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Top Tips and Products for a Clean Start this Spring

We love this time of year. The days are longer, our walks with our pets are longer (and warmer) and for whatever reason, Spring makes us want to clean!

As you plan your Spring Cleaning projects, include your best friend in your planning.

Here are some great tips and great products to freshen up your pet’s life – and yours as well!

 

Wash it!

Your pet’s “stuff” could use a good cleaning. All of it. Toys, beds, dishes, collars, winter clothes, carriers, you name it.  Most of your pet’s products should be washed frequently, and Spring is a perfect time to start fresh.

Toys –  Clean ‘em off, spruce ‘em up. Wash most soft, plush toys in your laundry with a mild, unscented detergent, and hard toys in either the dishwasher or sink (try a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water or water and a mild dish soap).

Too many toys? Time for a few new ones? Consider donating your used-but-nice toys to pets who aren’t lucky enough to have a Two Bostons pet parent. Your pet probably deserves a new toy or two, anyway, right? (Bring your clean, used toys to any Two Boston store and we’ll make sure they find a good home.)

Collars and Leashes – Clean nylon web and cloth collars and leashes by soaking in a bowl with warm water and a tablespoon of your dog’s shampoo for 15-20 minutes. Rub the collar against itself to remove ground-in dirt. (Need a new look? We have a rainbow of fun colors and styles to match your pet’s personality. Stop in and see what’s new for Spring).

While you’re at it, be sure to check your pet’s tags as well to make sure they’re secure and readable.

Beds & Clothes – Wash removable bed covers and clothes in the washing machine with an unscented detergent (and much more frequently than once a year). Bed still looking or smelling a little suspect after washing? It’s time for a new one. She’d love a comfy new crib from Two Bostons.

 

Out with the old, in with the new

Check your pet’s wellness and grooming products to make sure they’re there and you’re ready when the time calls. Out of date medications and wellness products? Toss them and get new. Set with shampoos, wipes, and conditioners? Stock up – Spring means rain and rain means mud.

Our customers love our line of Bobbi Panter shampoos  Good selection of delicious scents, tear free, gentle, and made with natural ingredients for clean, thick, soft coats.

Want a quick, easy way to keep your pet clean and smelling great between baths? Our Earthbath Dog Grooming Wipes provide a convenient waterless touch-up solution for muddy paws, removing dander, pollen, and dirt, and leaving your pet smelling fresh and clean. Great for cats as well. Be prepared – have them on hand for when you need them.

Do a quick check of your other grooming products – toenail clippers, ear and dental wipes, brushes and whatever else you use – even occasionally. You should also take a gander at your treat drawer and toss any old treats.

Keep your space clean

Dog Gone Smart Brown Dirty Dog Doormat

 

Our versatile Dirty Dog Doormat isn’t just for inside or outside the door anymore (although you’ll want one there for muddy paws). Our customers tell us they love them under water/food bowls, in crates, in their cars, or even just to lay on (well, not the customers, but their dogs love to lay on them). The plush, velvety-soft microfiber is super absorbent, sucking up 7x its weight in water, mud, and mess, and its non-skid backing keeps it where you want it. It’s a great product, is available in five colors, and it’s even machine washable.

 

Spring is the perfect time of year to do a comprehensive clean of your pet’s stuff and make a list of what you need for the summer ahead. You’ll feel great for being a good pet owner and your best friend will certainly appreciate having everything looking and feeling and smelling clean and fresh.

When you’re done with your Spring cleaning and summer prep, celebrate the season! Take your best friend out for a long walk, and feel free walk in to any Two Boston store so you can treat your buddy to a new toy, natural chew, or a yummy Spring-themed cookie from our gourmet bakery.

And we’d love to see you again, both of you.

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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!

 

Guest Blog ImageIn the upcoming months, your pet will be dealing with wet weather conditions. Here are some tips to help keep your pooch comfortable, and looking his best while dealing with our Chicago winter weather!!

