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Hill’s Science Diet – Food Recall

Our pet’s health is always a point of concern. We want to feed them the best food possible and make sure they are happy and healthy. For those of you who feed your pet Hill’s Science Diet you will want to take note of the voluntary withdrawal from the market of some of their canned food. Not sure what to feed them now? The Brookside Barkery has the best brands to choose from including, Stella & Chewy’s, American Natural Premium, and Fromm.

Below is the notice from truthaboutpetfood.com that lists all the foods that were withdrawn.

 

For unknown reasons Hill’s Science Diet is withdrawing several canned pet foods from the market.

The following products are being withdrawn from retail sale…

Science Diet Dog Adult Perfect Weight 12.8 oz
SKU 5210092
UPC 5274229750
All Date Codes/All Best Before Dates

Ideal Balance Slim & Healthy Chicken 12.8 oz
SKU 5210280
UPC 5274230770
All Date Codes/All Best Before Dates

Science Diet Dog Small & Toy Adult Beef Entrée 5.8 oz.
SKU 5092280
UPC 5274249660
All Date Codes/All Best Before Dates

Science Diet Dog Small & Toy Mature Beef Entrée 5.8 oz
SKU 5092282
UPC 5274249680
All Date Codes/All Best Before Dates

Science Diet Dog Adult Beef Entrée 13 oz.
SKU 5117274
UPC 5274270390
All Date Codes/All Best Before Dates

Science Diet Dog Adult Beef & Chicken Entrée 13 oz.
SKU 5117273
UPC 5274270400
All Date Codes/All Best Before Dates

Science Diet Dog Mature Beef Entrée 13 oz.
SKU 5117275
UPC 5274270560
All Date Codes/All Best Before Dates

The Hill’s Science Diet website did not provide any information on this product withdrawal, we do not know if the pet food is a health risk but be on the safe side and pick up some new food from the Barkery to keep your pet happy and healthy!

Whisker Fatigue – What is it? and How to Prevent it!

Whiskers are one of the defining features on cats but did you know they are good for more than making them look extra cute? This article from moderncat.com explains what your cat’s whiskers are actually for!

A cat’s whiskers aren’t themselves that remarkable. They are essentially thick, long hairs. What makes them special is that there is a sensory organ called a proprioceptor at the end of each whisker. These send ultra-sensitive tactile messages to the brain and nervous system. Because of these proprioceptors, whiskers can detect the slightest directional change in a breeze or help your cat respond to vibrations in the air, such as when chasing flying prey. If you put a cat in a dark room they have never been in before, they will walk around using their whiskers to feel out where furniture is based on how air currents change! Cats are naturally farsighted, so their whisker sensitivity helps them to “see” close up. Whiskers also serve as a natural ruler of sorts, as they are about as long as your cat is wide, so they help to figure out if they can fit through a space (or in a box).

Your cat’s whiskers are so sensitive that they can become easily fatigued by unnecessary contact with things like the sides of bowls. To help prevent whisker fatigue, make sure your cat’s food bowls are low and shallow and her water dish is wide. This little consideration will save your cat a lot of unnecessary discomfort.

Keep your cat from getting whisker fatigue and stop by Brookside Barkery today to pick up a new food and water dish for the special cat in your life!

6 Easy Ways to Soothe Your Dog’s Achy Joints

Getting older is a fact of life that we all know too well. We don’t like to see it in ourselves and we really don’t like to see it in our pets. Have you been noticing changes in your pet? Are they stiff in the mornings? Do they limp? Do they bound up the steps with ease or are they slower paced? Arthritis is common in humans but your pet can also get it. Not sure how to help your dog? We’ve got some tips from moderndogmagazine.com to help you out!

Step 1
Schedule an appointment with your vet. They can determine if your dog’s stiffness or reluctance to play is in fact a symptom of joint pain, and not a torn ligament or even cancer. They can also advise if your dog ought to be on pain medication.

Step 2
Lose the extra weight. Dogs, like people, have a tendency to pack on some extra pounds as they age. This extra weight puts considerable added strain on already sore joints. Your dog will be happier—and healthier—at his optimal weight.

Step 3
Add natural supplements. Turmeric and the omega-3’s found in fish oil have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce joint pain.

