Canine Massage: How to Plus the Benefits

When us humans are feeling physically and/or psychologically distressed, a massage is something that can help tremendously. The same is true for dogs! Everyday living can take a toll on a dog’s body – running, jumping, rough housing and even the act of growing can cause discomfort. Through massage, you’ll notice your dog’s stress and anxious energy begin to melt away as tense muscles start to relax.

The sooner you start massaging your dog the better! Not only is this a great bonding experience, but it also exposes your pup’s body to manipulation and touch. This will help prepare your dog for visits to the groomers at Brookside Barkery and human touch in general.

Other benefits of canine massage include:

  • Pain relief
  • Increased range of motion
  • Improved mobility
  • Joint nourishment/lubrication
  • Increased circulation

When performing massage techniques on your furry friend it’s important to complete all strokes in one area before moving to the next. We suggest you start at the neck, move to the shoulder, then progress down the leg. Next, move up the back, over the abdomen and down the inner groin. Repeat on the other side.

Here are three basic techniques to begin with:

  • Effleurage: Using a flat hand with fingers together, gently stroke one hand after the other continuously. A technique used to relax muscles to prepare for massage, effleurage has a calming and soothing effect.
  • Raking: Using spread out fingers with flat finger tips, “rake” along the area with slight pressure in the same direction as the coat. When using the raking technique, it is important to ensure your nails are short enough to eliminate the risk of scratching. The raking technique helps to diffuse pressure and release built up muscle tension.
  • Petrissage: Using the ball of your thumb, apply slight pressure as you go “thumb over thumb” to smooth and stretch the muscle fibers. This massage technique will help remove toxins from the cells while also releasing tension.

NOTE: If your dog is suffering from cancer, diabetes, circulatory problems, dermatological conditions or any other condition that can be affected by increased circulation and pressure – be sure to get an evaluation done by a professional massage therapist before performing any kind of massage.

Always be sure to pay attention to the feedback your dog is giving you. Do not force it if you can tell he/she has had enough. If your dog seems opposed to the massage, start slowly with petting and ease your way to longer sessions.

Happy Massaging!

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Ribbon-Cutting at the Newly Expanded Lee’s Summit Store!

The Lee’s Summit Barkery was pleased to welcome members of the Chamber of Commerce, Lee’s Summit Bank, and many other businesses around the city at the Ribbon Cutting of our new and improved store!

Barkery Ribbon-Cutting

“We are really excited to be a part of the Lee’s Summit Community. It’s been great! The Lee’s Summit store is bigger and better,” according to store manager Carrie Dosier. “We pride ourselves on finding solutions for all of your pets needs and care.”

Ribbon-Cutting at Barkery

The store has doubled their previous square footage and the amount of wash bins. Brookside Barkery and Bath are always up to date on all holistic solutions and with our experience, knowledge, and quality of products, Barkery will be your favorite place to go for your furry best friends!

Owner Delena said, “Thank you to the city of Lee’s Summit for allowing us to expand. Without the customer base here we wouldn’t have felt comfortable because it is an investment to take that risk and move forward with the growth of this. I always try to keep things local and within the community, so I just wanted to say thank you for all being here and here’s to continued growth in not only our business but all of your businesses as well.”

To have many of the Barkery’s long time friends and members of the Lee’s Summit community all gathered together was such a great way to officially welcome the new store to Lee’s Summit! If you haven’t been already, come by and see the bigger and better store while treating your companions to not only the best all-natural food selection in Kansas City, but much more!

Brookside Barkery – Why We’re Here

We are so thankful to Brookside Barkery’s loyal customers for understanding our owners Larry and Delena Stout’s mission – better health through better nutrition. For over 15 years, Brookside Barkery has successfully educated Kansas City pet owners on how diet and nutrition can affect pet health.

Founded in 2003, we’re proud have provided our customers with a variety of superb all-natural pet products and a strong desire to educate our customers about each one of them. “Once people realized that diet did play a big difference in their pet’s health, it took off,” said Delena.

Find out more about how Brookside Barkery came to be by watching the video below!

Busted: The Truth on Prescription Diet Pet Foods

Are prescription diet pet foods more harmful to your pet than regular pet food diets? In a recent post by Dogs Naturally Magazine Founder and CEO, Dana Scott, this is proven to be true.

Dana reached out to several veterinary friends with four different pet food ingredient labels, one of which was a veterinary diet. She then asked the veterinarians to rank the pet foods from best to worst based solely on the ingredient labels.

The result? The prescription diet pet food was ranked last and is considered to be the lowest quality. In fact, the veterinarians believe many of the ingredients used in the veterinary diet food are considered harmful for your furry family members and can have some serious long-term effects including liver malfunction.

