Bladder Health

A pet’s nutrition is what supports organ function throughout the body, and the proper diet can make all the difference. Dietary magnesium is considered one of the main contributors to urinary struvite formation. The excessive amounts of grains and carbs in most generic dry pet food brands make it high in magnesium. (Contrarily, meat-based diets are high in phosphorus, which decreases urinary excretion of magnesium and can prevent stone formation). Especially for a carnivore, a diet low in magnesium and high in phosphorus promotes healthy bladder and urinary function.

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Bladder Care Supplements by Herbsmith


Herbsmith’s Bladder Care contains ingredients to support a healthy urinary tract and is a great formula to support bladder health. By maintaining a normal bladder pH, Bladder Care may reduce the likelihood of crystal and stone formation. It promotes optimal bladder and urinary tract health and function by supporting healthy urine elimination. D-mannose, cranberry, and herbs support bladder health, which is key to developing the proper urinary environment.

Stop in your local Brookside Barkery & Bath and ask a nutrition specialist about Bladder Care for your pet today.

October Special: Farmina

Brookside Barkery and Bath is running a special on Farmina dog and cat food all month long! Here at the Barkery, we pride ourselves in only carrying the highest quality of food for your best friend. Farmina dog & cat food is all-natural, nutritious, and scientifically validated. Using only the finest raw ingredients and following strict guidelines set by nutritional experts, Farmina is nature and science in perfect harmony. With nutrition as the basis of your pet’s well-being, all of Farmina’s recipes are scientifically designed according to nature.

Through the month of October, save big on Farmina dog and cat food:

  • $5 off large bags
  • $3 off medium bags
  • $2 off small bags

This all-natural food for your best friend contains only natural antioxidants, is 100% GMO-free, and grain and gluten-free. It’s also rich in high quality vitamins and has a low glycemic index. Stored in a protective atmosphere, Farmina food is exactly what your pet needs to feel happy and healthy.

Stop by either of our Barkery locations in Brookside or our newly expanded Lee’s Summit location and take advantage of this deal! Your furry friend will love you for it!

Special available October 1-31, 2018 only.

5 Beneficial Uses of Sovereign Silver for Pets

If you are anything like us, your furry family members are just as important as your children. Even the healthiest of pets can get themselves into trouble with a cut snout or paw every now and again. Most of the time our pets are troopers while us loyal pet owners can tend to get a little paranoid. Before you jump to conclusions and call your local vet, consider looking into Sovereign Silver for Pets!

Sovereign Silver for Pets is a liquid antibiotic, anti-viral and anti-fungal that provides easy and safe immune support for your pet. It has been used to treat and prevent an assortment of conditions in animals. Take a look at these 5 beneficial uses of Sovereign Silver for Pets as seen in Dogs Naturally Magazine.

  1. Infection: Sovereign Silver is an all-around pathogen fighter for any disease – bacterial, fungal or viral in nature. It can also be used as a preventative when exposure to sick animals is unavoidable.
  2. Skin: Sovereign Silver for Pets can be used topically for skin infections to repair and sooth tissue damage such as wounds, burns and even ringworm.
  3. Ears: For a nasty and painful ear infection, Sovereign Silver for Pets can be directly dropped into the ears to help fight off yeast and bacteria while offering relief to your furry friend.
  4. Eyes: Treat your pet’s eye conditions including infections, inflammation, allergies and even tear staining. The best part? Sovereign Silver can be dropped directly into the eyes with no sting involved!
  5. Lungs: One of the most versatile natural immune system boosters – Sovereign Silver can be used as a mist with a nebulizer to treat a variety of respiratory problems including bronchitis and pneumonia.

Click here for more information on how to use Sovereign Silver for Pets. Be sure to stop by either of our Brookside or Lee’s Summit Barkery locations to speak with one of our pet experts and pick up your bottle of Sovereign Silver for Pets today!

Pumpkin for Treating Diarrhea in Dogs

If you’ve asked for advice at the Barkery to treat your dog’s diarrhea, we’ve probably mentioned before that pumpkin is a good way to help resolve the issue. In this article by holistic veterinarian Dr. Jean Dodds, we’ll take a closer look at pumpkin, why it’s used for management of diarrhea, and whether it might make sense for your companion animal.

