Support KC Pet Project and Save During Love Your Pet Week!

Love Your Pet Day is February 20th and the Barkery is extending the celebration for an entire week – partnering up with Minsky’s Pizza and KC Pet Project!

From Monday, February 18th through Sunday, February 24th, adopt a pet from KC Pet Project and receive a coupon for a FREE Small Gourmet Minsky’s Pizza + a FREE self-service dog bath OR three cans of cat food from Brookside Barkery & Bath!

You heard that right! Not only will get the joy of rescuing a pet from KC Pet Project, but you’ll also get the joy of Kansas City’s best pizza – for free!

Plus, the first 100 customers to order online from the South Plaza Minsky’s Pizza location during Love Your Pet week using the code: KCPET will receive an extra special surprise from Brookside Barkery & Bath for your pooch!

What are you waiting for? Join the Barkery and Minsky’s Pizza in celebration of Love Your Pet week and help support our friends at KC Pet Project find forever homes for KC dogs and cats today!

Click here for more information.

National Cat Health Month

February is National Cat Health Month and the experts at The Barkery are here to talk about an important topic in this category – feeding! As an obligate carnivore, your cat was born to hunt. Research exploring the connection between hunting and eating habits is changing the way we feed our kitties – ultimately leading to positive outcomes in health and behavior.

In their natural habitat, cats spend over 75% of their waking hours hunting for food. Experts say our kitties need to hunt, catch, and play with at least 5 small meals a day! Some proven benefits of hunting for food include: 

  • Prevention of bad behavior. When cats are not able to act on their natural hunting instinct, they redirect that behavior into aggression and disobedience. Practicing their natural hunting instinct improves your cats overall mood and may even preserve your furniture!
  • Stops the scarf and barf. The cat’s stomach is the size of a ping-pong ball, which also happens to be the size of a mouse. Hunting various small portions of food instead of your cat overeating out of their bowl leads to less scarf and barf!
  • Manages weight. As us humans already know, portion control + exercise = healthy weight. Healthy weight leads to happiness and a longer life span for your kitty!
  • Prevents boredom. When you leave your home, your cat most likely naps, eats and naps again. With the hunting feeder, you will find your cat entertained, spending the day hunting and receiving much-needed exercise!
  • A litter box solution! Cats display stress and anxiety to their humans by peeing outside of their litter box. Hunting feeders ease and alleviate this stress, which eliminates the problem of the litter box turning into the entire floor.

Ready to switch your cat from bowl feeding to hunting? Doc & Phoebe’s Indoor Hunting Feeder is a perfect, fun and easy way to nourish your cat as nature intended! The veterinarian-designed feeder by Doc & Phoebe can help control scarf and barf, diminish anxiety and destructive behavior, and hinder litter box issues.

So how does this work exactly? The feeding system comes with five plastic feeders, each with a detachable, washable mouse “skin” that imitates the feel of real pray. Portion your cat’s food into the five different feeders and hide them around the home. At first, hide the mice in locations that are easier to discover while your kitty gets used to this new process feeding process. Gradually, start to find more challenging spots to hide the feeders to keep your cat’s interest.

Using their enhanced sense of smell, your cat will hunt to find their Doc & Pheobe Indoor Hunting Feeder! They will hunt it, grab it and toss it around until the perfect amount of food spills out. Throughout the day, your cat will repeat this process and stay physically and mentally stimulated while simultaneously eating the properly portioned meals you have prepared!

Now’s the time to make the switch from bowl feeding to hunting! Stop by either Brookside Barkery & Bath location and pick up your Doc & Pheobe’s Indoor Hunting Feeder today!

Announcing the ALL-NEW Barkery Online Store: Shop for all Your Pets Needs!

The new online Brookside Barkery and Bath Store is now live and ready for your order!

Now you can shop for your pet’s favorites from the Barkery from the convenience of your home – AND have your order delivered FREE.* Out running errands? Order online and pick up in-store if you prefer.

Not only can you select from our wide variety of health-focused dog and cat foods, you can also browse our selection of treats, chews, supplements and calming aids – even cat litter. Whatever you need to keep your pet healthy and happy, you’re sure to find it in our new online store. Skip the wait for big box stores to deliver your pet items and support a local, small business by ordering with the Barkery!

Looking to save with a subscription?

Receive 5% off your recurring order when you sign up online.

