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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and rosemary
- cedar and lemongrass
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.
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.
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.