Dog Dental Care

Dog Dental Care

Dogs are a very important part of our family and dental care is very important for your dog. They live, eat and sleep with us. When we are feeling sad, dogs comfort us or cheer us up. They have strange ability to make us laugh, even when we are having a bad day. They help us keep healthy, by taking them for walks in the fresh air, so we get exercise also. Our cherished companions love us unconditionally. It is our responsibility as owners to make sure they live as happy and healthy life as humanly possible. This is very little, for the happiness they bring into our lives. Dog dental care products.

There is nothing worse than your wonderful dog breathing on you with bad breath. The most common cause of this is the tartar buildup on its teeth or gum disease caused by untreated tartar. Tartar is composed of small, decomposed food particles. Oral bacterial love and thrive in this and form plaque. The oral infections and plaque cause the dogs gums to recede and become infected, giving your dog bad breath.

You can prevent this from happening by brushing your dogs teeth every day and taking him to the vet for regular checkups. Manufacturers make special toothbrushes and toothpaste just for dogs. Never use human toothpaste on your pets, as it could harm them. There is flavored toothpaste available that dogs usually like so this makes brushing their teeth a little easier. For smaller dogs there are finger brushes, which you put the toothpaste on. The vets, pet stores or pet supply places often carry these.

Another great way to keep your pets teeth healthy is giving them dental chew bones with enzymes to help prevent plaque and bacteria. Rawhide is another product that is good for your pet’s teeth. Many rawhide chews stop plaque forming because they contain enzymes. Chicken, fish, turkey and pork bones are dangerous to your pet as they splinter, so these are definitely a no-no. There are dog cookies on the market made specifically to prevent tartar buildup in dogs.

Slurp N' Fresh and Nature's Dentist are convenient products that fight tartar and plaque build-up and also help the breath. Slurp N' Fresh is simply added to your pet's drinking water and Nature's Dentist is sprinkled on the food. These products then take care of the rest for you. Both are all natural.

No matter how well you clean your pet’s teeth or what chews you give your dog, as they age most will need a dental cleaning performed by your vet. Never put this off, as it is extremely important to the health of your animal. Cleaning your dog’s teeth is very similar to having our teeth cleaned except they sedate your pet. Because of today’s technology, this procedure is extremely safe and the vet uses monitoring systems for the safely of your dog.

 Visit our complete line of Dog dental care products or dental products for cats.

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Dog Poop - Doggy Waste, Bags, Disposal & Removal

Dog Poop - Doggy Waste, Bags, Disposal & Removal

Many new dog owners quickly realize that the cuddly ball of fur they brought home is actually a pooping and peeing machine in disguise!  This new dog poop and pee machine produces many loads per day, it doesn't necessarily care where it goes, and the owner has to clean-up after all of that!  AND, the cuddly ball of fur will continue to do its business for the next 10-20 years!!

This article is intended to help you deal with the practical challenges of cleaning up after dog poop and pee. Hopefully we will make your life easier as you pick up after the dog poop each and every day over the next 10-20 years.


First and foremost, if you feed your dog high quality, nutritionally dense food you will get less coming out at the other end. This will also make for a much healthier dog and just like people, dogs are what they eat. The feeding instructions on a bag of high quality dog food, for example, will typically be 3-4 cups per day for a 100 lb dog. The feeding instructions on a low quality dog food, by comparison, will typically be 10-14 cups per day. Granted, the lower quality dog food will be cheaper but, given the amount of fillers that your dog can't utilize in the 14 cup per day food, do you really want to pick that up in your back yard every day!?

