Bad weather and cold temps getting your pooch down? Sno' probem! We've got the tips and tricks to help you survive the season.
Bundle up with fleece, sweaters, coats and blankets.
Keep them busy in doors with interactive toys and long lasting chews.
Protect their paw pads with socks, booties and paw protectors.
Dry itchy skin? Add extra Omega- 3s and 6s to your pets diet with special treats, foods and supplements.
Make sure to prepare your pet if you are having family over for the holidays.
Take them for a walk before, make sure you have plenty of treats, and you can never go wrong with an interactive toy to keep your dog entertained!
Make sure your pet is comfortable and has a safe place to go. Make sure collars and tags are up to-date just in case!
Be cautious of certain foods and holiday plants in your house. Some plants and food can make your pet very sick.
Cat owners don't leave tinsel, ribbon, or strings out! Cats are extremely attracted to these items and love to chew on/eat them. If they eat these items they can get very sick. They can't be digested and can cause blockages and pain!
Check out our list of yummy holiday treats and food for your pet!
Shopping for that pet or pet lover in your life?
We have the perfect gifts for you! Apparel, Collars and Accessories for that Fashionista Fide in your life. Lots of stocking stuffers for your animal lover. Toys built tough to entertain that tuff pup in your life! Even toys for that festive feline... All the catnip!
Here are some important tips for a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Check out of the list of good and bad holiday food for your dog!
Make sure you have lots of toys to keep your pup entertained!
Getting a new puppy sounds like a lot of work... It is! Check out our Puppy Survival Guide to help you and your puppy get through this new chapter of your lives.
First things first, get to know your puppy breed or breed mix. Puppy needs may vary based on size, breed, and living environments.
The first six months can be the most challenging - be prepared! Check our out Puppy Must-Haves list to help you get started.
The three most important things to focus on when getting a new puppy are food, teething, and potty training!
Make sure to do your research and buy the best food for your growing puppy. Puppies need different food than adults to help them grow and support brain development.
Bad chewing habits can start when a puppy starts teething. Make sure you have lots of yummy chews and fun chew toys for your puppy to chew on instead of your shoes!
Potty training is probably the hardest part of puppy training. Remember to never scold your puppy for potty accidents. There are a lot of products and trainers out there to help you both get through this!
Keep treats on you at all times to reward your puppy for doing the right thing!
Canines have a short, simple digestive tract and do not digest foods the same way that humans do. A diet that is low-glycemic is better for their bodies because of their inability to efficiently ferment or breakdown carbs.
An excess of carbs can contribute to: diabetes, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, yeast growth, urinary tract infections, and weight gain.
Dogs rely on the amino acids found in animal-based proteins. They are important for stamina, endurance, and are necessary for healthy kidneys, heart, and liver function! A high protein, low-glycemic diet helps your pet live a longer, healthier life!
Our top 6 tips for a fun and safe summer with your pet!
- Never leave your dog in a hot car!
It can take just a few minutes for a pet to develop heat stroke and suffocate in a car.
On a 78 degree day temperatures in a car can reach 90 degrees in the shade and 160 degrees if parked directly in the sun! Leave your dog at home or always remove them from the car on warm days.
- Dogs can get sundburns too!
Especially pups with short or light-colored coats. Sunburns can be painful for a dog and overexposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer.
Don’t assume that a human sunscreen is safe for a dog. Use a dog specific sunscreen
- Provide fresh drinking water and shade.
Your dog will pant and drink water to cools down., so be sure to provide plenty to drink! Also, keep your pet in the shade as often as possible. Too much direct sunlight on a warm day can cause heat stroke.
- Protect against pests – fleas, ticks, and mosquitos.
If not protected, your dog is at risk for heartworm, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and a host of other nasty and dangerous conditions. Check your dog for ticks after spendign time outdoors and use a preventative treatment such as K9 Advantix.
- Get a pooch pool!
Dogs who love the water, love it even more during HOT weather. Its a great idea to providea small, kid-sized pool will go over big. for your pup to keep cool in!
- Keep your dog’s paws cool.
Asphalt and metal get really hot when in direct sunlight! Hot asphalt can burn paws, and also increase body temperature which leads to overheating. Keep your dog out of truck beds too – the hot metal can burn paws quickly.
Is Itching, Paw Biting, Skin Rashes, or Ear Infections plaguing your pet? THis may be an allergic reaction to an ingredient in their food or treats!
