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News and Information about Dogs, Cats, and Pet Products

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!

 

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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

 

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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!

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It’s official, because it’s actually on the calendar – Spring arrives this week!  After the loooooong, snowy, frigid winter we’ve endured, just the idea of sunnier days and balmier temps provides a much-needed mental break. If your family’s like mine, nicer springtime weather means longer walks, new trail discoveries, and more trips to the dog park. Yet it can also mean grimy paws and muddy underbellies that threaten to track dust and dirt all over the carpet and furniture. We all know that bathing our pets too frequently can be messy, time-consuming, and extremely harsh on their skin and coats. So does this mean we’re stuck staying indoors after all?

Not a chance! That’s because the smart folks over at Earthbath have developed Earthbath Grooming Wipes. These large, thick, pre-moistened wipes – manufactured in the U.S.A. with only the safest, most natural botanical ingredients – are great to use between baths as a touch-up grooming aid. We tote them along in a backpack, where they’re super-handy for cleaning dirty paws, legs, ears, snouts, undercoats, and um … bottom areas, too. They’re designed to help remove the animal dander, eye discharge, enthusiastic drool, clinging plant matter, mud stains, and/or general fuzz that just seem to accumulate whenever your pup charges through an open field after being snowbound all winter. They’re also ideal for wiping down paws after every walk. This helps reduce the number of outside allergens that get tracked through the house.

Besides all-natural cleansers and conditioners, Earthbath Grooming Wipes also contain shine-enhancing extracts plus healing aloe vera and moisturizing vitamin E (as an added bonus: notice how soft they make your fingers and hands feel after wiping off your pet!). They’re free of animal by-products, lanolin, and skin-drying alcohol; they won’t remove spot-on flea and tick control products that have been applied per manufacturer’s directions; and they’re safe for daily use on animals over 6 weeks old.

 

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Don’t let springtime dirt, dust, and allergens rain on your pet’s parade! Earthbath Grooming Wipes are the safe, gentle, all-natural way to keep your furry friend’s skin and coat in soft, shiny, pristine condition all season long.

 

Here’s another benefit I especially like: Earthbath Grooming Wipes can be a real life-saver when you own a cat and have friends who are allergic. Our Ben was a total neat freak who bathed himself whenever he wasn’t eating, staring at birds, visiting his litter box, or napping. These wipes helped to cut way down on the amount of dander and cat saliva on his fur, so our pet-loving neighbors could give him some kitty TLC. The natural ingredients also provided great peace of mind, because we didn’t have to worry about Ben ingesting harsh toxins during one of his numerous daily “spa breaks.”

Earthbath Grooming Wipes come in several varieties:

  • Green Tea – scented with fresh-smelling green tea leaf extract, a natural antioxidant
  • Hypo-Allergenic – totally fragrance-free and allergen-free, with a moisturizing blend of all-natural conditioners. Great for pets with sensitive skin or skin allergies. Also great for pet parents who are sensitive to perfumes.
  • Mango Tango – beach-yummy tropical scent, with conditioning Hawaiian awapuhi extract
  • Especially for Puppies –allergen-free with a blend of all-natural conditioners, plus a sweet wild cherry fragrance
  • Regular and Hypo-Allergenic for Cats — uniquely formulated to give our kitty friends safe, special pampering

Earthbath Grooming Wipes come in a convenient travel size as well, and the company also makes extremely effective Ear Wipes and Eye Wipes. These are a huge help when it comes to keeping your pet’s eyes and ears clean, clear, and comfy no matter what the season. There’s also a full line of great-smelling, natural Earthbath shampoos, spritzes, and grooming foams that can keep your pet’s skin and coat in prize-worthy shape. Stop by any Two Bostons store with your furry friend, and ask us to suggest some of our favorites!