What’s a “Topper” Anyway?

What’s a “Topper” Anyway?

Pet nutrition, pet retail, dog nutrition, cats, dogsDry dog food, aka “kibble” is a thing of the past! Over the past few years, we have learned, and pet parents are figuring out that there is a gap in nutrition when you only feed dry food. We equate it to dry corn flakes or fast-food drive thru’s. Even the higher quality kibbles still have some nutritional gaps. AAFCO the “governing” organization that ensures the label is what is contained in the food, is the minimum required ingredients needed for a pet to sustain life. In comes on the market frozen raw foods, dehydrated and freeze-dried and canned foods that are gaining popularity providing better nutrition. Well, what if you don’t want to mess with those, or you can’t afford to feed your 85-pound lab mix a frozen raw diet?

Convenience

People choose kibble most often because of the convenience. Many customers think that’s the BEST choice from information they were told many years ago. With that said, there are EFFORTLESS ways to increase the nutrition in a kibble to keep your pet healthier in the long run without breaking the bank.

Variety

People like variety in their diets and pets do too! If your pet doesn’t have a super sensitive tummy “toppers” and “mix-ins” can help increase nutrition and get your pet excited about it’s food. Here, in Colorado adding moisture to their diet is important due to our dry climate. Having the same thing day in and day out, not only is boring, it can create food sensitivities.

Having the same thing day in and day out, not only is boring, it can create food sensitivities.

Don’t Make It Harder Than It Needs to Be!

There are true “toppers” on the market that can be sprinkled on the food or mixed in to make the food yummier! You can also use homemade or pet bone broth, goat milk, 90% meat canned food or even add warm water!

You can come in and check out our recommendations for Toppers, Mix-Ins and everything else to increase the nutrition level without feeding 100% frozen, freeze-dried or dehydrated raw diets!

 

Written by Dawn Olson, has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a technician and pet sitter since 1989. She is the owner/operator of the Ken Caryl Pet Spa & Supplies and Distinctive Pet Care.   She lives in Littleton, Colorado with her 2 boys and Toby, a 13-year-old Poodle and 2 Siamese cats.

Product Review: BarknBig ChillnChew

Product Review: BarknBig ChillnChew

Keyword ChillnChew CBD Infused Chews-ReviewWhat is BarknBig ChillnChew?

A Super Chew made by BarknBig infused with Pure Hemp Oil extracted viaCO2 using the entire hemp plant mixed with organic coconut oil.

Multi-Purpose Chews for dogs that could use a nutritional and functional addition to their diet. In a chew form, the CBD oil has an extended release in your pet’s system.   The scapula, tendon & trachea also help with joint problems as they contain hyaluronic acid found in most joint supplements and these will also help with skin & coat health.

Available in 4 sizes/doses:

Trachea Strip – 5mg CBD Dogs up to 35#

Tendon Strip – 8mg CBD Dogs between 25-45#

Beef Scapula – 10mg CBD Dogs 50# and up

Bison Scapula – 10mg CBD Dogs 50# and up

Where can I buy it?

We love BarkNBig and CBD Oil so much that we sell ChillnChew at our shop located at 12512 W Ken Caryl Ave, Littleton, Colorado 80127.

Product Review: ZYMOX® Enzymatic Ear Solution

Product Review: ZYMOX® Enzymatic Ear Solution

ZYMOX® Enzymatic Ear Solution Review | Ken Caryl Pet Spa | Groomer Littleton, COWhat is ZYMOX® Enzymatic Ear Solution?

ZYMOX® Enzymatic Ear Solution aids in the treatment of bacterial, fungal and yeast infections including Staphylococcus, Pseudomonas, Proteus, and Malassezia.  The solution contains Hydrocortisone to aid with inflammation and natural bio-active enzymes that form a natural defense within the ear.

What makes ZYMOX® Enzymatic Ear Solution different than other ear medications?
The solution is unique in that it does not require the ears to be cleaned before administering. In fact, ZYMOX® Enzymatic Ear Solution should NOT be used in conjunction with any other topical ear medication or ear cleaner so that that the enzyme activity is not disturbed.  Unlike antibiotics, Zymox has no memory and can destroy antibiotic resistant bacteria. It can be used as maintenance to prevent ear infections, especially during allergy season!

