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

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