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As we continue through National Pet Dental Health Month, we want to make sure that people don’t think that a professional vet cleaning is the only strategy pet parents have at our disposal — there’s actually so much we can do! In our Blog “Have You Looked In Your Pets Mouth?” we talked about products we that can help with your pets dental health.  But, did you know that diet and feeding strategies can also make a huge difference in your pet’s dental health?

Most wolves and coyotes in the wild have very strong, clean teeth.  Animal experts have studied this at great length so that thankfully, most of us will never need to confirm it in ourselves! But the reason it’s true is because of their diet. These wild canine cousins regularly eat a raw diet that includes meat, gristle, fibrous tissue, cartilage, and actual bone. The chewing process itself is so abrasive to their teeth and gums that it breaks down plaque formations and “scrubs” teeth on a daily basis.

In much the same way, a raw diet can help control tartar build-up on the teeth of our pets. You may notice that most commercial raw food are prepared to some degree — ground up and often shaped into forms that are convenient to store and/or feed. However, these patties and pieces still contain tiny bone fragments that have the similar effect as a fine-grit sandpaper. When your pet chews these foods, the mild abrasive process helps to scour teeth and gums by breaking down existing plaque and tartar deposits.

As we have talked about before, kibble is like having a crunchy snack like popcorn, pretzels, or a granola bar. It does not clean your pet’s teeth or gums. Do you remember how those felt in your mouth? Did your teeth feel refreshingly clean afterward? Kibble has something in common with these snacks: It basically begins its life as a starchy carbohydrate, which is then ground into paste that’s hardened or baked into tiny nuggets that are easy to feed. When your pet’s saliva breaks these nuggets down, they revert to their starchy, pasty form inside the mouth. This paste works its way between teeth and adheres to the gum line. Unless it’s dislodged somehow, that’s where it stays. See our recent blog for some of those products that can help dislodge and clean when feeding kibble.

Raw foods, on the other hand, are composed largely of meat proteins and natural enzymes. Proteins take longer to digest, so they aren’t broken down as quickly by saliva in the mouth. Enzymes immediately go to work dissolving residues on your pet’s teeth. And of course, we have already mentioned that tiny abrasive fragments act like a scrubbing toothbrush. When you feed your pet a raw diet, starch residues around the teeth are kept to a minimum and the chewing process itself begins to work in your pet’s favor.

If you want to learn more about your pets’ dental health or adding raw food into their diet, stop into any Two Bostons and one of expert Team Members can help you!

 

 

Mine, Mine, Mine….How you feed your pet is just as important as what you feed them!  We are excited to introduce a new product “The Original mine Pet Platter”!  This is a pretty cool product…it might not look like much when you first look at it, but give it a try and you will be amazed at what it does for your pets, especially if they gobble up their food you wonder if they even tasted it.

What is it?

The Original mine Pet Platter is the way nature intends for dogs and cats to eat. The makers of the mine Pet Platter studied the instinctive feeding habits of pets and designed the platter to maximize the natural eating experience. Your pets will eat in ways you never imagined — exploring, sniffing, pacing and licking their way through the last bite.

Every detail is crafted to unleash your pet’s natural instincts — promoting a healthy mind and body while making eating fun and indulgent. Nature knows best!

 How does it work?

The patented design encourages dogs to eat healthier and stimulates their minds in a way that is entertaining and psychologically rewarding.

  • Scoops, ridges and curves encourage licking, sniffing, foraging and other instinctive, natural and stimulating feeding behaviors.
  • Scoops, ridges and curves collect food and juices to naturally adjust the pace of eating.
  • Surface provides a hunting adventure to engage even finicky eaters.
  • 360-degree views and movement offer meal “security”.
  • Altogether promotes a happy and positive relationship with food!

How to use it?

  • Spread food around the surface of the pet platter.
  • The pet platter can be used with any type of meals and treats including dry, canned, raw, and freeze-dried.
  • The platter is knife and utensil safe so it can be used to prepare meals.

Why is it important?

The mine Pet Platter was designed for pet parents looking to give their dogs and cats healthier and more natural diets.

The Pet Platter is made of an amazing new material that is great for dogs and the planet!

  • A year-long search for the perfect Pet Platter material led to THRIVE, an extremely strong, food safe, dishwasher-safe, non-toxic, BPA-free, eco-friendly, recyclable, cellulose fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite.
  • The Pet Platter is 100% sourced and made in the USA, and was invented by two Pet Parents from Chicago. Their inspiration came from how they prepared and presented food for their own dog, Pip.

