The Pet Supplies Blog: August 2009
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Monday, August 31, 2009  

Fun Cardio Exercise with Your Dog- CLICK HERE!

Even though the dog days of summer are coming to an end, fall is a great time of the year to get some exercise with your dog. Your typical walk around the block can be lacking in the cardio department, especially if your dog enjoys sniffing every mailbox or stopping at every pole. It is time to step up your exercise routine for both you and your dog. Dogs need a good cardio workout just like people and working out with your dog can be fun and inspiring.

The next time you take your dog for a walk, try increasing your speed while keeping a tight rein on your dog. By keeping a tight rein on the leash, your dog won't be able to take a sniffing break or potty break every three feet. A retractable leash, such as the Comfort Grip All Belt Retractable Leash, is ideal for keeping your dog next to you and allowing you to gain the benefits of a great workout.

Once you have mastered the brisk walk with your dog, step up your speed to a jog or even a run depending on the shape and condition of you and your dog. Jogging or running will get your heart and your dog's heart pumping, while it helps to melt away the calories.

Be creative and explore new undiscovered areas with your dog. A park with a bike path is a great place to walk, jog, or run with your dog. Each time you go out to exercise, think of a new challenge for you and your dog to master in order to keep it interesting.

In addition to walking, jogging, or running with your dog, consider a game of frisbee throwing for a good workout. Playing with the frisbee, such as the Toss n Catch Disc, is also a great workout for the both of you. It allows your dog to burn off calories and build muscles, while you burn calories chasing your dog and throwing the frisbees.

When exercising with your dog, always be sure to take a break when needed or your dog seems tired and remember to bring along some cold water for a quick refreshment. Exercising with your dog is great for you and your dog and allows you to spend more time bonding with your dog.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009  

Keep Your Cat Cozy Warm this Fall and Winter with a Heated Cat Bed- CLICK HERE!

Have you ever noticed that your cat loves to lie in an area that is warm? Cats love to feel the warmth and comfort of anything that is soft and warm. A cat’s normal body temperature is usually between 100 and 102.5 degrees, so providing your cat with a heated bed is sure to make your cat happy.

One of my new favorite heated cat beds is the Thermo-Pet Cuddle Cushion, which is ideal for any cat or a small dog. This cat bed has soft, cushioned sides that cats love to snuggle against and stays warm to keep your cat at a comfortable temperature. Your cat will love to rest or nap is this cozy warm bed throughout the year, but even more so in the fall or winter months.

If your cat prefers to be mostly hidden, while he or she naps than the Thermo-Kitty Heated Cat Hut will be ideal for your cat. This bed is designed to make your cat feel safe and secure, while keeping your cat at a comfortable temperature. Made with soft, plush material, your cat is sure to escape to this bed every day. The hood of the bed may be positioned up or down depending on the mood of your cat and the cover is removable for washing. This is one bed that your cat will love sleep or hide in!

Another warm option for your cat is the Thermo-Kitty Throw. This heated throw makes a nice bed for your cat any where you place it. The best feature about this throw is that you or your cat can configure it to be in any shape that your cat desires. It is fun for your cat to crinkle up and lay on. You can also place this throw on your couch for your cat to enjoy and it makes any floor warm and cozy for a nap.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009  

Simple Solutions for Keeping Your Dog Contained in the Yard- CLICK HERE!

Keeping your dog contained to your yard can be difficult, especially when you don't have a fence. Putting up a fence may not be option for you and the cost can be very expensive. If your dog loves to be outdoors and you don't have a fence, there are some great and simple options to keep your dog contained safely in your yard.

A great way to keep a puppy or small dog contained in your yard is by using an outdoor pen. An outdoor pen is easy to set up, can be placed anywhere in your yard, and will safely keep your pet contained until they reach a certain size. If your dog is small, you will get a lot of use out of an outdoor pen. The Midwest Gold Zinc Exercise Pens are great for a variety of dogs and come in different heights to meet your dog's needs. The set-up and installation are very easy and you can take or place this pen anywhere. It is ideal for any pet owner who likes to travel with their small dog.

If your dog has outgrown an outdoor pen, the next option for you is a tie-out stake and cable. This option is ideal for any dog who doesn't have a fenced in yard. Tie-out cables are available in a wide variety of strengths for small to large dogs. The stake can be placed anywhere in your yard and it may be easily moved if necessary. This method of containment allows your dog access to your yard, while keeping your dog safely contained. The Cider Mill Spiral Stake with 20' Tie Out easily screws into the yard and securely holds a dog up to 75 pounds.

