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With the temperatures rising through the end of July and into August, I thought it would be a great time to remind you about the very real dangers of Heat Stroke to our four-legged friends.  Could you imagine wearing your winter coat right now? That is what it is like for them during the summer.

 

Panting_xlibberWhat is Heat Stroke?

Heat stroke is a term used for hyperthermia or elevated body temperature.  If your pet’s body temperature is at 103°F or above that is considered abnormal or hypothermic.  When the body temperature reaches 106°F without previous signs of illness and is most commonly associated with exposure to excessive heat that is often referred to as heat stroke.

 

 

What Causes Heat Stroke?

Temperature-in-Car-GaugeMany people believe that heat stroke is limited to when a dog is confined in a small or enclosed place during high temperatures, such as a car.  Yes, this can be the most common cause but there are also many others.  Your dog can be affected by moving from cool places (like the A/C in the house or car) to outside.  Extreme exercise and outdoor play can induce heat stroke as well.

 

What are the Symptoms of Heat Stroke?

  1. Unexplained Restlessness
  2. Excessive Panting
  3. Fluctuating Panting
  4. Excessive Drooling
  5. Foaming at the Mouth
  6. Dry or Tacky Gums
  7. Difficulty Breathing
  8. Agitation, Whining, Anxiety

If you notice any of the signs listed above, work quickly to cool your dog and get in touch with your Vet as soon as possible.

 

How to Prevent Heat Stroke?

The number one way to prevent heat stroke is PLENTY of WATER!  Shade is also a must if you are outside in the heat for extended periods of time.  It is also important to limit your walks and play outside to the early morning and late evening hours too.  Having a cool spot to lie in the house will also work wonders!  If you have not seen our Canine Cooler Mat, you need to check this out today!

 

Remember dogs don’t release heat from their bodies as well as humans do.  Heat stroke is a very real (and sometimes fatal) risk this time of year.  But, by keeping your furry friend cool, giving access to plenty of water, and taking care to limit large fluctuations in temperature, you will help avoid the dangers of heat stroke this (and every) summer.

 

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Even if you’re not a pet-lover or a pet-owner yourself, chances are you have friends or family members who are. At the holidays, it can sometimes be challenging to choose just the right gift for the pet-lovers in your life. You’re not sure what supplies they already have; you may not be familiar with the temperament of the dog or cat; you may not even be sure what dogs or cats generally like. Maybe, like so many of us, you simply have a lot of people on your gift list, and/or a difficult time picking out meaningful presents.

There’s one option you can consider that’s a unique and special choice for every discerning pet-lover on your list. It can be presented as an unforgettable animal stocking stuffer (“To Bentley ~ Have a Fetching 2014, Love Santa”). But it’s also a wonderful gift for the actual pet owner – and a touching tribute in cases where someone you know has recently lost a pet.

The option I’m talking about is a Silver Bones Pet Tag. When we hear the term “pet tag,” a very specific visual usually comes to mind. Let me assure you that the visual you’re probably picturing is not doing Silver Bones justice. These pet tags are more like exquisite charms or fine hand-made jewelry. They’re crafted from gorgeous, gleaming sterling silver that is individually hand-stamped with tremendous care and attention to detail. This hand-stamping process – as opposed to the inexpensive laser engraving you often find at big-box stores – ensures that the engraved characters will never fade or rub out. Being worn against a pet’s fur even helps to keep the tag polished!

In addition, the spacing and angle of each uppercase letter on a Silver Bones tag is ever-so-slightly different, so no two tags are ever exactly alike. The finished piece appears stunningly handmade, because it is. Each Silver Bones creation is completely unique, just like the pet or pet-lover in question – and it’s also individually personalized for a lifetime of ultra-durable, functional wear. Each tag comes with a sturdy stainless steel split-ring for easy attachment to a pet collar, a harness, a pendant, a charm bracelet, a key chain, or even a memorial urn.

Silver Bones Gift Applications

Silver Bones tags look beautiful on a pet’s collar ~ but they’re also an exquisite and thoughtful touch for pendants, charm bracelets, key chains, and memorial pet urns of all shapes and sizes.

There are a number of Silver Bones shapes and sizes from which to choose, such as a crown with hearts, a heart with paw cutout, a dog bone, or a cupcake. Small tags measure 8/10” wide; medium tags measure 1” wide; and large tags measure 1 1/5” wide. Complimentary engraving includes up to two lines of text: a cherished pet’s name, and a phone number which can be stamped on the back.

