*not all Tail Blazers carry identical items, please call your local Tail Blazers for availability
Himalayan Dog ChewsHimalayan dog chews are made in the Himalayas from an ancient, unique recipe. This natural cheese treat is fully digestible, made using yak or cow milk and it`s LONG lasting! (chew time will vary with each dog) Milk in its raw form is difficult for dogs to digest, but once made into cheese, the cooking process actually alters the proteins making it more easily digested. Additionally, the product is extremely hard and quite long lasting, and because of this, the amount of dairy that a dog can consume at any one time is extremely limited.
The chews are made on traditional Himalayan farms, the traditional way. The cows and yaks are raised in sheds and no modern equipment or techniques are used in raising or milking the animals. They graze on open grasslands or are brought fresh cut grass by their families, and have never been introduced to hormones, prophylactic antibiotics, or other chemicals. A truly unique treat!
Wet Noses Dog TreatsThese delicious biscuits are certified organic and made from human grade ingredients in a family run bakery.
Made with organic rye and oat flours, these biscuits have no chemicals, by-products, preservatives, corn, wheat or soy.
Cheddar, Peanut Butter, Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Curry are just a few of the tempting flavours!
Bonito Flakes For CatsBonito is a fish which swims in the waters of the western Pacific Ocean. It is a schooling fish from the tuna family. Since Bonito is a bony fish it is rarely eaten for its meat. Instead the dark, oily fish is carefully dried and shaved into very fine, thin, intensely flavoured flakes. The Japanese use these flakes to make a savoury broth, while cats and dogs love the flakes just the way they are, right out of the container!
During the packaging process, Cat-Man-Do bonito flakes have the oxygen extracted from their container, so that they are as fresh as possible when your pet goes to consume them! The only ingredients here are the bonito flakes – no additives or preservatives! Healthy and tasty!
And don`t forget chocolate and poinsettias are very toxic to pets – keep them out of reach this Holiday season!
Q: Is it ok to feed my pet different meats as part of their raw diet?
A: Yes! As long as your pet doesn`t have any allergies (or aversions), rotating through various meat types is a good thing! Variety in the diet helps your pet to get a wide diversity of fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. Imagine if the only vegetable we ever ate was broccoli! Not only would that be boring, but also would not get a full spectrum of nutrients by rotating through various veggies. Same goes for pets, variety is good.
There are many different `flavours` of meat available in raw diets, such as elk, bison, chicken, turkey, quail, duck, rabbit, emu and beef. Most companies offer a variety of meats as part of their product line.
“Pets add years to our lives, now it’s time to add some to theirs” – has been the Tail Blazers slogan since inception. But why this particular phrase?
First of all, Tail Blazers first and foremost commitment is to having ONLY natural, healthy, high quality food. Fillers, by-products, artificial preservatives and colourings, corn, soy and poor quality meats will NOT be found in our products. Products that advertise that they are ‘healthy’ for your pet, but contain some of the above ingredients, are also NOT found at our stores. We apply rigorous screening to all food and treats to ensure you pet is only getting the healthiest product. By feeding your pet healthy, species appropriate food, studies show it will increase their lifespan. Hence the ‘add some years to their lives’.
Additionally, when their usage is appropriate, natural herbs and supplements can be used to help pets with ailments, without having to give them drugs that have side effects. Tail Blazers carries a wide range of such supplements, another way we strive to improve the health of pets.
As for the ‘Pets add years to our lives’ part of the saying, many studies show that our furry friends improve our quality of life and actually increase our lifespan, helping to do everything from reducing blood pressure and heart attacks to stress reduction. As important members of the family, our pets deserve to have healthy food and treats, one of the main principals that Tail Blazers stands on!
1. Ask around to friends and family about who they use, and if they are happy with the service they have received from their groomer. Referral is one of the best ways to find a good groomer.
2. Find out if the groomer is accepting new clients – unfortunately many groomers are full and unable to take on new clients.
3. Meet the groomer, do you like him or her?
4. Ask them questions about their experience and training.
5. Ask for a tour of the salon to get a feel for how things are run. If they say no – ask yourself why would they not want to show you the salon?
6. Is the salon an ``assembly`` line or is time and care taken on each pet?
7. Check and make sure the salon clean, sanitary, free of odour and not overcrowded.
8. Take note if the groomer takes time to answer the questions you ask them.
9. The groomer should make you feel comfortable while you are in the salon, if you are not, how could your pet be.
10. Does your groomer listen to your grooming needs and discuss the service you will receive?
11. Ask up front for costs and what will be included.
12. Pay attention to how the staff interacts with the dogs.
13. Trust your intuition and pay attention to your pet – you know your pet and if something seems not quite right they will let you know.
14. Ask what kind of bathing system and dryers they use – if kennel driers are used, they should be properly used by staff and have temperature as well as timer controls on them.
15. Cheaper does not equate to better!
Slippery Elm (Ulmus fulva) is a very safe and non-toxic herb for both dogs and cats. The part of the tree used is the inner bark, which is soft and stringy. Herbalists attribute many wonderful healing properties to Slippery Elm: demulcent (soothing, mucilage-forming), emollient (soothing and protective for skin), nutritive (providing specific food nutrients), tonic (promoting healthy function of one or more body systems), and astringent (constricting, binding or drying effect). It can be used both internally and externally.
In the gastro-intestinal tract, Slippery Elm acts directly. It can be thought of as a sort of natural "Pepto-Bismol." Its mucilage content coats, soothes, and lubricates the mucus membranes lining the digestive tract. Slippery Elm is an excellent treatment for ulcers, gastritis, colitis, and other inflammatory bowel problems. It is high in fiber, and so helps normalize intestinal action; it can be used to relieve both diarrhea and constipation. It may also help alleviate nausea and vomiting in pets suffering from non-GI illnesses, such as kidney disease.
Slippery Elm is said to relieve inflammation of virtually any mucus membrane, and has been used in the treatment of inflammatory conditions of the lungs (bronchitis, asthma), kidneys, bladder (cystitis, FLUTD symptoms), throat (tonsillitis), and joints (arthritis).
Slippery Elm contains many nutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fat, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, calcium, and several trace minerals) that can be beneficial for recuperating pets, and it may stay down when other foods are not tolerated. Slippery Elm may interfere with the absorption of certain minerals and pharmaceuticals, so is best given separately from any concurrent drug therapy.
In the case of cystitis (bladder inflammation), Slippery Elm is thought to soothe the bladder lining. However, it is somewhat high in magnesium, so may be contraindicated in dogs who have an active infection with an elevated urinary pH, where struvite crystal formation may be a risk. (In cats, urinary tract infections are very rarely bacterial.)
Externally, a soothing paste of Slippery Elm powder (mix the powder with a little cold water) can be used as a poultice for hot spots, insect burns, rashes, scratches, ulcerated areas, or other shallow wounds.
To give internally, mix about 1/4 teaspoon of Slippery Elm bark powder with cold water for every 10 pounds of body weight. For very small dogs, it is fine to use the same 1/4 teaspoon dose. The bulk powder may be very fluffy, so pack it down as much as possible to measure it. Slippery Elm powder will absorb many times its own weight in water, so be sure to add enough to make a moderately thick gruel. This gruel can be given before meals by syringe or added to food. It has a slightly sweet taste and is usually well-tolerated by cats and dogs when mixed with food. Give a dose 5 minutes before meals for sore throat, and before or with meals for digestive tract problems, such as inflammatory bowel disease, until symptoms resolve. *Please consult with your pets health care practitioner about the health of your pet before treating
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