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Caring for Your Aging Pet

At Brookside Barkery, we know pets aren’t just pets — they are a part of the family. As your pet ages, it is important to consult your veterinarian for help providing the proper care for your senior pet’s changing needs.

Every animal is different, so the senior life stage occurs at different ages in different pets. For instance, dogs are typically considered seniors at seven years old, but large dogs age more quickly than smaller dogs. Cats can be considered mature at seven years and seniors at 11 years old. Breed and species aside, your pet’s genetics, nutrition, health and environment will ultimately determine when your pet is considered a senior.

One of the telltale signs of increasing age in pets is a decline in physical activity. For instance, previously active pets may not play as much, and both dogs and cats may need assistance climbing on and off the bed or couch. Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), explained when pet owners can expect this transition into senior pet behavior. “A decrease in physical activity depends on the breed, size and genetics of the pet,” she said. “However, some older pets are still quite active in their senior years.”

In addition to a decrease in physical activity, older cats and dogs tend to develop more degenerative health problems. Brookside Barkery “Chronic degenerative disorders like heart and kidney disease are common in older pets, and so is cancer,” Eckman said. “In cats, kidney, heart and thyroid disease are the most common aging conditions. In dogs, different breeds are more prone to certain conditions. For example, some breeds are more likely to see a dramatic increase in cancers as they age.” A visit to the veterinarian every six months can help determine what is normal for your pet so that any changes in behavior or health can be detected early.

Aging cats and dogs are also prone to arthritis, dental disease, loss of sight and hearing, and a decrease in mobility. Just like humans, pets may need more assistance getting around and taking care of themselves. Despite this change in mobility and physical activity, it is important to keep your dog and cat active to slow the progression of joint pain and arthritis. In addition, a healthy diet that adequately nourishes your pet is also key in reducing your pet’s risk for obesity, which can also contribute to joint pain. “The single most important aspect in helping your pet stay as happy and healthy for as long as possible is maintaining a healthy weight throughout their lifetime,” Eckman said. “A healthy weight should be coupled with regular exercise and activity.”

The Barkery has everything you need to keep your older pet happy and healthy! Everything from all natural pet food, to dental care, supplements, joint treatments and more! Stop by either our Brookside or Lee’s Summit locations and pick up everything you need to keep your older pet feeling young.

*Thanks for the advice!

Nature’s Logic: Why It’s Great

Our September special is a good one: NATURE’S LOGIC.

This superb food is as wholesome as it gets, and comes in both kibble AND raw.


  • NO synthetic vitamins and minerals (an industry exclusive)
  • Packed with carnivore-appropriate, high quality proteins
  • Free of common allergens -no wheat, corn, or soy
  • Probiotics and enzymes added to support healthy digestion
  • NO ingredients from China

Nature’s Logic comes in canine and feline varieties, a wide selection of proteins, and either style you choose.  Feed raw?  Great!  Raw bags are discounted!  Prefer kibble?  Get a FREE small bag with large bag purchase!

There’s no reason not to try Nature’s Logic this September at both Barkery locations.


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What To Do If Your Pet Gets Hurt

There’s nothing worse than coming across an injured animal, whether it’s one that you’ve stumbled upon or your own pet.  Here at the Barkery, we know it’s important to be aware of what to do when you find yourself in a situation with an animal that is hurt. We’ve found an article that explains how to approach an injured animal, and what to do next.

Because injured pets could be in pain, scared, or confused, it is important to act appropriately to ensure they see a veterinarian and get medical help. Dr. Medora Pashmakova, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), offered some insight on what to do if your pet is injured.

“Pet owners should be careful not to be bitten by a pet, even one that has no record of biting anyone before. They may do so when injured,” she said. “Typically, this means immobilizing the animal until you’re able to get it to a veterinarian. You can also purchase a commercially made muzzle or fashion a homemade muzzle out of gauze or a leash to prevent the animal from biting while being transported to veterinarian’s care.”

Brookside BarkerySometimes pets can be in pain with no obvious or visible wounds. In this case, Pashmakova recommended looking for key signs of internal pain, such as abdominal pain. “Pets can be in pain when they show signs of guarding a particular area of the body to prevent anybody from touching that area. They may also avoid bearing weight on a limb,” she said. “Abdominal pain in particular can occasionally cause the animal to get in a praying stance position with the forelimbs down and the rear limbs up. Animals will also often vocalize when in pain, be reluctant to touch, have a fast heart rate or breathing rate, or they may hide from their owners. Cats are especially good at hiding signs of pain and often just become reclusive and detached.”

In emergency situations, such as when a pet is hit by a car, the animal may be seriously bleeding. In such critical situations, it is important to act fast to slow blood flow.

“Just like a person, a tourniquet can be applied to a proximal part of the limb in the case of a bleeding limb injury until blood has slowed down to a trickle,” Pashmakova said. “It’s important not to completely occlude blood flow so that the limb can preserve some blood supply. Applying external pressure is also often a good idea. A towel can be used to apply pressure over a bleeding site until the pet is able to be seen by a veterinarian. In cases where a bleeding vessel is clearly visible, the bleeding can be held off with fingers or another gentle but firm device, such as a hemostat, while the pet is transported.”

*Thank you for the tips!


Afraid to Trim Your Dog’s Nails?

Have you ever been cutting your dog’s nails and gotten too close to the nail bed? It can be scary because none of us want to hurt our dogs! Most dog lovers know that cutting canine nails is a tricky process. It can be hard to know where to stop trimming. As a result, some people may feel a little nervous or even avoid nail trimming, but proper nail care is essential for your dog’s comfort and even his health.