Silver Bones for Pets and Pet Lovers

Silver Bones tags come in a range of extra-durable designs that are sure to suit every pet (or pet parent) on your holiday list.

 

If you’re looking for a thoughtful, tasteful, high-quality, personalized pet-related gift that’s attractive and durable enough to be treasured for a lifetime, consider Silver Bones. You can view a sampling firsthand at our Two Bostons stores, and any of our team members would be happy to guide you through the selection and ordering process. We can also tell you about other quality pet tag options including Rockin Doggie, Megatags, Hot Dogs, and Red Dingo.

P.S. Santa’s elves also want to remind you that companies like Up Country offer adorable, festive, holiday-themed collars and leashes — and a personalized tag is always a wonderful accompaniment for any pet-lover on your gift list!

Hey Everyone!  Heather here, back again!  With this weather being so hot out, I know many dogs are becoming quite restless. Lilu and Ahsoka are both herding breeds ready to run every day and they’ve been sitting inside in the air conditioning day dreaming about being outside with their new Chuck It! Heliflight toy.  Unfortunately, it’s been way to hot out to hit the grass so I’ve been filling their time with a few other toys inside!

Here are five great products to relieve that restlessness your dog has been experiencing lately.

1. IQ Treat Ball


From my experience, a great interactive toy to really deplete their mental and physical energy indoors is the perfect way to go.  Ahsoka’s favorite toy is her IQ Treat Ball!  She’s extremely food driven and extremely active…  She is a border collie ☺  It is super easy to use inside and really a great way to get your dog at home moving.  Untwist the ball, put your favorite treat inside (mine being Salmon flavored Tricky Trainers) adjust the slider to your desired degree of difficulty, twist the top back on and let your dog have some fun!

2. Dag Bones Raw Bones

Raw bones are an amazing option on days where you need a little time to finish laundry or just need to give your dog some stimulation!  Not only do they last quite a while, but they really get your dogs neck, jaw and back muscles a workout! Read all about some great tips on Raw Bones from Meg’s recent blog here.

3. Nina Ottosson’s Dog Miracle Puzzle

One of the newest members of the Nina Ottosson’s interactive toys, vary endlessly by placing the pieces in different spots with your favorite treat underneath!  Think of hollow Lego’s that your dog gets to have just as much fun as you did playing with them as a kid!  (or if you’re anything like me, you’re still playing with Lego’s and having a great time doing it)

4. Moose Flats by Chasing Our Tails

Also a great option!  Put one down and see your dog go nuts!  Fabulous option for the aggressive chewers out there; it also gets your dogs jaw, back and neck muscles going along with being one of the most long lasting chew toys out there! So many different options out there including Chicken Flavored Antlers, but Ahsoka’s favorite is the Moose Flat!

5. Busy Buddy Tug-a-Jug

One of Lilu’s favorite toy!  She has mastered the art of Tug-A-Jug and still has a great time playing with it!  Awesome concept – unscrew the bottom, toss in your favorite treats and let your dog figure out how to get the treats out! Lilu has so amazingly figured out exactly how to get them out!  She now knows to put the toy upright, let the rope drop down, turn it on it’s side and pull the rope out to get the treats out!  It took her a little while to completely master it, but boy did she have fun figuring it out!  Here’s a quick video of how she interacts with the Tug-A-Jug.

Until next time, stay cool and keep those pups active with these great options!

It’s that time of the year again: ice cream trucks roaming the streets of your neighborhood, being chased by kids in need of a cold treat. Doesn’t your dog deserve one too?

 

Kate here, I am back with cool treats for your pooch this summer.  Let me introduce to you a few frozen treats that are sure to be crowd pleasers in every home.

Sweet Spots are 3.5oz servings of frozen ice cream from Nature’s Variety.  Sweet Spots are all natural, with no artificial colors or preservatives.  They are also 98% lactose free and contain live active yogurt cultures.  They come in two flavors: Peanut Butter & Honey and Sweet Potato & Molasses.

 

Next up, we have Smart Pup frozen smoothies.  Smart Pup is a banana and peanut butter flavored smoothie that comes in three varieties, each fortified with specific nutrients.