Another option to consider that will give your dog more freedom in your yard is installing an electric fence. An electric fence is great for giving your dog more access to the yard and gives you a piece of mind that he won't be able to run off. There are a variety of electric fences for small to big dogs. My favorite electric fence containment system is the Petsafe Stubborn Dog In-Ground Fence. This electric fence is great for dogs who won't be easily contained. The electric fence is easy to install and ideal for pet owners who can't put up a fence in their yard.

If your dog likes to run away, adding one of the options above will help keep your dog safe and contained. By keeping your pet contained, you will prevent him from becoming lost, hit by a car, and more. For all your containment needs, check out GregRobert Pet Supplies.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009  

National Dog Day - Tomorrow August 26, 2009- CLICK HERE!

National Dog Day is formally August 26, 2009 this year and our article is a day early to make sure that you are aware and can take a minute to honor the dog in your life.

What is National Dog Day?

National Dog Day is a day that you celebrate your beloved dogs and shed awareness on dogs that need to be rescued or those dogs that are homeless or abused. Historically, National Dog Day has always been August 26th.

National Dog Day was founded by author and pet expert Colleen Paige. She was ahead of her time in wanting to make sure that dogs are appreciated for everything they do. In addition to our own dogs giving us love and companionship and many times better health --she wanted us to appreciate dogs that put their lives on the line each and every day - such as guide dogs, bomb sniffing dogs, drug sniffing dogs and other dogs in public service.

Dogs need to be saved from homelessness and abuse. (Hey Mike... you reading up??)

The goal of the National Dog Day Foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs a year. If you can adopt a dog, that helps them reach the goal. If you think owning a dog is too much to handle there are many other ways to contribute. You can help out by donating money or even donating dog supplies to a local shelter, rescue group or animal food bank.

If you cannot donate money or supplies because of the economy, you can volunteer for one day at those places.

There’s always an opportunity to be involved in a great cause.

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Friday, August 21, 2009  

Choosing the Right Perch for Your Pet Bird- CLICK HERE!

A perch is an essential part of your bird’s cage and choosing a variety of perches is important for your bird’s health. Your bird should have perches of various sizes and materials in their cage for the comfort of your bird’s feet. It is tiring on the feet to stand on the same perch all day long.

1. The first step is to select a perch that is the correct diameter for your bird. Use the following guidelines for choosing a perch for your bird:
- ½ inch diameter for parakeets and parrotlets
- 5/8 inch diameter for cockatiels
- ¾ inch diameter for small conures
- 1 inch diameter for medium-sized parrots that includes Amazons, large conures, miniature macaws, small cockatoos, or African greys
- 2 inch diameter or larger for large macaws and cockatoos

2. Next choose a perch made of rope, a wooden perch, and a swing perch. You may also want to get a wooden ladder, which will allow your bird to get some exercise climbing up and down. For the cold, winter months or for cool air-conditioned rooms, use a heated perch, such as the Thermo-Perch Heated Bird Perch to help keep your bird warm. These perches will give your birds a variety of surfaces to stand on and offer relief to the foot muscles.

3. Install the perches at various heights in the cage and make sure that they are securely fastened to the cage.

If you notice that your bird is having any foot problems, contact your vet right away to have the feet examined. Taking care of your bird’s feet is essential to the health and well-being of your bird.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009  

G-Force - Can Guinea Pigs be Great Family Pets?- CLICK HERE!

G-Force, the movie about "secret agent guinea pigs", opened late last month to strong box office numbers. 55% of the moviegoers were in the under 18 crowd. (I'd have to guess that the other 45% were parents accompanying the minors.)

Like "Finding Nemo" all the excitement around this movie will get children begging thier parents for a pet guinea pig. Do these fun, furry creatures make good pets?

Guinea pigs can be loving family pets.
They are sociable and can be played with outside their cage or home. As with any pet, they require a certain amount of care. Guinea pig lifespan is about eight years.

