Have you ever noticed your pet drinking out of the faucet or (yikes!) the toilet? In nature, moving water tends to be fresher and less likely to be stagnant, so it is no surprise that our pets are instinctively drawn to moving water. We carry a variety of water fountains to satisfy your pet’s urge for running water. These pet water fountains have many benefits for your life, and your pet’s:
- Increases water consumption, ensuring that pets stay hydrated
- Discourages jumping on the counter to drink from dripping faucets
- May help prevent health problems such as Urinary Tract Infections and Kidney Disease
- Circulating water stays cooler
- Fountains don’t have to be filled as often as typical water bowls
- Charcoal filters in fountains mean water stays clean
- From now until July 10th, all fountains are 15% off, so it’s a perfect time to bring fresh water into your pet’s life!
If you’ve passed by the shop recently, you may have noticed that the cats have been replaced by Guinea Pigs and Hamsters. No, we have not abandoned our feline friends, we’ve just made a few new ones. That’s right, in addition to our cat adoptions, Baltimore Pet Shoppe will occasionally be hosting adoptions for Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, and Rabbits. Come by and meet the new pets in town before they all move on to their new homes.
Kanga & Jumpsuit
Kanga and Jumpsuit are 2 female dwarf hamsters. They are well socialized and allow you to handle them. They enjoy spending time in their huts and paper towel tube.
They are now available for adoption through ACCT Philly. Stop into the shop to meet them! Adoption application and fee ($15 each) apply.
Strawberry – ADOPTED!
Strawberry is a female calico Guinea Pig. She is sweet and a little shy. She enjoys getting chin scratches but is nervous about being picked up. She gets very excited over hay and makes cute squealing sounds during feeding time! She is now available for adoption through ACCT Philly. Stop into the shop to meet her! Adoption application and fee ($20 each) apply.
Springtime weather is upon us, and while we’re all excited for the coming of warm weather, we need to remember to keep our pet’s safety in mind as well. The ASPCA has a great article on their site, that’s a useful reference for any pet owner as the warm weather approaches. Here is the article in full, but please visit the ASPCA’s website for more information and useful tips.
Spring has sprung, and with the change of season, our thoughts inevitably turn to Easter celebrations, spring cleaning and much-needed home improvement projects. But the new balmy weather can prove not-so-sunny for curious pets—or their unwitting parents. Before you embark on seasonal chores or outdoor revelry, take inventory of potential springtime hazards for your delicate, furry friend. To help you out, our ASPCA experts have come up with a few seasonal tips that will help prevent mishaps or misfortunes.
Easter Treats and Decorations
Keep Easter lilies and candy bunnies in check—chocolate goodies are toxic to cats, dogs and ferrets, and lilies can be fatal if ingested by our furry friends. And be mindful, kitties love to nibble on colorful plastic grass, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting and dehydration. Moreover, while bunnies, chicks and other festive animals are adorable, resist the urge to
buy—these cute babies grow up fast and often require specialized care!
Many pet parents welcome the breezy days of spring by opening their windows. Unfortunately, they also unknowingly put their pets at risk—especially cats, who are apt to jump or fall through unscreened windows. Be sure to install snug and sturdy screens in all of your windows. If you have adjustable screens, make sure they are tightly wedged into window frames.
While every pet parent knows dogs love to feel the wind on their furry faces, allowing them to ride in the bed of pick-up trucks or stick their heads out of moving-car windows is dangerous. Flying debris and insects can cause inner ear or eye injuries and lung infections, and abrupt stops or turns can cause major injury, or worse! Pets in cars should always be secured in a crate or wearing a seatbelt harness designed especially for them.
Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition in many households, but be sure to keep all cleaners and chemicals out of your pets’ way! Almost all commercially sold cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to pets. The key to using them safely is to read and follow label directions for proper use and storage.
Home Improvement 101
Products such as paints, mineral spirits and solvents can be toxic to your pets and cause severe irritation or chemical burns. Carefully read all labels to see if the product is safe to use around your furry friends. Also, be cautious of physical hazards, including nails, staples, insulation, blades and power tools. It may be wise to confine your dog or cat to a designated pet-friendly room during home improvement projects.
Let Your Garden Grow—With Care
Pet parents, take care—fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides keep our plants and lawns healthy and green, but their ingredients aren’t meant for four-legged consumption and can be fatal if your pet ingests them. Always store these poisonous products in out-of-the-way places and follow label instructions carefully.
