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.

Why Does My Dog Squint?

Why Does My Dog Squint?

Why Does My Dog SquintAlthough there are many reasons your dog may be squinting, it can be a sign of a medical condition affecting one or both of your dog’s eyes. Understanding the symptoms can help you determine if Fido simply has a hair in his eye or a more serious condition.

Corneal Ulcer/Scratch

What are the symptoms?

Squinting or excessive blinking is one of the top signs of a Corneal Ulcer/Scratch. Dogs will often rub their eyes with their paws or rub their face on a surface trying to relieve the intense pain they feel.  In addition, some dogs may have discharge from the eye.

How is it diagnosed?
Your veterinarian will do a comprehensive eye exam which includes the use of a fluorescein stain. The stain, when applied to the eye, will adhere to the ulcer or scratch making it visible under a special light.
How is it treated?

Your veterinarian will prescribe an antibiotic eye ointment that will need to be applied 3-4 times a day. The ointment will help heal the ulcer. A pain reliever may also be prescribed to help the pet deal with the pain. Your dog will go home with an e-collar to prevent further damage to the eye. In severe cases, aVeterinary Ophthalmologist will need to be consulted.

Eyelid Protrusion (Cherry Eye)

What are the symptoms?

A bump, sometimes read is color will protrude from the corner of the eye. The bump may only be present in one eye. Although not painful, a Cherry Eye can cause some minor discomfort and irritation to your pet.  The protrusion is caused by a weakness in the gland attachment to the eye. Cherry eye is most common in Bulldogs, Shih-Tzus, Cocker Spaniels, Lhasa Apsos, Beagles, and Bloodhounds, but any breed can develop an eyelid protrusion.

How is it diagnosed?

An exam by your veterinarian is generally all that is needed. During the exam, the vet will determine the best course of action for treatment.

How is it treated?

In most cases anti-inflammatory eye ointments to reduce swelling and relieve irritation. Surgery will be needed to replace the gland so the protrusion is no longer present. In severe cases, the gland may need to be removed.

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) aka Dry Eye

What are the symptoms?

Dogs who suffer from KCS have red irritated eyes that have a thick yellow discharge. The discharge is accompanied with squinting, excessive blinking, or the constant need to keep the eyes closed. Dogs that have been diagnosed with KCS are more likely to develop corneal ulcers and are predisposed to scarring on the cornea, which will cause the eyes to have a dull appearance.

How is it diagnosed?

Your veterinarian will do a complete eye exam and your dog’s medical history will be evaluated. Often, the pet has previously been diagnosed with corneal ulcers, injuries to the eye, or has had several cases of conjunctivitis. During the exam, a Schirmer tear test (STT) which /i>tear production to measure the amount of tears the eye produces in one minute will be done. Your veterinarian may perform additional tests on the eye to check for corneal ulcers, glaucoma, and blocked tear ducts. A referral to a Veterinary Ophthalmologist may be needed for severe cases.

How is it treated?

To help keep the eye moist, eye ointments that increase your pet’s tear production and replace the tears can no longer produce on their own will be prescribed. Gently cleaning your dog’s eyes with a warm, wet washcloth will help them make them feel better and may encourage them to produce more tears on their own.


Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

What are the symptoms?

Dogs with Pink Eye will have watery discharge from both eyes, will excessively blink, squint one or both eye, have redness on the white part of the eye, and will have swelling around the eyes. With pink eye, both eyes are usually affected, but in some cases only one eye may exhibit symptoms.  Your dog may also be sneezing, coughing, and have discharge from their nose.
How is it diagnosed?

An exam on both eye will be done by your veterinarian to determine if the pink eye is a primary or secondary disease, or if the symptoms are caused by allergies. In addition to the exam, our veterinarian will also determine if there is any damage to the eyes, or additional diseases affecting the eyes by running a tear production test (Schirmer tear Test), fluorescein stain test, and glaucoma test.

How is it treated?

