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April Showers…

Spring Cleaning

After a long cold winter, spring has finally arrived! It’s time to have a look at all of those worn out collars, harnesses, leashes, clothing, bedding, carriers, toys, dishes and make some decisions – donate; toss; or keep.

There are many needy families out there with pets. Consider donating items that your pet is bored of. Cosmopawlitan has a donation bin for your reusable pet items and for pet food. Items will be delivered to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Clean and keep anything in reasonably good shape that is still in regular use. The rest can be replaced with something fresh for the new season. Like people, pets perk up when they get new things too!

Spring Showers

There’s nothing like a refreshing wash and haircut to help our pets feel clean and like new! Spring has been rainy and mucky and the perfect time for a dog bath!

Bathing your pet is great for bonding. Some dogs love getting bathed and others find it stressful. For a positive experience, parents can introduce the idea to their dogs (or cats) while they are young and keep it relaxing and fun. Reward generously with praise and yummy treats during and after the bath.

If your dog is very uncomfortable, start by wetting your dog’s paws only, on a weekly basis. After a few weeks, start to wash their legs as well. This will help your pup get use to the idea of washing. When it is time for the full bath, your dog will be more comfortable with water.

For those without the necessary equipment at home, try Cosmopawlitan’s self-serve bath. Whether you do it at home or somewhere else, remember to always keep it positive!

April 22 is Earth Day

Here are 5 tips on eco-friendly living with your pets:

1. Use biodegradable poop bags;
2. Use environmentally-friendly cat litter such as recycled newspaper, corn or pine (these are also safer for your pet since less chemicals are used);
3. Compost cat litter and dog poop;
4. Help reduce pet overpopulation by having your pet spayed or neutered (this is also healthier for your pet
5. Protect wildlife by keeping your dog leashed and your cat indoors.

From our April 2011 e-newsletter. To get pet care information delivered straight to your email, along with our latest store events and promotions, sign up on the the front page of our website (form on bottom right-hand corner).

MARCH – Luck O’ the Irish

Visit us wearing something green on March 17, 2011, and get 10% off your purchase of $10 or more (pre-tax) that day!

 
 

The Goodness of Green Tripe

What is Green Tripe?

Tripe is the stomach lining of ruminating animals – cows, sheep, deer, goats and pigs. Bleached tripe is used in various human dishes, while green tripe makes a good pet food. Green tripe is unwashed, unbleached and in its most natural form thus has the highest nutritional value. It is green because it contains partially digested plant matter.

Benefits

Unlike processed food, green tripe is full of live enzymes and gastric juices which are beneficial to our pets. It is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, amino acids, probiotics, phytonutrients, lactic acid bacteria (lactobacillus acidophilus), protein, fiber and fat.

Although smelly to the human nose, green tripe is very appealing to dogs (and some cats). Adding tripe to your pet’s diet may help give a noticeably more lustrous coat, cleaner teeth and more energy. It helps stimulate appetite and aids digestion too.

Staff Picks

Tripett Green Tripe, Petkind Tripe Treats, Carnivora Tripe


Whatta Pup! Classes start August 29th

WhattaPup! classes at Cosmopawlitan

5 weekly classes start on Sunday, August 29th.

Puppy Socialization group classes are for puppies age 9 – 16 weeks. This fun-filled five week Socialization Class prepares you for surviving and enjoying puppyhood with your new addition! Small breed class on Sundays at 11am; Medium/Large breed class on Sundays at 12:30pm.

Basic Training group classes are for dogs over 16 weeks. This five week Group Class covers all the basics you need in order to enrich your relationship with your pup and have a polite, well-mannered dog. Classes are on Sundays at 2:30pm and 4pm.

Spaces are very limited. Register online at www.whattapup.ca. Call 647-893-5580 or email info@whattapup.ca for more information.

Cat Harness and Leash Training

Cat on a leash

Spring is here, and why should dogs get to have all the outdoor fun? These days it’s common knowledge that it’s safer to keep your feline companion indoors, but there’s no reason your cat can’t do a little exploring outside with the proper apparel.

At Cosmopawlitan you’ll find a variety of cat harnesses (and leashes) because we love to see owners getting outdoors in a safe way with their meowing pals. Here are the most important things to remember when harness and leash training your kitty friend:

1. Get the right harness. Bear in mind that cats are escape artists. To make sure your cat can’t wriggle out of the harness and away from safety, get a proper “H” shaped harness and make sure it’s snug enough. To test this, you should be able to fit two fingers between their body and the harness. Naturally you can find this type of harness at Cosmo!

2. Go S-L-O-W-L-Y! I cannot stress this one enough. Let your cat see, sniff and play around with the harness for a few days so he/she gets the feel of it before you try putting it on. When you do put it on for the first time, be gentle and take your time. Try to distract your cat with toys or treats and only buckle it up if you’re not met with extreme resistance. Some resistance is normal. Your goal during this first process is to ease them into wearing the harness for a short time each day.