Where can I buy it?

We love Zymox so much that we sell it at our shop located at 12512 W Ken Caryl Ave, Littleton, Colorado 80127. You can also buy it online via our website.

To learn more about ZYMOX® Enzymatic Ear Solution or other Zymox products visit the company’s website by clicking here.

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a Veterinary Technician and veterinary hospital administrator since 1997. She founded her pet sitting company, Fuzzy Friends Pet Care, at the young age of 16. She was nominated as one of Pet Sitters International’s Top 5 Pet Sitters in 2016 and is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats.

What Will Your Dog Be Wearing for the Broncos’ Season Opener?

What Will Your Dog Be Wearing for the Broncos’ Season Opener?

The Broncos start the 2017 season at home against the LA Chargers on ESPN’s Monday night football. Whether you plan on tailgating outside the stadium, watching from inside Mile High, or at home in front of the big screen, we know you will be sporting your Von Miller or Semien jersey! With the NFL dog gear from Doggie Nation, your dog can not only join in on the fun, they can support your, I mean their, favorite team too!

Broncos NFL Dog Gear | Ken Caryl Pet Spa | Groomer Littleton, CO
At our shop located at 12512 W Ken Caryl Ave, Littleton, Colorado 80127 we carry NFL licensed Broncos Jerseys, cheerleader uniforms, leashes, and bandanas. Head over to our website’s home page to learn more about our shop and the other products and services we offer.

Product Review: Halo VITAGLO™ DREAM COAT®

Product Review: Halo VITAGLO™ DREAM COAT®

What is Halo VITAGLO™ DREAM COAT®?

Halo Dream Coat is a supplement added to your dog’s food made by HALO, Purely for Pets® . Halo is a holistic pet product company that “believes nutrition is the single most important factor in the quality of a pet’s life.”

How Can Halo VITAGLO™ DREAM COAT® Help My Pet?

Halo VITAGLO™ DREAM COAT® is a supplement that supports healthy skin and a coat. It provides a blend of pure oils which provide essential omega fatty acids. The omega fatty acids found in Halo VITAGLO™ DREAM COAT® provide more than the nutrients found in your dog’s regular food and help keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy. The longer you use Dream Coat the better it works!

Where can I buy it?

You can purchase Halo VITAGLO™ DREAM COAT® at our shop located at 12512 W Ken Caryl Ave, Littleton, CO 80127. If you would like to learn more about the product give us a call or stop by and we would be happy to help!

Proper Puppy Care

Proper Puppy Care

Getting a puppy is exciting! They are adorable, they smell so good, and they make you smile. But as cute as they are, puppies require a lot of work. Properly setting your puppy up can mean the difference between a mild, well-mannered dog and a wild, out of control dog. Here are some tips for proper puppy care.

Veterinary Care

Puppies, just like infants are born with antibodies passed from the mother through milk. These antibodies provide the puppy with immunity to certain diseases. However, the antibodies only last a couple of weeks, which means your puppy needs vaccinations to protect them from deadly diseases. Puppies are vaccinated every 3-4 weeks starting around 6 to 8 weeks of age to increase the likelihood that as the level of antibodies from the mother are falling to activate the immune system’s response to the vaccinations. Puppies should have a fecal sample checked for parasites.  Depending on the results, they may need to be treated every to prevent the spread of hookworms, roundworms and other intestinal parasites to humans and other pets. It is important to bring a new puppy to the veterinarian to get them on a vaccine schedule, get them dewormed, and to get them started on the right foot (or feet we like to say!).

Feeding

Puppies need certain nutrients as they grow. Feeding them a puppy food or diet with all the necessary nutrients is important for proper growth and development. Feeding your puppy adult dog food or food without the proper nutrients will deprive your puppy of what it needs. Ask our owner Dawn, who has taken a 100-hour course on canine nutrition, what diet she recommends for your puppy by sending her an email at dawn@kencarylpetspa.com. Also remember, puppies need to eat at least 3-4 times a day depending on their age.

