That’s right, we’ve got a band of new guinea pigs in need of homes! They are all available for adoption now from ACCT. Adoption fee is $20 each. And, if you adopt a second as a buddy, the second one is free!]]>
Cinabun and Pretzel are a cute Guinea pig duo. These petite young ladies are available for adoption from ACCT Philly. Their adoption fee is $20 for one or both (Adopt a buddy!)]]>
Pearl is a one year old Jersey Woolie bunny. She is super sweet and laid back. She has been around cats and dogs and seems to get along with everyone! She has beautiful long hair that requires regular brushing.
She is available for adoption from Camelot critters, adoption application and fee ($50) apply.]]>
Nougat and Napoleon are male calico Guinea Pigs. They are very friendly, and love to burrow and chew their grass.
They are now available for adoption through ACCT Philly. Stop into the shop to meet them! Adoption application and fee ($20 each) apply.]]>
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 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.]]>
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.
Boo Bear is the snuggliest, most lovable kitten you could ever hold! His pastimes include playing with toys, string, catnip, and even his own tail!
Boo Bear is 4 months old, nuetered, FIV/FeLV negative, FVRCP and rabies vaccinated, received a fecal exam to test for parasites, uses the litterbox, and was treated for fleas and parasites as needed. He is available for adoption through Project M.E.O.W. Stop into the shop to meet him! Adoption application and fee ($85 each) apply.]]>
Firefox is a lovely little orange tabby, looking for a home of her own. She enjoys dinner time and has a great appetite, despite her small size. Firefox is a gentle girl who would do well in a home by herself or with other cat.
Firefox is 1 year old, spayed, FIV/FeLV negative, FVRCP and rabies vaccinated, received a fecal exam to test for parasites, uses the litterbox, and was treated for fleas and parasites as needed. She is available for adoption through City Kitties. Stop into the shop to meet her! Adoption application and fee ($85 each) apply.]]>
Luckily, flea symptoms are easy to spot. If you’ve noticed any of the following, there’s a good chance your pet has fleas.
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.
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.
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.
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.]]>
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!]]>