So what are you waiting for? Get started with your first order today! Your four-legged friends will love you even more for it.

*Within the local KC Metro area

February Sale: Nulo & Weruva

Savings are huge this month at the Barkery on two fantastic brands, and we can’t wait to pass these deals along to our pack members. These deals only last until the end of February, so take advantage now!

Nulo Pet Food

  • $10 off large bags (cat and dog food)
  • $8 off medium bags (dog food)
  • $6 off small bags (cat and dog food)
  • Cans and pouches, buy 3 get 1 FREE (dog & cat)

Weruva & b.f.f.

  • Buy 3 get 1 FREE on dog & cat recipes
  • Mix and match flavors

February is Pet Dental Health Month – 25% Off Dental Products + More!

February is Pet Dental Health Month! When was the last time you had your furry family member’s pearly (or not-so-pearly) whites checked? Don’t turn your nose up to your pet’s bad breath – your pet’s dental health is just as important as your own!

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of three. Some key indicators that your dog or cat may have dental disease include:

  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Discolored/tarter covered teeth
  • Discomfort when touched within the mouth area
  • Excessive drooling/dropping of food when chewing
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Loss of appetite/weight loss

Fortunately, with education and awareness, more pets are getting the dental care they need. Preventative dental care is the best way to help prevent severe pet health problems in the future.

During the month of February, the Barkery is offering 25% off all dental health products plus ½ price teeth brushing with the purchase of any other spa/grooming service!

Stop by either Brookside or Lee’s Summit Barkery location all February long and take the steps you need to prevent oral disease in your pet. It’s time to get to brushing!

Brookside Barkery

Brookside Barkery Pet Transformations of 2018 – Part 3

As part 3 of our Pet Transformation of 2018 at Brookside Barkery, we got to know a little more about customer David G. and his experience with the Wellness Assessment Kit.

“I bought the Wellness Assessment Kit through Brookside Barkery for my dog who was having bad allergic reactions,” said David. “We quickly did the test and sent off the kit to get processed. Within a week, we had our results and found that we had been feeding our dog food that his body just couldn’t handle.”

With a Pet Wellness Assessment Kit from Brookside Barkery, you’ll be able to see up to 300 food and environmental factors that your dog may be sensitive to. This allows you to know EXACTLY what is causing your pet’s allergic reactions.

“Brookside Barkery helped us every step of the way and found the perfect brand of food that would fit our dog’s needs,” said David. “Sure enough, with time, our dog was happy and healthy again.”

The Pet Wellness Assessment Kit is easy and convenient. All you have to do is swab your pet’s saliva, collect a small hair sample, and mail it in. Best of all, you’ll get the results in only a wee or two! Once you test your pet, Brookside Barkery will provide a free Nutrition Consultation to work with you and with the results of the test, guiding your selections on food, treats, and supplements to make sure we’re giving your pet exactly what they need.

“I highly recommend the Wellness Assessment Kit,” said David.” Whether you see signs of allergies or not, you never know what could be affecting your dog internally. It’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s fast and it works!”

To read more testimonials about the Wellness Assessment Kit, click here.

Puppy Playoff Snacks with Primal Pet Foods

If you’re watching the playoffs this weekend (go Chiefs!), you may be trying to come up with ways to keep your dog busy during game time.

Alex with Brookside Barkery and Aundra with Primal Pet Foods are here to show you a few ways you can make that happen!

 

Now through next Friday, January 25, Primal Pet Foods is offering some fantastic discounts on products mentioned in this video:

  • $2 off Primal Raw Marrow Bone 6 Packs
  • $2 off Primal Goat Milk
  • $2 off Primal Bone Broth

Pay it Furloughed: Free Dog Food for Those Affected by the Government Shutdown

Have you been affected by the Government Shutdown?

We understand that you may be going through a difficult time financially due to the unfortunate state of the government. We also understand you may have many mouths to feed, including those of your sweet canines, and we want to help.

While supplies last, stop in to our Brookside location and show your government ID and we will provide you with a FREE 25-lb bag of Earthborn Venture dog food (flavors vary). 

The Barkery family wants to help families in need during this time, so please stop in or call to pick up your free bag (limit 1 per customer), or contact us to see if supplies are still available.

We hope to see our customers and friends affected by the furlough back to work soon!