Both topical antibiotic eye ointments and oral antibiotics will be prescribed. Additional medications may be prescribed for conditions like dry eye and corneal ulcers if your dog tests positive for either disease during the exam. Eyelid or eyelash abnormalities that are causing the pink eye may require surgery.

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.

Ken Caryl Self-Serve Dog Wash

Ken Caryl Self-Serve Dog Wash

The Self-Serve Dog Wash at Ken Caryl Pet Spa has everything you need to bathe your dog without the at home clean up! We provide it all, you just need to bring the dog.

What is a self-serve dog wash?

A DIY bathing station at our facility where you are the groomer. We provide the brushes, shampoo, towels, & dryers and do all the cleanup. You provide the dog and do the work.

How much does the self-serve dog wash cost?

A 30-minutes session is $16.00. Add an additional 10 minutes for $6.00. Need to wash more than one dog? Each additional dog is $5.00. We even have a hydro-massage option for $4.00. The shampoo & conditioner are diluted in the hose allowing the product to get through the coat and direct to the skin to get your dog cleaner in half the time!

What comes with the self-serve dog wash?

Everything but the dog and the actual bathing. We provide the tub, water, shampoo, towels, dryers, grooming table, and brushes. Use of Nature’s Specialty Plum Silky shampoo is complimentary with your self-serve dog wash. We also have specialty products available for single wash use or for full purchase such as oatmeal products, medicated anti-itch and shed-less products. We can even add on teeth brushing, anal gland expression, and nail trims for an additional fee. We even do all the post bath clean up! Each tub is disinfected after each person is completed with their self-serve wash.

Why would a self-serve dog wash benefit me?

We make it convenient to keep your dog clean and smelling fresh! By allowing you to wash, dry, and brush your own dog, we save you money. We even have a Frequent Bather Value Card! Purchase one of our Ken Caryl Pet Spa Self-Serve Value Cards and receive 4 self-serve dog washes to use at your convenience. Value Cards are $54.00 for one dog and $74.00 for two dogs. You get a savings of $10.00!  Did we mention we do all the cleanup? No more mopping up the floor after a bath. No more washing towels or pulling hair from the drain. Our tubs are designed so there is NO bending over and we supply everything you need!

We also have an awesome loyalty program. Earn 1 point for every dollar you spend on any product or service!  After you reach 300 points you receive a $10 credit to use however you want!   Check out how much you can save by clicking HERE.

What if I don’t want to use the self-serve dog wash but still need my dog bathed?

We’ve got your tail covered! We offer full-service bathing and grooming at our location. Click here to see all of the services we offer or give us a call at (720) 981-7387.

What do I need to do before heading over to use the self-serve dog wash?

You can call on your way straight from the dog park or make a reservation to ensure your wait time is minimal. Walk-ins are always welcome, just be sure you arrive at least 45 minutes before closing. Last call for self-serve dog wash walk-ins is 30 minutes prior to closing time!


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.

Dog Shedding: How to Minimize Your Dog’s Shedding

Dog Shedding: How to Minimize Your Dog’s Shedding

How to minimize your dogs sheddingShedding dog hair is a pain. It gets all over your clothes and furniture. Keeping your dog happy and healthy includes things like proper nutrition, regular trips to the vet, exercise, and good grooming habits. The latter being the ultimate way to minimize shedding. There is no such thing as a dog that does not shed however, there are proper techniques to minimize shedding. Here at Ken Caryl Pet Spa, we offer a Proper Brushing Workshop to teach dog owners how best to care for your dog’s unique coat by showing proper brushing techniques that prevent matting or the need to shave a matted coat short. If you are not into DIY dog grooming, we’ve got your tail covered and offer full-service grooming at our location, 12512 W Ken Caryl Ave, Littleton, CO 80127. Visit our website to find more information about the many services we offer. Read along to find out the techniques we recommend to minimize your dog’s shedding.

Shaving your dog is not the answer!