Poop Pick-Up

Every dog owner should pick up its dogs poop every single time!!! WITH EMPHASIS! Unfortunately, some don't and it is you and I that end up stepping in it! Here are some simple tricks or products that will help with the dog poop pick-up:

1) The Newspaper Trick - bring a newspaper with you on your next walk. When your dog has squatted and is now fully committed to having his/her poop, slide the newspaper underneath and let your dog go on it. When done, simply fold the newspaper up with the poop inside and continue your walk to the nearest garbage can. Yes, your dog will look back at you for the first couple of times wondering what the heck you are doing with that paper, but remember, the dog is already committed to pooping and they aren't going anywhere!! Many people ask we've trained our dogs to poop on the paper, but really, there is no training at all!

2) Doggy Bags - most owners prefer using doggy bags. In this case, try to use bio-degradable pick-up bags as there will be a lot of them over the years and it adds up to quite a bit of plastic going into the landfill. Earth Rated offers a full line of modestly priced bio-degradable pick up bags, from bags with handles to those on a roll with a handy dispenser. They are available in a Lavender scent or unscented.  

3) Poop Scoop - is used mainly around your backyard as they are too cumbersome to be bringing with you on walks. Many different garden tools or shovels will work and cheap pooper scoopers can be found in many pet, hardware or big box stores.


What do you do with all of that dog poop you've been scooping up around your yard? Well, most of the time it goes out with the garbage but some municipalities are now banning the practice or are encouraging dog owners to compost the waste. This isn't a bad idea as you can imagine how much space dog poop takes up in our limited landfill areas, or what a mess it makes when a full bag of poop breaks as the garbage-man is throwing it into the truck!

The Waste Manager Dog Waste Disposal System is a small septic tank that is installed into your backyard to hold and break down the dog waste that you pick up each day. It uses digestive enzymes to naturally break down the dog poop so that you don't have to throw it in the garbage. Refill digestive enzymes are also available at Petacular at Waste Manager Natural Clean Up Tablets.

 Rolling in the Poop

Believe it or not, many dogs will roll in dog poop given the chance, or in the smelliest pile of fish entrails or similar garbage that they can find. We're not exactly sure why they do so or enjoy it so much, but assume that it is related to their basic hunting instincts and how they smell downwind to potential prey (i.e. a dog hunting for lunch is better off not smelling like a dog). Often dog owners are caught completely by surprise, or don't immediately realize what their dog is actually rolling in until too late! If it happens to you, and it probably will, we recommend Earthbath Pet Shampoo, the highest quality line of all-natural, bio-degradable pet shampoo. Each formula cleans safely and gently while leaving your pet's coat bright, shiny and smelling better than ever before. 


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Spring Dog Bathing Tips

Spring Dog Bathing Tips

Dog Bathing

or “Hey Mom. Why is the Bathroom Flooded?”

You have decided the time has come. You may do this only once-in-a-while, but it is that time of year again. It is the month, day or week, to give your dog a bath. You know how to do it. You have entered into this battle before. You have the scars to show for it. They fade with age, and you are now better at tackling the momentous task of washing the dog than you have been in the past. Some things really do get easier. It does not mean, however, you have to like doing them.

No matter how you look at, you should give your dog a regular bath. How often you do so will depend upon the dog’s temperament, the dog’s coat, your tolerance and your ability to undertake the task. While some dogs do love the experience, many do not. Some dog grooming needs to be left to the experts. Alternatively, you can take your pooch to a dog grooming salon like Petacular. It then becomes their problem.

Generally, you can handle the basic bath on your own. It does require you heed some rules and follow certain guidelines. This will ensure your dog suffers no harm. It will also help you keep your dog’s coat clean, shiny and flowing along the grain.

• Rule 1 is simple. Only use shampoo and conditioner created for dogs. Human hair products are not suitable for your dog. They may cause skin irritation and rashes on sensitive dogs.

Also consider using an environmentally friendly pet shampoo that naturally bio-degrades in the environment. The Petacular pet grooming salon uses Earthbath biodegradable pet shampoo and is it also available in the store.In addition to being environmentally friendly, it is an excellent shampoo in a variety of great smelling formulas. 

Make sure you have everything within easy reach. This is particularly important if you have an antsy dog.

