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Learn the Surprising Truth About Pet Shops

Pet stops are a very popular place to shop for young puppies and other animals of your choice. There is a pet store on almost every corner in every cit. And it is difficult to resist that cute and desperate looking puppy caged up waiting to be taken to your house. But before you make this decision you really should know a little bit of information about these pet stops and the origins of the puppies they sell.

Ever heard of a puppy mill?

Do you know where most of these puppies actually come from that you see being sold in pet shops? There are certain breeding centers that have high-volume puppy production which sells them to pet shops, which then is sold then sold to you, of course. They are called “puppy mills” and are probably the most repulsive form of dog breeding practices that I have ever witnessed in my entire life.

My Disclaimer: Let me be clear on one thing up for you: Not every pet stop gets their puppies from puppy mills, but enough research has been conducted to find that a large majority of shops in the USA do in fact use puppy mills as their resource for pets to sell to the public.

So, what exactly are puppy mills?

To put it in easier terms, a puppy mill is a farm that is found most often in the Midwestern part of the United States. These farms actually breed animals for money and they mostly breed dogs. That may not sound that cruel but imagine these puppies being bred in high volumes and mistreated in the same way that cattle or chickens are. Now I’m not saying that all farms that breed dogs are like this – I’m referring to the majority.

If that doesn’t give you a disturbing vision, then imagine cages stacked upon cages with these small adorable little puppies, all suffering and being ignored. Again, I’m not talking about all farms. Now picture rows and rows of these dog filled cages, all with very minimal human contact and the only care they are getting is enough food and water to survive. You can easily find photos by doing research on the Internet which would absolutely break your heart.

Choosing an Online Pet Shop

For many people their pets are their best friends and spoiling them comes naturally. Buying their supplies, however, can be time consuming especially if you have fussy pets so it is handy if you can find an online pet shop that provides everything you need for your pets in one place. There are numerous pet shops on the internet though so how do you choose the right one for you?

The product range

Obviously you will want your online pet shop to stock all of the foods and accessories that your pet may need one day. So for example the site’s product range should include all of the following basic items.

o For dogs there should be a variety of dry foods and canned foods plus a selection of chews and other treats. There should also be an assortment of accessories such as dog beds, toys, leads and collars, and health remedies such as worming tablets, flea treatments and dog shampoo.

o The selection for cats should be generally the same with a variety of food options plus cat toys, bedding, cat litter and maybe even cat flaps and scratching posts. Again, you should also be able to find a range of cat health products as well.

o For birds, your chosen pet shop should stock everything you need to keep a bird within the home. This would include food for caged birds, the cages themselves, toys and other accessories. A good online pet shop will also stock food and feeders for wild birds in the garden.

o Small animals such as hamsters, Guinea pigs, gerbils and rabbits should also be catered for. These pets require small animal foods, cages, bedding, toys, treats and items such as flea treatments and shampoo. Again a good online pet shop will also stock products for rarer small animals such as ferrets, rats and even chinchillas.

o The aquatic section of your chosen online pet shop should list a range of items for indoor and outdoor fish and also reptiles. The range should include everything you need to keep both cold water and tropical fish plus the specialist equipment you may need to house the commonly kept reptiles.

Other things to consider

Finding a pet shop online that sells the products you need is only half the battle when it comes to choosing the one for you. You also need to consider things like the payment methods they accept and their delivery policies and charges. Some pet shops on the internet take up to ten days to deliver orders which can make life difficult if you have multiple pets to order for on different days of the month.

You might also want to look for an online pet shop that offers loyalty schemes to repeat customers especially if you order numerous times each month. Plus you can look for one that has ongoing special offers on popular items that you may buy quite frequently.

Conclusion

Choosing an online pet shop that offers all you need when you need it can take some time, however, once you do you’ll find life becomes much easier than when you had to travel to the local pet shop for your supplies

Vinyl Banners For Pet Shops

Pet shops may seem like some of the most unlikely places to find vinyl banners, but what you may not realize is that they actually are quite useful for pet shops. In fact, a vinyl banner with the right information could actually save a pet’s life or help you advertise upcoming sales, new products and so much more.

Why use vinyl banners?

You should use vinyl banners for loads of reasons, but the main one is that it is a great way of spreading information. Banners are eye-catching and are a lot easier to read in a short period of time than a book, which will take hours if not days.

Plus, you can customize vinyl banners. No matter what size, what purpose, you can probably find a worthy one for your vinyl banners. The main thing to remember is that you get to choose what is going on your banners. You don’t have to let anyone else make that decision.

They’re also durable and very clean. With banners, you won’t have to worry about silly little things such as mold and mildew-which, in the wrong place at the wrong time, can turn into life-threatening problem. They’re easy to clean and you shouldn’t ever have a problem with mold or mildew.

How can I use them?

Advertising is one way, if you decide to mark down an animal in the hopes that someone will finally come and take them home. However, you can definitely use them for informational reasons. But what are some examples of good information?

You can mention foods. Good foods, foods they can have, foods they can’t, dietary requirements for different animals. Either way, make sure that you have each separated by animal and age so that there isn’t any confusion. For example, they should know that cat’s require taurine for normal functioning-not guinea pigs.

You can also mention care and grooming, and good habitats, and toys and other things that will make your pet’s life much, much easier. And all that you need are a few vinyl banners! You can even choose the size of your banners, depending on how much info you have to pass on!

