Spring cleaning for you, and your pet

Posted on: Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Now that there’s a hint of spring in the air, everyone is ready to start their spring cleaning routines. Fortunately, there are tons of great products to help freshen up your home and your pets!

For your home…

Nature's Miracle

Nature’s Miracle
Nature’s Miracle provides a line of pet-specific cleaning sprays. The bleach and other chemicals that are used in conventional house cleaners are not able to properly remove the biological matter from pet stains. In fact, using a bleach-based cleaner on pet urine can actually worsen the smell, in addition to encouraging the pet to continue marking the area. Nature’s Miracle is specially formulated to break down the enzymes in pet stains and totally remove the odors – even ones that only your pet can smell. I comes in a convenient spray bottle as well as larger sizes.

Pet Odor Eliminator Candles

Pet Odor Eliminator Brand
Pet Odor Eliminator makes specially formulated product to remove animal smells in your house, in addition to other strong scents such as cigarette smoke. Their products are designed to with enzymes that actually break up the odors, versus conventional products that only cover the scent. Their long-burning candles have been a long-time favorite with our store employees, however the brand now also offers air freshener sprays, reed diffusers, and hanging car fresheners. The seasonal scents ensure that you’ll never get bored!

Magic Coat Clean Up

Magic Coat Clean Up Brush
In addition to working as a brush for your pet, the Magic Coat brush’s rubber material is designed to quickly remove pet hair from carpet and furniture. The angled shape makes it easy to reach fur in crevices that a vacuum may not pick up.

For your pets…

Earthbath Grooming Wipes

Earthbath Wipes
When you don’t feel like giving your dog or cat an entire bath, you can try Earthbath Grooming Wipes. The wipes contain gentle cleansers that help maintain smell and coat in between full baths. They are especially helpful for dirty paws and faces! The wipes come in 100 and 28 counts in four different scents: green tea, mango, puppy cherry, and hypo-allergenic.

Earthbath Waterless Grooming Foam

Earthbath Waterless Grooming Foam
Another option for waterless bathing is grooming foam. The rub on, towel off option leaves your pet smelling and looking fresh. The gentle cleansers also help cut down on dander and saliva, which in turn can help ease pet related allergies.

Furminator Pet Brush

The Furminator brushes claim to reduce shedding in cats and dogs by 90%, and they’re not lying! The design of the bristles allow the brush to reach through the topcoat and gently remove the undercoat and loose hair – where most shedding comes from. Not only does it keep your house clean, it also reduces hairballs!

Pet Nail Trimmers

Nail Trimmers
Nail trimmers come in a variety of styles and sizes depending on your pet. Clipper style trimmers are similar to nail scissors and come from tiny cat size to large dog. Guillotine style clippers function by putting the nail inside an opening, then a blade trims the nail. Again, they are available in a variety of sizes.

Come on by and give your Spring a fresh start!

Make your pet even more huggable this Valentines Day

Posted on: Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Not only is it Valentine’s Day, February is also official Pet Dental Health Month. Poor dental health can lead to tooth decay and stinky breath — and no one wants to smell that when snuggling up with their favorite pet. Here are some product that can help you keep your pet’s breath fresh, and its gums and teeth healthy!

Virbac C.E.T. Chews

Virbac C.E.T. Chews
C.E.T. chews are one of the number 1 recommended dental chews by vets. These enzymatic rawhide chews come in different sizes as well as a cat formula. The chews combine a natural antiseptic and an abrasive texture that work with a pet’s chewing motion to help control plaque and tartar. Because they are chicken flavored, the chews are very appealing to many pets. C.E.T also makes a dental rinse and pet toothpaste.

Virbac C.E.T. Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Finger Toothbrush

Toothpaste and Toothbrush
Both dogs and cats can benefit from having their teeth brushed at least every other day. Start by placing a small drop of pet-specific toothpaste on your finger as a treat, then slowly move to using a toothbrush or finger brush. Once your pet has become accustomed to the toothpaste on the brush, begin a light brushing movement! Over time, many pets view tooth brushing as a special treat. We carry both toothbrushes and finger brushes, as well as pet-specific toothpaste in flavors such as peanut butter, chicken, and vanilla mint.

Greenies Dental Chews

Greenies Dental Treats
The unique texture of Greenies Dental Bones for dogs help remove plaque and tartar buildup as well as stimulate gums and freshen breath. The weight-specific sizes help guarantee that the bone is the proper texture and firmness to clean your dog’s teeth properly. The bones are designed for every day treats, and therefore are low in fat! Greenies also makes Feline Dental Treats for cats. The treats are shaped like miniature toothbrushes and they come in a six flavors.

Dental Fresh

Dental Fresh Liquid
Just adding a Dental Fresh to your pet’s water bowl to equates brushing every time your pet takes a sip! The formula attacks bacteria and helps reduce and prevent plaque buildup. It is odorless and flavorless, so it won’t effect your pet’s drinking.

