Petwell Supply Blog
Best All-Natural Shampoos, Conditioners, and Cleaners to De-Stink Your Dog
Ah, fall. The crisp mornings. The early evenings. Warm cozy drinks while watching the leaves change colors. And somehow, your dog develops a superpower of finding, rolling in, and tracking weird and bad-smelling things all over your life.
How do they do it? It seems like within the space of a short walk, they manage to waddle through the grossest construction mud or turn over some fallen leaves and unearth part of an old sandwich and/or roadkill which then promptly ends up all over the place.
While we wish we could let you in on some secret magic spell that would convince Fido to shelve these habits, we haven't found one yet. We do, however, have a wide selection of all-natural cleaning products (for your house and your dog!) for dealing with the aftermath.
Skout's Honor is an environmentally and socially conscious company that provides a day's worth of food to a shelter animal with every product they sell. They make a truly powerful dog shampoo/conditioner combo with added probiotics (which help maintain and protect your pet's skin microbial community for less irritation and a healthier coat) that comes in three scents- all subtle and much nicer than whatever your pooch rolled in! If, even after a bath, some stink remains, Skout's Honor also created a spray-able probiotic deodorizer with avocado oil. It, too, comes in several scents, and can be sprayed right onto your dog!
If Fluffy decided that your apartment could use a little stinky redecoration, Skout's Honor also has some excellent stain removers and stain & odor removers that work fast "to remove stains & odors including urine, feces, blood, mud, grease, & even wine." For those dried-in stains and stinks (perhaps from autumns past), there is a solution to use with a carpet machine that will break down odors at the molecular level and a laundry booster you can add to your regular detergent to help remove residual urine, feces, blood, mud, sweat, and vomit. All these products are safe for your pets, family, and home, and are super simple to use. A win all around!
Good luck and happy fall!
The Best Dog Grooming Brush to Use
It can always be a bit of a shot in the dark to get the proper home grooming tools for your dog, but we are here to help! Here is a rundown of a variety of brushes and other tools so you can make the selection that is best for your best friend.
Slicker brushes have fine, short wires close together on a flat surface. They are used on medium-to-long-haired or curly-haired dogs to remove mats. There are many different varieties of slicker brushes on the market, but choose one that is the correct size and use light pressure as to not cause your dog discomfort.
Slicker brushes are used on many dog breeds, including Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, and St. Bernards. Longer-haired dogs are more likely to develop mats which will need to be removed. If you find that after you brush your pet you have enough loose hair to make a whole other dog, this is the brush for you!
The Undercoat Rake
Undercoat rakes are brushes designed to penetrate into a dog’s thick coat and remove tangles and dead undercoat near the dog’s skin. The brush looks like a lot of small pins next to each other.
Rakes should be used on thick-haired dogs including German Shepherds, Malamutes, and Chow Chows. These breeds tend to develop dead undercoats, especially during shedding season, and their thick coats also tend to trap dirt.
Note: If your dog is double-coated – don’t have them shaved. Shaving the undercoat damages it and doesn’t actually help your dog regulate their body temperature during warmer months. Also, shaving makes their skin more at risk for sunburn and fleas.
Deshedding blades are used on short-haired, smooth-coated dogs that shed frequently. The teeth of the blade pick up dead hair and dirt.
Bristle brushes can be used on breeds such as Pugs, Italian Greyhounds, Jack Russell Terriers, and Boston Terriers.
Note: Only brush your pet with the blade following the natural direction of their hair. Otherwise, the teeth on the blade can irritate their skin.
Combs with long teeth are primarily used to get matts out of long hair. The teeth of the comb rotate in order to make the process as easy as possible for your dog. Combs can be used on any breed that has longer hair or is at risk of matts, including Poodles and Golden Retrievers.
Ruffwear Is Here!!
We are so excited to announce that we are now selling Ruffwear products at our store!
If you are new to the brand, it is one of the most popular, durable, and outdoor-friendly dog brands available. We sell a variety of their products, including harnesses, leashes, toys, packs, and even doggie lifejackets!
Ruffwear is made for dogs and their humans who love to go outside and explore nature. All of their toys are inspired by the natural world (see if you can find the one that looks like a pinecone!) and are made of natural petroleum-free rubber. They are durable enough to be thrown around in any situation and are perfect to get muddy outside or chewed on indoors. Even non outdoors-y types can appreciate their popular harnesses with their durability, adjustability, and variety of sizes that can fit the smallest to the largest breeds.
Ruffwear uses the same technical cloth and materials found in human clothing for their high-tech fabric offerings. Ruffwear is also dedicated to sustainability and use a business model that reduces waste in the supply chain. Their team is made up of dog-lovers with a passion for the outdoors who are dedicated to making comfortable and practical products.
Overall, we are so excited to be selling Ruffwear products in the store and hope it serves the adventurous members of our community!
Treating Lyme Disease in Dogs
Lyme Disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in dogs. It can cause a variety of symptoms, but the most common is lameness from inflammation of the joints and bones. General feeling of lethargy and a lack of appetite are also common. However, it only causes symptoms in about 10% of dogs. If your dog tests positive for Lyme Disease, it's still possible they might not be showing any symptoms.
We always recommend you follow your vet’s recommendations for what to do if your pet is diagnosed with Lyme Disease, especially since in some cases it can lead to serious heart and kidney complications. Vaccines and antibiotics for Lyme do exist, but there are many ways to manage symptoms if they are present and persistent.
At Petwell Supply we offer several options specifically for Lyme Disease. We have joint supplements like Herbsmith's Sooth Joints edible powder that can be added to your pet's meals and Wondercide's Fidoplex hip and joint support pills that can be chewed, swallowed whole, or broken down into powder. There are also remedies specifically to amp up your pet's immune system, like Earth Animal's Immune Support liquid and Herbsmith's Support Immunity powder.
Flower essences can also be used for treatment and to help deal with energy-related problems. These essences are specially prepared extracts of flowering parts of certain plants that work through energy fields to heal stress and disease from the inside- there's even a flower essence specifically for Lyme Disease!
Prevention is key, especially during the summer months when ticks are more common.
- If you live in an area with ticks or have let your dog walk in a tick-infested area, do a once-over of your pets coat daily. If there is a tick remove it by hand or tweezers. make sure to not crush the tick as you remove it because it increases risk of infection.
- Make sure your dog’s home environment is clean. We recommend using a spray, such as Wondercide’s to kill the life cycle of ticks that may be in your dog’s bed or crate. It can also be sprayed on your dog to kill any existing ticks and prevent against future ones.
- Make sure to stay vigilant in your tick checks, as the risk of your pet picking up ticks only decreases after the first heavy frost.