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Yappy Hour at Wag! A Unique Pet Boutique

Please join us for Yappy Hour!

Friday, January 31st
6 to 8 P.M.

Enjoy great food, drink and the company of pet lovers and their furry friends!

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Merry Christmas!!

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Merry Christmas from all of us at Wag! A Unique Pet Boutique.

We hope you enjoy your holiday with friends and family 🙂

Pet Planning Class

PET PLANNING CLASS

What would happen to your pet if something happened to you?

Just in case something unexpectedly happens to you, what arrangements have you made for the care of your pet(s)? Sadly, some animals end up in the shelter if their human caregivers did not have a plan in place. Please come to learn what steps you can take to protect your pets in the future—just in case!

WHERE: DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE at WAG!

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH

TIME: 6:30 P.M.

PRESENTER: DENNIS GIBSON, ATTORNEY

COST: FREE!

SEATING IS LIMITED, SO PLEASE RSVP BY EMAILING rdogs4ever@yahoo.com or phoning 828-435-0686

TOPICS TO BE COVERED:
The What and Why of Pet Estate Planning
Taking Care of Our Best Friends – Creating a Pet Plan
Paying the Piper – Financing a Long Term Pet Care Plan
What It Looks Like – Review of Sample Documents
Questions and Answers

Coconut Oil for Dogs and Cats!

Coconut Oil is the new rave among us humans. It helps
increase metabolism, it is less likely
to clog our arteries than butter or olive oil, and it works
wonders on fungal infections,

sunburns, and dry skin.
What is not to love about Coconut oil?

What makes coconut oil rave-worthy to humans
applies to dogs and cats too!

Coconut oil consists of 90% saturated fats, most of
which are
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). MOST of the
beneficial qualities found in coconut oil come
from these MCTs. Lauric acid is a main component
(about 40%) of the MCTs,
followed by capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic
acid and palmitic acid.

Lauric acid is exceptionally helpful,
it contains antibacterial,
antiviral, and anti-fungal
properties.

Capric and Caprylic acids have similar
properties but are
best known for their anti-fungal effects.

Coconut Oil is popularized to humans for it’s
ability to help improve digestion and metabolism
as well as increase energy. MCTs are to blame!

MCT’s are efficiently metabolized to provide an
immediate source of energy and fuel. This means balance
to the thyroid! So all those overweight or lazy dogs/cats
out there will feel a change in weight and energy.

Many people mix coconut oil with their dog or cats food,
while others use it topically. Both options provide for wonderful
outcomes; improved skin and coat, immune system support,
improved digestion, allergy relief, illness prevention)

Below are a few reasons to look into using coconut oil in your animals life.

SKIN

  • Topical
  1. Helps to heal cuts and wounds
  2. HOT SPOTS (who doesn’t love those fun summer-time
    hot spots…try coconut oil!)
  3. Itchy skin
  4. Bites and stings (especially those flea allergies)
  5. Disinfects cuts and promotes healing
  • Internal (by adding coconut oil to the food)
  1. Reduces allergic reactions
  2. Acts as a deodorizer
  3. Prevents/treats yeast and fungal infections
  4. Helps relieve itchy skin

DIGESTION

  • Coconut oil improves absorption of nutrients as
    well as general digestion
  • Can help heal digestive disorders (inflammatory
    bowel syndrome and colitis)
  • Helps to reduce bad breath in dogs and cats
  • Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing

IMMUNE SYSTEM AND BONE HEALTH

  • Prevents infection and disease due to the powerful
    antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties
    in coconut oil
  • Regulates and balances insulin and helps promote
    normal thyroid function
  • Can prevent/control diabetes in dogs and cats
  • Helps to reduce weight and increase energy
  • Aids in Arthritis and ligament problems

********Coconut oil is a MUCH more
sustainable and much
less toxic source of oils than Fish.***********

Where to Buy

  • Wag! carries raw/virgin and organic coconut oil
    for pets. We also carry coconut treats!
  • If you are not from this area you can find coconut
    oil at the grocery store
    –> Remember to ONLY buy Raw/Virgin coconut
    oil – the helpful/healthy properties you want only
    come in raw/virgin oil

How to Administer

  • Coconut oil can be used topically or internally or both!
  • Topically – you can apply a small amount to
    cuts/hot spots/any skin irritation a few times a day.
    Or apply to skin after a bath for extra moisture.
  • Internally it is recommended to use 1/4 teaspoon per
    every 10 lbs of dog or cat TWICE a day on the food or mixed
    with food.
All information gained from experience and www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com

This Week at Wag!

