Pesticide Safety for Your Pets

We’ll be bold and say that spring is here in Kansas City! That means gardening and lawn work are just around the corner. Get a safe start by selecting a safe pesticide for your pets to be able to run and play without worry. Check out this info from Modern Cat Magazine.

While spring is a time to plant beautiful flowers in your yard, it also brings pesky insects out in numbers. Because of this, a potential hazard this time of year for pets is pesticides.

“Before choosing a pesticide read the label to ensure it is safe for your pet,” said Michael Golding, assistant professor at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “Avoid products with bone-meal as these can be tasty to your pet, and pesticides with organophosphates and carbamates as these can be extremely deadly.”

The most common ways pets come into contact with pesticides is licking the toxic substances from their feet or coat, or by directly consuming the product from a container that has been left out.

If your pet begins showing symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, trouble walking, drooling, nausea, and/or tremors contact your veterinarian immediately as these are signs that your pet is suffering from pesticide related toxicity.

“A common way pesticides cause problems in our pets is through organophosphates and carbamates,” said Golding. “They act as competitive inhibitors of acetylcholinesterase, a key component of the central nervous system that allows the brain to regulate the body.”

While newer, more environmentally safe pesticides have a wider safety margin, they are still not 100% safe.

“A product that is labeled ‘green’ is not necessarily safe for dog/cat who decides to eat it,” said Golding. “It is best to be safe, so call your vet and read him/her the label information as soon as your pet has contact with the substance.”

While pesticides are a main source for toxicity in pets, there are many other toxins in a home that pets can come into contact with.

“Garage toxins such as antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, and fertilizers, and kitchen toxins like chocolate, bread dough, grapes, and onions are examples of household items that can be problematic if your pet comes into contact with them,” said Golding. “For any toxic exposure, contact your veterinarian immediately. Another excellent resource is also the Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680.”

The Importance of a PETicure

Modern Dog Magazine shares the importance of keeping your dog’s nails trimmed for reasons other than keeping your floors and furniture looking nice.

You and your beloved pet may share a lot in common: enjoying long walks in the park, snuggling up on the couch, or even taking a relaxing dip in the pool. But when it comes to an afternoon of pampering at the nail salon, our pets don’t typically share our idea of relaxation. Nevertheless, even if they find it unpleasant and stressful, clipping your pets’ nails is a crucial grooming technique for their overall health and well-being.

Leaving your pet’s nails untrimmed can lead to pain and discomfort from many different sources. “Nails that are too long can get hung on fabric, blankets, towels, etc and get torn off which is not only painful, but tends to cause a great deal of bleeding,” said Dr. Stacy Eckman, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM). “Nails that are too long (especially the dewclaws) can also grow around and into the footpads causing pain and infection.”

Popular to contrary belief, dogs aren’t the only pets that require a routine clipping. Our feline friends need some nail pampering on a regular basis as well. “Outdoor cats who climb trees keep their own nails short, but with the majority of our cats living indoors, they too need nail trims,” Eckman said. “They will naturally sharpen their claws if given adequate substrate to do this on (i.e. a scratching post or wood), but may need additional trimming, especially on the back claws.” Keep in mind that it is natural for cats to also use scratching posts to mark their scent, and even cats that are declawed will “use” a scratching post for this purpose.

Trimming your pet’s nails can be done as often as necessary. For dogs, trimming their nails whenever you bathe them can be convenient for both of you. Since we do not typically bathe our cats, a thorough trim every 2 to 4 weeks is plenty.

To ensure the best nail trim for your pet, and to leave the difficult task to the experts, bring your pup to the Barkery! We’ll have your four-legged pal in and out and looking good!

Buy a Wooden Toybox and Save 20% on Accessories and Toys!

You’ve got pet toys everywhere you look – what to do?

It’s time to make a trip to the Barkery to pick up one of our new charming wooden toy boxes!

