Severe matting can be extremely painful to your dog during brushing. Brushing only causes live hairs to be pulled out of the skin with excruciating pain. Even mild matting can cause your pet a great deal of pain.
Matting can cut off blood supply to extremities, and deny regular air circulation. Skin denied fresh air and stimulation from regular brushing becomes quite unhealthy. It can turn dark pink to red, and open sores are apt to form emitting foul odors. Even organic matter, like weeds and stickers, can become embedded in the skin. Matts have been known to contain stool of the pet and even fly larvae that further irritate the skin. Remember, sometimes these mats and their consequences can be completely hidden from view.
Some severely matted pets may require the attention of a veterinarian.
Shaving a matted coat is a delicate and slow process requiring experience and expertise. A dog’s skin is thin like tissue paper, and dense mats can cause it to become loose due to the weight of the matting. Clippers can easily cut loose skin if not done properly and safely. Please make sure your dog is professionally groomed to remove matted hair carefully.
After shaving, a pet may develop an itchy skin response. Owners should watch to ensure that constant scratching does not cause the skin to become irritated.
Dead, loose hairs should be removed through regular and thorough brushing. This is especially important for long-haired dogs, and when dogs shed seasonally. Brushing also aerates the fur and skin. Regular, professional grooming is essential, too. At Fun 4 All, our groomers bathe and brush with particular attention to areas where mats quickly form. Keeping your dog's hair at a manageable length also helps to prevent matting.
Grooming should be done on a regular basis, such as every 4 to 6 weeks. After 8 to 10 weeks, a coat may become too dirty and matted to maintain (depending upon breed and lifestyle of your dog).
We offer grooming services that can help prevent matting and control shedding, as well as a natural dog shampoo for conditioning at home.
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KENNEL COUGH REMEDIES: OVERVIEW
1. Watch for kennel cough symptoms in puppies, recently rescued dogs, and dogs under stress.
2. Soothe a coughing dog's sore throat with honey, herbal teas or cough preparations.
3. Keep track of your dog's coughing symptoms in case they worsen or last longer than 10 days.
4. Have natural remedies and immune boosters for kennel cough on hand to help prevent or treat the illness.
What is Kennel Cough?
Kennel cough (also known as infectious tracheobronchitis) symptoms appear extreme, with a dry, hacking cough accompanied by frequent, intense gagging. Despite its appearance, a typical case of kennel cough is not life-threatening, and it tends to run its course in a few days to a week or so. But it is a disease that is frustrating for pets and caretakers alike.
At Fun 4 All, our first priority is the care of pets in our care. As Kennel Cough is airborne and contagious to others, if you come in with a dog that has kennel cough we will need to ask you to keep him or her at home until the cough is gone for the safety of other pets. Please learn more about prevention and care in the link below.
(Article by the Whole Dog Journal)
We are accepting donations of dog and cat food, beds, clothing, leashes and collars, with everything going to the Pet Soup Kitchen! Drop off any donations at Fun 4 All Pet Resort.
Pet Soup Kitchen distributes care packages to folks with animals who need a little help making ends meet.
Dog Lice: What are they and how to avoid them
First, the good news: You cannot get lice from your dog, nor can your dog pick up this parasite from you. Lice are species-specific; those that thrive on human blood won’t change their dining preferences if they land on a dog, or vice versa.
(Article by the American Kennel Club)
Raw meaty bones can improve the health and well-being of your dog or cat! Many holistic veterinarians, including Dr. Ian Billinghurst, author of the popular books, Give Your Dog A Bone and The BARF Diet, advise feeding uncooked bony parts of chicken (such as necks, wings, and backs), turkey necks, beef knuckles, marrow bones, and lamb ribs as a significant part of your dog's diet. These meaty parts provide good nutrition, teeth cleaning, psychological well-being, and full body exercise.
If you've ever watched a dog (or a wolf or lion, for that matter) tear the meat from a bone, you'll see every muscle in the body working as the animal braces his prize with his paws while pulling the meat away with his teeth. Cats will tackle smaller bones such as chicken necks, whole quail, or game hen pieces with gusto. Anitra Frazier, author of The New Natural Cat, advises giving a whole neck in the bathtub to watch your cat stalk it before eating. Our little carnivores instinctively know how to crush, rip, and chew bones!
Raw Bones Are Not Dangerous
We have been told so often that bones can splinter and cause internal damage that it is hard to embrace the fact that bones are safe when given raw. Cooking a bone can cause it to become brittle and splinter, but raw bones are pliable and resilient, breaking off without sharp edges. Poultry bones are soft enough to be completely chewed up and digested. Harder bones, such as beef, lamb, or buffalo are considered recreational bones and are mainly for chewing, not eating. They have marrow, gristle, and connective tissue that contribute valuable nutrients and roughage.