Time to let your garden grow! But beware, many popular springtime plants—including Easter lilies, rhododendron and azaleas—are highly toxic to pets and can easily prove fatal if eaten.
Like their sneezy human counterparts, pets can be allergic to foods, dust, plants and pollens. Allergic reactions in dogs and can cause minor sniffling and sneezing as well as life-threatening anaphylactic shock. If you suspect your pet has a springtime allergy, please visit your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Pesky Little Critters
April showers bring May flowers—and an onslaught of bugs! Make sure your pet is on year-round heartworm preventive medication, as well as a flea and tick control program. Ask your doctor to recommend a plan designed specifically for your pet.
Out and About
Warmer weather means more trips to the park, longer walks and more chances for your pet to wander off! Make sure your dog or cat has a microchip for identification and wears a tag imprinted with your home address, cell phone and any other relevant contact information. Canines should wear flat (never choke!) collars, please.
If you suspect your pet may have come in contact with or ingested a potentially poisonous substance, contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
Anyone who’s had a pet at some point has experienced fleas. While these nasty little parasites can be hard to avoid in the summer and fall months, there are ways to deal with them and prevent them from making you, and your pets miserable.
Luckily, flea symptoms are easy to spot. If you’ve noticed any of the following, there’s a good chance your pet has fleas.
- Excessive scratching
- Pink, irritated skin, known as hot spots
- Biting/nibbling at the skin repeatedly in specific spots
- Loss of fur in certain areas
How to Check for Feas
Here are two useful techniques to check for fleas on your animal.
Use a flea comb
Run it through your animals fur a few times. Look in the tines of the comb for fleas, flea dirt (feces), and flea eggs. Seeing any or all of these, means your animal has fleas.
Use paper towels
Place a few paper towels under your animal and rub your fingers into his fur vigorously. Check for flea dirt on the paper towels.
One Flea is No Big Deal Right?
Seeing a single flea, is an indication that there may be many more. Adult fleas on your animal represent only about 5% of the total population in your environment. The other 95% is the flea eggs, larvae, and pupae living in the rest of your home. Flea pupae can live dormant in their cocoons for up to 174 days. An adult flea can live on it’s host animal for about 3 months. If you want to rid your home of fleas completely, you need to destroy all life stages of the fleas in your home and on your pet.
Treating Your Pet for Fleas
Frontline Plus, Advantage, and Advantix
These once a month topical treatments are easy to use, and highly effective. They kill adult fleas on the pet, as well as contain insect growth regulators that kill flea eggs and larvae.
A pill that starts killing adult fleas within the first 30 minutes of ingestion. It can be used on animals as young as 4 weeks and as small as two pounds. It can be used in conjunction with a topical flea preventative, such as Frontline or Advantage to control the whole lifecycle of fleas.
A non toxic flea remedy that can safely be used on both your animal and in your home. It is fossil shell flour that kills bugs including fleas by cutting into the exoskeleton and causing the bug to dehydrate.
Richard’s Organics Flea Shampoo and Spray
These products use natural ingredients such as peppermint, clove, cedar, cinnamon and rosemary oils to kill and repel fleas on dogs. They are safe to use around children. These products cannot be used on cats since these pets are sensitive to essential oils.
Flea Control Methods for the Home
Vacuuming will allow you to collect the flea eggs, larvae, and adult fleas that are in your home. Be sure to empty your vacuum’s bag/bin outside immediately after vacuuming so the fleas are not able to jump out of the vacuum and continue to infest your home.
Flea bombs spray a fine mist of insecticide throughout the area. It is only recommended for heavy infestations, as using a flea bomb will require you to leave your home with your pets for about 2 hours. The insecticides used will kill adult fleas and provide extended protection against flea eggs and larvae.
Sprays and Powders
These products allow you control to what areas get treated with insecticides such as the carpet, pet bedding, couch, etc. Upholstery sprays and powders require that the area be left for about an hour before allowing your pets, children, or yourself back in contact with the area.
Most pet owners deal with fleas at one time or another. Don’t feel discouraged if one type of treatment didn’t seem effective. To combat a flea infestation it takes a full on attack, treating your animal and your home. We hope this information helps you win the flea war!