Perfect for keeping things tidy (surely Bandit can play with one or two toys at a time) – and to add to the collection, you’ll get 20% off any new accessories or toys that you can fit in the box!  Hugs close and soothes anxiety.

We’ve got everything from leashes to squeaky toys, and calming thundershirts to catnip. You can view some of our collection online by clicking here, but stop in today to see the full array!

Cat Dental Care

In this article by Dr. Jennifer Coates from Pet360, she explains how to keep your cat’s teeth clean and healthy:

In the interests of full disclosure, I’ll just say it at here at the beginning: I never have brushed any of my cats’ teeth. Not once.

I know I should; I council my clients that they should. But when I get the “you’ve got to be kidding me” look, I quickly offer alternatives that, while not as effective as tooth brushing, still do help maintain feline oral health. I don’t dispute the facts showing that daily tooth brushing not only helps maintain the health of a cat’s teeth and gums, but can also prevent more widespread health problems down the line. My decision was purely practical, originating at a time when I lived with four cats, four dogs, and two horses. If I was going to brush all those teeth every day, I wasn’t going to get much else accomplished. And since brushing teeth less frequently than every other day or so doesn’t seem to have much benefit, I just decided to forgo it completely. So if you brush your cat’s teeth every day, keep up the good work. I am impressed. For the rest of us slackers out here, here are a few of the other options that are worth considering.

  • Regular dry foods don’t do much to keep a cat’s teeth clean, but some of the diets that have been specially formulated to help prevent dental disease do actually help. Look for a product that carries the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal of approval. You do not need to feed one of these “dental diets” exclusively. You can offer a small handful of kibbles once or twice a day (decreasing your cat’s other food to compensate for the extra calories) and still get some benefit.
  • Drinking-water additives are extremely easy to use. Again, the VOHC seal of approval will let you know whether or not a particular product has undergone unbiased testing.
  • And finally, there is what I call tooth-wiping. Simply wrap one of your fingers in a piece of gauze (the rough texture is ideal), apply a small amount of a feline oral-care product to it, and run your finger once along your cat’s teeth on each side of the mouth. You’ll wipe away some of the plaque that is developing and put the active ingredients where they are needed most, from the back of the mouth up to the canine teeth. The whole procedure should take a total of about ten seconds … if your cat is cooperative, that is.

A lack of time (or desire) to brush your cats’ teeth isn’t an excuse to ignore their mouths, however. Do what you can preventative-wise, schedule a dental prophylaxis (exam, cleaning, X-rays, etc.) when one is needed, and if a problem like a broken tooth develops, deal with it quickly. Your cats may not thank you, but they’ll be healthier because of your efforts.

Our Lee’s Summit Location Relaunches with New Developments!

Our Lee’s Summit store has been revamped!

Now you can shop at the Barkery with a new user friendly layout specifically designed to create a better shopping experience for our patrons. This includes a new, bigger and better cooler with a great selection of our refrigerated and frozen meals for your pet.

1072376_10153296074882519_3274362759747610395_oTo celebrate, this Saturday we’ll have a grand reopening featuring the Barkery Prize Wheel, huge savings on our most popular brands – including $10 off select large bags! Be sure to enter our raffle to benefit Chain of Hope for a shot at a $200 Barkery gift basket.  The celebration continues with a week-long gala including great promotions, fun contests, raffles and prizes, deep discounts on some of your pet’s favorite foods, and new local partnerships to help stay connected with the community.

Stop by today and check out the new and improved Lee’s Summit Barkery!




Pooches on the Patio Photo Gallery

A special thanks to all who joined us for Pooches at the Patio at Julian! Enjoy photos from the special event by Katie Breit. Click any image to enlarge.

Dogs with Bad Breath – Is it Normal?

Halitosis in Dogs

Halitosis is the medical term used to describe an offensive odor that comes from the mouth, producing bad breath. A number of causes may be responsible for this condition, notably periodontal disease, a disease resulting from bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria is also associated with plaque and cavities.

