9 Ways to Help an Arthritic Dog

You may not know where to start when your Vet informs you that Buster has developed arthritis. Modern Dog Magazine shares some expert tips on how to give your dog relief – and help.

#1 Slim down If your dog is overweight, commit to helping her slim down. Extra weight places extra strain on joints, worsening the pain of arthritis. Feeling guilty because your dog is looking longingly at her food bowl? Mix a little pumpkin (unsweetened, not canned) into her dinner; it’s healthy, low cal, and will help her feel full. We like both Fruitables’ and Merrick’s natural canned pumpkin for dogs.

#2 Gentle exercise Your dog absolutely still needs regular exercise—it is a must—to keep her moving and from stiffening up, just make sure it’s controlled, gentle, low impact, and short in duration. Try a dog treadmill, which allows for a slow walk at your dog’s desired pace.

#3 Ramps & pet steps Help your arthritic dog get up steps, on to a bed, or in and out of cars with a ramp or pet steps.

#4 Improved traction Arthritic dogs are less steady on their feet. Offer them stability with secure rugs for traction or a product like Dr. Buzby’s Toe Grips, which puts an end to slipping, sliding, and struggling, by providing instant traction for slipping senior, arthritic, or special needs pets. Made of a natural nonslip material, they grip the floor, keeping your dog steady and upright.

#5 Canine massage Massage eases sore muscles, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress for both the giver and receiver. Plus, it’s a great for bonding and a wonderful way to check in with your older dog, enabling you to note any new lumps, bumps or sore places. (Look for this service coming soon from the Barkery!)

#6 Acupuncture Yes, acupuncture. It’s not just for people. Veterinary acupuncture stimulates the release of the body’s own pain relieving and anti-inflammatory substances.

#7 Sweet heat Heating pads relieve aches. For a low-tech solution make your own DIY warmer in a jiffy; here’s how: fill a cotton tube sock or knee length sock with four cups of rice or whole corn (not popping corn!), then knot the end or tie it off with string or stitch it closed. Microwave it for a minute, and voilá, you’ve made your dog a heating pad! Or go high-tech for testimonial-backed results that go beyond soothing aches and pains. Canine Light Therapy pads use specific wavelengths of light for therapeutic and healing benefits including pain relief, muscle relaxation, stimulating acupuncture points, releasing trigger points, and healing injuries.

#8 A comfy, supportive bed Give your dog a comfortable, supportive bed to ease his weary bones. A well-padded resting spot goes a long way. Heated beds like those available through khpet.com can also ease aches and pains.


#9 Natural supplements We asked Dr. Loridawn Gordon, a naturopathic veterinarian, for how to help dogs with arthritis naturally. Here’s what she had to say:

“Natural options to treat arthritis in dogs include devil’s claw, a herbal remedy that’s prescribed to reduce inflammation and pain. It’s often used when pets are diagnosed with arthritis, but it shouldn’t be given if your pet is diabetic. Mild cases of arthritis respond well to vitamins C and E, as well as dl-phenylalanine. If the case is severe, adding sodium oxide dismutase, also known as SOD, can do the trick. This is an antioxidant that provides anti-inflammatory properties.

If you want to take an Ayurvedic approach to treating your pet’s arthritis, you can try Boswellia and Ashwaganda. Both are anti-inflammatory herbs that provide relief of stiffness and pain by shrinking inflamed tissues down and increasing the blood supply to these areas in order to promote healing. Ashwaganda also helps generate energy while counteracting the negative effects of stress on the body.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin are also popular natural remedies that support healthy joints by enhancing the cartilage between the joints. These supplements can help halt the degeneration of the cartilage and help the body rebuild it.

Pau D’Arco is an herbal remedy that’s known for relieving the pain caused by arthritis, which can promote mobility if your pet is having trouble getting around.

Turmeric is another commonly prescribed herbal remedy for animals suffering with arthritis because it has a strong anti-inflammatory effect. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that strengthens the liver and protects against myriad diseases.”

Be sure to check with your vet to see which supplements are suitable for your dog. Some natural remedies can react with medications your dog may be on.

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Has Your Cat Been Poisoned?

Whether you saw your cat ingest something dangerous, or you suspect this is the case, it’s important to look for the signs of poisoning and act quickly. Pet 360 shares this excellent article on the topic, and what steps to take in an emergency situation. 

It is not uncommon for an animal to ingest a poison or toxic substance. If you have witnessed your cat ingesting a toxic substance or it is behaving abnormally, you should immediately take your cat to a veterinarian for treatment, as it may have poisoned itself. If you find the substance that was ingested, bring this to the veterinarian for examination, along with any vomit samples. This will aid in the diagnosis and treatment plan.