Why do we trust our vets to prescribe diets that will change chronic health issues in pets when these same veterinarians believe the ingredients included are considered harmful? According to Veterinarian Debbie Phillips-Donaldson, “Most US veterinarians would admit their formal education on companion animal nutrition consisted of one basic course that, in some cases, had to be taught by a professor from another program because no veterinary faculty had the knowledge or expertise to teach it.”

Many prescription diet manufacturers are also in the regular pet food industry including:

  • Hill’s Science Diet
  • Purina
  • Iams
  • Royal Canin

The listed companies aren’t exactly known for providing the highest quality ingredients in their regular pet food. Dana decided to compare two of Hill’s foods: one regular and one prescription. Turns out, the number one product in the regular food was chicken. The number one product in the prescription food: whole grain corn – a cheap replacement for animal protein!

Not only does the Hill’s prescription diet food contain cheap, low quality ingredients than the regular dog food, but it is also twice as expensive!

So, if your vet claims your dog needs to be eating a prescription diet, ask to review the ingredient list. Then ask for hard evidence the foods in the prescription diet are any better than those in regular diets.

Click here to read more.

Stop by the Barkery today and let our pet nutrition experts guide you in providing better health for your pet through better nutrition!

Chain of Hope Needs Our Help.

Do you know what Chain of Hope is? If the answer is no, it’s time to remedy that.

Chain of Hope (CoH) is like a lot of local Kansas City area rescue organizations in that it’s run by some of the most compassionate people you’ll ever meet. People with huge hearts. But they’re also among the bravest and most vigilant animal advocates on the planet.

CoH volunteers perform outreach in some of the poorest areas of the city.

Places where residents might have a pet, but not have the financial means to feed it good, healthy food. Or to provide a dog house to keep their pet out of the rain and wind.  Or warm hay to make that dog house a cozier place.  They find pets who have been abandoned.  Neglected.  Chained up.  Or forgotten.

And what they do is AMAZING. The transformations they can create are among the most wonderful things imaginable, helping dogs who are sick, neglected, or injured grow strong and healthy again, in loving homes.

And we’re trying to buy them 10,000 pounds of food.

What would five tons of food do for them?  It would mean that ALL of the dogs at their shelter get the healthiest food.  It would mean that all of those people that they help during their outreach can give THEIR pets healthy and nutritious food.  And it would mean that Chain of Hope doesn’t need to worry about food for about three months. That means they can devote more of their efforts to outreach.  It means they can spend more on medical help for injured or sick pets.

It means they can do MORE good!

We need your help! As a grassroots organization, Chain of Hope operates SOLELY on donations. When you support Chain of Hope, you are directly helping animals in need. We are asking every customer to donate $1 to our fundraising effort. Your generous donation will help us in buying 5 tons of food for this incredibly deserving organization.

We’re also giving away massive holiday gift baskets at each of our store locations. Raffle tickets are available at each location for purchase, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Chain of Hope.

Raffle Tickets:

1 for $3
2 for $5
5 for $20

Click here for more stories about the animals that have been helped by Chain of Hope.

Consumer Warning for Animal Owners Using Flea and Tick Medications

Consumer Warning for Animal Owners Using Flea and Tick Medications

A recent report from the US Food and Drug Administration reflected a serious warning to pet owners regarding specific flea and tick medications and the adverse neurological side effects that have occurred.

The following flea and tick medications are included in the warning from the FDA:

  • Bravecto
  • Credelio
  • Nexgard
  • Simparica

All four medications have been shown to cause neurological issues in pets, including ataxia, muscle tremors and seizures. Additionally, other gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite have been reported.

So, what do each of the four medications have in common?

An ingredient called “isoxazoline,” which works to bind to chloride channels in the insect, then block nerve signals which ends in paralyzation, then death of the bugs.

The problem is, once given to your pet, isoxazolines affect the entire body, thus the dangerous side effects, and eventual poisoning of the animal occurs. What makes things difficult is the effects happen slowly over time, making it harder to distinguish what might be wrong with your pet.

The solution

At Brookside Barkery and Bath, we’re focused on “better health through better nutrition” – and that motto carries into everything we carry in our store, including all-natural tick and flea treatment options. Our preferred go-to option is a Bayer Seresto Collar. They are the safest and most effective flea/tick preventative – plus the protection lasts eight months! They also help with mange and lice prevention. We carry them at both Barkery and Bath locations (Brookside and Lee’s Summit).

Stop in today and ask us about all-natural tick and flea prevention – and keep your four legged friends happy and healthy!