Some dogs are genetically predisposed to food allergies while others may develop them throughout the life. Dogs can develop allergies when their immune system becomes overly sensitive to a particular ingredient. Their body begins to identify an ingredient as dangerous and an allergic response is triggered when your dog consumes it.
To prevent your pet from suffering through these uncomfortable symptons try these approaches for feeding:
LIMITED INGREDIENT FOODS: contain fewer components - making it easier to determine the specific allergens causing your pets allergy problems.
NOVEL INGREDIENT FOODS: contain proteins that your pet may not have been previously exposed to, making it less likely to have a sensitivity. These foods contain ingredients like buffalo, pheasant, venison or kangaroo.
ROTATIONAL FEEDING: Rotating the foods that you feed your pet reduces the risk of developing an allergy because the ingredients and formulations are not in your pet’s diet long enough to develop an adverse reaction. Switching up the foods you give your pet also introduces them to the amino acids, vitamins and minerals that are found in different ingredients!
Chicken, beef, wheat, corn, soy, yeast, lamb, fish and dairy are the most common ingredients that cause allergic reactions.
Cats rely on the nutrients found in animal tissue to meet their nutritional needs! This means that they are major carnivores and not only do they love the taste of meat, it's what their bodies need to thrive. In their natural habitat, cats are hunters that devour high protein prey. This allows them to receive the appropriate amount of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and amino acids!
However, since they no longer hunt for their food, you are responsible for feeding your furry feline the best foods possible! Cat and kitten foods that are approved by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) are developed to give your cat the correct balance of nutrients and calories. Look for their logo on the food you purchase!
Acana, Primal, Fussie Cat, Wellness, Lotus, Tikicat, Carna4 and several more brands that will help your cat live a healthy, happy and longer life!
With so many good reasons to switch, it’s easy to make eco-friendly choices for your pet! Help keep reduce the amount of pet products in landfills by purchasing recyclable toys such as:
- Wo-Bone Rubber Dog Toys
- Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Dog Balls
- West paw Dog Toys
Check out these toys that are sustainably made by using all natural and recycled materials:
- Wooly Wonkz
- Aussie Naturals
- Perfect Pet Antlers
Looking for an eco-friendly food to feed your pet? We have the perfect option with “Open Farm” brand foods and treats which contain sustainably and ethically sourced fish and other meat ingredients.
They support farmers who respect the land and animals under their care, and work exclusively with family farms that follow humane and ethical practices. All of the fruits and vegetables in Open Farm’s recipes are GMO-free and, where possible, sourced from local farmers. Their farms all comply with “Good Agriculture Practices”, and must undergo GAP audits on a regular basis. Using local farmers also helps to minimize trucking time to lower their environmental footprint.
Open Farm’s fish is sourced using Oceanwise’s recommendations for fishing species that are abundant and resilient to fishing pressures. They do this in order to minimize overfishing and to ensure that they’re not contributing to the depletion of fish populations in our oceans. Visit www.oceanwise.ca for more information!
And don’t forget that the packaging can be recycled through their partnership with Terracycle! Learn how easy it is to recycle your Open Farm bags at TerraCycle.com.
After dinner - be responsible and pick up your pet’s poop the earth friendly way! Earth Rated Poop Bags contain an EPI additive which help them to break down in landfills. The packaging and roll cores are made from recycled materials which can be recycled after use.
Spring is in the air! Which means fleas may be on the prowl in your home and on your pets.
Sudden, constant scratching is a good indicator that your pet has some unwelcomed guests lurking in their fur and biting at their body! Fleas are most easily detected on your pet’s belly or at the base of a tail. Once you have found the fleas, take these steps to clear them out of your home and off of your pet:
- Wash all household bedding in hot, soapy water.
- Use a flea shampoo to kill fleas on contact
- After bathing use a flea comb to remove any remaining eggs.
- You may also wish to use a flea bomb to penetrate your entire home. This will eliminate fleas and their eggs from your carpeting, curtains, and upholstery. This needs to be done on a day when no one (including your pets!) will be at home.
- Are parasitic insects that live in the fur and hair of mammals and feed exclusively on their blood.
- Can carry infectious bacteria.
- Can live up to 100 days without a meal.
- Can bite up to 400 times per day.
- Can produce 1000 more fleas within 21 days.
We LOVE February at Lola & Penelope's! It's the month of love, celebrating Healthy Heart Month, Pet Dental Month and Valentine's Day all in February!
