Raw food is at the top of the pyramid when it comes to feeding for your pet. It gives dogs and cats the meat they crave, and delivers solid nutrition without fillers of any sort. At the Barkery, we want to give our customers choices, and that’s why we’ve brought in OC RAW DOG, a raw brand with top-shelf ingredients like antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken, wholesome beef raised in the Midwest, and vitamin-rich blueberries, apples, and spinach AND apple cider vinegar!
Each year in the U.S., between 4.5 and 5 million people are bitten by dogs.
When a dog bite incident occurs, many people key in immediately on the animal’s behavior or temperament rather than the precipitating event. However, there is almost always a precipitating event, whether or not the people involved are able to connect the dots.
Animal behavior experts are able to see these unfortunate incidents with an experienced eye. As canine behaviorist Karen London writes in The Bark:
“One disadvantage of being a canine behaviorist is that so many human behaviors scare me. My heart leaps into my throat all too often when I see people performing risky behaviors around dogs.
From hugging dogs and picking up dogs to sticking their faces right by a dog’s face or bending over a dog, there are plenty of gasp-worthy moments. I see people performing these behaviors and want to scream out a warning.”
London hears the same human behaviors mentioned over and over in the retelling of dog bite stories. And she points out that this isn’t about placing blame, but about helping people learn how to lower their risk of being bitten.
Study Examines Dog Bites to the Face
In a recent study, university researchers set out to discover what human behaviors immediately preceded dog bites to the face.
They also wanted to gather data on the age and gender of bite victims, the sex and size of biting dogs, the locations on the face that were bitten, and the need for medical treatment.
The researchers analyzed 132 incidents of dog bites to the face, and reported these findings:
|In 76 percent of cases, the human was bending over the dog prior to being bitten||Over 75 percent of the bite victims knew the dog, however, none of the victims were an adult dog owner|
|In 19 percent of cases, the person had put his or her face close to the dog’s face||60 percent of the bite victims were female|
|In 5 percent of cases, the human and dog were gazing at each other||Only adult dogs bit the face and over two-thirds were male dogs|
|Over 50 percent of the bites were to the central area of the face around the nose and lips||Only in 6 percent of cases was the dog observed to growl or show teeth as a warning before biting|
|Over two-thirds of the bite victims were children, and 84 percent were under age 12||The age and gender of the human didn’t affect the location of the bite on the face|
|43 percent of the child dog bite victims were with their parents and 62 percent were with the dog’s guardian||Bites by large dogs were more often medically treated than bites by small dogs|
Interestingly, incidents that one might assume would provoke a bite did not, including:
- Nail trims
- Pulling the dog’s hair or tugging his body
- Stepping or falling on the dog
- Scolding or hitting the dog as punishment
The researchers concluded that:
“Risk factors such as bending over the dog, putting the face close to the dog’s face and gazing between human and dog should be avoided, and children should be carefully and constantly supervised when in the presence of dogs.”
Dogs Often Give a Warning Before Biting
London was surprised to see from the study that only 6 percent of dogs were perceived or remembered by observers to have given a warning before biting, and in fact, she believes perhaps some people did not notice or failed to remember warnings by dogs.
This is because there are almost always signs before a dog bites. Some dogs will suddenly freeze in place and hold their body very rigid. Others will stand with front legs splayed and head low, gazing at you. And many dogs growl or curl their lips to show their teeth.
If you’re ever in a situation in which you feel threatened by a dog, employ these defensive measures:
- Stand motionless with your hands at your sides
- Avoid eye contact with the dog
- If the dog loses interest, back away slowly
- If the dog comes at you anyway, offer him anything you’re holding – a purse or jacket, for example – or anything that may distract him
- If you wind up on the ground, curl into a ball, put your hands over your ears and stay still – resist the urge to yell, scream, or move around
10 Tips to Prevent Dog Bites
- Use good judgment when selecting a family pet and do your homework. If this is your first dog, or you don’t know what to look for in a dog, talk with a veterinarian, a reputable breeder, or other knowledgeable person. Learn which dogs would be most likely to thrive in your family situation.
- Make sure your puppy is well-socialized and trained to obey basic commands. Proper socialization is the single most important thing dog owners can do to reduce the risk of winding up with a pet with behavior problems.
- Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise. Not only is regular aerobic exercise necessary for physical conditioning, it also provides the mental stimulation every dog needs to be well-balanced.
- Playtime is important, but you should avoid games that are overly exciting to your pup or that pit him against you. And never put your dog in a situation where he feels teased or threatened.
- Always use a leash or similar restraint when you’re out in public with your pet. You must be able to control him in public, and if you can’t, it’s time for additional obedience training.
