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Do Pet Shops Tell You Everything

People spend a lot of time researching their car purchase or their flat screen purchase. When what they want is a pet though, they look up the name of a breed they find attractive and go pick one up at the pet shops. That’s not really fair. People who get into buying a pet without putting in a great deal for research into what they are doing can often let themselves in for a great deal of emotional pain and untold expenses. How, you ask? Pet shops are often known to breed their stocks very carelessly. Carelessly-bred pets commonly end up with cardiac problems, hip dysplasia, cancer – serious diseases. There are no a regulators who actually look closely at the kinds of breeding stock pet breeders use. They will frequently go and use animals to breed from that already have all the serious conditions. So what are you supposed to do?

You should probably head over to the Canine Health Information Center’s website. They list the kinds of disorders each breed of pet is known to fall victim to. All pet shops need to provide you with testing certificates that prove that the pets they are selling you do not have to the diseases those breeds are known to have. Better still, make sure that you go only to pet shops that exclusively work with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals – a nonprofit that shows breeders how to lower the occurrence of genetic diseases in the pets they sell.

In buying a pet, you never realize how much one can end up costing you in ownership costs. Certainly, you can read up on what it can cost you over the first year. Generally, it costs about $2000 a year for a large dog and about half that for a cat. That’s what the ASPCA says. In a time when people are surviving on inadequate healthcare for their families, is it really justifiable spending the thousands of dollars every year it can take to keep pets healthy after the first year? All it takes is a surprise illness, and you can consider yourself in deep, deep financial trouble. They don’t really tell you this, at the pet shops, when you go in to buy a pet. Veterinary hospitals and clinics have added all kinds of terribly expensive procedures to offer your pets. What about pet insurance, you ask?

There are about 1 million households in the US that have their pets’ health needs insured for. That is no real cause for any peace of mind though – any more than just buying any kind of health insurance would reassure you that your family was completely covered. Take your pet in to an animal care center, and you’re likely to give your pet a disease of some kind before his stay is through. Shelling out hundreds of dollars for obedience lessons for your dog? There are almost no pet trainers that are accredited by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. But they are still happy to charge you a full fee. And the same goes for pet walking and pet sitting services. Some are accredited by the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, and some aren’t.

Pet Products and Pet Shops

Animal lovers and pet owners would want the best for their pets. This is why more and more pet products are sold in pet shops all over the world. Most people have dogs, cats, fish and birds as their pet. However, giving them the proper care is necessary. It is not enough that you feed them with the right food.

Pets such as dogs may exhibit dissimilar attitudes and exhibit mood swings sometimes. In addition, it is true that a dog could be messy at times. Nevertheless, they could be the sweetest and most lovable creatures on earth when on good temper. A pet’s behavior, according to pet experts’ findings, may account to the dog’s breed. A dog that has experienced love and devotion is more likely to be closely controlled and cheerful. Otherwise, a pet may show some unlikely discomfited behavior. In addition, it takes time for a pet, just like humans, to overcome trauma, anxiety or stress. But nowadays, many dog controlling products for all your dog care needs are readily accessible in pet shops.

How do you show love for your pets? It does not simply pertain to feeding and grooming. Good food and nice accessories are not enough. So let them stay fit and available for cuddling anytime by keeping them rid of pet bugs, and make them less prone to diseases by bringing them to the vet. The expert surely knows how to ensure your beloved’s wellbeing. Aside from that, give your pet a nice walk at the sidewalk or play outdoor games with your doggie for a worthwhile time of exercise. Free your dog from the cage and let it run through the grounds while exposed to fresh air and sunlight.

Banners Work Wonders for Pet Shops!

Custom vinyl banners are some of the best means of advertising for pet shops. But what you may not realize is that they can actually be used in a plethora of other ways. You see, pet shops need more than your everyday average advertising. They also need informational banners?

You may be wondering why, but the answer is quite simple: it saves lives. Pets, in many respects, are not only some of the safest animals, but they are also some of the one’s placed in the most danger.

Think of it this way: your cat, in the wild, wouldn’t be exposed to cars. Your dog wouldn’t be exposed to chocolate. These are why informational custom vinyl banners can help not only pet shops but also the owners to make a more informed decision as far as taking care of their pets goes.

Ways to use custom vinyl banners (besides advertising)

First of all, you need to actually look at the pets your customers might be interested in. Sure, dogs may be more popular, but almost everyone knows about dogs. You need to not only inform people about how to take care of popular pets, but also how to care for those that aren’t quite as popular.

Then, you may also want to use custom vinyl banners to indicate how much care a particular pet needs. While there are a few pets that don’t need a lot of attention, there are some that need heaps of it or else they get restless and start gnawing and chewing and causing mischief.

