Puppy Playoff Snacks with Primal Pet Foods

If you’re watching the playoffs this weekend (go Chiefs!), you may be trying to come up with ways to keep your dog busy during game time.

Alex with Brookside Barkery and Aundra with Primal Pet Foods are here to show you a few ways you can make that happen!

 

Now through next Friday, January 25, Primal Pet Foods is offering some fantastic discounts on products mentioned in this video:

  • $2 off Primal Raw Marrow Bone 6 Packs
  • $2 off Primal Goat Milk
  • $2 off Primal Bone Broth

Pay it Furloughed: Free Dog Food for Those Affected by the Government Shutdown

Have you been affected by the Government Shutdown?

We understand that you may be going through a difficult time financially due to the unfortunate state of the government. We also understand you may have many mouths to feed, including those of your sweet canines, and we want to help.

While supplies last, stop in to our Brookside location and show your government ID and we will provide you with a FREE 25-lb bag of Earthborn Venture dog food (flavors vary). 

The Barkery family wants to help families in need during this time, so please stop in or call to pick up your free bag (limit 1 per customer), or contact us to see if supplies are still available.

We hope to see our customers and friends affected by the furlough back to work soon!

 

Overvaccination of Pets Interview with Alex and KCTV5

Many of you know Brookside store manager Alex Strawder. Her expertise in pet care and nutrition makes her a very valuable and beloved member of our staff. What you may not know about Alex is she lost a beloved pet, Grace, to issues that arose from annual vaccinations.

Alex recently talked with KCTV5 Reporter, Joe Chiodo, about this unfortunate situation, and shared more information with viewers on education, signs to look for in your own pet, and how Brookside Barkery and Bath can help.

The Risks of Over-Vaccinating Your Pet

Since vaccinations stay in your pet’s body for much longer than the 1-year recommendation by vets, over-vaccinating is a common mistake made by pet owners. Giving your pet a vaccine when your pet is already immune doesn’t increase its immunity, but does increase unnecessary risk to your animal and can cause a variety of health risks and fatal diseases, including:

  • Vaccine-induced sarcomas
  • Autoimmune hemolytic anemia
  • Thyroid disease
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Tumors
  • Seizures

Why are 60 Percent of Vets Still Doing Annual Revaccinations?

Regrettably, six years after the change in protocol, and despite the fact that vet schools are now teaching the 3-year protocol, the majority of practicing veterinarians continue to recommend annual revaccinations.

Continued vaccinations are still given by vet offices because it is their best effort to encourage clients to bring pets in for wellness exams. The second and more disheartening excuse is that many vets simply do not want to give up the revenue earned by annual vaccination visits.

Our Recommendations

  • Wellness visits are still important for your pet to check for heartworm, tumors, and assessing your pet’s overall health. We recommend annual checkups, although we do not recommend annual vaccines.
  • Request a Vaccine Titer TestThis is a blood test that can be given by your vet in place of a revaccination. The test measures levels of previous vaccines that are still in your pet’s system. You can use these results to decide whether you want to revaccinate your pet.
  • Discuss with your vet the risks versus benefits of diseases you are considering vaccinating for before assuming the vaccine is necessary.
  • Do not vaccinate your dog or cat if it had a serious life-threatening vaccine reaction. Check with your vet before vaccinating if your pet has any other health issues.

Check out the video and gallery below from the interview and learn more about overvaccination.

 

 

Brookside Barkery’s Pet Transformations of 2018 – Part 2

For part 2 of Barkery’s Pet Transformations of 2018, we took the time to get to know more about customer Thomas T. and his 13-year-old husky, Jack. Here’s what Thomas had to say about Jack’s experience using CBD oil.

“Jack has slowly been slipping into his sunset years. Being a relatively healthy dog his entire life, it was disconcerting when my wife and I noticed he was starting to lose control (muscle coordination and otherwise) from the waist down. Becoming increasingly concerned as his condition deteriorated, we decided to get x-rays. He was diagnosed with a compressed spinal column in several locations close to his hind quarters. According to our vet, the only treatment was to get a very expensive MRI and then an even more expensive surgery. Jack has been our best friend for many years but surgery on a 13-year-old dog seemed dangerous and futile.

Searching out alternative holistic solutions, my wife and I were recommended to Delena and Alex at Brookside Barkery. We discussed Jack’s problems with Delena and Alex, turns out they understood more than we could’ve have hoped as they have both experienced back pain as well. They explained to us the benefits of using a CBD holistic approach and how to implement the regimen.

We started using CBD oils (with Jack’s food) and treats to reinforce the treatment. Working with Brookside Barkery, we were able to get Jack’s dosage perfectly balanced after a month.

