How To Care for Your Dogs Dry & Cracked Paws

Dry and cracked paw pads can come from a variety of elements. Usually you can give your dog relief from dry or cracked paws at home, although in certain cases vet care may be necessary.

Interesting Facts about Paw Pads

  • They absorb shock, which spares joints from too much pressure.
  • Dogs sweat through their paw pads, which is why bandages may not stick or may have to be changed frequently.
  • Some dogs have overly sensitive paw pads. Booties may be a requirement, and not a fashion accessory.
  • If you use harsh cleaners on your floors, this may be affecting your dog’s paws. Remember that your dog is licking whatever you use on your floors directly off his/her paws.
  • Excessive paw licking could be due to a pH imbalance, resulting from not enough protein in his/her diet.

Dry Paws

Dog paw pads can become dried out and cracked the same way our feet can. Wintertime and salt on sidewalks commonly causes paw pads to dry out quickly. The best thing to do for dry paws is to apply a moisturizing substance, such as Pawmagik by Muttluks. This roll-on moisturizing balm helps heal and soothe paw pads, and protect them from salt, snow, ice, hot pavement, hot sand or abrasion. Pawmagik is available at both Brookside and Lee’s Summit locations!

Overall Care

Keep the area on your pups feet clean and moisturized until the pad has healed. Once your dog’s paws are healed, cut back on the moisturizing. It is better for dogs to have rough paw pads then soft, tender ones, which could lead to further problems.

When to Seek Medical Treatment

If your dog’s paw is cracked, keep the area clean, moisturized, and bandaged at all times. If it is bleeding, add an antibiotic ointment under the bandage. If your dog doesn’t heal within the week, or becomes very swollen and infected, you should seek veterinary help.



January Special at The Barkery

The January special includes two of our favorites, Stella & Chewy’s Raw and Frozen Food, and Fromm’s Gold and Four Star recipes.Fromm Logo with Bags

Stella & Chewy’s Raw/Frozen food contains organic fruits and vegetables, and is minimally processed which makes it easy for your furry friend to digest. This month is a great time to try raw/frozen food for your dog and get a major discount in the process! Get $3-$5 off the above raw/frozen bags.

Fromm is one of our top selling foods for both cats and dogs. This month you can get free gold cans from Fromm when you purchase a bag of kibble. Fromm food is also complete and balanced and easy to digest. You can add moisture to the regular kibble by adding the canned food as topper or feeding it to your pets alone.

OC RAW DOG: A GREAT new choice in raw food

Raw food is at the top of the pyramid when it comes to feeding for your pet. It gives dogs and cats the meat they crave, and delivers solid nutrition without fillers of any sort.  At the Barkery, we want to give our customers choices, and that’s why we’ve brought in OC RAW DOG, a raw brand with top-shelf ingredients like antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken, wholesome beef raised in the Midwest, and vitamin-rich blueberries, apples, and spinach AND apple cider vinegar!

This happens three out of four times before a dog bites your face.

Each year in the U.S., between 4.5 and 5 million people are bitten by dogs.

When a dog bite incident occurs, many people key in immediately on the animal’s behavior or temperament rather than the precipitating event. However, there is almost always a precipitating event, whether or not the people involved are able to connect the dots.

Animal behavior experts are able to see these unfortunate incidents with an experienced eye. As canine behaviorist Karen London writes in The Bark:

“One disadvantage of being a canine behaviorist is that so many human behaviors scare me. My heart leaps into my throat all too often when I see people performing risky behaviors around dogs.

From hugging dogs and picking up dogs to sticking their faces right by a dog’s face or bending over a dog, there are plenty of gasp-worthy moments. I see people performing these behaviors and want to scream out a warning.”

London hears the same human behaviors mentioned over and over in the retelling of dog bite stories. And she points out that this isn’t about placing blame, but about helping people learn how to lower their risk of being bitten.

Study Examines Dog Bites to the Face

In a recent study, university researchers set out to discover what human behaviors immediately preceded dog bites to the face.

They also wanted to gather data on the age and gender of bite victims, the sex and size of biting dogs, the locations on the face that were bitten, and the need for medical treatment.

