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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.

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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!

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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Keep Your Cat (and Other Pets) Safe This Halloween!

Tomorrow is Halloween – which means pumpkins, candy, costumes and all things spooky! As exciting as Halloween can be for us humans, it is also a time of caution for pet owners – especially black cat owners. Many black cats are often associated with dark forces and end up missing on Halloween night due to pranks or other unspeakable reasons. In fact, most shelters do not adopt out black cats during the entire month of October for their safety! To ensure both your family and pets enjoy a fun and safe holiday, please remember the following tips:

  • Keep Your Pet Indoors: Keep your pet in their own safe haven for the evening – a pet carrier or a closed room are a couple of options. Animals can easily become anxious when children are constantly ringing your doorbell while wearing strange costumes and yelling, “Trick or treat!” Not only does keeping your pet in a safe place help calm nerves, but it also eliminates the risk of your pet running away with the constant opening and closing of the front door. As an added precaution, always make sure your furry companions wear identification!
  • Choose Your Decorations Carefully: Decorations pose a threat to not only cats, but all animals. Keep your four-legged friends away from jack-o-lanterns, candles, balloons and any other decorations they could ingest, become tangled in or be injured by.
  • Save the Candy for Yourself: One of the biggest hazards to furry family members during Halloween is candy. Chocolate is especially toxic to both cats and dogs. Be aware of candy wrappers as well – ingesting wrappers can cause choking or even life-threatening bowel obstruction. Keep candy in secure containers in an area your animal companions cannot gain access to. If you have reason to believe your pet has ingested something toxic, contact the Pet Poison Helpline immediately!
  • Halloween Costumes: Who doesn’t love an adorable pet dressed in an even more adorable Halloween costume?! As exciting as dressing your pet for the day can be, it is important to make sure your animal is safe. Use non-flammable and non-toxic items that your pet is comfortable in. Also, make sure the costume doesn’t restrict your animal’s movement, breathing or vision.

After the Halloween commotion begins to die down and you’ve put all potentially hazardous items away, give your cat (or dog!) a chin scratch for putting up with all the loud, strange humans! Moving forward, it is important to remember cats are safer living indoors. After all, knowing your beloved pet is safe and happy is the best treat you can give yourself this Halloween season!

Benefits for Dogs from 100% Real Mushroom Extracts

At Brookside Barkery and Bath, we’re all about the health and well-being of your dog – that’s why we carry Real Mushrooms, a line of 100% organic mushroom extracts with no added mycelium, grains, starch or fillers of any kind. Real Mushrooms are also verified for beta-glucans, the most researched beneficial mushroom compound, ensures potency and effectiveness.

Real Mushrooms offers 5 different mushroom varieties, plus a 6thwith combined herbs, both in pouch and capsule form for your convenience. Here are the benefits of each mushroom extract for your dog:

Lions Mane Extract:

  • Helps brain, eyes, and circulation in dogs.
  • Slows tumor growth – and reduces blood flow to tumors allowing them to reduce over time.
  • Anti-Inflammatory – Especially in digestive inflammation and other digestive issues in your dog.
  • Benefits blood sugar – it is also used to help treat diabetes.

Cordyceps M:

  • Adaptogen Herb – strengthen your dog’s health while helping them overcome stress.
  • Immune booster – this herb is effective at boosting immunity in dogs as the other mushrooms, but cordyceps also greatly strengthens and benefits your dog’s lungs and upper respiratory system.
  • Kidney Support – used in almost any kidney disorder, just add Organic Cordyceps Powder in your dog’s wet food.
  • Weakness, Fatigue, and Atrophy – Benefits your pet’s vitality.
  • Anti-Cancer – recommended in cancer treatments. Combine with Organic Reishi and Organic Turkey Tail.

Reishi Extract 415:

  • Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant
  • Helps cleanse and detox your dog’s liver
  • Benefits your dog’s circulation, heart function and blood pressure
  • Helps with Allergies
  • Natural antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal– making it helpful for infections, colds, flu, yeast infections, smelly ears, etc.
  • Anti-Cancer– reishi for our dog has been shown to be anti-tumor, immune boost, and antioxidant

Chaga Extract:

  • Scores among highest food Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity – meaning its scientifically one of the 5 best antioxidants on earth.
  • Immune boost – Directly aids in helping your dog fight diseases.
  • Anti-Cancer – anti tumor ability, strong antioxidant qualities, tumor reduction
  • Anti-Viral and Anti-Inflammatory.
  • Boosts Endurance – the health benefits extend past the immune system and keeps your dog full of energy.