Small animal breeds and brachycephalic breeds (characterized by their short-nosed, flat-faced features; e.g., the Pug, Boston Terrier, Pekingese) are the most prone to periodontal and other mouth diseases, in large part because their teeth are close together.

Symptoms and Types

In most cases, there are no other symptoms aside from a bad odor emanating from the mouth. If the cause of the odor is a disease of the mouth, other symptoms may become apparent, including pawing at the mouth, inability to eat (anorexia), loose teeth, and excessive drooling, which may or may not have traces of blood.


A variety of conditions may lead to halitosis, including metabolic disorders such as diabetes mellitus (commonly known as sugar diabetes); respiratory problems such as inflammation of the nose or nasal passages (rhinitis); inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis); and gastrointestinal problems, such as enlargement of the esophageal tube, the main channel that leads from the throat to the stomach.

Other possible causes of halitosis might be traced to a trauma, like that of an electric cord injury. Viral, bacterial or fungal infections can cause foul odors to emit from within the body, and dietary problems can play a role in the emission of odor as well. For example, if your dog has been eating offensive foods, or is exhibiting a behavior called coprophagia, where it is eating feces, your dog will have correlating foul breath.

Further possibilities are pharyngitis, an inflammation of the throat or pharynx, and tonsillitis, an inflammation of the tonsils. The presence of cancer, or the presence of foreign bodies may also result in disease of the mouth and accompanying bad breath. But, the most notable cause of halitosis is a disease of the mouth such as periodontal disease, which is due to plaque bacteria buildup.


Diagnostic procedures to evaluate periodontal disease as the most likely cause of halitosis include X-rays of the inside of the mouth, and an examination of the mouth for characteristics such as tooth mobility and sulfide concentrations.


Once the specific cause of halitosis is known, various therapies may be used to address the problem. In some cases, multiple causes may be to blame. For example, your dog may have periodontal disease along with having a foreign object present in the mouth. Treatment for the condition is dependent upon the cause(s).

If periodontal disease is to blame, treatment will include cleaning and polishing the teeth, or extraction of teeth that have greater than 50 percent loss of the supporting bone and gum tissues around them. Some medications may help to reduce odor, and help to control the bacteria that infect the gums and other oral tissues, causing bad breath.

Living and Management

You will need to continue to remain observant of your dog’s symptoms. It is important to consistently provide proper professional dental care to your dog, as well as to supplement this with at home tooth care. Daily tooth brushing can help prevent the plaque buildup that leads to related halitosis. You will also need to prevent your dog from eating bad-smelling foods, such as garbage. Cleaning the yard frequently will also avoid incidences of coprophagia.

From Petmd

Why Danny O’Neill Brings His Dog to the Barkery

Danny O’Neill, aka “Bean Baron” and President of The Roasterie, is a longtime customer who shared with us why he shops and grooms his dog at Brookside Barkery and Bath:

“We bring all of our pets to the Barkery – they love dogs here and they understand that every dog has a unique personality. We drop her (Chewy) off and don’t worry a bit about her. Many years ago we read an article on what was in dog food and it just absolutely scared us. We only buy dog food here at the Barkery. We know that the Barkery only sources wholesome, healthy food. This is the only place we get dog food. It’s scary what they put in some dog food, but you don’t have to worry about that when you shop at The Barkery.”

We couldn’t have said it better! Our mission at the Barkery is “Better Health through Better Nutrition” and our goal is to provide the most up-to-date holistic health information with the best customer service possible. As the pioneering all-natural pet food store and bathing facility in the area, we’re dedicated to being the leader in customer service, pet care knowledge and quality products. Our driving passion is helping owners provide only the best for their animal companion. To help fulfill that mission, we offer the largest selection of natural pet food in Kansas City.

If you’ve not tried Brookside Barkery and Bath, take it from our loyal customers: There is a difference!