Going on now through July 15 – The small rescue groups need our help more than just during the holidays so we’re launching this event by donating over 1,000 pounds of Acana kibble! That’s almost a ton of chow for the pets at Caring For Creatures, an independent rescue group in Palmyra, and one of our favorite charities. Want to help? Just purchase a few cans of food or a bag of treats in any quantity and we’ll add them to their delivery. Thanks in advance for your generosity.


From our ace groomer, Reba… KEEP EARS CLEAN –  Get rid of bacteria from lakes and streams with our essential oil ear cleaners. DON’T SHAVE DOUBLE COATED BREEDS – the coat keeps them cool and protects them from intense sunlight, we’ll de-shed or thin their coat for you instead. TAKE CARE OF FEET – Keep nails short so they walk on their pads and don’t break their nails. We do nail care on a walk-in basis. Pads need moisturizing during hot weather so come see us for paw products. BRUSH THAT COAT -Brush, de-shed and comb out at least 2-3 times a week so they don’t mat. If they get wet, brush them out right away so they don’t tangle. COME SEE US FOR GROOMING – We offer in-store and mobile service but we fill up quickly so don’t wait to make your appointment for your dog or cat!


Caring for Creatures Food Drive, Going on now through July 15 – The small rescue groups need our help more than just during the holidays so we’re launching this event by donating over 1,000 pounds of Acana kibble! That’s almost a ton of chow for the pets at Caring For Creatures, an independent rescue group in Palmyra, and one of our favorite charities. Want to help? Just purchase a few cans of food or a bag of treats in any quantity and we’ll add them to their delivery. Thanks in advance for your generosity.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon, Lemongrass Effective Flea Repellent

The Perfect Ingredients for a Natural Flea Repellent

The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and that means … prime flea season. OK, it also means a lot more pleasant things, but if you have dogs and cats, it’s the time of year for flea control. You can purchase effective flea control products over-the-counter or from your vet, but many of them contain toxins that can harm your pet. Mother Nature has provided us with many ingredients for natural flea repellents. These may take a little more work on your part than commercial products, but they’ll only harm fleas, not Fido or Fluffy.


Simple Flea Repellents

You probably already have the ingredients for a simple natural flea repellent in your cupboard. Apple cider vinegar and water, mixed in a 50-50 solution, is an excellent, safe flea repellent for use on dogs and cats. You can substitute white vinegar, but pets don’t like it as much when they lick their fur.

Fleas detest vinegar and tend to stay off animals doused in it. You will have to reapply the solution daily – which may not make your pet too happy. Have a flea comb handy and check your pet every day for evidence of the pests.


Essential Oil Flea Repellent

Properly used, essential oils are the perfect ingredient for canine flea repellents. Cats, however, are sensitive to most essential oils, so don’t use these repellents on them. Although essential oils are natural, they are strong, so it’s crucial to dilute them properly.

A holistic veterinarian or essential oils practitioner can provide you with recipes for flea control. Purchase only therapeutic-grade essential oils. Flea-repelling diluted essential oils suitable for spraying on hair or skin include:

  • Lavender – place a few drops of lavender mixed with a carrier oil on your dog’s hair, or add about 15 drops to a small water bottle and spray your dog regularly. Since lavender reduces anxiety, using it as flea control also calms nervous canines.
  • Lemongrass and cedarwood – mix these two essential oils with water to create a flea spray. Your holistic practitioner will give you the exact amounts based on your dog’s size. Mist your dog while brushing his hair and exposing his skin so you can spot any fleas. Use this treatment once or twice weekly to keep him flea-free. It also keeps ticks at bay.
  • Peppermint – your dog will smell sweet, and any fleas will die. Peppermint affects the insect’s’ central nervous system, while not bothering your pet in the least.  

Although pennyroyal is effective for killing fleas in both herbal and essential oil forms, never put it directly on your dog. Place it around your dog’s bedding or on your carpeting.


A Healthy Diet

A healthy diet contains the ultimate ingredients for natural flea repellents. That’s because fleas hone in on animals with compromised immune systems, along with puppies and kittens whose immune systems are still developing. Feed your pets high-quality foods without grains and fillers. A good diet doesn’t mean you can ignore flea control, but it’s unlikely your pet will become infested.


A Clean Environment

The number of fleas on your pet’s coat is just the tip of the iceberg. Fleas on your dog or cat invariably mean fleas in your home. Battle these pests by vacuuming daily and washing all your pet’s bedding in hot water. Sprinkle food-grade diatomaceous earth lightly on your pet’s bed, your carpets, baseboards, and anywhere you suspect fleas are lurking. DE, as it is known, is harmless to people and pets but kills fleas. It consists of fossilized algae shells, and while its tiny particles don’t harm larger animals, they are sharp enough to cut through insect exoskeletons.

By using a combination of natural ingredients, you and your pets can enjoy a perfect, flea-free summer.







vet checking on a dog for heartworm

Natural Heartworm Prevention

It’s important to protect your dog against potentially deadly heartworm infestation. Conventional prevention generally involves using a powerful dewormer or other medications available only by prescription to kill microfilaria – baby heartworms – in the animal’s bloodstream. These drugs have potential side effects.