The Pet Platter was “taste tested” by more than 100 Pet Platter All Stars. See some of them in action on YouTube – The Original mine Pet Platter Allstars.

 

In 2015, a widespread outbreak of severe respiratory disease affected a large number of dogs in the Chicagoland area. A new strain of canine influenza virus, H3N2, was implicated as the causative pathogen. Many dogs in our area are still at risk of contracting this viral infection. This article will offer pet owners the most up-to-date information on the canine influenza outbreak as well as answer the most frequently asked questions…

  • What is Influenza?

Influenza is a virus that can affect many species of mammals and birds. Particular strains of this virus, H3N8 and H3N2, can cause respiratory symptoms in dogs. Previous outbreaks of influenza in dogs were attributed to the H3N8 strain, originating from Asia, has been the major isolate responsible for the widespread infection in the Chicagoland area.

  • What is the difference between H3N8 and H3N2?

The viruses are named for the different proteins (Hemagglutinin and Neuraminidase) in their outer capsules and allow for the strains to be differentiated.

  • How is the Canine Influenza spread?

The virus is spread via respiratory particles (such as coughing, barking, and sneezing) and contaminated objects (such as food bowls, collars, and leashes, and kennel surfaces).

  • What are symptoms of the Canine Influenza?

Coughing is the most common symptom, but other symptoms vary depending on the severity of infection. Some dogs can cough for 2-3 weeks once they have contracted the virus. Other symptoms may include sneezing, nasal and ocular discharge, fever, and decreased appetite. Some dogs may not show any symptoms, but can still be asymptomatic carriers of the virus.

  • Can Canine Influenza mimic other respiratory infections?

YES. Symptoms of other viruses or bacteria that are common causes of “kennel cough” (such as Bordetella or Parainfluenza) may resemble canine influenza.

  • Is my dog at risk for contracting Canine Influenza?

As canine influenza is transmitted by close contact, dogs in boarding kennels, doggie day care centers, and animal shelters are most at risk. Your veterinarian is the best resource to determine the risk for your dog.

  • If my dog show similar symptoms to Canine Influenza, is there a test to determine if my pet has the virus?

Blood and nasal/throat swab test exist to diagnosis canine influenza. Depending on when your dog may have been infected, your veterinarian will choose the best test to submit.

  • How many dogs have been infected with Canine Influenza in the Chicagoland area?

Over 800 dogs have tested positive for the H3N2 virus within the last year in our area. Though it is estimated that thousands of dogs have contracted ‘upper respiratory disease’ in the last year, it is unknown how many dogs were truly infected with H3N2 (as some dogs probably tested negative for the virus or were not tested at all). Regardless of the actual number, the number of dogs that contracted acute respiratory disease in the Chicagoland area within the last year was VERY HIGH.

  • What is the treatment for Canine Influenza?

As H3N2 is a virus, there is no specific medication or treatment. Depending on the severity of infection, supportive care, such as antibiotics, may be prescribed by your veterinarian to treat for concurrent bacterial infections.

  • Is Canine Influenza fatal?

In the majority of cases, this viral infection is not fatal. However, fatalities have occurred in patients with severe cases of the disease.

  • Is a vaccine for H3N2 available?

There are currently separate vaccines available for H3N2 for dogs. It is recommended to consult with your veterinarian to see if your dog is at risk and should be vaccinated. Two doses of the vaccines are necessary to develop an adequate immune response.

  • Can people or other animals contract Canine Influenza?

There is no risk to humans. There are only a few documented cases of H3N2 infecting cats at this time, and does not appear to be a major concern.

  • Where can I find additional information on Canine Influenza?

Your veterinarian is the best resource on issues related to the health of your dog.

Updated information on canine influenza is available from the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine webpage.

Wheatland Animal Hospital is located at 24041 W. 103rd St., Naperville, IL 60564. They can be reached at (630) 904-2020 or visit their website at www.wheatlandanimalhospital.com.

 

 

Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month? It is…really!

Here are some fun facts about your dog’s teeth:

  1. Good oral care can add about 4 to 6 years to the life expectancy of your best friend.
  2. Puppies have 28 baby teeth and start to get their adult teeth at around 4 months. They will end up with 42 permanent teeth.
  3. The number one myth of pet oral hygiene is that eating a diet of kibble keeps the teeth clean. This is simply not factual. It would be like us thinking eating cereal or a granola bar keeps our teeth clean. Kibble leaves a coating on the teeth than needs to be removed.
  4. Dogs can and do get gum disease ~ and it hurts.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Yellow and brown build-up of tartar near the gum line, red and inflamed gums, and yes stinky (and persistent) bad breath.