 

 

 

 

Include Your Pet in Your Thanksgiving Gathering

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means we’ll all be sitting down to enjoy a delicious feast soon! If you’re like us, you never want to leave your furry friends out of the celebration.  While you and your family enjoy a Thanksgiving meal, give your pets a little feast of their own. Brookside Barkery has a couple of turkey tips to be sure that everyone enjoys a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Avoid giving your four-legged friend any of the turkey carcass. The bones can be problematic to the digestive tract. Instead, give them the turkey neck – they are a great and cost-effective way to add variety and nutrition to your dog’s diet. Fresh turkey neck is a great natural source of protein, fat and calcium. It’s also used for tooth and gum nourishment. Just be sure to monitor them while they’re eating it to avoid any choking – especially for smaller dogs

Another great way to promote a healthy gut for your dog is turkey bone broth. All you need is a turkey carcass and a few other ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! Start by putting the turkey carcass and other bones in a pot and fill with water. You can also add garlic or other spices for flavor. Top it off with 3-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and let it cook for 24 hours. Be sure to strain all of the bone out of broth once it’s cooked, your pup will love it – and the best part is it’s chock full of minerals and nutrients that taste great and promotes healthy gut and joints! Click here to learn more about making turkey bone broth for your dog.

If you’re thinking your pets need some Thanksgiving flavor in their diets right away, Brookside Barkery has several pumpkin treats and foods by Lotus, OC Raw, and Plato that are sure to get you (and your pup!) in the Thanksgiving mood this holiday season! Stop by our Brookside or Lee’s Summit locations today – your one stop shop for all your pet food and treat needs!

November Special: Stella & Chewy’s

Brookside Barkery and Bath is running a special on Stella & Chewy’s dog food for the entire month of November! At the Barkery, we pride ourselves in carrying only the highest quality of food for your furry family member. This is why we are proud to offer Stella & Chewy’s products!

For the entire month of November, buy one large bag of Raw Coated Kibble, get one small bag free OR buy one small or medium bag of Raw Coated Kibble, get one free Stella’s Stew.

At Stella & Chewy’s they believe, “Selecting the best food is one of the most important decisions a pet parent makes. From our first delivery to the last batch crafted in our own USA kitchen, we are focused on making the highest quality pet food available.”

Stella & Chewy’s only uses quality ingredients sourced from farmers and ranchers that are recognized for their superior, human-grade quality ingredients and highest levels of food handling safety. All recipes are 90-95% meat, organs and bones and all animal proteins have no added hormones or antibiotics.

If you have yet to try Stella & Chewy’s – now is the time. Stop by the Barkery and pick up your bags of Stella & Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble today!

Keep Your Cat (and Other Pets) Safe This Halloween!

Tomorrow is Halloween – which means pumpkins, candy, costumes and all things spooky! As exciting as Halloween can be for us humans, it is also a time of caution for pet owners – especially black cat owners. Many black cats are often associated with dark forces and end up missing on Halloween night due to pranks or other unspeakable reasons. In fact, most shelters do not adopt out black cats during the entire month of October for their safety! To ensure both your family and pets enjoy a fun and safe holiday, please remember the following tips:

  • Keep Your Pet Indoors: Keep your pet in their own safe haven for the evening – a pet carrier or a closed room are a couple of options. Animals can easily become anxious when children are constantly ringing your doorbell while wearing strange costumes and yelling, “Trick or treat!” Not only does keeping your pet in a safe place help calm nerves, but it also eliminates the risk of your pet running away with the constant opening and closing of the front door. As an added precaution, always make sure your furry companions wear identification!
  • Choose Your Decorations Carefully: Decorations pose a threat to not only cats, but all animals. Keep your four-legged friends away from jack-o-lanterns, candles, balloons and any other decorations they could ingest, become tangled in or be injured by.
  • Save the Candy for Yourself: One of the biggest hazards to furry family members during Halloween is candy. Chocolate is especially toxic to both cats and dogs. Be aware of candy wrappers as well – ingesting wrappers can cause choking or even life-threatening bowel obstruction. Keep candy in secure containers in an area your animal companions cannot gain access to. If you have reason to believe your pet has ingested something toxic, contact the Pet Poison Helpline immediately!
  • Halloween Costumes: Who doesn’t love an adorable pet dressed in an even more adorable Halloween costume?! As exciting as dressing your pet for the day can be, it is important to make sure your animal is safe. Use non-flammable and non-toxic items that your pet is comfortable in. Also, make sure the costume doesn’t restrict your animal’s movement, breathing or vision.

After the Halloween commotion begins to die down and you’ve put all potentially hazardous items away, give your cat (or dog!) a chin scratch for putting up with all the loud, strange humans! Moving forward, it is important to remember cats are safer living indoors. After all, knowing your beloved pet is safe and happy is the best treat you can give yourself this Halloween season!