Brookside Barkery

Caring for Your Cat – The Basics!

Bringing a new cat or kitten into your home can be exciting. Whether you’re a first-time pet owner, or you’re thinking about welcoming another animal into your home, there are many things to consider before adopting or purchasing a feline companion. Brookside Barkery has found an article that breaks down everything you should consider before adopting a new companion!

“Before adopting or purchasing a cat, you should consider the time and financial commitment of pet ownership,” said Dr. Sarah Griffin, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “Additionally, you should determine if your lifestyle is suitable for responsible pet ownership.”

For example, if you are thinking about adopting a kitten, you should be able to provide the kitten with at least three
wellness visits to a veterinarian for vaccines and deworming, Griffin said. Additionally, Griffin recommended kittens be spayed or neutered when they are six to nine months of age and given monthly flea, intestinal parasite, and heartworm prevention, whether the kitten lives primarily indoors or outdoors.

Brookside Barkery Another important factor to consider before purchasing or adopting a cat is diet. Providing a well-balanced and nutritious diet plays a key role in your feline’s health. “I recommend feeding cats high-quality dry and canned food,” Griffin stated. “It’s important to introduce both types of food to kittens in case they require a special diet when they get older. Look for The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) label on food before purchasing it to ensure quality.” Brookside Barkery has a wide variety of superb all-natural pet food, both dry and canned food. We are dedicated to being a leader in customer service, so our retail associates can help you choose the perfect food for your new furry friend!

If you are considering bringing a cat into your home, you should also be prepared for their natural behaviors, such as scratching. Scratching may not be conducive to an indoor domesticated lifestyle, so cat owners should give their cat an outlet for this behavior, such as through a scratching post. Other options for cat owners include declawing their cat. However, declawing should only be done after failed attempts to prevent the cat from using its claws destructively or when its claws present a health risk to the owner, Griffin said. Some possible ways to stop destructive scratching include trimming the claws weekly, giving the cat plenty of scratching posts or other items made for cats to scratch, or placing temporary synthetic nail caps on the claws, Griffin said.

Another factor to consider for potential cat owners is the responsibility of cleaning litter boxes. Litter boxes should be cleaned daily and fresh litter should be used weekly to every other week, Griffin said. “I recommend having one more litter box than cat in the home. For example, if you have two cats, you should have three litter boxes,” she said.


Brookside Barkery’s store cat, Willow.

Cats should naturally use a clean litter box that is in a quiet part of the home and is well separated from the cat’s food and water. If inappropriate urination occurs, or the cat is not using the litter box, this could be a sign of a medical or behavioral condition. Talk to your veterinarian to determine the best solution to this problem.

Whether you are an experienced pet owner or beginning a new journey in the world of pet ownership, be sure to review and understand the responsibilities of a kitten or a cat. Pets fully depend on their owners for food, love, and care, so it is important to be completely committed before adopting or purchasing a new furry friend.

Follow our store cat, Willow on Twitter
! All of our scratching posts, toys, and food are Willow approved, and she’s not easily impressed! Be sure to stop by Brookside Barkery in Lee’s Summit or Brookside for all the new essentials you’ll need for you and your feline friend!

*Thanks to for the great tips!

Some big changes in our full-service baths.

Our full-service baths are one of our most popular services.  And we want every customer to receive the same high quality experience.  And when customers leave their pets at our stores for an excessively long time after services have been completed, that occupies a drying station that we need for the next dog and throws a large monkey wrench into our bathing schedule for that day.

So we’re implementing a late pick-up fee.  When you drop your dog off, you’ll be informed about our late fee policy and we’ll ask for you signature on our appointment work order, to acknowledge that the Barkery associate has informed you of the policy.

Bathing services take approximately ONE HOUR, so we ask that you plan accordingly.  All pets MUST be picked up within 30 minutes of the time services are completed. Pets picked up in excess of that time will have a $20 late pick-up fee added to their bath price.

If something comes up that will delay picking up your pet, we ask that you please call the Barkery and inform us so we can try and plan accordingly.  A little heads up can go a long way.  Thank you!


Mushrooms can be magic for your pet.