Always make sure you are brushing and combing your dogs with the proper tools and if you don’t know what tools to use, ask your pet stylist for advice! If your pet comes in from outside and their coat is wet, make sure to dry them thoroughly before attempting to brush/comb them. Once they are dry, brush thoroughly, and then follow up with a comb to make sure you get any spots you may have missed with the brush.

o-dogs-in-winter-facebookDuring the winter months, snow and ice can get packed into your dog’s paws, which can be extremely painful for them. At the same time, trying to get traction on slippery surfaces is much more difficult when pad hair is overgrown and nails are too long.  Make sure to keep both trimmed all year long, but it’s especially important during the winter months. We recommend trimming pads and nails every 2 to 4 weeks.

Regular grooming is just as essential during the cold months as it is during warmer months. Many owners worry that having a shorter coat will mean that their dog is cold, but it is your dog’s body fat that keeps them warm in this weather. Most pets are “inside dogs”, and are only outside for brief periods of time, therefore are not in need of longer coats to protect them from the elements. Keeping your pet on a regular grooming schedule will help keep them looking and feeling their best all year round!logo-refined-PenTool-webAddress

At The UpScale Tail they are dedicated to giving your pets the best experience possible by building a mutual respect with them through compassion, and by passing their ever expanding knowledge onto pet parents about the overall well-being and behavior of pets.

To learn more about The UpScale Tail visit their website at www.theUpScaleTail.com, call them at 630-632-8245 or email them at info@theupscaletail.com.

 

 

Hey!  It’s Jen from the Two Bostons, Burr Ridge store…here to tell you about my favorite product right now!

It’s about that time of year again when most of our dogs are blowing their coats.  Whether they are a long coated dog or short coated dog, here is hair EVERYWHERE this time of year.

My absolute favorite product to use to combat this problem is the FURminator shampoo and conditioner.  It contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and papaya leaf extract that will help loosen and release the undercoat during a bath!  You will literally see all of the dead coat fall off your dog as you rinse them off.FURminator-Shampoo-Conditioner
cleandogYou want to leave the shampoo and conditioner on for 2-5 minutes each to make sure you get the best results.  If you have a ZoomGroom Brush by Kong, you can use it to lather the shampoo and conditioner in the dog’s coat during the bath (your hand work just fine too, if you don’t have a zoom groom).

You will have a NEW dog when you’re finished, and your dog will feel ten pounds lighter!!  You won’t have to sweep your floor as much, and your dog will be so much more comfortable with all that dead coat off its body.

Another amazing tool to follow up with after the bath, is the FURminator brush.  To use the brush, you just follow the direction of the coat and watch the hair come off!  Only brush between 10-15 times in the same spot so you don’t irritate your dog’s skin.  If you are uncomfortable with the FURminator brush, continue using the Zoom Groom brush and you will still get a lot of extra hair off.

kong_zoom_groomThe ZoomGroom Brush by Kong, that I mentioned early is the best grooming and shampooing brush available.  It removes loose hair like a magnet, and it stimulates capillaries and natural oil production for healthy skin and a healthy coat.  Not only does it remove hair while shampooing, it will give your pup a massage while you brush.  It is made in the USA, comes in two colors and two sizes.

We carry all of the products mentioned at all of the Two Bostons’ stores.  Come and visit us to see the magic for yourself, then just sit back and enjoy your summer!

 

Guest Blog ImageIn my Guest Blog: Keeping Your Dogs Feet Healthy, I mentioned that if you keep your pets’ nails and pad hair trimmed short this will aid in the prevention of premature arthritis.

Today, I want to share the warning signs that your pet might be suffering from arthritis or an injury in their feet.

  • Limping: You may see your pet limping or favoring one or more of his legs, depending on which legs and which joints are arthritic.  In some cases, the limp may seem worse when your pet first rises and becomes less noticeable as your pet “warms up” by moving around.
  • thDifficulty Moving: Your pet may also become reluctant to do things that were previously easy for him to accomplish.  For instance, your dog may find it difficult to get in and out of the car or may have difficulty going up and down stairs that were previously easily manageable.  Arthritic cats, on the other hand, may stop jumping onto counter-tops, perches and other high areas because of the pain and discomfort.