Some things you need to know about Guinea Pigs before your decision
  • Guinea pigs thrive in a consistent environment and routine. Feed them the same time each day. Play time should be consistent also.
  • A Guinea pigs front teeth grow all the time (non-stop). Make sure they always have a chew stick.
  • The high-pitched squeaking noise they make is normal. It’s thier means of communication.
A Guinea Pigs Diet should consist of:

  • High-quality guinea pig food; timothy hay, fresh vegetables, and fruits
  • 30–50 mg of vitamin C daily from vitamin supplements, parsley, fruits, etc...
  • Guinea pig treats should not exceed 8% of total food intake
  • Clean water changed daily!
  • Do not feed a guinea pig chocolate, alcohol or caffeine .... ever!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009  

Slim Down Your Overweight Dog- CLICK HERE!

It just as easy for a dog as it is for a human to become overweight and pack on the pounds. Being overweight is just as unhealthy for dogs as it is for humans and can cause health problems for your dog. If your dog has a tendency to be overweight, it is time to change their diet and start an exercise routine for your dog.

Changing your dog’s daily diet is easier than you think. There are a variety of low-calorie dry foods made especially for weight loss. Choose a dry food that is especially formulated for weight loss, such as Low Fat Rice & Chicken Meal Dog Food. If your dog likes moist food, look for one is that is formulated for weight loss or senior dogs. Avoid giving your dog people food or excessive amounts of treats.

Make sure that your dog gets enough water. Water helps to flush out the system and keep the organs working properly. Provide your dog with fresh water throughout the day to keep him hydrated. A great water for your dog is the Ultra Bubbler Pet Fountain. Water is also a great appetite suppressant, so the more water your dog drinks the less hungry he will be.

Exercise your dog a couple of times a day. It is very important for your dog to get enough exercise. Be sure to take your dog for a walk; walk your dog once in the morning and once in the evening. Exercising your dog helps to burn calories and helps to get the heart pumping better. Very your exercise routine with your dog and use fetch toys or set up an obstacle course in your own backyard.

To improve the quality and increase the length of your dog’s life, it is important to keep the weight in check. An overweight dog faces a lot of health issues and decreased life expectancy, so make sure to keep your dog at the proper weight.

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Monday, August 10, 2009  

Preventing Your Cat from Urinating Outside of the Litter Box- CLICK HERE!

Cleaning up cat urine on your floor or furniture can be a difficult task, so preventing your cat from urinating outside of the litter box is best. Cats will urinate outside of the litter box when they are misbehaving or acting out as a result of stress. Cats also like to have a clean litter box when they go to the bathroom. Make accidents less appealing by following these helpful tips:

- A clean litter box is essential. Make sure your litter box is thoroughly cleaned out at least once a week. Completely change out the litter and wash the box in warm water. Litter box liners are great for an easy clean-up and come in a variety of sizes and scents to meet your needs. In addition to a weekly cleaning, it is important to scoop out the litter box once or twice a day. If possible, scoop the litter box out once in the morning and once in the evening.

- Clean-up accidents thoroughly and immediately. Make sure that accidents are completely cleaned as soon as possible because your cat will be attracted to the accident site if he or she can smell the old urine. If your cat is attracted to the area by its scent, it will be more appealing to keep urinating on the same spot.

- Make the accident area less appealing to your cat. If you notice that your cat likes to keep urinating on the same spot, make the spot less appealing by following these tricks:
  1. Cover the area with a scat mat, aluminum foil, and a cat repellent spray.
    - A scat mat or pet training mat, such as the XMat Pet Training Mat, is uncomfortable to walk on and that deters him from stepping on the accident spot. Leave the scat mat or pet training mat on the spot for a short time and your pet will learn to avoid the spot. Once your cat is retrained, he will not want to stop on the spot even after the mat is removed.
    - Cats hate the sound of walking on aluminum foil and will not want to urinate on top of it. In addition to a scat mat, try placing aluminum foil around the area.
    - The SSSCAT Automated Cat Repellant is great for discouraging your cat to urinate outside of the litter box. This spray is non-toxic and keeps your cat away from the area. You may also want to try a citrus spray in the area because cats hate the smell of citrus.
  2. Place their food bowls and mat on the area where the accident occurred. Your cat will be discouraged from urinating on the spot if his food bowls are at the same spot because cats like their food area to be free of cat waste. This should also help to stop your cat from urinating on the spot.
  3. It is best to try a combination of things to get your cat to stop urinating outside of the litter box. With a little patience and some work, you should be successful in retaining your cat to only use the litter box when urinating.

