Summer Clearance Sale: Red Tags Mean Big Deals!

It’s time for our annual Summer Clearance Sale!

We’ve got to make room in both locations for all of the awesome things that we’ll be bringing back from SuperZoo, the biggest pet trade show in the world. So we’ll be putting red tags throughout both Barkery stores.  The tags will indicate discounts ranging from 25% to a whopping 75%!

The specials are throughout both stores, and range from comfy cozy dog beds to grooming tools to life jackets!  A wide and wild array of awesomeness.  Specials start August 1st and last until…well, whenever!  But come in early to ensure that you can see it all!

 

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Pet hair driving you crazy?! 4 tips for keeping your pet’s hair under control.

The summer weather is officially here and with it the dreaded summer shedding. No matter
the type of coat, pets typically grow a heavy coat in the winter to help insulate themselves and then shed the extra hair in the summer.  While many pet owners look to this season of cleaning pet hair with trepidation, shedding need not be feared with the help of a few simple tips to make pet fur more manageable.

  • Brush your pet! Regular, even daily, brushing is the best thing you can do to keep your home free of hair. Brushing will also make your pet’s coat softer, cleaner, and less likely to shed. Don’t have the right type of brush? Stop by Brookside Barkery and Bath to choose from a variety of pet brushes designed specifically to help combat shedding.
  • BarkeryMake sure to feed your pet an appropriate pet food. A pet’s coat is often a reflection of what they eat. Feed your pet a high quality food with good digestible
    protein sources. At the Brookside Barkey, we offer Kansas City’s largest selection of natural pet food. Our knowledgeable staff can help you pick out the right type of food for your dog’s dietary needs.
  • Cover your furniture and car seats. Upholstery is a magnet for pet hair, and removing pet hair from furniture or car seats can be a tedious task. If you allow pets on your furniture or bed, you would be wise to invest in a few furniture throws. Throws will keep your furniture looking (and smelling) better and make your home more inviting to guests. Car seat covers will keep your car seats nice even with your frequent trips to the dog park.
  • Bathe your dog more frequently during the summer. A clean dog will have a healthier coat, and frequent bathing helps wash away the hair before it can work its way into your upholstery. Make your appointment at the Brookside Barkery and Bath and let one of our groomers pamper your pooch with one of our specialty spa services, like a relaxing message with essential oils to help sooth achy joints. Or you take advantage of our self service bathing stations which includes access to clean towels, silicone-free shampoos, a dryer and sanitized grooming tools.

While some fur types shed more than others, virtually all cats and dogs shed during the summer. While we can’t prevent shedding completely, hopefully these tips will make combating unwanted pet hair a more manageable task this summer.

*special thanks to Drs. Foster and Smith Educational Staff for these tips on controlling pet hair.

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CBD American Shaman: Ancient wisdom for modern pets

At the Barkery, we pride ourselves on carrying only natural products. No harsh toxins. No side-effect-laden harsh medications. Just natural products to promote wellness and speed healing.

Brookside BarkeryWhich is why we’re pleased to introduce CBD American Shaman oils and tinctures. These products are absolutely bursting with CBD (cannabidiol), and are a completely legal cannabis compound that has significant benefits for pet owners looking for help with their pet’s suffering from conditions such as joint inflammation, chronic pain, anxiety, seizures, spasms, and other conditions.

CBD-rich cannabis is much less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains without the disconcerting side effects of lethargy or dysphoria – making it an appealing pain treatment option for pets with chronic pain and multiple other health issues.

Ask a Brookside Barkery associate about American Shaman oils and tinctures, or read more about American Shaman here.

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Is your pet fighting “the battle of the bulge”?

Many dogs and cats are overweight and unfortunately, many owners aren’t even aware that their pets need to lose weight. When your pet has a few extra pounds, that puts stress on their joints – increasing the risk of developing arthritis and taking years off their life. In order to give our pets a happy and healthy life, it’s very important to help them maintain a healthy weight. Use these 3 tips to help if you suspect that your pet is overweight – and to get them into a healthy lifestyle!

  • The first step is identifying if your pet is overweight. Your vet can tell you for certain if they are overweight, but there are some signs that you can look for on your own. Your pet might need to lose weight if they have an oval shape when you look down from above, you can’t feel their ribs, you can’t feel the bones near their pelvis, or you can see excess fat on their abdomen, hips and neck.
  • The next step is to change their diet. Get rid of any low calorie or “diet” pet foods. They won’t be getting the nutrition they need with these foods and is not the proper way for your pet to lose weight. Stop by Brookside Barkery & Bath and pick up an all-natural organic pet food that will help provide the nourishment your pet needs – while losing weight in a healthy way!
  • Make sure they get exercise daily. After your pet’s diet has been changed, be sure to take them out for exercise every day. This should include at least 20 minutes (60 minutes is better) of consistent aerobic activity. 