Summer is a great time of year. The temperature is warm, the sun stays out longer, you have more opportunities to hang out with your pets. Due to the heat, summer can also be uncomfortable, or dangerous for our pets. Here are some tips on helping your pet stay happy and safe during these few hot months.
Be sure your pet has plenty of water
Animals don’t sweat when they are hot, like us humans, instead, they pant. Panting relieves heat by evaporating moisture off your pet’s respiratory tract. Therefore, it’s important your pet stays hydrated so there is a consistent supply of moisture available to help your pet keep cool. For outdoor activities, bring a Gulpy or travel bowl, to provide your pet with refreshment, wherever they go. For inside, it may be fun to put a little ice in your dog’s bowl to help them cool off a bit on hotter days. You may also consider purchasing a pet fountain. Many pets enjoy drinking moving water, and it’s filtered, so your pet is always getting fresh, clean water.
Help your pet beat the heat if you’re away
You never want to leave your pet in a hot home, with no place to seek relief. If leaving your pets home alone, make sure they are comfortable. An AC unit, or a fan and a couple of open windows, are great ways to keep it cool. Allow your pets access to tile, stone, or wood floors. Basements are also a great place to get cool. If your pet is outside, make sure that there is a shady spot or animal house in which they can relax. If you have a large enough back yard, it may be fun to give your pet a wading pool so they can cool off in the water, or splash around if they wish.
How to keep a cool crate
If you’re leaving your dog in a crate during the day, consider leaving him with a frozen water bottle covered in a sock as an ice pack. You can also purchase Coop Cups in varying sizes which are bowls that attach to the side of the crate for water. If you own a Kong toy, you can fill it with a mix of peanut butter, wet dog food, or other treats and freeze it so your dog can enjoy it throughout the day. Chilly Bones are another toy you can freeze for your dog’s refreshment. There’s also doggy ice cream and frozen marrow bones that are perfect refreshing treats in the summertime.
Careful in the car
While it’s always fun to travel with your pets, you may want to be careful on hotter days. And if you can’t provide them with a cool place in the car, the best option may be leaving them home when the temps are in the red. When traveling with your pet, NEVER leave your pet alone in the car. Car temperatures can rise from 75 degrees F to 110 degrees F in a mere 15 minutes during the summer. Its not worth the risking your pet’s life for that pit stop.
Grooming for cooling
Make sure to brush your pets regularly. Removing all that excess hair can help your pet stay cool. For your cats, keeping excess hair to a minimum will also help avoid hairballs.
Protect against summer pests
Summer means more quality time outdoors with your pets. However, fleas, ticks, and mosquitos are out in full force and want to make a snack out of your pet. For all pets, it is recommended that you purchase a product to help prevent your pet from being fodder for parasites. At the Baltimore Pet Shoppe, we carry Frontline, Advantage, diatomaceus earth, and other products that keep bugs from making your pet their dinner.
Summer is a wonderful time of year filled with amazing oppurtunities to have fun adventures with your favorite furry friends. It’s even better when you take the necessary precautions to make sure your pets are safe. Remember to always provide water and not over exercise your pet. Enjoy your summer!
Losing a pet is one of the worst experiences a pet owner can have. The panic of realizing your pet is missing, can be totally overwhelming. To help you find your lost pet, should you find yourself in this dreaded situation, we have put together this list of pet finding tips…
1. Be sure your pet has proper identification
The best way to see that your lost pet is returned to you is to ensure they are wearing a proper identification tag. While the style of tags and the amount of information on them may vary, the most important things to include are your pet’s name, and your telephone number. This will assure you that anyone who finds your pet will be able to contact you easily.
2. Search the neighborhood your pet was lost in
Get as many friends as you can to help you canvas your neighborhood for your lost pet. Be sure to talk to anyone you see on the street and ask them if they’ve seen your pet. Be prepared to give your phone number to any of your neighbors who wish to help.
If your pet has a favorite treat or squeaky toy, bring it with to help if you need to lure your pet out from potential hiding spots. Pets can often be overwhelmed and scared to be out of their usual environment. Anything you can do to make them feel comfortable and safe in returning to you helps. If it’s a lost dog, make sure to bring a leash and collar just in case his were lost. If it’s a cat, make sure to keep a carrier somewhere close by to transport your cat safely back home.