- If you allow your dog out alone in a fenced yard, make sure gates are secure and there are no other escape routes available.
- Take proactive care of your pet’s health. Feed species-appropriate nutrition, make sure she is well-exercised, brush her teeth, bathe and groom her regularly, and take her for at least one, preferably two annual wellness visits with your veterinarian.
- Proceed with extreme caution when it comes to vaccinating your pet. Evidence is mounting that vaccines, in particular the rabies vaccine, are contributing to the problem of aggression in some dogs. Since rabies vaccines are required by law, insist on the 3-year vaccine and avoid the 1-year shot. I recommend asking your holistic vet for the homeopathic rabies vaccine detox Lyssin after each rabies vaccine.
- Also discuss with your vet the best time to sterilize your dog. Beyond reproductive concerns, intact pets are sometimes more aggressive than animals that have been neutered. Timing of this procedure is critical, and should be decided upon based on each dog’s health status and personality.
- Teach children – yours and any others who come around your dog – how to behave with an animal. Children are by far the most frequent victims of dog bites. They must learn to be both cautious and respectful in the presence of any dog, including their own. And never under any circumstances leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.
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Barkery Owner Delena Stout had a chance to sit down and talk with Dr. Michelle Robin on her radio show, “Small Changes, Big Shifts.”
You can listen to the interview here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/smartcompaniesthinkingbigger/2015/07/29/small-changes-big-shifts-caring-for-our-pets-is-worth-the-extra-effort
Robin is the owner of Your Wellness Connection, and here is some of her background:
“Like most chiropractors I started out with a small practice, myself and maybe one other practitioner. Over time I began to build and partner with other healing and wellness practitioners and teachers. Eventually I built a beautiful facility to house this integrative healing center, which I named Your Wellness Connection. Those who work with us have access to not only chiropractic, but Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy, counseling, wellness and nutrition coaching, colon hydrotherapy, infrared sauna, movement classes, nutrition classes, and more.
I began speaking and giving workshops. Then I had an idea for a book, something that would cut through all the complexity we hear in the media, something that would make wellness simple again. That became my first book, Wellness on a Shoestring.
As I toured the country and spoke about the book I realized there was something missing, sort of a prelude…people needed to know their WHY…why wellness, why bother. That led me to write the second book, The E Factor: Engage, Energize, Enrich. I also blog a few times a month and occasionally write for other publications so that I can share information and teach on a wide variety of topics. It has been quite a ride in recent years meeting with, speaking to, and working with all sorts of organizations, companies and conferences across the US and Canada. I get such a joy out of even just the hope that I’m helping people to improve their wellbeing.
Speaking, books, blogs, interviews and podcasts all led to being asked to host a radio show. The Small Changes…Big Shifts radio show feeds my curiosity. There are so many brilliant and heart-centered people in the world doing incredible things to help individuals, communities and the world at large, and I get a chance to shine a spotlight on their goodness, share it with you and learn in the process. I am blessed by all the opportunities.”
The Ontario SPCA’s No Hot Pets program aims to spread the word that leaving your dog unattended in a car can quickly turn deadly. Hot cars kill, and it can happen far faster than you’d think. Read this article from Modern Dog Magazine so you can learn how to help put a stop to this.
Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open.
Dogs have a limited ability to sweat; even a short time in a hot environment can be life threatening. A dog’s normal body temperature is about 103°F (39°C); a body temperature of 106°F (41°C) can be withstood only for a very short time before irreparable brain damage or even death can occur.
PETA shares that every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even for “just a minute”—while they run an errand. Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: On a 78°F day (25°C), the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100° – 120°F (37° – 48°) in just minutes, and on a 90°F (32°C) day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160°F (71°C) in less than 10 minutes. Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads.
If you can’t take your pet with you when you leave your car, leave them at home where they are safe. People who choose to leave pets unattended in vehicles may face charges.
If heat stroke is suspected (excessive panting and drooling, listlessness or unconsciousness) prompt veterinary medical attention is vital. In the meantime, wet the fur immediately with lukewarm to cool (not cold!) water. Bring the dog into the shade or, better yet, an air-conditioned environment, and offer drinking water.
If you see a dog in a hot car, immediately call the authorities and don’t leave the scene until the dog has been helped.
Signs of Canine Heatstroke
- Heavy Panting
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive drooling
- Thick saliva
- Dark tongue/reddened gums
- Rapid heart rate
- Increased body temperature (above 103° F or 39° C)
- Bloody diarrhea
- Production of only small amounts of urine or no urine
- Lack of coordination
Hey! It’s Sidewalk Sale time in Brookside and Lee’s Summit! That means that this weekend only, all TOYS will be 20% and all BEDS a whopping 25% off! It’s summer! It’s the season for playing outside and comfy naps inside! Help YOUR furry friends do both and save money in the process!