Of course, there are variety of ways to begin and maintain a healthier lifestyle for your pet. Brookside Barkery & Bath has assisted pet owners with trained expert advice about their pets’ health and wellness for over 10 years now! From the Barkery’s 100% guaranteed, all-natural dog food and organic pet foods to pet supplies and full service grooming facilities, the Brookside Barkery & Bath is your one stop shop to ensure your pet lives a happier, healthier life!

Now here: Grooming Pick-Up & Delivery

Brookside Barkery & Bath is excited to announce a new addition to the team, the Barkery Pet Van!

The Barkery is making it even easier and more convenient to get your pet groomed. There are all sorts of delivered products and services out there,  so why not delivery pet grooming?

If you own a pet you know it can be a chore to keep up with their grooming – you have to get them bathed, trim their nails, groom their fur and also stay on top of problems like dry, itchy skin. The Barkery is your one-stop shop for all of your dog’s grooming needs and we are making it more accessible now than ever before with our new pick-up and drop-off grooming service!

All you’ll have to do is make an appointment and the Barkery will swing by in the morning, pick up your pup and transport them to their appointment You can pick them up or we’ll drop them off at your home once they are freshly groomed by our award-winnning staff of groominggroomers. Our full menu of grooming services will be available including our spa services! (Does your dog have dry, itchy skin? The Barkery has a new line, made in house by our dog specialists, of Essential Oils, including one specifically for dry, itchy skin!)

Feel like this service might be a good fit for you?  Just go to our info page and fill out a waiver!

 

 

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5 Signs Your Pet Needs Dental Treatment

Pets can experience dental problems just like people do. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) estimates that 80% of dogs and cats older than 4 years have moderate to severe dental disease. It doesn’t have to be that way, though! Brookside Barkery has found a list of signs that could mean your pet needs dental treatment. Check to see if your dog or cat shows any of these 5 signs.

#1: Bad Breath. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not “normal” for your pet to have bad breath. It may be common in pets, but that’s typically because the pet doesn’t get regular tooth brushing and dental cleaning. Bad breath is the most frequent sign of looming dental problems, and if it smells similar to rotting eggs it could indicate the presence of periodontal disease. Even if it’s only mildly bad, it means bacteria is trapped in the pet’s mouth. A professional dental cleaning and examination can make the world of difference!

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#2: Stained Teeth. Yellow and brown stains on the back of the pet’s teeth and around the gum line are signs of tartar build-up. These go hand-in-hand with bad breath and bacterial infections, but can usually be removed by a professional cleaning before they become problematic. Of course, if you’re brushing your pet’s teeth daily you can avoid this happening in the first place. The Barkery has everything you’ll need for at-home dental care, be sure to stop by and pick up some of our oral care products to help prevent bad breath and bacterial infections!

#3: Eating Difficulties. If you see your dog or cat having difficulty chewing her food or she suddenly loses interest and appetite, she might need pet dental care urgently. These symptoms can indicate oral infection or inflammation, which may be caused by pet gum disease or gingivitis in dogs or cats. If she refuses hard foods in particular, this may be a sign that she’s finding it hard to chew.

#4: Problem Gums. When your pet develops inflamed, swollen or bleeding gums, this is often a symptom of a bacterial infection. The inflammation can cause her significant pain and discomfort, but can often be reversed by having a professional dental cleaning or removing a specific offending tooth.
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#5: Loose and Broken Teeth. You might think it’s normal for your cat or dog to lose teeth as she gets older, but loose and broken teeth are often signs of a more serious pet dental care issue. If bacteria has eaten away the binding that holds the tooth in place, an infection probably exists or is in the process of developing. A loose tooth can also be caused by chewing on something too hard, which might open the root of the tooth and result in infection. Any oral bacterial infection can spread to the rest of your pet’s mouth, and eventually to the rest of her body.

Just like humans, your pets can have dental problems that can cause pain, and overall effect their quality of life. There’s plenty you can do to make sure your pet’s teeth are being taken care of. Brookside Barkery has everything you’ll need for at-home dental care! We have everything from toothbrushes and toothpaste, to oral cleansing gel that requires no brushing! Be sure to stop by either of our Brookside or Lee’s Summit locations and pick up those supplies to keep your pet’s pearly whites healthy.

