6 Easy Ways to Soothe Your Dog’s Achy Joints

Getting older is a fact of life that we all know too well. We don’t like to see it in ourselves and we really don’t like to see it in our pets. Have you been noticing changes in your pet? Are they stiff in the mornings? Do they limp? Do they bound up the steps with ease or are they slower paced? Arthritis is common in humans but your pet can also get it. Not sure how to help your dog? We’ve got some tips from to help you out!

Step 1
Schedule an appointment with your vet. They can determine if your dog’s stiffness or reluctance to play is in fact a symptom of joint pain, and not a torn ligament or even cancer. They can also advise if your dog ought to be on pain medication.

Step 2
Lose the extra weight. Dogs, like people, have a tendency to pack on some extra pounds as they age. This extra weight puts considerable added strain on already sore joints. Your dog will be happier—and healthier—at his optimal weight.

Step 3
Add natural supplements. Turmeric and the omega-3’s found in fish oil have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce joint pain.

Step 4
Get comfortable. A supportive dog bed that cushions sore joints is a must. A high-quality, super-comfortable dog bed that cushions painful joints and that is easy to get into and out of is a great investment. Dogs spend an average of 12–14 hours a day sleeping. Why not make them dreamy ones? Brookside Barkery has a huge stock of dog beds, stop in now to pick up a new one for your pet!

Step 5
Massage your dog. Not only does canine massage ease pain, it’s a wonderful way to deepen your bond and show your dog how much you love her.

Step 6
If your buddy is starting to have a really hard time climbing the steps or getting up to his favourite spot on the couch, invest in ramps or floor runners to improve traction.

A few simple changes can make all the difference in your pet’s health. Does your pet need to lose a few pounds? Stop by the Brookside Barkery to pick up some weight control food and perhaps a new bone as a treat!

My Dog ate Halloween Candy! What now?!

October 31st is now behind us but there is still candy lurking about. Dogs are great at using their nose to hunt down any delicious treat they might want so now is the time to be extra careful. Make sure to place Halloween candy in a secure areas where you pet cannot reach it. Sometimes dogs are just too smart for us and find ways around what we think is a great hiding spot. What do you do then? This article from will save the day.

Chocolate is poisonous to pets because it contains toxic theobromine, and different types of chocolate affect pets differently because they have varying levels of theobromine. Baking chocolate has the highest concentration, and is therefore the most toxic – followed by dark, milk and then white chocolate.

If a dog eats chocolate, pet parents need to know three things: how much theobromine the chocolate contains, how much your dog ate and how much he weighs. If your dog ingests close to 20mg of theobromine per pound of body weight, he’s in the danger zone for food poisoning.

Milligrams of theobromine per ounce:
Baking chocolate – 450mg/oz
Dark chocolate – 160mg/oz
Milk chocolate – 64mg/oz
White chocolate – 1mg/oz
Here’s how to do the math: Multiply the ounces of chocolate ingested by the milligrams of theobromine per ounce and divide that by the weight of the dog in pounds. The closer the resulting number is to 20, the worse the toxic effects will haunt him. For example:

A 25-lb. dog who eats 3 ounces of milk chocolate:
3oz x 64mg/oz = 192/25lbs = 7.7mg/lb (non-toxic level of theobromine)

A 25-lb. dog who eats 3 ounces of dark chocolate:
3oz x 160mg/oz = 480/25lbs = 19.2mg/lb (dangerous level of theobromine)

What to do next: A number close to 20 indicates a toxic level of theobromine that can terrorize a pet’s health. Get to the vet or an emergency clinic immediately! If the number is well below 20, your pet’s tummy may turn on him, but you don’t need to be spooked. Call the vet for tips on how to treat signs of trouble.

Make sure to keep some doggy safe treats on hand at home so your pet stays out of the Halloween candy. The Barkery has tons of treats to choose from that your dog is sure to love. Stop on by today and pick up a treat for your pooch.

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for your Dog

Apple cider vinegar has long been used for recipes and dying Easter eggs. What many dog owners don’t know is that apple cider vinegar offers many benefits to boost our dogs’ health as well. Here’s an article from PetMD that explains the benefits.

Apple Cider Vinegar as a Dog Supplement

Adding apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water or food offers many health benefits which include:

· improves digestion
· combats yeast infections
· relieves allergy symptoms
· supports joint health
· clears up tear stains

It is recommended to add 1 teaspoon for small dogs and 1 tablespoon for medium and large dogs.

Some dogs are turned off by the strong smell initially and adding 2 tablespoons of canned green tripe to their meal hides the smell.  If you plan to add apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water or food, start with a small amount (a capful) and gradually increase the amount until you reach the recommendation shared above.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Ear Infections

To keep ear infections at bay, it’s important to keep our dogs ears cleaned.  According to Dr. Karen Becker, “The rule is to clean your pet’s ears when they’re dirty. If there’s lots of wax accumulating every day, they need to be cleaned every day. If your dog’s ears don’t produce much wax or collect much crud, you can be less vigilant and clean them less often.”

Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and warm water to wipe down our dogs ears, paws and tummies with a washcloth a few times a week.  This will cut down on the itchiness that leads to head shaking (ears) and obsessive licking (paws).

If you suspect that your dog has an ear infection, it’s important to schedule a vet appointment to have the infection treated professionally before starting a cleaning regime using apple cider vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar as a Cleaner

Odor remover: The strong odor produced by apple cider vinegar makes it a perfect odor remover.  Putting a small pot of apple cider vinegar and water on to simmer for an hour is a great way to get rid of any unwanted smell.

Dog shampoo:  A 1/2 a cup of apple cider vinegar is an effective dog shampoo when mixed with 2 cups of warm water and 1/4 of Dawn dish detergent.  Just keep the mixture away from your dog’s eyes, nose and mouth.

Flea treatment: Apple cider vinegar can be used as a safe and natural flea treatment for dogs.  Simply add equal parts apple cider vinegar and water to a spray bottle.  If you have a dog with sensitive skin, test a small area first to make sure there isn’t a reaction.  Avoid your dog’s face with the spray.

Buying Apple Cider Vinegar

According to Dr. Becker, “when purchasing an apple cider vinegar, you’ll want to avoid the perfectly clear, ‘sparkling clean’ varieties you commonly see on grocery store shelves. Instead, you want organic, unfiltered, unprocessed apple cider vinegar, which is murky and brown.”

The Barkery has a wide selection off all the other items you’ll need to keep your pup in tip top shape! Stop in today and check out our selection!