This week is the Junie B Special!

June is what we like to call a “professional napper.” She has this skill down to a science!

A very important part of the equation is the RIGHT bed. That’s the key!

So Junie-B has decided to endorse a bed sale at Wag! this week!!

20% off ALL beds in the store all week!

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Offer Valid: Monday May 13, 2013- Monday May 20, 2013

 

Weekly Wag! Special

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The Lulu Special:

20% off Redbarn 2ft Bully Sticks!!

Lulu (owner: Flash) is a special fur friend of Wag! Her favorite treat is the 2ft bully stick. It lasts her a long time! She wants everyone to experience this yummy yummy treat.

Lulu Special Valid through May 5th, 2013

New Car Magnets

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Raw Diet…a Whole New Frontier of Dog Food!!

“A wild wolf in genetically little more distant from the domesticated dog than a wild mustang is to a quarter horse”

–> That is to say that just because our dogs are domesticated does not mean that we should feed them food so drastically different from what they would eat in the wild. Raw meat diet (or a raw meat/kibble/etc. combination diet) can help to bridge the gap between domestication and a wild dog diet.

Nutrition Benefits:

  • With raw diets, all nutrients stay intact. Cooking foods, such as kibble, breaks down nutrients. Much like when humans cook green beans, they taste delicious, but contain more nutrients in the raw form.
  • Beneficial Grains, such as Pearl Millet, can provide proper nutritional balance for domestic dogs.
    –> Pearl Millet helps to settle upset stomach issues, lowers glycemix index, provides unparalleled energy supply for your pet. Pearl Millet is also high in protein and amino acides and resistant to Aflatoxins (cancer causing fungi found in corn).

Digestibility:

  • Raw meat will most often eliminate digestive upsets
  • Cooked meat is much more difficult to digest than raw meat.
  • Chronic digestive upsets can be due to a pets inability to break down cooked meats and also a lack of viable probiotic material.
    –> Probiotic material is simply healthy bacteria in your dog (or cats) body that helps to properly break down food and utilize the vitamins, minerals, and proteins provided in the food.
    –> Some animals are lacking proper probiotics in their systems – thus we supplement our animals with probiotic supplements OR raw meat diets!

Allergies:

  • Proper nutrition can help to alleviate some allergic reactions such as: protein sensitivity, grain/wheat intolerance, skin allergies, etc.
  • Corn, Wheat, and Soy contribute to hot spots, itching, scratching shedding, digestive upsets, and MANY other problems.

Weight Control:

  • Proper digestibility and high quality foods help control obesity (much like humans).
  • With a combination of kibble, raw meat, raw vegetables, and certain supplements (such as sun dried kelp) a dog or cat can maintain a healthy weight through calorie exchange. For example: Feed half the kibble you normally feed and replace the other half with raw chicken sprinkled with kelp!

Natural:

  • Mimics Nature – domestication causes a lot of issues (allergies, vitamin deficiencies, protein and grain sensitivities, etc.)
  • Variety and quality are key; wild dogs gain food variety in many different ways. If a dog catches and eats a rabbit, she is not only eating the raw meat but also the half digested fruits, berries, grains, and veggies inside the rabbits stomach – this is a great source of balanced carbs!  Our goal is to mimic this food combination!
  • Raw meat contains high levels of natural bacteria (Probiotics!!) that help digestion – cooked meat is much harder for a dog’s stomach to digest.
  • Corn/wheat/soy diets do NOT provide balanced carbs in the diet.

