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Save 30% Off Nulo and Acana Pet Food

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Save 30% off all NULO and ACANA pet food at Argyle Feed Store this June.

Reward your dog with a protein-rich pet food this summer. Save 30% off any ACANA or NULO pet foods, with the exception of Acana Red Meat Formula. Visit us in-store for more details.
 
Acana foods follow nature’s 5 rules:
1. Rich in meat and protein
2. High fresh meat inclusion
3. An abundant variety of fresh meats
4. Wholeprey meat ratios
5. Carb-smart
 
ACANA’s richly nourishing meat inclusions mirror your pet’s evolutionary diet, excluding synthetic additives and anything else that Mother Nature didn’t intend your dog or cat to eat. From free-run poultry, cage-free eggs, ranch-raised meat, and wild-caught fish, to farm-fresh vegetables and fruit, Acana’s ingredients are raised naturally and delivered to our kitchen fresh or raw and loaded with goodness.
 
Nulo’s recipes are exactly what animals need. They’re high in animal-based protein, low in carbs and use low-glycemic ingredients to promote healthy body conditions and stable energy. Nulo also adds a patented probiotic to aid with digestion that survives the cooking process, shelf life, and is viable in your pet’s digestive tract. All of the ingredients are carefully selected with intention and purpose. They are functional, delicious, and nutritious.
 
Stop by Argyle Feed Store to save 30% off Acana and Nulo pet foods through June 30th.

 
 
 

April Is Heartworm Awareness Month

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Heartworm Awareness MonthApril is heartworm awareness month. Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats and other species of mammals, including wolves, foxes, ferrets, sea lions and (in rare instances) humans. Heartworms are classified as roundworms and are filarids, one of many species of roundworms. Dogs and cats of any age or breed are susceptible to infection.

Where is Heartworm Disease?

HeartwormMapHeartworm disease has been reported in all 50 states. The map below shows particularly endemic areas based on the number of cases reported by clinics.

How Heartworm Happens: The Life Cycle

First, adult female heartworms release their young, called microfilariae, into an animal’s bloodstream. Then, mosquitoes become infected withmicrofilariae while taking blood meal from the infected animal. During the next 10 to 14 days, the microfilariae mature to the infective larval stage within the mosquito. After that, the mosquito bites another dog, cat or other susceptible animals, and the infective larvae enter through the bite wound. It then takes a little over 6 months for the infective larvae to mature into adult worms. In dogs, the worms may live for up to 7 years. Microfilariae cannot mature into adult heartworms without first passing through a mosquito.

What Are the Signs of Heartworm Disease?

For both dogs and cats, clinical signs of heartworm disease may not be recognized in the early stages, as the number of heartworms in an animal tends to accumulate gradually over a period of months and sometimes years and after repeated mosquito bites.

Recently infected dogs may exhibit no signs of the disease, while heavily infected dogs may eventually show clinical signs, including a mild, persistent cough, reluctance to move or exercise, fatigue after only moderate exercise, reduced appetite and weight loss.

Cats may exhibit clinical signs that are very non-specific, mimicking many other feline diseases. Chronic clinical signs include vomiting, gagging, difficulty or rapid breathing, lethargy and weight loss. Signs associated with the first stage of heartworm disease, when the heartworms enter a blood vessel and are carried to the pulmonary arteries, are often mistaken for feline asthma or allergic bronchitis, when in fact they are actually due to a syndrome newly defined as Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD).

How Do You Detect Heartworm Disease?

Heartworm infection in apparently healthy animals is usually detected with blood tests for a heartworm substance called an “antigen” ormicrofilariae, although neither test is consistently positive until about seven months after infection has occurred.

Heartworm infection may also occasionally be detected through ultrasound and/or x-ray images of the heart and lungs, although these tests are usually used in animals already known to be infected.

What should you do to protect your pets?

Because heartworm disease is preventable, the AHS recommends that pet owners take steps now to talk to their veterinarian about how to best protect their pets from this dangerous disease. Heartworm prevention is safe, easy and inexpensive. While treatment for heartworm disease in dogs is possible, it is a complicated and expensive process, taking weeks for infected animals to recover. There is no effective treatment for heartworm disease in cats, so it is imperative that disease prevention measures be taken for cats.

There are a variety of options for preventing heartworm infection in both dogs and cats, including daily and monthly tablets and chewables, monthly topicals and a six-month injectable product available only for dogs. All of these methods are extremely effective, and when administered properly on a timely schedule, heartworm infection can be completely prevented. These medications interrupt heartworm development before adult worms reach the lungs and cause disease.

Consult with your veterinarian about the best prevention program for your pet. 

Source: American Heartworm Society

Save on ACANA Pet Food

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Orijen AcanaHappy Pawlidays from ACANA Pet Food! Between December 1 – 24, buy any bag of ACANA dog food and save! Receive $5 off large bags, $3 off medium bags, $2 off small bags just in time for the Pawlidays. See us in-store for more details.  

Made from farm-fresh ingredients in their state-of-the-art DogStar Kitchen in Kentucky, all of their recipes are formulated to a Biologically Appropriate and Fresh Regional Ingredient standards. ACANA Red Meat dog food is nutrient-dense and high in protein, nourishing dogs completely with whole ranch-raised beef, Yorkshire pork, and grass-fed lamb. With rich inclusions of quality animal ingredients, ACANA dog food uses meat, organs, cartilage, and bone, delivering the nutrients dogs need naturally.

Stop by Argyle Feed Store to save on ACANA pet food today.

Holiday Gifts for Pets

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

Holiday Gifts for Pets at Argyle Feed

Keep your pets and animals on your holiday shopping list this season. Argyle Feed’s Holiday Gifts for Pets guide includes items for the horse and pet lover. 

Horse folks can choose from a selection of horse blankets, bridals, halters and leads in our tack department, brushes and stall snacks. 

Pet’s need treats too! A new collar or leash, toys, pet treats, pet foods, and a thunder shirt to keep them feeling comforted during the excitement of the holidays or fireworks. 

Stuff your pet’s stockings at Argyle Feed Store this holiday season. Ask any of our staff for ideas, they’re here to help you. 

 

Traveling with Your Pet

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

According to AAA and Best Western International, 50% of U.S. owners travel with their pets. With this in mind, here are some safety tips to make traveling with your pet safe and enjoyable.

  • When packing the car, be certain to leave plenty of room for your dog to shift position and be comfortable. When traveling with your cat, the carrier should be large enough for them to stand and easily turn around. Also, leave plenty of room for a litter pan for your cat to use when you stop to rest.
  • Pack plenty of food for your trip or vacation. Running out and having to suddenly change food may cause illness or diarrhea. This is especially important for pets on prescription diets that cannot be routinely purchased. As a good rule of thumb, take enough food for your trip length plus 2 extra days. For longer trips consider packing your pet’s regular bed or blanket and several toys. Just like those of us that travel with our favorite pillow, some pets feel more comfortable sleeping in their own beds.
  • f your pet takes medication, count them to be certain you have enough for the trip, plus 2 days.  It can be difficult to get more medication if you run out. Veterinary hospitals require a physical exam before dispensing prescription medications. If you are flying, be sure all medications are in the original bottle and properly labeled. If your pet is prone to colitis from stress or dietary indiscretion while traveling, consider asking your veterinarian for appropriate medication to keep on hand during your travels.
  • Make certain your pet has proper identification should they get lost. This includes a collar with an ID tag, rabies tag and county registration tag where required. Strongly consider a permanent form of identification such as a microchip. If your dog or cat slips out of their collar and escapes in an unfamiliar location, a microchip may be the only way for them to be identified and returned safely. Consider keeping pictures of all 4 sides of your pet, including unique markings, in your pet travel kit or permanently stored in your cell phone.  Some shelters require visual proof when picking up a lost pet.
  • Keep a copy of your pet’s current rabies certificate with you. Some hotels and all campgrounds require it. If traveling to a National Park, be aware there are specific rules about where dogs can go in the park. Having a copy of all of your pet’s current vaccinations may be necessary if they need to board at a facility outside of the park.
  • For car travel, plan on stopping every 2-3 hours to allow your pet 10-15 minutes to get out, move around, get a drink or relieve themselves. Cats should be allowed to get out of the carrier and wander around the car and use the litter box. Do not get in and out of the car until your cat is back in the carrier. If they get scared and bolt, you may not be able to catch them.
  • Ziploc® bags. You can never have enough while traveling. They can be useful for portioning out food for day trips, poop collection, or as a makeshift water bowl. A package of baby wipes can also be useful for those occasional accidents that happen.
  • If staying in a hotel, be courteous and respectful to other guests. Keep your pet leashed and quiet in public spaces. Consider bringing some extra sheets or blankets to help protect hotel furniture from your pet and prevent extra pet damage charges.
  • For plane travel, check with your airline ahead of time for specific pet travel requirements. Most airlines require a current Rabies Certificate, Health Certificate and a Statement of Temperature Acclimation. Small dogs and cats may be allowed in the cabin if the carrier fits under the seat.  As a general rule, only 1 pet is allowed in the cabin per flight, so if there is more than one, be prepared for your pet to travel in the cargo hold.
  • If you anticipate needing a rental car, call ahead to check on specific rental car rules and restrictions.
  • Carry a Pet First Aid Kit when you travel. You never know when a cut pad, broken nail, an insect bite or sting is going to happen.

Article Source: Nutrena

Stop by Argyle Feed Store for all your pet food and supply needs today!

Summer Dog Care Tips: How hot is too hot?

Monday, June 24th, 2019

School’s Out for Summer! No homework, no books, no responsibility; just summertime fun. But this also marks the beginning of the summer season of heat and humidity; a time when we need to be more cognizant of how summer temperatures can affect our pets.

Unlike people, dogs and cats do not have sweat glands in their skin and therefore cannot cool by perspiration and evaporation. Panting is their only way for cooling off.  As temperatures and humidity rise, this method becomes less efficient. Dogs and cats have a baseline body temperature of 100 to 102 degrees, and their organs begin to shut down at 106 degrees.

So how do we protect our pets from the summer heat and keep them safe and cool? Let’s check out some summer dog care tips below. 

Don’t keep your pets in parked cars. Research from San Francisco State University suggests that in 10 minutes, the temperature inside a car rises by 19 degrees. After 30 minutes it goes up 34 degrees; and after an hour, the temperature soars by 43 degrees.

Be careful with high-risk dogs. Animals cool by panting, and those that can’t breathe particularly well have the highest risk for health problems during the summer. This includes brachycephalic dogs or those that have a short snout or are flat-faced – like bulldogs and pugs. Pay special attention to seniors and overweight pets, too. If your pet ever breathes in and out in a noisy way, he may have some trouble with airflow, which in turn means he may have a harder time cooling off.

Provide shade and plenty of cool, fresh water. Ice cubes in the water bowl work well. Many pets also like to say cool in a kiddie pool or sprinkler. If you use a hose to cool off your pet, be certain to run the water until it is cold.  Hot water from a hose sitting in the sun can severely scald and burn your pet.

Beware of heatstroke. It’s more common in dogs than cats and often arises when exercising in hot weather. Walk your dog early in the morning or late in the evening when it is cooler. Check the temperature of the pavement using the 5-second rule. Lay the back of your hand on the road.  If you cannot hold it there for 5 seconds, then it is too hot to walk your dog.  Keep your pets inside during the hottest time of the day, between 10 am and 5 pm. Remember if it is too hot for you to be out it is too hot for your pet and their fur coat. Signs of heat stroke include heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness.