Mushrooms have been a source of medicine and remedies for centuries. Take all of that natural medicine and add 21st Century science and you’ve got some absolutely superb products for pets.
We’re proud to introduce the new Mushroom Matrix line at both of our stores. And what a line it is.
Start with the mushrooms themselves. They’re grown in San Marcos, California, using strict organic production protocols, they’re then dehydrated at low temperatures to retain all enzymatic activity, while bathed in UV light to increase naturally occurring Vitamin D!
The result is a whole, non-GMO raw food product packed with natural antioxidants and other vital nutrients. They’re certified 100% organic and a Good Manufacturing Process facility. The result? The best mushrooms on the planet!

But what’s it all mean for your pet? The benefits are numerous.

  • TURKEY TAIL:  Utilized in Japan for complimentary and alternative wellness. Powerful polysaccharides contained in turkey tail support immune function in conjunction with naturally occuring antioxidants for a wide spectrum of beneficial properties for pets.
  • ZEN: Our novel blend of Certified 100% Organic Medicinal Mushrooms has “adaptogenic” effects – helping your pet have more balanced behavior and less anxiety. Zen Matrix is great for training puppies, anxious animals or the canine athlete who needs more focus. Also helps calm digestive issues brought about by anxiety.
  • SKIN & COAT: Natural histamine blocking for allergy relief and less scratching combined with Biotin and Methionine to help add luster and shine to dull coats.
  • JOINT: Targeted support for joints in need! A blend of certified organic medicinal mushrooms.  Packed with natural Glucosamine, they also fight inflammation with Antioxidant L-Ergothioneine, the only oxidant with its own cellular transport system.  The result?  Relief where and when your pet needs it the most.
  • MRM: Maximum Recovery Matrix is formulated as an alternative and complimentary therapeutic agent for critical and chronic health conditions, and is ideal for senior pets or pets in various states of trauma, recovery, and rehabilitation.  It can also help detoxify kidneys and liver taxed by medications or harsh toxins.

Want to know more about Mushroom Matrix?  Ask a Barkery associate!

Barkery wins “Best Local Pet Grooming” from The Pitch Magazine!

Brookside BarkeryBrookside Barkery is honored to have won “Best Local Pet Grooming” (for the SEVENTH year in a row!) in the Pitch Magazine’s Best of Kansas City 2016 issue! Whether your pet just needs a quick shampoo, or a luxurious spa day, the Barkery is your one stop shop for it all!

Each pet is unique and we treat them as such. Our skilled and very professional groomers will work with you to deliver exactly the right cut to your furry friend! We also offer WEEKEND GROOMING at both locations, so hard-working pet parents can finally get their furry friends groomed and looking great.

Full service grooming is available by appointment only, so contact our Brookside or Lee’s Summit location to get your favorite four-legged friend looking fresh and fabulous!


Benefits of Giving your Dog Hemp

Brookside Barkery’s newest product spotlight is on Hemp products for pets! Hemp is one of our oldest and most versatile plants, dating back to the 28th century BC. There are so many advantages to your pets using hemp products and we’ve found 3 reasons it could be beneficial to your best four-legged friend!

  1. It Fights Cancer. Researchers at the American Cancer Society say there’s evidence that people with cancer, diabetes and skin allergies don’t make enough GLA … and these issues are incredibly common in dogs too. While GLA is considered a conditionally essential fattBrookside Barkeryy acid (which means that most dogs can make enough of it, most of the time), there are many circumstances (hard exercise or stress) where dogs can’t make enough GLA and supplementing can become important.
  1. It Reduces Joint Pain. Researchers in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatology found that the GLA found in hemp seeds reduced arthritis symptoms by 25% compared to the placebo at 4%. Once again, this is because the perfect balance of fatty acids helps to reduce inflammation naturally.
  1. It Improves Skin and Coat. Hemp seed has long been used in cosmetic products and soaps because the oil can penetrate the inner layers of the skin and promote healthy cellular growth. The balanced fatty acids also play an important role in reducing the inflammation associated with common skin issues, including atopic dermatitis, pruritic skin disease and granulomas.

You might be thinking, “Hemp is a variety of cannabis, I’m not giving that to my dog!” If you are, it would be too bad because hemp has many health promoting properties nearly every dog could use! Stop by your nearest Brookside Barkery location in either Lee’s Summit or Brookside and talk to one of our knowledgeable retail associates to find out the best hemp product for your furry friend!

*Thank you for these awesome tips about hemp products!