Safety:

  • A shorter digestive tract helps to lessen the risk of parasites or bacteria from raw meat causing issues. That is not to say that you should not handle and prepare any raw meat (for you OR your dog) with caution and care!
  • Dogs, especially those on a raw meat diet, have an extremely acidic stomach – this helps to break down meat and prevent bacteria from colonizing and causing health issues.
  • And as we all know – dog saliva also has antibacterial enzymes that help to kill bacteria

Supplements:

  • Supplements to any diet can be very important to a dog or cats overall health. Certain diets (such as a strict kibble diet) are lacking important things such as added Omega-3, probiotics, animal protein. Not all kibble diets lack these things! But a raw meat diet provides a lot of these supplements naturally.
  • Omega – 3: which is a fatty acid, also referred to as “Fish Oil” is useful for many reason! FIsh oil helps to nourish your dog’s coat, skin, joints, and any inflammation issues.
    —> If you have a dog with inflammation problems, infections, allergies, or joint pain they may need an increased amount of Omega-3’s!
    —> A few products you can use with a raw or kibble diet include: “Grizzly Salmon Oil All-Natural Dog Food Supplement,” or any Fish oil capsules that DO NOT include any soy or soy-lecithin because of possible allergies. The capsules can be fed as is or popped and poured over food. The salmon oil (liquid form) can be pumped over the food.
    —-> Hemp Seed Oil  is another option for Omega-3 fatty acids – recommended to be used in combination with Fish Oils
  • Probiotics: Help to maintain dogs “good” vs. “not so good” bacteria ration in the system. Probiotics also help digestive issues and bowel problems such as diarrhea or inflammatory bowel and generally are going to help the immune system as a whole. If your dog is ever on antibiotics we recommend keeping them on a probiotic to replace the “wiped out” bacteria – antibiotics do not discriminate between good and bad and often times leave a dog or cat with no bacteria or an imbalanced flora in the digestive system!

Feeding Breakdown:

  • Meat: Chicken (bone-in), beef roasts and ribs, pork ribs, pork shoulder roasts, turkey quarters, fish, leg of lamb, venison, rabbit and other game.
  • Vegetables: –>cooked or pureed (we recommend the latter – because puree holds the natural nutrients where cooking does not!)
    —> Vegetables add fiber and essential vitamins and minerals to the diet and are low in calories!
    —> carrots (eye sight), spinach (vitamins and minerals), alfalfa (digestion), white and sweet potato (carbohydrates), celery and broccoli (cancer fighting agents).
    —> Sojo and Canine Caviar provide dehydrated vegetable mixes for raw diet dogs!
  • 10% of the diet should be bone and the REST meat (and veggies).
  • Feed your dog 2% of his body weight daily.
  • What NOT to feed: NO cut bones (like pork country style ribs), NO bone-in chuck roast or bone-in steaks, pork chops, or other meats with sharp thinly sliced blades of bone. NO beef bones.
  • OK to feed with bones: Chicken, pork, and lamb (softer bones).

Getting Started:

  • We recommend starting with something bland, such as Chicken. After your dog or cat gets used to the chicken you can slowly add new foods (ONE at a time).
  • Some dogs have soft stools at first – this will pass…if it does NOT pass, consult your vet and reconsider the raw diet for your specific dog.

Home Prepared Raw:

  • Whole pieces of raw meat (chicken, beef, pork, lamb, etc.).
  • Less expensive than prepared raw foods
  • Contains whole bones which helps to keep teeth clean and provides calcium and minerals
  • NEED freezer space (in order to stock up).
  • ALWAYS practice good hygiene when handling raw meat for you or your dog.

Prepared Frozen Raw Food:

  • Quicker and easier than Home Prepared Raw Diet.
  • Many popular brands such as : Primal, Stella and Chewy’s, and Bravo.

Primal.Primal Pet Foods Raw Dog Turkey & Sardine Patties 8 lbs
Pros

  • Food is in its natural state
  • Food is available in many forms such as nuggets, burgers, bars, chubs
  • Lots of meat choices, including beef, turkey, chicken, lamb, buffalo, rabbit, venison

Cons

  • More expensive than home-prepared
  • Need enough freezer space for storage
  • Must remember to remove a piece to thaw
  • Need to practice good hygiene — careful handling and cleanup

    Freeze-Dried Raw
    Freeze dried raw foods are an easy way to feed raw.
    Pros