You can certainly make oral care part of your dog’s grooming or vet visits; however, it is easy to take steps at home to ensure great oral health as well.  Here are just a few easy at home options:

Dental Bones by PawsIQ ~ These dental bones have all natural ingredients of chlorophyll (from alfalfa), parsley, fennel, dill, and peppermint that work together to freshen breath from the inside out. Dental Bones can also help remove tartar and plaque as your dog chews on their new favorite treat. Protect your dog’s teeth and gums the natural way with this made-in-USA treat! No wheat, soy, corn, artificial flavors, animal by-products, no gluten, no added sugars or salts.

Zymox Breath Freshener by Pet King Brands, Inc. ~ This fine focused spray contains enzymes that inhibit harmful odor-causing bacteria and remove plaque biofilm. Maintain your dog or cat’s oral health and freshen their breath with this gentle, soothing formula. It works great to help eliminate dryness, irritation, inflammation and redness. Relieves and protects your pet’s mouth tissues. It is safe to use every day, and contains no alcohol, xylitol or chlorhexidine.


Twistix Vanilla Mint Dental Treats by NPIC
~ There’s no need to get all twisted about oral care when you have these dental treats.  They freshen breath, help remove plaque, and your pups will love chewing them! This dental treat has a vanilla side that’s specially formulated to clean teeth and scrub plaque and tarter while your dog chews. Then there is the mint side, with peppermint, parsley and alfalfa to make breath smell kissable clean!

Stop in and talk to one of our expert team members about what the best product is for your pet and lifestyle!

 

Last week was National Puzzle Day, and at Two Bostons we are celebrating during the entire month of February!  Each store will be having a Puzzle Day over the next few weeks (see dates below). We want you and your pups to come in, learn and try some of our most popular puzzle and treat dispensing toys.  Is your dog up for the challenge?!?!

There are endless benefits to using these types of toys.  Here are some we’ve discovered:

  1. They help prevent boredom. I’m sure many of you have smart pets who seem to get into everything — but a lot of times, this happens because your furry friend is simply bored or trying to get your attention while you’re doing chores around the house.
  2. They stimulate problem-solving skills. I have found that letting Karlee play with a puzzle makes her happy and keeps her mind busy while she while her paws and snout slide and flip it around.
  3. They’re a lot of fun for your pup. Karlee is one happy camper when I get her puzzle toys out.
  4. They’re multi-purpose. This is one of my favorite things about puzzle toys. They can be set up as a fun activity that provides great mental stimulation and they can help pets (especially dogs) slow down while eating. Does your pup gobble his food down in just a couple of big mouthfuls? Puzzle toys are a great solution, they have to work a bit for their food. It slows down eating and prevents things like choking or bloat from happening.

Here are some of our favorite puzzle and treat (or food) dispensing toys:

  • Hol-ee Treat Ball by JW Pet ~ Skill Level – EASY. It Rolls, Slides, Rotates, and out comes the TREATS! Holey moley…this is an awesome dog toy! All you have to do is unscrew the top and fill it with your dog’s favorite treat or kibble. It’s made from durable, non-toxic natural rubber.
  • Dog Magic by Nina Ottosson ~ Skill Level – EASY. Remove the bones to reveal the treats! This is a relatively easy game where your pup must dislodge the bones to get the hidden treats. You can choose to put the treats under one, several or all the bones, to vary the difficulty of the game. Great for cats too!
  • Fun Feeder­­™ by Outward Hound ~ Healthy Non-Slip Slow Feeder. Does your dog think he is at an eating contest? This Fun Feeder ™ will help your dog slow down their race to the finish! Featuring meal-lengthening ridges and mazes, this feeder keeps pups engaged for up to 10x longer at meal time, which improves digestions while helping furry friends eat at a fun, healthy pace. The Fun Feeder™ comes in 3 different colors and designs, it also features a slip-resistant base to prevent sliding and food spillage.  They are dishwasher safe, and available in mini and regular sizes.
  • Bob-A-Log by StarMark ~ Skill Level – EASY. The Bob-A-Lot’s innovative design dispenses treats or food as your pup uses its nose or paws to top it over. The top and bottom chambers can have the dispensers adjusted to make it easier or harder to get the treats out. It is also a great way to stop your quick eaters from gobbling down their food.

