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Ask Atticus

Welcome to our blog, Ask Atticus! For those of you that have never visited our brick and mortar, Atticus is our beloved Siberian Husky who has been helping us with customers since the wee age of 12 weeks. He is now a seasoned adult and more than willing to share his experiences and help with canine and feline problems (in spite of the cats tangling with him over the years)! Please feel free to ask questions and we will also invite guets to provide content on a variety of pet related issues. 

Blog Posts

Addressing the FDA report on Foods and Cardiac Disease

Addressing the FDA report on Foods and Cardiac Disease

Still worried? Add fresh meat or fish to raise the taurine levels. You don't have to go all raw but adding fresh, frozen or freeze-dried meat to your dog's diet will boost the taurine levels and help prevent heart disease. Both whole grain and grain-free foods are fine as long as the first five ingredients contain actual meat and not too many high-glycemic starches. And don’t forget fish, which is high in taurine and also in methionine and cystine, from which dogs make taurine (unless they have a special problem and for some reason cannot do this).

The Canine MicroBiome

The Canine MicroBiome

Microbiome Monday: The canine microbiome is quickly becoming a focus by researchers to identify and manage chronic diseases. This short video is an overview of the basics in understanding the microbiome and its role within our canine companions.

From Babies to Boomers

From Babies to Boomers

Well into our 13th year of serving our extended Community as a local, independent business here in the District, we have been thinking about many of our customers and the life stages that they go through with friends, families and neighbors. In fact, how we engage and care for our community at large is what builds the fabric of our society, both here at home and across America. As a small, local business we have watched our customers start new families with their companion animals, watched their children grow, and many of our customers are now moving into retirement, with the issues (even in good health) of starting to address aging in place. While we have multi-generations as customers, I think all of us go through periods where we may need help with our companions no matter the age, and so I thought we might discuss some resources that would be helpful from new parents to our seniors who are passionate about their pets and want to keep them healthy and happy through all of these life transitions.

From New Parents to Aging in Place - a Community Resource

From New Parents to Aging in Place - a Community Resource

Well into our 13th year of serving our extended Community as a local, independent business here in the District, we have been thinking about many of our customers and the life stages that they go through with friends, families and neighbors. In fact, how we engage and care for our community at large is what builds the fabric of our society, both here at home and across America. As a small, local business we have watched our customers start new families with their companion animals, watched their children grow, and many of our customers are now moving into retirement, with the issues (even in good health) of starting to address aging in place. While we have multi-generations as customers, I think all of us go through periods where we may need help with our companions no matter the age, and so I thought we might discuss some resources that would be helpful from new parents to our seniors who are passionate about their pets and want to keep them healthy and happy through all of these life transitions.

Coping With Cushing's Disease

Cushing's disease is a hyperactive adrenal gland disease that occurs when the adrenal glands pump out excessive amounts of hormones called glucorticoids. Glucorticoids are the body's natural source of cortisone. When excessive amounts are in the blood stream, they end up pushing the body's metabolism to the point where it becomes physically uncomfortable for the animal.

Puppies for Sale ...or for Lease

You’ve heard of predatory lending, but probably never imagined that this unethical financial practice could apply to man’s best friend. You can lease a car, or rent furniture—why not other high-ticket items, like puppies? Pet stores and websites that sell puppies—most of whom come from puppy mills—get a big payday with each dog sold, but it’s a race against time because this kind of “product” needs to be sold quickly, before getting too big or too old.

How to Calm An Ear Infection

When our pets develop ear infections, the amount of stress we can put ourselves under to soothe their pains can be overwhelming. Seeing them in pain in that way, can be an anxious and stressful experience. Never fear! The Big Bad Woof has a few natural remedies that can help soothe your pet’s infection before it gets out of control. Of course, there is a certain point where a veterinarian’s care is the only option. The remedies we suggest below, should ideally only be applied to ear’s that are in the beginning stages of an infection.

My cat has kidney issues, can I feed Weruva?

