Monthly Archives: May 2014

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

How to Create a Safe Indoor Flying Environment for Your Bird

Mar_2014_7Does your bird get free-flight time inside your home? Here are a few precautions to make the experience a safe one.

Limit access to water

To prevent your bird from trying to drink or bathe in open water, keep the toilet covered and cover any pots of water in the kitchen. Since small birds can also get trapped in tall glasses of water, watch what you’re drinking and be mindful of any flower vases.

Make sure plants are bird friendly

Does your bird like to nibble on plants? Make sure it’s not harmful by checking this list of toxic plants. Continue reading

Fun Feline Facts

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You might know your cat and her favorite things, but how much do you really know about cats in general? Here are a few fun feline facts that might surprise you:

  • Cats do not have sweat glands, except in their tongues and the pads of their feet.
  • A cat can jump as much as seven times its height.
  • Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw.
  • Cats have more than one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
  • A pack of kittens is called a kindle, while a pack of adult cats is called a clowder.
  • An adult cat can run about 12 miles per hour and can sprint at nearly 30 miles per hour.
  • A cat’s tongue is scratchy because it’s lined with papillae—tiny elevated backwards hooks that help to hold prey in place. Continue reading

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

How to Help Your Senior Cat Age Gracefully

Mar_2014_2Your cat is a friend for life. She’s also dependent on you, which means you have to take steps to ensure she has a long, happy and healthy life. Just like people, as cats age, they often require special care to ensure they remain happy and healthy.

But what kinds of changes can you make to the care you give your senior cat? Read on to learn more…

When is a cat a senior?
Your cat may live for 12 years or more. Typically, your cat will start to have age-related problems between 7- and 10-years-old. She may only exhibit minor issues or she may have significant challenges related to her age. No matter how age affects your cat, knowing how to properly care for her will ensure she has the best quality of life possible.

Accommodations
There are several accommodations you can make to keep your senior cat comfortable and happy. Continue reading

What to Do When Fish Get Too Big

Dec_2013_4 Part of the fun of keeping an aquarium is building and watching a vibrant fish community… unless your fish outgrow their tank. Just as puppies grow into large dogs, fish can grow in size as they age. What was once a small Pleco, for example, might grow to 12 or more inches, depending on the species.

What to do then? Here are some tips…

An ounce of prevention…
We hope you’ve heard Ben Franklin’s adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When adding new fish, it’s very important to think ahead. Research the species, learn about its potential for growth and decide if it’s compatible with your tank. Plan on having 1 gallon of water for each inch of fish (based on their size in maturity).

Upgrade to a bigger home
If your fish are already on their way to outgrowing their home, consider upgrading your tank. It’s truly the best option for overgrown fish. In a too small tank, they’re sure to develop health problems and other issues, including more aggressive behavior with tank mates. Consider a larger tank as an investment that will provide a beautiful, healthy home for your finned friends. It will also be easier to maintain, as large tanks are less likely to have temperature fluctuations. Continue reading

Prevent Ear Infections with Gimborn R-7

Jan_2013_1Has your dog had an ear infection? It’s among the top three reasons for visiting the vet. But with proper preventive care from Gimborn R-7, you can help your dog avoid infection. Use these products for comprehensive ear car and mite treatment. Gimborn R-7 products include:

 Step 1 Ear Care Powder for Dogs & Cats is designed to keep ears dry and reduce ear odor.

Step 2 Ear Care Cleaner is an effective weekly grooming aid for dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens.

Step 3 Ear Care Drying Creme is a unique liquid-to-powder formula applied after ear cleaning. It dries to a residual powder, keeping dog and cat ears dry and pleasant-smelling.

Ear Mite Treatment uses pyrethrin to safely and effectively kill ear mites in dogs and cats.

Irresistible Toys for Ferrets

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Want toy ideas to keep your playful ferret entertained? Read on for some ferret favorites…

Tubes and tunnels

Ferrets were meant to chase rabbits or rodents and love running through tubes and tunnels. The Chewbular Play Tube and other tunnel systems can provide hours of fun. The Crinkle Tunnel adds another layer of amusement with its crinkly noises.

Plush or stuffed toys

Your ferret is sure to love small plush toys he can carry, chew on or hide. Use plush or stuffed toys with squeakers or without. Continue reading

Discourage Your Cat from Destructive Chewing

Dec_2013_3While dogs are most often known for destructive chewing, cats can also pick up this bad habit. Reasons range from curiosity (in kittens) and boredom to a nutritional deficiency. This behavior poses a danger to your cat and could lead to intestinal problems if it isn’t treated. Use these tips to help discourage it:

Start young

Kittens often explore with their mouths and tend to chew when they’re teething. If you discourage or manage her chewing behavior when she’s this age (three to six months), you’re less likely to have issues with it later. Continue reading