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It is shorts and sandals time for us, but not your best friend. Imagine cooling yourself off only by panting, and imagine how hot your body temperature would be and how dehydrated you would become. For this reason, please carry water for your dog when you go on walks or the dog park. Leash on Life carries portable water bottles for your dog that hook on your belt for easy carrying. The Gulpy stores and serves water all in one easy-to-use bottle. The flip open/close design, also makes it very handy. If you plan on traveling or walking with your dog, H2O is one item you don’t want to be without, particularly in the summer heat. If you already have a water bottle we also have collapsible bowls.
Please remember, while your dog may enjoy an evening walk, most do not enjoy large summer festivals or firework displays. The pavement is hot on sensitive dog feet and the humidity effects them just as it does us. They may be better at home in the air conditioning.

You can learn more about heat and your dog by checking out the “Dog Day’s of Summer” on our new web site!

 

 

 

The term ‘dog days’ has nothing to do with dogs. It dates back to Roman time2017-06-05_1550s, when it was believed Sirius, the Dog Star, added its heat to that of the sun from July 3rd to August 11th, creating exceptionally high temperatures. The Romans called the period dies caniculares, literally ‘days of the dog.’ Not just a pretty light, the Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness.

 

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If you are planning on taking your dog on vacation (or anywhere), a car harness is a good safety idea. Not only does it help keep your dog from being thrown and injured if you were to be in an accident, it also keeps them restrained so they do not interfere with your driving. Not all of our pets are as good of a driver as Toonces was. Kennels also work well for safety for both dogs and cats.

 

 

 

Bump in the Night…
2017-06-05_1559_001Summer has made her appearance and with her comes thunder and fireworks which frighten many dogs & cats. We have a variety of calming treats. All work by different natural, non-sedative methods to
assist anxious situations. Treatibles contain a blend of phytocannabinoid hemp including CBD. In addition to a calming effect there is anecdotal pet owner observations of help with pain and inflammation. Happy Traveler does more than make the ride go smoothly, it helps with any stressful situation. Herbal2017-06-05_1559 ingredients assist with stress and nervousness. Happy Traveler has the National Animal Supplements Council (NASC) seal of quality testing. Calming Treats from Vermont Pet Naturals are NASC approved as well. These treats focus on B Vitamins and Colostrum to help manage stress. An option other than treats are Thundershirts™. Eighty-five percent of dogs (satisfaction guaranteed) show significant improvement with their anxiety symptoms when wearing their Thundershirt™.  Experts such as Dr. Temple Grandin believe the gentle constant pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system. We also carry Thunderspray and other pheromone sprays and collars. These work nicely in tandem when sprayed on the Thundershirt.

 

 

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Adoptable Rabbit of the Month, Thumper…
Thumper is a cute 2 years old fellow. Thumper is available through the Iowa City Adoption Center, call (319) 356-5295 or visit www.icanimalcenter.org to learn more about all the animals at the Center.

Celebrate Earth Day

earthdayCelebrate Earth Day…
Earth Day is Saturday April 22nd, and we will be celebrating Mother Earth all month…and all year for that matter. Leash on Life has partnered with Fussie Cat food to offer reusable bags. They will be $0.50, and then we will give you a nickel back all year when you bring the bag back in to use. Just 10 trips to the store and the bag is paid for, and we don’t use plastic bags! Stop in April 15-23 for a week of sales and promos supporting our planet.

 

topitoffTop it Off…
Looking for a new gravy to jazz up dinner time? Super Gravy is just that, SUPER tasty and nutritious. Really easy to use…either sprinkle on top kibble and add water or mix it up in a jug ahead and pour on the food. Full of digestive enzymes and probiotics for better digestion with every meal, and great tasting to dogs or cats. Three flavors available to please any pallet. And in honor of earth day… If you are topping our kibble with canned food you will save on cans with Super Gravy. We will have it in stock April 10th.

 

The Scoop on Poop…Thescooponpoop
Earth Rated™ poop bags are degradable. Earth Rated™ takes that one step further, with packaging and center bag core made from recycled paper. Earth Rated™ bags come in three styles; regular, extra-large and tie handles and they are unscented or have a light lavender scent. All this just as the spring has finally arrived. There is nothing like being able to change the world one poop at a time.

 

theodosiaAdoptable Cat of the Month, Theodosia…
Theodosia is about 2 years old. She is looking for a new forever home. Theodosia is available through the Iowa City Adoption Center, call (319) 356-5295 or visit www.icanimalcenter.org to learn more about the animals at the Center.

