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Certified Pet Groomer and CEO of Avery?s Pet Styling Salon & Boutique Offers Tips to Keep Pets Safe and Healthy During Harsh Winter Weather

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) January 15, 2013

In order to diminish the effects of the winter weather, Certified Pet Groomer and CEO of Avery?s Pet Styling Salon and Boutique, Taria Avery, suggests 3 basic tips for pet parents to get started with to help keep their fur-kids healthy and happy during the winter season.

1.) Brush or Comb Your Pet 2-3 Times a Week

Keeping your pet?s coat clear of knots and matts is as important as maintaining monthly baths. Using a brush is fine, but if your pet has long curly hair be sure to use a comb and take it all the way down to the skin. For some double coated dogs, excess oils can build up in their skin and may cause dry patches that may eventually contribute to hot spots if pet parents do not pay attention to their pet?s skincare regimen. On a double-coated dog, use a brush to remove the excess undercoat and to facilitate proper air circulation to the skin.

Cats require grooming too. Many cat owners believe their cats do a good enough job keeping clean, but they too need a thorough combing to help keep their skin and coat healthy.

2.) Set Aside 15 Minutes for Essential Care

In addition to brushing or combing, essential care includes clipping nails, brushing teeth, and cleaning out pet?s ears. This should be done about 1-3 times a week depending on your fur-kid?s specific needs. During the winter season, grooming nuances tend to get put off, but to keep pesky infections at bay it is critical to maintain essential care.

3.) Maintain Exercise Habits

Don?t let the blistering winter elements stop pets from getting the exercise they need. Pet parents can create in-house solutions to make sure their pets get the required exercise. For example, allowing pets to walk on treadmills is a great way to keep pets fit. But be sure to keep the treadmill on low speed, and discuss it with your Veterinarian before putting your pet on any exercising machine.

Avery understands pet grooming is just as important during the winter months as it is during the warmer seasons. Bitter cold conditions can have a harmful effect on a pet?s skin, coat and paw pads if not properly maintained. Unfortunately, pet parents may be tempted to skip out on winter grooming sessions assuming that allowing their pet?s fur to grow full is the best protection from intense winds and cold weather.

Lastly Avery says ?try to stick as closely to their normal grooming routine as possible. Make sure your fur-kid has access to fresh and clean water at all times, keep a space heater close by to provide additional warmth in the house if appropriate.? As the cold and snow set in, continue booking your regular grooming sessions, but use these tips to protect your fur-kid and supplement your existing maintenance schedule with your dog groomer or cat groomer.

More About Taria Avery of Avery’s Pet Styling Salon & Boutique:

Clients know Taria Avery, a Certified Pet Groomer, as the ?Fur Therapist.? She is the President and CEO of Avery’s Pet Styling Salon and Boutique, a state-of-the-art mobile grooming salon servicing the Greater Philadelphia metro area and southern New Jersey. She holds certifications in many key areas including CPR and first aid for animals, nutrition, animal behavior, aromatherapy, etc. Avery has been featured as a pet grooming expert for various media outlets including 6ABC News’ TV program “FYI Philly”, Philadelphia Magazine, Pet Product New International, Philadelphia CN8 Network “Your Morning” show, KYW NewsRadio 1060, The Philadelphia Tribune and Philly Fit magazine. Her discussion topics included the state of the pet industry, groomer certifications and tips for pet parents on selecting a groomer. Avery?s mission is to provide peace of mind for the pet parent by enhancing the health and wellness of their fur-kids with tender loving care.

Click here to watch Taria Avery on 6 ABC News’ “FYI Philly”.

[Click here to watch Taria Avery on CN8 Network's ?Your Morning Show?.

To contact Taria Avery for speaking engagements, advice columns or features please email taria(at)

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Dogs on the Titanic

Stories about the sinking of the Titanic seldom mention that there were dogs on the Titanic who also lost their lives when the ship sank.

News stories abound of the sinking of the mighty Titanic, the largest passenger steamship in the world at the time. On April 10th, 1912 the brand new luxury liner sailed off on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England headed for New York City. Four days into the crossing, at 11:40 p.m. on April 14th, she struck an iceberg and sank at 2:20 a.m. the following morning. The sinking of the Titanic was one of the worst maritime disasters during peacetime in history, claiming the lives of 1,517 people.

