Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Peeps for your Pup

Your pup deserves some Easter treats just as much as their human companions, so why not create your own!  Here's a quick and easy recipe for imitation peeps that are safe for dog to consume.

  • 3 tbsp plain, unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 tsp salt
  • coconut flour for dusting


1.  Mix 1/2 cup water and gelatin in a mixing bowl
2.   Put honey, 1/2 cup water, vanilla, and salt in sauce pan. Heat, mixing constantly, for 6 -10 mins (must be 240 °F)3.   Combine with gelatin mixture, mixing on high until you have a fluffy consistency (about 10 mins)4. Spray your mold to prevent sticking (use anything you want, peep or treat molds will create a fun shape!)
5.   Spoon mixture into a pastry bag to make filling the mold easier
6.   Let set for atleast 4 - 5 hours
7.   They will still be sticky, so coat with coconut flour and they are ready to enjoy!

Making Easter Easy for Everyone

Easter can be a lot of fun for the whole family - dying eggs, creating baskets, Easter egg hunts, and we can't forget about all the tasty treats! But do you have your pet in mind while enjoying this holiday? There are many things commonly used during Easter that can be toxic and harmful to your dog or cat if left unnoticed. Many of us have experienced firsthand just how curious our pets can be - getting into, tearing up, and possibly ingesting things that are not meant for them. It is important to keep certain products out of reach of your pet or ultimately replacing these products to make things safer and easier for everyone!

Easter Grass
The fake grass often used in Easter baskets can be irresistible for your dog or cat to nibble on. If ingested, this can cause many digestive problems for your pet. It is best to replace the grass with tissue paper or just be sure to keep it out of reach of your pet!

                                                                                    Easter Lilies
Lilies can be a beautiful and
decorative piece for your home, but are very dangerous to cats. Many types of lilies can be potentially fatal if consumed by your cat - including the Easter lily. Small ingestion of 2 - 3 petals, the pollen, or even water from the vase can all be harmful for your cat or kitten. Symptoms include tissue irritation in the mouth, drooling, foaming, pawing at the mouth, and vomiting. Bring your cat to your vet immediately if you see them eat any part of the lily or show these signs as it can potentially be a life threatening situation.

Plastic Eggs
Many things can be mistaken for a toy or treat in a dogs eyes and we must stay aware of this when celebrating Easter. Plastic eggs can be easily chewed up or swallowed and cause a whole mess of problems for you and your dog. During Easter egg hunts, be sure to keep track of all plastic eggs if your dog is enjoying the event with you, or better yet separate them and give them a bone or treats of their own to enjoy!

Dying Real Eggs
As for real eggs - these are safe and healthy for your dog to enjoy when hard boiled. Give your pup some eggs of their own to enjoy while you and your family have fun dying more! As with any food or treat, be sure not over feed them too many eggs and use peeled, hard-boiled eggs that you haven't dyed (although most dyes are non-toxic).

One of the more obvious harms of Easter for pets are all the chocolates and candies enjoyed by their human companions. Too much chocolate, sugar, and xylitol (sweetener) are toxic to dogs and can many digestive problems. It is important to avoid letting your pet have any of this and keep products that contain these ingredients out of reach.

Remember to enjoy the holidays and help your pet do the same!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tips from the Trainer

Trainer: Katie
a helpful tip to keep your pup trained

Be consistent! Whenever you're training your dog, it's important to get as many family members involved as possible to keep everyone on the same page. Make sure you're always using the same words and hand signals when giving a command. Don't just correct an unwanted behavior one day, and ignore it (or accidentally reinforce it) the next! Training is something that needs to be practiced every single day. Consistency will be the key to you and your pups success as well as bring you closer together. Call us today to learn more or set up a training consult with Katie!

Tips from a Groomer

Groomer: Meghan
a winter tip from one of our groomers

This time of year it's tempting to let your pets hair grow out in the hopes of keeping them warmer. However, unless you are brushing all the way from the base of the coat (at the skin) all the way out regularly, your fur baby can develop mats. These tangles
and mats will prevent the coat from doing its job and actually make your dog colder (not to mention how uncomfortable it is for your pet😞)! That is why grooming in the winter is vital. By removing the tangled and dead coat your pet will be much more comfortable in this weather. Call us today to schedule your groom appointment!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Winter Blues

Cold Feet?

It’s safe to say, if the temperature outside is too cold for you its most likely too cold for your pet. Breeds like Huskies, Samoyeds, and Newfoundlands have thick coats to protect them from frigid conditions but breeds with thin coats are not designed to live in the cold and so their bodies cannot bear it for extended periods of time. It can be damaging to their paws, skin, health, and overall well-being.
So what do you do to protect your pup? Investing in a coat, sweater, or jacket for your pet is a great way to make up for their lack of thick fur. Pet stores offer a variety of options but you can, of course, find even more customized coats and sweaters for specific breeds online (such as Etsy). To find the proper fit for your friend, you will need at least two important measurements. 1. Nape of the neck to the base of the tail to determine length of coat 2. Measure the largest part of the chest, directly behind the front legs.

Booties are a positive investment as well, helping to protect their paw pads from snow, ice, and salt. There are many different kinds of booties, so you will have to find out what works best for you pet!
Has the snow and ice already gotten to your pets paws? Regularly check the pads of your pups’ feet as they can become dry and cracked from the weather. This can be painful and irritating to your pet so it’s important to take care of! Paw balm is a great way to relieve the dryness and heal the pads. There are many different kinds of paw balm/wax, or you can easily make your own.  

It is important not to expose your pet to temperatures under 32 degrees for prolonged amounts of time. Dogs with thicker coats as mentioned earlier will most likely be able to stand these temperatures longer, but it is safe to keep the exposure (especially dogs with thin coats, older dogs,  under 10 to 15 minutes. As there is no definitive temperature regarded as too cold, you will need to know what is comfortable for you particular dog. You must take into consideration their age, body type, and overall health when determining the amount of time spent outdoors in the winter. If you notice your pup shivering, whining, acting anxious, or holding one paw up – it’s time to go back inside!

Our pups can tell us so much, we just need to speak their language!😊