  • Brookside BarkeryFirst, determine if your dog’s nails need a trim by taking a look at the length. They should be fairly short and ideally they should not be touching the ground on a firm, flat surface.
  • If they are long, you can start by trimming bit by bit, only 1–2 millimeters at a time. Dog nail clippers should have a U-shaped blade on the top and bottom because it conforms to the shape of your dog’s nail and won’t squish the nail and cause discomfort when you cut. This is why it is important not to use human nail clippers. If you do not have dog nail clippers, Brookside Barkery and Bath has all of the tools you need to make this a painless and simple process.
  • If your dog’s nail profile is U-shaped when you make the first small cut, then it is still too long. For dogs with
    black nails, you can tell they are too long when it has an upside down U with a dark margin and lighter center. Continue clipping until you start seeing a small darker center surrounded by lighter nail.
  • Regardless of the tool you’re using, keep your dog happy and at ease during a nail clipping session by having good quality, natural treats on hand. Swing by the Brookside Barkery and Bath today to pick up a variety of healthy all natural treats for your pooch. When it comes to nail trimming, bribery is definitely allowed!

Following this simple routine every two to three weeks, you can assure your dog will be moving comfortably. Still too nervous to attempt cutting your dog’s nails? That is completely understandable. At Brookside Barkery and Bath we are happy to trim your pets’ nails during a scheduled grooming session with one of our expert groomers.

*Thanks to Modern Dog Magazine

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5 Tips for Better Leash Manners

Do you feel like you are water skiing every single time you try to take your dog on a walk?! We’ve all been there, and it is exhausting. Even if you have a small dog, it is embarrassing to be tied around a tree, tangled up with another dog, or heaven forbid, the leash comes lose and you are chasing your dog down the block! Be ready to impress your friends next time you are out and about with your dog after trying these 5 tips for better leash behavior.

  • Adjust Your Attitude– First, ask yourself: “What would I like him or her to do differently?” Instead of teaching a dog to stop pulling, think of it as teaching your dog how to walk nicely beside you.Brookside Barkery
  • Train Your Dog to Go When You Say So– One thing that can help is to train your dog to “go potty” on command. If your dog has already gone before the walk begins, he won’t feel the need to frantically pull and sniff on the walk.
  • Walk Your Dog the Way You Drive your Car– As the driver, you are the one in control. As pack animals, dogs love to play follow the leader. If your dog pulls, keep the leash loose, calmly pivot, and start going the opposite direction. In a happy voice say “heel” or “let’s go” to teach your dog to follow you.
  • It’s All About Rewards– One of the easiest ways to get your dog’s attention and teach him to walk properly on a leash is to reward him. The trick is to use very special treats at first. When your dog walks calmly beside you, or looks up at you, encourage this behavior with rewards.

Your dog will love our special treats from Brookside Barkery and Bath. We proudly offer a wide variety of healthy and natural treats that are sure to make this learning process a fun and rewarding one for your dog.

  • Use the Right Tools– If your dog has developed an engrained habit of pulling on walks, switch things up by trying a different type of leash or collar. Consider trying a front clip harness or a slip collar. At Brookside Barkery and Bath we offer a huge selection of collars and leashes sure to fit your pet’s own unique taste and style.

Just remember, it takes time, patience and practice to teach your dog good leash manners. So celebrate each step in the right direction -and walk over to visit us at Brookside Barkery and Bath today!

*special thanks to PetMD for these expert tips.



Keeping your Single Cat Content

If you’ve ever thought of cats as aloof, solitary, and independent, you may be surprised to know that cats want company! And, just like humans and other social animals, they may become bored or depressed if they’re deprived of the companionship they crave. If you are the parent of a single cat, you’ll be glad to know that solitary cat status does not doom your kitty to a life of misery and boredom. There are plenty of things you can do to keep them purring by making his life stimulating and enjoyable.

  • Spend Time with your Cat– Bonding time is enjoyable for any cat, but it’s especially important if you’re the parent of a single cat. Make it a routine, the same time each day, so it’s something your kitty can expect and look forward to. Spend some one-on-one time every day paying special attention to your cat, whether it’s grooming, chatting, playing, or simplBrookside Barkeryy snuggling—whatever your cat (and you) enjoy the most. When you’re not home, however, you can alleviate Fluffy’s boredom and loneliness by providing a stimulating environment.
  • Create a Kitty Playground– Cats love to climb, hide, and scratch. So, if you don’t provide your single cat with an appropriate opportunity to indulge that love, you may return home one day to find that kitty’s natural need for climbing or scratching has been filled by an attack on your sofa or curtains. A cat tree provides the purr-fect (non-destructive) spot for your cat to scratch, stretch, climb, and survey his surroundings.

Here at Brookside Barkery and Bath we have a variety of cat playground equipment and toys sure to provide hours of entertainment, and help keep your furniture safe in your absence. Your cat will love the entertainment and change from his usual routine.

  • Bring the Outside to Him– The world outside is just full of things that cats find fascinating—birds, bugs, squirrels, blowing leaves—what cat wouldn’t love to spend the day exploring the big outdoors? As delightful as the outside may be, however, it’s also full of danger.

The good news is that you can bring many of the wonders of the outside to your cat without exposing him to the risks. Put up a few cozy perches in sunny windows around the house. If possible, put up a bird feeder outside one window to bring the entertainment up close! For more fun ideas for entertaining your cat, be sure to stop by Brookside Barkery and Bath!

A single cat can still be happy, healthy, and well-adjusted. Just make sure to set aside quality time for human companionship, and keep his environment entertaining and interesting.

*via Litter Robot