After a short time, we noticed Jack’s demeanor started improving (no more “grumpy grandpa Jack”). After a bit longer, we noticed his mobility starting to return. He is now keeping up with our Labradoodle and French Bulldog at the dog park. We’re not sure how surgery would’ve gone, however, I can’t imagine the results topping what we’ve experienced with Jack’s holistic treatment. We feel with Brookside Barkery’s holistic approach we were able to extend our time with Jack and more importantly keep him comfortable. While he is still a senior, he now has the demeanor, energy and playfulness reminiscent of when he was younger. Jack has been our best friend for a long time, and we want to be there for him as he has been there for us.

Choosing to take a holistic approach was absolutely the right decision. We expect to have much more love in our home for time to come.”

If your furry family member is in need of a natural way out of a medical condition – like Jack – stop in either Brookside Barkery location today! One of our nutrition specialists will help find the best CBD product for your pet.

January Sale: Koha & Earthborn

Save big on not one, but two brands this month at Brookside Barkery & Bath!

Koha Super Premium Dog & Cat Food  is moisture-rich canned food that provides the best nutrition for your pet. Now is a great time to try Koha’s new Limited Ingredient Formulas, because all Koha cans are Buy 2, get 1 free through the end of January.

Earthborn Holistic Pet Food is also on sale in January! Earthborn’s unique formulas are made using exceptional ingredients, and your dog or cat is sure to thrive on this wholesome, balanced, nutritious diet. This month only, get:

  • $5 Off Large Bags
  • $3 Off Medium Bags
  • $2 Off Small Bags
Brookside Barkery & Bath

Brookside Barkery’s Pet Transformations of 2018 – Part 1

Year after year, our mission at Brookside Barkery is better health through better nutrition, and 2018 was no different! This year, our knowledgeable employees have helped countless customers change their pets’ lives with dietary changes and supplements. As part 1 of our testimonial series, we wanted to share this story from our customer Amanda H. and her cat Ophelia.

“My husband and I adopted Ophelia June from KC Pet Project in the spring of 2017. She is an orange tabby that was the runt of the litter, so we refer to her as the “eternal kitten.” She was very happy to be adopted and in her new home. She is one of the sweetest, most affectionate kitties you’ll ever meet!

Unfortunately, she came to us with a breakout on her face and head. For a while, we couldn’t figure out what was causing the scaly bumps/scabs. We took her to a couple of different vets. They tried medications that never really worked before one suggested food allergies. He prescribed us hydrolyzed protein food, which did seem to help more than the medications, so we stuck with that. However, she would still have issues occasionally.

It wasn’t until we chatted with Alex at Brookside Barkery and Bath that we understood the serious problems that could occur due to feeding Ophelia the prescription food, which has very little protein and not nearly enough nutrients. Plus, the cost of the food was extremely expensive. Besides: why should you have to have a prescription for pet food? Humans don’t!

Alex recommended we start by adding a supplemental powder to her food with warm water: Glacier Peak Holistics Daily Defense. Amazingly, Ophelia had no problem eating it every day. After about a week, her coat was softer and fluffier than ever before. Her energy level also increased a bit.

After two weeks of using the powder, Alex had instructed us to start giving her small treats of duck/quail cat kibble. Very slowly we started adding a little more every few days to her food. We are now up to half and half: part quail/duck food from Fussie Cat and half the prescription food, with the end goal being getting rid of the prescription food completely. Ophelia has only had very minimal bumps pop up throughout the process as her body grows accustomed to the new food.

If you are patient and take the time to really listen to the team at the Barkery, you could see marked improvements in your pet’s health and overall well-being. It is definitely worth asking more than just your vet for advice on pet issues.“

If your furry friend is having skin problems, start by visiting Brookside Barkery & Bath. We’ll help you choose the diet that’s right for your pet, and you’ll soon have a healthier, happier companion!

Flash Sale! 15% off American Shaman through Monday!

American Shaman’s pure, powerful industrial hemp oil is known to support and bring relief to the body and mind.

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 and humans with chronic pain and multiple other health issues.

American Shaman CBD can do great things for both you and your pet. Our sharable tinctures come in a wide variety of strengths and flavors to fit your needs.

Now is a great time to try one of American Shaman’s CBD products, because we’re offering 15% off in-stock American Shaman products (excluding lotions) now through December 31st, while supplies last!

Stop in your local Brookside Barkery & Bath and let a nutrition specialist guide you in choosing the right American Shaman product for you & your pet.

Reset Your Dog’s Gut Health in 5 Steps

So, your dog hasn’t been feeling well. Maybe he’s getting sick frequently. Maybe he’s constantly gnawing on his legs. And you’ve been to the vet with little explanation or solution for what’s happening. It’s highly possible that your dog’s gut health needs a restart. Check out these five tips on restoring gut health from Dogs Naturally Magazine, written by Jenny Elwell-Gerken.

