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It’s the time of year again that so many pets and their parents dread: fireworks season. Sudden loud noises and bright lights paired with the occasional busy BBQ is a recipe for disaster for many animals. In fact, the #1 day that animals go missing is July 4th. Luckily, your pets have you as a parent, which means that as the season comes and goes, you’ll be able to keep your cats and dogs comfortable in their home!

The first step to helping your pet’s anxiety is identifying it. We’d like to invite all pet parents to read this portion, even if you don’t consider your pet to be anxious, as oftentimes anxiety can be confused for behavioral issues. What’s important to remember is that like humans, no two animals manifest their emotions in the same way. Look for abnormal behaviors. Did your potty trained dog suddenly start peeing on the couch? Did your cuddly cat hiss when you tried to pet them? Your animals aren’t just suddenly doing bad things just to annoy you. They’re trying to tell you something! (Keep in mind that behavioral changes could correlate to a variety of issues and to contact your vet if you think your pet is ill.)

When we think “anxious dog or cat”, we picture our beloved furbabies cowered in a corner shaking and whimpering, but oftentimes that is not the case. Here are a few things to look for:

  • Destructive behavior such as chewing and scratching or unusual amounts of damage to toys or other items
  • Social withdrawal, hiding, and aggression
  • Excessive barking/meowing
  • Shaking, panting, and drooling
  • Suddenly becoming clingy (it might feel like a good thing but make sure your pet is getting lovey dovey for the right reasons!)
  • Peeing/pooping/vomiting around the house

If you recognize any of these symptoms in your own pet, don’t worry as there are plenty of ways you can help! What’s important now is figuring out what their triggers are and doing what you can to help minimize their stress.

Sudden loud noises tend to be a pretty universal cause of anxiety in pets, but if you think about it; a lot of humans feel the same way! We’ve all been startled before. The only difference is that after that initial jump, we typically find an explanation for the noise and can be on guard for it again. Animals, on the other hand, don’t have that luxury. While you can’t get rid of things like fireworks and thunderstorms, there are still options to make them less scary.

PRO TIP: Rather than treating your pet’s anxiety right when or after the fireworks/storms/etc. start, try to prepare them at least a 45 minutes – 1 hour ahead of time, if possible. Having your pet go into a stressful situation already somewhat relaxed is going to be more effective than waiting until the last minute. Think about it as if it’s a headache: it’s easier to manage if you take an Advil the second you feel your head start to get sore rather than waiting until it’s at its worst to do anything!

Thundershirt

The Thundershirt is the product you’ve heard a ton about but probably haven’t tried yet! We know that was the case for a lot of our Team Members when they first started out, but now most of them (along with a little over 85% of users) absolutely swear by it! The concept is simple: soft fabric creates a swaddling effect to make your pet feel safe and secure. Think of it like a hug! We currently sell them online (click here to order now!) but you can also come into any of our stores to grab one of your own. Our Team will even help make sure you pick the right size!

 

 

CBD

There’s a lot we love about CBD, but one of our favorite things is that it works wonders when it comes to anxiety. Keep in mind, though it is made from the hemp plant, there is absolutely no THC. It also won’t turn your pet into a drooling zombie! What it will do is gently ease your pet into a state of calm. Some of our regulars have also reported pets taking the best naps of their lives! There are a lot of different options to choose from, but a great place to start is the Full Spectrum CBD oil by Super Snouts. We have it online to order here, but we also carry it in our stores where you can also get a free personalized consultation from a member of our Team!

Another great CBD option to try is Treatibles. Just like the name suggests, they’re bite-sized hard chews for dogs and cats that are infused with hemp oil! They come in three flavors–turkey, blueberry, and pumpkin–so even picky pets will find something they love. Like the oil, you can grab a pack in our stores or order them online!

Herbal Remedies

Have you ever felt relaxed after drinking a cup of tea or lighting your favorite candle? That’s exactly what supplements can do! Companies like Herbsmith and Earth Animal–yes, the brand with the yummy No-Hides!–have special blends of herbs that can help naturally relax your pet. You’ll find things like chamomile and lavender as some of the ingredients. Typically they come in the form of drops or chews, and if you choose to go the drops route, you might find that just the scent leaves you feeling more relaxed!

If you’re looking for drops, “Calm Down” drops by Earth Animal have always had the best results for us personally. You can find them in any of our stores or order online here! If chews are more your thing then try out Herbsmith’s “July Third” for some immediate relief. Like the Calm Down drops, you can find July Third in-store or online here.

