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

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.