Flea & Tick Protection

Special Just For You…
Filene’s Basement? Land of Misfit Toys? Well, not really, but we do have a table of sale items. A variety of toys, tshirts and other items are waiting for you, and they are at great prices. These are the same great items we have always had, but we are trying to make room for some new fun things. Stop by and check out the table—we are sure there is something you just can’t live without.

Not So Fun Facts…flea on dog head
A single flea may bite more than 350 times daily! They will consume 15 times their body weight in blood a day, but can live 100 days without a meal. A female flea lay 40-50 eggs a day. For a sensitive or flea-allergic animal, itching caused by the bites can become severe. Fleas also transmit tapeworms and in severe cases cause anemia to a dog or cat. While adult fleas are wingless, they move fast, leaping up to 8 inches at a time or 150 times their own height. Add this to their small stature, and fleas become difficult to see. Flea dirt (blood in the flea feces) is one way to diagnose a flea problem. This will show up as tiny black specs on your pet or bedding. Put a spec on a paper towel, add water, and flea dirt will turn red.

Don’t Bug Me…
The best treatment for fleas and ticks is prevention, and it is not too early. Once the temperature rises above 40 degrees your dog or cat could be picking up fleas. To effectively eliminate fleas from BOTH your pet and your home, you must disrupt the flea’s life cycle.

  • Topically and oral products kill off adult fleas before they have the chance to reproduce. Flea shampoos help ease discomfort caused by the fleas and may give you an indication of the flea infestation, observe the bath water for floating fleas.
  • If any fleas have jumped off your dog or cat (this is very likely) you will want to treat your home along with your pet. Home flea ‘bombs’ are effective, but may miss important areas (such as under your furniture) requiring targeted sprays.
  • While garlic has long been heralded with repelling bloodsuckers (fleas, in addition to vampires) too much can have a toxic effect on dogs.
  • Use caution when using shampoos, topicals, bombs, and sprays in tandem, remember the insecticides can add up quickly, and cause health problems for both you and your pet.

If you would prefer a natural alternative for flea control we have added Alzoo to our lineup. The active ingredient is Geraniol. Alzoo is a preventative for fleas and ticks, so if your pet already has fleas you will need to address that ‘issue’ first, then begin the Alzoo regimen.

Consult with your vet before using any treatment on a puppy or kitten under 12 weeks. Another important note: When it comes to flea products, “Dogs ONLY” means DOGS ONLY. Ingredients in those products can be harmful or fatal for your cat. Be sure to treat your pet with the appropriate dose for their weight. In a 2014 report from the CDC, the most common cause of illness from topical or internal treatments was inaccurate dosing

 

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Adoptable Cat of the Month, Foozball…
Foozball is an older gal looking for a retirement home. She is spayed and litter box trained. Foozball is available through the Iowa City Adoption Center, call (319) 356-5295 or visit www.icanimalcenter.org to learn more about the animals at the Center.

Let’s See Those Pearly Whites…

February is pet dental month. The bacteria that live in your pet’s mouth may be causing that bad breath that makes you avoid those most excited kisses. These bacteria can lead to oral disease and increase the risk for more serious illness. The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age three. Warning signs include bad breath, tartar and swollen red gums. Fractured teeth or cavities can be painful and may change your pets eating habits.
Prevention is the key to helping pets maintain good health. There are many alternatives for dental care with your dog or cat, but it is hard to beat daily brushing; the challenge of course is getting us to comply. Start your pet early to get them used to teeth brushing. Dental chews and bones can aid with removal of tartar.  Fleece tugs and rope bones are a good addition to your dog’s toy pile. These work as dental floss, but do not cause wear in enamel. If your pet already has tartar build up your best bet is to have the teeth cleaned and then start a preventative routine. If you have questions about your dog or cats teeth be sure to have a talk with your veterinarian about what is right for you and your pet.

Getting Started…
To get you off on the right “foot” for teeth care we will have dental items on sale the month of February. Whimzee dental chews will be 15% off. Other dental items such as toothpaste, tooth brushes and water additives will be 10% off.

Something Fish-y Around Here…

The cold dry winter effects your pets skin and coat as much as ours. Some of you have asked about salmon oil as a skin and coat supplement.  We carry Icelandic salmon & sardine oil. For cats and dogs this is a great source of Omega-3s (EPA & DHA). Dogs, and more so cats, have limited capacity to make these fatty acids. The addition of Omega-3 fatty acids relieves itchy skin, acts as an anti-inflammatory, decreases shedding, helps with hairballs, promotes heart health and lubricates joints. Wow, can it clean your house too?