Relaxation Squares

What dog doesn’t love peanut butter? If you have a dog who turns their nose up at supplements and wiggles their way out of the Thundershirt, give these Heavenly Hounds treats a try! These are a favorite of both regulars and Team Members at Two Bostons because they’re simple and effective. Hidden in the peanut buttery goodness is a blend of herbs that will make their troubles melt away. The best part is that they’re compact and fit nicely in your purse or wallet so you can always be prepared for sudden noisy situations or travel. You can stock up in our stores or order them online here!

Our final and most important tip for pet anxiety is to remind everyone once more that no two pets are the same. What helped your neighbor’s dog might not help your cat and vice versa. Animals are just as unique as us and sometimes it might take a little experimenting to see what works for your furry friends and what doesn’t. Even if you feel like you’ve tried everything out there, there’s usually something you just haven’t discovered yet, and that’s where we come in. Give us a call, send us an email, or pay us a visit. Together we can put the fun back in the 4th!

This time of year you see pumpkin in everything: drinks, side-dishes, pasta, cookies, bread, and of course pie! For as much pumpkin we eat this time of year we can all be grateful that it  good for us!  You are probably wondering how eating pumpkin pie can be good for you…well it has three grams of fiber per one-cup serving and only 49 calories.  It is loaded with antioxidant-rich Vitamin A and beta carotene, energizing potassium and iron, plus Vitamin C.

gettyimages-492269311Guess what?!? Pumpkin is also good for your dogs and cats! It is probably best not to have them eat actual raw pumpkin but canned, natural, unsweetened pumpkin; pumpkin seeds; and cooked fresh pumpkin have numerous benefits for our furry friends.  The same goes for plain, pureed sweet potato.  These powerhouse foods can help “squash” a variety of pet-related issues and ailments and support the following areas:

Digestive Health: Thanks to their fiber content, pureed pumpkin and sweet potato (again, not pie filling, but plain with no added sugar or spice, like the canned variety made by Fruitables) can help dogs and cats with bouts of constipation and diarrhea.  Adding a tablespoon or two to their regular meal (in proportion of your pet’s size) has been proven to help keep them regular.  Both is also very effective when it comes to calming upset stomachs in pups and kitties.

fruitables-pumpkin-switch-canFood Transition: If you’re transitioning your dog to a different or healthier food, you definitely don’t want to risk upset tummies or messy stools.  Fruitables Pumpkin Switch is a great transition aid that provides a calming digestive “buffer.” It calms the stomach and eases digestion to make the transition much easier.  Simply add a spoonful or two to your pet’s bowl as you begin to include higher proportions of the new food.

Skin, Coat, and Urinary Health: Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, so they help support overall healthy skin and fur.  According to several vets that we have talked with, the oils in pumpkin and its seeds can help support urinary tract health over time as well.

fruitables-sweet-potatoWeight Management: My dog has put on an extra pound or two over this past year because she has a toddler that likes to give her the food he doesn’t want…I have simply reduced a portion of her breakfast and added in some plain canned pumpkin or sweet potato (such as Fruitables Sweet Potato SuperBlend).  She loves the flavor, and it keeps her feeling full all while helping shed a couple extra pounds.

If you would like to learn more about the pet-related benefits of pumpkin or sweet potato, ask anyone of our Two Bostons team members.  They can give you their insights and suggestions specific to your dog and cat.  Don’t forget that you can also try a range of treats, snacks and supplements that feature pumpkin and sweet potato, like Fruitables.

Hey there! Quinci here wanting to share some great news on treats!

We have a special place in our hearts for our friends at CocoTherapy. The treats just keeping getting better and better. We are proud to introduce CocoTherapy Five Star Cookies!

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These star shaped treats come in 2 flavors, Coconut Banana Foster and Coconut Gingered Pumpkin. These grain and gluten free treats are only 1 calorie per star which makes them perfect for training!

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Plus, they are 100% natural, made with organic coconut flour and organic coconut oil. They are high in fiber and help support skin, coat and digestive health. These are great for any dog, sensitivities or not, they are overall a wholesome, healthy treat.

Now,we also can’t overlook the fact that CocoTherapy now offers our beloved Coconut Chips in a 6oz bag! The bigger the better!

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These treats are perfect for dogs AND cats!! Has your pet never had coconut? Well, besides the delicious taste, it can do wonder for overall health. Here are some proven benefits:

Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin

Makes coat sleek and glossy

Deodorizes doggy (and kitty) odor

Reduces bad breath

Regulates and balance insulin and thyroid levels

Helps with arthritis or ligament problems

Speeds healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, and insect bites & stings when applied topically

Gently elevates the metabolism to help provide a higher level of energy

Of course we do still offer the jar of coconut oil as well, which is great to use topically as well as in the food! If your pups have never had the pleasure of trying coconut, we strongly recommend letting them indulge! Healthy, delicious and could make your dogs life better and possibly longer, It’s definitely worth a try!