The researchers analyzed 132 incidents of dog bites to the face, and reported these findings:

In 76 percent of cases, the human was bending over the dog prior to being bitten Over 75 percent of the bite victims knew the dog, however, none of the victims were an adult dog owner
In 19 percent of cases, the person had put his or her face close to the dog’s face 60 percent of the bite victims were female
In 5 percent of cases, the human and dog were gazing at each other Only adult dogs bit the face and over two-thirds were male dogs
Over 50 percent of the bites were to the central area of the face around the nose and lips Only in 6 percent of cases was the dog observed to growl or show teeth as a warning before biting
Over two-thirds of the bite victims were children, and 84 percent were under age 12 The age and gender of the human didn’t affect the location of the bite on the face
43 percent of the child dog bite victims were with their parents and 62 percent were with the dog’s guardian Bites by large dogs were more often medically treated than bites by small dogs

Interestingly, incidents that one might assume would provoke a bite did not, including:

  • Nail trims
  • Pulling the dog’s hair or tugging his body
  • Stepping or falling on the dog
  • Scolding or hitting the dog as punishment

The researchers concluded that:

“Risk factors such as bending over the dog, putting the face close to the dog’s face and gazing between human and dog should be avoided, and children should be carefully and constantly supervised when in the presence of dogs.”

Dogs Often Give a Warning Before Biting

London was surprised to see from the study that only 6 percent of dogs were perceived or remembered by observers to have given a warning before biting, and in fact, she believes perhaps some people did not notice or failed to remember warnings by dogs.

This is because there are almost always signs before a dog bites. Some dogs will suddenly freeze in place and hold their body very rigid. Others will stand with front legs splayed and head low, gazing at you. And many dogs growl or curl their lips to show their teeth.

If you’re ever in a situation in which you feel threatened by a dog, employ these defensive measures:

  • Stand motionless with your hands at your sides
  • Avoid eye contact with the dog
  • If the dog loses interest, back away slowly
  • If the dog comes at you anyway, offer him anything you’re holding – a purse or jacket, for example – or anything that may distract him
  • If you wind up on the ground, curl into a ball, put your hands over your ears and stay still – resist the urge to yell, scream, or move around

10 Tips to Prevent Dog Bites

  1. Use good judgment when selecting a family pet and do your homework. If this is your first dog, or you don’t know what to look for in a dog, talk with a veterinarian, a reputable breeder, or other knowledgeable person. Learn which dogs would be most likely to thrive in your family situation.
  2. Make sure your puppy is well-socialized and trained to obey basic commands. Proper socialization is the single most important thing dog owners can do to reduce the risk of winding up with a pet with behavior problems.
  3. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise. Not only is regular aerobic exercise necessary for physical conditioning, it also provides the mental stimulation every dog needs to be well-balanced.
  4. Playtime is important, but you should avoid games that are overly exciting to your pup or that pit him against you. And never put your dog in a situation where he feels teased or threatened.
  5. Always use a leash or similar restraint when you’re out in public with your pet. You must be able to control him in public, and if you can’t, it’s time for additional obedience training.
  6. If you allow your dog out alone in a fenced yard, make sure gates are secure and there are no other escape routes available.
  7. Take proactive care of your pet’s health. Feed species-appropriate nutrition, make sure she is well-exercised, brush her teeth, bathe and groom her regularly, and take her for at least one, preferably two annual wellness visits with your veterinarian.
  8. Proceed with extreme caution when it comes to vaccinating your pet. Evidence is mounting that vaccines, in particular the rabies vaccine, are contributing to the problem of aggression in some dogs. Since rabies vaccines are required by law, insist on the 3-year vaccine and avoid the 1-year shot. I recommend asking your holistic vet for the homeopathic rabies vaccine detox Lyssin after each rabies vaccine.
  9. Also discuss with your vet the best time to sterilize your dog. Beyond reproductive concerns, intact pets are sometimes more aggressive than animals that have been neutered. Timing of this procedure is critical, and should be decided upon based on each dog’s health status and personality.
  10. Teach children – yours and any others who come around your dog – how to behave with an animal. Children are by far the most frequent victims of dog bites. They must learn to be both cautious and respectful in the presence of any dog, including their own. And never under any circumstances leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.


Via healthypets

Extended Holiday Hours

Click on the image above to see the full view of our opening-earlier/closing-later holiday hours!

The holidays are getting closer and that means last minute shopping! Brookside Barkery is making it easier to get shopping done with their new extended holiday hours! Not sure what to get the pet lover on your list? Stop by the Barkery and pick up a gift card!

Barkery Owner Delena Stout Talks with Dr. Michelle Robin

Barkery Owner Delena Stout had a chance to sit down and talk with Dr. Michelle Robin on her radio show, “Small Changes, Big Shifts.” 