Stop in and try let your pups try out some of these puzzle toys at Puzzle Day.  And until February 28, 2017 when you purchase a puzzle or treat dispensing toy you get 20% off Plato Small Bites Treats (any flavor; small, 4oz. bags).

Puzzle Days at Two Bostons: 2/4/17 ~ Two Bostons, Springbrook | 2/11/17 ~ Two Bostons, Burr Ridge | 2/18/17 ~ Two Bostons, Downtown Naperville.

 

 

 

I started Sherman on a fresh food diet when I was introduced to it at Two Bostons over a year ago. When we adopted Sherman almost 2 years ago, as a 6-week-old puppy, we lived in rural Kentucky, and unfortunately only had those big brand dog foods; I didn’t even know fresh food for dogs existed until moving back home to Chicago!

After bringing home a bunch of different options, I chose the 6 lb. bags of 12 patties because Sherman’s weight was just right and he’d be getting one patty a day (I have tried ALL the raw brands that Two Bostons carries, ALL BRANDS are A+ choices, and I chose based on convenience for my family’s lifestyle).

I think fresh is almost as easy to feed as Kibble. I originally would bring home a new bag of food and immediately put each patty individually into a Ziploc baggie to save space in a small freezer; but we’ve since purchased a deep freeze (for the single purpose of storing the dog’s food) and reusable Pyrex containers to essentially do the same thing. At night after feeding the second half of the patty, I take a new patty out and pop it in the fridge to defrost overnight. Wa-la! It’s ready by the morning. I’m pretty sure I have spent more time writing this paragraph than I spend per day on handling his food. When we cut the patty in half, we aren’t very scientific about it either. You and I don’t eat the exact same amount of cereal each morning, so if the fresh patty is not EXACTLY cut in half, I don’t sweat it too much.  

Things I’ve noticed since switching Sherman to a fresh food diet:

  • His coat. It is SO soft! Think of your favorite blanket to curl up on the couch with. Now think of an electric blanket. Now think of your dog. Every evening that’s what it’s like to curl up and watch TV with Sherman – he’s the full package!
  • Less poop. No, this is a good thing! Dog’s digestive tracts are only about a third of the length as human’s; meaning that they have less time to digest food. Since fresh food is biologically appropriate for a dog’s diet, they’re able to digest it and soak up all the nutrients much easier than other foods. You WANT to see less poop, it means they’re able to process and absorb all of their diet. Also, feeding a fresh food diet, their poops will be firm, allowing them to naturally express their anal glands. Sherman turns 2 in a month and he’s never had an anal gland problem!
  • Oral health. I’ve never brushed Sherman’s teeth. Ok, actually I “have” but it’s when he was a new puppy. I wanted him to get used to having the brush in his mouth, hoping that it would cause less problems in the future when we would have to brush them. Since feeding fresh and combining with frozen bones, I haven’t even had to think about it. There’s good bacteria that helps break down plaque and smelly breath in his food, and it’s left him with pearly white teeth. It’s like every time I feed him, he brushes his teeth!

Stop in any Two Bostons store, talk to a team member to find the right fresh food for your family’s lifestyle; take it from me, they have you covered!! You’ll immediately see a difference in your pup’s life.

 

 

I think my fellow Two Bostons team members would agree that our pets have never eaten so well in their lives as they have since we started working here.

Before I joined the TB team, I would dutifully go to the big box pet supply store and restock the same bag of kibble I bought last month. There was never any variety to Maple’s diet. Now she never knows from one meal to the next what she’ll get. She doesn’t care!  She loves it all! She’s thriving on her new diet, too.

I do acknowledge that not everyone has the same type of avid eater that I do. Some pets are super picky, and some have allergies and sensitivities that greatly restrict their diets. But I want to encourage anyone who doesn’t already know the joys of feeding raw (fresh) to give it a try! It’s a resolution you can make for your pet as we move into 2017!

You may ask, why would I feed my dog or cat raw meat? The simple answer is that raw diets are closest to our pets’ ancestral diets. Wolves and wild cats don’t eat the same thing day after day. They hunt and (in the case of wild dogs) forage; they eat raw meat, bones, organs, and the stomach contents of their prey. The raw food we offer at Two Bostons mimics that kind of diet closely. Come in and check out the ingredient list on any of our raw foods; I think you’ll be impressed!

