The Cat's Meow July 26th, 2014

The Cat's Meow rescue organization will be at Sweet Pea on Saturdays on a bi weekly basis from 10:30-2(3) Starting July 26th, 2014

Tuesday October 15, 2014 - Pet Food Seminar

Sweet Pea will be hosting a Raw Feeding Seminar by "BRAVO" on Tuesday Night, Oct. 15th at 6:30PM, and Oct. 17th at 6:30PM. Both nights will be held at our store. This seminar is FREE to anyone interested in raw food diets for their pets, anyone that may have questions, or for anyone who has ever considered the raw diet for their pet.  There will be time after the seminar for questions.  Please call 860-648-2005 to reserve a seat!

Saturday October 19, 2014 - Plaza Day

Sweet Pea will be participating at the Third Annual Twin Plaza Family Day, see flyer for details!

Sweet Pea Holiday Hours:

Open Sat. 12/22 - 10 am to 4 pm
Closed Sunday 12/23
Open Mon. 12/24 10 am to 4 pm
Closed Tues. 12/25
Open Wed. 12/26 10 am to 6 pm
Open Mon. 12/31 10 am to 4 pm
Closed New Year's Day Tues. 1/1/13
Open Wed. 1/2/13 10 am to 6 pm.

Holiday Photos! December 1st, 2014

We will be hosting professional holiday photographs for your pet on Saturday, December 1st.  Limited spaces - book in person at our store or call 860 648-2005.

$45 includes a donation to Out To Pasture Rescue, and a 5 x 7 of your choice or $75 including a donation with a digital CD.

"Plaza Day" at 869 Sullivan Ave, October 13th 2014

Local businesses join together for a day of fun with free food, giveaways, raffles, prizes and more. Sweet Pea will be hosting the local rescue group "For The Love Of Labs". The group will be holding adoption day at Sweet Pea. Hopefully a few good labs will find a few good homes! Please bring your four legged furry friends in costume for our

Halloween Costume contest beginning at 1:00 pm. First and second place prizes will be presented for best costume.

Retailer of the Year 2011-2014: Outstanding Natural Pet Store

Sweet on Nutrition
This South Windsor, Conn., pet store strives to increase consumer awareness of the link between an animal’s diet and its health.
By Devon McPhee

Antoinette Rodrigues has a yellow Labrador retriever named Tino to thank for inspiring her all-natural, holistic pet store, Sweet Pea Natural Pet Foods in South Windsor, Conn.

A little more than 10 years ago, Rodrigues adopted Tino, then 8 weeks old. Tino was allergic to the brand-name food he was eating, so Rodrigues began researching the different ingredients found in most mainstream lines and discovered that some could cause health issues. Convinced there was a healthier option, she began feeding Tino a natural diet and started to see positive results almost immediately. click here to read the full article

EPA: More pets injured by flea and tick products

Washington (AP) – Products intended to treat cats and dogs for fleas and ticks kill hundreds of pets each year and injure tens of thousands, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday as it outlined plans to make the products safer.

The EPA said it will develop stricter testing and evaluation requirements for flea and tick treatments applied to a pet’s skin.  The agency also will begin reviewing labels to determine which ones need to say more clearly how to use the products.

The EPA’s effort follows increasing complaints from pet owners that the “spot on” products have triggered reactions in dogs and cats, ranging from skin irritation to neurological problems to deaths.  Cats and small dogs appear particularly vulnerable, the EPA said, especially when given products intended for larger animals.

Steve Owens, assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances, said new restrictions will be placed on flea and tick products, with additional changes in some product formulas. “These are poisons,” Owens said.  “These products are designed to kill fleas and ticks – and they do their jobs.”

The EPA is committed to better protecting the health and safety of pets and families, Owens said, but added that pet owners “need to carefully read and follow all labeling before exposing your pet to a pesticide.” The agency announced last April it was increasing scrutiny of topical flea and tick products because of the growing number of bad reactions reported.

The EPA said it got 44,263 reports of harmful reactions associated with topical flea and tick products in 2008, up from 28,895 in 2007.  Reactions ranged from skin irritations to vomiting to seizures, to, in about 600 cases, death of an animal. An EPA spokesman said he did not have a breakdown of how many deaths were dogs and how many cats.

    

Allergies & Skin Conditions

Food allergies in pets, as with people, may be evident with chronic skin conditions.  With pets, they experience hot spots (to the point of infection), ear wax build-up (to the point of infection), constant itching (until the skin appears red), biting paws/feet, dry skin, skin and coat dull with strong odor, watery eyes, runny eyes, tail chasing/biting and sensitive stomach are all warning signs of possible food allergies.

Usually, the problem becomes so severe, the pet must be seen by the veterinarian for relief.  Many times, because the problem has escalated to the point of infection, anti-biotics are prescribed and many times steroids to help stop the constant itching.  Unfortunately, this is only a temporary fix.  Finding the cause of the allergen will be a challenge and is the only solution to keeping the pet off prescribed drugs.  Starting with diet (which many times is the culprit) is the first step.  Many dogs/cats today acquire allergies to grains such as corn and wheat.  Also, by-products can be a problem for many pets.  To find out more about what a by-product actually is, log on to www.api4animals.org - go to publications, scroll down to Investigative Reports and read:  "What's Really In Pet Foods".  Another very common problem is allergies to chemicals used to preserve many pet foods today.  Look for BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, all chemical preservatives known to cause cancer.    Starting with an all natural diet maybe the first step to eliminating allergies in your pet.  

Another very common problem seen in many dogs today is hyperactivity.  Bad dog or bad food?  An overly hyper-active dog may be reacting to the chemical dyes, chemical preservatives, SUGARS and salts that are present in many dog foods today.  Red dye #40 is very common in some dog foods.  Your dog food label may not state SUGAR but look closer.  Does the food have beet pulp?  Beet pulp is often used as a sugar in dog food.    As with children, dogs react adversely to dyes, sugars, salts  and chemicals in their food.  Your dog may not be a bad dog after all!  It may just be his poor diet.  

For further information on all natural diets and pet allergies visit www.altvetmed.com (click on articles - allergic skin disease), www.canismajor.com/dog/ (click on food and nutrition - alternative diets and holistic treatments).

At Sweet Pea, we believe in all natural diets FREE of chemicals, by-products, corn, wheat and soy.  We believe good health of your pet starts with good food. Contact our store for more information.