Symptoms & Types of Poisoning

Your cat may be experiencing unexplained vomiting, diarrhea, or may appear to be weak (lethargic) to the point of being unable to move.

Causes of Poisoning

Poison intoxication occurs when a cat ingests a foreign material, fluid or otherwise, that causes a physical reaction. If left untreated, it can be fatal.

Diagnosis of Poisoning

Poisons and toxic substances come in many forms, and it is often difficult to give an exact diagnosis if the substance is not known and identified. If your veterinarian is unsure as to what was ingested, the cat’s symptoms will be treated as they become obvious. When possible, a blood work-up will be ordered to determine the exact cause of the poisoning.

Treatment for Poisoning

The goal of treatment is to neutralize the ingested substance to prevent further absorption into the cat’s body, and to provide supportive measures to your pet. When possible, an antidote based upon what was ingested will be administered. There are several treatment options to assist in the removal of the toxic substance and the rehabilitation of your cat, including supportive behavior to alleviate pain and control body temperature. If your cat is unable to breathe, an emergency airway must be established quickly to prevent asphyxiation. If your pet’s heart has stopped, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or massage of the heart (cardiac massage) may be required to regain a proper heartbeat. The use of enemas and activated charcoal will help to prevent further absorption into the body, and external oils can be used to prevent absorption into the skin as the substance passes through the body. Your veterinarian may also choose gastric lavage (internal washing). Using a tube passed into the stomach and filled with water to flush the cat’s system, the substance will be washed directly from the stomach. Diuretic drugs will enhance the secretion of the substance through the urinary tract.

For serious conditions, filtering of the kidneys with a dialysis machine may be recommended to remove the substance from the cat’s blood and kidneys.

You will need to observe your cat to track its progression. Following treatment, your veterinarian will continue to monitor your pet and determine whether its condition is improving or worsening. Fluid therapy will be recommended to keep your pet hydrated.

Prevention of Poisoning

The best method of prevention is to keep all harmful substances out of your cat’s reach in and around the home.

Earn $ When You Refer Friends to the Barkery!

We’re excited to announce our new rewards program!

Loyalty has its rewards, especially if you share your enthusiasm about the Barkery with friends! We have referral cards throughout both stores. Take one home and give it to a friend and invite them to shop Kansas City’s largest selection of natural pet food – or they can grab a bath for their pet! If they come in with your referral card, we’ll reward you with a $5 gift certificate and your friend with a $10 gift certificate!

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Dogs: Safe vs. Dangerous “People Food”

Top 10 Foods to avoid

1. Chocolate

Chocolate is a big no-no. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous, but any chocolate can kill a dog, even white chocolate.

2. Sweets, chewing gum and diet foods containing Xylitol

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in sugar-free foods such as sweets, chewing gum and diet foods. The Xylitol content of these products can vary widely but significant amounts can cause acute and life threatening low blood sugar as well as liver failure.

3. Grapes and Raisins

I have seen people use grapes and raisins as treats for their dog but that is a very bad idea, as a handful can be fatal.

4. Caffeine

One or two laps of a drink containing caffeine are unlikely to be poisonous but an ingested tea bag may cause death in a small dog.

5. Macadamia Nuts

Never feed macadamia nuts or foods containing them as they are toxic to dogs. Eating as few as six nuts is enough to make your dog ill.

6. Alcohol

Dogs are much smaller than humans, and so the amount of alcohol it takes to cause harm is much less than for a human. Keep it well out of their reach.

7. Fruit pips and seeds

Pips and seeds contain cyanide and can cause digestive blockage. Large pips such as avocado stones can get stuck in the oesophagus, stomach or intestinal tract.

8. Table Scraps

I have no problem with sharing table scraps that are safe and healthy for your dog, but often they contain high levels of fat. Too much fat can cause pancreatitis and obesity, which can be life threatening or have long-term consequences.

9. Cooked bones

Cooked bones should never be fed to your dog as they can perforate the oesophagus, stomach or intestines and cause blockages along the digestive tract.

10. Onions

Onions contain a chemical that can damage your dog’s red blood cells and cause anaemia, weakness and breathing difficulties. Don’t ever give your dog raw, powdered, dehydrated or cooked onions or anything containing onions.

There are some foods that are great for your dog. Here’s my top 10.

1. Egg

A boiled egg is a great source of very digestible protein, especially for dogs prone to digestive upset.