• Always test the water before you use it on your dog. Check the temperature on the inside of your arm.

• Soak your animal thoroughly. Do it bit by bit. Start at the legs and underbelly before you move to the sides, front, behind and tail. When you do the head, avoid the eyes and ears. Use a wet face cloth being careful not to get any water into either the eyes or ears. Cover them with your hands.

Ready the pet shampoo. Be sure you understand and follow the directions. Once the dog is wet, apply the right amount of shampoo evenly over the body. Avoid the eyes, ears, mouth and any sensitive areas. If you have a pop-eyed or bug-eyed dog e.g. a pug, be extremely careful.

• Rinse your animal thoroughly. Be sure you remove all the pet shampoo This will help prevent instances of skin irritation. Rinse twice if possible.

• Some shampoos require a repeat. Some companies suggest you use a conditioner. There are also rinses for shine, highlights and other dog products. Whether you decide to do so is up to you and your animal. While it is common for many show dogs to be shampooed conditioned and rinsed this may not sit well with some pets.

Let’s face it. Many dogs and people are content with a simple bath. Some dogs hate the entire process. Some humans have enough trouble summoning up the tough love, stamina and cunning they may need for a single shampoo. For them, dog and human, a bath is a torture comparable to the exquisite pain of the Spanish Inquisition.  

You can dry your dog’s coat in a number of ways. Towel drying is common. Squeeze out the excess water and be sure to rub the towel in the direction of the lie of the coat. Make it a vigorous rub if your dog has a short-to-medium coat. Be less brisk if the coat is long. You need to be careful to avoid tangles and split ends.

• Air-drying is another possibility. Let the dog go and hope for the best.

• If your dog likes the attention and you know how to work to maintain a pleasant temperature, use a blow dryer. Do not try if your dog loves to attack forms of machinery. Some dogs who hate vacuum cleaners have no problem in going for a hand-held hair dryer.

Bathing your adorable dog can be trouble. It can also be fun. It is also a necessity. No matter how much you hate it, sooner-or-later, you are going to have to give him, or her, a bath. If it is a problem at home, try a doggy wash, or can also pass the problem on to an innocent, but experienced dog salon like Petacular.
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Walk Your Cat on a Lead

Walk Your Cat on a Lead

With spring around the corner pretty soon your cat will be pining at the door or window to go outside. Since outdoor cats have lower life expectancies we recommend that you do not give in to the constant meowing no matter how much it tugs at your heart.

Instead, consider training your cat to walk on a lead. While it wouldn’t be your cat’s first choice, they enjoy it nevertheless, and it's also fun for you to get outside for a walk with your cat.

This blog is intended to help you train your cat to walk on a lead. We've provided a step by step training guideline that includes some tools, tips and general observations from our own experience to help you successfully walk your cat on a lead.  We hope you both enjoy!

General Observations

The earlier you start with your cat or kitten with a harness and lead (or leash) the better. Younger kittens are obviously more open to adopting new ideas than older cats. Having said that, it is not hard or impossible to train a mature cat to walk in a harness and leash. The keys are: using reward and praise; making it a pleasurable experience for your cat; properly accustoming your cat to wearing the harness and; patience.... Your patience, not the cat's! 

A sure way to ruin your chances is to in any way try to force the issue. You want to avoid a battle of wills at all costs as, we all know who will lose. Ideally, you want to tune yourself in to the cat's reactions during the training process and effectively let the cat guide you.

Training Guideline

Buy a well-fitting Cat Harness  and a lightweight Cat Lead.  Don't look at dog leashes as the hardware (snap) is usually too heavy. As well, don't use a collar as cats can often slip out of them and/or most cat collars are designed to breakaway in the event of a snag. Should the cat pull or dart with the leash attached to a breakaway collar it could easily do what it has been designed to do (break away) and your cat is gone. Go with a well-fitting harness and nothing else.