Before we begin, however, please be aware that if your pet is experiencing diarrhea, a veterinarian should first determine if an underlying medical condition exists. Just like humans, pets can get diarrhea for many reasons, and you should know what you’re dealing with before trying to manage it. Severe diarrhea can also result in dehydration and loss of electrolytes, which can have serious consequences without medical intervention.

Once your veterinarian gives the “all-clear” to manage your pets diarrhea naturally, you can consider whether pumpkin is a viable alternative.

What is pumpkin?

Pumpkins are actually a fruit in the squash family. Like many fruits, pumpkins contain high amounts of fiber, which is important to digestive health.

What is fiber?

Fiber, also referred to as “roughage” or “bulk,” is any part of a plant that cannot be broken down and digested by the body’s enzymes (Mayo Clinic, 2012). Dietary fiber is found in all plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, beans, and seeds.

There are two types of fiber – soluble and insoluble – and most foods contain a combination of the two.

  • Soluble fiber – As the name implies, this fiber is “soluble,” or breaks down in water. Soluble fiber absorbs water from the digestive tract, forming a gel-like substance that slows down the digestive process. Soluble fiber is found in foods such as oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley, psyllium, and pumpkin.
  • Insoluble fiber – This fiber adds bulk to the stool and tends to speed up the passage of food through the digestive tract. Insoluble fiber is found in foods such as whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, nuts, beans, and certain vegetables like cauliflower, green beans, and potatoes.

The soluble fiber in pumpkin slows digestion, which is beneficial in the management of diarrhea. And, since it absorbs water, it “bulks” up the stool, helping control the loose, water stools characteristic of diarrhea. Clinical studies show that soluble fiber helps regulate stool frequency and consistency in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

While insoluble fiber can benefit those suffering from constipation, it’s best to avoid feeding too much insoluble fiber to animals suffering from diarrhea, since it can act as a natural laxative.

Incorporating pumpkin into  your pet’s diet

Canned pumpkin is an excellent source of dietary fiber, with about 7 grams of fiber in a one cup serving, and it’s conveniently available at your nearest Barkery or grocery store. Just be sure that pumpkin is the only ingredient, you don’t want any added salt or spices.

Feeding your pet pumpkin has additional benefits. It’s packed full of nutrients, including beta-carotene, zinc, iron, vitamin A and potassium. And, since fiber provides a feeling of fullness, it can be used as a supplement for overweight pets when reducing daily caloric intake.

The amount of canned pumpkin you feed will depend on your dogs weight. We suggested working up to 1 tablespoon per day for smaller dogs and 2 tablespoons per day for larger dogs. However, be sure you don’t add too much too soon. Too much canned pumpkin can cause diarrhea, gas, bloating, and cramping. To avoid these effects, incorporate small amounts of pumpkin slowly and work your way up to the suggested dose. This will allow the bacteria in the digestive tract to adjust to the increased fiber.

The bottom line

If your dog or cat suffers from mild to moderate diarrhea, and your veterinarian has ruled out a serious underlying condition, the soluble fiber found in pumpkin may help relieve the symptoms. Just be sure to introduce it slowly and feed in moderation. Also, encourage your pet to drink plenty of fresh water. Proper hydration is key in helping the soluble fiber do its job.

If your pet could use some fiber in his or her diet, stop in your nearest Barkery and speak with a nutrition specialist today.

September Special: Steve’s Real Food

Steve’s Real Food’s raw frozen formulas are the most convenient way to feed raw. Steve’s frozen nuggets allow you to simply pour and serve without defrosting, cutting up meat, or mixing foods. It’s 100% complete and balanced, and made from only the most superior ingredients on the market. Steve’s makes it easier and more affordable to provide raw nutrition for your pets.

This month, save on Steve’s Real Food for dogs & cats with:

  • $5 off 9.75lb boxes
  • $5 off 13.5lb boxes
  • $5 off 20lb boxes (now available to special order!)
  • $3 off 5lb bags

Raw feeding has never been easier with Steve’s Real Food. Learn more about the benefits of feeding raw & get started today!

