• Why You Need To Pick Up After Your Pooch
    Pet Care

    Why You Need To Pick Up After Your Pooch

    Picking up after your pet is one of the many responsibilities we assume when deciding to become a full-fledged pet owner. Sure, it’s arguably the worst part of owning a pet and many of us have fallen guilty to simply leaving it behind once or twice. I mean, what’s the harm in that, right? Doesn’t waste just decompose? Well, it’s actually a bit more complicated than that.

    Why You Need To Pick Up After Your Pooch

    Yes, we know pet waste is ugly, smelly, and plain gross, but the potential health risks unattended waste presents far outweighs the “icky factor”.  Surely every dog owner out there has turned a blind eye or two, but next time your four-legged companion answers nature’s call, consider the following facts.

    There Are Diseases in Waste!

    As you more than likely know, pet waste contains harmful diseases and viruses that can pose great threats to young children, puppies, and other animals. As a hotbed for cell production, pet feces can host a number of concerning threats like Salmonella, Coronavirus, Roundworms, and Hookworms. Nasty intestinal parasites like Giardia can also be easily spread through contact with fecal matter.

    And don’t think that just because you stay away from public parks, this can’t affect you. Even if your pooch does their business in your own backyard, undisposed waste can still harm children and other dogs. Hookworm eggs tend to get deposited through fecal waste, and the larvae can puncture through the skin on the bottom of your feet.

    Young, unvaccinated puppies are also at great risk of catching parvovirus, a germ often found in pet waste. Infected dogs have been known to “shed” the virus through defecation long after their supposedly cured, which means the next pup that comes along is in potential danger.

    Beware of Rainfall

    Perhaps even more concerning is how leftover pet waste can pollute our water systems. Natural rainfall literally washes away pet waste into drainage systems which then get deposited into water reservoirs. This is especially concerning for rural areas that see much greater rainfall activity, or mountainous regions where water tends to get funneled into the same area.

    Studies have indicated that nearly 41% of Americans fail to pick up their pet’s waste. That’s a staggering number, considering somewhere around 85 million families have claimed to own a pet in the last year!

    But What’s a Good Solution?

    The best solution to avoid leftover pet waste would be fostering a better culture and environment that supports responsible waste management. Provide more bins and bags at public, pet-friendly locations and install local legislation that penalizes owners for not cleaning up after their furry friends.

    While we can only hope public health and safety organizations can find the means to do this for parks and reserves, those of us at home, running a pet daycare center or veterinary office, can start now!

    With the PawPail® Pet Waste Station, owners can have a state-of-the-art waste disposal system in their own homes. Manufactured with UV and weather resistant materials, this management system easily …

  • Top Zhu Zhu Pets Accessories and Zhu Zhu Animal Play Devices
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    Top Zhu Zhu Pets Accessories and Zhu Zhu Animal Play Devices

    At the moment you are most likely to have heard rumors behind the latest toy madness that is preparing to take over America this holiday season; Zhu Zhu Pets. With their ability to behave, react and adapt to their environment such as genuine Hamsters, this small “pet” engine has aroused crazy shopping madness that rivals past holiday crazy toys like Tickle Me Elmo and Furby. Zhu Zhu Pets itself is quite attractive to many owners, but there are also many game sets and other accessories available, with a variety of playsets specifically that can be adjusted and even combined into one large megaset that provides hours of fun for your children. Some of the great accessories of Zhu Zhu Pets for this holiday include:

    Hamster Funhouse – Hamster Funhouse is actually a hamster accessory for new owner Zhu Zhu. Playset also displays “bumps” specifically in vital parts that stimulate hamsters to make exceptional sounds such as the sound of sleep in the bedroom, or flushing toliets in the bathroom, in conjunction with funny movements. Certainly the Hamster Funhouse also has openings that allow it to connect with other hamet playsets at present obtainable, generating it a good starting point for building your individual Hamster City!

    Spiral Slide and Ramp – this playset makes your hamster climb the ramp, then goes down and circles on the big bottle opener slide. Simple additions, but fun for the Hamster Funhouse and other playsets.