Once you buy the harness and leash DO NOT run home and immediately try to take your cat to the outside. Set aside the fact that your cat has been meowing at the window or door for months. If you introduce the concept in the wrong way, you will lose any chance to walk the cat on a leash. INSTEAD, take the new harness and leash out of the packaging and simply place them somewhere near one of your cat's favorite sleeping places or hiding spots. The intent is to let your cat sniff and become accustomed to them over a few days.

Your first training session, and many after, will be just before a regular feeding time. As above, a key technique is to use reward and praise. Cats are the most receptive just before feeding and you can use this as a training advantage. 

After your cat has become accustomed to the new items for a few days, put the harness on your cat just before the regular feeding time and then immediately put down the food.

Praise excessively when the meal is done and let him/her wear the harness around for a while. If your cat is bothered by the harness after the meal pull out a favorite toy for distraction and to extend the harness experience. Take the harness off after a short, reasonable time and look toward longer experiences in subsequent training exercises.

Repeat the harness, feeding and toy exercise over the next several days. Gradually try to extend the period that your cat has the harness on and isn't bothered by it. If your cat immediately accepts the harness and has no issues in this regard DO NOT skip ahead on any of the next steps. While your cat might be exceptional and you may be a gifted cat trainer, there is still trouble ahead.

Now that your cat is used to the harness attach the leash but, don't hold onto the other end. Do this inside your house. Let your cat get used to it and drag it around but watch your cat during this process to ensure it doesn't become tangled on furniture. Do not leave your cat alone with the leash attached.

Let that exercise continue for a few days and remember to praise your cat every time you put on the harness, attach the leash, etc. Again, the keys are reward, praise, accustoming your cat and your patience.

Next, pick up the end of the leash and follow your cat around the house for a few more days. Be careful not to restrict it's movement by keeping the tension slack. DO NOT try to force it to go anywhere that it doesn't want to go and whatever you do, don't try to get it to heal! Dogs will heal, not cats.

Next, start to teach your cat to follow you by encouraging and talking to it in a fun, cajoling manner while lightly pulling on the leash. Make it pleasurable, praise excessively, and use plenty of the favorite cat treats. At this stage particularly you do not want a war of wills. If your cat objects, stop until it relaxes. Try again later or wait until tomorrow, just before feeding time. Again, patience!

Once you have mastered it around the house, the great outdoors is the next step. Start slow in the backyard or a small enclosed outside area. Although your cat has been pining for the outdoors they are usually quite nervous when first provided the opportunity.Once outdoors, gradually increase your range and experiences with your cat. Be careful that you are not walking routes commonly used by dog walkers. A confrontation with a dog could cause your cat to panic and you want to avoid this, especially early on. As time goes on, your cat may become accustomed to dogs and this will not be a concern.

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About Fromm Family Pet Food and Food Safety

About Fromm Family Pet Food and Food Safety

One of our favorite brands is the Fromm Family pet foods. Aside from a fabulous array of formulas, including many grain free options for dogs and cats, the thing we like best is the Fromm dedication to food safety. In fact, we feed Fromm to our own pets for that very reason.

Rather than reiterate all of the things that Fromm does well in the food safety area, we have re-printed what they have to say about it below. The following is reprinted from the Fromm website at


We own and operate two manufacturing facilities in our home state of Wisconsin — located in Mequon and Columbus. Every bag of Fromm dog and cat food originates from one of these facilities. Owning and operating our plants allows us to have full control over the quality and safety of the products we produce. This encompasses everything including, sanitation and pest control, facility maintenance, employee training, sourcing of ingredients, in-house lab analysis, preparation of meat and produce, formulation and blending, processing, packaging, warehousing and distribution.


Part of the overall commitment we have to you — the pet parent— and to your pet is our dedication to producing high quality, safe and consistent pet foods. We have made food safety our highest priority and have implemented HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) programs in our manufacturing plants. HACCP is a comprehensive preventative program used to identify vulnerabilities and establish documented controls to alleviate the potential issue.