Crate Training

The most important part of crate training to make the experience positive for your puppy. Start with purchasing a crate with a divider that will be big enough for your puppy when it is full grown. Use the divider to give your puppy just enough room to lay down and turn around. The divider will need to be moved as your puppy grows. The space you give your puppy is important. If it is too small, your puppy will not be able to move around comfortably. If it is too big, it will give your puppy a place to go potty inside the crate which will encourage future accidents both inside the crate and in your home. Making the crate comfortable is important so be sure to line it with blankets and provide toys. Covering the crate with a blanket also helps give the crate an “den” like environment. Just be sure you leave some open space to prevent the crate from getting too hot. Making your puppy’s crate a safe and comfortable experience is key. Place the puppy in the crate for small increments of time and work your way up to longer periods of time. Offer treats as a reward for going into the crate. It is important to take your puppy outside each time you remove it from the crate so it will get used to the routine and know that after crate time is potty time. To see a video on crate training visit our puppy info page at http://www.kencarylpetspa.com/puppy-inf/ .

Obedience Training

Puppy obedience training will make for a well-rounded adult dog. It is recommended that all breed, even ones as small as a Yorkie attend puppy classes or at the very least are taught basic commands. Teaching your puppy basic commands like sit, stay, and down. Those classes also give your puppy socialization. Puppies start learning from the moment they are born and can begin training as early as 6-8 weeks of age. Waiting until your puppy is older can be detrimental to the learning process as most dog 6 months and older have already solidified adult behaviors.  Waiting too long to train your puppy may cause you to have to reteach behaviors that were improperly enforced at a younger age.

Grooming

Getting your puppy used to being groomed or bathed is important! You can start at home when they first come home by touching your puppy’s front and back feet every day, brushing them gently, and massaging their face. This will get them used to being handled. Breeds that require grooming should make their first trip to the groomer around 16 weeks of age after they had their final round of vaccinations. Starting early will get your puppy accustomed to being handled and used to strange noises making their experience as a juvenile and adult more pleasant. Visit our appointments page to make a grooming appointment for your puppy if give our shop a call at (720) 981-7387 for more information on our puppy grooming protocols.

Pet Sitting & Dog Walking

Getting your puppy set up with a professional pet sitter and dog walker early is important.  Puppies need potty breaks every 4-6 hours during the day depending on their age. A dog walker can provide midday potty breaks to your puppy while you are at work which will benefit you and your puppy by reinforcing potty training. It will also allow your puppy to stretch their legs and receive mental stimulation while you are away. Hiring a pet sitter will allow your dog to stay in the comfort of their own environment while you are out of town. Head over to our sister company, Distinctive Pet Care, to find out more about their pet sitting & dog walking services.

Puppies are a lot of fun, but they do require work. Be sure to do your research and find a breed that is right for your family. Be prepared before taking your new addition home. It is always a good idea to have a veterinarian, groomer, trainer, & pet sitter researched and lined up before your new puppy come home.

Would you like to take an on-line class to learn about “all things puppy”?  Visit http://www.robinkbennett.com/raising-your-puppy/ and ask us about local puppy trainers that we recommend for you!

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a Veterinary Technician and veterinary hospital administrator since 1997. She founded her pet sitting company, Fuzzy Friends Pet Care, at the young age of 16. She was nominated as one of Pet Sitters International’s Top 5 Pet Sitters in 2016 and is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats.

Product Review: Colorado Hemp Honey

Product Review: Colorado Hemp Honey | Ken Caryl Pet SpaProduct Review: Colorado Hemp Honey

What is Colorado Hemp Honey?

Colorado Hemp Honey is a Colorado-based company that produces raw honey food by Frangiosa Farms at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Nick French, the owner of Colorado Hemp Honey, has been keeping bees since 2008. His farm has over 20 hives, in 6 apiaries in and around Denver, Colorado. Colorado Hemp Honey is a mix of honey, essential oils, and cannabinoid rich hemp that aids in health and wellness for both people and pets.

How Can Hemp Honey Help My Pet?

