NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR HOLIDAY PHOTOS

We’ll be hosting photographer, Theresa N. White at our store on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 — bring your dogs, cats, kids… the whole family for holiday fun! The sitting fee is $25 and 20% goes to benefit Caring For Creatures pet rescue in Palmyra, Virginia! Photos will be available online so you can quickly order your own prints, postcards and gifts from your digital files. Theresa will have a big variety of holiday, winter and traditional backdrops, accessories, props on hand and her creative eye will help make your photographic memories a cherished gift. To reserve your sitting appointment, please call the store. Don’t wait, spaces are limited and will fill quickly.

Join us for The Animal Connection’s 15th Anniversary Celebration! Saturday, October 29th from 9 – 4 pm

We’d like to thank the Charlottesville pet community for your many years of loyal support. So join us for a day of fun and special surprises!  We’ll have FREE TREATS, GOODY BAGS and REFRESHMENTS for all our friends. REGISTER TO WIN $100 GIFT CARD. Visit with our SPECIAL GUESTS from 1 – 4 pm…. Pet Portrait Illustrator, Jennet Inglis… Pet Photographer, Theresa White… Animal Communicator and Author, Rosalyn Berne. And a very special presentation by Mary Birkholz, founder of Caring for Creatures about how to adopt a rescue pet into your family. You’ll also be able to visit with friendly CFC pets who are looking for good homes. Please don’t miss this special celebration!

Dog Fest & Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest is Sunday, October 30 from 1 – 4 pm at the Darden Towe Off-Lead Dog Park & Picnic Area

Meet local pet businesses – visit with area pet lovers – or take home a rescue pet! Costume Contest begins at 2pm. with prizes for dogs, kids, theme and rescue groups. Free treats, goodie bags, raffle baskets, pet photos. Refreshments available. Sponsored by Animal Connection, Rovers Recess, Pampered Pets, Autumn Trails Veterinary Center, Canine Adventures and Old Dominion Animal Hospital (plus 20 more pet friendly vendors) Note: all dogs must be on a leash and good with other dogs. If weather related decisions are necessary, please check our Facebook page for updates.

NEW! LONGER WEEKDAY HOURS! AND SUNDAY HOURS!

Due to popular request, we’re extending our hours! Beginning September 6th, our new hours will be: WEEKDAYS from 10 am  – 6 pm. SATURDAY from 9 am – 4 pm and introducing SUNDAY AFTERNOONS from 1 – 4 pm! We hope this new schedule will give everyone the shopping opportunity they’re looking for. But, as always, if you have special needs that don’t fit the schedule, please contact us and we’ll try to help. We’re going to do some special events on Sunday afternoons this fall, so stay tuned to our Facebook page and this web site for all the scoop.

FALL IS COMING — ARE YOUR PETS READY?

Your pet’s “seasonal inner clock” starts changing when the days get shorter, not necessarily when the temperature changes. Already now, they are “blowing coat”  — shedding the old coat  to get ready for winter coat growth. These variable temperature months can be tough for pets, so make sure they get some extra care!  Now’s the time to book your fall grooming appointment, which includes our special de-shedding treatment, smoothing those rough paws and elbows and making sure those nails are properly trimmed and ground for more time indoors. Fleas and ticks will still be a problem until the first frost, so check their skin frequently. Fall is also the time to make some changes in your pet’s diet and begin choosing “transitional proteins” before the cooler weather begins. September 21 marks a big food energy shift, so come see us and let us help you make adjustments to the meats and vegetables your pet should be eating.

GET READY FOR FUN EVENTS THIS FALL!

Can you believe we’ve been helping pets become healthier for 15 years? Well, tails will be wagging all over  C’ville for our 15th Anniversary Celebration! It all begins October 23 with a special store event every day and ending with our popular Dog Fest  & Halloween Costume Contest on October 30 at Darden Towe Park. We’ll have special seminars, guests, specials and lots of fun for dog and cat owners. Watch our Facebook page and this web page for more information, but make plans to attend our week of fun for all.

“CHRISTMAS IN JULY” – A FOOD DRIVE FOR RESCUE PETS!

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.

“CHRISTMAS IN JULY” — FOOD DRIVE FOR RESCUE PETS!

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.

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.

Heartworms

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

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.

References

http://www.wondercide.com/natural-flea-tick-mosquito-control-for-dogs-evolv/

https://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/heartworm-basics

http://dogs.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Natural_Cures_for_Canine_Heart_Worms

FLEAS, TICKS, SKEETERS… OH MY!

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.