Having a healthy heart is critical to longevity. Ensuring your pet has regular exercise and a high quality diet that helps maintain muscle mass and an ideal weight goes a long way toward meeting this goal.
The American Veterinary Dental Society estimates 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age three.
The number one way to prevent dental disease? Brush your pet’s teeth regularly! Even if your pet’s teeth look squeaky clean now, most dental disorders start under the gum line where we can’t see! Untreated, teeth issues can turn into periodontal disease, which can later lead to issues with your pet’s kidneys, liver, and their heart. Prevention is key—and while daily brushing is best, even brushing weekly can make a difference.
The right tools can make all the difference. Whether you choose to use a brush mitt or a special tooth brush, be sure you’re choosing the right size for your dog or cat! A brush that’s too big or small can make tooth time harder on you and your pet, so make sure you’re comfortable with the tool! The right toothpaste is important as well—NEVER use a human toothpaste for your pets! Human toothpaste contains fluoride and other agents that can be toxic to your pet. Pick a toothpaste or gel that’s made just for pets. Some come in pet friendly flavors like chicken—and some gels don’t even require brushing (though brushing helps speed up the process of removing plaque.)
Stinky breath can sometimes ruin a good cuddle time (salmon breath kitties, anyone?) so make sure to keep some options on hand! Daily breath chews or water additives can help freshen breath and help plaque build up, but they don't replace brushing! Some chews and water additives can also have additional vitamins or benefits, making breath freshening a good part of any pet’s routine!
SHOW YOUR LOVE
Our FREE Pet Photo Booth is open on Saturday, February 11 from 1pm - 3pm so be sure to bring your pooch for a keepsake photo of LOVE. We have FREE dental checks in Clayton on Friday, February 17 at 1pm with Dr. Pam Clary, DVM. And, we have a FREE toothbrush with any purchase of pet toothpaste all month. Other dental specials will be offered so stop by the stores this month to show your pets some dental and healthy hear love!
Playtime is essential for brain development and helps give your pet something FUN to do! Keeping your pup mentally engaged with an enrichment toy for 15 minutes is just as mentally exhausting as a one mile walk.
Playing with an enrichment toy makes your dog think hard in order to earn a reward, which makes them great for all stages of your furry friend’s life. Puzzles assist with early brain development in puppies and also help prevent destructive behavior from boredom. Enrichment toys may also help prevent dementia from occurring in senior pups.
And that’s not all!
Does your dog have anxiety during thunderstorms? Mentally engaging with a toy or game during a stressful situation blocks the part of the brain that records fear. If your dog has something to focus on other than the scary storm outside, they will be more confident, relaxed and happy!
There are several types of enrichment toys and it is a great idea to have several different kinds so that your pooch doesn’t get bored.
- Try a stuffable toy , such as a Kong or Topl, filled with a tasty treat! You can put all sorts of treats inside these items but it’s best to put something inside that is VERY appealing. We recommend our Forsta frozen treats, Etta says Bitz, and canned foods such as Party Animal Organics.
- Hideaway toys are a fun “hunting” game for your pup. Watch as they figure out how to get the squeaky, stuffed animal toys out of there hiding places!
- Treat puzzles are an amazing way to stimulate your pet’s senses and to challenge their problem solving skills. The Paw Flapper from Outward Hound is a customer favorite!
What's the buzz about "All-natural" vs. "organic"?
For a product to claim "Organic" in the United States it has to be certified by the USDA, hence the logo the end product. US Organic farmers, ranchers, and food processors follow a defined set of standards to produce organic food and fiber.
These standards cover the product from farm to table, including soil and water quality, pest control, livestock practices, and rules for food additives.
Organic farms and processors:
- Preserve natural resources and biodiversity
- Support animal health and welfare
- Provide access to the outdoors so that animals can exercise their natural behaviors
- Only use approved materials
- Do not use genetically modified ingredients
- Receive annual onsite inspections
- Separate organic food from non-organic food
A food product that claims "all-natural" does not contain artificial ingredients or preservatives. Ingredients must be minimally processed but may still contain some antibiotics, growth hormones or other similar chemicals.
Generally speaking, an organic product will cost more due to the regulations and certification process involved. This is not to state an all-natural product is inferior so it pays to research the companies producing the foods you buy for your family.
An organic and all-natural diet is important because it helps keep skin healthy, aids in digestion, and strengthens a pets immunity to help them live a longer, healthier life!