    • Easy to store and carry if you are traveling with your dog
    • Good choice if you live in an apartment or have limited freezer space
    • Helpful if you have a dog sitter or need to kennel your dog, or with anyone who might not be comfortable handling frozen raw food

    Cons

    • More expensive
    • Since it is freeze-dried and not frozen raw, there many be some small nutritional differences
    • Must be re-hydrated and need to allow a little time
    • No dental or chewing benefits

    Raw Food Diet can be EASY – it does not have to be scary and difficult. This diet is not for every dog, but even a little raw meat/raw veggies can be GREAT for your dog or cat. Sometimes all they need is a variety and some change in their diet. Keep these facts in mind – pick and choose what works best for you and your dog. Trade some kibble here and there for a small slab of chicken.

    If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask!

    ***Information sourced from Canine Caviar***

    ***and http://www.squidoo.com/rawmeatdietfordogs***

    Stuff Stuff Stuff!!

    What to stuff in your dog’s “stuffer” toy!

    We, the women of Wag!, love our “stuffer” toys for our pups. We use the Bionic toys – but there are lots of options out there (Kong, Pickle Pockets, etc.).

    How do you use your stuffer toy? Everyday feedings? Boredom alleviation? Fun mind game? Distraction while vacuuming?

    There are many great ways to use a stuffer toy – and MANY great things to stuff it with!

    • Mashed veggies
    • Sweet Potato
    • Pumpkin
    • Wet Dog food mixed with kibble
    • Plain yogurt

    There is no rule that you HAVE to feed your dog kibble twice a day from a bowl – you are allowed to mix it up and keep it interesting for your pup!

    We recommend a “calorie exchange,” which simply means exchanging some of the kibble you serve everyday for something else! At the end of the day calories are calories – so mix it up! Give your pups some caloric-variety!

    Wet food, canned pumpkin, cottage cheese, plain yogurt

    You may want to freeze any of the stuffer options to decrease the amount of mess and increase the amount of time it takes the dog to work through the toy.

    All of the stuff-able items listed above can be frozen for a longer lasting effect.

    Dogs are natural opportunistic foragers and hunters! They need variety just like we do! It can also be very good for dogs to feel as though they are working for their food – the stuffer toy feeding method can be a great outlet for that “hunting instinct.”

    “Off The Chain” Wishlist

    Hendersonville, NC is home to “Off the Chain” which is a local organization that promotes the banning of 24/7 chaining of dogs in Henderson County. “Off the Chain” simultaneously takes huge strides in greatly improving the lives of chained animals by providing proper fencing, shelter, water, and hand delivering food. But they can’t do it alone! “Off the Chain” always needs good quality food for the dogs and volunteers for putting up fencing. Food is delivered to dogs whose owners are incapable/unable to purchase food themselves (for various reasons). Quality food is very important for the (sometimes/quite often) malnourished and ill-taken care of chained dogs!

    Wag! is offering our customers the chance to purchase for or “donate”** these items to “Off the Chain” through us!

    How you might ask??

    The customer can look at a sheet of items, decide what to donate, purchase it (at a Discounted price of 25%), and Wag! will deliver! So easy! Please look below at all of the products and help where you can 🙂

    This catalogue is also available in the store! Or a phone call away!

    **Tax-deductible donation**


    → Kong (Large)  (List Price: $12.99 Discounted Price: $9.74)
    → Kong (Medium) (List Price: $9.99 Discounted Price: $7.49)
    → Kong (Small) (List Price: $7.99 Discounted Price: $5.99)

    (Item # Code: 652166219408)

    → Hi-Tek Naturals Premium Blend 40lbs Bag
    -List Price: $20.99 Discounted Price: $15.74

    (Item # Code: “Yellow Dog Collar”)

    → Yellow Dog Collars (Specify Color – red, blue, pink, orange, purple)
    -Teacup – (List Price: $10.00 Discounted Price: $7.50)
    -Extra Small – (List Price: $10.00 Discounted Price: $7.50)
    -Small – (List Price: $12.00 Discounted Price: $9.00)
    -Medium – (List Price: $14.00 Discounted Price: $10.50)
    -Large – (List Price: $14.00 Discounted Price: $10.50)