Raw honey can aid in many ailments. It can help with allergies, infections, and wound healing. It is naturally high in enzymes, antioxidants, and flavonoids. It can also kill resistant bacteria such as MRSA. But not all honey is created equal. Raw honey differs greatly from the honey purchased on the supermarket shelves. Unlike processed honey, which contains added ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and is heated to high temps rendering any benefits useless, Colorado Hemp Honey is infused with essential oils and hemp which can help calm your pet and keep them happy. It can aid your pet’s anxiety, reduce inflammation, help them sleep, and help with seizures. It is important to remember to speak with your veterinarian before giving honey to your pet, especially those pets with diabetes and cancer.

Where Can I Get It?

You can purchase Colorado Hemp Honey Chill Sticks at our shop located at 12512 W Ken Caryl Ave, Littleton, CO 80127. We also can order in jars and sticks of assorted flavors such as Mandarin Majic, Lemon Aid, Ginger Snap & Unflavored. If you want to learn more about the product visit the company’s website by clicking here.

Fireworks and Pets Do Not Mix!

Fireworks and Pets Do Not Mix!

Fireworks and Pets Do Not Mix | Ken Caryl Pet SpaLoud noises and pets generally do not mix well. Therefore, it is no surprise that dog and cats are afraid of fireworks. Did you know that more pets go missing between July 4 and July 6 than any other time of the year? Did you know that shelters report higher numbers of incoming pets on July 5th than any other day of the year? To prevent your pet from running off or ending up in the shelter, follow these simple steps to help your pet stay calm and safe this 4th of July.

4th of July & Fireworks Safety Tips for Pets

  • Never light fireworks near your pet.  Lit fireworks can be a safety hazard to both pets and humans and can cause severe damage. If you plan on being around fireworks, do not bring your pet. In addition to the obvious risk of burns, the smoke left behind after a firework has been lit can create respiratory problems.
  • Bringing your pet to large firework displays is just not a good idea. Pets have sensitive hearing. What is loud to us is often unbearable to them. Their fear and anxiety can lead to your pet escaping its collar or lead and may result in injury to your pet.
  • If possible stay home with your pet. Providing a safe quiet place for your pet is always a good idea when fireworks will be lit, but staying home to comfort them can go a long way. Playing music or watching TV while sitting with your pet during the noise may help keep them calm.
  • Provide your pet with a safe place to hide. Cover kennels with blankets, prepare a comfortable place in an interior room, turn on the TV or radio. Keep blinds and curtains closed and keep all inside lights on, this will help keep your pet from getting overstimulated from the flashing lights.
  • Pets with severe noise anxiety may need a sedative to get through the night. If your pet cannot handle the noise, talking to your veterinarian about sedative that can help take the edge off during the festivities. We recommend using HomeoPet Storm Stress which is an effective remedy that calms pets with anxiety to loud noises safely and is available at Ken Caryl Pet Spa.
  • Take your pet out for a walk before the fireworks begin. This will virtually eliminate the possibility of your pet being outside while loud noises go off around them.
  • Keep your pet’s collar on with their ID tag. This will help identify your pet in the off chance they do escape. If possible contact your veterinarian about getting a microchip for your pet that will help identify them if they are not wearing a collar when they escape or if they lose their collar.
  • After the festivities are over check your yard before letting your pet outside. Fireworks are unpredictable and could have landed in your yard and may be ingested by your pet. Fireworks are poisonous to pets and can cause severe illness and intestinal blockage. If you suspect your pet has ingested a firework, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a Veterinary Technician and veterinary hospital administrator since 1997. She founded her pet sitting company, Fuzzy Friends Pet Care, at the young age of 16. She was nominated as one of Pet Sitters International’s Top 5 Pet Sitters in 2016 and is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats.

Paw Care for Dogs

Paw Care for Dogs

Paw Care for Dogs | Ken Caryl Pet Spa | Littleton, COProper paw care for dogs is extremely important, especially here in Colorado. Hot pavement and rocky hiking trails can cause injuries if your dog’s paws are not properly cared for. Your dog’s paws work harder than any other part of your dog’s body. They protect the bones and joints and assist your dog when walking on the rough uneven ground. They also help keep the feet insulated in cold weather. Fun fact: Did you know that a dog’s sweat gland are only located on their paw pads? They are called Merocrine glands and are only activated when the dog is hot. It is the only place your dog will actively sweat from to help regulate body temperature. The more you know…

Nail Trims

Trimming the nails is another important aspect of paw care for dogs. If you can hear your dog’s nails clicking on the floor or if your dog often gets their nails snagged a rug, then their nails need to be trimmed. You can do this at home yourself, but be careful to not clip too much of the nail. Doing so will make your dog bleed and may ruin nail trims for him. We recommend coming into our grooming shop, located at 12512 W Ken Caryl Ave, Littleton, CO 80127 for a Pawdicure which includes nail trim, power file to smooth, & polish color. You can learn more about our full grooming services by clicking here.