3. Let your neighborhood know of your lost pet
Contact any neighbors you know and let them know of your lost pet, and the best way to contact you if the pet is found. Post flyers around the neighborhood, and at any local businesses that have bulletin boards. On the flyer, be sure to have the words “LOST DOG” or “LOST CAT” in large letters. Include a description of your lost pet, where the pet was last seen, and add your contact information. Distribute your flyers within a 5 block radius from where your pet was lost.
4. Visit local animal shelters
The animal shelters in philadelpia are the PSPCA, ACCT, and Morris Animal Refuge. When visiting them, be sure to bring along copies of your flyer. It will have all the basic information they need to see if your pet has been found, and can be left behind for others to see. Contact the Penn Veterinary Hospital to make sure your pet wasn’t injured and brought there for care. Follow up with these groups regularly, remember your pet could be found at any time!
5. Post about your missing pet on the internet
Almost everyone these days is involved in a social network or two. Be sure to post to any local networks you have available. Facebook, Craigslist, Petfinder, and area forums like West Philly Local, are all great ways to reach out and let people know your pet is missing. Include a digital version of your flyer, or copy the information from it into your post. Encourage your friends to repost the flyer and/or information.
6. Don’t Lose Hope
Pets can still be found months after they’ve gone missing. Persistence is key to finding your lost pet. Keep putting the word out, and don’t lose hope if the search wears on. Remember, your pet could be found at any time!
There’s a reason that Spring cleaning is done… well… in Spring! It’s not just that extra motivation we get from more hours of sun. Spring is the season for pet shedding, and it can really get out of hand, if you don’t have the right tools, and techniques to manage it.
While it can sometimes seem like it, it’s not the increase in temperature that prompts shedding. In the Spring and Summer, we all tend to spend more time outdoors, especially with our pets. The increased light exposure of those days out in the sun, helps to determine the amount and timing of shedding. (Though artificial light is also a factor) More hair has the tendency to be shed during the period of greatest exposure to light.
Pet hair grows in cycles, beginning with a rapid period of growth in the spring, followed by slower growth, and finally, ending in a winter rest period. Mature hair then loosens in the follicles over the course of winter. In the spring the cycle of hair growth begins again, and new hair growth pushes the old, loosened hairs out of the coat, resulting in a mass shedding. If your pet seems to be shedding an abnormally large amount, consult your vet as this could be the sign of a medical condition.
How to Manage
Pets shed so their new coat has space to grow in. The amount of shedding depends on the breed of your cat or dog, but whether long or short haired, they can still shed a lot. Here are some tips that can help…
- Groom your pet often. It can’t be overstated, the best way to manage all of that falling fur is to catch it while it’s still on your pet. Find a grooming tool that works for both of you and groom them as often as you can. Grooming is also a great bonding time for you and your pet! Combine it with some light play and a treat or two and they will love it.
- Bathe your dog regularly. Regular bathing is a good thing to do for your dog anyway, but a good warm bath is especially good during those heavy shedding months, as it helps to loosen all of that dead fur. Since cats bathe themselves daily, bathing them is not really necessary. (And they don’t tend to like it!)
- Be mindful of nutrition. Feeding your pets a nutritious, healthy diet, can help keep shedding at bay. If you feel their diet is not complete, you can also add vitamin E, Omega 3, and Omega 6 fish oils, and Linoleic Acid to a high quality diet. Rich in antioxidants, supplements may aid in excessive pet shedding. Remember, healthy pets shed less!
Products that Help
Here’s some of our favorite products for managing shedding…
- Furminator. With it’s many, tiny, closely spaced teeth, this pet brush removes dead hair with amazing efficiency.
- Grizzly Salmon Oil. Packed with natural Omega 3, 6, and other healthy nutrients, Grizzly Salmon Oil is great for your dog’s coat and joints.
- Buddy Wash Dog Shampoo. All natural, soap free, safe for puppies, and it smells fantastic. What more could you ask for?
Raw diets provide nutrition the way nature intended. The raw diets we carry are formulated like your pet’s ancestral diet with meat, organs, and raw ground bone, fruits and vegetables, and are free of grain fillers.
Dogs and cats are meat eaters by nature, and a diet consisting primarily of raw meat, organ meats, bone, and fat reflects what your pets would eat in their natural habitat. Eating close to the way nature intended, your pets will get natural vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from whole foods themselves, not from processed additives. These are 100% digestible foods, that your pets will love!