3. Through the whole process, use treats, toys and positive reassurance to make the experience a good one. When your cat appears relaxed while walking around the house with her new harness, it’s time to attach the (lightweight) leash. There’s no need to hold on to it yet, just let it drag behind her as she walks. Keep her mind occupied with a little bit of bribery and when she seems to be ignoring the leash, take hold and get ready to follow your kitty around the house.

4. Remember that walking a cat is not like walking a dog. You’ll be doing more walking alongside than leading. Just let your cat explore and sniff to her heart’s content. Follow along behind her with some slack on the leash and the two of you will have a great time.

5. Be safe. Your fenced in backyard is the best place for your kitty to wander, but barring that, a quiet, dog-free, grassy area close to your home is second best. And don’t forget to make sure your cat is up to date with all of her shots. Keep a close eye on her too, dogs aren’t the only ones who like to gobble up things they find on the ground!

6. Don’t force the outside world on your cat if they truly are excessively frightened. As much as you might think your cat is dying to get outdoors or constantly fawn over how cute she looks wearing her harness and leash, it’s pretty easy to tell if she’s happy with the idea or not. If she is visibly terrified and clearly wants to get back inside, take her back inside.

It’s important to keep in mind that not all cats will take to the harness and leash for various reasons, some are just too intimidated of the outdoors due to growing up inside and some just never get comfortable wearing the gear. Don’t get frustrated, if your cat is happy indoors then you should be too!

Happy Trails,
Cynthia

FAQs: Pet Food

It is important to your pet’s long term health to feed a nutritious diet. Cosmopawlitan can help you make the right choices.

Q: How do I decide which food is best for my pet?

A: There are a few things to ask yourself when selecting a pet food. What breed is your pet? How old is your pet? What is your pet’s activity level? Does your pet have any sensitivities, allergies or medical conditions? Each of these will help determine what food your pet will thrive on.

Q: Dry food vs. Wet food?

A: Wet and dry foods offer different benefits to your pet, all of which are essential to your pet’s well-being. Therefore a mixture of both dry and wet food is recommended.

Q: How do I switch pet foods?
A: The proper way to switch your pet from the food they are eating now to a new food is to do it gradually over a few days to a few weeks (depending on how finicky your pet is). During the transition period, progressively add more of the new food to the old food starting from a ratio of 1:4 (new to old) until he/she is consuming only the new food.

For more information on selecting a healthy food for your pet, visit us seven days a week and we will be happy to help you.

Celebration with a Cause

1st Anniversary

*A portion of raffle proceeds will go to the Toronto Cat Rescue

We can’t believe a full year has passed! Thank you to our fantastic customers for supporting us and for letting us know what you are looking for in your neighbourhood pet boutique + spa. We always welcome feedback and strive to improve our offerings and service so that you can have a more enjoyable experience at Cosmopawlitan.

Come and join us to celebrate our First Anniversary this Saturday!

This day is for YOU if…
– you are looking to give a forever home to an adoptable cat
– you want the chance to win an awesome and luxurious prize for your pet while supporting Toronto Cat Rescue
– you need pet food advice
– you need pet training advice
– you want some free stuff
– you just want to bring your dog (and family) to a welcoming place on a Saturday!

Don’t miss out on this fun-filled event!

478 Queens Quay West, Toronto | 416-598-4700

Saturday, August 22 – Free Giveaways and Dog Training Advice

Human Grade Doggie Cuisine

Visit Cosmopawlitan Pet Boutique + Spa this Saturday for a PLETHORA of EVENTS!

Giveaway Day with Human Grade Doggie Cuisine: learn more about the brand and receive a free sample for your dog (12pm to 4pm)

Free Pet Seminar with Don French of Humane Canine Training: only two more weeks of free dog training advice (12pm to 2pm)

Dog Training with Don French of Humane Canine Training: registered dogs take classes in positive training methods (4pm to 5pm)

Call 416-598-4700 for more information.

In Review: Cat Adoptathon (July 2009)

On July 26th we hosted a Cat Adoptathon with Toronto Cat Rescue, and two kitten sisters were lucky to find a new forever home together!

Cat adoptathon with Toronto Cat Rescue

Thank you to all of the Toronto Cat Rescue volunteers and visitors who came in to see if any of the kittens would capture their hearts. And a huge thank you to this lovely couple who came for one kitten, but left with two. We loved seeing how the kittens were immediately at home in your arms!

To learn more about Toronto Cat Rescue, visit TorontoCatRescue.ca
The website also gives information on cats available for adoption, or how to get involved as a volunteer or donor.

August News! Dog Training and Free Seminars

We’re teaming up with Humane Canine Training to bring you more Dog Training Classes and *FREE* Pet Seminars for the month of August!

Humane Canine Training
Basic obedience topics include: sitting, lying down, staying, walking on a leash, etc.
Register in-store today! Spaces are limited.

Humane Canine Training
Seminars and Q&A on: jumping, barking, biting, pulling on the leash, chasing, housetraining, off-leash park safety, dog body language, clicker training, adopting a dog, stealing food, diet & nutrition, dogs eating own feces, special needs dogs, etc.

Don French has twenty years of experience in training and handling dogs. To learn more about him, visit: www.DogsAndDogsCanada.com

Call us at 416-598-4700 for more information.