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One of the biggest challenges of a new puppy is housebreaking. At All Pet, we carry a simple but effective training aid for teaching your puppy to tell you when it needs to go outside! In addition to crate training and positive reinforcement, these Potty Time Chimes can help new puppy owners have a much easier time housebreaking. With just a little training, your puppy will ring the Potty Time Chime whenever it needs to go outside. The chimes come in multiple colors to fit any décor and can be adjusted to fit the height of your puppy. Check them out at your nearest All Pet, and don’t forget to bring in your exclusive All PET Gazette $5 off $25 Summer Savings Certificate to make your dollar stretch on all your new puppy needs.  JS

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One of the most important decisions all pet owners face is what to feed their pet. And with so many different brands and formulas available, it is also one of the most difficult decisions to make. That’s why All Pet is proud to be sponsoring Pet Nutrition Seminars.

These seminars are free to the public and offer pet owners an overview of pet nutrition basics. Topics covered include: how to interpret pet food labels, common ingredient definitions, importance of digestibility, and nutrition for life stages. Each seminar also includes a question and answer session.

Taught by industry experts, these seminars are designed to provide consumers with the information every pet owner needs to know. If you are interested in attending a seminar, contact your local All Pet for more information. Seminars are being scheduled at each of our stores in the coming months.  JS

Q: What can I do to avoid my dog from getting flaky, dry and itchy skin when the weather starts getting cooler?

A: Fall and especially winter’s colder, drier weather, coupled with the low humidity of forced-air heated homes, can affect a pet’s skin and coat as much as it affects its owners’ skin. Dry, flaky and itchy winter time skin can be avoided by remembering and following a couple of simple steps.

First, don’t bathe your pet more than once a month; most can be successfully kept clean with daily brushing to remove dead hair and dander. Daily brushing also stimulates skin circulation and distributes its natural moisturizing oils. When bathing is necessary, use a gentle cleansing and moisturizing shampoo and conditioner formulated especially for the pet you are bathing. Download your copy of the newsletter for a great coupon to help save on your pet’s winter bathing supply!

Second, remember that the skin is moisturized from the inside out. Under normal conditions, your pet’s premium food should be supporting skin and coat health with high quality ingredients including balanced essential fatty acids. However, during the winter months it may be necessary to supplement your pet’s diet with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, available in an oil, powder or pill form (All PET recommends NaturVet’s Ultimate Skin & Coat Supplement).

Finally, dry flaky skin can be a sign of a larger problem within your pet. If you notice excessive hair loss with sores or rashes on your pet’s skin please seek veterinary medical attention for your pet. Most general cases of cool-season dry skin can be turned around within a few short weeks, allowing you and your pet to enjoy the rest of the season.

This question was answered by Andrea Jackson, a professional pet stylist at our Springfield south All PET store. Have a question? Get an answer at your favorite All PET store, or submit your question using our online form!

Q: My 7 month old dog is fine when he sleeps in the crate at night, but he seems to get really upset whenever I leave him at home alone. I started a new job recently. He’s accustomed to his crate and I always leave a food stuffed Kong toy in the crate with him. He is clean in his crate, however, I find chewed pieces off of his blanket when I get home from work and I hear him whining and barking as I lock the door and leave for work. This really has me worried. Am I being cruel to my dog?

A: Be sure that the pup has had adequate exercise every day and ample chances to eliminate outdoors before you put him in the crate and go to work. Remember that a dog is a den animal. Dogs in nature seek out enclosed spaces to feel safe and happy. The use of an appropriate crate, such as Precision Pet’s Great Crate, may protect your pup from harming both himself and your house. It may also help him build a sense of security and calmness when you are away from home.

I’d stop using any bedding for awhile until the dog matures and his anxiety issues are dealt with. Continue using a Kong toy with food inside. Try leaving one of your favorite house slippers near his crate so he has your scent near him. If possible, surprise him occasionally by coming home on your lunch break.

Most importantly, many dog owners have success calming their anxious pups using Dog Appeasing Pheromone products (DAP), which are available in a collar-mounted dispenser, such as Sergeant’s Pheromone Collar, and in a plug-in diffuser, such as Farnam’s Comfort Zone. Remember that the dog relies on his nose more that any other sense organ.

Finally, make your goodbyes brief and be calm and relaxed when greeting the dog when your return in the evening. Your pup is likely to adjust to your new schedule fairly quickly.  CK

Q: What can I do to keep my dog and cat from shedding?

A: There is nothing that will completely stop your pet from shedding. Animals shed for several reasons; among them changing seasons and inadequate dietary intake of essential fatty acids. These reasons can be easily addressed. In the groom shop, we like to recommend the shed-less treatment utilizing hypoallergenic, non-irritating deShedding products by FURminator. The FURminator Tool is the next step in our shed-less treatment. Its stainless steel deShedding edge works on long and short haired dogs and cats. We have seen that this system can reduce shedding by up to 90%.

At home, we advise you to brush and comb your pets daily and, when bathing them, to use a conditioning shampoo and rinse to help moisturize skin and coat. Itchy, flaky skin and dry shedding hair may also be a sign that your pets’ food lacks a balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. However, there are food supplements and treats you can give your dog and cat to help nourish the skin and coat, such as FURminator deShedding treats and supplements. Also, shaving your pet is NOT a solution for shedding. Shaving can cause long term problems with the integrity of the coat; your pet still sheds the same amount of hair, it is just shorter! You can’t make shedding go away, but with proper care and maintenance, you can manage the problem of shedding while also enhancing your pets’ overall health.

Have more questions about pet shedding or any other problem? This question was answered by Jessica Stewart, a member of our professional grooming staff! Each volume of The All PET Gazette features an Ask The Gazette section where qualified All Pet staff and professional contributors can respond to YOUR questions and comments. Submit your questions to any of our stores by phone, mail, email to editor@allpetgazette.net, or by clicking Ask the Gazette! on the left of this page!

Q: How do I get rid of those unsightly tear stains!?

A: While topical tear stain removers have been available for quite some time, we are a big fan of Angel’s Eyes, which is the only tear stain removal product available that can be added to your pet’s food. Also, keep in mind that there are some breeds of dogs and cats that will always tear because it is a natural process. Angel’s Eyes prohibits the growth of bacteria on the moist area below the eye. This bacteria is what normally causes a staining effect!

Each volume of The All PET Gazette will feature an Ask The Gazette section where qualified All Pet staff and professional contributors can respond to YOUR questions and comments. You may submit your questions to any of our stores by phone, mail, email to editor@allpetgazette.net, or by clicking Ask the Gazette! on the left of this page!