Adoptable Dog of the Month, Sugar…
Sugar is as sweet as his name. He is a 2 year old Pit mix. He loves going for walks. Sugar is available through the Iowa City Adoption Center, call (319) 356-5295 or visit www.icanimalcenter.org  to learn more about the animals at the Center.

Baby It’s Cold Outside…

Yep, it is winter in Iowa and we all need to have our cold weather gear ready to go. We have doggie coats and sweaters. They are easy to put on, washable and oh so stylish. Warm sweaters, fleece coats and widbreaker jackets should be just what is needed to keep old man winter at bay.
Don’t forget about the tender feet. Salt on the sidewalk, snow balls stuck in paws and just the bitter cold can all be painful. Pictured is Cooper sporting his insulated boots. Paw rub, to moisturize and protect the pads is another option. Come in, take a look and see what you think will work best for your dog.

If you are not bringing your dog in for a “fitting” please take a few measurements. For coats measure around the neck, chest behind the front legs and then length along the back from collar to base of tail. For boots simply ask your dog to stand on a piece of paper and make a paw tracing.

December 22nd Special

  • Grandma Lucy’s Treats 15% off –
  • Dog & cat games and treat dispensing toys 15% off –
  • BeneBones 15% off

 

 

Take the Plunge…

Take the Plunge…..Take the Plunge…

The 7th Annual North Liberty Doggie Plunge is September 8th & 9th from 3pm-8pm at the North Liberty Aquatic Center. The Doggie Plunge will be benefiting the Cedar Valley Humane Society.

$7 per dog pre-registration. $10 day-of registration. Register online at

https://apm.activecommunities.com/northlibertycommctr/Activity_Search.

Please have proof of current rabies & distemper vaccinations the day of event. If dogs are unable to “play nice” they may be asked to leave without a refund. Please one dog per person.

Questions can be directed to Ashley Kipp, Aquatics Supervisor, at akipp@northlibertyiowa.org or by calling 319.626.5707.

The 14th Annual Dog Paddle is Saturday, September 24th from 1-7pm 

Location: City Park Pool, 200 E. Park Road, Iowa City, IA

Before the pool is drained for the season Friends of the Animal Foundation(FACF) will team up with the City of Iowa City to give your dog a chance to take a dip in the pool!

*All participating dogs must have a current license or proof of rabies vaccine
*Dogs must be friendly – with humans and other dogs
*Dogs must be in good general health
*Children under the age of 12 will not be allowed in the pool area

To Register:

Forms are available at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center at 3910 Napoleon Lane, or on the events page-on the FACF website at www.facf.org

Registration fee: $10 in advance, and $15 at the gate.

Petcurean GO…NOW…

Petcurean GO…NOW…Petcurean GO…NOW…

Expanded food options for dogs and cats, that’s what we are cookin’ up here at Leash on Life. Whenever we add a new food, or any product for that matter, we take a good look at how it would benefit our two and four legged friends. We have added Petcurean to our dog and cat food line up. This independent Canadian company meets high standards of quality pet food with a commitment to sustainability. The GO! Line will help meet unique dietary needs such as single protein sources. For you large dog owners who ask for a big kibble, the NOW large breed is the largest kibble size of any we have found. Similarly, GO! And NOW have a wonderful line of grain free food for kitties.  Their frequent buyer program will help your pocketbook. We feel this is a wonderful complement to our other healthy food lines.

New North Liberty Hours: Thursday 11am-7pm!

New North Liberty Hours: Thursday 11am-7pm!

North Liberty Leash on Life will now be open on Thursdays from 11am-7pm.

We are hoping the extra hour in the evening will accommodate busy schedules.

North Liberty Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10am-6pm.

Thursday 11am-7pm .Saturday 10am-4pm. Sunday 11am-2pm.

Questions? Call us at 319-665-2186, Email: info@leashonlife.net.

Adoptable Pet of the Month, Asia

Adoptable Pet of the Month, Asia

Asia is a good lookin’ gal. Being about one year old and a terrier mix she has plenty of smarts and energy. She has a good start on her learning her basic dog skills and is a willing student.

Asia is available at the Iowa City Adoption Center, call (319) 356-5295 or visit www.icanimalcenter.org to learn more about the dogs and cats at the Center.