Step 4
Get comfortable. A supportive dog bed that cushions sore joints is a must. A high-quality, super-comfortable dog bed that cushions painful joints and that is easy to get into and out of is a great investment. Dogs spend an average of 12–14 hours a day sleeping. Why not make them dreamy ones? Brookside Barkery has a huge stock of dog beds, stop in now to pick up a new one for your pet!

Step 5
Massage your dog. Not only does canine massage ease pain, it’s a wonderful way to deepen your bond and show your dog how much you love her.

Step 6
If your buddy is starting to have a really hard time climbing the steps or getting up to his favourite spot on the couch, invest in ramps or floor runners to improve traction.

A few simple changes can make all the difference in your pet’s health. Does your pet need to lose a few pounds? Stop by the Brookside Barkery to pick up some weight control food and perhaps a new bone as a treat!

SAVE BIG ALL SEASON LONG!

We’re having our biggest sale EVER this holiday season!

Starting Friday, November 27 the Barkery is slashing prices on tons of must have items!

Does your pet need a new bed? Our ENTIRE stock of beds will be 40% off! Need a new coat for Wilma to keep her warm in the winter’s cold? Pet wear is 30% off! That includes coats, sweaters and footwear! Can’t FURget the stocking stuffers! Buy one get one FREE Zoe Dog Treats and 25% off all toys!

Don’t let these great deals get away! Tell all your friends and family and do your holiday pet shopping at the Barkery!

sale flyer

*Sale prices are limited to in-store stock. Supplies are limited- No rain checks. Sale prices may not be combined with any other discount, promotion or coupon. Discounts taken at register upon checkout.                                       Sale prices expire December 4, 2015

 

#GivingTuesday

We give thanks on Thanksgiving, hit the stores of great sales on Black Friday and order awesome deals on Cyber Monday but have you heard about #GivingTuesday? There is now a day that is globally recognized just for giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and studechain of hope 2nts around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

The Barkery is taking part in this great day to support Chain of Hope KC. Chain of Hope KC is an organization whose  goal is to break the chain of ignorance, break the chain of suffering, and break the chain of unwanted litters. To learn more about Chain of Hope KC check out this blog.

Help stop pet neglect in Kansas City. Stop by the Barkery in Lee’s Summit or Brookside to make your donation to Chain of Hope KC and support #GivingTuesday.

Holiday Grooming

The Holiday’s are fast approaching and that means making sure everyone looks their best. Don’t forget the dog when it comes to looking spiffy for those Holiday visitors! The tips from the ASPCA will give you a guideline of where to start! Make sure to book your grooming appointment with the Barkery and cross off one more thing from your to do list.

Bathing Your Dog

The ASPCA recommends bathing your dog at least once every three months, but some may require more frequent baths if he or she spends a lot of time outdoors or has skin problems.

Brushing Your Dog

Regular grooming with a brush or comb will help keep your pet’s hair in good condition by removing dirt, spreading natural oils throughout her coat, preventing tangles and keeping her skin clean and irritant-free.

Shedding

Although shedding old or damaged hair is a normal process for dogs, the amount and frequency of hair shed often depends upon their health, breed type and season. Many dogs develop thick coats in the winter that are then shed in the spring. Dogs who are always kept indoors, however, are prone to smaller fluctuations in coat thickness and tend to shed fairly evenly all year. The Barkery has furmination to help with the shedding.

Skin Problems

Your dog’s skin is an indication of her overall health, so it’s important to keep it in prime shape. When a skin problem occurs, your dog may respond with excessive scratching, chewing and/or licking. A wide range of causes—including external parasites, infections, allergies, metabolic problems and stress, or a combination of these—may be to blame.

Ear Care

Your dog’s regular grooming routine should include regular ear checks. This is especially important for dogs who produce excessive earwax or have a lot of inner-ear hair. Don’t clean your dog’s ears so frequently or deeply as to cause irritation, and take care to never insert anything into your dog’s ear canal—probing inside can cause trauma or infection!

Nail Care

As a rule of thumb, a dog’s nails should be trimmed when they just about touch the ground when he or she walks. If your pet’s nails are clicking or getting snagged on the floor, it’s time for a trim. For leisurely living dogs, this might mean weekly pedicures, while urban pooches who stalk rough city sidewalks can go longer between clippings.