Paw Pads

Hair between your dog’s paw pads needs to be trimmed on some dogs because excessive hair length can cause matting. Debris such as broken glass, small rocks, or burrs can get stuck in the hair, which can be painful. In addition, long hair on the paw pads can cause your dog to lose traction on slippery floors leading to potential injuries especially on older dogs. You can trim and check their paws yourself, but we recommend having one of our professional groomers do it for you. Call our shop at (720) 981-7387 or click to make an appointment.  Your dog’s pads can become dry over time which can lead to cracks and bleeding. Moisturizing your dog’s paw pads on a regular basis will help prevent that from happening. We recommend using Homeopet healing cream or paw butter. Visit our shop for help choosing the best product for your dog.

Summer Paw Care

As the temperature rises outside your dog is at risk for burns on their paw pads if walked on hot surfaces like pavement. Avoid going on walks with your dog on pavements during the hottest part of the day. Keep your dog in shaded areas and try your best to keep them on the grass. Even on a nice 80-degree day, the pavement can reach up to 125 degrees in direct sunlight. If you cannot touch the pavement with your hand for a full 5-seconds, then it is too hot for your dog to walk on. If avoiding the pavement is not an option, try a pair of dog hiking boots like the ones offered by Ruff Wear.

Keeping your dog happy and healthy is your top priority as a dog owner and proper paw care is part of that goal.

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a Veterinary Technician and Veterinary hospital administrator since 1997. She founded her pet sitting company, Fuzzy Friends Pet Care, at the young age of 16. She was nominated as one of Pet Sitters International’s Top 5 Pet Sitters in 2016 and is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats.

Joint Supplements for Dogs

Product Spotlight: Joint Supplement

Keeping your pet healthy goes beyond yearly veterinary visits and vaccines. As Fido ages, the cartilage in his joints starts to wear causing friction and pain. Giving Fido a daily supplement or treat designed to lubricate the joints and repair the cartilage will help slow the progression of arthritis. Ken Caryl Pet Spa is now carrying two new supplements for hips & joints.

Connectin® by In Clover Hip & Joint

Joint Supplements for Dogs | Ken Caryl Pet Spa | Littleton, COAccording to In Clover’s website, “Connectin®. The only joint supplement clinically proven by independent researchers to improve comfort and mobility in an average of 15 days*, Connectin’s complete, patented formula nourishes the joint and its surrounding structures. Feeding Connectin daily supplies the body with all three essential joint building blocks critical to healthy joint function plus a power-packed herbal blend for noticeable, lasting results.” 

Connectin® comes in three types for dogs. A pork-flavored crunchy tablet, a chicken-flavored soft chew, and a pork-flavored powder. They also have supplements for cats & horses. The supplements have undergone university studies at an American Veterinary Medical Association accredited veterinary hospital and underwent extensive clinical trials. Positive results are seen within 2 weeks of starting the supplement. Client reviews of the product rave about the improvement pets have with mobility when taking Connectin®.

BIXBI Hip & Joint

Joint Supplements for Dogs | Ken Caryl Pet Spa | Littleton, CO

BIXBI Hip & Joint comes in three different types of jerky; chicken, beef liver, & salmon. They also make freeze dried food, training treats, supplements, and treats to aid other conditions.

Both In Clover and Bixby are local Colorado companies whose main offices are in Boulder. You can find both products at our store located at 12512 W Ken Caryl Avenue in Littleton.

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a Veterinary Technician and veterinary hospital administrator since 1997. She founded her pet sitting company, Fuzzy Friends Pet Care, at the young age of 16. She was nominated as one of Pet Sitters International’s Top 5 Pet Sitters in 2016 and is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats.