Category Archives: Dog

Mixed Breed DNA Test

Nov_2012_1Would you like to learn more about your pet’s family tree? With a DNA swab sample, you could learn more about your dog’s breed makeup. This could reveal inherited traits behind your dog’s behavior, personality and wellness needs. With the Mixed Breed DNA Test, you can…

  • Get a breakdown of breeds in your dog’s last 3 ancestral generations.
  • See the 5 best breed matches for your dog.
  • Use this information to customize your dog’s diet and nutrition plan.
  • Cater to your dog’s breed-specific needs for health, diet and training.

Learn more about your dog. Get a Mixed Breed DNA Test kit at your local Pet Supermarket.

Weight Control for the Pudgy Pet

Dec_2014_1With recent media reports of an obese Dachshund and other plump pets, we feel it’s a good time to review tips on caring for your overweight dog. Like humans, dogs need exercise and a sensible diet to stay healthy. Otherwise, they risk getting diabetes, liver problems and other ailments. Here are a few suggestions on how to help Fido reach a healthy weight.

Curb your loving attention

Yes, we know you love your dog. But try to avoid expressing your love by feeding them human food. Your dog enjoys getting your attention, whether it’s food related or not. The next time he begs, think playtime instead! Continue reading

Jolly Egg Play Toys

Dec_2012_1Does your dog destroy his toys? He’ll meet his match with the Jolly Egg, an egg-shaped ball that is hard to pin down and nearly indestructible. Keep your dog entertained as he tries to catch it and wrap his mouth around it. The ball’s erratic rolling movement and hard plastic makes it a tough challenge and a fun play toy. Get the Jolly Egg at Pet Supermarket in 8” and 12” sizes.

Check out the Jolly Egg in our new Holiday TV Commercial

Yes, You CAN Volunteer to Help Pets

Dec_2014_1There are six to eight million pets in shelters each year, according to the Humane Society. We know that many of our customers adopt shelter pets, care for them responsibly and provide them with great lives.

But did you know you can do more? Besides offering a donation, you can also offer your time as a volunteer. Here are a few things you can do to help pets in your area:

Volunteer at a shelter

Shelters are in desperate need of volunteers to help care for animals at their facilities. Just one or two hours a week of your time is enough to make a difference in the lives of shelter animals who need feeding, bathing, petting and socializing. You can also ask about providing administrative support work from home. Continue reading

Winning the War Against Fleas

Mar_2014_1You love your four-legged family members, but you probably don’t love some of the pests that come with them.

You’re not alone. But you can win the war against fleas if you’re consistent in your strategy.

Here are a few tips to keep fleas and ticks off your pets:

  • Break the flea and tick life cycle with treatments you can use on your pet, such as “spot-on” or topical treatments. They kill fleas on your pets and also keep new eggs from hatching. Top brands we carry include Advantage II, Advantix II, and Frontline Plus. These products also attack flea eggs before they have a chance to hatch.
  • Be consistent with your pet’s spot-on treatment. We recommend re-applying it every month.
  • Flea shampoos are also a good “first attack” against fleas. If your dog is flea infested, follow directions for a flea bath or dip. Shampoos will rid pets of fleas, but won’t repel new fleas afterwards. Continue reading

Exercising With Your Dog in 2013

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Is exercise on your list of New Year’s Resolutions for 2013? Man’s best friend can be your best exercise partner.

With your dog as your workout companion, you’ll get a loyal and eager exercise partner in return. Research has shown that you’re more likely to stick to your fitness program if you exercise with your furry friend.

Here are a few tips for exercising with your dog:

Walk or jog your way to fitness

Ready to turn your dog walks into short exercise routines? It’s the easiest way to start and a brisk walk can be great exercise for both you and your doggie. Start slowly (10 to 15 minutes) and work your way up to longer walks or jogs. Up to 20 or 30 minutes should be OK for most dogs, depending on their breed and health.

Beyond the walk

While walking and jogging can be great activities, why stop there? Add more variety with dog-friendly activities like… Continue reading

Train Your Dog Not to Leap & Greet

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Does your dog greet you with a jump for attention? It’s his natural way of saying hello, but it can become a problem, especially if you have a large dog.

Training him out of this behavior is possible and easy, with consistency and the right rewards. Read on for a few tips.

Negative attention can be a reward

Jumping is a common behavior issue that is often reinforced, inadvertently, by the pet owner. What you may not realize is that any attention you give you dog after he jumps on you, even if it’s to say “no,” can be positive reinforcement. Your goal then is to offer no reward for jumping or to ignore him. This will help him learn that only dogs with their paws on the ground will get your praise. Continue reading

How Does a Pet-Safe Garden Grow?

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With the first day of spring approaching, we offer answers to an important question for pet-loving gardeners. Follow these tips to ensure your pet enjoys a fun and safe playtime outdoors.

A pet-safe garden grows…

With care for chemicals

While pesticides and herbicides protect your garden from pests, they may also be toxic to your pet, even in small amounts. Be sure to follow instructions and consider watering the pesticide into your yard after applying it. Then wait 48 hours or the directed time period before allowing your pet into the area. Continue reading

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.

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