Digestive Health contains probiotic cultures and prebiodic fiber which stimulate the good bacteria in your pup’s intestines.  This aides in digestion and nutrient absorption, while strengthening your dog’s immune system.  Hip and Joint contains 600mg of liquid glucosamine and 100mg of chondroiton to support the joints.  Skin and Coat contains essential Omega-3 fatty acids from Alaskan salmon oil to promote healthier skin and shinier coats.

 

Cool Treats are just as the name suggests, a cool treat for hot summer days! These smoothies are made from human-grade ingredients in the USA and come in two flavors: Original Fruit Delight, and Apples, Bananas & Peanut Butter.

We carry single serving cups, 6 cup packs and servers.  Cool Treats fit perfectly into these servers, which prevents them from sliding all over your kitchen floor!

Pet Fairy Noshers is a spreadable treat made from a blend of 7 human grade ingredients.  It is free of gluten, wheat, corn, soy, dairy, sugar and anything artificial.  It is, however, packed with antioxidants and fiber.  This is perfect for filling your dog’s treat dispensing toys.  Once filled, pop it in the freezer for a soothing treat.

Brand new to our stores is the Frozen Yogrrrz by Bosco and Roxy.

These push pops come in four mouth watering flavors: Strawberry, Vanilla, Peanut Butter, and Peanut Butter Banana.  Made from all natural, human grade ingredients and fresh fruit; even my mouth is watering!

Be sure to stop by either store and pick up some frozen treats for your best friend! And, be on the look out for my next post on my absolute favorite frozen treat of all time!

With the temperatures soaring this weekend, I thought it would be a great time to talk to you about the dangers the heat poses to your fur friends. I mean, can you imagine wearing a fur coat in this heat? I know I can’t!

Every year, many pets suffer from heat stroke. Many people believe that heat stroke is limited to when a dog is confined in a small or enclosed place during high temperatures. Although this certainly is a cause, many dogs can develop heat stroke at other points in time as well. Moving from cool (air-conditioned) to warmer (outside) areas and engaging in vigorous exercise -including play-outdoor during high temperatures can also lead to heat stroke.

What exactly causes heat stroke? Well, as your fur pal’s temperature rises, it can’t get rid of the extra heat produced by the body. Generally, that can lead to heat stroke which, if not immediately treated, can be fatal.

So, what are the symptoms of heat stroke?

  • Unexplained Restlessness
  • Excessive Panting
  • Fluctuating Panting
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Foaming at the Mouth
  • Dry or Tacky Gums
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Agitation, Whining, Anxiety

It is extremely important that you notice these signs in your dog that you seek medical attention immediately.

One of the neatest products we carry to help keep your pet cool is the Canine Cooler Mat. This bed uses SoothSoft Comfort Technology to create a cooling effect for your dog to ‘chill off’ on.

By keeping your pal cool, giving access to plenty of water, and taking care to limit large fluctuations in temperature, you will help avoid the dangers of heat stroke this (and every) summer.

As many of you know, my dog Diesel has seasonal allergies that affect his skin and coat. He becomes irritated and licks himself raw.

One of my first instincts when this happens is to bathe him so that his skin irritation receives relief. And, if you’re like me, you sat in a bath of oatmeal as a child when you had the chicken pox ~ so, of course my first instinct was to look for a shampoo containing oatmeal.

Well, wouldn’t you know that I was reaching for the wrong stuff!

Now, I’m not anti-oatmeal. In fact, if it works for you and your pet, great! It’s not that oatmeal is intrinsically bad for dogs. In fact, it will soothe and moisturize; however, only when dealing with actual dry skin or irritation reactions to other shampoos. So, for me and my case, it is not the answer.

From what I have come to understand, oatmeal in shampoos is greatly overused and over-recommended. Dogs with allergies are actually irritated more by the oatmeal in most cases.

Allergy sensitive dogs have to have skin that is clear, dry and free of irritants. Oatmeal will leave a slight residue and increase the moisture level ~ both of which will add to the allergy, lick, irritate, repeat cycle currently harassing your dog.

So, what do you do to help soothe your dog in the bath tub?

Well, I would recommend starting with Zymox Enzymatic Shampoo first.

The Lactoperoxidase, Lysozyme and Lactoferrin enzymes in this shampoo combine to take care of bacteria, virus and fungi affecting the skin. The broad spectrum treatment is all natural and is great for using against itching caused by skin infections. This will help to clear up any hot spots or really raw areas.