Atticus, Is Weruva a good food for cats prone to or experiencing kidney issues? "Our formulas were not designed for any specific purpose. They are designed to be complete and balanced for adult maintenance. Based upon what we put in the can, high quality meat with moisture, they are often helpful with certain conditions. There is literature out there as to what types of diets may be best for certain conditions. Our foods often meet the descriptions of such diets and therefore may be helpful. However, they are not designed to prevent, cure or treat any particular ailment. And of course, please consult your veterinarian."

Treating Obesity: The Silent Killer

Unlike humans, dogs and cats have a propensity to pack on pounds virtually overnight. Combine the wrong food with overfeeding PLUS a low exercise regimen and you'll have an overweight pet in no time flat. A lot of people get dogs as part of a commitment to their own health, pledging hours of the next decade (at least!) to walking their dog up to four times a day. While four times a day is certainly not the norm, two long walks a day should really help with jump starting weight loss.

Removing a Tick

Finding a tick on your dog, can be alarming at first. But's there truly no need to panic, just grab the following supplies, as well as your pooch and get ready for removal.

One Quick Fix: Gas!

Tips for Running with your Dog

From our friends at Kurgo: "You love to run and you love to spend time with your dog, but you don't always have time to fit in both. Great news - the two don't have to be mutually exclusive! Running with your dog is a great way to get in quality bonding time if done properly. In the video above, learn the proper dog running gear you'll need for yourself and your furry friend, as well as how to get started."

Dr. Becker Discusses Joint Support for Older Pets

In this video, Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian, discusses your pet's physiology and why older animals need Joint Support for optimal health.

Evangers Wet Food Recall

Happy Scary Halloween: How To Dress & Treat Your Pet in 2016

Like the imposing election isn’t scary enough, without taking sides, I won’t be giving my dog a comb-over hairdo or putting my cat into a pantsuit … that’s all I’m saying. Enough of the political rhetoric, let’s get back to the real fun of the season … HALLOWEEN!

Keto Pet Sanctuary

Food as Medicine...........this special sanctuary is using ketogenic diets and other modalities to successfully treat cancer in dogs.

Dr. Becker: Bones & Your Dog

This is a 2 part series from Dr. Karen Becker on bones and chews. This is important especially if you have aggressive chewers and how to choose the most appropriate chews for your pets. For a written transcript see her post on Mercola Healthy Pets.

New DC Location & Greyhound Welfare

We have moved our original Takoma DC store diagonally across the street and I am proud to announce that Greyhound Welfare will be our first adoption event in the new (bigger and better) store. Believe it or not, 11 years ago when we opened our store, they were our first adoption event also, so this is a re-birth of our store with expanded services, built on long-standing relationships which we will continue to foster in the Communities we serve. Blue Buffalo has supported all of our adoption events over the past 2 years, and this is no exception, with 20% off all Blue Buffalo products all day at both of our locations. New DC Location: 6960 Maple St NW, Washington DC 20012

Yes, Peanut Butter CAN be Dangerous for your Dog!

How many times have you had Pet Professionals, your local pet supply store, your neighbors and your friends tell you about using Peanut Butter in your pup's favorite toy, to re-activate a bone, or to give medicine in a tasty treat? In all fairness, it has been relatively safe all these years, but now there is a hidden danger in SOME Peanut Butter brands that could be lethal for your favorite companion. Krush Peanut ButterThat danger is a sugar substitute called Xylitol, and while it is safe for people, even a small amount of this substance can be cause dramatic illness and even death in canines.

Dallas is looking for a forever home

Dallas is beautiful 4 year old of unknown heritage. His family turned him into the shelter when he was about 1 1/2 years old because they no longer had time for him. Roxies Fund (www.roxiesfund.org) pulled him from the shelter and placed him in foster care at a local doggie daycare. He is well cared for but he would be much happier in a regular home.

Dr. Becker: Why Use Coconut Oil for Skin Treatment

Video featuring Dr. Karen Becker on why coconut oil is important for senior health

Health & Wellness for Family Pets on BLIS.fm

Pennye Jones-Napier and Julie Paez are the founders and owners of The Big Bad Woof, the pet store that supplies the essentials for the socially conscious pet and their pet owners. The store offers a variety of pet food choices that address and help prevent the increasing prevalence of obesity and diabetes in dogs and cats.