You may also be wondering what the benefits of raw (fresh) feeding are. Raw foods, because they’re not cooked and require no starches or binders, are highly digestible and result in smaller, firmer, less stinky poop from your pet. Seriously! Raw foods spend less time in your pet’s digestive tract, that can reduce gas as well. Their higher acidity levels mean that a dog or cat’s body is more acidic as well, and this makes them less hospitable host for yeast and bacteria on the skin and in the ears. The active enzymes in raw foods are also great for dental health.

All those benefits, and I haven’t even talked about how much animals on raw diets LOVE their food! If your dog or cat has a lackluster attitude about food, adding some raw to their diet may increase enthusiasm and make feeding more of a joy than a chore.

So, are you interested? Come into any Two Bostons store and ask us about raw feeding; we’ll talk about our pet’s favorite brands and proteins! Try the Primal raw sampler for only $4.99; it includes candy-bar sized portions of Beef, Chicken, Pork, and Turkey/Sardine. It’s a very low-risk way to try raw.

Another plus: most of the raw brands sold at Two Bostons have Frequent Buyer Programs! That means for every 10 or 12 food purchases you make (depending on the brand), you can receive a free bag of food! Most of the programs are tracked by us at the stores, so all you do is come in and buy food; we’ll let you know when you’ve earned your free bag!

Happy New Year to all! We look forward to seeing you all in 2017!

 

 

During the month of January as a New Year’s resolution for you and your pet, we are challenging everyone (if not already) to incorporate Fresh (raw) Food into your pet’s diet.  You have probably heard at one point or another a Two Bostons team member talk about Fresh or Raw Diets for cats and dogs. Even just adding fresh food into your pet’s diet twice a week, has its benefits! Here are just a few:

It’s extremely cost-effective. 7ffd54b6ee423e8ac437ee1df4e590f1

Very often, allergies and ailments that our pets experience while on a commercial or kibble-based pet food diet tend to resolve (or greatly diminish) once a raw diet is in full effect. Why? Because raw diets are more consistent with the biological makeup of our canine and kitty friends, whose bodies need naturally occurring proteins, minerals, and enzymes to function optimally. Commercial pet food diets are loaded with fillers, artificial preservatives, and worrisome animal by-products that do not meet approval standards for human consumption.  High-carb kibble diets are very high in starches and sugars while being low in natural proteins and enzymes. This often contributes to lethargy, skin and coat issues, “doggie breath,” thyroid problems, even diabetes and pancreatitis, and over time these issues lead to more frequent vet visits. Do your dog and yourself a favor and add two or more fresh food meals a week to help improve your pet’s health.

It’s extremely safe and environmentally friendly.
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Commercially-prepared fresh and raw foods (such as products from Stella & Chewy’s) have some of the best and most consistent safety records on the market today.  This is because many are produced in very controlled batches, and subject to stringent inspection practices that greatly minimize the incidence of things like Salmonella, E. Coli and Campylobacter. These raw foods are made in USDA-certified facilities with extreme concern for cleanliness, humane treatments, and environmental impact.

 

It’s extremely easy!

Easier than you probably think…simply go slowly, as you would with any new dietary change. Puppies can often transition over the course of just a few days, while geriatric or ailing pets may require a few weeks. Remember that one or two loose stools often signals nothing more than detoxification (a very beneficial thing), so just keep a close eye on your pet while you transition. It is also very easy to serve! You just put the fresh pieces into their bowl, let sit to defrost for a few minutes, and serve!rawfoodbowls

Stop into Two Bostons today and learn more about the benefits and our extensive selection of raw food products.  Our team members are always excited to offer firsthand insights that can help you customize a feeding plan for your specific pet – and get your furry friend well on their way to add fresh food into their diet, overall vitality and a lifetime of wellness!!

 

untitledOften times, when I first meet my canine massage clients with their arthritic dogs, they tell me that they have tried just about everything to help their dog feel better. I often hear, “Arthritis seems to have gotten the best of him.” Stop just a minute…there is another option! A medication-free option at that!

Canine massage helps our dogs feel less aches and pains, and aids in making them move with more ease. How is this possible? Let me explain!

When joins become riddled with inflammation, your dog’s body naturally reacts by sending extra fluid to the affected area to assist in healing. However, extra fluid causes the area that already hurts to swell, and the pressure builds. Massage plays a large part in moving fluid away from swollen areas. This is called edema relief. Taking some of the pressure off the joins makes pets more willing to move them. And movement lubricates the joints with synovial fluid.

