodness and happiness with you!

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For those of you who don’t like to bake because it involves too much science, don’t worry! This recipe requires few ingredients and is easy to make. So even if you mess it up, your pup will still appreciate the love. Also, it will make your house smell delicious, so you still win.

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Pooch Treats

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup fresh or canned pumpkin (not seasoned pie filling)
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup water as needed

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, pumpkin, peanut butter and cinnamon in a bowl.

3. Add water as needed, but the dough should be stiff and dry.

4. Roll to 1/2 inch thick and cut with holiday cookie cutters. (or just break up the dough into little pieces and flatten.)

5. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until hard.

Let the treats cool completely, then watch as your pup gobbles them down! We won’t judge you if you’re tempted to try them, too. Go ahead and share one with your best furiend!

These will be great to have on hand for any furry trick-o-treaters who come knocking this year! You can package them up in cute jars for a fun holiday gift, too. Just swap out the Halloween cutters for Christmas ones, and they’d make a pawfect stocking stuffer for the ones you love most.

Special Note: These treats should not replace your pet’s regular meals. Please check with your veterinarian if your pet has special dietary needs or food allergies.

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Celebrate National Dog Day!

Today, August 26, is National Day!  JasperandZoe.com would like to offer some thoughts to get your dog to howl with glee.

  • Remember why you have a dog – Make your dog a part of your family. Spend time with him and train him so he’s a pleasure to be around. Love him unconditionally, and rejoice in the love and trust that is returned to you ten-fold.
  • Commit to walking your dog – Walking your dog is not only important for the physical well-being of your dog, but it’s important for your relationship with your dog. It’s opportunity to bond. It’s also good for your own personal well-being to get out, take in some fresh air, and take a break from the hectic human life.
  • Evaluate the canine diet – Is your four-legged best friend getting all the nutrients he needs? Make sure the kibble you feed is high, premium quality. Research and read the ingredients to make informed judgments. Also remember that their ancestors are wolves that live in the wild, so there’s nothing wrong with cooking high-quality meat and offering it with kibble to your dog. At home, we always cook for our Jasper organic and natural foods and serve with high-quality kibble. Please consult with your veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet and to understand any allergies and food sensitivities your dog may have. Just as every person is different, every dog is different.
  • Take care of those canine teeth – Your dog may devour everything you put in his bowl or beg nonstop for treats, but he won’t be able to enjoy everything you offer him if he develops dental issues. There are dental gels in the stores that you can apply on your dog’s teeth daily. Consult your veterinarian for a routine that will ensure your dog’s dental hygiene.
  • Develop a good relationship with your veterinarian – Just like people, dogs need regular medical care; semi-yearly checkups can often result in the early detection of a health problem.

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Our website is Heartbleed Free!

Your personal and private information is of the utmost importance to us.

You may have heard that an Internet bug by the name of Heartbleed was discovered and disclosed through major news outlets a few days ago. Reports have indicated that the bug could affect many popular websites and services.

Rest assured the JasperandZoe.com website is free of the bug!

In response to the Heartbleed bug, we have completed a scan of our Internet site with an industry-standard toolset to verify that our website is free of the Heartbleed vulnerability. In addition, we constantly monitor our environment to ensure the safe use of our website.

As an added measure of safeguard, we would like to offer some suggestions to help you check your personal and private information when you are on the Internet. Your first step should be to check websites you commonly use for their responses to the Heartbleed bug. Follow their instructions for updating your protection. You can check whether your commonly used websites are vulnerable to Heartbleed bug by using this tool: https://lastpass.com/heartbleed/. In addition, it’s always good security practice to establish unique passwords for each website or service and to change these account passwords every ninety days.

Thank you for trusting our website and we appreciate your business.

Sincerely,

Lillian
Founder
www.JasperandZoe.com

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Celebrate with your dog by starting some daily oral health habits that will benefit your pet for life.

A healthy dental routine includes:

  • Veterinary wellness exams with oral assessments twice a year;
  • Teeth cleanings as advised by your veterinarian;
  • Daily brushing or a daily dental treat.

You see your dentist on a regular basis for your overall health.  Shouldn’t your dog get the same attention?

Consult your veterinarian for your dog’s dental needs.

Woof!

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Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

Most of us know that chocolate is like poison to your dogs, but did you know that coffee, milk, and raisins are bad for your dogs too?  See this important slideshow we found that hopefully will be useful to you!

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/ss/slideshow-foods-your-dog-should-never-eat

(Source: Webmd.com)

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Veterinary Medicine: 7 Advances You Need to Know About

Technology seems to change in the blink of an eye these days.  The same holds true in veterinary medicine. Today, dogs are treated like our children — they go to daycare, are walked by pet sitters, live indoors, sleep on our beds, and eat better foods. And veterinary medicine has kept pace. Here are seven exciting advances in veterinary medicine you can expect to find at a clinic near you (if you haven’t already):
Advances in veterinary medicine are occurring at an all-time high.

1. Class IV cold laser therapy

Laser therapy has been used in physical therapy programs for at least 40 years on people, and it has nowbeen cleared by the FDA for use in pets. Laser therapy is effective in treating acute pain, chronic conditions, and post-operative pain.

The laser machine itself is like the mobile blood pressure units at the doctor’s office. No drugs or sedation is required, and the only equipment needed is a pair of protective laser-type Doggles. (All parties in the room need to wear them.)  Many people report their dogs receive nearly immediate relief; however, results are not always consistent or immediate.