Be sure to stop by one of our store locations today and check out these great products by CocoTherapy!

Hi there! Quinci here talking treats. Are you looking for a new treat for your pooch? I’ve got two to tell you about today!

Nature’s Variety has done it again! They keep introducing awesome products that our pets love! The newest addition to our shelf: Instinct Raw Boost Minis, an all natural freeze dried raw treat.

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Not only is the treat healthy, it has all the goodness our pups love! Pure raw, natural and only 2 calories per piece. Perfect for training, but also the perfect size for any treat ball or interactive game! Looking to enhance their kibble? These treats can turn into a healthy food topper as well. Bring the benefits of raw into their diet daily! The minis come in 2 protein options, duck or chicken. Both with also have turkey, turkey liver and turkey heart mixed in for an added benefit. One thing you won’t find in these treats: Wheat, corn, soy, grain, gluten, by-product meals, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Can’t get much healthier then that!

Speaking of healthy, have your fur babies tried our Toy Temptations by DogChewz NYC?

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Don’t be fooled by their “toy” size (I know it’s hard to tell, but these are “toy” sized):

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Dogs of all sizes love these treats! Made in the USA and designed for fussy dogs, these treats are completely organic and come in a variety of flavors: Apple Cheddar, Chicken Parmesan, Bacon Parmesan, and Pizza Mutt. Yep, I said pizza! They may be small but they are full of flavor! Plus they are crunchy which we know some dogs must have! Want to know another cool thing about them? None of the treats contain wheat, corn, soy, salt, sugar artificial flavors, preservatives, or colors. They are the perfect size for training and can break easily in half. They could also be used in a treat ball or interactive game to keep busy!

Healthy but also tasty. Two words that we love at Two Bostons! Come check out these treats and find a new favorite for your pup!

Hello all! Heather here ready to chat with you about our new Dynamo Dog Functional Treats. We’ve just brought in a new treat that not only comes in four delicious flavors, but has added support in each one.

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  • Dynamo Dog Skin and Coat chew comes in Salmon flavor and contains salmon oil and vitamin E supplement in each treat to support your dog’s skin and coat health.
  • The Tummy formula comes in pumpkin and ginger flavor and contains probiotics (Lactobacillum, acidophilus, and enterococcus faecium) in each treat to help support your dog’s digestive health.
  • The Hip and Joint formula comes in Bacon and Cheese flavor and Chicken flavor and contains glucosamine and chondroitin in each treat to help support your dog’s joint function.

The Dynamo Dog Functional treats are all made by Cloud Star, the same makers of one of our more popular treats; the Buddy Biscuit. Cloud Star was started in 1999 with the goal of producing all natural and wholesome treats for dogs everywhere and they are family owned and operated (just like us).IMG_20130501_165432_516

All four of the varieties are grain free and give super easy and detailed feeding instructions! If you have a 45 pound dog at home like I do, 2 treats a day of the Hip and Joint will get you at 460 mg of glucosamine in their diet.

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They are also MADE IN THE USA! Bonus!

At just $7.99 a bag, you can rest assured your pooch can start getting the support he needs from our awesome new Dynamo Dog Treats! So hurry in and grab a bag to try today!

Are you looking for a fun new crunchy treat for your furry friend?

Check out these yummy treats called Snicky Snaks:

They are USDA organic and are wheat, corn and soy free and made with human grade ingredients. In fact, you are more than welcome to have a few of this treat with your pooch!

These treats have a great crunch and are the perfect size. We all know how big a Hershey’s Kiss is…correct? Correct! Check this out:

Not too big, not too small. And they come in two great flavors, sweet potato and peanut butter & molasses. Plus, with no sugar, salt, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors, and only 18 calories a pop in these bad boys, you can feel confident in letting your pooch indulge in a few every now and again.

Plus, the box is very eco-friendly…it’s made with 100% recycled paperboard. And as if all of that isn’t enough, the folks over at Snicky Snaks are givers. They donate to various pet organizations…and you know we LOVE that here at Two Bostons! All that for only $6.99 a box.

You can’t go wrong!

So, head on over and check out the Snicky Snaks today. You’ll be glad you did.

Attention, Attention! Quinci here! We at Two Bostons have some exciting news for all those doggies who love their Starmark Everlasting Treat Ball and Bento Ball!

We now have the replacement treats made in the USA! We pulled the treats a few months ago when we discovered that the treats were made in China, however that’s not the case anymore! Now you can feel comfortable letting your pups chew away!