Turkey Tail Extract:

  • Adaptogen Herb – stress fighting herb.
  • Immune system boost – Builds disease fighting aids such as leukocytes and t cells.
  • Aids in Digestion – Turkey Tail can help your dog’s digestion and absorption of nutrition.
  • Anti-Cancer – Research shows that Turkey Tail recognizes tumors in the body and helps fight them directly.

Stop in soon to learn more about Real Mushrooms – we’ll help you select what you need for you four-legged friend! Visit the Real Mushrooms website for more information.

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3 Ways to Treat Your Dog’s Arthritis Naturally

Just like humans, dogs change as they age. As pet owners, we’re responsible to help them age gracefully. Here at Brookside Barkery we’re dedicated to educating our customers because we know that informed customers make better informed decisions. Arthritis is common in senior dogs and it can be challenging to keep your arthritic furry friend active and comfortable. Here are 3 ways to treat your dog’s arthritis naturally!

1. Fix Leaky Gut. Your dog’s gut lining contains millions of tiny little holes that allow digested foods and proteins to enter the body to be used as fuel. The tiny holes prevent larger, undigested proteins and toxins from entering the body and wreaking havoc with the immune system. These little wholes can stretch if your dog’s gut is damaged. This allows proteins, harmful bacteria and undigested food particles to enter the body – causing an immune reaction. Leaky guts can be caused by poor diet, drugs and other toxins, and over-vaccination. Step one is to eliminate processed foods, drugs, toxins, and vaccines as much as possible.

2. Fix the Fats. Fats are one of the most important ingredients in your dog’s diet … they affect every cell in his body … if he doesn’t get enough fat or gets the wrong balance of fats, things can go very wrong. Most dog food today is high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3 fatty acids. This causes chronic inflammation which makes arthritis worse. To reduce inflammation, your dog should be eating grass-fed animals. Not factory-farmed or grain-fed animals. If this isn’t possible, just be sure that you’re adding in omega-3 fats to balance out the different types of fats he’s eating.

3. Add Antioxidants. Free radicals are atoms that can damage cells and cause them to die. Antioxidants can prevent cell damage that free radicals cause. They also have anti-aging effects, help prevent cancer, heart disease, eye problems, and immune issues.

*Thank you dogsnaturallymagazine.com for these great tips!

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Vaccine Advice from the Barkery!

We are typically told, as pet owners, how often to have our pets vaccinated by our vets. We naturally assume this is what’s best for our pet to keep it safe and healthy. But is it? Some of the common Brookside Barkeryvaccinations can actually be doing your pet more harm than good.

Many vets recommend both puppies and kittens get their “core vaccines” at ages 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14
weeks, and 16 weeks. Then they get boosters at one year and annually thereafter. Have you ever wondered why your Chihuahua gets the same size vaccine as your Great Dane, and at the same frequency?

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. Click here to read more about the risks involved in over-vaccinating your pet and Brookside Barkery’s vaccination recommendations!

 

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Last Minute Pet Gifts – Open Until 3PM Christmas Eve!

Brookside BarkeryThe clock is ticking, and time is running out to get your last minute shopping done! The Brookside Barkery is your one stop shop to get everything you need, whether it’s for your pet or for the pet lover in your life!

Our Brookside and Lee’s Summit locations will be open until 3:00PM on Christmas Eve for your shopping convenience!

Still need gifts for your sweet fur babies? Stop by the Barkery where you’ll find everything that’s on your pet’s holiday wish list! Does Buddy need a plush, comfy new dog bed? We’ve got ’em! How about a snazzy new collar and leash? We have many styles and colors to choose from! Max could also use a new toy and bone to keep him entertained and happy for hours on end!

Not sure what they really want? We still have you covered. Pick up a gift card and watch their face light up when you give them the gift to choose exactly what they want from the Barkery!

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That Growling Sound (In Your Pet’s Stomach) Explained

Just like humans, some dogs can have louder stomachs than others. If you’ve heard your dog’s digestive tract at work, you probably didn’t think much of it. While most of the time a noisy digestive tract is normal, in some cases, it can be problematic.

Borborygmi is the medical term for stomach noise. The noise is caused by gas moving throughout the digestive tract. Of course, some amount of gas is normal. A soft gurgling with periods of silence in between is a sign of normal digestive tract.

A digestive sound that is abnormal will typically contain larger amounts of gas, peristalsis is increased, or both. There are many things that cause loud stomach gurgling – some are harmless and some can be much more serious.