The RMS Titanic was an Olympic-class passenger liner owned by the White Star Line and carried 2,227 people on board. The casualty rate was unusually large due to the fact that the ship carried lifeboats for only 1,178 people.

What is not commonly known is that the designers and builders of the Titanic had installed the best kennel facilities available for pets belonging to its upper class passengers. Ten dogs boarded the Titanic but only three survived the sinking. Two small dogs were saved by their owners who were able to carry them in their arms when boarding a life boat. The third dog was a large Newfoundland dog owned by the ship’s first officer.

His dog, named Rigel, became a hero during the sinking of the Titanic. The story published in the New York Herald newspaper on April 21, 1912 read as follows:

“Not the least among the heroes of the Titanic was Rigel, a big black Newfoundland dog, belonging to the first officer, who went down with his ship, But for Rigel, the fourth boat picked up might have been run down by the Carpathia. For three hours he swam in the icy water where the Titanic went down, evidently looking for his master, and was instrumental in guiding the boatload of survivors to the gangway of the Carpathia.”

“Jonas Briggs, a seaman aboard the Carpathia now has Rigel and told the story of the dog’s heroism. The Carpathia was moving slowly about, looking for boats, rafts and anything which might be afloat. Exhausted with their efforts, weak from lack of food and exposure to the cutting wind, and terror stricken, the men and women in the fourth boat had drifted under the Carpathia’s starboard bow. They were dangerously close to the steamship, but too weak to shout a warning loud enough to reach the bridge.”

“The boat might not have been seen were it not for the sharp barking of Rigel, who was swimming ahead of the craft, and valiantly announcing his position. His barks attracted the attention of Captain Rostron and he went to the starboard end of the bridge to see where they came from and saw the boat. He immediately ordered the engines stopped and the boat came alongside the starboard gangway.”

“Care was taken to take Rigel aboard, but he appeared little affected by his long trip through the icy cold water. He stood by the raft and barked until the last passenger was taken aboard the Carpathia.”

So if a friend ever brings up the question “Where There Dogs on the Titanic?” you can answer that “Yes there were, and how could you not believe that a dog is man’s best friend?”

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Feeding Pets a Variety of Food Ingredients Help Them Stay Healthy

In Dog Dish Diet, I help pet owners understand that it is the allergens, carbohydrates, and the nature of dry food and especially treats that causes dry itchy skin, infected ears, obesity, urinary problems, and even seizures. Changing to hypoallergenic food (salmon/potato, rabbit/potato, chicken rice) and stopping treats and chews loaded with wheat gluten may really help some dogs. Adding eggs, sardines, raw meat, meaty bones, olive, and canola oils to a commercial diet may really increase the quality of proteins and healthy oils. These changes may be enough to help cure some ear, skin, and bowel problems. Feeding a moister hypoallergenic food with more oils (canned food, home cooked, and raw food) may help pets with more severe issues and urinary problems. I think that the better ingredients in raw and home cooked food may be best for organ health and preventing chronic medical problems and cancer.Instead of biscuits, feed turkey or chicken hotdogs, carrots, sardines, boiled eggs, or pieces of meat as “treats”.

Try a better commercial food, add some healthy food, feed some raw meat, or home cook a bit. Mixing hypoallergenic healthier commercial food with better proteins and oils will definitely prevent some medical issues. Raw food, home cooked, and canned  food are better choices for others. I think that home cooked and/or raw food are the best choices.

I have been receiving more and more letters like this.

Hi Dr. Greg.

I have switched over my dogs cooking for several years now and she is very healthy. People are surprised she is already 8 yrs old. My recipe is also using a crock pot and very similar to yours. Adding veggies, meats, gizzards, etc and sometimes oats and quinoa.

