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February 2018

Don't be fooled by the mild weather this week, as we more than likely have a lot of winter to get through. But while we are counting the days, sports fans are happy that Baseball Spring Training started this week, and it looks like the Leafs are ready for another playoff run.  We have both Blue Jays and Leaf apparel in stock, including Leaf winter jackets. For those of you who don't know a baseball from a hockey puck, you may still enjoy the "sport" of playing with your dog or cat. Just like children, your furry kids are always happy to get a new toy to play with. If you are playing with your dog outside, you know it can get quite messy, so in this issue we've included a few tips for bathing your dog. And as always, if there is anything you'd like to see featured in our newsletter, drop by or send us an email.

Click on the picture below to see our new promotional video, including neighbourhood dogs Beau, Scout, Dixie, Samantha, and of course our Amy
Pet Pointe Etobicoke video
We'd like to say a big thank you to Red Dog Video for filming and editing this for us.
Many dogs don't enjoy having a bath, so here are some tips on how to make it less stressful for both of you. 
  • Chances are you are not going to stay dry, so wear something you don't mind getting wet
  • Have at the ready shampoo, conditioner if you choose, facecloth, treats, and towel
  • If you only have a shower stall, you will only be able to bathe your dog if you have a hose style of shower. 
  • Talk gently with your dog, and do not get upset if the dog tries to escape. Don't forget to keep the bathroom door closed.
  • If you are concerned about getting water in the dog's ears, you can put cotton balls in his ears, but don't forget to take them out.
  • Wet your dog all over, and use a small pail or jug to help pour water over the dog
  • When the dog is good and wet, put a little shampoo on their back and scrub gently from head to tail.  It is best to do the dog in sections, back, legs, underside, chest, and face
  • When doing the face, use the facecloth, and try to keep your dog's head back and cover their eyes with your hand.  Take care not to get water in the ears
  • Do not use shampoo around their eyes, just wipe really well with the wet facecloth.
  • You can also use Colloidal Silver (available at Pet Pointe) to wipe around their eyes, and any folds in their skin. This is a natural antibiotic and can be ingested or used in eyes quite safely.
  • Once you have done all the shampooing make sure you rinse very well, getting all the shampoo out.  
  • If you wish to use conditioner, follow the same procedures as shampooing
  • If at any time, your dog seems stressed, talk gently, give them a treat, and just slow down for a bit.
  • Once you are all done, and you turn the water off, give your dog a chance to shake off in the bath or shower, so it doesn't get everywhere. Wrap your dog in a towel and dry as best as possible.
  • Most dogs do not like blow dryers, so just leave your dog to air dry.
****AND THE BEST TIP FOR BATHING A DOG:  Put some peanut butter on the side of the bathtub or shower and more than likely your dog will be happy to lick it off while you are busy bathing him****  Just remember not to use peanut butter that contains Xylitol.
February is Pet Dental Health Month which means it's a good time to think about keeping your dog or cat's teeth at their healthiest. Tartar & plaque can lead to gum disease which can cause pain for your pet as well as serious illness. The best way to keep your pet's teeth clean and healthy is to brush daily, however if you are not doing that, ProDen PlaqueOff® Powder is product you should consider using. You just add a little bit of the powder to your dog or cat's food daily and the tartar and plaque should start to soften in about 6 - 8 weeks, at which time you can use a toothbrush, finger brush, or even gauze to scrape it off.  The active ingredient is a specially selected alga, Ascophyllum nodosum, harvested along the North Atlantic coast. The 100% all natural product, ProDen PlaqueOff® Powder is free from additives and artificial preservatives and contains no gluten or added sugar. 
Did you forget your dog this Valentine's Day?  It's not too late. Come in and get some heart-shaped treats from Darford
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