Please note: Our sidewalk sale is in fact inside and air-conditioned.
Have you checked out the 816 Hotel yet?
“Our Select Service hotel offers spacious rooms decorated with archived photos of Kansas City’s history, along with top-of-the-line bedding and bath towels and Tommy Bahama bath-products. Yet our specialty feature are the variety of uniquely themed rooms, each decorated and furnished by various Kansas City iconic institutions. Themed rooms share the story of Kansas City – everything from the KC Zoo to Boulevard Brewery, to the KC Mob past, to TWA and everything in between.”
The latest room was unveiled featuring Wayside Waifs, the largest pet adoption campus in Kansas City, placing over 5,400 animals each year in loving forever homes. The Barkery was thrilled to participate in the project, providing gourmet all-natural treats and spa-style shampoos for pets to complete the unique room.
Check out photos from the unveiling below
Sure, it’s kind of funny to see a chubby cat waddling along – but is it healthy? Modern Cat Magazine shares more.
The image of a fat cat is a classic. Unfortunately, the health repercussions of this excess weight—cancer, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, reduced life expectancy—are no laughing matter. Worse yet, the number of fat cats out there indicates an obesity epidemic. A 2013 study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found 57 percent of household cats in the US were overweight or obese.
“Obesity has the greatest collective negative impact on pet health and yet it is almost completely avoidable,” said Dr. Ernie Ward, veterinarian and founder of APOP.
Interestingly, many people don’t even realize their cats are overweight. In a phenomenon referred to as “the fat gap,” cat owners who agreed to have their cats assessed for the APOP study were first asked to classify their cats’ weight. A whopping 88 percent of the cat owners with cats classified as obese initially thought their cat was in the normal weight range. For the sake of our cats’ health, let’s make sure we’re not among them.
Take a clear-eyed look at your cats: could they stand to lose a little weight? If so, read on! We’ve outlined eight fun ways to get your fat cat moving, either by putting food to use or by playing smarter. Option A: Chances are, fat cats are food motivated, so make meal or snack time a workout. Option B: Cats are hunters by nature, so determine your cat’s playing style then get him moving by activating his instinctual need to hunt. Put a few of these tips into action and your chubby cat will lose the extra weight in no time!
Approach A: Put Food to Use
Proper motivation is key here. Fat cats clearly like food, so use it to get them moving!
1. The Meal Time Parade!
First things first—no more free feeding! Your fat cat’s food cannot stay out all day as she is clearly helping herself to more food than is good for her. Now, come dinner time, put your cat’s food in her bowl and walk around your home. If you have stairs all the better! Climb them, carrying your cat’s food. Chances are, she will follow your lead if she’s hungry and you’re carrying supper. Periodically put the bowl down for five seconds or so to let your cat have a taste and keep her with you. Random reward is incredibly motivating.
2. The Great Food Puzzle
There are many different types of interactive feeders and treat puzzles out there that can keep your cat engaged while making her work for her dinner. Interactive feeders/toys get both your cat’s brain and body working. Your cat has to manipulate them, rolling them around to get a treat or piece of dry food, encouraging movement.
3. Treaty Chasey
Get a bag of delish cat treats that are super tiny and super low cal (this is key!). Throw a single treat down a hall for your cat to chase. Do this on repeat, always insisting your cat comes back to you before you throw another so that he has to do the whole run for each treat, and he will get quite the workout without even realizing it! Low-cal cat treat we love: In Clover’s Slim cat treats. These tasty little treats are not just low-calorie, they contain active ingredients like prebiotics to maintain a healthy weight and svelte figure: give your kitty a leg up in the battle of the bulge. Also, be sure to slightly reduce your cat’s dinner portion size so that the treats consumed don’t result in an increase in daily caloric intake.
4. Hide and Go Eat
Secure your cat in another room while her dinner is being prepared then put her bowl in a different place each day before you release her so she has to chase around looking for it. Your cat has a great nose and will surely find her meal, but she will have to work out a little for it!
Approach B: Better Play
A healthy cat is an active cat! Stimulate your cat’s predatory instincts to get him moving.
1. The Magic Wand
There are so many awesome wand toys out there now that you should be able to find one that even the laziest cat will get moving for. Watch how your cat plays in order to pick the right wand toy for your cat. Some cats like to hunt on the ground, preferring toys that skitter along the ground and some like to hunt in the skies and would rather a feathery flier toy to chase (check out the Neko Flies Rod Kittenator in our online store). Personalize your cat’s play to make them want to get up and move.