 

Overvaccination of Pets Interview with Alex and KCTV5

Many of you know Brookside store manager Alex Strawder. Her expertise in pet care and nutrition makes her a very valuable and beloved member of our staff. What you may not know about Alex is she lost a beloved pet, Grace, to issues that arose from annual vaccinations.

Alex recently talked with KCTV5 Reporter, Joe Chiodo, about this unfortunate situation, and shared more information with viewers on education, signs to look for in your own pet, and how Brookside Barkery and Bath can help.

The Risks of Over-Vaccinating Your Pet

Since vaccinations stay in your pet’s body for much longer than the 1-year recommendation by vets, over-vaccinating is a common mistake made by pet owners. Giving your pet a vaccine when your pet is already immune doesn’t increase its immunity, but does increase unnecessary risk to your animal and can cause a variety of health risks and fatal diseases, including:

  • Vaccine-induced sarcomas
  • Autoimmune hemolytic anemia
  • Thyroid disease
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Tumors
  • Seizures

Why are 60 Percent of Vets Still Doing Annual Revaccinations?

Regrettably, six years after the change in protocol, and despite the fact that vet schools are now teaching the 3-year protocol, the majority of practicing veterinarians continue to recommend annual revaccinations.

Continued vaccinations are still given by vet offices because it is their best effort to encourage clients to bring pets in for wellness exams. The second and more disheartening excuse is that many vets simply do not want to give up the revenue earned by annual vaccination visits.

Our Recommendations

  • Wellness visits are still important for your pet to check for heartworm, tumors, and assessing your pet’s overall health. We recommend annual checkups, although we do not recommend annual vaccines.
  • Request a Vaccine Titer TestThis is a blood test that can be given by your vet in place of a revaccination. The test measures levels of previous vaccines that are still in your pet’s system. You can use these results to decide whether you want to revaccinate your pet.
  • Discuss with your vet the risks versus benefits of diseases you are considering vaccinating for before assuming the vaccine is necessary.
  • Do not vaccinate your dog or cat if it had a serious life-threatening vaccine reaction. Check with your vet before vaccinating if your pet has any other health issues.

Check out the video and gallery below from the interview and learn more about overvaccination.

 

 

Brookside Barkery’s Pet Transformations of 2018 – Part 2

For part 2 of Barkery’s Pet Transformations of 2018, we took the time to get to know more about customer Thomas T. and his 13-year-old husky, Jack. Here’s what Thomas had to say about Jack’s experience using CBD oil.

“Jack has slowly been slipping into his sunset years. Being a relatively healthy dog his entire life, it was disconcerting when my wife and I noticed he was starting to lose control (muscle coordination and otherwise) from the waist down. Becoming increasingly concerned as his condition deteriorated, we decided to get x-rays. He was diagnosed with a compressed spinal column in several locations close to his hind quarters. According to our vet, the only treatment was to get a very expensive MRI and then an even more expensive surgery. Jack has been our best friend for many years but surgery on a 13-year-old dog seemed dangerous and futile.

Searching out alternative holistic solutions, my wife and I were recommended to Delena and Alex at Brookside Barkery. We discussed Jack’s problems with Delena and Alex, turns out they understood more than we could’ve have hoped as they have both experienced back pain as well. They explained to us the benefits of using a CBD holistic approach and how to implement the regimen.

We started using CBD oils (with Jack’s food) and treats to reinforce the treatment. Working with Brookside Barkery, we were able to get Jack’s dosage perfectly balanced after a month.

After a short time, we noticed Jack’s demeanor started improving (no more “grumpy grandpa Jack”). After a bit longer, we noticed his mobility starting to return. He is now keeping up with our Labradoodle and French Bulldog at the dog park. We’re not sure how surgery would’ve gone, however, I can’t imagine the results topping what we’ve experienced with Jack’s holistic treatment. We feel with Brookside Barkery’s holistic approach we were able to extend our time with Jack and more importantly keep him comfortable. While he is still a senior, he now has the demeanor, energy and playfulness reminiscent of when he was younger. Jack has been our best friend for a long time, and we want to be there for him as he has been there for us.

Choosing to take a holistic approach was absolutely the right decision. We expect to have much more love in our home for time to come.”

If your furry family member is in need of a natural way out of a medical condition – like Jack – stop in either Brookside Barkery location today! One of our nutrition specialists will help find the best CBD product for your pet.