*Thank you harmonyanimalhospital.net for the tips on pet dental health

4 Secrets You Should Know About Your Cat

Understanding your cat’s body language, needs and inner secrets can be pretty tricky. We’ve found some helpful tips about cats and why they act the way they do, along with some products from Brookside Barkery that can keep your cat happy and healthy! Watch for these four behaviors cats do that could mean they’re trying to tell you something-

1. Just because I am purring doesn’t mean I’m happy. Purring can signify contentedness, but it can also mean your cat is in pain, nervous or is just trying to manipulate you into feeding him. Kelly Morgan, DVM, clinical instructor at the Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine in Chicago, likens it to smiling. People smile when they’re happy, but also when they’re uncomfortable or when they want something. Likewise, purring can indicate a variety of internal states.Brookside Barkery

2. I get a lot of my moisture from food. Cats don’t have the same drive to hydrate themselves as other animals because their wild ancestors got the majority of their liquid through their food. To make sure your cat is adequately hydrated—a challenge, to be sure—have them eat their liquids: serve them wet food and high-water-content frozen treats, such as ice cubes made from no-salt beef stock. Brookside Barkery has many different choices for wet food, be sure to check out our selection next time you’re in! (Of course, make sure plenty of fresh clean water is always available.)

3. I’m not as hungry as I tell you I am. Cats are amazing at pretending to be hungrier than they are. They know they have you wrapped around their little paws; experience has taught them that. But where food is concerned, your devotion to indulging their wants is not in their favor. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 50 percent of U.S. cats are obese or overweight; that’s over 47 million fat cats—and they’re not feeding themselves. Despite overweight cats becoming the norm, feline obesity is no joke. It can cause diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and even cancer. Consult your vet in determining proper amounts of food to feed and stick to your guns.

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4. I don’t just like to scratch, I need to. (And I’m definitely not trying to ruin your stuff.) Cats need a proper scratching post. As the Humane Society of the United States notes, the purpose behind scratching is multifold: cats scratch to remove the dead outer layer of their claws, mark their territory by leaving both a visual mark and a scent (they have scent glands on their paws), and to stretch their bodies and flex their feet and claws. They scratch when they’re excited, like when you come home from work, after naps, and to claim their space. Fail to provide an approved-by-you outlet for this natural and necessary behavior and your cat will find somewhere else to exercise this instinctive action—like your couch. Stop by Brookside Barkery and pick up one of our Scratch ‘n Pads, it protects your furniture, keeps claws healthy, and cats love it!

 

*Thank you moderncat.com for the secrets our cats want us to know!

Weruva: So much goodness, so many ways.

We’ve done a lot of kibble specials.  And we’ve done a lot of specials about raw food.

But we’ve never done a monthly special this awesome for cans.   So for July, we’re swinging for the fences with one of the best: WERUVA.

Weruva is one of our best sellers thanks to the huge variety of flavors and top-notch quality of their ingredients. But we want more folks to give it a try. So for the entire month of July, we’re doing a BUY 3, GET 1 FREE deal on all Weruva cans.

“Oh, so what,” you say. “There probably aren’t that many cans.”  Au contraire, Valued Customer.

Cat owners rejoice! This special is right up your alley.  You already know that cats NEED moisture and the best way to get it into cats (notoriously poor water-drinkers) is with canned food. Weruva cans average 78% moisture.  In other words, they’re water, meat, and nutrients. These are things your cats are designed to eat. Cats, after all, are obligate carnivores.

For cats, Weruva boasts several varieties: Truluxe sits at the top of the pyramid, featuring premium formulas.  Then there’s the original Can line (the one that made Weruva a bestseller!). The red tuna-based BFF line is perfect for more budget-conscious owners.  And finally the Cats in the Kitchen pouch and can line, which falls right between BFF and classic cans.  Something for every cat…and every budget.

Dog owners, you’re not left out! The canine line features the classic Can collection of proteins.  Human-grade ingredients that look and SMELL like human food. (Want proof? Ask a Barkery staffer who’s actually EATEN from a Weruva can at one of our training sessions.) If your dog prefers a more paté-like texture, the Kobe/Kurobuta line features the best beef and pork in any canned food (in addition to organic chicken and turkey!) The Kobe line is also grain-free.

So this is your month!  Head in to the Barkery and discover Weruva in July.  There’s never been an easier way to save more money on a great food.