Critter Comforts Grand Opening

News, News Flash

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Today I’m barking out an announcement. Our good friend Dista is opening her new store Critter Comforts this Saturday September 30th, in Napanee, Ontario. There will be giveaways & a fundraiser for Sheba’s Haven, a rescue for palliative/special needs dogs. Best of all, pets are welcome.

Dista has been involved with “critters” for a long time. She’s a licensed Veterinary Technician. She graduated from St. Clair College & passed her board exams 22 years ago. She has also been a professional groomer for 24 years.

Dista’s previous business, Critter Comforts & Clips was located in Bancroft Ontario. It was the first store to sell my Knotty Toys for Good Dogs raw hemp rope toys. When Dista got the opportunity to move back to her home town of Napanee she rebooted her business, renaming it simply, Critter Comforts.

If you live in the area, come help celebrate this Saturday. You can meet my furriends Dottie & her sister Etta James.

Critter Comforts is located at 113 Richmond Blvd., unit 1D Napanee, Ontario.

Congratulations Dista. 3 bums swings! 3 more!

CEO Olivia

Hot Spots

Health

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I’ve had the occasional hot spot. It’s no fun believe me. Hot spots occur when a dog itches, scratches or licks him or herself excessively, eventually forming a wet scab on the fur. Hot spots can be caused by allergic reactions to the environment or food, insect or flea bites, poor grooming or underlying ear & skin infections. Sometimes constant licking & chewing is caused by stress or boredom.

Anything that irritates or breaks the skin can create the environment for bacterial contamination if the surface of the skin has a bit of moisture on it. A recent bath, swim, stroll in the rain, even a slightly oozing sore can provide enough moisture and/or nutrient for a bacterial infection to take hold. Once the dog begins to lick the sore, adding more moisture, it just gets worse.

A hot spot can appear very quickly & is always painful. It’s best to treat them right away.

How to treat a hot spot.

1. Trim the area around the hot spot with animal clippers. If the area is too big, shave it. Exposing it to air will dry out the moisture and help speed healing. Because hot spots are usually very painful, it may be best for a veterinarian to do this, as clipping or shaving can cause more trauma if not done correctly.

2. Gently clean the area with a mild water-based astringent or antiseptic spray, or specialized shampoo, & pat dry.

3. Apply hydrocortisone spray or hydrocortisone cream (with a veterinarian’s prescription) to stop the itching and help promote healing.

4. Prevent your dog from biting, licking or scratching the hot spot affected area. You may need to use the dreaded plastic/soft cone or soft pillow around the dog’s neck. I have used “Veterinary Formula Clinical Care Hot Spot & Itch Relief Spray” which contains hydrocortisone. It puts out the fire so to speak so I stop licking the area.  I purchased mine at my favourite store Critter Comforts and Clips but you should be able to find this pawsome product at your favourite pet supply store or at your Vet’s.

5. Keep an eye on the area to make sure it continues to heal. You don’t want a hot spot to flair up again.

Here is an informative video by Dr. Becker.

CEO Olivia

Winter Dog Boots

Health, News

Where I live we are in the depths of winter. My huMom just got me a set of Canadian made winter boots from Critter Comfort & Clips. Why would a dog need boots? Simple, road salt & toxic road chemicals.

So what is road salt? Mostly it’s sodium chloride, the same as table salt but road salt usually contains other chloride salts such as magnesium, calcium, & potassium chloride. Sodium acetate & calcium magnesium acetate may also be added to the mix, as well as some basic salts such as calcium hydroxide to help counter corrosives.

It’s not good for our foot pads. Salt crystals can get between our toes & it burns. It can also dry out the skin to the point of cracking & bleeding. If we lick at a sore caused by road salt or just lick because we like the salty taste we can ingest too much salt which can lead to organ damage or death. Road salt is highly toxic.

Booties will protect our feet but you may need to try more than one brand/style before finding one that fits properly. One type does not fit all. It may take your good dog a few minutes to adjust. It took me about half an hour of walking before I figured out how to walk in them 😉 .

If you aren’t sporting a winter boot this season it’s very important for your human to wash off your feet once back home from the walk. A warm washcloth feels nice after the cold.  paw-print-animation

Protect those paws. image

CEO Olivia

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