2. Fish

Oily fish is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids which boosts the immune system and can be beneficial for allergies, skin and coat.

3. Kale and Spinach

Kale and Spinach are both excellent sources of antioxidant and help the liver detoxify the body.

4. Broccoli

Broccoli is loaded with vitamins and nutrients but only feed your dog a small amount, no more than 5% of their daily diet.

5. Carrots

A crunchy source of antioxidants and other nutrients, carrots are the most underrated vegetable. Carrots contain an array of vitamins that will help your dog’s heart function, reduce the risk of cancer and support eye health.

5. Sweet potato

Sweet potato is full of antioxidants, promotes a healthy heart and keeps your dog’s immune system strong.

6. Ricotta cheese

This is low in lactose and has a good ratio of calcium to phosphorus which is great for your dog’s health.

7. Blueberries raspberries and blackberries

These little berries are filled with great antioxidants, can aid heart function, help fight cancer and have anti-inflammatory benefits.

8. Apple

Packed with nutrients apples are thought to protect against some types of cancer but make sure you don’t feed your pet the core.

9. Quinoa

This little gluten free seed is a powerhouse of nutrients and a great replacement for grains.

10. Banana

Feeding a small piece of Banana to your dog can sooth their gastrointestinal tract and can also be used to treat a minor upset.

Source: HuffPost

Kitty City Kansas Rescue Announces New Location

Our friends at Kitty City Kansas Rescue are pleased to announce the opening of their new Adoption Center!

Visit 12800 Santa Fe Trail Dr. Lenexa, Ks to meet a kitty perfect for you! It’s just a few blocks East of Mariposa Veterinary Center (the old adoption location). Adoption hours are every Saturday from 12-5.

Kitty City Kansas Rescue is a no-kill 501 C3 non-profit group of rescuers and individuals who have an affinity for cats. We take special needs kittens and cats from various area shelters and occasionally the public, that are too young or ill to thrive in the traditional shelter environment.

They also specialize in Siamese, Maine Coon and other mixes. Cats are then placed in foster homes and nurtured until they are old enough and healthy enough to be adopted. Since many of the animals taken in are very small or many times ill, monetary support is always needed to help with medical expenses. Or just make a general donation. Since this is an all volunteer group, all monetary donations go towards the care of the animals…not pay checks!!!

To learn more about KCK Rescue, click here

JULY SPECIAL: Zignature

Enjoy GREAT SAVINGS on Zignature in July! 

$7 off Large Bags

$4 off Medium Bags

$2 off Small Bags

+ Free can with medium and large bags

What makes Zignature products so unique from other pet foods?


Zignature pet foods contain only the best natural ingredients available with no cheap fillers. Meat or Fish is the first ingredient and backed by Meat or Fish Meal as the second ingredient. This means they will receive the proteins needed to build a soft silky coat, healthy muscles and strong bones. We never put large amounts of simple carbohydrates as the first or second ingredient. Our limited ingredients blend of nutrients and antioxidants provide superior nutrition while sensitive to our four pawed family members with allergies.

 

JUNE FOOD SPECIAL – Wild Calling

Save big on two great brands – both regular and raw foods – all month long!

Wild Calling

Wild Calling is brand new to the Barkery and comes from a USA family-owned business A Meat-rich diet with fruits, Omega 3 & 6 and 100% grain-free. A convergence of dietary science and natural food found in the wild is what makes Wild Calling unique. They call it the Art of Nutrition. Select from two kibble lines and also canned cat food.

Western Plains Stampede Kibble:

Beef/Turkey/Whitefish

  • 75% protein from animal nutriment
  • Sun dried fruits and vegetables = 100% nutrient value
  • Single source protein
  • NO chicken, no egg, no vegetable protein
  • No corn, wheat, gluten, or soy
  • Combination carbs to limit glucose and insulin spikes

Rocky Mountain Medley Kibble:

Elk Whitefish  Turkey/Trout Lamb Turkey/Duck Salmon Lamb

  • 85% protein from animal nutriment
  • Sun dried fruits and vegetables = 100% nutrient value
  • Fortified with green-lipped muscles for terrific joint health
  • No corn, wheat, gluten, or soy
  • Combination carbs to limit glucose and insulin spikes

SAVINGS

$2 OFF small bags of dog or cat food
$4 OFF medium bags of dog or cat food
$7 OFF large bags of dog food
Buy 2 cans of cat food, get one free

Taking our cue from the wild west, we’ve set out to create a line of pet food that’s real, honest and true. We studied what dogs and cats naturally eat.”