2. The Bait & Switch
Rotate the selection of toys that your cat has out. On a weekly basis (or even more frequently) take away the toys you have been leaving out for your cat to play with while you are away and put out a different selection to keep his attention. Think new and interesting; the same old gets boring. Making compelling new toys available to your cat encourages active play.
3. The Laser Show
A laser pointer or LED pointer (the latter is safer for your cat’s eyes) can get almost any cat’s attention. And they’re pretty inexpensive and a great tool to help you learn how your cat likes to play, which has carry-over to successfully using other toys to encourage your cat to play. Notice if your cat likes to hunt the laser methodically or would rather chase it around, then focus on that kind of play. Also try tracing the laser up furniture and walls; if your cat follows it, keep going! (Bonus: it’s pretty fun to watch.) Just remember to throw your cat a toy to “kill” at the end of the play. All hunt with no pay off at the end will only end up frustrating your cat.
4. If at First You Don’t Succeed…
Give it to a Friend Not all toys will be a success; what works for a particular cat is a process of trial and error. Set up a deal with a cat-loving friend to trade toys that aren’t a hit in your respective homes. The key to motivating playtime is using what works for your cat!
Summer is right around the corner, which means road trips to the lake and to the beach. And of course we don’t want to leave anyone out- including our dogs. Here are some traveling safety tips from Animal Wellness Magazine.
More people are viewing their pets as full-fledged family members and bringing them along on errands or even on road trips. Over 69% of people take their dogs along in the car for daily errands and 34% report bringing their pets along with them on overnight trips for two nights or more (APPA Survey, 2014). Before you head off on a cross-country road trip or around the corner to the dog park, make sure your pet is comfortable and safe.
Along with your own snacks and drinks, be sure to bring a water bottle and water bowl for your dog too. Dehydration can be a real problem even in colder weather. Dogs tend to pant more in the car, resulting in more dehydration than in their familiar home environment. There are many dog travel bowls available that collapse into a small size so you can easily tuck them into a car door or travel bag.
Always Have a Collar, Leash and ID Tag
It’s important to have your dog under control when making stops along the way or at your destination. Hundreds of pets are lost or injured each year when they jump out of cars uncontrolled into parking lot traffic or wander off from the doggie break area. Leashes, collars, and dog harnesses are essential for control. Also do not forget ID tags and ideally micro-chip your pet. If your dog gets lost, you will be thankful you have them to return him home safely.
Keep All Arms, Legs, Paws & Heads Inside the Vehicle
If you wouldn’t let your child hang out your car window, then why would you let your dog? Many dogs enjoy doing this, but it isn’t worth the risk to your dog’s health. Susan O’Dell DVM, Kurgo Consulting Veterinarian, warns that allowing this can result in debris being kicked up into your pet’s eyes or exposing their lungs to pollution and exhaust fumes. Not to mention the risk of your dog being clipped by a passing car or jumping out the window at traffic stops.
Keep Fido in the Back Seat
Accidents are increasingly caused by distracted driving and nearly 30% of drivers admit to being distracted by their dog while driving (AAA/Kurgo Study). For your dog’s safety and yours, pets should never be in the front seat with you or on your lap. You should be as distraction-free as possible when driving.
There are many products specifically designed to keep your pup out of the front seat. For example, a backseat barrier fits between the two front seats to prevent your pet from getting into the front seat. Dog hammocks can also be used to protect your car seats and keep your pet in the back. They hang between the front and back seats over the bench seat, attaching to the head rests. They create a cozy place for your pup to rest on a long trip while keeping everyone safe from distracted driving.
Buckle Up for Safety
Another way to prevent distracted driving is to restrain your dog. You can do this by putting your pet in a crate that is secured with a pet carrier restraint or by putting the crate behind one of the front seats on the floor so it doesn’t move when stopping short.
For larger dogs, the best solution is a dog harness and dog seat belt. There are several options that all prevent distracted driving and offer varying levels of movement for your pet. Using a crash-tested dog harness and running the car seat belt through the harness is the safest solution. If your dog can’t tolerate this restriction, you could start with a dog seat belt which connects the harness to your seat belt system. This typically gives a little more room to stand, sit, and lay down. For more restless dogs, you can also use a dog zip line product where you attach the harness to a line running across the back seat, allowing your pup to walk back and forth. This will at least keep them out of the front seat and ensure you can drive safely.
Never Leave Your Dog Alone
Dogs should never be left unattended in the car, regardless of the weather or how long you will be gone. Heat is the biggest concern, especially when considering that on an 85 degree day, car temperatures can reach up to 120 degrees within 10 minutes with the windows open! Pets left alone can also attract pet thieves. Our suggestion is to prevent these from ever occurring by simply bringing your pet along with you.
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