2. Dual gene therapies to treat blindness in dogs

In 2010, a team from Michigan State University helped to restore day vision in dogs, suffering from a form of total color blindness called achromatopsia, by replacing a mutant gene.

Cocker Spaniels for example tend to have vision problems, and sadly for those who end up at shelters, vision issues are often a cited reason for relinquishment.

The eyes have it, so advances in veterinary ophthalmology help retain vision in dogs.

3. Home testing for allergies

Nutriscan from the Hemopet lab, a test, which assesses allergies to food ingredients, is the brainchild of veterinary icon Jean Dodds. You can do the simple test at home (or with a veterinarian if you so desire), mailing a sample of your dog’s saliva to the lab.

Just think: No serum testing, no picking the dog via allergy testing, and no discomfort for your dog.

You can order a choice of two panel kits online and have them sent to you or your veterinarian.

4. Cancer treatment gets innovative

The sad fact is that more than one million dogs per year are diagnosed with cancer, so I was intrigued to hear about Immunocidin, a derivation of a drug that was successful in treating bladder cancer in humans and is now being tested for use in dogs. Dogs depend us on to be their healthcare advocates.

5. In-office titer check

Vaccines aren’t one-size-fits-all for dogs, as I discovered when attending a webinar by famed veterinarian Jean Dodds, who has redefined vaccine protocols. She notes that smaller dogs and dogs who get multiple vaccines simultaneously tend to suffer more side effects and reactions.

Thankfully, titers — blood tests that assess immunity — are the answer to this dilemma. Dogster’s own vet, Dr. Eric Barchas, wrote about them in “Should I Euthanize a Happy Dog with Cancer?” Enter Vaccicheck. This test allows for in-office titer testing of canine antibodies to Infectious Hepatitis (ICH), Parvovirus (CPV) and Distemper (CDV).

6. Heartworm check

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the Witness HW heartworm antigen test kit designed for dogs and cats. The test does not require refrigeration, has a 12-month shelf life, and was recently released to veterinarians nationwide. This is important to us, as dog moms and dads, because vets can find out in approximately 10 minutes if a dog has heartworm disease. The faster these dogs can be diagnosed, the sooner they can be treated.

7. Canine lipoma treatment

Finding a lump on your dog can be a very upsetting experience.  Mast cell cancer is often called “the great imposter” because the growth looks harmless, and sometimes like lipomas. So I am always hopeful when a treatment comes out that seems safe for treating lumps, including lipomas.  Any lumps or bumps should be examined by your dog’s veterinarian.  Lipomas are benign, but they can be liposarcomas, which are rare but malignant. Lipomas can and do grow, so you need to watch it, measure it, and have your vet examine it on a regular basis.  Xiaflex is a new collagenase-based injectable drug that has showed a massive reduction of 97 percent in canine lipomas.

There is hope for so many different forms of canine anomalies.

As technology gets better and the bond we share with our dogs grows deeper, veterinary medicine is providing a wider array of preventative and treatment options. Have you heard of these treatments or been a part of them? Is your dog’s veterinarian keeping up with the changes?

(Source:  Dogster.com)

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Happy Holidays

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We at JasperandZoe.com want to wish you and your family a very happy and peaceful holiday season.  We have greatly appreciated your business over the past year and look forward to bringing you new and more exciting new products in the year ahead.   We will send another note at the beginning of the new year with announcements for new products and plans for 2013.  Meanwhile, we wish a wonderful holiday season!

From your family at JasperandZoe.com

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Thanksgiving 40% Storewide Sale and Safety Tips!

We at JasperandZoe.com wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving.  As an expression of our gratitude for your business, we are offering 40% of everything in our store from Friday, November 23 through Monday, November 26 – while supplies last!  Apply code “THANKS40” at checkout for the discount.
Don’t miss this incredible once a year sale!  As always, all orders ship for free and a portion of the proceeds go to support ASPCA’s fight against animal cruelty.
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To ensure you and your pets have a safe Thanksgiving, check out the following tips from ASPCA experts for a fulfilling Thanksgiving that your pets can enjoy, too:
Talkin’ Turkey 
If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.
Sage Advice 
Sage can make your Thanksgiving stuffing taste delish, but it and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.
No Bread Dough 
Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him raw bread dough. According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.
Don’t Let Them Eat Cake 
If you’re baking up Thanksgiving cakes, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs—they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.
Too Much of a Good Thing 
A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. However, don’t allow your pets to overindulge, as they could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse—an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. In fact, it’s best keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays.
A Feast Fit for a Kong
While the humans are chowing down, give your cat and dog their own little feast. Offer them Nylabones or made-for-pet chew bones. Or stuff their usual dinner—perhaps with a few added tidbits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) and dribbles of gravy—inside a Kong toy. They’ll be happily occupied for awhile, working hard to extract their dinner from the toy.
Happy Gobbling!
JasperandZoe.com

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September is National Disaster Preparedness Month!

You can’t disaster-proof everything, but you can be prepared, and those preparations should include safety and comfort measures of your pets in case a catastrophe hits.  We recommend keeping the following items in your pet care/emergency kit:
  • A secure carrier for safe transport, preferably with bedding or a blanket
  • A reflective collar, leash, and harness
  • Dry food (more compact and lightweight)
  • Water
  • A supply of plastic bags
  • A toy or two to help ease the stress
  • Pet first aid kit
  • If your pet is on medication, make sure it is in your kit, along with details of your veterinarian and health records
Having these items ready in case of a disaster could be vital and help minimize stress and panic.  You may also want to pre-research places that will accommodate you as well as your pets, if the need arises.  Being prepared now will provide you with the peace of mind later!

 

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