Raw Bones Are Nature's Toothbrushes
Dogs raised on raw bones have clean, white teeth that never need scaling, while those raised on commercial food alone frequently develop tartar, gum disease, infected mouths, and bad breath. Despite food companies' claim to the contrary, dry kibble does not clean teeth! Raw bones act like floss in the mouth, polishing and scraping away tartar as the animal crunches and gnaws. In addition, raw meat creates a somewhat acidic oral environment to retard plaque formation and freshen your pet's breath.
Raw Bones Provide the Perfect Mineral Balance
A prey animal’s bones contain minerals in the proper balance for a carnivore's growth and development. For eons, Nature's plan was that wild canines and felines obtain needed calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and other minerals from consuming the bones of their prey, and that is still the preferred source. Bones contain the proper mineral balance, eliminating concern about over-supplementing any single mineral. If your dog consumes more bones than he needs, the excess is excreted in the stool. Don’t be surprised by some chalky, crumbly stools — this is normal.
The Nutritional Value of Raw Bones
Besides contributing calcium and other minerals, raw bony parts provide essential fatty acids (poultry is higher than beef or lamb), fat-soluble vitamins, blood-forming factors found in the marrow, including iron and copper, cartilage and collagen (arthritis preventing), proteins and valuable amino acids, especially lysine. Poultry necks and wings also contain natural glucosamine. Meaty bones can constitute an entire meal, keeping in mind that vegetables and other foods should be consumed at other times.
Ground Poultry Bones for Reluctant Animals
Some dogs and cats are not enthusiastic about bones, or have poor teeth and don't like to chew. For these animals, finely ground or hacked-up chicken backs, necks, or wings are a good substitute. Although they don't clean the teeth as well, they provide the same nutritional value, and can result in a gradual transition to larger pieces.
Stop into Fun 4 All to check out our selection of Raw products and chews for healthy teeth.
- Article courtesy of All the Best Pet Care
Whether your dog loves to play in the snow and wile away the winter hours outdoors, or hates the cold weather and wants go to back inside as quickly as possible, caring for your dog’s paws is a vital consideration.
Road and sidewalk salt can cause serious damage to your canine pals paw pads. Here are a few things that can help:
Did you know we carry Paw Wax in our store? Stop in to pick some up.
Benefits of feeding raw to your pets:
Benefits of a raw diet are visible in how your pet looks and feels, from the shiny, silky coat to more energy!
How much does it cost?
The raw food we carry at Fun 4 All Pet Resort is about the same price as feeding a good quality kibble. You are paying for REAL food and in the long term you will reap the benefits of a healthier pet. Tooth cleaning and scaling will not be as necessary, painful "hot spots" occur with less frequency (if at all) and ear problems will be reduced. Your pet will be strong, happier and healthier.
Where do I start?
First you need to understand why you have decided to feed a "RAW" diet. Research the internet, read a book, or talk to our nutritional specialists at Fun 4 All. We also recommend watching "Pet Fooled" on Netflix.
Decide whether you are going to buy a commercial (frozen) raw food, make your own, or both. If making your own, be sure you research the nutritional aspects first. If feeding a commercial product, choose a good quality food. Plan on how you will make the switch to RAW and follow through - you can either go "cold turkey" or switch gradually - this is a matter of choice. Many dogs have made the switch by going cold turkey, but some may have a problem with this. Use common sense when feeding recreational bones. Handle both food and feeding dishes and the cleaning up as you would for any raw meat.
Is it difficult to feed raw while traveling?
Feeding raw while traveling can be very easy with a little thought and planning. Take along some food when you leave home. When this is used up, go to the grocery store and purchase ground meat to feed, along with eggs and ripe vegetables and fruits. Most dogs enjoy fresh product - just remember to stay away from grapes and raisins and to limit "stronger" vegetables like the cabbage family. Onions are also a no-no.
A source for the majority of this article from "Pets Go Raw", a quality raw pet food we carry at Fun 4 All.
We are excited to share that we have launched a new website!
Our new site not only features more information about our services, but will have the latest promotions online each month, and a blog where we will be sharing helpful tips for caring for the health of your pet(s) as well as fun events that we have at Fun 4 All (check out some of our super cute guests in their costumes at our Halloween party this year - we love to have fun at Fun 4 All!). You can also get to know more about each of us on the new About Us page.
We love having fun with our doggies at Fun 4 All. We had a great day at our Halloween party and love how many of our guests dressed up for the occasion. Here are just some of the photos from the event - click on each for larger images.