I have had numerous people in my apartment complex asking me to make it and have gladly given me money. I have researched the AAFCO guidelines which is a requirement for selling dog food. Crude protein content -a minimum of 12 percent, Crude fat content -a minimum of 5 percent, Crude fiber content -a maximum of 5 percent, Moisture content -a maximum of 65 percent. The food I make has enough protein and fat content to reach the minimums. The problem is the moisture content can not exceed 65 percent and fiber content cannot exceed maximum 5 percent. This is difficult considering how moist the food I make is and also has a lot of fiber content from the oats. Does that mean that I need to make it more “dry”, does it mean that I need to remove the “oats”?
It has been a frustrating road because I know that the meals that I make for my neighbors and my dogs are very healthy and much more nutritious than the kibbles and wet food that AAFCO considers complete and nutritious!
Anyway sorry for the long comment here but I was curious if you looked into this since you have a cookbook for dogs! Thanks again and I love your dogs so much! Take care!


My Reply:

Great job in cooking for your dogs! NRC and AAFCO guidelines are based on keeping animals from getting sick from deficiencies and help commercial companies sell food. If we consider what their ancestors ate, then carbohydrates may actually not be needed at all. Protein, fat, and moisture would be the diet! An all meat diet would contain much more protein and fat and a bit less moisture. Dogs are carnivores with an omnivore slant to help in times that prey are scarce.

I personally think that they can stay perfectly happy and healthy in a wide range of moisture, protein, and fat percentages above the minimum.Nutritionists argue about the right mix of ingredients in human nutrition and the NRC and AAFCO are certainly not the last word on animal nutrition. Commercial foods following their guidelines have created diets that cause allergies, seizures, bladder stones, urinary crystals, bowel problems, obesity, and diabetes in pets(30% of pets may have medical problems related to diet!) . Genetics and inbreeding share some of the blame.

My mixtures mirror prey, just as yours do. I use more eggs and sardines these days and feed raw meat several times weekly. I use veggies, even though some authors promote only raw food and think that dogs do not digest the complex carbohydrates in veggies well. I think veggies provide important nutrients like antioxidants and vitamins that may not be present in the processed, high grain, animal feed. (chicken,turkey,cow,pig,and sheep). If you vary meat and veggie ingredients and use 50%-80% meat and organs in the mix, your pets will be healthy!

I’ve seen quite a few urinary problems this winter!

Urinary crystals and stones are a common problem. They are found in dogs and cats that are peeing small amounts more often and straining to do so. Some dry commercial diets in some breeds can lead to urinary problems. Dogs and cats prone to urinary issues should be fed a moister, lower carbohydrate diet. In fact that same diet is healthier for all pets!

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Local bowling: Schermetzler earns plaque, wins 3rd Scratch Classic title

Local bowling: Schermetzler earns plaque, wins 3rd Scratch Classic title
The Bank First National Scratch Singles Classic was held at Meadow Lanes North recently with five bowlers making the semifinals, they're pictured left to right: Bob Leavy, Ryan Belinske, Marky Henrickson, Eric Puyleart, John Schermetzler, and
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Logan museum raising funds for plaque
The Gen. John A. Logan Museum in Murphysboro is asking its Facebook friends to contribute $ 2each to raise funds for a bronze historical plaque. The total charge to place the plaque is $ 3,000. The museum has more than 1,600 Facebook followers.
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Orders, orders

You might think, because I blog, that all of my customers come from the Internet. Not so! Just about EVERYBODY I know who has a pet is on this food! Most of the time, I send them to the web and they order whenever they want. They like that independence. But for some, I help them keep the cost down by having it all shipped to me.

People tend to order a day or two before they run out of food. I can’t really stock lots of food at my house (I have some aggressive kitties who can even figure out how to open a bottle of the kitty supplements — there’s one at my side right now who is persistently ripping into a bag of hairball treats ). So I keep the 2 and 3 lb dog and cat sample bags in my car to give to people as they order, and then every two weeks I put in a very large order. When you order $ 500 at a time, S&H is free so that works out all around.

I came home Saturday to a long handwritten note in my mailbox from the neighbors to the north of me. It’s a mom and her two adult daughters and an aunt, all living in this house with its basement apartments. They are GREAT neighbors! Woo, read my story on 16 cookies at my marathon running blog!

Anyway, they have a kitty and a new therapy dog. They were already great fans of the cat food and Instinctive Choice and after trying a sample bag of the dog food, they wanted to order a 60-lb bag and some treats and porkhide bones.

Then, some friends from church called and they need another case of canned cat food and a bag of Life’s Abundance for their kitty.