Many dog owners think that shaving their dog is the answer to all of their shedding problems. That is not only incorrect, it can be putting your dog at risk. Dog’s with thick coats are called double coated. Dogs with a double coat shed more than other breeds. Dog parents of double coated dogs know that when it comes to shedding the struggle is real! But shaving your dog is not the answer! When the weather is hot, a dog’s coat that is well groomed will trap a layer cool air that helps prevent the dog from overheating and shields the dog’s skin from the sun. When the weather is cooler, the dog’s coat will trap warm air protecting the skin from frostbite and keeps the dog warm. When you shave a dog, you remove the top coat of hair that is designed to protect your dog. Since the top coat, aka the guard hairs, grow back slowly, it can take more than a year to regrow. Shaving your dog can also cause permanent damage to the dog’s coat often resulting in bald spots, uneven hairs, and improper protection from the elements.

If shaving isn’t the answer, what is?

Properly brushing your dog on a regular basis is the best way to remove the undercoat, which minimizes shedding. Unfortunately, most dog owners do not know how to properly brush their dog and focus only on the top coat and only the back area when brushing, completely missing the underside, legs, butt-area, head, ears, & neck. By not brushing all of your dog’s coat, you leave the opportunity for mats to develop in the areas you did not cover. Being diligent and brushing all areas of your dog, plus using the proper brush & comb can make the experience positive for the both of you. We recommend a good quality slicker brush & metal comb to get the job done. A slicker brush allows less pressure to get through the coat while allowing the pins to reach the skin. The key to a good brush is to concentrate on brushing one area at a time, such as your dog’s leg. Using the slicker brush, brush in the direction that the hair grows first. This will help separate hairs that have become stuck together. Then in the same area, using the slicker brush, brush against the growth of your dog’s hair. Finally, go back through that same section with your metal comb. This will check your work and see if you can easily run a comb from the skin out. If the comb does not go through the coat easily, then work through with the comb or grab your slicker brush and repeat the process until your comb moves smoothly through the hair. Do this for all areas of your dog. We also recommend making this a positive experience by having HIGH-VALUE reward treats that you offer your pet while you are brushing. Keep your session short at first and lengthen as both you and your dog get used to the process. Don’t forget to praise your dog and tell them how well they are doing while you brush! If the process is too much for you or your dog to handle, or you find areas of extreme matting, don’t force it. Matting causes bruising on the skin which can be very painful for your dog and that may be when you will need to give us a call and schedule an appointment.

Grooming at home is not for everyone! If you don’t think you or your dog has the patience for you to do it yourself, that is ok! We are here to keep your dog healthy and looking good! If you want to learn more about the line brushing technique and think you and your dog are suited to try brushing at home, our Proper Brushing Workshop is a good starting point!

Interested in our Proper Brushing Workshop? Sign up for our next workshop now for $10. Email us at [email protected] to reserve your spot or call the shop to sign-up at 720-981-7387!

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a technician and hospital administrator since 1997. 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.

Benefits of CBD Oil For Pets

Benefits of CBD Oil For Pets

As a dog groomer in Littleton, CO, our clients rely on us to not only keep their dogs looking great, they also rely on us for trusted advice on all things pet related and that includes the use of CBD Oil for pets. Since cannabis was legalized in Colorado for recreational use, we have educated ourselves on not only the safety of cannabis and pets but also the benefits.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of many compounds found in cannabis that are called cannabinoids.  The most commonly known cannabinoids are THC and CBD. CBD is non-psychoactive and does NOT cause a high. Therefore, it is used more for medical purposes with minimal side effects. The medicinal use of CBD is not only beneficial to humans, but to pets as well.