Who would have thought goat's milk would be an ideal supplement for pets with digestive issues? Primal, and they have delivered a healthy product naturally full of probiotics to aid in digestion and prevention of loose stools, itchy skin and yeast infections.
Goat's milk helps alleviate allergies and itchy skin by killing yeast bacteria, which can also aid in the relief of hot spots.
Joint pain too? Yes, goat's milk contains enzymes that provide relief to inflamed joints and improve circulation in older pets.
What's in goat's milk? Cinnamon - an antibacterial which helps reduce symptoms of arthritis. Ginger - a digestive aid and natural antioxidant. Tumeric - an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and cancer fighter super herb!
You can serve goat's milk in a dish, pour over food, or make a fun frozen treat by adding fruit and pouring into ice cube tray.
Pick up some today. 20% during the month of August.
In 2017 we are excited to have launched our new charitable giving program called “To The Rescue”! Throughout the year, with the help of our generous customers we are raising funds for several local animal rescue organizations and shelters.
For our first fundraising campaign this year we are proud to support St. Louis Senior Dog Project!
They are an exceptional group of volunteers who in-home foster and find homes for animals in need! They specialize and actively promote the adoption of older dogs. They spay/neuter all dogs, bring them up to date on shots, worming, microchipping and heartworm prevention. They also provide additional medical treatments for dogs with heartworm, kennel cough, parasites, infections, etc.
Read more about their wonderful organization and see their current available pets by clicking here!
To help support them, stop by either one of our stores to submit your donation or donate on line through this link and you will receive a reward!
Donate $10.00 to receive a 10% off coupon or $15.00 to receive a 15% off coupon on an item of your choice now through March 12th.
On Saturday March 11th we are hosting a Pet Psychic event to cap off our St. Louis Senior Dog Project donation drive! Bring in your pet or pet photo and your $15 donation to have Loving Rose give you a brief pet psychic reading. See more details here! Call us to book your appointment at (314)863-5652. Space is limited and filling up fast so don’t delay!
Keeping your pet at a healthy weight is incredibly important to their health!
Just like in humans, overweight pups can develop serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, liver disease and a decreased life-span.
To help your pet live a long, healthy life maintain their weight by following these easy tips!
- Ask your vet how much your dog or cat should weigh and keep track of their weight between visits. If he/she begins to gain weight, take steps to help them lose the extra pounds!
- Exercise is a must for your pup! Depending on their size and breed, dogs need between 30 minutes and 2 hours of activity per day. Walking, running, hiking and playing catch or tug are great ways to give your pup some cardio!
- Cats are increasingly required to stay indoors which can mean less activity for you feline friend. Keep your cat active by playing with them inside for 10-15 minutes a couple times a day.
- At feeding time, measure your pet’s food with a measuring cup so that you know exactly how much they are eating per meal. Avoid guessing with a scoop or unmarked cup.
- Feed them an appropriate food for their activity level. Active pets burn more calories and therefore can eat higher calorie meals. However, It can be easy for less active, senior pets to begin gaining weight since they are burning less calories than when they were younger and more active.
- Choose healthy treats that aren’t full of fillers like corn and soy products. Protein dense meat, fruit and veggie treats are a great way to please your pet!
We recommend these low-calorie treats:
- Charlee-Bear Dog treats – All-Natural ingredients with only 3 calories per treat.
- Sam’s Yams – 100% sweet potatoes chews are low calorie and great for teeth.
- Fruitables – 100% Natural fruit and veggie treats with only 8 calories per treat.
Older dogs, just like older people, require special care to stay happy and healthy. Changing your senior dog’s diet to fit their new digestive and energy needs is essential for a healthy old age.
Look for foods with:
- low fat and calorie counts
- high quality protein
- high fiber
Arthritis affects older dogs just as it affects humans. The worst of joint pain can be softened with antioxidants, chondroitin and glucosamine, which all promote joint health. These can be found in food, supplements and treats! There are also specialty pain medications made for dogs, which can ease joint pain when needed.
Keeping older dogs warm and comfortable is very important. Invest in a light fleece your dog can wear inside and outside, and be sure to find a soft bed that’s easy to climb into.
Active minds help prevent dementia in both dogs and humans. There are many enriching toys that are designed to get your dog thinking! Lower energy levels may also affect your dog’s play time, so be sure to find toys that don’t require too much running or chasing.