We’ve picked up about seven new customers between Val and my friend Joyce and I this last week via the Internet.

So it’s keeping me busy but I LOVE it!
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Man Clinging To Boat Asks To Have Dog Saved First

When Earl and his black spaniel mix were fishing, the small boat capsized. When the boat flipped over, Earl put Lacy on top of the boat to make sure she stayed safe. He stayed in the water with his life jacket.
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(July 13, 2010) I noticed that there is a lot of discussion about how hazardous greenies are on this video. I’d like to state that I haven’t given my dog one since 2007 because he started throwing them up and he lost a lot of fur probably due to an allergic reaction over the span of time I’ve given him these treats and/or other treats (hence, his balding butt in this vid.) He’s healthy now and we’ve changed up what’s in his diet since then to something that is more suitable for him. I’m not endorsing the product, I posted this particular video to show you how my dog reacts to things he likes. He does the same with toys, cookies and food in general. Please do your research and decide what is healthy for your dog. That’s really what it comes down to.
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The Goodies are annoyed when they discover that the Army is building a military establishment on what had been supposed to be a children’s playground. Disguised as members of the military, they provide the plans to the soldiers who are to build the equipment. The Goodies “assist” the Army and their plans lead to the Army ‘equipment’ looking more like a children’s playground than the sleek military equipment the Army is expecting. Then the Army gets another shock — the people who the Goodies had arranged to turn up to test the equipment, are not exactly what the Army had been expecting to see.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

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Top 9 best dog food list

This ebook is part of a package but this list stands out for me. Though you’ll also find recipes for dogs with special needs, homemade canine supplements, homemade happiness for the hungry hound and a lot more. The "Confidential Dog Food Report" is an e-book written by Andrew Lewis. Now for those of you who [...]
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A Dog’s Diet Influences Oral Health

A Dog’s Diet Influences Oral Health


dog brushing teethYour dog is your very best friend. Every single time you walk through the door your dog is so happy to see you that he wags his tail and practically smiles at you. How can you show your pet how much they mean to you? Well, one way is to take care of that smile for your pet. Did you know that your dog’s diet can influence their oral health?

Humans need to brush and floss their teeth regularly to keep their teeth, tongue, and gums in good condition. Research has recently shown a link between good oral health in humans and a lower risk of heart disease. If good oral health can have such a profound affect on people, then it only makes sense to consider the impact it can have on man’s best friend.

It is important to brush your dog’s teeth frequently to keep plaque and tartar from becoming an issue. Even wiping his gums with a clean, damp cloth can be beneficial.

Your dog’s diet also plays a role in your pet’s oral health. Do you typically feed your dog canned or dry dog food? What kind of treats and toys do you provide for your pet? All of these things can affect the likelihood of trouble with your pet’s teeth.

When your dog’s diet is nutritionally sound, containing essential vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes, your pet’s oral health will be at its very best. Feeding dry dog food rather than a moist canned variety is best for your dog. The tiny kibbles’ hard surface rubs against the teeth to remove and reduce plaque. The simple act of moistening the dry dog food with water or gravy eliminates this property from dry dog food.

The treats you give your pet are part of your dog’s diet just like snacks are part of a person’s diet. As humans, we tend to want to overlook our snacking habits, so it can be easy to overlook the treats you give your dog. This is not a good idea. Carefully consider any and all items your dog will consume.

Do you give your dog bones, rawhides, jerky treats, or dog biscuits? Maybe your pet prefers greenies or corn starch chews. You may not have considered it, but tossing Spot a rawhide chew is like giving him a candy bar. The rawhide, for example, contains calories and is often provided between meals.

Many of the treats and snacks you provide in your dog’s diet can be just empty wasted calories. Some treats, alternatively, provide excellent opportunity to improve oral health. Greenies, rawhides, bones, and hard dog biscuits all help to keep tartar at bay. The softer snacks, such as jerky treats, do not provide much relief from plaque. The healthy treat, on occasion, will also prevent your dog from having bad breath.

Your dog’s diet must be healthy to ensure excellent oral health. Dry dog food is best whenever possible. Don’t forget to select treats for your pet that will enhance your dog’s diet. Consciously monitoring your dog’s diet will positively influence your best friend’s oral health.

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