Fall is here – are your pets ready?

Here’s some tips to make seasonal transitions easier for your pets! Now’s the time to change up the proteins to warming meats like beef, duck and venison and add veggies like carrots, parsnips, and darker greens. If you’ve turned on the heat in your home, start adding fish oil to the diet to keep their skin supple. Hair is already getting thicker so bring your dog in so we can de-shed the old hair to make room for the new. And as you’re putting your garden to bed for the season, make sure your pets don’t eat the compost. Especially apple cores and pumpkin seeds, which never work out well for their digestion (or your carpet, yuk).

Seasonal Allergy Solutions For Pets!

Now’s the time to boost your dog or cat’s immune system so their body can fight fall allergies! Summer’s getting ready to leave us… and weeds, grasses and leaves are already dying back. Pair that with the unusually wet summer and you’ve got mold and allergens in the air! Our experience has found that when pets don’t get enough good quality protein in their diet, their skin becomes “thinner,” and allows allergens to enter their body more readily, which leads to scratchy, itchy skin, hot spots, teary eyes or coughing. We can help by recommending higher protein foods, a good quality enzyme supplement and herbs we’ve specially selected to bring your pet’s immune system back into balance. Don’t forget, protein needs change with the seasons too! Come by the store and we’ll get your pets ready for fall!

NEW Foods and a Sale from The Honest Kitchen!

Introducing Marvel (turkey and parsnip) and Brave (whitefish and coconut) from The Honest Kitchen! And to celebrate, you’ll receive $10 OFF a four pound box or $15 OFF a ten pound box on ANY variety you choose! No kidding! No limits on how many boxes you want!

The Difference Between a Lead…and a Leash…and Why It Matters!

Although we have many kinds of dog walking gear… we go back to what the noted trainer Wendy Volhard teaches… you “lead” your dog with a lead, your dog leads you with a “leash” — a leash just connects him to you but he is in control. Many people choose harnesses and extending leads because it does involve training and they are relying on apparatus to bypass the job of our becoming the leader of our pack. If you are using an extending lead and your dog bolts, there is no way you can bring him back to you quickly without burning your hands on the belt. Worse yet, if he pulls the handle out of your hands then you have a dog galloping out of control, possibly scared by the bouncing leash behind him. We suggest that to teach your dog early on, whether a puppy or an older adopted dog, to walk quietly and in control, preferably on a loose rein, using a European lead (lead and collar all in one). You can easily correct a puller before he sets into pull-mode and reward him by no pressure and a loose lead when he happily walks with you. For info on how to do this method, give us a call and we’ll be glad to help you become a more effective pack leader!

Is Your Dog Acting Like a Scardy Cat This Summer?

Thunderstorms, fireworks, a house full of relatives, travel, and boarding kennels… any of these make a summer vacation stressful for your dogs and cats.. and for you too! Fear not, we have great solutions for a peaceful summer! HomeoPet’s “Storm Stress” and “Travel Anxiety” are safe for all ages and can be used in combination with other products, like Young Living Essential Oils “Peace and Calming,” Green Dog Naturals “Complete Calm” or Bach Flowers “Rescue Remedy,” just to name a few. In some cases, we recommend combinations of these remedies and make custom blends to resolve unusual situations. Thundershirts are also a great solution and available in sizes to fit any pet and work even better when you apply the essential oils to them.. like a big hug with lavender accents! Come to the store, tell us what’s going on with your pet, and we’ll find just the right solution to help you get through the season with ease.

Jump into Summer!

Get relief from fleas, ticks, allergies, travel anxiety and scary thunderstorms! We have the best selection of flea/tick repellants, both internal and external. No chemicals of course. And they really work. Also, the best defense against allergies is a strong immune system. A high protein diet makes the skin “stronger” and more able to “repel” allergens from entering the body. Also, try our calmatives for thunderstorms and travel anxiety.

Bow Wow Walk

Saturday, May 30 8:30-12:30 at Lee Park, downtown Cville. A 2.5k walk with your dog to support the Cville SPCA.  Registration 8:30, Walk begins at 10. Vendor Fair and Post Walk Party 8-12:30. Human and dog entertainment, canine competition, treats for human and pups, and a pack of animal-friendly vendors and sponsors.