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Monday, October 12, 2009

October 2009 Newsletter

Coming soon! Azwholesales is working on a blog that you will be able to open and review all the newsletters that we have written. It will be available by October 1, 2009. Also, will be any pictures that you have sent us along with pictures that we have collected over the year. Send us your favorite pictures of your pet or you and your pet and we will add them to our blog.

This month we will give you a guide lines on how to buy apparel that will fit your pet the first time. Keep in mind if your pet is over weight. We carry a wide variety of pet apparel, if you do not see it, on our web site let us know and we will find it for you. Also, some fun cat facts.

Sizing Guide:
BACK: Measure length of pet's back from the base of the neck to the base of the tail.

NECK: Measure the circumference of pet's neck for a snug fit. No need to add inches as you would with a collar.

CHEST/GIRTH: Measure girth around the broadest part of the chest and add 2".

NOTE: If you dog is stout build, select one size larger.

Recommended sizing for XXSmall breeds: Teacup and dogs under 5 pounds.

Recommended sizing for XSmall breeds: Australian Terrier, Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Toy Poodle, Yorkshire Terrier.

Recommended sizing for Small Breeds: Boston Terrier, Brussels Griffon,
Jack Russel Terrier, Lhasa Apso, Maltese, Miniature Pinscher, Norfolk Terrier, Papillon,
Pug, Silky Terrier

Recommended sizing for Medium Breeds: Beagle, Bichon Frise, Cocker Spaniel, Corgi, Scottish Terrier, Shih Tzu, West Highland Terrier, Whippet

Recommended sizing for Large Breeds: Brittany Spaniel, Bulldog, Collie, Schnauzer, Springer Spaniel

Recommended sizing for XLarge Breeds: Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Dalmation, Golden Retriever, Vizsla, Weimaraner

Size Length Fits Neck Fits Chest
XXS 6" 6" to 10" 10" to 14"
XS 8" 8" to 12" 12" to 16"
S 12" 10" to 14" 16" to 20"
M 16" 12" to 16" 18" to 26"
L 20" 16" to 20" 24" to 30"
XL 24" 18" to 26" 28" to 36"

* If your cat is near you, and its tail is quivering, this is the greatest expression of love your cat can give you. If its tail starts thrashing, its mood has changed---Time to distance yourself from her.

* Don't pick a kitten up by the scruff of its neck; only mother can do this safely and only with her kittens.

* Cats Knead with their paws when they're happy.

* A cat will almost never "meow" at another cat. This sound is reserved for humans.

* People who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.

* Cats can see color.

Remember that we are not professional doctors and you should always read instructions and talk to your vet about what is best for your pet.

September 2009 Newsletter

This month we are printing the top pet myths that we found in one of our pet magazines that we subscribe to and also a list of the top ten dogs that are the easiest to train. This list is in no particular order but is a little different that the 10 smartest dogs.

* Here is a list of the dogs: Border Collie, Labrador Retriever, Papillion, Beauceron, Pyrenean Shepherd, Australian Shepherd, Belgian Sheepdog, Toy Poodle, Australian Cattle Dog and Doberman Pinscher.

* Top Pet Myths Busted
If you own a pet, you're bound to here some strange things from time to time. Some of them may leave you scratching your head and thinking "I wonder if that's true" Well here's a few of the most popular myth's and the truth about them.
Myth#1: Corn on the cob is safe for my dog.
Fact: Most people are unaware of the risk of feeding your dog cob on the cob. People understand the risks of feeding dogs table scraps, especially those high in fat and although corn on the cob may seem like a healthy alternative in a pet's diet, serious dangers exist.
Corn cobs can cause intestinal obstruction, a serious and potentially fatal condition. Signs of intestinal obstruction vomiting, dry heaves, diarrhea, anorexia, painful abdomen and lethargy. And many dogs are allergic to corn and will suffer both the effects of the allergy and the potential intestinal obstruction. So keep those tasty, salty, buttery and fun-to-chew corn cobs away from your dogs. Don't forget to safely secure the trash as well. Dogs can be awfully clever scavengers. If you suspect your dog has eaten a cob, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Myth #2: Tapeworms come from bad food.
Fact: Most pets become infected with tapeworms from swallowing fleas or from eating infected mice or other animals that carry the parasite. To help protect against tapeworms make sure your pet is fully protected against fleas. And consider a strategy for eliminating mice, other rodents and rabbits. When treating your pet for tapeworms, select a product labeled specifically for tapeworms, e.g. prazquaentel.

Myth#3: Garlic on your pet's food will get rid of worms.
Fact: Garlic may make the animal's food taste better but has no effect on worms. The most effective way to treat worms is by medication.