Raw Milk Kefir, a Magic Bullet for Immunity!

Kefir is a fermented milk product that originated centuries ago in the Caucasus mountains, and is now enjoyed by many different cultures worldwide, particularly in Europe and Asia. The word “kefir” is derived from the Turkish word “keif”, which literally translates to the “good feeling” one has after drinking it. Traditional cultures have attributed healing powers to kefir for centuries.

Earth Animal Natural Flea & Tick Care

In anticipation of a very aggressive flea and tick season we want to remind everyone of the importance of stocking up on Earth Animal Internal Powders, Liquid Herbal Tincture, Bug Spray and their Herbal Flea and Tick Shampoo. *REMINDER -Be sure to double the dose of the Internal Powders to get the maximum protection needed for peak season.

Who Rescued Whom?

This man adopted a rescue dog, who saved his life and helped him lose enough weight to run a marathon. Eric O’Grey weighed 300 pounds six years ago - he says him and his dog Peety rescued each other. Posted in The Telegraph, March 10, 2016 by Helena Horton

The Honest Kitchen ~ Small 2016 Price Increase on Some Products

From the founder of The Honest Kitchen: "We pride ourselves on obtaining the best ingredients for our products and work hard to ensure that price increases on our products remain minimal. Unfortunately several key ingredients have risen this year and we’re unable to absorb all of the additional expenses that have been incurred. In efforts to be transparent with our customers, below are some of the reasons behind our price increases. Most notably, chicken, turkey and egg prices have escalated, due in part of the effects (and ongoing threat) of avian influenza that have affected flocks across the country. We’ve also seen a considerable increase in the cost of some of our fish treats due to increased price of raw materials, a surge in Icelandic wages and other import expenses.

Helping Dogs Cope with Death

A recent event reminded me of how different dogs cope with the death of an animal or person they are close to and how we can help them. Our local Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue where I’ve volunteered for many years had two rescued wolfdogs (commonly called wolf hybrids) and gave them a wonderful life at the sanctuary as part of the education display. The older wolfdog, Sheila, passed away recently of cancer and her companion Willy howled endlessly at her loss. The rescue does a fabulous job with the endless sick, injured and orphaned wildlife that pass through their doors and I was impressed with how they handled Willy's response to Sheila’s passing. Willy was allowed to see and spend time with Sheila’s body and was present for her burial. After investigating her body he seemed to be able to understand that she wasn’t coming back and he stopped howling for her. Shared from The Bark Magazine. Shirley Zindler is an animal control officer in Northern California, and has personally fostered and rehomed more than 300 dogs. She has competed in obedience, agility, conformation and lure coursing, and has done pet therapy. Zindler just wrote a book The Secret Lives of Dog Catchers, about her experiences and contributes to Bark’s blog on a regular basis.

Immune Support for Your Animals

Consider adding Earth Animal's Immune Support, our organic liquid herbal remedy formulated by Dr. Bob. Immune Support helps to build immune resistance, especially during periods of stress or exposure to germs and viruses, commonly found in parks, boarding facilities and other public areas. (Shared from the Earth Animal Newsletter)

Caring for Community Cats

While the bulk of our business is for companion animals, we have many of our customers who care for Community Cats throughout the year, and as the seasons change, it is a reminder to start thinking about shelter and food as the winter starts to sneak up on us. Outdoor kitties need shelter to weather the cold, even though their winter coats are thickened. Their are a number of good plans online to build your own, and we offer a number of weatherproof habitats with and without radiant heating pads if you would like a ready-made shelter.

DIY Mummy Treat Holder

Even though it's a Mummy, could we also use it for the Holidays? Learn how to make a fun and enriching mummy treat holder using easy-to-find, pet-safe items from around the house.

Don't Forget About Calcium

One of the most common mistakes that people make when feeding a home-cooked diet is the failure to add calcium. You must add calcium when you feed a diet that does not include bones. Adult dogs need around 800 to 1,000 mg of calcium per pound of food fed. They also require the calcium to be supplied in a proper proportion to phosphorus.

America in Slo-Mo: Takoma Park

We are delighted to have the Dharma Initiative cruise around town and stop by our original store in Takoma DC. Fun and eclectic....