Paw Care

The pads on the bottom of your pups feet provide extra cushioning to help protect bones and joints from shock, provide insulation against extreme weather, aid walking on rough ground and protect tissue deep within the paw. It’s important to check your pet’s feet regularly to make sure they’re free of wounds, infections or foreign objects that can become lodged.

Don’t FURget Your Pet’s Holiday Gift!

The Holiday’s always prove to be a busy season. There is always shopping to be done and baking to do. With all of the excitement of the Holiday’s and all that comes with it make sure you remember your pet this time of year!pet gifts

With all the parties and friends just “dropping by” your home can get busy and even overwhelming for your pet. Make sure you take some time each day to sit down with your pet and play with them, or even just cuddle! Now no one likes to be left out at the Holiday’s and that includes your pet too! While you’re out and about checking things off your Holiday gift list don’t forget your pet!

Stop by the Barkery and pick up something special for the pet in your life. Holiday gift baskets are available in a variety of sizes to make your Holiday shopping quick and painless. Just think of how happy your pet will be when they see new toys and treats under the tree for them!

Protect your Pet from Household Toxins

We talked last week about how harmful Halloween Candy can be to your pets and what to do if your pet get a hold of it. Did you know there are other household items that are toxic to your pet? This article from moderndog.com goes into detail about everyday items that are harmful to your four legged friend.

Although we may be extra-cautious when using household cleaners, automotive products, or pest control products in our homes and gardens, it may come as a surprise that the tasty morsel we just dropped while preparing dinner could endanger our best friend.

Chocolate can be found lying around the majority of households, especially during the holidays. Depending on the size and type of chocolate, it can be very dangerous to your pet’s health if consumed. Make sure that your children are aware of this, as they might think they’re treating Fido by sneaking him a piece of chocolate cake under the dinner table. If your dog does get a hold of some, chocolate is absorbed within about an hour, so you should call your veterinarian immediately.

“Additionally, grapes and raisins can cause renal failure in dogs if eaten,” said Dr. James Barr, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “The exact cause of this is unknown, and the amount that needs to be consumed in order to be poisonous is unknown as well.”

While the toxicity of many food items may surprise you, the assumption that rat poison will only eliminate rats is a misconception. Rat poison can be lethal to both cats and dogs when ingested. If you have pets in your home, it is best to opt for another pest control method.

One of the most common and dangerous household items that is poisonous to pets is antifreeze. “Antifreeze contains ethylene glycol, which is very toxic to animals,” Barr said. “Toxicity can be treated, but only if treatment is instituted quickly.”

Using plants as décor can often liven up the backyard and even the inside of your home. However, there are many plants that cause health problems if eaten by your pets. Sago palms, for instance, can cause severe liver damage and even death if eaten.

“Lilies also have a strange effect when eaten in cats,” said Barr. “It causes kidney failure that is particularly difficult to treat.”

If your pet does ingests any harmful foods or household items, it is best to play it safe and contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center; they can help you determine if your pet needs to be seen by a doctor and if they consumed a toxic dose. The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital ER is always available to advise on toxic ingestions.

“Always be aware of the dangers of the things your pets have access to.  If they are unsupervised, a safe assumption is that they might eat anything they are in contact with,” said Barr. “Have a discriminatory eye, and try to avoid having those items in your home.”

There is no harm in being extra cautious when dealing with possible toxicities around the house. Be sure to keep these particular items out of your pet’s reach at all times and to call your veterinarian or poison control center immediately if they do come into contact with them.

Make sure to keep your pantry stocked with pet friendly food options to keep your fur babies happy! The Barkery has a wide variety of food and treats for your furry friend!

De-Stress by Petting your Cat!

The Holiday’s are growing near and so is all the stress that comes with it. From planning holiday parties to hosing your in-laws the holiday’s usually prove to bring a lot of frustration and stress. Did you know de-stressing comes as easily as petting your furry feline? This article from moderncat.com explains the benefits of spending quality time with your cat.

Professionals and researchers have found specific benefits in cat ownership. For many people, cats offer social companionship without the fear of judgement. Having a cat around can prevent loneliness and depression and even improve your mood in general. Companionship through a cat is especially beneficial to those who live alone or are widowed. Dr. Jonathon Lidbury, assistant professor in the feline internal medicine department at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explains the key advantages of owning a cat.