Dr. Dodson on Grain-Free Foods & Heart Disease

If you feed grain-free kibble, chances are you’ve seen recent headlines suggesting that feeding grain-free kibble is linked to heart disease in dogs. With these stories swarming madly all over the internet, you’ve probably questioned if the grain-free diet you’ve been feeding your dog is better or worse for his or her health.

This week, we met with our friend Dr. Dodson at Mariposa Veterinary Wellness Center to get her professional opinion on the whole debate.

Is it time to switch your pet’s food?

If your pet isn’t thriving on his current food, it’s time to switch to something better. Know what signs to look for.

For those of us in the pet care business who are advocates for animal health and happiness, it’s frustrating to see how many animals are being fed mediocre or poor quality foods, with the expected poor result.

And it’s not only grocery or mid-priced foods that can fail to make your pet thrive. Even some high-quality pet foods can be wrong or become wrong for your individual pet. A food that’s working well on one pet may not be the right choice for your own companion. “One size fits all” does not work when it comes to pet food.

Check out the list of indications below that the food and treats or dog or cat eats aren’t working for him as they should. Any of these reasons from Animal Wellness Magazine is enough to consider kicking your food to the curb, but if your pet suffers from more than one, it’s definitely time to switch it up.

Signs that can signal the need for a food change

1. Food rejection or finicky behavior.

Your dog or cat starts being picky or even completely rejects a food that he’s eaten heartily in the past. A little fussiness isn’t reason to dump a food that has worked well, but if your pet constantly rejects the food, it’s time to consider a change.

2. Skin & coat problems

If your pet experiences any of these negative changes in skin and coat results, a change in food could solve the problem:

  • Hair loss or excessive and constant shedding regardless of the season.
  • A dull, lifeless, “stiff” or greasy coat.
  • A sudden case of the “itches” that has him scratching all day and night.
  • You start to see “hot spots” and other skin irritations, sores or patches of dryness, and your animal becomes obsessed with chewing and scratching these spots.
3. Energy dips and spikes
  • Decreased energy levels – this could be food-related or signal more serious health problems.
  • Excessive energy – yes, we want our pets to have high spirits! But if a dog or cat’s personality seems to change from “spirited but manageable” or “laid back and mellow” to “hyper and hard to control,” you need to examine and potentially reconsider your food and treat choices. High levels of carbohydrates from grains and other sources are not optimal energy sources for carnivores such as cats and dogs. High carbs in pets can cause the same hyperactivity as sugar in kids.
4. Stomach and stool problems

The draining symptoms of alternating diarrhea, constipation and vomiting are all potential signs of canine or feline irritable bowel disease (IBD). Pets experiencing IBD lose energy and vitality, and if it goes on for too long, it’s tough for affected animals to bounce back.

No food should cause these serious digestive problems. Less serious, but not to be ignored, are loose stools or changes in the color, size and consistency of the stool that persist more than a few days. This could indicate that something has changed in the food you’re using, or in your pet’s tolerance and proper digestion of the food.

What to know if you see any of these signs

Your food may be a mediocre quality, high carb food, in the category of most popular grocery brands. High carb foods are just not the way our carnivores are meant to eat. It ignores the carnivore’s innate biology. Replace low end grain- or carb-heavy kibble with meat-based foods and you’ll see a major improvement in your pet’s overall health, energy, appearance and maybe even his behavior. Putting only good things in your pets body helps bring out the best in him.

The pet food you buy may have been changed by the manufacturer. Foods can “change out from under you” because  manufacturers may make changes to their product without updating the label for up to a year or longer. Some companies that are more concerned with their bottom line than your pet’s health may include the same, but lower quality ingredients. If the manufacturer switches to a lower grade, you won’t be able to tell by reading, only by feeding and seeing the results.

Your dog or cat could have developed a food allergy or sensitivity to one or more ingredients. A dog or cat can eat the same food for years and do well with it, but then start showing signs of sensitivities or allergies to the protein source or other ingredients. If a food that’s always worked well begins to cause skin and coat reactions, hot spots, or other allergic reactions, your animal may have developed an allergy. This is why we always recommend rotating your proteins!

