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Our human instinct to love, be loved, to nurture, to belong to group, to bond with another being-- all needs quite often fulfilled by our animal companions who offer their loyalty, protection, and emotional support. For some of us, our longest relationships (excluding family of course!) are those we have had with our pets. They have endured all of life's ups and downs with us, faithfully by our side. In my own personal experience, my longest current relationship is at nineteen years and counting-- Not many other people can say they know me as well as my cat!
With animal companions there are no break ups, no fighting, disappointments, heartache- it's a true friend until the very end. For some, pets are best friends forever, a sidekick, a wingman, a lil' homie... For others, pets are family members, more like children to childless people and couples, or an empty nest-filler for attentive parents. Either way you dissect it, our pets are the objects of our affections (and…
Holiday parties, visiting guests, lunch dates and shopping around town… even our fur friends want to look their best and be extra fresh and sparkly during the holiday season! Reminder to book Bathhouse appointments early for your animal companion/s to enjoy a pampered day at the pet spa.
Now dapper or pampered, after a day at the grooming salon, your pup can refuel at the Pawbar with a freshly prepared meal to enjoy in-store, or grab to-go. Treat them with festive Holiday bakery goodies or fresh and wholesome meals!
Planning a pet-friendly Holiday party? Why not add some fresh catered options to your menu for friends' and family pets?! Let us help by making freshly…Continue
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It’s Twinkle Time at Pussy & Pooch!!!
The decorations are hung, the holiday lights are twinkling and there are gift galore for all the good pooches, kitty cats and pet lovers on your list – and a few naughty ones too. Join us as we raise a paw and kickoff our 8th annual “12 Days of Twinkle” featuring 12 consecutive days of festive in-store events and promotions, Mutt Mingles featuring photos of you with Punky Santa, naughty or nice treats, and more in Downtown Los Angeles, Belmont Shore, Downtown Long Beach and…Continue
Costumes parties galore! Halloween may have just passed, and whether your pets were costumed or not during the festivities– one thing is certain, the Halloween holiday kicks off a season of dressing your pets. The holiday brings out the inner kid in most of us and so it’s no surprise that the family fun has been extended to our furry companions. In a recent report, the National Retail Federation estimated that more than 14% of people dressed their pets for Halloween with costume spending at an estimated $350M. There is generally a sharp turn in temperatures at the end of October (in most areas!) that promptly moves us all into ‘sweater weather’, although climate change in So Cal makes this window of ‘seasonality’ seemingly smaller each year.
Never the less with the…Continue
Leathery, round balls of fleshy orange fruit, pumpkins are one of the season's best foods for animals -- and humans alike. Oftentimes referred to as a vegetable in culinary terms, pumpkins are by definition in fact, berry-like botanical fruits from the squash family, containing seeds and sprouting from flowers. Packed with vitamins and phytonutrients and an excellent source of dietary fiber, pumpkin is one of Nature’s Superfoods, rich in Antioxidants, Vitamins A, C, and E.
Grinning Jack-o-Lanterns may symbolize the beginning of fall harvest, seasonal pies and savory dishes, but all-natural, pure pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie mix!) is something every pet guardian should have stocked in your pantry all-year-round. Dogs and cats love its natural taste and texture added to…Continue
All Pet Food is Not Created Equal.
Feeding your pets is a lot like feeding your family – what they intake has a direct effect on their health, behavior, skin and coat, energy level, and so much more. As the saying goes, 'what you don't know won't hurt you'... well not totally so when it comes to choices in pet food. Do you really know what goes into pet food and how it's actually made? You might be shocked to learn the truth. Choosing the ‘best’ pet foods is not as easy as it seems. The quality and source of ingredients, the food manufacturing practices, and your animal’s individual lifestyle needs should all be considered when determining the right diet. If you are like most dog and cat guardians you may think feeding your pets should be as easy as scooping dry kibble from a bag and pouring it into a bowl, however you may want to think again—and, think outside the bag for a healthier alternative.
Let Them Eat Meat – Go…Continue
Pet friendly travel is a fast-growing segment of the travel industry and hot trend within the booming pet industry. According to a recent study by AAA and Best Western International, more than half of U.S. pet owners take their cats and dogs with them when they travel. While dogs remain the most popular travel companion (58%), a survey by PetRelocation.com shows that a growing number of people are now traveling with their cat companions too and account for 22% of pet travel.
If you are planning a family vacation, weekend excursion, or packing-up for a day trip to the beach, mountains, or beyond, there are a growing number of pet friendly accommodations, amenities, and pet-friendly destinations/activities for you. There are also now more…Continue
Warmer weather marks more than just the beginning of summer fun...it's when combatting fleas, ticks, and pesky mosquitoes is in full-effect for most pet guardians. Sunny So-Cal weather and the sometimes difficulty in effective parasite control typically make pest prevention a year-round battle for most of us, especially with regard to increasingly resistant “super” fleas. The pursuit of great outdoor pleasures, travel, and frolicking fun times with our pets demands that we are prepared for the best and worst scenarios unwarranted critters can bring. To get ready, the three most important aspects to consider are your pet, your environment, and your lifestyle; determine what prevention and/or treatment measures are the best/safest for your individual situation and to ensure…Continue
Written By: Dr. Rhiannon Fenton, Holistic Veterinarian - Beverly Hills location
Spring is here! Did you know that Spring is the season of the Wood constitution in Chinese Medicine? The Wood constitution is characterized as that being ruled by the Liver and Gallbladder. The Liver is the wife, and the Gallbladder is the husband, so-to-speak. They have a balancing relationship with one another. Liver is Yin; Gallbladder is Yang. Yin seeks to cool and nourish whereas the Yang seeks to warm and is concerned with anatomy. The functions of the Liver are to store Blood, maintain smooth flow of Qi (energy), nourish tendon/ligaments and is responsible for eye health. Qi is what provides our life force; it is the invisible, electric energy that is responsible for physiological functions of our body and keeps us alive.
The Wood constitution in its balanced state is…Continue