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All Pet & Equine West Plains has moved to 1120 Porter Wagoner Blvd.

We have been in business for 10 years and we are proud of our NEW location. We are now offering a larger selection of items in all areas of the store including pet foods, collars, toys, clothing & equine supplies…all the necessities for your pet. We have a full time groomer that loves pets and a staff that can answer all of your questions. If we don’t know it, we will find out. Come in and see our new place. Remember to use your Pet Payback Card for additional saving when comparing prices.

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Fiproguard Plus has the same active ingredient as Frontline Plus… but costs you LESS!

Out with the other flea and tick control products and in with the new FiproGuard and FiproGuard Plus for Dogs. FiproGuard products contain Fipronil and s-methoprene, the same active ingredients used in Frontline Plus for dogs. FiproGuard Plus provides premium protection against fleas, ticks, and chewing lice; kills adult fleas, flea eggs, flea larvae; and prevents development of flea pupae to control flea re-infestation for up to 90 days. It also kills deer ticks, which transmit Lyme disease, as well as brown dog ticks, American dog ticks and lone star ticks. FiproGuard will also control mites that are known to cause sarcoptic mange. Fast-acting and long-lasting, FiproGuard’s sustained-release formula protects dogs for up to 30 days. FiproGuard Plus for Dogs can be used on breeding, pregnant and lactating dogs. FiproGuard Plus is also waterproof. With prices starting at $20, it’s sure to become a must-buy for your pets.

 

Winter weather doesn’t just affect you; it also affects your pets. And pets depend on you for their safety. There are many ways to be prepared for the cold, so why not start planning now? Check out these helpful hints!

1) Provide an adequate shelter, protected from the wind, snow and rain. Use straw, shavings or a blanket to keep pets toasty. All PET also sells a variety of indoor and outdoor heated pads, made just for pets, that provide low heat. Just make sure that all pets have room in their homes to periodically get off of any heated beds.

2) Dogs walking in snowy areas may develop large ice balls between their pads, which can cause them to limp. Be sure to keep ice clear from this area, and be sure to use an ice melt product that is safe for animals, such as Paw Thaw (download the Gazette for a valuable coupon!). For dogs that have a lot of hair between their pads, keeping it clipped shorter will help with ice-ball formation. Dog Boots also offer protection to any dogs that will tolerate wearing them. Boots also help protect dogs from any harmful salts or chemicals.

3) Cats are heat seekers and often look for warmth under the hood of a car. Before starting your car, knock on the hood or honk the horn to scare off any cats and prevent a needless winter tragedy!

4) Keep all antifreeze out of the reach of pets. Antifreeze is sweet and most animals will lap it right up, but it is, to them, a lethal poison!

5) Make sure your pet always has ID on, especially in the winter.
In the snow, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. Because of this, more dogs are lost during winter than any other season.

6) Never shave your dog in the winter as a longer coat will provide more warmth. Likewise, we suggest using a coat or sweater for shorter hair dogs in the winter months to keep them from getting too chilly!

Following these tips will certainly help keep your pets safe during the winter months. If you have any questions about how to “winterize” your pet, your home, or your pet’s homes, let us know! We’ll do all we can to make sure you and your pet happy all year long. Stop by All PET – where our next warm, satisfied customer is YOUR pet!

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!

dentalcareThe most common health problem in dogs is periodontal disease. It begins with plaque. Plaque is the white film that accumulates on the teeth. If plaque is not removed through regular tooth brushing, it will harden and turn into tarter. As the tarter builds, the plaque continues to accumulate and infects the gums. This infection can enter the bloodstream and cause disease in the heart, liver, and kidneys.

Periodontal disease cannot be reversed, but it can be slowed or stopped with proper dental care. For example, you can use a toothbrush especially made for dogs, a finger toothbrush, a gauze pad, or a cotton swab. However, please use toothpaste made for dogs; stay away from human toothpaste.

In addition, it is helpful to provide dental chew toys such as Kong and Nylabone rope and floss toys. Rawhide is another chew item that rubs against dogs’ teeth, but be careful when you give rawhide (do not leave your dog unattended)! Lastly, regular dental exams by your vet will not only help prevent periodontal disease, but will also make your dog’s breath fresher and will make everyone in your family happier!

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!