IS YOUR DOG ACTING LIKE A “SCARDEY CAT” DURING SUMMER THUNDERSTORMS?

Many pets start getting anxious about thunderstorms hours before they actually happen. Changes in atmospheric pressure, the smell of rain coming in, wind, humidity and that electric feeling happens well in advance of most storms and dogs are extremely sensitive to those changes. We strongly recommend having a flower essence like Rescue Remedy or Green Hope’s Anxiety in their water or in their mouth the minute you hear the morning’s weather forecast for storms, because by the time you’ve heard the thunder yourself, they’ve had plenty of time to get themselves worked up. Some pets get so scared, it’s a good idea to keep it in their water daily to take off the edge. Flower essences are totally safe and you can’t do them wrong. We also have very effective homeopathic remedies and essential oils which we sometimes will use in combination depending on how severe the anxiety presents itself in your pet. So if your dog is acting like a scardey cat, better come see us and we’ll select just the right thing to help your pet!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY FOR THE DOGS AND CATS AT “CARING FOR CREATURES” SANCTUARY

It’s time for our annual food drive for the dogs and cats at Caring For Creatures in Palmyra, Va. If you are purchasing products for us to donate to them, we’ll offer 20% off on any of those items and we’ll handle the delivery to the rescue. They particularly need Honest Kitchen and Rad Cat products for felines recovering from urinary tract issues. On the dogs’ wish list is Annamet kibble and any of our canned foods. They can also use treats, flea/tick products, toys and litter. If you would prefer to donate money, we’ll purchase things for them on their wish list. Please consider donating at this time. They get many offerings at Christmas but supplies run low during the summer so this is a great time to make a difference to the 2oo or so animals to which they offer sanctuary.

SHOPPING FOR YOUR PETS AT THE FARMER’S MARKET

Do you shop for your family pets at the farmer’s market? We do… and you should too… it’s so easy to make fresh organic meals or food toppers your dogs and cats will just love! Downtown Charlottesville, Meade Park, Crozet, Nelson and Stonefield markets have a great selection of fresh meats and veggies. Get shopping…. then come see us and we’ll show you how to balance your recipes for the perfect pet meals. We also have signed copies of Dr. Judy Morgan DVM’s book “What’s For Dinner Dexter,” a great resource of recipes and holistic pet info you’ll want to know about. Plus lots of yummy dog and kitty treats for sale!

BRUSH UP ON YOUR PET’S DENTAL HEALTH!

February is dental month for pets! And, the best products for better dental health are better foods! Great choices like our raw, dehydrated, or freeze dried foods or higher protein kibbles don’t have the useless carbs and sugars that allow tartar or yeast to develop, which then causes bad breath, gingivitis and tooth decay. Stock up on digestive enzyme products, like Leba III Spray, ProDen Plaque Off, Indigenous Dental Bones or Willard Water. These products are extremely helpful and easy to use. Plus we offer a great selection of toothbrushes and toothpaste and we’ll be happy to show you how to get your pet used to regular brushing. Don’t forget, teeth brushing is included at no charge when we groom your dogs or cats! Here’s to great smiles for all your pets!

TIME TO SWITCH TO “COLD WEATHER PROTEINS”

We’re big believers in changing your pet’s food choices along with the seasons. With the cold winter months, it’s time to try warming proteins like chicken, pheasant, venison, trout and lamb. They’ll help create inner warmth they’ll need for extra energy now through March. If their joints are a little stiff and sore especially on these cool damp mornings, add a little tumeric to their diet to help keep them flexible and supple. If you are feeding our higher protein kibbles, like Orijen or Acana, we recommend a little warm water or bone broth, not only for the extra liquid intake, but to keep their tummy’s warm! You can always warm up any of our frozen or dehydrated food options to make they extra yummy, too.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about cold weather proteins.

OUR TIPS TO KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE ON NEW YEAR’S EVE!

New Year’s Eve is a big night for fireworks and parties, which can be scary for your pets. Keep your pets indoors and create a calming environment with soft music. Put some Young Living essential oils, like Lavender or Peace & Calming on a cotton ball and put it gently in their ear or stoke it on their chest and back for soothing aromatherapy. Add our Bach Flowers “Rescue Remedy” to their drinking water or on a treat for natural stress relief. Provide a Kong toy filled with their favorite treat or a No-Hide chew to detract them from the noise. And especially make sure your pets are microchipped and/or wearing identification tags in case they get loose, panic and become lost. We’ll be open New Year’s Eve until 3pm and can help you… and your pets… have a safe holiday!

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR DOGS & CATS!

Nothing’s more fun than giving your friends and family a gift for their pets! Beautiful hand-painted ornaments in a wide range of breeds. Our own decorated holiday treats perfect for stuffing their stockings. All sorts of toys for big and small dogs. Crazy catnip fun for cats. Warm bedding, “cozy caves”, Buddha bags and crate mats in fun colors and soft fabrics. Stylish apparel, from collars to sweaters to cold weather coats. “Grab and Go” Good Dog Buckets, filled with treats, toys and surprises. Can’t decide? A gift certificate is always welcome. If you need suggestions, please call us! We’ve got our elf ears on and glad to help!

WINTER WARMERS FOR LOCAL PET RESCUES

That cold weather is coming soon and our smaller, local pet adoption groups could sure use some winter warmers for the dogs. Now through December 31, when you buy any coat or sweater to be donated to a rescue dog, you’ll receive both 20% OFF on that item plus 20% OFF on one for your own dog. We’ll deliver them to your choice of Caring For Creatures, Peaceful Passings, Animal Connections or Green Dogs Rescue.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL IS AN ADJUSTMENT FOR YOUR FAMILY PETS TOO!

Summer’s great for pets – extra play time, fun vacations, lots of attention from the kids. But when school starts, a different family schedule can cause some anxiety, restlessness and neediness.  Even the sense of responsibility a dog has for looking after kids can cause behavior changes, especially if the he’s not sure why his “best friend” has left him at home. To make this adjustment easier, try out your new pet schedule before your kids go back to school. Plan play activities, walks and meals at the time your kids might be either going to or coming home from school. If you’re planning dog day care during the week, take them a few times now to get them oriented. Plan fun activities for the evenings and weekends that include your dogs. Remember, when your kids go away to school, it affects your animals too. We have many products that will help your pets deal with with separation anxiety and sadness from missing the kids.

SUMMER GROOMING TIPS FOR PETS

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!