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!

HOLIDAY GIFTS ARE IN!

We’ve got the purrfect gift for your pet this holiday season!

The Christmas Train just stopped at the Barkery and we’re loaded up with perfect ways to make this the best Christmas ever for your furriest friend.

We’ve got gift baskets for every budget.  We’ve got giant candy canes and Christmas bones!  Santa toys and snowmen too!  And yep, elves and reindeer, because Santa needs his helpers.

And for a one-of-a-kind item, we can customize a sturdy glass treat jar with your pet’s name on it! Now everyone will know whose treats those are.

So come in and see us! When it comes to gifts for pets and pet lovers, we’ve got Santa beat!

Brookside Holiday Opener at the Barkery!

It’s that time of year again – holiday shopping is upon us!

And there’s no better place in KC to shop for your pet than the Barkery.

Not only will we have 25% off all toys, treats and accessories, but we’ll also have hot chocolate and donuts for you!

So come see us Thursday, November 12 from 5-9 pm. We’re certain to have the perfect gift for your four-legged friend!

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Help Chain of Hope this Christmas

We are partnering with Chain of Hope KC this holiday season to raise money for abused and neglected pets in the metro area. These sweet pets don’t have a voice of their own and can’t speak up when they aren’t being treated properly. Chain of Hope KC has made it their mission to give this pets a voice and make sure they are heard.

Chain of Hope KC is a 501 c3 organization, formed in 2010 with a primary goal of alleviating the suffering of abused and neglected animals within the urban core of Kansas City. Our ultimate goal is to break the chain of ignorance, break the chain of suffering, and break the chain of unwanted litters.

  • Mission Statement: Helping owners become aware of the crucial needs of their pets.

This holiday season we are collecting donations for Chain of Hope KC at our Brookside location as well as Lee’s Summit. Every penny counts and is appreciated. Make sure to pass this great organization and opportunity to change the lives of metro pets along to your friends and family.

If you would like more information on Chain of Hope KC and what they do click here.

My Dog ate Halloween Candy! What now?!

October 31st is now behind us but there is still candy lurking about. Dogs are great at using their nose to hunt down any delicious treat they might want so now is the time to be extra careful. Make sure to place Halloween candy in a secure areas where you pet cannot reach it. Sometimes dogs are just too smart for us and find ways around what we think is a great hiding spot. What do you do then? This article from moderndogmagazine.com will save the day.

Chocolate is poisonous to pets because it contains toxic theobromine, and different types of chocolate affect pets differently because they have varying levels of theobromine. Baking chocolate has the highest concentration, and is therefore the most toxic – followed by dark, milk and then white chocolate.

If a dog eats chocolate, pet parents need to know three things: how much theobromine the chocolate contains, how much your dog ate and how much he weighs. If your dog ingests close to 20mg of theobromine per pound of body weight, he’s in the danger zone for food poisoning.

Milligrams of theobromine per ounce:
Baking chocolate – 450mg/oz
Dark chocolate – 160mg/oz
Milk chocolate – 64mg/oz
White chocolate – 1mg/oz
Here’s how to do the math: Multiply the ounces of chocolate ingested by the milligrams of theobromine per ounce and divide that by the weight of the dog in pounds. The closer the resulting number is to 20, the worse the toxic effects will haunt him. For example:

A 25-lb. dog who eats 3 ounces of milk chocolate:
3oz x 64mg/oz = 192/25lbs = 7.7mg/lb (non-toxic level of theobromine)

A 25-lb. dog who eats 3 ounces of dark chocolate:
3oz x 160mg/oz = 480/25lbs = 19.2mg/lb (dangerous level of theobromine)

What to do next: A number close to 20 indicates a toxic level of theobromine that can terrorize a pet’s health. Get to the vet or an emergency clinic immediately! If the number is well below 20, your pet’s tummy may turn on him, but you don’t need to be spooked. Call the vet for tips on how to treat signs of trouble.

Make sure to keep some doggy safe treats on hand at home so your pet stays out of the Halloween candy. The Barkery has tons of treats to choose from that your dog is sure to love. Stop on by today and pick up a treat for your pooch.