A great way to keep your pet healthy is to keep them on a healthy diet. At Brookside Barkery, our mission is to provide better health through better nutrition. We’re dedicated to providing only the best food for your pet’s diet – that’s why we provide all-natural food, treats and everything you’ll need to keep your furry friend healthy! Read on to find out more about normal stomach sounds for your pet, and signs that it could mean trouble.

Causes of harmless stomach noise

  • Normal digestion and hunger. If your dog has just eaten a meal and his stomach gurgles a bit, it means their stomach is working to digest the meal. When your dog is hungry, their stomach and intestines have little to work with, what’s left is gas. If you start hearing their stomach around meal time, the gurgling is normal.
  • Swallowing air. If your dog scarfs down meals or breathes heavily during exercise, the oxygen they swallow can create stomach noise and is totally normal.Brookside Barkery
  • Dietary indiscretion. Dogs are known for snacking on everything from pieces of paper to going through the trash. If this happens, your dog’s GI tract will work overtime to try to break down foreign objects, which causes loud stomach noises. These stomach noises can be anywhere from mild to life-threatening. If you are concerned, be sure to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Causes of stomach noises that could be serious

  • Intestinal parasites. Gross little creatures that take up space in your dog’s GI tract and cause digestive issues.
  • Foreign bodies in the GI tract. Some foreign objects like string, a toy, a leash, a sock or many other non-food items can cause severe damage to your dog’s digestive tract.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease. A condition in which the intestines are inflamed, causing high numbers of inflammatory cells present in the lining of the digestive tract. The inflammation interferes with the body’s ability to break down and absorb nutrients from food.
  • Dysbosis (leaky gut syndrome). When levels of good and bad bacteria are off, that can cause inflammation of the membranes of the intestine. This can result in the condition known as dysbiosis or leaky gut. Causes of leaky gut in dogs include antibiotics, corticosteroids, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), processed pet food, stress, toxin ingestion, vaccines and parasite infections. Stop by the Barkery and talk to one of our associates about switching your dog to an all-natural diet. We’re passionate about helping our customers provide the very best for their furry friends.

If your dog has occasional temporary stomach gurgling, there’s probably no need for concern. For example, if it’s first thing in the morning and he seems normal except for the gurgling, feed him his A.M. meal. If he eats with no problem and the noises stop, he’s probably fine.

However, if your dog’s digestive activity is easy to hear on a regular basis, as in, several times a week, or if there are other symptoms along with the tummy noises, such as a change in appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drooling, lethargy or signs of abdominal pain, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.

*Thank you healthypets.mercola.com for these tips!

5 Reasons to Use a Pet Sitter this Holiday Season

Here at Brookside Barkery, we love the holiday season. It’s the best time of the year, but it also can be the busiest! Many are traveling to see family and sadly, our pets can’t always come with us. Although your pets can stay at a boarding facility while you’re away, some cats and dogs really prefer to be at home. Getting someone you trust to look after your pets can have a number of advantages, both for you and your furry family.

So what are the benefits of having a pet sitter?

  • Some pets are happiest at home. Although there are dogs and cats who enjoy going on their own little holiday, some pets can get a bit anxious being taken out of their familiar environment. These pets tend to be happier at home when their owners are away, adapting much better to a new person than to a new environment.
  • Routine, Routine, Routine. Our pets are creatures of habit and their routines are incredibly important. From their feeding plan to regular walks. A house sitter can keep the day-to-day consistent causing minimal disruption to Brookside Barkery
    our pet’s lifestyle.
  • Peace of Mind. Knowing that your pet is safely at home being looked after by a trusted house sitter can help you relax and enjoy your holiday without feeling guilty.
  • Security. Your house sitter can bring in the mail, look after the garden and generally make the house look lived in while you are away. You can’t beat the security of actually having someone live in your home.
  • Cost. Sometimes boarding your pets can cost more than your own holiday, so if you have multiple animals, house sitting can be a great deal. The rate tends to be negotiated privately between you and your sitter and may depend on how much work is involved in caring for your house and pets and whether your home is in a sought after location. In some cases, you can find a house sitter that just needs a rent-free place to stay in exchange for looking after your pets.

If you’re thinking about getting a pet sitter during your holiday travels, your best bet is to ask your family and friends if they’d like to or if they know anyone that might be available. It’s best to consider someone who lives close to you, and of course loves pets. And as you gear up for the holidays, don’t forget to stop by the Barkery to up those holiday presents for your favorite four-legged friends!

*Thank you to lovethatpet.com for these great tips!