The diets we carry are Primal, and Nature’s Variety, they are both made in the heart of the USA in a USDA Certified Organic Processing Facility. Each piece of food is individually quick frozen to seal in freshness, natural flavors, and nutrition.
- Shinier coats
- Healthier skin
- Cleaner teeth
- Fewer allergies
- Higher energy levels
- More compact, firmer stools
Right now we are offering free Primal starter packs. Each starter pack includes a sample of 4 different flavors for your cat or dog as well as a guide to feeding and transitioning to raw. Feline versions include Turkey, Chicken/Salmon, Beef/Salmon, and Quail. Canine versions include Chicken. Beef, Lamb and Duck. Offer is one per customer and while supplies last.
Think you’re finished with everyone on your holiday shopping list? Why not do something special for your pet(s) this holiday season? Not only does buying a holiday present for your pet show them how truly special and loved they are, but there are many gifts out there that will help to improve their health and wellness at the same time.
A Dog Toy that Holds Up
No matter what type of gift you choose for your pet this holiday season, it is important that it be appropriate and safe for their size, and play-style. While that fluffy Santa toy may be fine for your more mellow mutts, it can be a hazard for larger, or more tenacious breeds, who tend to shred plush toys. For those power chewers, we recommend GoughNuts pet toys. These chew toys address the simple but serious issue, of safety in play. Each GoughNuts pet toy, has a built in visual safety indicator, that lets you know when the toy needs to be replaced. These toys are so tough, most dogs will never get to the safety indicator, but if they do, GoughNuts will replace the toy if it was purchased within a year of the return.
GoughNuts toys are made in the United States, from natural rubber. The GoughNut Maxx Black is recommended for the extreme chewer. For the less aggressive chewer there is the GoughNuts Original, and the GoughNuts Small. If your dog destroys everything, we highly recommend GoughNuts.
A Dog Treat, that’s Healthy too
This holiday season chose a treat for your pet that is both delicious and healthy. The original, low allergen treat, Buddy Biscuits, are natural and wholesome, plus they come in fun ginger-boy shapes! Buddy Biscuits are all natural and contain simple, clean, and wholesome ingredients. They are great for all dogs, even those with allergies or sensitivities. Buddy Biscuits are also low in fat, so you can feel good about treating your dog generously!
Buddy Biscuits also makes moist treats called Soft and Chewy Buddy Biscuits. These are soft treats you can feel good about. Made in the USA and free of corn, propylene glycol, BHA, BHT, and other nastiness commonly found in soft treats. These treats are perfect for older dogs, small dogs and puppies. They are also great for training your dog to do tricks!
A Cat Toy that Can Take it
Cats can also be aggressive at play, and it is just as important to choose safe toys for your feistier felines. The Purrfect Crunchy Feather cat toy is a great choice for fun and safe, interactive play, with your cat.
Made in the United States, and Winner of the 2010 Cat Fancy Editor’s Choice Award, this amazing toy features a 32″ clear flexible wand with patented flexi-neck, for bounce and safety, and 38″ colored reinforced cords. It has two different interchangeable ends, one with natural feathers surrounding a crunchy, tear resistant plastic, and the other end has a blend of natural feathers. All of the feathers on the toy are natural, and naturally treated. The Purrfect Crunchy Feather Cat Toy is a great way to get your cat to pounce away those pounds this winter season!
A Natural Cat Treat
A great treat choice for your cat is Cat-Man-Doo, extra large, Bonito flakes. These treats are made from 100% dried Bonito (skipjack tuna), and contain no additives, preservatives, or byproducts. They are high in protein, and low in fat. Since they are made from a single protein source, you can be assured that Cat-Man-Doo treats are a healthy way for you to reward your cat (though dogs love them too!).
Bonito Flakes are an excellent source of Taurine, an essential dietary requirement for feline health. Taurine protects your cat from serious eye problems. The natural fish oils that are found in Bonito will keep your cat’s (or dog’s) fur shiny and beautiful, and will help with hairballs. Since they are low in calories, you can give them to your pet as often as you like. These treats are highly addictive so keep in a spot where your kitty will not be able to break into the container and consume the entire thing!
Here’s hoping you and your pet(s) have a safe, and happy Holiday!