 

  • Spinal Issues: Arthritic changes can occur not only in the legs but also in the various parts of the spine.  These changes may result in a sore neck, an abnormal posture with a “hunch” in the back, or lameness of one or both hind legs.
  • Tiredness: Your pet may tire more easily,  For dogs, this may mean that walks become shorter and more painful for your pet. You pet may spend more time sleeping and/or resting.
  • Irritability: Arthritic animals may become irritable.  They may snap and/or bite when approached or handled, particularly if the petting or handling takes place in a manner that increases their pain.Dog_licking_foot
  • Muscle Atrophy: Arthritic pets often develop muscle atrophy or dying off of the muscle tissue due to inactivity and decreased use of the muscles.  A pet with atrophied muscles in their legs will have a leg which looks thinner than a normal leg.
  • Licking, Chewing and/or Biting: Pets affected with arthritis may also begin to lick at, chew or bite at body areas that are painful.  This may even reach the point of causing inflamed skin and hair loss over affected areas.

We never want to see your four-legged loved ones in pain.  So, help to prevent it by keeping their feet healthy!!

Nail Clipping, Filing and Pad Trims are available as a Walk-in Service at The UpScale Tail during normal business hours.  Monday – Friday: 7:30 – 5:00 pm and Saturdays: 8:00 – 3:00 pm.  Feel free to call us if you have any questions (630) 632-8245, stop in or visit us online at www.theupscaletail.com.

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Do your pets have healthy feet?   A healthy foot means that your pet is walking on the pads of their feet and not on their toes/nails.

When dog’s nails are too long, it causes unnecessary stress on their joints, which can cause pain, and eventually arthritis.  When the pad hair is allowed to become too long, it can collect debris from outside, and track it into your house.  During the winter months, snow and ice can become impacted in long pad hair, which can cause pain in your pet’s feet. Excessively long nails or pad hair can be dangerous for your pet as it can cause stress on the joints, causing them pain or injury in other parts of their body, and pad hair that is too long can cause pets to slip on smooth surfaces, which can lead to falls and other possible injuries.

Nails and pads should be trimmed every 1-4 weeks, keeping in mind that during the Summer months, humidity causes the hair and nails to grow faster.  There are two ways of trimming the nails: 1. Clipping – this is very similar to how we clip our own nails.  2. Filing – it allows you to get the nails slightly shorter and also you to round the edges of the nails so they are not as sharp.

It is possible in both instances to “quick” the nail – the vein inside your pets nail. Quicking is referring to if you cut a nail too short, accidentally cutting into the vein or quick in the nail, causing the nail to bleed.  To stop the bleeding, use a styptic powder, or Two Bostons sells a fast acting gel to stop the bleeding called Super Clot by Synergy Labs.  Over time, with regular nail trimming you can get the vein to recede so you go shorter in length on the nails.

Look for their next Guest Blog about the signs of arthritis in dogs…

Nail Clipping/Filing, and Pad Trims are available as a Walk-In Service at The UpScale Tail during normal business hours.  Monday-Friday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Feel free to call us if you have any questions at (630) 632-8245, or stop in and visit us at 1419 Plainfield Naperville Rd., Naperville 60565.  OR Visit our website at www.theupscaletail.com

 

When the seasons change, it seems we all find ourselves opening the windows to get some fresh air and start in on some spring cleaning!  We have some products at Two Bostons, that I think will help you during your spring cleaning and all year long!

Pet Odor & Stain Eliminator by Uniqueunique

Yes, it is Unique…it is all-natural, bleach free, child safe, pet safe, and best of all it is a non-pathogenic bacteria. Unique’s formula contains healthy bacteria that actually eats away at stains and odors while being totally safe. While other cleaning products can leave a strong ammonia odor, Unique does not seem to have any residual small to worry about.

This cleaner is great because it works on those old hard to get out stains and smells.  We have seen it save carpet from urine, vomit, blood, and everything else that can leave stains and smells on your furniture, clothing and floors.  Not only is it safe for us and our animals, but it’s also safe to use on any surface that water won’t damage…which means that it is the leading product for skunk odor removal also!!