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Sunday, August 9, 2009  

Ear Care for Your Cat- CLICK HERE!

Have you ever considered that the reason why your pets don't listen might be because you haven't cleaned their ears? Although the former is not correct rational, checking and cleaning your cat's ears does insure they are in good health. Cats can develop painful ear infections or ear mites, so a brief inspection can spare your cat a lot of pain.

Most of the time, your cat's ears should not need any cleaning, especially if you own multiple cats. (Cats will clean one an other's ears) If you do notice any redness, discharge, or excessive goo, its time to clean your cat's ears. Hold your cat on your lap. Squirt a medicated ear-cleaning solution into the ear canal. Massage the base of the ear to loosen debris, and use a cotton swap to gently rub the visible portion of the ear.

Ear mites are tiny parasites that suck lymph from the inner ear. Cats often scratch at them with no success and produce a black/brown material from the ear. To get rid of ear mites you will need a specific medication such as Four Paws Ear Mite Remedy for Cats. Also, be sure to check all your pets with the veterinarian if one has mites; mites spread easily.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009  

Choosing the Right Cage for Your Pet Bird- CLICK HERE!

When purchasing a cage for your pet bird, it is best to buy the biggest cage that you can. Birds need a lot of room to stretch and move around the cage, in addition for a place to keep toys, water and food bowls, perches, and more. The cage should be no less than two times the width and three times the height of your bird’s wing span. Here are some things to consider when purchasing a cage:

- Make sure that the cage is made to be strong and durable. Since birds like to chew the cage, you will want to look for one that has a durable finish and strong, durable bars that are appropriate for the type of bird that you have. Prevue Pet cages, including the Bird Cage for Tiels/Parrots 24x20x60 in., are made to be strong and durable and will last for many years.

- Select a cage with bar spacing that is appropriate for your bird. The smaller the bird, the smaller the bar spacing and vice versa. If your bird is small, you will want to choose a cage with less spacing between bars. In addition to spacing, select a cage with both vertical and horizontal bars to make climbing easier.

- Another very important cage feature is the door. Choose a cage with a large door that will allow you to have easy access to your pet and to change food and water bowls. A large access door is helpful when cleaning out your bird’s cage.

- For easier cleaning of the cage, look for a cage that has a pull-out drawer. A pull-out drawer makes cleaning the cage convenient and easy because it catches droppings, spilled water and food, and more. In addition, you don’t have to remove your bird from the cage while cleaning the cage.

For more information and great bird products, check out GregRobert Pet Supplies for all of your bird's needs.

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Monday, August 3, 2009  

Caring for Your Pet’s Clippers- CLICK HERE!

Clipper care is easy and important because it helps to maintain the condition of the clippers. By keeping your clippers in great shape, they will last longer and will make sharper cuts. Here are a few simple tips for keeping your clippers in great shape:

- Lubricate your blades often. Lubricated blades keep their ability to clip better than non-lubricated blades. It is a good idea to oil the blades before, during and after a clipping. Oster Clipper Oil works great and keeps your blades lubricated while clipping for better cuts and helps to keep the motor in good working order.

- Keep your blades sharp. Sharpen your blades or replace them on a regular basis. Most clippers have blades that may be sharpened or replaced. If your clipper is taking longer to clip or not making clean clippings, you may need to get your blade sharpened.

- Take a break if your clippers get hot. If your clipper feels hot to the touch, turn the clipper off and allow it to cool. Your clipper may get overheated or may burn your horse if it becomes too hot. It is a good idea to turn the clipper off and allow it to cool down.

- Keep the cord out of the way. Make sure that the cord is not in the way and your pet can’t step on it. You or your pet could get injured if the cord is in the way, so it is important to make sure that the cord is not in the way while clipping.

- Check the cord and plug every time you use it. Make sure that the cord is not frayed and the plug is in good shape. If you notice that the cord is frayed or the plug is broken, do not plug in the clipper until it has been properly repaired.

- After clipping, clean your clipper. A good working clipper is a clean clipper. After using your clipper, clean the blades and other parts with a soft cloth. Make sure that the clipper is unplugged.

If you take good care of your clippers, they should last you for many years to come. For a great variety of clippers, blades and more, check out GregRobert for all your clipping needs.

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