Monthly Archives: May 2014

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

Flex Rx Works Against Joint Pain and Inflammation

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Does your pet suffer from joint pain or inflammation? Flex Rx supplement helps dogs with joint pain or breeds known for joint issues. It’s a supplement designed to control joint deterioration. Unlike Glucosamine, it works against the inflammation that causes joint pain, rather than masking the pain itself. It also uses natural plant products (flavonoids Baicalin and Catechin), which make it effective for long-term use. With powerful, natural ingredients and clinically proven results, Flex Rx can help you manage your pet’s joint health for a long, active life.

First Fish for the Beginning Aquarist

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You’ve got your new tank filled and ready for fish. But what kinds of fish should you get? If you’re a beginner, there are many fish that are easy to care for and fun to watch. This list of beginner-friendly fish can get you started:

Cherry Barb

The Cherry Barb is a community fish that can add activity to your aquarium. They can grow up to 2 inches and do best when they’re kept in a school of 6 or more. Make sure to provide plants or hiding places.

Dwarf Gourami

Originally from the waters of India, these colorful fish are both peaceful and hardy. They can reach 3 inches and are suited for tanks of 20 gallons or more. It may be best to keep only one per tank as they can get territorial with others of the same species.

Goldfish

Don’t overlook goldfish in your search for great fish. They’re often taken for granted, but are among the top favorites for several reasons. They’re colorful, very hardy and can live long lives if cared for properly. They can also tolerate cooler water and are perfect for medium to large aquariums. Continue reading

The Dos and Don’ts of Cat Handling

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Holding your cat incorrectly or forcing her to stay in your arms is a quick way to earn a few cat scratches. For a purr-worthy experience instead, learn how to pick up and hold your cat with these tips.

The proper way to pick up and hold your cat:

  • Do place one hand under your cat’s chest, behind her front legs. The other hand should support her back paws and hind quarters. Lift the cat and hold her with her side leaning against your body.
  • Do hold her close against your chest or front to help her feel more comfortable and secure.
  • Do always support her hind legs. Your cat may get upset otherwise and will have her back paws free to scratch you. 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

Greenies for Cats

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Help your cat avoid gum disease, the most common disease among pets. Gum disease silently progresses over time and can lead to serious health problems. But you can fight gum disease with Greenies for Cats. It’s the only feline treat approved for tartar reduction by the Veterinary Oral Health Council and it’s the #1 vet-recommended dental treat.

It offers healthy tartar fighting with:

  • Nutritious ingredients
  • Unbeatable taste in 5 flavors
  • A unique, teeth-cleaning shape
  • Only 1.25 calories per piece

 

Visit your local Pet Supermarket or Petsupermarket.com for Feline Greenies.

Top Fish-Feeding Mistakes

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Are you sure you’re feeding your fish correctly? Whether you’re a new aquarist learning the ropes or an experienced one in need of a reminder, read on for a few top fish-feeding mistakes.

  1. Overfeeding
    The number one mistake made by fish owners is overfeeding. Since fish will never turn down food, they always seem hungry, but this doesn’t mean they need feeding. Start by feeding your fish once a day. Don’t worry. Feeding them once a day won’t starve your fish. Continue reading

How to Introduce a Cat to the Family Dog

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Adding a cat to your pet family can be very rewarding. But pets, like humans, need time to get to know each other before becoming friends. Follow these tips when introducing a cat into a dog home:

  • Prepare your dog: A training refresher may be in order to help control your dog if he gets too excited. Focus on commands such as “come” and “down” or “heel.” You may also want to let him run off some energy first.
  • Give your cat her own room: Begin by keeping her in a separate room with her food, water and litter box. Let her explore that room first and keep the door closed or blocked with a dog gate. 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