Our Approved Supplier Program ensures that ingredients have been tested by our suppliers and are secure and unadulterated until they are received at our plants. The ingredients are sampled and not unloaded until our own on-site testing labs can verify the safety and integrity of the received load. In process testing is also done at our labs to confirm our formulations are complying with guaranteed analysis as stated on our labels. 

All of our packaged pet foods are sampled and tested by an outside lab for pathogenic bacteria. The product is held and cannot be shipped until lab results are obtained and the product is cleared. This is the final step that ensures that all of our pet foods are wholesome and unadulterated.


Every package of Fromm product you find on retail shelves includes a unique batch code which allows us to trace each product through processing, formulation and back to the individual ingredient supplier.


Compliance to federal, state and local regulations is of the utmost importance. To ensure this compliance we perform audits of our procedures, programs and documentation on a regular basis. We are also subjected to random and periodic inspections performed by outside agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

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CocoTherapy® believes in the total well-being of all living things. It is an all-natural, earth-conscious brand that centers on the common belief that coconuts are a healthy food that has nourished populations around the world for generations. The coconut tree is extremely valued as both a source of food and medicine among Asian and Pacific populations, that it is often called "The Tree of Life." CocoTherapy specifically celebrates the total well-being of our furry friends by making available the goodness of coconuts in all its products.
Coconut Therapy

CocoTherapy Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
CocoTherapy coconut oil is 100% pure, USDA certified organic, virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil. Bottled from one of the best sources of coconut oil available in the world, it is the highest quality coconut oil can give your pets.

The Beneficial Oil
Virgin coconut oil is the richest natural source of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which is a medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA). Most of coconut oil's health benefits come from medium-chain fatty acids. Medium-chain fatty acids consists of caprylic (C8:0), capric (C10:0) and lauric (C12:0) acids.

What is so Great About Medium-Chain Fatty Acids? Antioxidant and Vitamin E

The most abundant medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) found in coconut oil is lauric acid, which is considered responsible for many of coconut oil's health benefits. Coconut oil is about 50% lauric acid, and the only other abundant source found in nature is in human breast milk. The value of lauric acid has been widely studied and has shown multiple health benefits. When the body metabolizes lauric acid, it is converted by the body to monoglyceride monolaurin. Monoglyceride helps support a healthy body functions.

Dr. Mary Enig, a Ph.D. nutritionist/biochemist and one of the world's leading authorities on fats and oils, states, "Lauric acid in coconut oil is formed into monoglyceride monolaurin in the human or animal body. Monolaurin is the antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the human or animal to destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria including listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and protozoa such as giardia lamblia. Some studies have also shown some antimicrobial effects of lauric acid."*

* Know Your Fats: The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol, By Dr Mary Enig (Bethesda Press, May 2000). About Dr. Mary Enig: PhD. University of Maryland biochemist and dietary fats researcher. Enig is the co-founder, Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of The Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF).

The unsaturated oils in some cooked foods become rancid in just a few hours, even at refrigerator temperatures, and are responsible for the stale taste of left-over foods.

Coconut oil that has been kept at room temperature for over a year has been tested for rancidity, and showed no evidence of it. Because of this, coconut oil has been shown to have powerful anti-oxidative effects. It is well established that dietary coconut oil reduces our need for vitamin E, and may provide a significant source of antioxidants. As an antioxidant, it is 50 times more potent than Vitamin E, 15 times more potent than carrots, and 300 times more potent than tomatoes.

Coconut Chips
CocoTherapy - Organic Coconut Chips

CocoTherapy also offers Coconut Chips, made of USDA organic dried coconut. Our dried coconut chips offer the same dietary benefits as coconut oil and is an excellent source of dietary fiber. All our pets are crazy about the fresh nutty taste of the coconut chips and it is a wonderful treat to give for variety.

