Preparing Pets for a HurricaneNatural Pawz is dedicating the month of August to Hurricane Preparedness month. While no one wants a hurricane, it’s best that pet parents take time now to prepare… just in case. Here are few tips you can use this month.


If a hurricane hits, you may need to evacuate. A kennel or crate can serve as an artificial den for your pets. With a pad or towel to rest on (and a familiar toy or chew), it can become a place of comfort and security. If you have a cat, make sure that the kennel is much larger than your cat, and be sure to place something raised inside one of the corners so that they can sit higher up. Do not leave pets in their kennel for longer than 6 hours during the day. Natural Pawz has harnesses and leashes that you can use with your pets to keep them from running loose, especially if they’re frightened.


Stress in pets can lead to some serious medical consequences. Since pets can’t vocalize their stress like humans, we need to look for other signals. When a pet gets stressed, messages are sent to various organs in the body to produce certain results: the heart quickens, they start to pant and lick their lips, they quiver and shake, their eyes glaze over and they seem to be in a fearful trance-like state. Plus, many pets stop eating or have a change in bowel movements. Fortunately, there are many natural solutions and remedies to help soothe the nervous system, such as Bach Rescue Remedy, a ThunderShirt, HomeoPet® Anxiety Relief or Aromadog Chill-Out spray (as shown at right). Come into Natural Pawz to pick up these great products for your pets. (They’re also great for Halloween, New Years’ Eve and July 4th holidays when loud noises often scare pets.)

Food, Treats and Toys

Having a spare bag of your pet’s food can prevent you from having to change your pet’s diet, if stores are closed or you’ve evacuated for a storm. In fact, fast changes to diet can cause diarrhea. If you must feed your pet a different food during a hurricane, try to get a food that is close to your pet’s current diet. Always manage the transition by mixing the old diet with the new diet over a five-day process. If you’re completely out, offer your pet a smaller meal more often so that their digestive system has a chance to adapt. It’s also a good idea to have a few cans of pumpkin, if your dogs or cats have any bowel issues.

Using their treats to play some games can also help pets reduce stress and pass the time. It can be as simple as hiding pieces of kibble or working on recall drills.

Remember, your pet will feed off any stress that you may be experiencing. It’s important to manage your stress (for your own health as well) and reassure your pet that everything will be okay. Preparation is key. For more tips on preparing for hurricane season with pets, visit our blog.

Pet Food for a Year Winners

Thank you to all who participated in our Pawz Passport contest, spent $50+ at our stores to be entered into the raffle and helped us celebrate our 10th anniversary in July. We posted lots of fun photos on our Facebook page so please check those out.Since our July contest has wrapped up, we’re thrilled to announce that the following 10 lucky people will receive a YEAR OF FREE PET FOOD!

1. Margie Dowdy

2. Hessed Honstein

3. Libby Hudacek

4. Todd Holowisky

5. Marc Garcia

6. Shannon Younkin

7. Sean Evans

8. Katharine Hayes

9. Amanda Hart

10. Tommy Waldron

Each winner will be notified by phone. Congratulations!

New Food Available from The Honest Kitchen

The Honest Kitchen has launched a new dog food called Revel™, that’s ideal for puppies and adult dogs of all breeds and sizes. It’s made with dehydrated wholesome ingredients like free range chicken, organic barley, flaxseeds, carrots and bananas. Revel is a human grade dog food that’s available starting in August at Natural Pawz in a 4-pound box (equivalent to 16 pounds of food) for $29.99 and a 10-pound box (equivalent to 40 pounds of food) for $59.99. Plus, it’s easy to prepare: Just mix the food serving with warm water. Stir well and hydrate for 3 minutes. Serve.

Plus, there’s more to get excited about. There will be a social media contest to win two Hurricane kits (one per customer) from The Honest Kitchen that will include:

  • a 4-pound box of food,
  • 1 box of Beams dog treats, and
  • packets of ProBloom and Perfect Form supplements.

To compete in the social media contest, customers should visit a Natural Pawz store for a sample of The Honest Kitchen food, preferably Revel. Customers then post a photo of their pet, trying The Honest Kitchen sample, with the hashtags #NaturalPawz #THKHurricaneKit. Contestants must post August 15-30, 2015 to be eligible.

Two winners will be selected. Good luck!

Happy Birthday to Your Fur Friends!

Join our Birthday Club. In less than 1 minute, you can sign up to receive a free birthday treat for your fur friends + great discounts on birthday gifts and party supplies specifically for pets. Of course, these products are made from natural ingredients in the U.S.A. or Canada. You’ll feel good about your (discounted) purchase and so will your pet. Sign up today to receive your pet’s birthday eCard on the 1st of your pet’s birthday month. You can redeem your gift any time during the birthday month simply by printing and bringing in the Happy Birthday email.We also invite you to bring in your dog or cat for a photo in our birthday party hat! Come on, it’s so cute! “Happy Birthday to …”

Supporting Community

Visit with Natural Pawz at these EventsMark your calendars for these exciting events. Natural Pawz hopes to see you there.

Neighbors Night Out Prep Event

at Natural Pawz Sterling Ridge

Thursday, Sept. 10 from 11 am -1 pm

Natural Pawz Sterling Ridge will host The Woodlands Township and law enforcement. Bring your pets to learn more about the Dog Walker Watch program that’s sponsored by Natural Pawz and The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch. The officers will provide crime prevention information and can answer any questions. Schedule a Dog Walker Watch Yappy Hour in your neighborhood and you will be entered into a drawing for a Natural Pawz gift card.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s 

at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

Saturday, Sept. 19 from 8-10 am

Participate in this 5K to advance Alzheimer’s support, care and research! Natural Pawz will host a dog station with a pool for dogs to cool off in as well as fresh drinking water and treats for the dogs participating in this event. Participants in the Walk who make a purchase at Natural Pawz LaCenterra on Sept. 19 will receive a FREE Bark for a Cure magnet. Plus, our store will open at 8 am so you can come in before the race to get your pet supplies.

Community Safety Expo in The Woodlands

at Northshore Park at 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive

Saturday, Sept. 19 from noon-3 pm

Experience the lights and sirens of public safety by coming out to The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch National Night Out Community Safety Expo!

  • Get up close with public safety personnel and equipment and learn about what they do.
  • Enter the mobile command units of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security.
  • Climb aboard the SWAT Bearkat or the Homeland Security mine resistant tank.
  • Watch law enforcement K-9 demonstrations.
  • Try your skills on the texting while driving simulator.
  • See the consequences of not buckling up with the car rollover simulator.
  • Enjoy the Kid Zone and bounce house.

The Woodlands Township Supply & Registration Day for National Neighbors Night Out 

at The Woodlands Township office

Thursday, Sept. 24 from 10am-6 pm

On Supply and Registration Day, neighbors who registered to host a Neighbors Night Out event (October 6th) can stop by and pick up supplies such as balloons, signs, crime prevention materials and more. Additionally, there will a drawing for prizes for those who attend. Natural Pawz will host a table full of complimentary dog treats, coupons and plenty of information for pet lovers.

Check out our online calendar for even more events and pet adoptions near you.