Stiff, sore joints contribute to under-utilized muscles and lack of flexibility. That can lead to atrophy as muscles begin to shorten. Massage maintains circulation throughout those under-utilized muscles, and spreads muscle fibers apart keeping them plump and flexible.

img_6720Additionally, canine massage helps a dog to relax. When your dog’s body is in a pain cycle, he will often compensate with posture changes that make it very difficult to unwind or even fall asleep. Massage triggers the brain to release several endorphins – serotonin, oxytocin and dopamine. The cool part about these “feel-good” hormone-like substances is that they slow down pain signals! They even turn off some of the inflammation-making chemicals.  Win-Win!

Arthritic pets that receive massage can sleep better, move better, and feel happier! Alleviating swelling, invigorating weakened muscles, turning off inflammation and releasing brain chemicals that take away pain are all ways canine massage benefits your arthritic pooch. Try it today!

Always be sure to look for a Nationally Certified Canine Massage Therapist to work on your dog. Check out nbcaam.org for a list of practitioners near you or head over to myvitalitychiropractic.com to schedule an appointment with Kristina!

 

 

Those of us who’ve been pet parents for a while can probably agree on certain undeniable truths.  It’s true, for example, that dogs are very close cousins to wolves.  It’s true that canine paws are thicker and tougher than our own human feet.  It’s also true that there are some individuals who may wrinkle their noses and argue insistently that they’re reluctant to walk a dog wearing any type of “bootie.”

But hemuttluks_fleece_lined_dog-boots_red_1re are some other truths to consider: It’s true that if the weather gets cold enough, our pets are extremely vulnerable to frostbite.  It’s true that snow and ice (and sun-baked pavement, dirt trails, and sand in the summer) can cause burns, cracks, cuts and even bleeding abrasions on the underside of a dog’s paws and in between pads.  It’s also true that salt and ice-melting agents are both jagged and corrosive – they can hurt and irritate unprotected paws, and aggravate any raw areas caused by extreme temperatures.

While smaller dogs and ultra-lean hound breeds have an especially difficult time maintaining body temperature during frigid winter weather, all dogs are susceptible to paw irritation.  Did you know that even sled dogs – cold-loving Arctic breeds like Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, and Samoyeds – often wear protective boots? It is because like all dogs, they perspire from their paws. This moisture accumulation can cause little ice clumps to form high up between each paw pad.  So even if there are no cuts or other abrasions, these chunks of trapped ice can cause extreme discomfort.

When the temps really start to fall and we need to protect our own pup’s paws, we like Fleece Lined Muttluks Dog Boots. Muttluks, since 1994 have been designed and made in Canada (you know they know about the cold!).  They are not just fancy footwear for your canine, they provide superior performance and “Pawsitive Relief” for your four-legged companion.  Available in several sizes and colors the Fleece Lined Muttluks feature warm and cozy fleece interior ideal for winter protection.black_fleece-lined_boots

They also have:

  • Self-tightening straps to provide a secure fit
  • Reflective straps for nighttime visibility
  • Genuine leather soles for a soft flexible fit
  • Comfortable adjustable stretchy leg cuff
  • Machine washable
  • Distinctive, reusable cloth mesh packaging that can be used for storing and washing

If you are new to trying boots on your dog…for the first several minutes after you put any type of footwear on them for the first time, you’re likely to see what many of us call the “duck-foot dance.” This is because – understandably – any type of foot enclosure changes your dog’s normal sensory perception of the ground.  It will take a bit for your pup to get used to this new sensation – and just like our own shoes, dog boots require a break-in period to ensure a comfortable fit.  Most pet parents report that after this initial breaking-in period, their dogs can wear the boots for quick walks, extended runs, even up to several hours (if necessary) without any trouble.muttluks_pawstik

Muttluks also has a Pawstik Balm that will protect against salt, snow and ice. This is an easy stick that you just rub on your pup’s pads. This is perfect for when your pup just wants to go out to go to the bathroom, or maybe it isn’t so cold out anymore, but there are still patches of ice and salt.

If you bring your pup into any Two Bostons store, one of our specially trained team members will be more than happy to assist you in finding the best fit for your dog.  If you cannot bring your dog with you, put his paw on a piece of paper, trace around it, and bring in the tracing.

If you live in a climate like Chicago, where the temps can get super-cold and sidewalks quickly fill up with snow and ice, consider Fleece Lined Muttluks Boots to help protect sensitive pooch paws.  In the long run – or even the short walk – your pup will thank you!