Hard Floor Cleaner by Nature’s Miracle

I was so excited to see this product, as our house is all hard wood floors, except for a couple of rooms.  And we always question the product before putting it on our floors.  Nature’s Miracle Hard Floor Cleaner Dual Action Stain and Odor Remover is specially formulated to safely remove stains and odors from hard surfaces.  Featuring Finish-Protect technology that cleans deeply while protecting natural floor coatings on sealed wood, ceramic Blog-cleanerstiles, vinyl, linoleum, brick, and grout.  These cleaner features a bio-enzymatic formula that quickly removes stains from hard surfaces.  Odor-locking technology seeks out, traps, and works to destroy stain and odor matter.  Nature’s Miracle also has a stain and odor remover for carpets, clothing and other fabrics that stains and odor

 

Light-Activated Odor Eliminator by Reliq

After you get your floors, carpets and furniture all clean…you will want your pets free of odors too.  That is why this is the perfect product.  Spray on dog’s coats or paws as they enter or exit the house, car or kennel.  It is perfect for indoors or out!  Use this spray after and in-between baths.  The nano-enhanced minerals break through the bonds of odor molecules and dissolves them on contact!  It is also safe for use on upholstery, bedding or any surfaces.  You just have to liberally spray directly to surface or in the air under sufficient indoor or outdoor light.

So if you need a deep cleaning product, or just a spray for everyday messes…we have it all!  Stop in today to see what would work best for you, your pets, and your house!

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Spring is just around the corner!  So, I figured it was time for Tilly’s “Spring Sprucing.” When the warm weather rolls around, she is ready to be outside and that means it’s time to stock up on some grooming products!  I have gathered a few of my favorite products from Two Bostons, that I truly believe in full heartedly…from on true and trusted dog lover to another, allow me to elaborate on these amazing products that your pets will simply love!

Blueberry Facial Dog Shampoo by South Bark:

DSC06274Oh my goodness, gracious, blueberry galore!  I’ve had my eye on this shampoo for about a year…some call me indecisive, and they are probably right.  I’m an analyst, I want the facts, no assumptions allowed.  After hearing so many great things about this shampoo, I decided to give it a go!

I was amazed…Trust me, you want to try this one!

Blueberry facial is gentle, soothing and it brightens all coats.  It did not leave any residue at all and she actually licked the shampoo from her face while I was lathering her up.  What makes this shampoo so tasty? Well, lets take a closer look shall we? Blueberries, Jojoba, coconut oil, avocados and aloe.  Jojoba oil, the ONLY oil that resembles sebum (naturally produced by the oil glands below the skins surface) making it INCREDIBLE for your pets skin and coat.  Coconut oil, fights yeast and fugal infections.  Best of all, it is incredible for soothing joint pain.  It gets better, avocados and aloe: two ingredients that soothe and moisturize at the same time!

Mineral Spa Shampoo by Reliq:

alll the gooooddsLet’s talk about Reliq for a moment…this is a shampoo with NO oil residue, leaving the coat moisturized and soft.  Think clay masks but for dogs. The benefits of Aztec clay masks are endless, many naturopaths use clay masks for healing skin aliments and even arthritis.  Reliq has a nano-enhanced mineral which acts as a medicinal powdered clay.  The clay absorbs excess oils, toxins, dirt, etc. It’s no wonder this shampoo stimulates your pups skin and removes odors instantaneously.

Zymox Enzymatic Shampoo by Pet King Brands:

Last by certainly not least, Zymox.  Unlike humans who start sneezing and coughing during Seasonal changes, dogs usually get itchy dry skin. Zymox works tremendously well for itchy skin.  It is safe for puppies and kittens as well as adult dogs and cats.  If you notice your dog itching and he is already on a healthy grain free food, it’s possible that the seasonal changes got the best of him.  Zymox will help soothe and moisturize the skin.  There is absolutely NO harsh chemicals, steroids or detergents used in Zymox, also refferred to as the naturalistic approach to medicated shampoos.

No bath, No problem…Earth Bath Grooming Wipes:

greeeeeeenBath time is not always doable.  Earth Bath Grooming wipes are gentle on your dogs coat because they are hypoallergenic (my favorite word)! The wipes come in scented and unscented depending on your preference.  This is a great item to pack in your doggy diaper bag for trail hikes, overnight stays and the dog park!  They are also safe for humans.