After your fur friend’s skin is under control (a strict raw and grain free diet and cocotherapy have helped me keep Diesel’s allergies in check) I would still recommend steering clear of using oatmeal shampoo too often. Some of my favorites to use when he is not needing the Zymox are:

 

Organic Oscar with Aloe. This organic dog shampoo is made with organic, all natural, and biodegradable ingredients that work to calm, smooth, and revitalize your dog’s coat. It’s great for dogs with sensitive skin.

Bobbi Panter Itchy Dog Shampoo. Itchy dog shampoo relieves dry, irritated skin, redness and swelling with ingredients like tea tree oil, flaxseed oil, oat protein and aloe vera. This formula smells like fresh, clean spring air with hints of ripe aloe vera plant. It works great at preventing flare ups for my guy.

 

South Bark’s Blueberry Facial. This shampoo is great for brightening up a coat. It makes him shine (and he’s all black), but I’ve heard that it makes white and light colored dogs really have coats that pop! I love the natural ingredients and the smell of this product.

So, there you have it. My choices for skin relief for my guy. Of course, we have many, many options in the store for you, so feel free to stop on by and have one of the great team members help you pick out something that will work for you.

 

 

 

 

The snow is officially gone and your yard is…well, let’s just agree that your lawn isn’t looking its most lush, shall we?

And those burnt spots of grass…you thought those were seasonal? They are. Every season, that is.

How is it possible that your dog is burning your lawn year round? Well, it’s not due to an imbalance of PH as you might think. It is nitrogen.

Excessive nitrogen from water in the urine to be specific.

And guess what? One of the main ingredients in lawn fertilizer is nitrogen. Being creatures of habit, your dog likes to relieve him/herself in the same spots time and again. Doing so is akin to dumping a handful of fertilizer over and over again in the same spots ~ thereby burning your lawn.

So how can you fix the problem?

Well, one way is to get your pooch on a higher quality food so that they are processing their nutrients correctly.

The other way is with these:

Dog Rocks.

You heard me! Dog Rocks.

Dog Rocks are really real rocks. No fooling. They are quarried in Australia, and are a safe, non-toxic, all natural remedy to yard burns.

How do you use them?

Well, you don’t scatter them around your yard if that is what you are thinking. You put them in your dog’s water dish and they drink as usual.

Yes, it’s that easy.

They work by binding the excess nitrogen in the drinking water giving your dog a better quality of drinking water (which will actually help your lawn ~ remember the main ingredient in fertilizer?) The rocks contain zeolite traces which are often used in aquariums to filter water safely and naturally.

They are simple to use. Open the bag, rinse the rocks off, place in your dog’s water dish and top off the water to refill rather than start fresh every time.

They will work if your dog drinks from a Drinkwell too. Simply put them in back, under the reservoir.

Have a dog that loves to take them out and play with them? Or a sloppy drinker and you wash your bowl every day? No problem! Simply fill a pitcher with water and put the rocks in there. That way you can use the water from the pitcher every time you fill the bowl and you will still be able to reap the benefits of the rocks.

They work rather quickly…usually within the first 24 hours you will notice your pet will stop leaving new lawn burns. (This does not mean that your current brown patches will go away overnight…you will still have to nurse those back to health, but you won’t have any NEW burns to deal with!)

Dog Rocks are safe for any pet sharing your dog’s water source (such as cats, rabbits, etc.). And, as I said before, they are all natural. No yeast like in other lawn burn prevention products. Landscapers have been known to endorse Dog Rocks since, with the appropriate level of nitrogen, your dog’s urine can actually help your lawn (remember the fertilizer again?)

We carry Dog Rocks in two package sizes. The small package is a 2 month supply and the large package is a 6 month supply. You should use the rocks year round too, since your dog will continue to burn your lawn in every season…you just don’t always see your lawn!

This is a cute “hot” dog.  (source) 

But REAL hot dogs are not.

With the weather sweltering across much of the country it is very important for you to know the signs of heat stroke in your pet.

Know the signs of heat stroke in your pet:

  • Heavy panting
  • Glazed eyes
  • A rapid heartbeat
  • Restlessness
  • Excessive thirst
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Dizziness, lack of coordination
  • Profuse salivation
  • Vomiting
  • A deep red or purple tongue
  • Unconsciousness

In cases of heat stroke:

  • Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area.
  • Apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck and chest or run cool (not cold) water over the pet.
  • Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
  • Take your pet directly to a veterinarian.

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