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Free Food Delivery Zones Extended!

Free Food Delivery Zones Extended!

Brookside Barkery is bringing what’s best for your best friend to your doorstep! In order to serve you better, we have extended our FREE delivery zone within 5 miles of our Brookside and Lee’s Summit stores. If you live within these zones, you’re in luck!

To place an order, just call your local Brookside Barkery & Bath store and our experts will have it to your front door in 24 hours! Click here to learn more about our FREE local delivery service!

May Special at the Barkery

Fromm Family Pet Food has been manufacturing quality and wholesome dog and cat foods since 1949. As a family owned company, Fromm Family Foods focuses on what’s doing best for your pet! With Fromm’s wide range of recipes, you are sure to find one that fits your best friends needs, and your budget. May is a great month to give Fromm a try at the Barkery, with great discounts on both dog and cat kibble for the entire month of May:

Fromm Dog Food

  • $2 off small bags
  • $4 off medium bags
  • $6 off large bags

Fromm Cat Food

  • $2 off 2 pound bags
  • $2 off 5 pound bags
  • $4 off 15 pound bags

 

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9 Puppy Tips to Help You Stay Sane

March 23 is National Puppy Day! Puppy love is a wonderful thing, however, as well all know, plenty of stress comes along with the responsibility of a new four-legged friend in the house. Puppies require a lot of attention, training, and socialization to become confident, balanced dogs. Here are some puppy tips to help you navigate the first few months of pet parenthood.

  1. Bring your puppy to the vet as soon as possible for an exam. Regardless of where you acquired the puppy, you should make immediate arrangements for a vet exam. If you can, bring a stool sample to go ahead and test for internal parasites. It’s important to research the type of veterinary practice you would like your dog to visit. Ideally, your dog will have a lifelong relationship with the vet that you choose, so be sure that your vet’s perspective aligns accordingly. Ask your vet for their protocol on vaccinations, diets, and training. Find a vet that is inviting, friendly, and respects your concerns regarding your dog’s health.
  2. Crate/kennel train your puppy from the start. To new dog owners, crate training can seem cruel and lonely for your dog. However, when used properly, crates can be seen as a safe haven for dogs, and is a great place to retreat when situations are overwhelming or when your pup needs to relax and reenergize. Prior to bringing your puppy home, set up a size-appropriate crate with a soft pad and a few cozy toys. You and your dog both will be grateful to have this space available.
  3. Co-sleep with your puppy for the first few nights. Even if you don’t plan on having your dog sleep in your bedroom, consider making the first few nights an exception. The transition to a new home can be stressful, especially if your pup was just separated from his litter mates. Putting the crate next to your bed for the first few nights allows you to comfort him if he’s whimpering and will give a sense of security having you nearby. Once you have established trust, transition your puppy to the new designated space.
  4. Establish a routine. Just like humans, dogs tend to thrive on a schedule. Dogs build trust and understanding by learning to expect what is happening next. It’s a good idea to establish a little consistency as far as feeding schedules, potty schedules, walks, and bed time. Soon you will notice your puppy develop his own routine and fall into more predictable patterns, which is mutually beneficial.
  5. Create a puppy perimeter. A new space can be overwhelming for a small puppy. Before bringing him home, decide where you’d like him to spend his time so that he has the freedom to explore without the risk of getting hurt or getting into something he shouldn’t. Set up his kennel (unless you plan on sharing a bedroom with him long term), a soft bed, food and water, and toys in this space. Ensure you block off any potential escape points with baby gates or doors.
  6. Be a hands-on owner. Getting your puppy used to being handled is one of the best things you can do for him. A puppy that is used to being touched is much more likely to be comfortable being handled by the vet, groomer, children and adults once he grows up. Make it a habit of touching his paws, mouth, and tail gently so that he’s not caught off guard. It is also helpful to touch him while he eats to avoid food aggression.
  7. Nip bad habits in the butt. It’s undeniably sweet to cuddle on the couch with your 12 pound puppy, but will you feel the same when he’s tipping the scales at 100 pounds? If you don’t anticipate your dog carrying puppy behavior through adulthood, don’t let the behavior become a habit in the first place. Establishing guidelines and being consistent is much more difficult for the pet owner, but it is completely worth it down the road. Decide in the beginning what your plan is concerning dogs on the furniture, where the puppy sits in the car, how food is handled, and which areas are off limits.
  8. Socialize your puppy. Introduce your puppy to everything. You want your dog to feel comfortable around different looking people, other dogs, other animals, places, and noises. It is best to have yummy treats on hand for rewarding your puppy for remaining calm and comfortable in various situations. If your dog hesitates in a particular situation, let him make a step of sniff forward, and reward that by tossing a treat in front of him. Socialization goes a long way in making your dog fee confident and well balanced all around.
  9. Most importantly, feed your puppy a healthy diet. Educate yourself on the type of diet you want to feed your puppy before you make the decision to bring him home. Raw diets are undeniably the most natural and biologically appropriate diet for your pup, but may not be the most realistic depending on the dog owner’s lifestyle and income. Feeding a whole, balanced, nutritional diet will save you money and stress down the road. It’s important to remember that your dog’s diet should be rotated consistently to maintain good gut health. Different life stages will also affect the appropriateness of your dog’s diet.