If you suspect your pet may be suffering from heatstroke:

  • Move your pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area.
  • Apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck, and chest or run cool (not cold) water over her.
  • Let her drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
  • Take her directly to a veterinarian.

Stop by Argyle Feed Store for all your pet food and supply needs today! We can help you with summer dog care tips. 

Article Source: Nutrena

Tips For Pets And Animal Safety On July 4TH

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Animal Safety on July 4th | Argyle Feed Store

Remember these tips for animal safety on July 4th to have a successful and safe holiday celebration.  Your pet will thank you!

Cats

  • Keep your cat indoors.
  • Close all windows and curtains and switch on music or the television to drown out the noise.
  • Leave your cat to take refuge in a corner if it wishes. Do not try to tempt it out as this could cause more stress.
  • Make sure your cat is microchipped or is wearing identification tags to ensure it can be returned to you if it escapes and becomes lost.

Dogs

  • Exercise your dog during the day.
  • Never walk your dog while fireworks are being let off.
  • Keep your dog indoors, close the curtains and play music to drown out the noise.
  • Let your dog hide if it wants to take refuge under furniture or in a corner.
  • Make sure your dog is wearing a collar and tag and is microchipped or is wearing identification tags in case it bolts and becomes lost.
  • Keep dogs leashed if you take them outside the home.
  • Use caution when in or around crowds or people your dog doesn’t know
  • Remember, dogs get very excited during horseplay in and out of the water and have a tendency to bite when excited.
  • Use caution when picnicking and barbecuing, many small children are bitten while walking around with food in their hands.
  • Protect your dog from other dogs that may be loose, keep them at a distance, many bites occur while animal owners are trying to break up a dogfight.
  • If it is hot, give your pet lots of water – indoors or out
  • Never leave your dog locked in cars – the hot summer sun can raise temperatures to 120 degrees inside your car, even with windows rolled down.
  • Prevent sunburns – keep four-legged friends out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., peak skin damaging hours. Otherwise rub sunblock on unprotected areas such as skin around lips and tips of noses and ears, especially on fair-colored pets.
  • Provide plenty of shelter – animals should not be left alone outside on hot days, even in the shade. Shade moves throughout the day so pets need to be kept under a cool shelter or inside during peak hours when possible.
  • Watch out for heatstroke – symptoms of pet heatstroke include panting, staring, high fever, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, collapse, and disobedience, among others. If heatstroke is suspected, call a veterinarian immediately and apply water-soaked towels to hairless areas of the animal’s body to lower its temperature.
  • If you go hiking, pack supplies for your dog as you would for yourself on long hikes – bring extra food and water for your dog on long walks as well as an emergency first aid kit.
  • Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea.
  • Use caution with open flames and fireworks as pets may be burned or could chase the fireworks and become injured.
  • A simple plug-in diffuser that dispenses a dog appeasing pheromone into the room is available at some veterinary practices.
  • Sedatives can also be prescribed by your vet.
  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them.
  • Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it.

Small Animals

  • Small animals – such as rabbits and guinea pigs – living outside should not be forgotten. They can also become very stressed from loud noise. Bring small animals indoors or into an outhouse or garden shed to give them extra protection
  • Where the hutch must remain outside then cover it in an old thick blanket, this will block out a lot of the light and sound.
  • Whether indoors or outdoors ensure your pets have plenty of extra bedding material to hide in and feel more secure.