In a Bind over Phosphorous

My cat is in the early stages of kidney disease. My vet said he wanted to reduce her phosphorus intake. Since I don’t like the prescription diets and my cat, who eats a raw meat diet, wouldn’t touch them anyway, what are my options to accomplish a reduced phosphorus diet? Written by Elisa Katz, DVM for Feline Nutrition

Bravo Pet Foods Recall - July 2015

If you have any of the lots below that are part of thiscdf8a8741182e97d6518f2971230fc09.jpg recall please follow the instructions below (copied from the Bravo website). Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella. The recall was initiated after routine testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella contamination.

DIY Toy for dogs that love to shred!

The construction is fairly easy, just follow these steps: Gather the supplies: Hol-ee Roller ball, strips of machine washable fabric (like fleece), dog treats (optional). Load the ball up with fabric strips and treats. Laura, the author, says she rolls the treats up inside some of the strips but that you shouldn't do this if your dog won't be able to figure out how to unroll the fabric. Let your pup go at it! They'll use up a ton of energy playing and won't leave piles of fluff around your house. Remember that you have to pick toys best suited to your dog, so if they tend to eat things they shouldn't than this may not be the best toy for them.

Can Dogs Get Sunburned?

Unfortunately, they can. The Sun gives provides warmth, light and is a vital source of Vitamin D but for extended exposure and under certain circumstances, like us, our pets need extra protection from the sun’s rays.

Thick Green Lawns and Canine Malignant Lymphoma

By Dr. Karen Becker, DVM (Originally published on Healthy Pets / Mercola July 2012) This is the time of year when many dog owners get their pets outside to enjoy the sunshine and lush greenery. puppyongrassBut according to a study published earlier in the year in the journal Environmental Research, a romp across the lawn might actually be dangerous to your pet’s health. The study, conducted over a six year period at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, showed that exposure to lawn pesticides – specifically those applied by professional lawn care companies – raised the risk of canine malignant lymphoma (CML) by as much as 70 percent.

My pet has fleas - what is the least toxic treatment?

At the Woof we always opt for the least toxic remedies to flea & tick problems. Why you ask? KleenGreen - Fleas & ticks have a nasty way of getting immune to chemicals and eventually becoming Super Flea. The well known spot ons enter into your pets bloodstream so that when a flea or tick bites the dog they ingest the poison and die. Wonder what that does to your pet - or ever ponder the instructions that tell you not to get anything on your hands? But you should put directly on your dog or cat? And how about don’t pet your dog while the stuff is on the fur? HMMM There are a range of alternatives for dealing with Fleas & Ticks. Granted they may take more work and may not be as convenient but they are safer on your pet, safer for the environement and fleas and ticks will not develop a resistance to them.

Allergies to Sweet Potatoes in Raw Diet

I wonder if you can make any suggestions. Zeb (our Great Dane) has been fighting chronic dermatitis on his feet for a couple of years now. Before that, he only had it during the rainy seasons. I broke down and had an allergy test run last week, and low and behold, not only is he allergic to the cool season grasses that we grow in our yard (and predominantly around this area), but WRT food, he is allergic to sweet potatoes. Well, wouldn't you know that sweet potatoes are in his K9 Kravings that we've been feeding for a couple of years now. We have been discussing it and we think that his skin condition became chronic sometime around that same timeframe.I've looked their website and it looks like K9 K's puts sweet potato in all of their formulas.

Changes in Routines

nd of summer is near! For many of us humans that means back to school, back to work and back to our regular routines. For our pets, however, the change in routine and decrease in activity can mean boredom, frustration and even anxiety. As we begin to dial our lives down for fall let’s not forget about our furry family members.

Diet for early onset kidney issues in a Saluki

Do you carry a pre-made kidney support diet? I have an early stage dog and have been researching raw/cooked homemade diets but thought you might have a better idea; thought maybe honest kitchen had a kidney formula? Thank you! Cassandra

What is Dehydrated Dog & Cat Food?

The Honest Kitchen helps explain what is dehydrated pet food. It is great to mix with meat or use as a substitute for canned diets using fresh, human-grade ingredients.