    Hamster Wheels and Tunnels – Just like real life hamster wheels, Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster Wheel and Tunet playset exactly as written on the box; “Zhu Zhu Pets hamsters run fast on the road to jump on the sports wheel and start running”. Just like a real hamster wheel, it can be connected to other playset hamsters. No hamster poop that needs cleaning is also an added value.

    Adventure Ball – Another Zhu Zhu Pets accessory inspired by real life, this clear blue ball works by first placing the stabilizer under Zhu Zhu Pet’s hamster, keeping it upside down while inside the ball. The hamster is then placed inside a ball where he is free to explore the world around him, especially on rough surfaces such as the carpet on which Zhu Zhu’s pets themselves may have difficulty stepping on them. As a bonus, the Adventure Ball set also includes the “Rattlin Mini Ball” Clatterin “” which can be pushed by hamsters almost anywhere, including in their own playsets.

    Surfboards and Bed Domes – Surfing hamsters are no longer just dreams, now Sleep Surfboards and Dome devices make it a reality. Hamsters You can “surf” around the floor with a surfboard, but it can only surf on land, so don’t try it on the water! Plus, when the hamster is finished for the day, he can rest on the included dome.

    Skateboard and U-Turn – Similar to Surfboard and Sleep Dome surfboards, Skateboard and U-Turn sets have small motorized creatures we are curious about handling skateboarding. Zhu Zhu Pets jumps …

  • Making Decisions Through Grief: What to Remember When Your Pet Passes Away
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    Making Decisions Through Grief: What to Remember When Your Pet Passes Away

    You’ve connected with your pet since they were a furry baby, or the second you saw them at the pound or in your neighbor’s yard. You’ve fed, groomed, snuggled, and loved them every step of the way. In return, they loved you back unconditionally. They watched out for you and the rest of the family, provided endless entertainment, exercise, and a sense of home. The years have gone by too quickly, and you may have learned they have a sickness from which they’ll never recover, or you recognize that their time is near its end. You decide to do them one last act of kindness and not let them suffer. Or perhaps they left on their own schedule. Now you have to decide how best to memorialize them while going through a specific kind grief.

    The first thing to remember in this moment is that whatever you’re feeling is normal. Society as a whole doesn’t do well with grief. Add in the fact that some people don’t understand the deep sadness that can overtake a person who has lost a pet, and it can make the feelings that much harder to work through. Take your time saying goodbye, and be kind to yourself while doing so. Will the idea of burying them yourself seem too daunting a task to tackle? Are you unsure of the process of cremation and need to ask a few questions? Keep these points in mind during this important decision-making process.

    The cremation options

    Cremation has its roots in the early stone age and is still popular today because of its affordable pricing and relative ease. While human cremation has its own set of rules and regulations, pet cremation is a bit different. You’ll need to specify if you’re okay with your pet being cremated with others, as in a partitioned cremation where bodies are separated but go into the oven at the same time, or communal cremation where they’re mingled together. For an additional fee, you’ll also have the option of having a private cremation.

    Once they’ve gone through the cremation process, you’ll receive their ashes and pulverized bone fragments back in a box, generally with a certificate from the company that provided this service. Some also offer paw prints in plaster or locks of their hair for you to keep.

    Alternatives to traditional cremation

    Alkaline hydrolysis is a newer process that uses water in place of fire during a “green cremation.” The body is put into a chamber that is to be filled with 300 degree water and a solution to break down tissue, hair, and other components. After a few hours, the fluid is drained from the steel chamber, leaving behind soft bone fragments. These are then pulverized and given back to you. Alkaline hydrolysis reduces harmful pollution that can be released into the air during traditional cremation, while still being as cost effective as traditional options. This is available through specialized companies like VIP Aquamation, so be sure to ask …

  • Top Five of the Best Dog Kennels for Breeders
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    Top Five of the Best Dog Kennels for Breeders

    Kennels are the best ways to keep your dog safe and away from your guests. A kennel is also considered as a method to transport dogs to and from the vet. If you ever fly with your dog, you will need a kennel for that as well. The best dog kennels for breeders depends on your dog and your lifestyle. Here are some of the top kennels for breeders that make house training easier.

    Portable Dog Kennels

    These portable dog kennels are typically made from plastic. They generally carry small to medium-sized dogs. They are made from a durable plastic that never collapses. These dog kennels feature a swinging door and a handle on top. These types of kennels are ideal for dogs who are always traveling with their owners. These crates are ideal for car and plane travel. If you are flying with your dog, then you know he will need something durable. This type of kennel will provide him with the most protection.