Benefits of Egg for your Pet

Eggs are a very common thing that can be found in most refrigerators across America. Eggs are good for you and delicious for breakfast, hard-boiled on a salad or even as an afternoon snack. Did you ever consider making an extra egg for your pet? There are health benefits to your pet and this article from petmd.com explains.

There is evidence to support eggshells as an excellent source of calcium and protein for your pet. For strong bones and teeth, crush the eggshells and sprinkle about a half teaspoon into your pet’s regular kibble. And although research does not point to eggshells as a source of salmonella poisoning in cats and dogs, if it is a concern, you can boil the shells first — allowing them to dry thoroughly — and then crush the shells in a coffee grinder, food processor, or with a mortar and pestle.

The egg is also a great source of protein; it helps build muscle, strengthen the hair, and repair tissue. Hardboiled is the most foolproof and straightforward method for feeding eggs to your pet, since there is no need for extra non-stick ingredients (i.e., butter, oil, or margarine for scrambling). The cooked egg can be cut into heart chunks, or diced and mixed into the usual kibble. The egg can even be given as is — after it has cooled thoroughly.

Again, if you are at all concerned about your pet’s ability to handle a whole unbroken egg, you can tap the egg against a counter top, tapping the egg on all sides until the shell is cracked all over. Then your dog or cat will be able to bite right into the egg, shell and all.

Raw eggs, on the other hand, are not generally recommended for cats and dogs. While there have not been health scares involving raw eggs and transmission of any major illness to domesticated animals, it is still better to be safe. Raw eggs do not impart any significant health benefit, and may only cause problems — issues of which are nullified by cooking the egg.

It is recommended that you do not feed your pet more than one egg per day. For other healthy and tasty treats for your pet stop by the Barkery and check out our selection of food and treats for your pet!

Make your Cat Smile: 7 Simple Tips

Cats are known for being finicky. Ever wonder what you can do to make your cat a little happier? We have 7 tips from moderncat.com that will make your kitty smile.

 

1. Let your cat graze

Plant cat grass so your cat can nibble indoors. Cat grass is not only a digestive aid, it’s a delicacy—most cats simply enjoy the taste. For the uninitiated, cat grass is a fiber-rich cereal grass, usually barley, oats, wheat or a combination thereof and can easily be grown indoors in pots.

2. Provide the appropriate number of litter boxes—one per cat

Cats greatly prefer not to share litter boxes. By providing a litter box for each cat (and cleaning them regularly!), you’ll reduce the chance of litter box mishaps. Cats eliminating inappropriately is one of the top reasons cats are surrendered to shelters. Prevent the frustration of bathroom “accidents” by giving your cat his own place to go.

 

3. Brush your cat every day

This accomplishes several things: bonding, the loosening of hair and thus the prevention of hairballs, and it allows you to check in with your cat and note any changes or sore areas so you can alert your vet if need be. If, at first, your cat isn’t super keen on brushing, have some treats on hand to sweeten the deal and make sure she associates grooming time with something good. Bonus: brushing will significantly reduce the amount of cat hair adhered to surfaces/blowing around your home!

 

4. Set aside time to play with your cat every day

Spending time actively engaging with your cat every day will cement your bond and keep your cat mentally and physically active. Many people erroneously think their cats don’t like to play but chances are they’re just doing it wrong. Try out different playing styles (both up high and slithering along the floor, as well as an assortment of toys. If you have more than one cat, separate them then play with them one at a time. Cats sometimes won’t play with another cat present.

 

5. Install a window perch

Allow your indoor cat a vantage point from which to bask in the sun’s rays streaming through the window and watch the birds and squirrels outside. This keeps them mentally engaged.

 

6. Microchip your cat

 

All cats, both indoor and out, should be microchipped. If your cat slips out the door and goes missing, having her microchipped greatly increases the odds of your reunion.

7. Clean the litter box daily

Would you want to use a filthy bathroom? ‘nuff said.

Need a new toy for your kitty? How about a brush or even grooming to keep their coat shiny? The Barkery has you covered! We have everything to keep your cat happy, stop by today and check us out!