“Cats offer companionship, which is especially beneficial to people who are socially isolated due to various reasons,” he said. “Cats also offer stress relief and light exercise if you play with them.”

Besides social interaction and a reduced risk of suffering from social diseases like depression, cats also offer many health benefits. In fact, the positive emotions you experience from playing or cuddling with your feline can help boost your immune system. Cats can also sense when their owners are sick and often offer them company. This can help you feel better even sooner.

Although it is common to find someone who is allergic to cats, studies show that young children or infants who are exposed to cats often develop fewer allergies. Early and frequent exposure to cats may also prevent future upper respiratory problems in children as well.

For many people, interacting with their cat provides a sense of comfort and relief from everyday stress. Caring for another creature and being sensitive to their needs can help distract cat owners from their daily struggles, worries, and negative emotions. By lowering stress levels, cat owners may experience lower blood pressure as well as less anxiety.

Cats are smart and independent animals that are also naturally clean, making them a great choice for a pet. Combined with their many health benefits, the low maintenance aspect of cat ownership creates a great opportunity for companionship.


 

The Barkery is full of holiday toys and treats for your favorite feline. Stop by today and pick something up to show them how much you love them.

Keep your Dog’s Paws Safe this Winter

The cold months are creeping up on us and with Kansas City weather you never know what to expect. One day it’s 75 degrees and sunny and the next it’s a snow storm. Stay prepared and protect your dog’s paws from the extreme cold.

As humans, we know the important role our hands and feet play in completing normal, daily activities. When any kind of injury affects the use of our hands and feet, we may find it very difficult to go about our regular routine. Just as humans depend on their limbs to complete daily activities, Fido’s paws are just as important to him. Running in the backyard, digging a hole for his bone and going for a walk in the park are all endeavors Fido would struggle with if he did not have healthy paws. To promote a healthy and active lifestyle, all dog owners should learn how to keep their pet’s paws free of injury.

One of the most common ways to injure your dog’s paws is by allowing them to step on an extremely hot or cold surface. If your dog is exposed to a hot surface for too long, it can potentially cause sores or blisters to develop on your dog’s paw pads. In extreme winter conditions, doggie booties might be necessary to avoid chapped pads or an infection from chemical ice melters.

Dr. James Barr, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explains the most common summer and winter paw injuries. “The worst problems are that the pavement or other hard surfaces are extremely hot or cold.  If the pet does not have a lot of protection on the feet or has a gait abnormality that causes it to walk strangely, then the unprotected areas can be hurt by the extreme temperatures,” he said. “Most of the damage is rubbing the surface off or actually burning the footpads. This can be very painful.”

Trimming the hair in between the paw pads can also reduce the risk of injury. Excess hair is more prone to painful matting and can also attract stickers or thorns. Sometimes foreign objects like pebbles can become lodged between a dog’s pads, so it is important to check and clean this area regularly with a pair of tweezers to avoid pain and infection. Owners should also keep their yard free of sharp or pointy objects to further reduce the risk of a paw injury. If the area doesn’t seem safe to walk in barefoot, then pets should be protected from the area until it is properly cleaned of debris. Should your dog’s paw become injured, Barr recommends obtaining a towel to wrap around the paw and to apply pressure until veterinary care arrives.

One of the most important parts of maintaining healthy paws is to regularly trim your dog’s nails. If the nails are left to grow excessively, there can be serious consequences that can harm your dog. “The quick of the nail will grow as the nails get longer. This means that when the nails are cut, they can be damaged,” explained Barr. “The longer the nails are, the harder it is for your pet to walk on hard surfaces. Also, they are more likely to be caught on something and be torn off.”

Everybody loves a little extra TLC, including your pooch. Try going the extra mile and give Fido a relaxing paw massage by gently rubbing between the pads of his feet in a circular motion.

When you’re not pampering your pooch with special treatment, remember the essentials of maintaining healthy paws. Avoid surfaces that may expose your dog’s paws to extreme temperatures and keep your yard free of hazardous items. Trim Fido’s nails regularly as well as the hair between his paws. By keeping your dog’s paws healthy, your dog will be on the right track to living a happy and active lifestyle.

Stop by the Barkery today and take advantage of our grooming services! Our groomers will keep your pup’s paws in tip top shape!