CocoTherapy Coconut chips are the perfect, all natural alternative to all those yucky, over processed pet treats on the market that are made with artificial ingredients --- Plus they're totally delicious. We give our coconut chips to all our pets, including our birds and hamsters too!

USDA Organic
CocoTherapy - USDA Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and Coconut Chips for your pet

CocoTherapy goes much further --- we use only USDA organic virgin coconut oil because we wanted to make sure we were offering our animals the very best and purest coconut oil we could find. Click here to read more about how CocoTherapy is different from other coconut oils available on the market.






Uncompromised Quality - Because Your Pet's Health Depends on It

CocoTherapy Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and Coconut Chips are 100% all natural, made of human-grade ingredients. They are made in an USDA organic inspected human food facility.

Coconut oil supports healthy body functions. Your pet is about to discover the wonderful benefits of coconut and embark in a healthier life.


Reprinted from


Whole Dog Journal

The benefits of coconut oil for pets are not novel news. In October 2005, The Whole Dog Journal wrote an article about virgin coconut oil and its multiple health benefits for pets, called "Crazy About Coconut Oil".

The article discussed using the right type of coconut oil (unrefined or "virgin"), which is made from fresh coconuts, and is the oil that has culinary and health experts excited. For more information, read The Whole Dog Journal article, "Crazy About Coconut Oil".

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NatuRAWLs Dog Chews Quickly Proving a Popular Hit!!

NatuRAWLs Dog Chews Quickly Proving a Popular Hit!!

NatuRAWLs Dog Chews

NatuRAWLs Dog Chews were recently introduced to or London Ontario store as well as online. Quickly they have proven a big hit with our London dog customers feasting on such delicacies as dehydrated Duck Feet, Rabbit Ears (with the fur still on), Turkey Wings, Duck Hearts, and more!

These all Canadian single Ingredient dog chews have no additives, no preservatives, no added hormones and no added antibiotics. Ingredients to the NatuRAWls products are from entirely Canadian sources and are processed in their facility just outside of London in southwestern Ontario, where the finished products are dehydrated.  All NatuRAWLs products come from Canadian government inspected facilities to insure only the best quality meats. NatuRAWLs does not source any meat products from overseas.

Our London store sells many of the NatuRAWLs products individually and they are refreshingly inexpensive. Treat your dog to a Duck Heart for example at only $0.49, or a Duck Foot for only $1.00. Online NaturRAWLs can be purchased in bags of various quantities at NatuRAWLs Online. 

A complete list of NaturRAWLs delectables is below. Enjoy! 

Dehydrated Beef Lung

Dehydrated Beef Liver

Dehydrated Chicken Tenders

Dehydrated Chicken Feet

Dehydrated Lamb Lung

Dehydrated Lamb Tripe

Dehydrated Duck Breast

Dehydrated Duck Liver

Dehydrated Duck Hearts

Dehydrated Duck Feet

Dehydrated Duck Wing

Dehydrated Duck Tongues

Dehydrated Lake Smelt

Dehydrated Salmon

Dehydrated Pollock

Dehydrated Beef Trachea

Dehydrated Sweet Potato Chews




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New Petacular Website Platform

New Petacular Website Platform

Welcome to the new Petacular website platform using the Canadian host Since 2002 this is the fourth major website update and we hope that it brings greater information and an enhanced experience for our local and national customers. 

For London Customers: Our home page will regularly feature in-store specials, contests or London events. Keep an eye on the main front page banner for the latest happenings and add your name to our e-mail list for quick alerts. We plan to coordinate in store activity with the website on an ongoing basis.

For London and National Customers: The new web  platform will enable greater product offerings and in particular the smaller, fun treats and toys that we regularly stock in the store but previously found it difficult to list on the website. We plan to update the website to cover every item stocked in the store, so both local and national customers can conveniently window shop. That said, we do sell out of items occasionally or may need to special order larger items, so best to call ahead. All items listed on site are available within a week.

We hope that our customers enjoy the new website experience, and of course, suggestions are always welcome.

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