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WallE enjoys his daily dose of happiness by getting a Greenie every day! It makes his kisses more enjoyable. WallE is shown here with Kathy Bambery, Manager of All PET Supplies North in Springfield.

There’s more to doggie dental health than sparkling teeth and fresh breath. Dental neglect can result in damage to the jawbones and loss of teeth. It can lead to disease, reduced immunity, and infection. This is why brushing your pet’s teeth should be an important part of your grooming routine, and why dental check-ups should be a part of your pet’s annual vet check.

In addition to teeth brushing, a daily dose of Greenies treats are a great supplement to pets’ oral care. Greenies are designed for fresh breath and clean teeth. They are high in protein, low in fat, and nutritionally complete. Tests have shown one Greenie a day can result in a 69% reduction in tarter and 10.5% reduction in plaque. Isn’t a good healthy smile a reason to start feeding your best friend Greenies? Whether you have a little Yorkie or a hefty Lab, they will really love the taste.

At All Pet, we stock a complete line of Greenies dental products that range in size from petite to jumbo and come in regular, lite, and senior varieties. And don’t forget your feline friends when you’re buying Greenies – we have many flavors just for cats, too! Just another reason to make All Pet your one-stop-shop for pet dental health!

Be sure to check the current issue of the Gazette for a great, money-saving coupon on your favorite Greenies dental chews!

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Attention customers: we want to feature YOU and your pet rightMia's First Birthday here!

That’s right, from now on, in each issue of the All PET Gazette, we will be featuring a customer and their pet in a new space called the Customer Corner!

In this issue, we featured Mia.  In this picture, Mia is celebrating her one year birthday!  Yappy Birthday, Mia, from all of us at All PET!

If you would like to be considered for our customer corner, just send a photo of you with your pet and a short bio to editor@allpetgazette.net, or drop a photo by your favorite store!  Who knows, the next pampered pet in the Customer Corner could be… yours!

Pets love to have the freedom to come and go. And their owners enjoy many benefits from that freedom. When you install a PetSafe pet door, you’ll have flexibility to opt out of getting up early, in the middle of the night, or during dinner to let the dog outside. Plus, allowing your dog to come and go builds confidence; unwanted behavior problems such as chewing, furniture clawing, and excessive barking often remedy themselves when pets are no longer dependent upon owners to let them in and out.

At All Pet, our durable, high quality doors, come in a wide range of styles and sizes. For this coming winter, try our Extreme Weather Door with 3 flaps to protect your home from extreme temperatures. This door delivers maximum energy efficiency, up to 3 times higher than our standard single-flap door. Check with any of our All Pet stores for more details, and give you and your pet some freedom! Also, don’t forget to look for an exclusive 10% OFF Extreme Weather Door coupon in this issue of the All PET Gazette.

A new trend in pet food manufacturing is the addition of prebiotic and probiotic bacteria to foods for your dog and cat. While this is a relatively new trend, research has proven prebiotic and probiotic bacteria provide a healthful function to the diet of your pet.

Probiotics, sometimes called beneficial bacteria (Lactobacillus and Bfidobacterium most commonly), are microorganisms necessary for a pet’s healthy and balanced intestinal tract. Prebiotics, on the other hand, are a carbohydrate form of a dietary fiber. The carbohydrates in prebiotics FEED the probiotic bacterial flora, helping them spread through the intestinal tract.

Traditional dietary sources of prebiotics in pet foods are FOS (fructooligosaccharides) and MOS (mannooligosaccharides). FOS and MOS are found naturally in plants such as beets (beet pulp), chicory root, soybeans, raw oats and unrefined wheat and barley. These ingredients are purposefully added to your pet’s food to introduce the FOS and MOS into the digestive tract of your pet.

Here are ten advantages in maintaining optimum levels of good bacteria in the digestive tract of your pets:

1. It helps pets produce natural antibiotics, which can fight harmful bacteria (salmonella and e. coli for example)
2. It regulates and increases hormone levels
3. It helps pets manufacture B group vitamins, biotin and folic acid
4. It stimulates the immune system (70 to 80% of your pets immune system is in its digestive tract)
5. It reduces pets’ food intolerances
6. It increases pets’ energy levels
7. It inhibits the growth of some yeast
8. It helps pets absorb nutrients, antioxidants and iron from their food
9. It reduces inflammation
10. It increases the digestibility of pets’ food

While good bacteria is present in a normal pet’s healthy digestive tract, so are bad bacteria. The balance of good to bad bacteria can be upset by things like antibiotics, stress, poor diets, diet changes and environmental changes. In these situations, frequently the harmful bacteria multiply and produce toxins which inhibit the normal function of the digestive system. Pets with large amounts of beneficial bacteria are better equipped to fight the growth of unhealthy organisms. So, if pets are to maintain a healthy body, they need large quantities of beneficial bacteria.

If you are interested in finding out which brands of pet food have prebiotic and probiotic bacteria already in them, or if you want to learn how to supplement additional levels of these healthy bacteria, we invite you to stop by your favorite All Pet store, where our next satisfied customer is YOUR pet! -AM

That’s right, friends, the FALL edition of the All PET Gazette is in production as we type, and as always, it will be available right here online, as well as in your favorite All Pet store!  This issue is focused on the little things that make a big difference when it comes to the happiness of you and your pet.  We’ve got features on enhancing pets’ dental care, choosing top-grade pet doors, and understanding the ins and outs of… bacteria?  You got it!  Plus, we’ve got some great coupons and upcoming sales events that will really help you stretch your dollar this fall.  You won’t want to miss them!

As always, be sure to periodically check our online Event Calendar for the latest updates.  There are some great opportunities to play and save this fall, and we want to share them with you!  See you soon!  APG