You can listen to the interview here:

Robin is the owner of Your Wellness Connection, and here is some of her background:

“Like most chiropractors I started out with a small practice, myself and maybe one other practitioner. Over time I began to build and partner with other healing and wellness practitioners and teachers. Eventually I built a beautiful facility to house this integrative healing center, which I named Your Wellness Connection. Those who work with us have access to not only chiropractic, but Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy, counseling, wellness and nutrition coaching, colon hydrotherapy, infrared sauna, movement classes, nutrition classes, and more.

I began speaking and giving workshops. Then I had an idea for a book, something that would cut through all the complexity we hear in the media, something that would make wellness simple again. That became my first book, Wellness on a Shoestring.

As I toured the country and spoke about the book I realized there was something missing, sort of a prelude…people needed to know their WHY…why wellness, why bother. That led me to write the second book, The E Factor: Engage, Energize, Enrich. I also blog a few times a month and occasionally write for other publications so that I can share information and teach on a wide variety of topics. It has been quite a ride in recent years meeting with, speaking to, and working with all sorts of organizations, companies and conferences across the US and Canada. I get such a joy out of even just the hope that I’m helping people to improve their wellbeing.

Speaking, books, blogs, interviews and podcasts all led to being asked to host a radio show. The Small Changes…Big Shifts radio show feeds my curiosity. There are so many brilliant and heart-centered people in the world doing incredible things to help individuals, communities and the world at large, and I get a chance to shine a spotlight on their goodness, share it with you and learn in the process. I am blessed by all the opportunities.”

No Hot Pets

The Ontario SPCA’s No Hot Pets program aims to spread the word that leaving your dog unattended in a car can quickly turn deadly. Hot cars kill, and it can happen far faster than you’d think. Read this article from Modern Dog Magazine so you can learn how to help put a stop to this. 

Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open.

Dogs have a limited ability to sweat; even a short time in a hot environment can be life threatening. A dog’s normal body temperature is about 103°F (39°C); a body temperature of 106°F (41°C) can be withstood only for a very short time before irreparable brain damage or even death can occur.

PETA shares that every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even for “just a minute”—while they run an errand. Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: On a 78°F day (25°C), the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100° – 120°F (37° – 48°) in just minutes, and on a 90°F (32°C) day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160°F (71°C) in less than 10 minutes. Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads.

If you can’t take your pet with you when you leave your car, leave them at home where they are safe. People who choose to leave pets unattended in vehicles may face charges.

If heat stroke is suspected (excessive panting and drooling, listlessness or unconsciousness) prompt veterinary medical attention is vital. In the meantime, wet the fur immediately with lukewarm to cool (not cold!) water. Bring the dog into the shade or, better yet, an air-conditioned environment, and offer drinking water.

If you see a dog in a hot car, immediately call the authorities and don’t leave the scene until the dog has been helped.

Signs of Canine Heatstroke

  • Restlessness
  • Heavy Panting
  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive drooling
  • Thick saliva
  • Dark tongue/reddened gums
  • Lethargy
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Increased body temperature (above 103° F or 39° C)
  • Fever
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Production of only small amounts of urine or no urine
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of coordination

Sidewalk Sale Time is Here!

Hey!  It’s Sidewalk Sale time in Brookside and Lee’s Summit!  That means that this weekend only, all TOYS will be 20% and all BEDS a whopping 25% off! It’s summer! It’s the season for playing outside and comfy naps inside!  Help YOUR furry friends do both and save money in the process!

Please note: Our sidewalk sale is in fact inside and air-conditioned.

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The Barkery at the New Wayside Waifs Room in the 816 Hotel!

Have you checked out the 816 Hotel yet? 

“Our Select Service hotel offers spacious rooms decorated with archived photos of Kansas City’s history, along with top-of-the-line bedding and bath towels and Tommy Bahama bath-products. Yet our specialty feature are the variety of uniquely themed rooms, each decorated and furnished by various Kansas City iconic institutions. Themed rooms share the story of Kansas City – everything from the KC Zoo to Boulevard Brewery, to the KC Mob past, to TWA and everything in between.”

The latest room was unveiled featuring Wayside Waifs, the largest pet adoption campus in Kansas City, placing over 5,400 animals each year in loving forever homes. The Barkery was thrilled to participate in the project, providing gourmet all-natural treats and spa-style shampoos for pets to complete the unique room.

Check out photos from the unveiling below

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Wayside Waifs Ribbon Cutting

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The Barkery provides treats

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Wayside Waifs 816 Hotel

wayside waifs 816 hotel

Wayside Waifs 816 Hotel

Barkery Wayside Waifs

Jason and Delena

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Wayside Waifs 816 Hotel

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Wayside Waifs 816 Hotel


Jason snuggles a Wayside pup