How Can CBD Oil Help My Pet?

pet releaf2CBD oil has been used for centuries. In fact, Queen Victoria used CBD to help with her menstrual cramps in the 19th Century. Since then scientist have been studying the medical benefits of CBD rich cannabis. CBD oil can reduce inflammation by working with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in a mammal’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). In addition to it anti-inflammatory properties, CBD Oil can reduce pain, repair muscles after strenuous exercise, improve circulation, reduce nausea, stimulate appetite, and more. CBD oil even can reduce seizure activity in people and pets with certain types of epilepsy. Scientists have found that since CBD oil is the natural compound that can react to the CB1 and CB2 receptors, meaning mammals may need CBD to keep their bodies working at optimal levels.

Which CBD Oil Product Is Right For My Pet?

We take animals health seriously here at Ken Caryl Pet Spa. We are educated on animal nutrition, natural remedies to assist your pet, and more. Why would CBD Oil be any different? We took the time to research products and educate ourselves on not only the benefits of CBD Oil, but the individual products available on the market to pet parents.  In the case of most quality products, you get what you pay for.  Pet Releaf is a product we can stand by! Their CBD Hemp Oil is organically grown, non-GMO, derived from the entire plant, and independently tested for safety. Steve, from Pet Releaf took the time to come to our store and educate our staff on what CBD Oil is, how his extraction procedures are best and how the pets we care for can benefit.

Give us a call today at (720) 981-7387 or stop by our location at 12512-B West Ken Caryl Avenue in Littleton to learn more about Pet Releaf CBD Hemp Oil.

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a technician and hospital administrator since 1997. 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.




February is National Pet Dental Health Month

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

We have a list of ways to keep your pet’s mouth clean and healthy all year long.

Bad breath puts a damper on the puppy kisses Fido gives you every day before you leave for work. It makes you cringe when Fluffy decides to sleep on your head and her breath lingers like a dense fog directly in front on your face! Bad breath indicated the presence of bacteria and tartar build up. If left untreated it can lead to loss of gum tissue, infection, and even heart disease.

Did you know there are ways to keep your pet’s breath fresh and their teeth and gums healthy? Find out how you can keep Fido & Fluffy’s bad breath at bay by reading our list.

1) Brush Your Pet’s Teeth Daily

Number one on our list of 5 ways to keep Fido & Fluffy’s bad breath at bay is, brush your pet’s teeth daily. If daily brushing is not in the cards, try brushing at least 4 times per week. Get your pet used to the routine by following these tips from the American Animal Hospital Association. We all have bacteria in our mouths, your pet is no exception. After your pet eats, bacteria mixes with saliva & food particles to form a film over the teeth called plaque. Plaque stays on the teeth and over time builds up to form dental calculi aka tartar. This leads to gum disease and infection.  By brushing your pet’s teeth every day, or at least 4 times per week, you are helping to keep your pet’s mouth healthy and clean! Did you know we offer teeth brushing services at our spa? Bring Fido or Fully in to have their teeth brushed with Oxyfresh Dental Gel for just $5. If you can’t get your pet to the spa, you can purchase a variety of Dental Products from our website for complete dental care at home between visit to the veterinarian. Remember all Dental Products purchased at our store in the month of February are 20% off!

It is important to remember that your pet is unable to spit. Therefore, it is necessary to use a toothpaste that can be swallowed and NOT a human one that contains chemicals like fluoride, which is extremely poisonous to dogs.

2) Place a Dental Additive In Your Pet’s Water Dish

Number two on our list to keep Fido & Fluffy’s bad breath at bay is, place a dental additive in your pet’s water dish. By adding a product such as ZYMOX® Water Additive or OxyFresh Oral Hygiene Solution to your pet’s water is a safe and convenient way to keep your pet’s breath fresh between home cleanings.

3) Dental Chew Treats Are A Great Addition

Number three on our list of ways to keep Fido & Fluffy’s bad breath at bay is chew treats. The Veterinary Oral Health Council has created a list of products that have their Seal of Acceptance. You can access the list by clicking here. Chew treats on the list such as OraVet® Dental Hygiene Chews and Greenies® are designed to remove plaque from the teeth and fresh breath while the pet chews. According to VOHC’s website, “regular use of products awarded the VOHC Seal of Acceptance will reduce the severity of periodontal disease in pets.”

