Seresto: The Advanced Flea Collar by Bayer

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Seresto™ by Bayer offers the latest advancement in flea collars. Its design and ingredients offer the performance of an effective spot-on treatment. And with its continuous-release design, your dog or cat gets 8 months of uninterrupted protection against fleas and ticks.

Seresto is:

  • Easy to apply
  • Long lasting with 8 months of flea and tick control
  • A great value. Regular price is $69.99 for 8 months.

Turtle Care 101

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Turtles are beautiful animals that can live up to 10 years or more with proper care. The tips that follow will give you a foundation for basic turtle care. Be sure to also research specific care information for your turtle’s species.

Turtle or Tortoise?

Unlike land-dwelling tortoises, turtles live in or near water, have webbed feet and eat meat or a combination of meat and vegetation. Some of the most popular species include Red Ear Sliders, Painted Turtles, Northern Map Turtles and Wood Turtles.

Turtle housing

Turtles should be kept in tanks that provide water for swimming and a dry area for basking. Make sure the water area is large enough for swimming and diving. Tanks should also be at least 20 gallons or larger, especially as the turtles gain in size. Red Ear Sliders, for example, can Continue reading

Top Feeding Mistakes by Cat Owners

Dec_2013_3This month, we offer a list of top feeding mistakes to avoid with your cat.

  • Milk
    The sight of a cat lapping up milk is an iconic image, but many cats actually become lactose intolerant once they reach adulthood. For them, drinking milk on a regular basis can lead to an upset stomach and diarrhea. It’s fine as an occasional treat, but milk shouldn’t be given regularly and never as a replacement for water as this could lead to dehydration.
  • Tuna diet
    Your cat may find tuna’s strong smell and taste addicting, but a tuna diet is one lacking in nutrition. It doesn’t have enough vitamin E and can lead to increased levels of mercury. Keep it on the list of rare treats and provide a proper diet with quality cat food instead.
  • Neglecting life-stage feeding Continue reading

Keeping an Odor-Free Dog & Home

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As a dog owner, you must inevitably deal with doggie odor. But it doesn’t have to be difficult to manage. Use these tips for a better smelling dog and home…

Find the cause

It’s best to find out what’s causing your dog’s odor first. Does Fido love to roll in smelly things or does he have a skin condition? Check with your vet if you suspect the latter. Also, some breeds have an oily hair coat that can build up odor, while others are predisposed to skin problems. Don’t forget, ear infections and gum disease can cause odor as well. Determine the cause and ensure there are no health problems before choosing the best solution.

Bath time

Barring any health issues, the smelly dog problem could be cleared up with regular bathing and the right shampoo. Dog shampoos have gone beyond the flea and tick variety. There are now medicated shampoos, anti-bacterial shampoos, formulas with oatmeal or chamomile, waterless shampoos and others. Choose one that suits your dog’s needs and bathe and groom him regularly. Continue reading

Richard’s Organics Grooming Products

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Richard’s Organics offer natural solutions for better pet health. From their Incredible Skin Spray to natural shampoos and moisturizing conditioners, all products feature 100% naturally gentle formulas. They nourish pet skin with rich emollients and antioxidants. They also protect against environmental damage with ingredients like shea oil and green tea extract. Care for your pet with the naturally effective formulas of Richard’s Organics.

Featured products:

  • Naturally Gentle Tea Tree & Neem Oil Anti-Bacterial Shampoo
  • Incredible Skin Spray for Dogs
  • 100% Natural Deodorizing Shampoo
  • Moisturizing Shampoo
  • Nourishing Conditioner

How to Properly Set Up a Rabbit Cage

May_2013_1Preparing a home for a new bunny buddy? These cute, fun animals have specific housing needs. Follow these tips for the proper setup of a rabbit cage:

 

