Monthly Archives: June 2014

Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Indoor Cat

Dec_2013_3Once you bring your cute, new kitten or cat home, you might think you have plenty of time to have them spayed or neutered. But here are a few things you might not know:

 

  • Your female kitten can get pregnant as soon as she’s 6 months old.
  • Female cats can have up to 3 litters a year.
  • One cat can have 100 kittens in her lifetime.
  • Male cats can sire hundreds of kittens in their lifetimes.

These numbers make a compelling case for spaying or neutering. We list a few more reasons below.

Spaying or neutering your cat will: Continue reading

Top Tips for Tick Removal

Dec_2014_1Do you know how to remove a live tick from your dog’s skin? It’s a skill every pet owner should have. It’s especially important if you live near wooded areas or have a year-round pest season.

 

Here are our tips for tick removal…

Ditch the home remedies

You may have heard a few remedies for handling ticks, including using a lit match or petroleum jelly, among others. But these remedies don’t always work and may even make things worse. If the tick gets stimulated, it could release more (possibly infected) fluids into the bloodstream—the opposite of what you want to achieve. Continue reading

Zuke’s Lil’ Links: Healthy Sausage Links Made in the USA

Oct_2012_1Your dog won’t be able to resist Zuke’s Lil’ Links treats. In fact, he’ll be on his best behavior to earn one of these treats! They’re made with real meat, apples, potatoes, carrots and antioxidant-rich herbs. They’re also grain-free and made in the USA.

You won’t have to worry about mystery ingredients, byproducts or artificial flavors, just healthy goodness with real meat as the first ingredient. Get chicken pork or rabbit, seasoned with antioxidant-rich fruits, veggies, rosemary, turmeric and sage. Your dog will sit, stay and heel for this tasty treat!

Find Zuke’s Lil’ Links at your nearest Pet Supermarket Store!

When You Should Upgrade to a New Fish Tank

Dec_2013_4You’ve cared for your fish tank and it has blossomed in to a beautiful marine exhibit. You’ve added fish, plants and decorations to your aquarium over the years, but how do you know when it’s time to upgrade to a bigger tank? Read on for a few guidelines…

Having problems with water quality?

Has it been hard to maintain safe levels of pH, ammonia, nitrates and nitrites? If so, a larger tank may help. Water quality and temperature are easier to maintain in larger tanks. These levels don’t spike as quickly in tanks with more water volume.

Crowded fish

Are there too many fish in your tank? And how many is too many? The rule most often used is one inch of fish for every gallon of water, but this doesn’t provide enough room for larger fish and full-bodied fish, like goldfish. If you have larger fish or if they’ve grown, you may want to adapt that rule to one inch of fish for every two or three gallons of water. Also, smaller fish tend to be more active and may be happier with more room as well. Continue reading

Kitten Proofing Your Home

Dec_2013_3A kitten’s life is driven by play and exploration. But don’t let her curiosity get her into trouble at home. Follow these tips to kitty proof your home for her safety. 

 

Before kitten arrives

When kitten proofing your home, focus on hazardous or poisonous items first. For example, keep chemical cleaners safely stored. Also, take a closer look at your house plants. You’d be surprised how many might be toxic or irritating. See the ASPCA’s list of toxic plants.

Unplug and play keep away

As your kitten explores her new home, she may try to investigate cabinets, book shelves and breakable items. Keep fragile items out of reach and cover or unplug electrical cords in case she chews on them. Continue reading

How to Find Your Dog Breed Match

Dec_2014_1Here are a few questions that will help you find the best doggie for you:

Why do you want to get a dog?

What’s your main reason for getting a dog? Is it for your kids, for companionship, or to have a pet for play and exercise? Thinking about this first will help with your breed choice later.

Level of activity: couch potato or fireball?

This answer will depend on your lifestyle and how much time you can devote to your dog. In other words, don’t get a sporting or hunting breed if you can’t spend time outdoors with him. Keep in mind, puppies and toy breeds need play time too.

Size: From tote-sized to massive

The cute puppy will eventually grow to full size and that size needs to be accommodated. Whether you live in an apartment or home, your space may dictate the size of your dog. A Chihuahua will be at home either way, but an Akita will have a tight fit in a small space. Continue reading

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.

Introducing New Fish into Your Aquarium

Dec_2013_4Have you ever moved to an area with a different climate? It might have taken you a while to get acclimated. The same holds true for fish when moving to a new aquarium. In fact, fish are very sensitive to their environments. Subtle changes in water temperature, pH and nitrates can affect your fish’s health and survival.

New additions to your tank can also affect your existing fish. To keep your aquarium healthy, we offer the following suggestions:

  • Research the new fish species – Is it compatible with your existing fish? How large will it grow? These are things you should know about any species you add to your tank.
  • Fish quarantine – One of the cardinal rules of fishkeeping is to quarantine new fish before adding them to an aquarium. Otherwise, you risk introducing a parasite or disease that could infect all of your fish.  Continue reading

Have a Kitty-Safe Holiday

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It’s time again for holiday meals, festive décor and visits with family and friends. While you’re enjoying the season, make sure your pets are thankful as well with these holiday safety tips.

 About the bird

Turkey and all the trimmings make for an enjoyable meal, but spicy or fatty items should be kept from pets. If you give your cat a small bite of turkey, make sure it’s well cooked and boneless. Above all, keep her away from any bones, which can be sharp and brittle.

A kitty-friendly feast

It’s OK to offer a few bites of turkey or a bite of sweet potato, but don’t indulge your cat too much or she’ll have a stomach upset or diarrhea. To make the occasion special, give your kitty her own feline-friendly treat instead. Continue reading

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