Hypertension in Cats – Time for a Test?

Is high blood pressure affecting your cat’s overall health?

Typically seen in senior and geriatric felines, high blood pressure is a serious disease that often occurs secondary to another diagnosis such as kidney failure or hyperthyroidism. In fact, over 60 percent of cats with renal failure and 90 percent of hyperthyroid kitties are also hypertensive.

In an article from the “Healthy Pets” site, Dr. Becker shares the devastating side effects of leaving hypertension untreated, including damage of the kidneys, the eyes, the nervous system and the cardiovascular system. The most common symptom of unchecked blood pressure will be sudden, acute blindness. Dr. Becker also covers a recent study performed at a university in Auckland, New Zealand suggests that ocular lesions associated with hypertension can be seen in kitties before clinical signs appear.

A few tips from Dr. Becker:

  • Cats diagnosed with hypertension first need to be treated for any underlying conditions – typically chronic kidney disease or hyperthyroidism. Treating the primary disease can often bring blood pressure readings back into the normal range, at least initially.
  • If your cat has hypertension, it’s important to feed a species-appropriate diet, keep her weight under control, provide appropriate supplements under the guidance of a holistic veterinarian, avoid unnecessary vaccinations, and insure your kitty’s environment and daily routine remain calm and consistent.

To read more from this article, click here

Bigger, Better Barkery Under Construction!

We’ve begun a new large expansion at Brookside for our new and improved grooming area!

We are currently doing construction and refurbishment on the new space, so you’ll see a large door-shaped hole in the wall next to our raw food cooler.  That will be the entrance to our huge  new grooming area.  A bigger, better Barkery is coming! Stay tuned!

Why Raw? We’ll Tell You

Is it time your pet tried a raw diet?

We have several raw options at the Barkery, but is a raw diet right for your pet?

Many pet owners turned to raw foods when “nothing else worked” and typically solved their pets health crises by doing so. Other animal lovers have turned to a raw diet because of a growing number of recalls of processed pet foods, resulting in the death or serious illness of hundreds of pets. Some have seen the diet improve the overall quality of life for their pet, and the results are even visible with cleaner teeth, brighter eyes, and thicker and glossier coats.

In case you’re ready to take the dive into the raw diet, we hope you’ve had a change to see our raw diet recipe series, hosted by owner Delena Stout.

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If you still have questions about test driving the raw diet for your pet, please stop in – we’re happy to help!



Health and Nutrition for Senior Cats

A proper diet is more important than ever as our pets begin to age

Did you know that you should start your cat on a senior balanced diet starting at age 7?

According to a recent article from the ASPCA this will help to maintain a healthy weight, along with slowing or preventing the development of chronic disease. You will also minimize or improve clinical signs of diseases that may already be present.

Health issues that the article mentions may arise along the way:

  • Deterioration of skin and coat
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • More frequent intestinal problems
  • Arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Dental problems
  • Decreased ability to fight off infection

The article goes on to discuss the importance of muscle mass and vitamin intake in order to maintain a healthy cat. You can read more about health and nutrition for your aging cat by clicking here, and as always, feel free to stop in and chat with a knowledgeable Barkery team member for expert advice.

Do Over Dogs and Behavior Issues

The Whole Dog Journal is another great resource we use here at the Barkery. You can even sign up for their tip of the week newsletter, which is where we found a great excerpt taken from Pat Miller’s “Do Over Dogs” – a guide for rescued pet owners.

“You have adopted your Do-Over Dog, brought him home, helped him adjust to the new changes in his world, instituted necessary management procedures, and started on an appropriate training program. In the best of all worlds, that would be all you’d need. But most Do-Over Dogs were in shelters for a reason. There are often behavior challenges that go beyond the simple need for basic good manners training.

Pre-owned dogs are more often than not surrendered to or left unclaimed at shelters and rescue facilities because of one or more difficult behaviors that the prior owner wouldn’t, or couldn’t, manage or modify. Even when the reason for surrender is “moving” or “landlord issues,” there is often some underlying behavior challenge that prompted the owner to give his dog up rather than make the effort to find new living arrangements that could include the dog.