Old Mother Hubbard, Minty Fresh Breath

Old Mother Hubbard’s Minty Fresh Breath Treats
No dog can resist a good biscuit, and Old Mother Hubbard’s Fresh Breath treats also help to freshen breath with spearmint, parsley, and fennel.

Next time you stop by, check out some of these products to guarantee your loved ones stay fresh and huggable all year long!

Winter safety tips for your pet

Posted on: Friday, January 16th, 2015

Winter is finally here! Now is a great time to take your furry friend for a romp in the snow, or a fireside cuddle. Here are a few winter safety tips to keep and mind as we move into colder weather.

A good rule of thumb: If the weather is too cold for you, it is too cold for your pet. Keep cats inside to prevent freezing, frostbite, or injury. Make sure short-haired dogs wear proper winter gear when playing outside. We carry a variety of jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts for all sizes!

Especially in a city environment, stray cats will often curl up in car engines to keep warm. Bang loudly on the car hood before starting your engine to prevent injury to these cats.

Ice melter and salt can be painful on your pup’s paws. After a snow, put booties (such as Pawz brand) on your dog before going for a walk . If your dog won’t tolerate booties, you may also use special paw protection wax such as Musher’s Secret. Wipe your dog’s feet, legs, and belly clean of any salt or snow once returning to your home. In addition, use only pet-safe ice melter on your property.

Check between your dog’s toes for redness, cracking, or any other sign of irritation. This can be caused by road salt, or from repeatedly moving from cold to warm temperatures. Keep your home humidified, and if irritation is noticed, get a paw repair balm such as Halo Herbal Healing Salve or Opie & Dixie’s Pawstik.

Give your pet a warm place to sleep such as a pet bed or couch. This area should be dry, heated, and draft-free. This will prevent your pet from finding warm, but possibly dangerous, areas to sleep. Make sure any space heaters or wood stoves aren’t left unattended and that fireplaces are covered with a grate.

Like humans, animals are more susceptible to colds in the winter time. Don’t medicate your pet without asking your vet first. Many over-the-counter medications such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Pepto-Bismol, Tylenol, and some decongestants are poisonous to animals.

Most importantly, enjoy the winter season cuddled up with your furry friend!

Jerky Treats Are Back!

Posted on: Friday, May 16th, 2014

In March pet businesses around the country were forced to pull all non-US made jerky treats from their shelves due to an ongoing FDA investigation. Since then we’ve been on the hunt for safe snacks to satisfy the jerky loving dogs and cats in our area.

Jerky is typically a limited ingredient treat, that is low in fat, and often often grain and filler free. Our new jerky products are all made in the USA, and represent the best we can offer your pet. Check out our new additions…

True Chews Chicken Jerky
Made in the USA
No Artificial Colors or Flavors

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Turkey Jerky
Made in the USA
No Artificial Colors or Flavors
Grain Free

Merrick Jerky Strips
Made in the USA
No Artificial Colors or Flavors
Locally Sourced

Bixbi Chicken Jerky
Made in the USA
No Artificial Colors or Flavors
No Gmos
Added supplements- Skin and Coat/ Hip and Joint

Zuke’s Jerky Natural Bites
Made in the USA
No Artificial Colors or Flavors
Grain Free

Hare of the Dog
Made in the USA
No Artificial Colors or Flavors
Grain Free

Cat Hare – Jerky for your cat!
Made in the USA
No Artificial Colors or Flavors
Grain Free

ACCT out for the Holidays! Saturday, Dec 14th, 11 am- 2pm

Posted on: Thursday, December 12th, 2013

ACCT Flyer

ACCT is holding a Supplies Drive, and pay-what-you-wish Bake Sale this Saturday, from 11 am- 2pm at Baltimore Pet Shoppe!

The Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT) needs lots of supplies to help the animals staying in the shelter over the Holidays. Items they are looking for include, canned pate style cat food, L and XL Kong Toys, mylar ball cat toys, and stainless steel bowls. You can also donate clickers and training treats to give to the volunteers that work to help socialize and train the dogs. Even gently-used collars and harnesses make a perfect donation.

Make a donation to warm your heart and fill your belly at Baltimore Pet Shoppe this Saturday!

End of Summer Sidewalk SALE! 10/19, 10-2pm

Posted on: Monday, October 14th, 2013

Sidewalk Sale!
Please join us for our annual End of Summer Sidewalk Sale. We’ll have a big selection of pet toys, treats, and products on sale for a limited time. This is your chance to get those items you’ve been eyeing for 20 – 75% off of the retail price. So come on by! Sidewalk Sale!

Is a water fountain right for your pet?

Posted on: Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Drinkwell water fountain

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!

Small animals have taken over! (Well, almost)

Posted on: Monday, April 15th, 2013

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 & 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 Safety Tips

Posted on: Friday, March 15th, 2013

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!

Screen Yourself

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.

Buckle Up!

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

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.

Poisonous Plants

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.

How to deal with fleas

Posted on: Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

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.

A flea up close

Flea Symptoms

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.


This is what a flea looks like on a pet.

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

Traditional Treatments:

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.

Natural Treatments:

Diatomaceous Earth
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
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!