Horses

  • If the horses on the yard aren’t used to music, start playing Radio 3 for them BEFORE firework night and leave the radio on to distract them on the night itself.
  • If you have stable lights, leave them on and they’ll make the firework flashes less extreme.
  • Don’t even think of riding out – yes, people do!
  • If you leave them out, check fences and gates first and then keep out of the way and just watch from a distance.
  • Try putting cotton wool balls in your horse’s ears but again practice in advance. It’s no good waiting until the bangs start to decide to give it a try.
  • If you do stable your horse, arrange for him/her to be brought in before the end of the school day when bangs are likely to start. You don’t want to be leading when they get a fright.
  • Make sure they have plenty of hay to keep them occupied.
  • Remember if you’re rugging up that they’re likely to get sweaty when they are nervous.
  • If you can keep calm during the bangs and flashes then hang around the stables or go regularly to check them – but if you’re likely to be scared/angry etc yourself, be in the immediate area by all means but keep away from the horses or you’ll only make them worse.
  • DON’T go in the stable with a horse once the fireworks start. I don’t care how calm they seem to be – it just takes an instant for them to change from your cuddly horse to a wild animal that has reverted to survival mode.
  • Never light fireworks near barns or fields, as it is an extreme fire hazard. And, horses can be especially frightened by fireworks, causing them to run through fences and become lost or injured. They can also injure people when they are startled by the lights and noise.

Sources:

Rural diaries, Lane County, and other random sites.

Inaba Churu Cat Treats

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Churu Cat Treats | Argyle Feed StoreChuru Cat Treats are a favorite with cats. It’s definitely a favorite with our very own store cats, Monkey, and Checkers. These treats are a delicious, nutritious, gluten-free and a grain free option for your cats. They provide a good source of protein and the Vitamin E and helps prevent dehydration. This is not intended to replace meals but served as a treat your cats will love. They will eat it right from your hand.

Key Benefits:

  • Has no grains, no preservatives or artificial colors
  • High in moisture cats need for health (90% or more)
  • Lick or nibble treat great for, on demand, no bowl needed

Have fun with your cats and give them a treat they can truly look forward to getting.

Your bond with your cat is special, make it even better with Churu Cat Treats now available at Argyle Feed Store! 

 

Low Cost Mobile Pet Vaccinations

Monday, September 11th, 2017

The Texas Coalition for Animal Protection in partnership with Argyle Feed Store will be conducting pet vaccinations on Saturday, November 11th from 10 am to 12 pm at Argyle Feed Store. The mobile vet clinic offers low-cost vaccinations and convenient mobile locations. It’s a great way to get all your pet’s vaccinations and other medical needs are taken care of in one day. 

Since 2002, TCAP (Texas Coalition for Animal Protection) has been providing low-cost spay and neuter services and vaccinations for those owners who can’t afford a full-service provider. Their services are typically 70% lower than what veterinary clinics typically charge. Their dedication to animal protection and fight against euthanasia has been possible through donors and sponsors.

TCAP will offer many pet vaccinations for both dogs and cats on November 11th. Below are some of the services that will be provided that day. Check out the flyer for more information.

TCAP Pet Vaccinations and Other Services

  • Rabies for Dogs and Cats
  • Canine Influenza
  • Lymes
  • FeLV
  • Heart Worm Test and Prevention
  • FeLV/FIV Test
  • Microchip
  • Tapeworm Dewormer
  • Flea Prevention

Pet Vaccinations

 

Trade In, Trade Up Pet Food Promotion

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Pet Food Promotion

During the month of August, Argyle Feed and Hardware is having a Pet Food Promotion.

This Pet Food Promotion is For New Customers Only: Just bring in an empty bag of a competitors pet food (dog or cat food) and we’ll REPLACE it with a like size bag of PMI Exclusive, Red Flannel or Infinia pet food. That’s a FREE bag of pet food. One per customer per month. This pet food promotion is good August 1-31, 2017. 

Whether your pet is a companion or a performer, PMI Nutrition® is dedicated to building products that optimize their important purpose in life. The exceptional ingredients in Exclusive® Dog Food were chosen to give today’s dogs what they’ve always liked, and what they’ve always needed: real meat and real protein.

Make the switch today and take advantage of this great promotion. Once your dog tastes the PMI Nutrition Brand difference, there will be no going back. So stop by the store and get your FREE bag of pet food today!