Your animal is changing, not the food. Changes in your dog or cat’s body chemistry, metabolism, and digestive efficiency as they enter different life stages can also be the trigger that makes yesterday’s food wrong for tomorrow. Pay attention to the rhythm of your pet’s life stages, with particular attention to the transition between puppy or kitten and adult, and later in life from adult to senior status.



If your when your dog or cat’s food isn’t fulfilling his needs, it’s probably time to switch it up and find a healthy new partnership! Start by visiting Brookside Barkery & Bath. We’ll help you choose the diet that’s right for your pet, and you’ll soon have a healthier, happier companion.

On Sale Now: Lotus Pet Foods

Lotus Natural Food for Pets is a unique line of holistic, oven-baked dry foods, canned stews and raw foods, all created for the long, happy life of your favorite dog or cat.

We’re talking high-quality animal proteins like lamb and poultry, whole fruits and veggies, a unique oil blend bursting with omega-3s and 6s, and energy giving carbs like barley and potatoes, all gently baked into tasty little cookies and savory stews that will have your pet smiling from ear to floppy ear.

Check out what Lotus is giving away this month, only at the Barkery:

  • Dog Cans: Buy 2 Get 1 FREE!
  • Cat Cans: Buy 2 Get 1 FREE!
  • Dog Kibble: Buy any size bag, get a small bag FREE!

The Bowl-Free, Natural Way to Feed Your Cat

When your cat “hunts” for its food, it’s happier and healthier.  Doc & Phoebe’s Indoor Hunting Feeder is the fun and easy way to feed your cat as nature intended – by hunting! Manage scarf and barf, alleviate anxiety and destructive behavior, and prevent litter box issues with this veterinarian designed feeder by Doc & Phoebe.

Bowl feeding can cause many downsides for your cat – aggression, scarf and barf, night walking, etc. Your cat’s stomach is the size of a ping-pong ball – the size of a mouse. In nature, cats spend 80% of their waking hours hunting for food. Cats need to hunt, catch, and play with at least 5 small meals a day.

The Indoor Hunting Feeder is a complete bowl replacement for one cat. Hunt, catch and play with five small meals a day.

The Benefits of Hunting

1 – Prevent bad behavior.

Cats redirect the hunting instinct into bad cat behavior. Exercising natural hunting instinct improves your cat’s mood and preserves your furniture!

2 – Sleep through the night.

Your cat will hunt for feeders at night, instead of hunting you!

3 – Stop scarf and barf.

Your cat’s stomach is the size of a ping-pong ball. Hunting multiple small portions eliminates scarf and barf.

4 – Litter box solutions.

Cats show distress by peeing outside of the litterbox. Hunting feeders relieve stress and can eliminate this terrible problem.

5 – Weight management.

Portion control + exercise = healthy weight.

6 – Prevent boredom.

Your cat will happily spend the day hunting, receiving much-needed exercise.

So how exactly does it work? The feeding system comes with five plastic feeders, each one with a removable, washable mouse “skin” that simulates the feel of real prey. Simply portion your cat’s food into the five feeders and hide them throughout the house. At first, you can hide the mice in easier to find locations until your cat gets the hang of it, then graduate to more challenging spots.

Your cat will use its sense of smell to find each mouse, grab it and toss it around until the food spills out so that just the right amount fills your cat’s stomach. By repeating this multiple times throughout the day, your cat will stay physically and mentally stimulated while eating properly portioned meals.

We love that the mouse skins are washable, and the plastic food dispensers and scoop are BPA-free and can be washed in the top rack of a dishwasher. Multiple sets can also be used in a multi-cat household!

Cats can become obese, lazy, anxious and even destructive or sick in the absence of hunting and interacting with their food. So what are  you waiting for? Doc & Phoebe’s new Indoor Hunting Feeders are available for your kitty now at the Brookside Barkery & Bath!

Summer Killer Alert: Blue-Green Algae

By Dr. Karen Becker

There’s a warm weather menace lurking in the environment many dog parents have never even heard of, and while I hate to throw a monkey wrench into anyone’s summertime fun, I feel it’s my duty to raise awareness about the dangers of blue-green algae.