So what’s so great about these chew toys you wonder? Well, to start you can find the perfect size for your dog. Both the Everlasting and Bento Ball are available in small, medium and large sizes. They are stronger than rubber, which is especially good if you have a tough chewer on your hands.  Also, both treat balls are free of latex, vinyl and phthalates and are dishwasher safe. But let’s face it, one of the most important key points of these treat balls is that it helps keep your dog busy! They are designed to help encourage play and keep your dogs mind stimulated.

The Bento Ball has small nubs all over to help massage your dogs’ teeth and gums. The Everlasting Treat ball holds two Everlasting Treats, but it can also be filled with smaller treats or kibble.

Now let’s take a closer look at the treats. The Everlasting Treat chews like a bone, so it will last longer than your average treat. They have a natural chicken flavor and are wheat and soy free. They are uniquely shaped so your dog can lick, chew or gnaw depending on what they prefer. They have special raised dental ridges to help remove tartar and plaque from your dogs’ teeth. You can buy the treats in small, medium and large sizes and each pack comes with two refills.


An important fact you should know when purchasing the Everlasting Treat Ball or Bento Ball is that the ball is already filled with a treat. However, this treat is made from China so we recommend throwing out the prepackaged one and filling it with a replacement.  We want nothing but the best for your dogs, and strongly discourage feeding treats from China.

A mind stimulating, dental hygienic and tough toy; you can’t really go wrong with these!  Come pick one up today and let your pup get to chewin’!

 

Are you training a dog? Have you ever wondered where on earth to keep the treats you are using, so that they are within reach, but not in the way? Or, do you just like to have treats with you when you walk your pooch or go to the dog park, but don’t have a way to keep them within reach?

Then you need to check this out:

It’s the PoochPouch, and it’s great “pocket” for the treats you need while training.

It clips right onto your belt or the waist band of your pants:

so your treats are right at your finger tips. And it’s slim:

so you aren’t dealing with a large and bulky fanny pack type of treat holder.

We also love the way it opens on the top:

It’s really easy to slip your fingers in and grab a treat when you need one and it closes back up on its own as it’s made from 100% memory silicone, so your treats won’t fall out.

Plus it comes in three great colors. The green from the photos above and black or gray:

So if you are looking for a convenient way to store your treats when training or on the go, be sure to stop by Two Bostons and check out the PoochPouch.

Your pooch is a sweetie. These treats are sweet. It’s a match made in heaven!

Zuke’s Lil’ Links are a sausage snack for your friend that come in Chicken & Apple, Pork & Apple, and Rabbit & Apple varieties.

They are meat treats that contain a great punch of protein and antioxidants! They have no by-product meals, artificial colors, flavors, or added animal fat. Also, they are made in the USA and are grain-free. You can’t beat that!

The apple adds an added punch to the taste, so your pooch will drool over these little sausages!

The sausage shape is great for large and small dogs alike…

And they make an excellent training treat. They are soft enough to break, yet hold up and don’t crumble.

We love Zuke’s products, as they are a great believer in quality ingredients make quality products…they want you to nourish your dog the way nature intended. And so do we!

Stop by Two Bostons and pick up a pouch of Zuke’s Lil’ Links today. Your pooch will thank you!

 

Have you heard about these awesome treats by Herbsmith called Smiling Dog?

No?

Well, you should check them out!

First of all, they’ve got some great flavors: Chicken, Rabbit & Duck, Turkey, Pork, Duck, Beef, and Pork Puffs. They are a meat based treat with fruits & veggies added to balance things out.

Secondly, they are made in the USA and contain no artificial fillers, additives or preservatives.

Finally, they are grain free…and you know how important that is!

They come in two great varieties:

The freeze dried rounds in all flavors.

And the puffs in the pork flavor.

Both break apart very easily, so they are perfect meaty treats for training.

Herbsmith’s philosophy is that pets shouldn’t just eat to live, they should eat to thrive. They understand the everything we put into our dogs bodies affects them in both a positive and negative manner. Herbsmith blends are based on traditional Chinese theories of health and wellness. These treats fit in perfectly with a species appropriate diet and are made with the best quality ingredients on the market.

They’ve also considered what your dog truly needs based upon age and allergies when choosing the flavors. If your dog is older or experiencing joint problems, feed “warming foods” such as chicken or turkey. If your dog has allergies or is a “high-arousal” dog, then lean toward the “cooling foods” like duck and rabbit. If your dog has none of these issues, your can stick to “neutral foods” like beef and pork.

So be sure to check these treats out at either of our locations today. Your dog will give you a smile!