Some of the problem behaviors are “minor,” relatively insignificant, easy to manage or modify, and/or not even a problem at all for you. People have different tolerance levels for different dog behaviors and what may seem perfectly normal and acceptable to you may have been a deal-breaker for the prior owner. Some behaviors are major, requiring a long-term strong commitment to management and/or modification. Perhaps you were informed about difficult behaviors before you made the decision to adopt – and perhaps you’ve discovered one or more behavior challenges after the fact. Perhaps you’re still discovering.

I cannot give you a timetable or predict how long it will take for you to resolve your dog’s problem behaviors. There are many variables that enter into the equation, including your dog’s past history (which you may have little or no knowledge of), what his behavior issues are, how strong the genetic influence, how long he’s been practicing inappropriate behaviors, and how successful they’ve been for him, as well as your own skill and commitment to applying management and modification protocols and the resources you have at your disposal. Many canine behavior problems are related at least in part to stress – the more stress, the greater the likelihood of significant problems. Most Do-Over Dogs have had more than their share of stress in their lives, and behaviors that may have been mildly inappropriate at one time may have intensified with several rehomings or in a stressful shelter/kennel environment.”

If you’d like to read more from Pat Miller and the Whole Dog Journal, click here to order a copy of the book.

The Perfect Pet Travel Packing List

Have you checked out Dog Tipper? Husband and wife team Paris Permenter and John Bigley share awesome dog-lover tips, among many other four-legged friend topics, including adoption, pet product reviews, celebrity canines, and more.

If you are a traveler and love to bring you dog along, you’ll love their recent pet travel packing list:


Now that you’re fully equipped with everything your pet needs for a great trip, it’s time to start planning your next adventure!

Yellow Ribbons for Safety

We’ve all been there: Taking our dog for a walk when we see another pet owner coming our direction. There’s usually a bit of uncertainty, and maybe even anxiety involved, especially if you have a child with you. You’re probably thinking:

  • Can I identify the breed and feel comfortable knowing that the dog is likely safe?
  • Does the dog look harmless or anxious?
  • Maybe I should just steer clear altogether and cross to the other side of the path…

Thankfully, The Yellow Dog Project is a nonprofit global organization working to solve this very dilemma. Their concept is simple, really: If you own a dog that may have trouble with strangers, fear issues or even get overexcited when meeting new friends, you can simply tie a yellow ribbon on your dogs leash or collar to alert others to the situation in advance.

This technique can also help teach your children how to correctly approach a new animal, thus avoiding an incident or danger.

Please stop in and visit us today as we begin supporting this effort with our own yellow ribbons!

Put the Right Paw Forward with Pet Health This Year

It’s a new year, and a great time to assess your pets’ health!

  • A few things to think about to start the year out on the right paw:
  • How often is your pet getting exercise? Could weekly become daily?
  • How is your pet’s coat? Shiny? What about his skin?
  • Maybe it’s time to try a new food – The Barkery certainly has many options to consider, and we’re happy to help you select a new food.
  • Is it time for a nice new grooming? We’ve also got you covered there.
  • Also be sure to ask us about holistic vet care – we have several recommendations.
  • How is your pet’s mood? What changes can you make to improve it?

Stop in to The Barkery today, and we’ll help your pet have a great 2014!

Save Big on Stella & Chewy’s!

We’re bringing back our immensely popular special on Stella & Chewy’s, both freeze dried and frozen! We had huge success when we offered this several months ago, and decided there’s no better way to start off the new year then by offering this superb food at a huge discount.
  • $2 OFF any Stella & Chewy’s 6oz freeze dried Dog Dinner or 3lb Frozen Raw Dog Dinners
  • $4 OFF any Stella & Chewy’s 16oz freeze dried Dog Dinner, 12oz Cat Dinners and 6lb Frozen Raw Dog Dinners.
  • Buy 2 get 1 free any Stella & Chewy’s freeze dried .8oz Cat pouch Dinners

If you’ve ever wanted to get your pets the benefits of raw food, there’s never been a better time!