Diarrhea Home Remedies

If you have a dog at home, the occasional diarrhea episode is to be expected. It’s not really a matter of if your dog will experience it, but when. Knowing what to expect when your dog has loose stools – and how to manage it – is good to have, especially before you need it. Dr. Karen Becker gives her recommendation to cure diarrhea episodes at home.

Causes of Diarrhea

There are many causes of diarrhea, but the most common reason by far is dietary indiscretion, which means your pet ate something he shouldn’t have and his body is trying to get rid of it as soon as possible.

If your dog eats a stick or a chew toy, diarrhea or loose stools are commonly the result. Just as your body is designed to eat different foods every day and not have diarrhea, so is your pet’s. If you feed your dog or cat the same food day after day, month after month, year in and year out, then suddenly switch to a new diet, a case of diarrhea is just about guaranteed.

It’s not the fault of the different food — it’s because your pet’s gut has been conditioned to process only one type of food, which is not ideal, nutritionally or physiologically.

Transitioning Your Pet to a Varied Diet

The goal is to diversify your pet’s diet to include a variety of foods with different nutrient contents, which ultimately fosters a diversified gut microbiome, and makes the digestive system strong and resilient.

Up to 80 percent of your pet’s immune system is located within the GI tract, so the more you focus on creating good gut health, the healthier your pet will be overall.

If you want to feed your pet a different food, you have to make the transition very slowly. A slow dietary transition means days to weeks for most dogs, and often weeks to months for cats. Start by feeding 10 percent new food blended with 90 percent old food for several days. Watch your pet’s stool and if all seems well, move to 20 percent new/80 percent old. Keep watching for stool changes and if none occur, move to 30 percent new food and 70 percent old, and so on, until you’re feeding only the new diet. The process should be slow enough that no bowel changes occur.

Treating a Pet With Diarrhea at Home

If your dog or cat is otherwise healthy and his behavior is normal, Dr. Becker recommends to withhold food — not water, just food — for 12 hours. A short-term fast gives the GI tract a chance to rest, repair and restore itself. Tissues can only heal when they’re resting.

Follow the 12-hour food fast with a bland diet. Dr. Becker recommends cooked, fat-free ground turkey and 100 percent canned pumpkin. If canned pumpkin isn’t available, you can use fresh, steamed pumpkin. If you can’t use either one of those, you can use cooked sweet potato or even cooked white potato.

Other Treatment Suggestions

Dr. Becker also recommends keeping some slippery elm on hand. Slippery elm is a neutral fiber source that works really well to ease episodes of diarrhea. It reduces GI inflammation and acts as a non-irritating source of fiber to bulk up the stool and slow down GI transit time.

Give your dog or cat about a half a teaspoon or a capsule for each 10 pounds of body weight with every bland meal. In addition to slippery elm, many pet owners have good luck with herbs such as peppermint, fennel or chamomile. These are especially helpful for the cramping and other uncomfortable GI symptoms that come with diarrhea.

If your dog’s diarrhea isn’t resolving or keeps returning, collect a sample of the stool and take it to your vet. Your vet can test it and do bloodwork to see if an infection is present. It may also be necessary to treat your dog for dehydration in the event that your pup has lost too much fluid.

 

Human Behaviors That Stress Out Your Dog

Your dog can become stressed for a variety of reasons. For example, dogs on leashes typically feel stress when they encounter another dog, especially not on a leash. This is probably because it’s difficult to greet the other dog in a natural fashion while being tied to its owner. But there are triggers by humans that most pet owners do not realize can create stress for their dog. The veterinary publication dvm360 has compiled a list of stress triggers for dogs, and some of them may surprise you.

10 Ways to Stress Out Your Dog

  1. Punish him for behaving like a dog. Your canine companion is a creature of opportunity, and the best way to prevent him from taking advantage of opportunities to misbehave is to not leave tantalizing items within his reach. Ensure the only opportunities you provide your dog are ones he can succeed at.
  2. Tell her “no” over and over. If your dog is doing something she shouldn’t be doing, telling her “no” will probably cause her to stop the behavior temporarily. However, saying no to a dog without offering an alternative turns your “no” into merely an interruption, not a request or demand. It is best to show your dog what you want her to do instead, so she doesn’t turn back to that behavior.
  3. Give her a variety of commands for a single behavior. Many pet guardians assume their dog speaks English, and use different phrases interchangeably as commands. Your dog may know you are commanding her, but isn’t quite sure what you want her to do. Train your dog with simple, preferably one-word commands and use only those words to communicate to prevent confusion.
  4. Tell him, “it’s okay.” Many pet guardians use this phrase in situations where your pet knows he is not okay. Trying to comfort your dog by saying “it’s okay,” will become a verbal cue to panic, rather than cope with an anxiety-producing situation.
  5. Pull his leash. A dog that is properly trained on a leash doesn’t typically do a lot of pulling, so if you are constantly yanking to redirect him, it may be time to refresh his leash manners. It’s important to understand that your dog will naturally stop and sniff as often as possible. Be patient with your pet and allow him a reasonable amount of time to smell-inspect his outdoor territory.
  6. Hold him while you hug or kiss him. Canines don’t naturally get these forms of affection and can be confused by them – especially when the hugger/kisser is a relative stranger. Dogs can feel restrained by being hugged or held and kissed, so it’s best to stick to stroking and petting, which dogs usually can’t get enough of.
  7. Stare at her. Most people are uncomfortable being stared at by other people, and the same can be true for your dog. Dogs view staring as a confrontational signal, which naturally triggers a stress response. There’s no need to stare at your dog unless you are returning her gaze.
  8. Point or shake your finger at her. The finger shaking stance is an automatic stress-trigger for dogs, especially since you are normally doing it while standing over her in a menacing posture and using a tone of voice that signals displeasure. Many guilty dog looks come from pointing your finger, but your dog may actually just be feeling confused and stressed.
  9. Tell him to “get down” when he jumps up. If you use the verbal cue “down” to ask your dog to go from a sit to a lie-down, it’s not going to work in a situation where he is jumping on a person or something else. Try training him to stop jumping by using the command “off” instead to prevent confusion and stress from trying to understand your command.
  10. Wake her up. Unless there’s a pressing reason to wake up your dog, try to avoid it. Being shaken or shouted awake is stressful for all of us.

 

For more on how humans trigger stress in dogs, visit Dr. Karen Becker’s article here.

Fish Oil and Omega-3 Fats: Dietary Supplement or Dietary Dilemma?

A recent article surfaced on social media from an anonymous dog owner that noticed her three-year-old Neopolitan Mastiff became terribly lame after eating 8 fish oil tablets a day. One day, her dog had trouble rising and it was discovered that he was suffering from Vitamin E deficiency. She immediately stopped giving him fish oil supplements and switched to Vitamin E, and within a week, her dog was completely back to normal.

Should You Supplement Fish Oil for Your Pet?

In today’s modern world, supplementing your dog’s diet with omega-3 rich foods like fish oil would be a good idea, right? Well, yes. But instead of mindlessly supplementing our dog’s diet with fish oil, shouldn’t we first look at the reason why they might need it? Because, as one Neopolitan Mastiff owner found out, the descent into fish oil and omega-3 supplementation can be a slippery slope indeed.

How Do Dogs Get Omega Fats?

Sources of omega-6 fatty acids include vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds. Hopefully a small part of you thought “well that shouldn’t matter because my dog doesn’t eat vegetable oils, nuts and seeds.” Hopefully, you’re beginning to see that diets high in omega-6 fatty acids aren’t all that natural for dogs.

We all know that dogs are carnivores, right? We know that dogs don’t have any nutritional requirement for grains. Just as modern diets have caused chronic health issues in  people, they’re doing the same to our dogs. There is one really big reason why dogs need fish oil in the first place: processed dog food contains omega-6 rich plant oils and grains.

Instead of feeding our dogs fish oil, wouldn’t it be really good idea to feed them what they’re supposed to eat – and then perhaps they wouldn’t need the fish oil? Slapping a fish oil Band-Aid on a poorly constructed, processed diet certainly isn’t the best thing you can do for your dog’s health, because there are some real concerns with feeding fish oil in the long term. In the meantime, here are some important diet changes you should make for your dog before reaching for the fish oil tablets:

  • Feed your dog a meat-based diet, free of grains.
  • Avoid vegetable oils of any kind. They’re loaded with omega-6 fats and your dog doesn’t need them.
  • Look for grass-fed meats whenever possible. These will have a better balance of polyunsaturated fats.
  • Look out for vegetable oil in disguise (many ingredient lists can disguise vegetable oil as other ingredients).

 

To learn more about supplementing fish oil, click here to see the full article by Dogs Naturally Magazine.

Remember: Your Dog or Cat Is a Carnivore

When Deciding What to Feed Your Pet, Remember: Your Dog or Cat Is a Carnivore

First and foremost, it is important to remember when picking out your pet’s dog or cat food that your pet is a carnivore. His genetic make up and internal workings remain essentially the same as his wild carnivorous ancestors. All carnivores, including dogs and cats, have sharp, interlocking teeth designed for biting and swallowing, not chewing.

All carnivores, including dogs and cats, have very short digestive tracts compared to vegetarian animals. This is because nature designed carnivores to be able to eat foods that are heavily contaminated with pathogens. Wild dogs and cats don’t remove the colon or other bacteria-laden body parts from prey animals before they eat them. Their digestive tracts are designed to get food in and out quickly to limit exposure to pathogens.

Processed Pet Foods Have Created Generations of Nutritionally Deficient Dogs and Cats

Commercial pet food companies have mostly produced products using a base of corn, wheat, or rice. However, they are now recognizing the abundance of grains causes cancer and creates fat, diabetic animals. Companies have turned to grain-free dry foods, but the carb content is not species-appropriate, and creates nutritionally compromised animals. Processed Diets also contain synthetic vitamins and minerals to meet basic nutritional requirements. The food is heated to very high temperatures, which denatures proteins and decreases nutrient value, introducing carcinogens into your pets body on a daily basis.

Best-to-Worst Types of Pet Food

Click here to see Dr. Becker’s full list of best-to-worst types of pet food.

Barkery Bath Dog Grooming Basics

Dog grooming is one of your dog’s basic needs and an important part of pet ownership. Just like people, dogs need to be groomed regularly to look and feel their best. Here are a few tips for dog owners of all kinds to stay on top of grooming at home:

  • Hair Brushing – most dogs love to be brushed. Brushing your dog regularly is a great way to bond with your pet while maintaining a healthy coat. Come into the Barkery and ask an associate which tools to use for your best friend. This will make your pet’s regular grooming experience much more enjoyable!
  • Nail Trimming – Nail trimming can be a hassle for both you and your dog. Dogs often dislike having their paws handled due to painful nail clippings in the past. The best way to avoid aversion from nail trimming is to learn how to trim the nails correctly and always be cautious. If your dog has already experienced a bad nail trim, our bathers recommend playing with their paws to decrease anxiety associated with paw handling.
  • Ear Care – Cleaning out your dogs ears takes very little time and can prevent major discomfort for your pet. Simply spraying a cleanser in your dogs ears on a regular basis can prevent bacteria and yeast from developing. At the Barkery, we recommend Innovet PurOtic ear cleanser, a non-irritating wash designed to break up wax and prevent ear infections.
  • Bathing – Bathing your dog at home can be quite a hassle, but the more often you do it, the less of a hassle it becomes. At the Barkery, you can find therapeutic based shampoos that contain essential oils that are free of harmful ingredients. They can be used to treat a range of skin issues. If you are not an at home-bather, bring your dog into the spa for self-service bathing areas or full-service bathing.
  • Dental Care – Dental health is an important part of your pet’s overall health, and dental problems can cause other health problems. Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth at home is the single most effective thing pet owners can do to prevent dental problems. At Brookside Barkery, you can find many natural dental products,  such as PlaqueOff, oral gels, oral cleansing wipes, organic food additives for tartar control, as well as dental treats that make teeth cleaning a fun and delicious experience for your pet.

Brookside Barkery’s Grooming Services

In addition to Kansas City’s largest selection of natural pet foods, we offer a variety of services to keep your pet healthy and looking great. Check out our top notch grooming services below:

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January Special at The Barkery

The January special includes two of our favorites, Stella & Chewy’s Raw and Frozen Food, and Fromm’s Gold and Four Star recipes.Fromm Logo with Bags

Stella & Chewy’s Raw/Frozen food contains organic fruits and vegetables, and is minimally processed which makes it easy for your furry friend to digest. This month is a great time to try raw/frozen food for your dog and get a major discount in the process! Get $3-$5 off the above raw/frozen bags.

Fromm is one of our top selling foods for both cats and dogs. This month you can get free gold cans from Fromm when you purchase a bag of kibble. Fromm food is also complete and balanced and easy to digest. You can add moisture to the regular kibble by adding the canned food as topper or feeding it to your pets alone.

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Pet…and You!

Goals aren’t just for people! The start of a new year, for many of us, signifies a fresh start and a change to better bad habits. One of America’s most common resolutions is to lose weight. With over 60% of Americans categorized as overweight, it may come as no surprise that over 50% of pets are overweight as well! Data from Nationwide, the nation’s largest pet health insurance provider, reveals that pet obesity is on the rise for the sixth straight year.

Excessive body fat increases risk of preventable health issues and can even shorten your pet’s life expectancy. Below are the top 10 dog and cat obesity related conditions:

Most Common Dog-Obesity Related Conditions
1. Arthritis
2. Bladder/Urinary Tract Disease
3. Low Thyroid Hormone Production
4. Liver Disease
5. Torn Knee Ligaments
6. Diabetes
7. Diseased Disc in the Spine
8. Chronic Kidney Disease
9. Heart Failure
10. Fatty Growth

Most Common Cat Obesity-Related Conditions
1. Bladder/Urinary Tract Disease
2. Chronic Kidney Disease
3. Diabetes
4. Asthma
5. Liver Disease
6. Arthritis
7. High Blood Pressure
8. Heart Failure
9. Gall Bladder Disorder
10.Immobility of Spine

Now there is no better time to take your pet’s health seriously and commit to a new diet and exercise regimen for your pet. Here are some resolutions that will make 2017 your pet’s healthiest year yet:

  • Try a New Activity With Your Petbarkery
    It is now easier than ever to incorporate your pet into a new exercise routine. Hiking, doga, kayaking, or walking are all great ways to bond, be social, and reap rewards of healthy physical activity for the both of you!
  • Measure Your Pet’s Food, Every Time
    Many owners “eyeball” their pet’s daily food, which can result in overfeeding and weight gain. To ensure your pet isn’t taking in too many calories, it’s important to always use a measuring cup, which happen to be available at the Barkery!
  • Choose an Age-Appropriate Diet
    Growing pets have specific nutrient requirements throughout their lifespan. Depending on your pet’s specific needs, the diet you choose should correlate with his or her life stage to keep them in optimal health. We would be happy to help you evaluate your pet’s diet and needs the next time you stop in.
  • Incorporate More Playtime Into Your Routine
    Cats and many dogs love the thrill of chasing a laser beam – just don’t tell them it’s exercise! Toys that trigger your pet’s predatory instinct are a great way to get their heart rate up with some aerobic activity. Brookside Barkery has a large toy selection, and our holiday themed toys are now 75% off.
  • Take More Car Rides
    Getting your pets accustomed to car rides can have lasting benefits for you as a pet owner, and are also a great way to introduce your pet to new scenery, especially when it’s cold outside.
  • Groom Your Pet Daily
    Brushing your pet removes excess fur, reducing the amount found on your clothes and furniture. It also helps distribute the oils from the skin to the fur, to keep their coat shiny and healthy. The Spa at the Barkery can help you find the perfect brush for your pet’s coat.
  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene DogBoneBlog
    Brushing your pet’s teeth daily is the best way to keep tartar and plaque at a minimum, but be sure to use a toothpaste for dogs and cats.  At the Barkery, we have many helpful products to help with your pet’s dental hygiene, including dental treats, plaque powder, and oral cleansing wipes.
  • Teach Your Dog New Tricks
    Keeping your pet’s mind engaged through mental stimulation can actually help reduce cognitive deterioration in aging animals. Teaching your pet new tricks or practicing old ones are a simple way to keep your pet’s mind sharp.
Stop by the Barkery in Brookside or Lee’s Summit to get started now! If you’re looking to tweak your dog’s diet or just add a few treats and toys to their lives, we’ve got you covered.
For more resolutions, please visit freshpet.com or petmd.

Events

Adoptions in Brookside – The Animal Rescue Alliance (T.A.R.A.)

Homeless pets in Kansas City have no more compassionate advocates than the volunteers of T.A.R.A.  Whether it’s rescuing or fostering, they do everything possible to give homeless pets a great shot at a healthy life in a forever home.  They’ll be bringing adoptable friends to the Brookside store, and will be eager to help you find your perfect match when it comes to furry friends!

Adoptions in Brookside – Pampered Poms

Pomeranians are adorable.  And YOU should come and see the ones available for adoption at the Brookside store when PAMPERED POMS comes in for an adoption event, bringing these cutesy bundles of love and affection with them. Don’t YOU have room for a seriously cute new friend in your life?