4) Dental Chew Toys

Number four is to keep Fido & Fluffy’s bad breath at bay is using dental chew toys. These toys are meant to last for long periods of time as opposed to the one time use of dental chews. They are designed to scrape the plaque off the teeth as the pet chews. They range from all natural chews such as deer antlers to inorganic materials made to look like bones such as Nylabones. Some are flavored to entice your pet to chew while others are not. You can find some chew bones on our website by clicking here.

5) Veterinary Oral Exams and Dental Cleanings

The last on the list, but certainly not least is to keep Fido & Fluffy’s is scheduling veterinary oral exams and dental cleanings.  Not just people but pets also need to have their teeth cleaned and polished by a professional. But unlike people, pets need to be under anesthesia to ensure safety for both the pet and the professional. Yearly dental cleanings remove buildup of plaque and bacteria under the gum line which is left behind can cause heart disease, kidney disease, bad breath, and infection. Talk to your veterinarian about how often they recommend your pet to have a dental and how safe anesthesia has become!

February is National Pet Dental Health month. Most veterinarians run specials on dental cleanings during this time. Make a pledge to get your pet’s dental done every February to ensure their mouth is clean and healthy!

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a technician and hospital administrator  since 1997. 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.

Top 5 Tips for a Safe Holiday with Your Pets

Top 5 Tips for a Safe Holiday with Your Pets

Top 5 Tips for a Safe Holiday with Your Pets

What Will You Do With Your Thanksgiving Turkey Bones?

What Will You Do With Your Thanksgiving Turkey Bones?

We have a great idea and your pet will love you for it!

What is Bone Broth?

Bone broth is a nutritive supplement that is made by prolonged cooking of bones to break down the beneficial ingredients of the bones and extract it as gelatin. It is different than stock and the long, gentle cooking time leads to a liquid that is packed with easily digestible protein, minerals and collagen.

Why Do I Want To Feed This To My Pet?

Bone Broth Provides Extra Hydration! It’s a great idea to soak your kibble in a little warm water or better yet, nutritious bone broth to so that it expands before it ends up in your pet’s stomach.  Certain larger breeds can be prone to bloat and gastric torsion and having the kibble expand before they eat it, can help with bloating of the stomach.

Bone Broth is GREAT for Joints!  The collagen helps to support joint health, which all our pets can benefit from.

Bone Broth Helps the Liver Function Properly!  The liver is our major detoxifying organ to help keep us and our pets free of the daily exposure to our environments.

Bone Broth Helps Maintain A Healthy Gut!  Since the majority of our pet’s immune system is located in their gut, having a healthy, immune-boosted GI Tract is super important.  Bone Broth helps to aid digestion in our older pets or pets that have had digestive issues such as diarrhea.

Did u know your intestinal lining has millions of holes?  Stress, poor diet and bacterial overgrowth can cause an increase in these holes or increases their size causing an issue called Leaky Gut.  Particles that are not supposed to “leak” through the intestinal wall cause food sensitivities and other health issues.  Bone Broth helps to plug up the holes with the gelatin.

Bone Broth is Great for Sick, Recovering or Geriatric Pets!  This can help transition your pet back to their regular diet after a bland diet and can increase appetite for an older pet or one that is recovering from surgery!

Bone Broth Tastes Great!  Your pet will LOVE you (even more!)

Okay, So How Do I Make Bone Broth?

Making Bone Broth is fairly easy but there are quick options including a dehydrated product by Honest Kitchen that you add warm water to.  They describe it as a “functional liquid treat”, and the ingredient list includes beef broth, beef, parsley, pumpkin, turmeric extract.

If you want to make your own, there are many recipes available and one of our favorites is by Sally Fallon in her book “Nourishing Broth”.  (By the way, Bone Broth is also great for us too!)

