February is Pet Dental Health Month and a good time to learn how to keep your pet smiling and healthy.
February is Pet Dental Health Month and a good time to learn how to keep your pet smiling and healthy.
February is National Pet Dental Health Month! If left untreated, plaque and tartar buildup can lead to painful periodontal disease. As with many health issues, prevention is the best medicine.
Here are some ways you can take a proactive role in keeping your pet’s teeth healthy.
Keeping your pet’s teeth and gums healthy has tremendous benefits—some studies have shown that maintaining oral health can add up to five years to your pet’s life.
Shelters are full of wonderful cats who need loving homes. No matter how tempting it is though, you can’t take them all.
There are many factors to keep in mind before choosing your new feline friend. Here are some things to consider:
The wide diversity of cats in Pet Supermarket, local shelters and rescue groups ensures that with some patience and thoughtful consideration, you will find a kindred spirit. Many rescue organizations vaccinate, de-worm and test for feline leukemia before allowing cats to be adopted. Some spay/neuter before adoption as well. Ask for specifics on what is included in the adoption package.
Having a cat in your life adds companionship, humor and perspective. A cat can help teach your child responsibility and empathy for others. Once you make the commitment, your cat will enhance your life in ways only a furry feline friend can.
Rabbits have a sweet tooth and love treats! Like most human children, they would choose sweets over healthy food if given the choice. While rabbits should eat a natural, vegetarian diet high in fiber, an occasional treat is ok as long as it is not full of sugar.
The best types of treats for your rabbit are natural sweet treats, such as fruit—a bite of banana or apple—or small bites of “sweet” vegetables, like carrots or broccoli.
Dried pineapple contains enzymes which help break down ingested fur. This should be given only in small doses due to its high sugar content. While fruit is considered healthy, it should still only be fed in small amounts. An approximate amount of fruit to feed your rabbit is a teaspoon per 2 lbs of body weight, daily—in one feeding or divided into multiple feedings. Pet Supermarket carries a variety of healthy treats for your rabbit. Some of our favorites include:
As a treat alternative, you can spoil your pet bunny with safe chewable toys. They’ll keep your bunny entertained and will last longer than a sweet treat. Pet Supermarket also has a wide variety of chew toys for your rabbit. You’ll be sure to find lots of options both in-store and online for keeping your bunny happy and healthy.
More than any other pet, what you feed your cat shows on the outside. Cats need proteins, fats, carbs, water, vitamins and minerals in their diet.
Read on to learn the nutritional fundamentals for keeping your feline friend healthy.
There may be other nutritional factors to consider, depending on your cat’s age. Kittens, adults, and senior cats all have different needs that must be taken into account.
A high-quality, well-balanced diet not only nourishes your cat, it also helps maintain overall wellness and prevents future ailments. To keep your feline companion energetic and healthy for years to come, make sure she’s getting the best food possible that meets all of his specific needs.
New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for humans! Your dog can also benefit from setting healthy goals for the new year.
Here are a few tips for starting the year off on the right paw.
The holiday season is upon us! Most pet parents include their furry best friends in the festivities, which can be fun for everyone involved.
However, while you’re celebrating, there are a few dangers to be aware of so that the holidays can be merry for everyone.
Decorations & Plants
Cats are creatures of routine, and can become very stressed when their environment changes. Due to their superior senses, even very small differences are detected and can cause stress. Here’s a thought to help put that stress into perspective—your home is your cat’s entire world.
Here are some tips to help keep your cat calm and stress-free.
While it’s best to keep interruptions in your cat’s life to a minimum, changes are inevitable. But with a little preparation and time, you can help your cat adjust with minimal stress and anxiety.
Looking for a gift that will last long after the holidays? Consider colorful fish – they bring comfort and delight and are perfect for most any living situation. Tanks come in a variety of sizes and fish add fun and activity to any room! Fish are also great for kids and adults alike.
If you’re new to the world of fish and fish tanks, you might be overwhelmed at all of the choices. We can help you narrow them down and choose the best items for beginners.
Start with fish that are hardy, easy to take care of, and small. Usually, small fish are easier to care for than larger fish. You also have a better chance of getting small fish to co-exist with one another, especially if you want to have a community tank with numerous amounts of fish. You’ll also need to decide whether you’ll have a cold water or warm water tank. While some cold water fish can be mixed with warm water fish, this isn’t ideal—this can cause stress for your fish.
Cold water fish:
For heated tanks:
Essentials Fish Foods:
Now available at Pet Supermarket! New Essentials Fish Foods are available in 5 varieties – Goldfish Flakes, Tropical Flakes, Color Flakes, Betta Bites, and Algae Grazers. These wholesome foods have been formulated to provide proper nutrition and promote consistent growth, all while not clouding your water. Essentials Fish Foods are a great value as well. Find them at your nearest Pet Supermarket.
Aquarium kits make a great gift and are perfect for beginners! They come with all of the basics: lighting, filtration, heater, and thermometer – just add decorations, fish, and water! Complete aquarium kits are available in four sizes: 10 gallon, 20 gallon, 29 gallon, or 55 gallon.
Did you know that the average adult dog sleeps 12-14 hours a day? With all that time spent sleeping, it’s essential for them to have a comfortable bed. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a bed for your dog. Just like when you choose a bed for yourself, it can be overwhelming with all of the different options available. Here are a few guidelines to make the decision a little easier.
Small – Medium Sized Dogs
Generally the best bed for small to medium sized dogs is an oval or round one, with a lot of cushioning for them to rest their head and paws on. The sizing can be tricky, since dogs like to be cozy, but there should also be enough room for them to stretch out comfortably. The best way to get the size right is to bring your dog with you when you shop for the bed and try it out in the store.