  • Set up your rabbit’s housing before you bring your pet home.
  • Unless they’re spayed or neutered, rabbits should be housed alone.
  • Caging should include a hiding area, food bowl, water bottle, salt lick, and hay manger.
  • The larger the cage, the better! Get a cage that has a lot of surface area, rather than multiple levels. Two levels are fine, but there is no need for a really tall cage.
  • The cage should have a solid bottom. Avoid a wire bottom, which can irritate a rabbit’s sensitive feet (the same goes for exercise wheels).
  • Use rabbit-safe litter or shavings to line the litter box. Make the bedding about one inch deep and be sure to change it at least every other day.
  • Rabbits need daily exercise for their health. An exercise pen is ideal for keeping your rabbit safe, but still giving them room to run.
  • Put the cage in an area that gets a lot of activity – rabbits are very social and love people! Continue reading

A Message From Your Cat: Why I’m Bored and What You Can do About it

Dec_2013_3Dear Keeper-of-the-Food:

It’s me, your adorable feline, and today I want to talk to you about something important—boredom, specifically, my boredom. My life may seem wonderfully relaxing to you, but I can only cat nap for so long. And just when I’m ready to play, you’re going to sleep!

You don’t play with me as much as you used to, so I’ve had to come up with my own amusements. Pouncing on you while you’re sleeping and other naughty things are all very amusing. There’s nothing else to do really, so why am I being scolded?

I think it’s time we discuss an upgrade in entertainment options, don’t you? Here are my demands requests:

A variety of toys – I’ve been playing with the same sad toys for quite a while now. Here are some fun options that will keep me busy:

  • Wand toys with danglers – I love to pounce on dangling toys, as you know.
  • Treat-dispensing toys – Food! In a toy! This is genius!
  • Catnip toys – Need I say more? Continue reading

Flea & Tick Myths

Dec_2014_1You may have heard a lot of advice about fleas and ticks. But there are surprisingly many untruths or myths about them that are still circulating today.

MYTH: Fleas and ticks are a warm-weather problem

In certain areas, they’re a year-round problem. Even in states with cold winters, fleas can survive in microclimates. These areas (under decks, in sheds or elsewhere) are warm enough to keep a population of fleas or ticks alive during the winter.

MYTH: Indoor pets don’t need protection

Think your indoor puppy or cat is safe from fleas and ticks? Think again. These pests can hitch a ride indoors on other visitors, both human and animal.

MYTH: Fleas live best in carpeted spaces

Believe it or not, wood and tile floors can also harbor fleas. In fact, it may be harder to treat these areas as flea larvae and eggs can survive in small crevices, along baseboards and under furniture. Continue reading

Ultra Monthly Monitor – An Early Illness Detection Program

June_2013_1Imagine having an early warning system for cat illness.  With the Ultra Monthly Monitor, you have just that. Pour these crystals over your regular cat litter then test their pH after the litter box is soiled. If the color showing the pH level is in the normal range, your cat should be fine. But if the pH edges into the abnormal range, you’re advised to speak to a vet.

Keep an eye on your cat’s health with the Ultra Monthly Monitor! It may help your cat avoid a urinary tract infection.

Betta Care 101

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Their spectacular display of color and style make bettas (or Siamese fighting fish) a favorite of fish keepers. Being a hardy fish, they’re also good for beginners. But whether you want to get a betta or already have one, here are a few tips to keep in mind…

  • Tanks: Although they’re often seen in fish bowls, bettas do best when they’re kept in heated aquariums with filtration, tight-fitting covers (to prevent jumping) and little surface disruption (from filter discharges near the surface).
  • Filters: You may periodically see a betta (Betta splendens) gulp air from the surface. This species has a labyrinth organ that allows them to breathe air and live in low-oxygenated water. But this doesn’t mean they don’t need a filter—a common misconception. Get a filter that doesn’t produce too much current, which makes it harder for them to swim.
  • Water: They’re tolerant of varied water conditions, but prefer warmer temperatures. Remember, their natural habitat is in the waters of Malaysia and Thailand, with temps ranging from 75 to 85 degrees. Keep water at a consistent temperature of 74 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Continue reading