You may also want to provide a list of foods that pets cannot eat. For example, dogs and cats cannot eat chocolate, because of one chemical. However, since white chocolate doesn’t have said chemical, they CAN eat that.

Little things like the above are important for your pets’ health. And, as a matter of fact, you could fit all of these facts-per species, onto less than two custom vinyl banners. Pretty cool huh?

You can also choose any font that you like, any pictures, and pretty much anything else that you have in mind. If you are absolutely in love with a certain color, then you can easily have it put on your banner.

Say No to Animals in Pet Shops

I am sitting here writing my third attempt at this as I have been told my first two versions needed toning down. The problem with this is that to ‘tone it down’ is equal to smoothing it over, covering it up, not causing offence. I can’t do this, I’m afraid, as there is nothing warm and fuzzy about the subject matter. There is no way of putting a ‘smiley face’ on the subject of animals in pet shops. It’s black and white, you’re either for it or against it and I am most definitely against it.

This is not a new topic for me as I have voiced my opinion about this before, but having visited some pet shops recently and seeing fish and birds dead or dying and living in distressed conditions, and most recently having seen dogs and cats left in their display window boxes in shops shut for extended public holiday breaks, I feel the need to bring the subject up again.

I am not lambasting any one particular store, all stores that trade in livestock, be it dog, cat, fish or bird appall me. Those of you who support these stores must ask yourselves from where these animals come, are they kept in a manner that enables their physiological and psychological growth while in the store, and what happens to those animals who do not find a home. Unfortunately where money is concerned, profit comes first, and when this involves the livelihood of defenceless creatures we must be outspoken in their defence. The RSPCA is only able to intervene with pet shop practises if it is shown that the animals are being ill-treated. If isolation and containment for long periods of time in unattended stores is not ill treatment then I don’t know what is.

Puppy mills and backyard breeders are just one unfortunate example of an off-shoot industry caused by the upsurge of ‘designer dogs’ sold through pet stores, with the breeding dogs often being housed in unsatisfactory conditions resulting in poor health for both the adult dogs and the puppies.

Many people tell me that they also dislike seeing puppies in stores but that they bought one out of pity as the salesperson had told them that a puppy couldn’t find a home. Please don’t kid yourself that this is not one of their most successful sales pitches. I am not suggesting for a moment that all shops that sell livestock are irresponsible or put profit before animal welfare, but unfortunately for every good shop you will find many that are not and because of this the only way to eradicate the problem is to stop the trade all together.

Adopting a pet into your family should not result from a spur of the moment decision made whilst looking through a pet store window; it should result from carefully considering whether your lifestyle and household can provide an animal with the security and attention that it deserves. You should also learn about breed specific differences in behaviour, temperament, energy levels and grooming requirements. There are many animal sites on the web that offer information on pets, their needs and all the ins and outs you need to know about owning one. And finding a pet most definitely does not require a shop, registered dog breeders are easily found through your national or state Kennel Associations or through web searches, and there are, unfortunately, many animal welfare shelters begging you to adopt from the endless number of homeless animals that they care for.

I belong to an industry that has a cruel and unethical side and as such I have a responsibility to be vocal and try to affect change. The argument for not knowing what goes on behind the scenes does not hold, as common sense should surely make us question the morality involved in keeping animals in confined conditions for any length of time, displayed in boxes like so much fresh produce.

New Littlest Pet Shop Costumes

When the word finally came out that there would be Littlest Pet Shop Halloween costumes available for the 2010 trick or treating season we were ecstatic. Finally, little girls all over the globe will be able to sport their very own LPS costumes for this years season. It comes as a surprise to us that it took this long for Hasbro to release what is sure to be a huge hit for LPS lovers worldwide. Many young girls will probably be wearing these long after Halloween has come and gone.

Accolades for their choices of characters, Hasbro has done it again by releasing some of the most beloved characters as cute new costumes. Available to choose are a Cat, 2 Rabbits, Monkey, Frog, Love Bug and a Lady Bug costume. With all these choices there should not be any problem finding something for every fan in your household.

Of all of the seven Littlest Pet Shop costumes that have been made available this year, each one will surely have a special place in your LPS fans heart.

The LPS Halloween costumes that are available arrive with everything you will need to be your favorite pet, except for a pair of shoes. Most any little girl will have a pair of shoes to coordinate with the wonderful colors of these costumes. Each costume comes with a full suit adorned with the characteristic colors of Littlest Pet Shop Pets. While some of the costumes also arrive with glovelettes not all of them include these. They all include a wonderful removable hood sporting the pet’s head including the eyes, ears and mouth/nose area. Simply throw in a pair of matching tights or a fuzzy cute little treat bag for carrying your goodies and you are all set for the 2010 Halloween season.