1. No Grains
Grains are definitely not for all pets, and they’re certainly not the best source of protein around. Grains lead to inflammation of the gut. Once eliminated, it’s highly likely some of the symptoms your four-legged friend is experiencing will be reduced.

2. Add Pre- and Probiotics
Probiotics help keep our gut healthy via good bacteria. Inflammation kills these bacteria and leads to problems such as diarrhea and constipation. But there’s more – probiotics also help with overall skin health. Could adding these to your pet’s diet help with all that itching? It’s worth a shot! You can also try:

  • Fermented vegetables – buy organic or make your own. Start out slowly by adding them to your dog’s food daily or feed as a snack.
  • Raw goat milk – buy organic and feed it daily according to body weight.
  • Kefir – buy organic, unsweetend kefir or you can make your own. You can use water or even coconut milk.

Along with adding probiotics to your pup’s diet, also consider adding prebiotics – a source of food for those beneficial bacteria. Try bananas or dandelion greens.

3. Gelatin and Bone Broth
Your dog’s intestines break down food so that the body can absorb needed nutrients while leaving the junk behind to be passed as waste material. Simply put, the walls of the intestines ensure that water and nutrients are used by the body, while toxins and pathogens get stuck inside the intestines until they move out.

Along with helping boost fur and nail strength, gelatin can help to heal up leaky gaps in the intestines, creating a healthier gut system. When the system works the way it’s meant to, the health of your pup’s whole body is improved.

4. Variety
Add variety to your pup’s diet by feeding vegetables and fruit as well as switching up the protein sources on a regular basis.

You can achieve this by adding variety in several ways. Try feeding real food to dogs rather than kibble. You can add variety by feeding vegetables and fruit as well as switching up the protein sources on a regular basis.

Remember: An animal has to be exposed to something to be allergic to it, and allergies usually come from something they’ve been eating for a long time. So just because you haven’t changed their food doesn’t mean they don’t have a food allergy! In fact, they may be more likely to have one!

5. Things to Avoid

  • Avoid antibiotics whenever possible. When taken by mouth, antibiotics kill off many of the good bacteria in the gut (and everywhere else), as well as the bad bacteria. Therefore, if you have to give your pup an antibiotic, make sure you give a probiotic at the same time.
  • Skip the NSAIDs. We also know that many of the medications given for pain and inflammation can affect the gut. For example, the most common side effects of most non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) are diarrhea and vomiting. However, we’ve learned that the effect on the gut is more dramatic than that. NSAIDs can actually contribute to Leaky Gut Syndrome. Therefore, it’s worth considering other options to replace or, at minimum, supplement long-term pain control.

Restoring Gut Health Takes Time
Remember: it takes time to improve. The longer the problem has been going on, the longer it will take to heal. Weeks to months, sometimes more. The healthier you can keep his gut, the healthier you can keep his entire body.

 

Canine Massage: How to Plus the Benefits

When us humans are feeling physically and/or psychologically distressed, a massage is something that can help tremendously. The same is true for dogs! Everyday living can take a toll on a dog’s body – running, jumping, rough housing and even the act of growing can cause discomfort. Through massage, you’ll notice your dog’s stress and anxious energy begin to melt away as tense muscles start to relax.

The sooner you start massaging your dog the better! Not only is this a great bonding experience, but it also exposes your pup’s body to manipulation and touch. This will help prepare your dog for visits to the groomers at Brookside Barkery and human touch in general.

Other benefits of canine massage include:

  • Pain relief
  • Increased range of motion
  • Improved mobility
  • Joint nourishment/lubrication
  • Increased circulation

When performing massage techniques on your furry friend it’s important to complete all strokes in one area before moving to the next. We suggest you start at the neck, move to the shoulder, then progress down the leg. Next, move up the back, over the abdomen and down the inner groin. Repeat on the other side.

Here are three basic techniques to begin with:

  • Effleurage: Using a flat hand with fingers together, gently stroke one hand after the other continuously. A technique used to relax muscles to prepare for massage, effleurage has a calming and soothing effect.
  • Raking: Using spread out fingers with flat finger tips, “rake” along the area with slight pressure in the same direction as the coat. When using the raking technique, it is important to ensure your nails are short enough to eliminate the risk of scratching. The raking technique helps to diffuse pressure and release built up muscle tension.
  • Petrissage: Using the ball of your thumb, apply slight pressure as you go “thumb over thumb” to smooth and stretch the muscle fibers. This massage technique will help remove toxins from the cells while also releasing tension.

NOTE: If your dog is suffering from cancer, diabetes, circulatory problems, dermatological conditions or any other condition that can be affected by increased circulation and pressure – be sure to get an evaluation done by a professional massage therapist before performing any kind of massage.

Always be sure to pay attention to the feedback your dog is giving you. Do not force it if you can tell he/she has had enough. If your dog seems opposed to the massage, start slowly with petting and ease your way to longer sessions.

Happy Massaging!

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