Bone Broth Recipe:

-Organic Chicken (or Turkey) bones, whole chicken, chicken parts (including the feet).  About 3-4# of bones an meat.  Or for Beef Broth, use organic, grass fed soup bones-marrow bones-about 5# total.  —–Roast beef bones in the oven at 375 degrees for an hour and then add to the crockpot.

-Vegetables-cut up 2-3 carrots, 2-3 celery stalks, & 1 parsnip.

(if making this for humans you can add 1 onion and a whole garlic head, cut in half.)

-Other Ingredients-1-2 bay leaves, 1/3 apple cider vinegar, 1 T peppercorns.

(you can add ½ Tablespoon of turmeric powder 10 mins before complete and the apple cider vinegar helps to draw the minerals out of the bones.

Put ingredients in a crockpot and cover with filtered water.  Cook for 6-8 hours on LOW, then remove chicken meat & save the meat.  Put the bones back in the broth and cook for another 20-24 hours on LOW, stirring occasionally.  During the last hour of cooking, add a bunch of parsley to pull any additional minerals from the bones.  You can pull out a portion for pet bone broth and then add other herbs, or salt for your tastes.

Using a strainer, remove any bones, and vegetables and pour into glass jars.  Refrigerate up to a week or store in freezer.  (Small Dog Tip:   freeze into ice cube trays for smaller amounts)

Once the broth cools, it should be jelly-like.  If it’s not gelatinous then you may have diluted too much or there was not enough cartilage bones. So reduce a little more or make adjustments on your next batch!

DO NOT give the bones to your pets!  Cooked bones can splinter and cause issues for your pets!

Try it and let us know!

Dog Food Quality Survey

Dog Food Quality Survey


We recently sent out a 6 question survey to find out more about what you feed your pets. (Haven’t taken the short, short survey yet, there’s still time ). The survey results say that 66% of you ranked QUALITY as the number 1 factor in choosing and feeding the brand of pet food. This is great news!

One of our favorite quotes by Hippocrates is “Let they food be they medicine and thy medicine be they food”! Food does matter. For example, older dogs need more healthy fats in their diets, yet many “senior” diets cut this important fat out, to reduce calories assuming that many older pets are less active. (On top of that reducing the fat in food is exacerbated in our dry Colorado climate which causes itchiness and other skin issues.) Good quality food can help cut down on veterinary bills by eliminating itchiness, ear infections, hot spots and more. We have seen many dogs that have been referred to a Doggy Dermatologist and still no solution has been found.

When you come in to us, we assess your pet’s issues, and recommend a diet or supplement regimen personalized for them, depending on their history and try to solve the issue systemically versus topically. Often this is what works and we are so happy when we hear that the Scratchy Doggy is now just a Tail-Wagging Doggy and loving life!

We will take the next few months to write about some of the results of the survey that I hope will help you to feed the best choice for your best friend! Let me be clear, do I want you to buy your food from us? Sure, but I will also be honest with you if your food is rated above 3 starts on and your pet is doing well on it. The issues your pet may be experiencing often can be resolved by adding a simple supplement, probiotic or feeding a bit less to get any excess weight off your pet.

Dog Nutrition 101: If you want to learn ALL of this nutrition info (and more!), then plan to come to my “Dog Nutrition Class—What You NEED to Know!” This class is a culmination of many books Dawn has read, classes she has taken and speakers she has listened to. I have condensed all of this pet nutrition information into a 3 ½ hour class that is an informative and practical class that teaches you the dirty little secrets of the pet food industry and gives you an honest take on what is feasible with – no judgment! You will walk out of the class knowing about canine specific nutrition needs, obesity and other nutritionally related health problems, Pros & Cons of kibble, raw, grains vs non-grain foods. We cover how to read a label, figure carb %, dirty secrets and label jargon that may have you fooled!