Every summer there are reports of pet deaths after exposure to these toxic algae. Between 2007 and 2011, 13 states (Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Virginia, Wisconsin, California, Kansas, Montana and Texas) reported 67 suspected or confirmed cases of dogs being poisoned through exposure to harmful algae blooms.1 The dogs came in contact with the algae in a variety of ways:

  • 58 were in fresh water, one was in marine water and nine exposure sources were unknown
  • Nine dogs were made sick by inhaling the blooms, six ingested the blooms, 36 were exposed through the skin with accompanying ingestion and 16 had unknown contact
  • 29 dogs had gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting and diarrhea)
  • Other symptoms included lethargy (12 cases) and neurologic signs, including stumbling or change in behavior (six cases)

While the most common victims of blue-green algae are dogs, other animals are also at risk, including cats, birds, horses, livestock and wildlife that drink from contaminated bodies of water, or groom themselves after a swim. In humans, exposure to harmful algae can cause a skin rash, hives, runny nose, irritated eyes and throat irritation. If water containing the toxic blooms is swallowed it can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, throat irritation and muscle pain.

Blue-Green Algae Contain Deadly Bacteria

Blue-green algae contain deadly microorganisms called cyanobacteria, which are microscopic organisms found in freshwater lakes, streams, ponds (including backyard ponds) and brackish (salty) water ecosystems.

The algae give the water a blue-green or “pea soup” appearance. It looks almost as if someone spilled blue or green paint on the surface of the water. These floating blooms can form thick, dense mats that collect near the shore, which is where animals and people come in contact with them.

Blue-green algae are prevalent in the mid-to-late summer months and are most often found in nutrient-rich water. The algae tends to bloom in locations where there is heat and low water flow combined with high levels of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus. This type of blue-green algae is different from the species that is considered a superfood. It can be very confusing to pet parents to hear about toxic algae blooms because many feed medicinal algae to their pets as a whole food supplement.

The algae grown in controlled environments for the nutraceutical, supplement and food industries are entirely different than the algae that naturally bloom in lakes and ponds. Spirulina and other types of health-giving algae are popular supplements and have been proven to be safe and very beneficial.

Blue-Green Algae Toxicity in Animals

Not all blue-green algae are toxic, but there’s no way to know whether a plant is poisonous without testing. According to the Food Poisoning Bulletin:

“There is no way to tell if a blue-green algal bloom is toxic by looking at it. The harmful blooms look like pea soup, green paint, or floating mats of scum. They sometimes have a bad smell. But these blooms aren’t always large and dense and can be present in a lake with little visible algae.

Before you, your children, or your pets go into the water, look at the lake closely to see if there is algae on the water or on the shore.”2

Experts advise that all blooms floating on natural bodies of water should be considered potentially toxic. Even minor exposure, such as a dog drinking a few mouthfuls of contaminated water, can be lethal. Symptoms of blue-green algae toxicity include:

Vomiting Coma
Diarrhea Shock
Blood in the stool or black tarry stool Excessive drooling or tearing
Pale mucous membranes Muscle tremors
Jaundice Muscle rigidity
Seizures Bluish discoloration of skin and mucous membranes
Disorientation Difficulty breathing

Symptoms depend on the toxin involved. Toxins that attack the liver cause elevated liver enzymes, low blood sugar, low protein and occasionally, abnormal clotting activity. These toxins can result in liver damage or failure and immediate aggressive treatment is necessary to save the animal.

Exposure to another type of toxin found in blue-green algae, anatoxins, results in nervous system symptoms and can bring death in minutes to hours due to respiratory paralysis.

Exposure to Blue-Green Algae Is a Medical Emergency

It’s important to understand that no antidote currently exists for the toxins produced by blue-green algae. If you suspect your pet has been exposed, rinse him with fresh water, administer high-potency homeopathic Nux Vomica if possible and seek immediate emergency veterinary care.

Your veterinarian or emergency animal hospital staff may induce vomiting if your dog isn’t yet showing signs of poisoning. Symptomatic patients may need to be hospitalized to receive life-saving treatments such as intravenous (IV) fluids, medications to control seizures or vomiting, oxygen therapy and blood transfusions.

Unfortunately, death may occur within hours of exposure, even with aggressive treatment, which is why preventing exposure is so important. If you see a body of water that is a greenish color, play it safe and steer clear.