 

 

Come on by to any of our Two Bostons stores and let the spring sprucing begin!

We all know how important good oral care is for our pets…but sometimes it is hard to stay on on top of it. February is always a good reminder and dental check-in because it is National Pet Dental Health Awareness Month!dog-cat-toothbrush

Do you brush your dog or cat’s teeth?

Probably not…for most of us we would have to tackle them and hold them down, and who wants to go through all of that stress.  So you have probably gotten the chews to keep your pet’s teeth clean between cleanings, which you should still continue to use…but we have a solution for you to get that deep down clean!

Zymox Brushless Enzymatic Oral Care Therapy by Pet King Brands Inc.  Each of these products will provide an excellent oral protection against bad breath, plaque and periodontal disease without wrestling your pets to the ground…because all of the products are BRUSHLESS!

Here is how it works…it contains two patented, natural enzyme systems that inhibit odor causing bacteria from growing and removes plaque. It will boost the natural oral flora as well.  This gentle formula will help eliminate dryness, irritation, inflammation and redness. Plus there is no alcohol, xylitol or chlorhexidine.

You can rub the Dental Gel on the teeth.  This formula provides the highest concentration of cleaning.  It relieves, soothes and protects the mouth from dryness, irritation, inflammation and redness.  This is really great for cats and dogs who don’t drink a lot of water.

The Water Additive is flavorless and you literally just add it to your pet’s water. Yep!  That’s it.  Add it to the water and you’ve cared for your pet’s teeth.  (So no more excuses!) You will get better care if you use the water additive in addition to the gel; however, if you have a pet who’s mouth is just impossible to get near, this is a great option!

Finally, the Breath Freshener. This nifty spray delivers a fine and focused spray to your pet’s mouth.  Simply point and spray.  So easy, yet so effective!

Don’t let another year go by to think about your pets’ oral care.  Check out these great brushless products by Zymox today!  And of course any of our highly trained team members can answer any questions you may have about your pets oral care.

We all know it is important to start training right away when we bring a new puppy or adult dog home.  Most of the time we start training the basics like sit, stay and come, but did you know that you should also be training them to go their groomer? No dog owner wants their dog to become fearful of the groomer, and that could very easily happen if you don’t practice and train them to go to the groomer.  Kendra, owner of the UpScale Tail Pet Grooming Salon gave us some great ways to get our dogs groom ready!

10985364_322579197952065_1191382364901231543_n “From sit and stay to practice with grooming techniques it is imperative to make it an all around positive training experience for them because they will have to endure this for the rest of their lives.  Find out what their favorite treat or toy is and only associate it with training and grooming practice times.  Make sure that when you are training them they are hungry; so do not feed them before training.  Dogs are more willing to please you and will pick up the lessons you are teaching them faster if you train them when they are hungry or eager to have their favorite toy.

Where do I practice grooming training you ask?  If you have a small dog, put a towel on top of your washer or dryer and practice grooming them up there.  If you have a large or medium breed dog, put their leash and collar on and close it in the door, this way they cannot leave when you are grooming them.  Another trick is to put peanut butter on the refrigerator door so they can lick it off when you are getting them used to grooming techniques.

Regardless of what type of training you are doing, get them used to being handled.  Put your fingers in and around their ear canals; play with their feet and toenails while sitting on the floor; turn on an electric razor or toothbrush and get them used to the noise.  Reward them with a treat or toy for good behavior.  If they seem to get upset about anything you are doing, do not stop, hold your ground and get them used to the sensations.  If you give in and stop, then they will win and be the boss of you.  If they resist what you are doing have someone stand there with you and feed them treats or play with the toy while you train them. Your pet stylist should be communicating with you if there is an issue that might arise during grooming.  It is very important to listen to your pet stylist and take their advice, doing this will only make grooming a better experience for your pet.  For your pets’ to overcome their fears about grooming and/or life in general, it is important work together as a team and not rely on your trainer or pet stylist to fix the issue.”

 

logo-refined-PenTool-webAddress For more information about Kendra and The UpScale Tail Pet Grooming Salon you can visit their website at www.theupscaletail.com or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheUpscaleTail.