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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:

Cats vs. Dogs – Who Loves you More?

The cats vs. dogs debate has been around for hundreds of years, sides get taken, and things get personal. Ever wonder if there is any truth or reason behind the affection you pet gives you? Brookside Barkery & Bath discovered a new study done by researchers for a BBC documentary, “Cats vs. Dogs,” has concluded there’s five times more love generated in a dog when it sees its owner than a cat.

Our love is chemical, say scientists, so that’s how they measured it. When dogs see their owners, they feel oxytocin, a hormone that stimulates pleasure in our brain and helps us bond with our offspring.

Researchers tested pets for the “love hormone” before and after they saw their owners. Ten cats and ten dogs were swabbed for saliva, then played with their owners for 10 minutes. After, the saliva was tested again. While the oxytocin levels were elevated in both animals, dogs showed an increase of 57.2 percent of the hormone compared to 12 percent in the cats. (One dog’s hormone actually went up 500 percent!)

“I was really surprised to discover that dogs produced such high levels of oxytocin,” neuroscientist Dr. Paul Zak, who worked with the documentary’s results, said. “It was also a nice surprise to discover that cats produce any at all. At least some of the time, cats seem to bond with their owners.”

Whether you are on Team Dog or Team Cat, we can all agree that our pets enrich our lives in many ways. Brookside Barkery & Bath is the first to agree with the joy animals can bring to our lives! No favor is paid to one side or the other at Brookside Barkery & Bath, making it the PURR-fect place to pick up everything your pets need! Stop by either of our Kansas City locations in Brookside or Lee’s Summit and be sure to bring in your own beloved pooch for expert grooming – and go ahead and show the house kitty some love to by picking up some new cat treats for Nibbles while you’re at it!

 

source: Today.com

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.

Adopting a new pet? Here’s What You Need to Know

Animal shelters and rescue groups are always in need of people to adopt the pets they house but did you know these places get even more crowded around the holiday’s and winter months? Holiday parties, family coming to visit, neighbors dropping by to give you Christmas cookies and even the cold weather are all things that lead to pet neglect. It is a lot easier for a pet to slip out the front door or jump over the fence unnoticed with all of the holiday commotion. This means shelters and rescue groups are full to the brim with pets that need kind, loving homes for the holiday’s. It’s the perfect time to get little Billy the dog he’s always wanted, just stop by your local shelter and pick one up! First time dog owner? There is a lot to know before you adopt a new dog. This article from pet360.com lets you know what to expect!

In order to protect the dog and to put his or her best interests first, credible rescue groups and shelters will carefully screen the applicant. The last thing anyone wants is for a homeless dog to be brought back to the rescue or shelter. Here’s what to expect during the adoption process.

Expect an Application Process

In order to provide the best match for the dog in need, some potential dog adoption application questions may include:

– Do you own or rent your home?

– Describe your/your family’s lifestyle and why you want to add a new dog to the family.

– Do you have other pets at present?

– What is your experience with dogs?

– Why specifically do you want this dog?

– What would you do if this dog required medical attention and potentially expensive surgery?

– Describe your home and yard.

– Are there children in your home? How many and what are their ages?

Entering Your Home

The purpose of a home visit is to verify your address and make sure the home is a safe and secure environment. Rescue representatives might point out some dog dangers like exposed trash cans or a gap in a fence. The visit is not meant to be judgmental or to spy on potential adopters. Understandably, the rescue group wants both potential adopter and dog to find the best match possible.

Why So Many Questions

Many pets end up being returned to a shelter due to a misunderstanding, lack of patience, or a feeling of being overwhelmed. Some people are not ready to invest the time, money, and resources necessary to raise a dog. Sometimes, pets and families are not a good match. In order to prevent these upsetting situations, careful screening is pivotal for success. Though the questions are thorough and plentiful, they are meant to create the best match possible between parent and pet.

Fees

Most rescue groups and shelters charge a fee to adopt a pet. Fees collected from the adoption are generally used for costs incurred to help get the animal a forever home. Dogs will need veterinary care, spaying/neutering, possible medical treatment depending on their situation, along with food and costs to maintain the shelter or kennel.

Right of Refusal

Refusal of adoption may occur if the group or rescue feels the fit is not right. Most groups will explain why the adoption is not a fit. You can work with the group to see if there is anything that can be done to change the situation; i.e. get a fence for the yard. If not, then perhaps a dog is not right for you at this time.

Spay and Neuter

I’ve yet to work with a rescue or learn of a shelter that allows a dog to go into a new home without being spayed or neutered first. Many rescues will also insist on microchipping a dog before release to their new home.

Puppies Vs .Older Dog

Last but not least, the most important question of all is: What type of dog do you want in your life? Are you ready to deal with the trials and tribulations of a new puppy or would you prefer an adult dog? For some, a golden oldie who is settled in his or her ways and needs a loving pet parent may sound right to you. Ask yourself what is best for your own lifestyle and if you have the means, money, patience, time and commitment available to bring a dog into your life.

Once you’ve found the perfect new pet for your home stop on by the Barkery for all your pet needs! We’ve got it all; food, toys, beds, treats, collars and more! Don’t forget to give you pet a fresh new do for the holiday’s, our groomers will get your new pooch in tip top shape!

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!