However, there are alternative, natural ways to prevent heartworm disease, recommended by holistic veterinarians. Using a natural mosquito repellent in conjunction with a raw diet might preclude the need for monthly heartworm medication.


Heartworm, or Dirofilaria immitis, infestation in dogs has been documented in all 50 states. Affected dogs may have dozens of heartworms in their bodies, with some of them reaching several feet in length. Heartworms congregate not only in the heart, but also in the lungs and blood vessels. The more worms in the body, the greater the risk.

Heartworm Transmission

Mosquitoes are the primary method of heartworm transmission in dogs. Female heartworms living in another member of the canine family’s bloodstream – whether a domestic dog, fox, coyote or wolf – produce microfilaria. When a mosquito bites an infected canine and consumes a blood meal, it also picks up the heartworm larvae. The microfilaria remain infective for the next two weeks, so any dog or cat bitten by the mosquito in that time may have heartworm larvae transmitted to them via the bite wound. In six months, the microfilaria matures into adult heartworms.

Heartworms can live in dogs for up to seven years, and in a cat for up to three years, according to the American Heartworm Society. If you effectively repel mosquitoes from your pet, theoretically, heartworm larvae aren’t transmissible.


Wondercide protects pets naturally against fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, and it’s effective for treating the house and yard against pests. It is safe to use on dogs and cats. Wondercide contains only food-grade ingredients, and all of its products contain cedar oil. The odor of cedar cause insects to flee – no pun intended. Wondercide also contains silica, which kills pests via suffocation. Just a minute amount of silica is enough to close insect breathing pores.  

Choose from three natural Wondercide fragrances for your pet’s pest protection:

  • cedar
  • cedar and rosemary
  • cedar and lemongrass

Raw Diet

A raw diet strengthens a dog’s immune system, which helps keep parasites at bay. Canines naturally evolved eating raw meat and some herbs, and cooking foods remove many essential nutrients. Many holistic practitioners recommend a diet consisting of raw meat, including bones and organs. A raw diet helps keep the dog’s digestive tract clear so parasites are not attracted.  A healthy immune system may kill off heartworm larvae on its own. Keeping your dog’s heart muscles strong also involves giving him plenty of exercise.

If the dog on a raw diet does develop heartworm disease, his strong immune system helps him stay well during heartworm treatment, which is a difficult process.

Heartworm Disease Symptoms

Dogs in the early stages of heartworm infestation often show few symptoms. As the heartworms grow, so do the signs of infestation. These include:

  • persistent cough
  • exercise intolerance
  • appetite loss
  • weight loss.

Dogs with a high heartworm load may develop a swollen abdomen, heart failure, or even die suddenly. Heartworm disease symptoms in cats are often more subtle with sudden death being far more common.

Heartworm Treatment

If your dog shows any signs of heartworm infestation, they require immediate treatment. You will require the services of an emergency pet care professional for diagnosis and eradication of canine heartworms.






Be prepared for summer  with our “tried and true” solutions for thunderstorms. Choose from safe blends of flower essences, herbs, homeopathic remedies or essential oils and you’ll soon see a difference in your pet’s behavior. These remedies are easy to use and resolve such issues as severe anxiety from storms, road or air travel, fear of crowds, fireworks or even a change in home life (kids at home from school, vacationing visitors, etc.). Come see us and find out what will be best for your pets this summer!


Insects are out in full force – are you prepared? Our all-natural, chemical-free products will keep your pets and your family safe! Choose from Wholistic Pet diatomaceous earth, Wondercide sprays (citronella, lavender/rosemary or cedar), Earth Animal herbal shampoos/sprays, Pops Organics product and more. We’ve even got a stock of Young Living Essential Oils should you wish to make your own combinations. And, for those who are looking for easy to use monthly applications, we offer Natural Defense Spot On. Wondercide also makes a great mosquito repellents that are safe to use for your pets and for your family. And for heartworm, we do have several options for internal cleansing to create an environment where they won’t want to live. But if you are in a wetland area, please check with your holistic vet for the best options for prevention.


Our new in-store grooming salon is bigger and better than ever before! And we have a new mobile grooming trailer, now available to travel to your neighborhood! Whether you choose in-house or mobile services, all full grooms include: Hydro Bath with all natural shampoo, Turbo Dry (no cage drying ever!), Clipping or Scissoring (or Terrier Stripping), Ear Cleaning, Nail Trimming & Shaping, De-Shedding, and Teeth Brushing. Flea/Tick Treatments are available at an extra charge – no chemicals and they are very effective. Our “Summer Special” offers all these services plus a “Yes we live in Virginia and it’s hot and humid” Skin Treatment – a refreshing Green Tea/Aloe bath, perfect for scratchy itchy skin or dogs who tend to have hot spots. For cats, we offer de-matting, bath/dry, nail trimming and lion clips for long haired breeds.


Join us for family fun with your dog at the Keswick Horse Show! Enjoy classes like Beginner’s Agility, Musical Chairs, Best Costume, the ever-popular Family Class and Best Rescue! Registration begins 5pm at the Upper Ring and the show begins at 6pm, rain or shine. All winners receive great prizes and vie for “Best In Show.” Refreshments available on the grounds. All dogs must be good with other dogs and must be on a leash.