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

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