    Folding Wire Dog Kennels 

    The wire dog kennel is the most common kind. Most of these are folded down, which allow for use inside the house or the car. The benefits to these kennels are that they are easy to clean, and they fit a wide variety of breeds. Your furry friend will have an unlimited view of the house from inside. Placing a thick mat or blanket on the bottom of the kennel will make it more comfortable for your dog. A disadvantage with these kennels is that they are often too big for most dogs that use them. However, a wire kennel may be roomy enough for your dog to do his business on one end and to sleep in his bed on the other end. 

    Soft Dog Kennels 

    These soft dog kennels are made out of canvas and nylon and are more collapsible than plastic or wire kennels. Keep in mind that these kennels are not for every dog. Dogs that love to chew, scratch, or jump around will not be ideal candidates for these soft crates. Dogs that are well-trained and well-behaved will have no problem with these kennels. They are light and portable enough for travel. This makes them a lightweight option for dogs of all sizes. 

    Heavy-Duty Dog Kennels 

    There is not always a need for a heavy-duty dog kennel. This type of dog kennel is generally marketed towards large dogs who tend to destroy or escape from their crates. A heavy-duty dog kennel is also an ideal option for dogs that fear most kennels. These are the types of dogs that chew on the crate and try to escape. This type of kennel is not meant to be used as a prison. If you need the right amount of security to keep your dog inside, then this will provide them the security that he needs. 

    Furniture Grade Dog Kennels 

    These types of kennels are commonly referred to as fashion kennels. It is exactly what you think it is: a kennel …

  • What If All Licensed Pets Were Microchipped?
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    What If All Licensed Pets Were Microchipped?

    You know the drill – you’re walking contentedly down the street and look up to spy a “Lost Dog” poster mounted on the phone pole. You take a moment to read it, scan your memory to see if the description or picture sparks any recognition, then shake your head in sorrow as you walk on, wishing them the best in their search for their beloved companion. It’s a rather common scenario, especially after a major fireworks event or thunderstorm.

    Then, while reading the news a couple of days later you notice a small headline, “City Government Mandates Microchipping of All Licensed Pets”. Interesting, you muse, remembering the lost dog poster you passed. You read on. It seems the city council has voted to phase in automatic microchipping of both cats and dogs, to be completed at their annual license renewal.

    However, because microchipping is completed at the veterinarians, the program will be phased in over a two year period. Expected rate of compliance is approximately 84% – the compliance rate of dog licensure. Penalty for non-compliance, you read, is tiered. First offense is a warning, second is a small fine and third is a mandatory stay at the city shelter for the pet to be microchipped, and all fees paid by the animal’s owner. Further reading informs you that dogs and cats are licensed in this city, but other animals (ferrets, hamsters, turtles,, other reptiles, pigs, horses, goats, etc) tho they can be microchipped, are not included in the mandatory law as they are not licensed.

    Lots of questions swarm through your brain. All licensed pets microchipped… who benefits? How much does it cost? Who pays? How? Will it help? If so, what will it help? How?

    Microchipping – the application of a rice-sized implant under the skin of your pet between the shoulder blades – aids in the recovery of your pet if s/he’s lost or stolen. The small device emits a radio frequency which is easily picked up on a hand held scanner. The chipping usually takes place in a vet’s office quickly and easily, with no anesthetic required. The microchip is injected under the skin by a syringe, then scanned to ensure it is sending properly and can be easily read. Then the pet owner registers the chip number, the animal and owner characteristics and contact information with either their vet or to the registry of that specific brand of microchip. Microchipping is done once in a pet’s lifetime, and lasts for the pet’s lifetime, under normal conditions.

    Benefits of microchips:

    Quick, safe and easy identification of animals picked up by animal control or turned into animal control shelters or vets offices.

    Reduction of animal control expense of housing, feeding, provision of medical care, etc. to pets because microchipped pets are quickly and safely reunited with their owners.

    Owners of pets easily benefit by quick and safe return of their lost or stolen animals, with microchipped cats being returned over 20 times more than non-microchipped cats, and …