Comfort and quality are the most important factors to consider when choosing a bed for your large dog. You’ll want something extra comfortable to protect them when they lay down on hard floors. Larger dogs wear down the foam in beds faster than smaller dogs, so generally the higher the quality, the longer it will last. If your dog suffers from arthritis or any joint issues, look for a high-quality memory foam.
If your dog needs extra warmth or likes to be snuggled in blankets, you’ll want something super cozy and warm. A cave or nest bed will allow your dog to burrow themselves, with or without blankets. Beds like these help your dog to feel very secure. As a bonus, these beds can be great for cats too—though probably not at the same time!
Discomfort associated with arthritis or aging joints in older dogs can sometimes make sleeping uncomfortable. A good option in this case is a memory foam bed. A thick memory foam bed will provide the essential firmness your older dog needs to sleep comfortably. These beds are usually machine washable, which makes it easy to keep them clean.
Having a pet cat can be wonderful for so many reasons. They keep themselves clean, they cuddle with you when they feel like it, and you don’t have to rush home to walk them to prevent accidents. That last one comes with a trade-off however: kitty litter.
Though generally dreaded, kitty litter is not the smelly pile of sand it once was. It seems like it’s just a mound of dirt, but there have been many advances made in the efficiency, odor control and environmental impact of litter. So there are several options so you and your cat are sure to find one that pleases you both.
A Litter of Options
There are so many types available, it can be overwhelming to decide which to choose. Ultimately, your cat will help make that decision. While some cats will use any type of litter, some are very picky—if she doesn’t like it, she won’t use it and there’s little you can do to change her mind.
Most cats can be convinced to use the litter you prefer, but transition slowly so it’s not a sudden change. Start by mixing in a tiny bit of the new litter with the old litter. With every litter change, gradually increase the amount of new litter added, until eventually there is only new litter being used.
The different types of litter are:
It’s important to know what to look for when choosing your Betta fish. Here are a few basic guidelines and some factors to consider.
Bettas come in many colors and types. Dark colors—blue and red—are the most common, but you might find some unique colors as well. A healthy Betta is brightly colored with no apparent discoloration, though stress can sometimes cause a Betta to temporarily lose some vibrancy in their color. Once you bring your Betta home and it has acclimated to its new surroundings, the color should return to full strength.
Bettas can be very social with their owners. When you approach, do they swim around? Or do they back up and sulk at the bottom? Do not tap at the container, as this will agitate them and cause them stress. Gently put your finger on its container and slowly move it around. The more social the Betta, the more it will play along and follow your finger. However, if the Betta seems calm, that’s not a bad thing. They can sometimes be tired and resting.
Purchasing an unhealthy Betta can be disastrous. These fragile fish do not recover easily from malnourishment or maltreatment. Choose a Betta whose fins are in good condition and are not torn or damaged. Check for lumps—a healthy Betta has scales that are flat and smooth. They should have clear eyes, flat and smooth gills, and be shiny in appearance.
If you have a dog, you probably have experience with their digestive issues. Digestive problems can be caused by diseases, such as cancer, or by an obstruction in the digestive tract. However—and luckily—most digestive problems are much simpler in nature, with causes such as stress, a change in diet, a virus, or simply eating something that upsets their digestive system. Determining the cause of the gastric distress is the first step in treating your dog.
Inappropriate food sources—such as rich table food, cat food, garbage, and indigestible items from around the home and yard—are a common problem. Usually this will cause acute vomiting and/or diarrhea wiith a loss of appetite. Usually diarrhea is temporary, but when it lasts longer than 12-24 hours, you need to intervene in order to prevent dehydration. Early treatment is easy and will ensure quick recovery.
Overfeeding and/or feeding off the table can cause digestive issues. Stick to a normal feeding schedule, with a measured amount of nutritious food specially formulated for your dog’s needs.
One of the most preventable causes is foreign body obstruction. Pay close attention to your dog, especially on walks or while playing, to make sure your dog isn’t ingesting anything that would cause distress. Foreign objects can cause damage to and block the digestive tract, which often leads to surgery.
How to cope
It’s upsetting when your once happy, playful dog is suddenly lethargic, withdrawn, and possibly vomiting or ill with diarrhea. Because stress can cause digestive problems, try to keep your dog calm and well-adjusted. In times of high stress, you may notice your dog having more stomach issues. Find coping mechanisms that work for your dog, such as petting him or scratching his belly.
Early treatment is key
Although digestive problems are a normal part of life, they should not be ignored. Try to prevent digestive issues before they happen. When they do happen, early treatment will speed recovery and comfort to an uncomfortable family member. If your dog isn’t responding to typical treatment, the digestive problems may be caused by something more serious, like disease, parasites or a virus. If you even suspect that your dog is suffering from a serious digestive or gastrointestinal issue, contact your vet immediately.
Holidays can be a stressful time of year for cats, especially if you are an owner who frequently entertains at home. Large gatherings of new people, constantly ringing doorbells, and loud music can cause even the calmest of cats to become skittish or nervous.
Here’s how to make the holidays less stressful for your feline friends.
Before the party
During the party
Keep in mind, this is your cat’s house too, and she should never be forced to socialize. If, despite your best efforts, you see her getting tense or anxious, you may want to try a product that includes calming pheromones, such as Head To Tail Calming supplements. These are healthy treats that are specially formulated to help your cat de-stress and relax without causing drowsiness.