Holistic Pet Care – My visit to Whiskers in the East Village

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Hustling from breakfast in the East Village – I finally had a chance to stop by Whiskers Holistic Pet Store.  I originally learned about it through a New York Times article and it’s been on my short list of places to check out.  After a very impromptu walk in, I found myself plopped on a stool in a cozy corner of the store with one of their sales representatives, Joe.  Being in the pet food business for over a decade, Joe didn’t hesitate to give me a crash course in pet nutrition.  Here are some of the things I remembered from my chat with Joe.

  • Just like people eat yogurt with pro-biotics because it’s good for our digestive tracks – pets should too.  Probiotics help pets digest their food better.
  • Supplementing your pets diet with fish that has omega oils is good for their joints.
  • If you can, feed you pet raw foods.  But if you don’t have the lifestyle where you can prepare raw foods every meal, that’s okay.  There are easy recipes or pre- cooked frozen pet foods that can be good alternatives.
  • Pet allergies and kidney disease is on the rise, in large part because of what we we’re feeding our pets.
  • As much as Whiskers is a great place to learn about how to keep your pet healthy, it’s not a pharmacy. They provide recommendations on how to better care for you pet, but not medically treat your pet.
  • Dogs naturally ‘binge and fast’.  Which is why it’s not good to leave dog food laying out all day.  The only thing a dog needs at all times is clean water.
  • It’s important to not over feed your pets.  Routinely feed them 3 small meals a day.  That’s about it.  You don’t want your dog to be another victim of pet obseity.  It’s a rising trend in America.

I totally get that it’s part of Joe’s job to promote products from the store, but I personally didn’t feel pressured to buy, I felt like his goal was to simply teach me things I didn’t know about pet nutrition.  Joe answered all my questions and gave me some print outs of other resources worth checking out.  With so much experience in the industry, Joe made me a believer in feeding pets good food, even if it costs a little extra.  The benefits of a healthy pet diet can be realized with fewer vet visits, and of course – a long happy life with you and your pet!

Whiskers has two New York locations.  One in Manhattan, the other in Astoria Queens.

Storefronts

Manhattan: 235 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10003-7536 (212) 979-2532
Queens: 19-31 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105, (718) 956-6706

Other Holistic Pet Care sites

http://www.onlynaturalpet.com

http://www.thewholisticpet.com/

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East Village Tompkins Square Dog Parade – Perfect Weather, Perfect Dogs.

What do you get when you combine dogs, Victoria Secret models, aliens and drag queens?  The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, of course!  I know we’ve been writing a lot about dogs and Halloween, but we just had to share some more photos from this years event.

Dog Halloween

Great day to get out and do something fun with your dog.

A week and a half before Halloween, the event had perfect weather, smiling faces and a ton of dogs dressed to impress, make you giggle and appreciate how dogs can bring people together.  People of all ages and backgrounds took pride is getting their dogs in the spotlight and a chance to win some fun prizes from local dog companies like EverMore pet food and Barkbox.com.

The $5 admission fee went towards maintaining the dog run as one of the most well kept dog spots for the folks in the East Village.  A good cause and some great fun.  Can’t wait till next year.

Be warned, the cuteness factor is off the charts.

Evita Dog

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina – the truth is – this dress itches.

Dog Skeleton

Do you think he’s got skeletons in his closet?

Tired Dog

You are getting sleeeeeepy. Very sleeeepy.

Butterfly Dog

I’m not sure the wings could support a successful flight.

Drag Queen Dog

Honey, you never looked better.

Wonder Woman Dog

They could both do a Pantene commercial.

And last but not least …

Dog Butt

Have we met? You look familiar. Hide yo kids, hide yo wife?

For more photos, checkout our Facebook Album.

Are you and your dog prepped for the actual day of Halloween?

 

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