Sign up for this class on October 8th, $49 from 1pm-4:30pm

Why Buy From Us? We have set up multiple ways to save you money that allows you to double and sometimes triple dip for our loyal customers to get good quality premium pet food for the least expense! Below, we will give you some specific examples of how this works!

HOW YOU CAN SAVE MONEY if you purchase from us!

  1. Some of the smaller, premium brands have a Manufacture Loyalty Program. Does your current brand give you a free bag after you have purchased 10 or 12 bags?
  2. We offer in in-house Customer Loyalty Point Program! Do you get credit from your current store? (We will track your spending and when you reach 250 points, you get a $10 in store credit!)
  3. We offer a semi-annual V.I.P. 20% off Customer Sale Day whenever there is a 5th Saturday in a month. Does your current store give you this big of a discount on pet foods?

Here is an Example: Your pet eats a Canidae Lamb & Rice 30# bag each month. The cost is $48.99 per bag.

12 months X 12 bags would be $588. (That is roughly $1.61 per day)

You EARN a FREE bag after your 12th bag (savings of $48.99)

At our shop, in 2016 there are 5 VIP days. If you only purchase one bag on these days: (a savings of $9.80 X 5 = $49 which is another bag of food!)

AND by buying from us you would have earned one $10 credit from our Loyalty Point Program and you are only $10 from your next $10 credit, so if you have used our grooming, self-serve wash or purchased a collar or treat during the year, you are now at $20!)

TOTAL COST IS $480, a savings of over $100! You have reduced your cost to $1.31 per day!

If you use our other services-your cost would be reduced another $10 to a total of $470 a savings of $118. We reward you for using us for all your pet needs!

If you have any questions about our Loyalty Programs, V.I.P. Days or products we carry, please let us know!

Line Brushing to Avoid Matted Coat

Line Brushing to Avoid Matted Coat

This video is to help pet owners learn how to properly line brush to avoid things like this – a matted pelted coat where your dog has to be shaved short. Here are some still of a line brushing, picture, still shot and then here are some of our clients that unfortunately been so matted up against the skin that they’ve had to go short. Another pelted coat that came off all in one piece on a smaller dog and here is a chow mix also had to be shaved short due to the tangling matting up against the skin. Here’s another pelted coat.

So let’s show you the idea of line brushing and how it got its name. We’re going to take a slicker brush and comb and basically get small sections…see how the comb doesn’t go through? We’re going to use our slicker brush lift that hair up and make sure that we brush from the skin out. The biggest place where the dogs get tangled and matted is right up against the skin. Many times along their back they will look not tangled or matted and that’s the last place they do get tangled and matted. We have to get that all brushed out and the wet grass bathing, swimming all makes that get tighter and tighter. So before we can even bathe these doodles and double coated dogs in out shop we have to completely and totally brush them out.

Here’s a little better view of the actual horizontal line here that we’re trying to create, comb won’t go through so we’re going to grab our slicker brush and work on a horizontal section at a time from the skin out. Using a good quality slicker brush allows for less pressure, be very careful around the rear hawk area where you can brush burn easily. Again we’re creating that line skin out, checking with a comb doing most of the burden of the work with a good quality slicker brush. Here’s a slicker brush that we use and sell in our store a good strong pinned slicker then here is a comb with 2 different width of times on it. Also other breeds like a double coated breed like this Collie you also use what’s called line brushing, lift up that fur and you work the lowest part of the leg and you move upward. See how we’re creating that vertical line again and brushing from the skin out. Once it gets really tight up against the skin that’s where either physically can’t brush that out or the dog can’t tolerate it and it’s painful for them and that’s when we have to shave them short. We’re always happy in our shop to give people a little mini lesson in line brushing so that they can always keep their pets at the length that they would prefer.

Underneath their bellies armpit areas, those are areas that are easier to shave out. Their tender areas it’s harder to get underneath there and brush them so those are easier to be shaved without even noticing.

Thank you for watching this video and I hope you learn something, good luck and happy brushing!