Myth#4: Dogs and cats eat grass when they're sick.
Fact: Not True. Many dogs and cats simply enjoy the taste and texture of grass. Beware, however, if your pet begins snacking in your garden. Certain common plants such as rhododendrons, daffodils and marigolds can be toxic for your pets.

* Here is one for the cat lovers. Does your cat like to unroll the toilet paper roll all over the room? Try this, turn the roll around so when your cat tries to unroll the paper, it will only go around in circles. After a while, your cat should get bored and leave the roll alone. If not, hid the roll in the wall with a flip up door.

Remember that we are not professional doctors and you should always read instructions and talk to your vet about what is best for your pets.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

August 2009 Newsletter

Here is the pet tip of the month. We are sure that everyone has had or heard of trouble with a tick on their pet or someone else's pet. Try this when a tick starts showing its head.
This method can be used to get them off of you, your children or your pets. Give this a try next time you run into a tick. This method will work in places were it's sometimes difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball, cover the tick with a soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it a few seconds (15 to 20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

This technique should work every time. We've used it and it's much less traumatic for the patient. Unless someone is allergic to soap, we can't see that this would be damaging in any way.

Remember that we are not professional doctors, and you should always read instructions and talk to your vet about what is best for your pet.

June 2009 Newsletter

Our store at is now a more friendlier site to visit for your pet supplies. Please put this site in your favorites so it is only a click away when you want to find pet supplies at a reasonable cost. You will be able to use your credit cards through Paypal to make your purchases. When you buy from our eBay store, we have to add in all the extra costs of doing business. This increases the cost of the item you want to buy. We have now added 275 items to this site and when it is finished, the old site at will be shut down. If there is something that you are interested in , let us know and we can put it one the new site for you ahead of other planned items. Let us know if you have any problems with this site and we will get it fixed right away. We will always strive to keep our prices as low as possible to save you money. We are a customer oriented business that takes care of our customers.

* Next month we will be doing a rerun by popular demand. So many of our customers want us to rerun our newsletter on keeping your pet cool in the hot summer months. (See July 2008 Newsletter)

* This month is how you can talk to your dog. Good communication with your pet will give both of you a very rewarding life together. When talking to your pet, you must keep your communication simple, clear and to one word commands. When talking to your pet, say the command word only once for maximum effect. You dog has excellent hearing (unless they are sick or very old) and can remember a word that you give them up to two minutes. If you dog does not respond to you when you give it a command, it's not that they don't hear you - it's because they are not listening. So make sure you have your pets attention when talking to them.

* Your dog will not understand large vocabulary but each command should be linked to a specific object or action. Don't talk to your dog in sentences, they will not understand what you are saying. Your pet however can tell by the tone of your voice if it is happy or sad and most will respond accordingly.

* If your dogs eyes are blinking rapidly, it is a sign of nervousness or that they are in deep thought. If you just gave them a command, they may be deciding whether to obey.

* Dogs use urine markings to communicate. It could mean territoriality, possessiveness or hostility. If you pay attention to where your dog marks, you may get a better understanding on how to address their concerns. If your dog nudges you in the crotch, it's just trying to get to know you from your scent.

* If you want to learn more about this subject, look for books by Dr. Nicholas Dodman.

* Here is a quick tip for cat owners: Does your cat keep digging in your plants? Put your plants up and away from their reach. Place pine cones or rocks over the soil, their paws will not like the new cover. Spray the leaves with commercial anti-chew product.

Remember that we are not professional doctors, and you should always read instructions and talk to your vet about what is best for your pets.

May 2009 Newsletter

* We are excited about our new website. It will be a more friendlier site to visit for your pet supplies. You will be able to use your credit card through Paypal to make your purchases. We have added 200 items to this site, and when it is finished, we will shut down the old site at If there is something that you are interested in, let us know and we cal put it on the new site ahead of other planned items. The new site is you may want to put this in your favorites so it is only a click away. Let us know if you have any trouble with this site and we will get it fixed right away. We will always strive to keep our prices low as possible to save you money.

* This month we want to inform you about a new law that is trying to be passed. We are sure a number of you have been hearing about The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act (HR669). In fact, over the past several weeks we have found that many of you share our concerns with this bill--that if passed, could negatively impact the entire pet industry.
For those that are not aware of HR 669 the following is a summary of what it entails. This bill will require the US Fish and Wildlife Service to produce two lists of pets after conducting a risk assessment for each nonnative wildlife species in the US to determine if it is likely to "cause economic or environmental harm or harm to other animal species' health or human health". In order to be placed on the "Approved list" it must be established that the species has not, or is not likely to, cause "harm" anywhere in the US. Otherwise it goes to the "Unimproved list". Before going any further there are two things that you need to understand. First, "Nonnative Species" in the pet trade encompass virtually every bird, reptile, amphibian, fish and a number of mammals (e.g. hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, ferrets) commonly kept as pets. Second, the way the bill is written HR669 would essentially ban all species that do no appear on the Approved List, regardless of whether or not they have been petitioned for listing or are sufficiently well studied to enable a listing determination.
Species not appearing on the "Approved List" could not be imported into the Untied States, nor could they be moved to interstate commerce. Trade in all such unlisted species would come to a halt--possession would be limited and all breeding would have to cease. To reiterate: Unless species are included on the Approved List import, export, transport, and breeding would be prohibited. Exceptions are limited and would not be available to pet owners across the nation.
We agree with Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and others in supporting the underlying intent of HR 669 to establish a risk-based process in order to prevent the introduction of potentially invasive species. You will need to act quickly. We urge you to take the time right now to let your congressmen know your concerns. Also, alert your employees, friends, neighbors and any other like-minded people and urge them to so the same. For more information, please visit
We know that not all of you may fall into this pet situation but if you know someone that does, pass this on to them.

* Next month we will back to giving you tips on care for your pets.

* Remember that we are not professional doctors, and you should always read instructions and talk to your vet about what is best for your pets.

April 2009 Newsletter

* We attended the Orlando Florida Pet Trade Show last month and found many new items that we will be offering later this year. Just to name a few; (we will be supplying by special order ) , beds, carriers, and cages. For anyone who has a bird or other small animals in their home, we can also get great prices on these items.

* Here is your tip of the month for April. More than 30 million pounds of peanut butter and peanut paste that has been distributed to at least 70 manufactures for use in everything from crackers to candies to pet products were recalled as a result of the mid-January Salmonella outbreak. There has been at least 2000 that have been voluntarily pulled from store shelves. But only a handful were involved in the recalls. For a list of recalls products, go to then click on pet food products recalls. This newsletter on the subject may be a little late but it is never to late to check to see if there is something that you bought that may still be contaminated. The risk right now is still minimal but to people or even small children handling these products could to contaminated. Make sure you and your children wash their hands after feeding your pet. Visit this website for further information on a complete list of recalls, visit the Food and Drug Administration Web Site :

* There is also a warning by the FDA regarding chicken jerky imported from China. These products are in the form of chicken tenders, strips and treats. Here are some tips to follow:

* Do not substitute chicken jerky products for a balanced diet.

* If you feed your dog chicken jerky products, watch your dog closely and stop if your dog shows signs of decreased appetite or activity, vomiting, diarrhea or increased thirst and urination.

* Report cases of animal illness to the FDA Consumers Complaint Coordinator at"

Remember we are not professional doctors, and you should always read instructions and talk to your vet about what is best for your pet.

March 2009 Newsletter

Last month we talked about recall pet food. This month we want to tell you what the difference is between natural food and organic food. We did some research and found the definitions of both of these food groups in one of the publications that we receive. It was written by Karen M Alley.

The term "organic," "all natural and "Human-grade" are just a few of the new words popping up on pet food packaging. What do they mean, and who make sure claims are sub-stantiated? (means to verify or approve)

The Association of American Feed Control Officials Inc. (West Lafayette, Ind.) regulates pet foods. The private organization is made up of government officials from different states and organizations; the Food and Drug Administration is one of its members. After the massive pet recall of 2007, however, Congress called for the FDA to create-by September--its own pet food regulations and set standards for nutrition, labeling and ingredients. In the mean time, pet food consultant Davis Dzanis explains common label terms:

NATURAL: Products with no synthetic ingredients per AAFCO. Many pet foods that contain mostly all-natural ingredients also include synthetic vitamins and minerals to meet AAFCO requirements; these include the disclaimer "natural ingredients with added vitamins and minerals."

ORGANIC: Products that contain 95% or more organic ingredients can be labeled "USDA Organic." Such claims, which are regulated by by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pertain to processes, not to safety or nutrients. An approved organization must certify pet foods before a company can make the "organic" claim. The USDA is working on regulations for organic pet foods, which AAFCO will recognize. They will have no comply to Natural Organic Program regulations.

HUMAN GRADE: Debate swirls around how to define this term and whether or not it misleads people into thinking the food is suitable for human consumption. The AAFCO has released no official definition.

Remember we are not professional doctors, and you should always read instructions and talk to your vet about what is best for your pets.