Banners Are Great for Pet Shops

Whether it’s for their advertising capabilities or other reasons, banners are absolutely wonderful for pet shops! You may not realize it but you can give your customers all of the information that they need for their pets right there and then-without having to say a word. But how can you do this?

Customizing Banners

This isn’t a hard task and you have quite a bit of license. You may not realize it, but you can do quite a bit in the way of customizing. Think of it this way-You only have to pick out what photos, text, and font you want. You don’t have to do anything but choose your options. The rest is waiting for your banners to get in! But what else can you customize on your banners?

Well, first of all is the size. Size is easy to decide-use what you need. For example, if you are planning a huge “Buy one pet, get 20 dollars of pet food free” extravaganza, then you would need a huge banner in order to accommodate it! However, if you were simply posting facts around the shop in order to help your customers, then it would be much, much simpler to use small banners.

You can also choose the type of banner you get. Maybe you aren’t into hanging banners and would prefer something a little bit more floor-friendly. In this case, you simply have to ask for an a-frame banner or something else of that nature.

With that in mind, you might be wondering-what kind of facts do you need to have posted?

Well, The Facts Are

You should mention what type of habitats each of your animals requires. Too many accidents have happened and poor pets have been harmed or killed because of improper habitats and the lack of safety. Make sure that you post quite clearly what habitats are right for each kind of animal. If there are any special habitats, make sure that they are clearly labeled for the animal that is supposed to live in them.

Another thing that is worth mentioning is any foods that absolutely should not be fed to certain animals. For example, fish cannot eat most berries without being poisoned. Cats and dogs are allergic to white and dark chocolate because of the theobromine contained within.

Littlest Pet Shop Themed Birthday

What a perfect party for your little animal lover! Kittens, Puppies, Turtles, Birds, Frogs and Butterflies! The toys are are Precious and the co-ordinating party supplies are equally adorable. Be sure to stock up on plenty of the themed partyware to start the party off! Invitations: Fur Paw Print Invites – Using card stock print all the party details like Time, Place, Location & Contact Information on the inside of the invite. For this you can use one of the hundreds of “free printable invites” websites that are available. First, Make a paw print template out of cardboard or some really thick card stock. Then, using fake fur (or any furry material) trace and cut out paw prints from the flat unfurry side.

Attach the furry pieces to the front cover in the original paw print shape withe the caption “You are invite to a Paw-ty!” Another unique and crafty idea is to purchase some fancy paper & ribbon from your local scrap booking place. Choose your child’s favourite colours, patterns and texture. Using a template of a bone shape cut out 3 shapes per regular sized sheet of paper. You want the shapes large enough to fit all the party info on the back. If your Handwriting is as terrible as mine, you can even print out the details in separate paragraphs, equal distances apart onto the paper and then cut the shapes out! On the front write the caption “I would PAWS-itively love for you to come to my Party” or “It would be PURR-fect if you would join me on my Special Day.” In the upper middle of the bone, punch out 2 holes 3cm apart, weave the ribbon through and tie a big perfect bow! Decorations: When the guests arrive, paint a little kitten or puppy nose on them with face paint. It would be wonderful to have a professional face painter attend and then your guest could choose whichever animal they wish! If not, a cute nose will do. At the same time have them choose a bracelet out of a bag. You can purchase LPS ones or simply make your own. The bracelets are very important later on – so keep reading.

I am partial to the co-ordinating pink and green colours for the decorations. Balloons and Streamers are so inexpensive but really liven up a room when added to the Littlest Pet Shop licensed party supplies like tablecovers and centerpieces. Have all your child’s stuffed animals and LPS toys out both for play and for decoration. If your feeling crafty, why not turn a refrigerator box or perhaps a few larger boxes into a Pet Shop Village. Take out your spray paint, sharpies, craft boxes and your imagination. Wouldn’t it be cute for the guests to play in the LPS Ice Cream Shop, Pet Store, Vet’s Office, The Pool or the LPS Playground. Let your imagination run wild for that one! Party Crafts: The guests could make their very own pet houses! Collect some square boxes with lids or purchase some kraft paper or wood boxes from your local craft store. They do not have to be large – perhaps 6 or 7 inches squared. Using craft foamies, beads, construction paper and paint have them create their pet’s very own home away from home. They will be adopting a new animal to keep in their home very soon but we will get to that in a minute! Another neat craft is to make a “dog tag” necklace or bracelet.

Check out your local dollar store for animal dog tags -preferably in the shape of a bone. Yes, actual dog ID tags. Now all you need is some fishing wire or thin leather, jewelery clasps and beads of your choice. Choose your desired length, string half the beads, then the dog tag and the continue stringing the other half in the design or pattern you choose. Activities: A younger group may enjoy “Frog, Frog, Turtle” – an rendition of duck, duck, goose. “Lily Pad Leap” is a rendition of musical chairs where the kids frog jump onto lily pads to music instead of walking around chairs.

The lily pads can be made of fabric, felt or paper-just make sure they are secured to the ground! Another game for the younger kids is “Turtle Pond. ” Simply fill a small pool or tub with water and plastic turtles(frogs/fish) and have each guest try to scoop out a turtle with a colander spoon. They turtles could have corresponding numbers and prizes! Now announce that it is time for the Pet Adoption ceremony to begin. Bring out a basket filled with LPS singles or small stuffed animals. Have everyone seated quietly and explain to them that the bracelet they choose at the beginning of the party has an animal match.