by Sandi Lilly
If you’ve decided it’s time to purchase a furry friend, be sure to do your due diligence. Purchasing an animal from a disreputable breeder may mean that you end up with a puppy or kitten that isn’t the breed you’ve paid for. Worse, you may end up with an animal that is ill-tempered or carrying a disease.
For these reasons, it’s incredibly important that you do your research before purchasing a pet. Check the reputation of potential breeders online before handing over your hard-earned cash.
Avoid Puppy Mills
When you take the time to research breeders online before making a purchase, you can avoid puppy mills. These disreputable breeders run breeding operations that are unclean, dangerous, and can potentially spread disease. When you’re learning about breeders in your area, avoid prices or turnaround times that seem too good to be true. Instead, opt to purchase from a reputable dealer with good references.
by Angie Picardo All pet owners know that the cost of keeping our pets safe, happy and comfortable comes with a price. Financing pet expenses can be a daunting task,…
by Chris Martin
Here are ten suggestions for making sure that your furry friends stay warm throughout wintertime.
1. Raise their beds. Inspect the places where your pets sleep. Is there at last two or three inches of padding or space between your pet’s body and the surface on which the bed rests (especially outdoors)? If not, you pet will feel the cold emanating from the floor or ground.
2. Heat their beds. There are plenty of products on the market that can safely provide artificial warmth for your pet. So place a “snuggle disk” (a plastic frisbee-like object that can be heated in a microwave) or a hot water bottle in your pet’s bed for some extra heat while they sleep.
We recently received a complimentary copy of “Classic Cuts” by Music My Pet. The CD is classical music that is specifically for animals to provide comfort and relieve anxiety. When we were asked to review the CD our first question was “What makes this CD better than a classical music CD we can pick up anywhere?” We were politely informed that this CD did not include the dramatic content that may occur in everyday classical music. That alone peaked our interest enough to want the opportunity to hear the CD!
Tom Nazziola, the president and creator of Music My Pet, is the talent and brains behind this remarkable CD. He personally edits, produces and performs all the music so that the dramatic sections are removed. The instruments used are known to calm pets such as the harp, piano, classical guitar, etc. Brass commonly used in classical music does not have a calming effect on your pets.
by Heather Legg
A big dilemma of cat owners is to declaw or not to declaw. Why do some decide to let their cats keep their claws while others think declawing is the only way? Some owners fall in the middle, and this can be a tough decision to make. Think about the pros and cons to do what is best for the cat, the owner, and the household.
The best reason to declaw a cat is if the owner has a medical condition where her health could be compromised if the cat scratches and breaks the skin. There may be bacteria under the cat’s nails that can get under the owner’s skin and cause serious infections. Those with a health condition where this could be dangerous or life threatening may choose to declaw a cat.
We as pet owners are always battling pet stains and odors. This happens a lot more when there is a new puppy or kitten involved but all too much with adult pets as well. Sick pets, aging pets or the pet with an attitude can all contribute to the ongoing problem.
There are products that promise to eliminate both the stain and the odor but few deliver with 100% satisfaction. The ones that come close are riddled with chemicals which are not acceptable in our world. So when we received a request to review a pet stain and odor remover product we immediately went to the site to check it out. Much to our delight the product was green friendly. That alone was reason enough to agree with two thumbs up to try the product.