In addition to the shoes necessary to complete the costume, a pair of coordinating color tights may be just the answer if it will be cold out on the night of Halloween. The tights are available in white, black and pink to blend in with the rest of your littlest pet shop costume. They are a thick, durable and well made product so they may be used at other times during the year as well.

Simply add these tights to your costume and you can be assured of your LPS lovers warmth and coziness this all Hallow’s eve especially in the colder climates.

When deciding which Littlest Pet Shop costume is right for your child, pay close attention to your child’s favorite and be sure to check which sizes are available in each. All of the costumes are adorable and will fair well even if you should choose to surprise her with it. Just remember there will be 6 remaining costumes to choose from the next Halloween season so be prepared to grab another one in about 11 months.

Air Purifiers for Pet Shops, Kennels, Veterinary Facilities

Most often, when a veterinarian, kennel or pet shop owner begins looking for an air cleaner, it’s because of odor, allergies from the dander, or just a desire to make sure the air remains clean for customers and employees. Unfortunately, most people go looking for an air purifier that says ‘pet air cleaner’ or ‘for pets’. And while there are a couple of units that do a decent job of removing dander, hair, and odors, they’re usually inadequate for handling the amount of dander and odors produced by multiple pets in one indoor area–or it would take an army of these air cleaners, which can get expensive and take up too much floor space.

For pet shops, indoor kennels and veterinary offices, your best bet is to take a close look at the carbon filter in the air purifier. You will need the best, strongest activated carbon you can get (industrial strength is best) and lots of it-a minimum of 15-20 pounds and more if possible, to adequately remove the odors created by multiple cats, dogs and other animals. The reason for this is simple: most of the odors you’re experiencing are of an organic nature or VOC (volatile organic chemical) and strongly activated carbon is good for removing these compounds. You need a large amount of carbon because the charcoal does become saturated, and more carbon means the filter remove and control those pet odors longer, with fewer filter changes, etc.

Next, make sure the air purifier has a true HEPA filter that removes 99% plus of all dander, dust & hair down to 0.3 microns, or 0.1 microns if possible. Some air cleaner manufacturers try to get away with ‘HEPA-style’ filters, which aren’t as efficient. And don’t buy an electronic air cleaner with electrostatic plates (no HEPA)-most of these require constant cleaning to keep them removing even 80% of particles, and that’s not very efficient. The output of the unit and square footage coverage is also important-buying an air purifier with too low of an output isn’t going to be able to remove the dust, dander & odors before it reaches your nose, which make it kind of a waste of time. You need a unit with at least a 400 CFM output or higher for an average 10 x 10 room or up to 10 x 20.

So far, we’ve been speaking mainly of portable air purifiers, and in many pet shop & kennel situations, a combination of several portable or floor air purifier and a unit attached to the HVAC system is needed-all with lots of high quality carbon and true HEPA filters. All those heavy duty urine and other odors are loaded with VOC’s and really need the HVAC based air cleaner for overall removal and the portable units to remove them where customers and employees are standing, for the best, noticeably clean air. The portable units remove a good portion of the dust, dander, & odors quickly without having to wait for the A/C system to cycle it through its air filtration system.

Our best recommendations for very clean air in any pet shop, kennel or veterinary facility is an HVAC based industrial air cleaner from Electrocorp (such as the I-6500 AH 120) and one or more of either Electrocorp RSU floor units, Aller Air 5000 or 6000 Vocarb series, or Austin Healthmate Plus. We’ve had great success with this combination and by using both, you have the best HEPA filters, industrial strength carbon, and high output, not to mention 5-10 year warranties.

So if you’re really looking to properly solve a pet odor & dander problem in a kennel, pet store, or veterinary office, stick with air purifiers that have large amounts of high quality carbon, true HEPA filters, and think industrial strength-in many cases, that’s what’s needed to handle large amounts of pet dander and odor.

Hi, I’m Rex Murphy, owner of Air Purifiers and Cleaners.com. I wrote this article to help pet shop, kennel, and boarding facility owners (and veterinarians) choose air filtration systems that will effectively remove high levels of dander, hair, & odors, and not waste valuable time and money on units that don’t work well.

At our online store, we offer great deals on top-quality, affordable air purifiers with true, certified HEPA filters and carbon filters with the highest grade of activated charcoal available.

Identifying a Reliable Online Pet Shop

Adopting a pet implies adding to your family by including a dog, cat, rabbit, bird or any other two or four-legged animal. It also means showering unconditional love upon the animal concerned because as a family member, it needs to be loved as a reciprocation of unreserved faith and loyalty. They will never make crazy demands but the onus is on you to spend quality time with them and care for them. A one-stop shop which can help you attain this objective is a reputed and reliable online pet shop since it would provide you with everything from food to accessories that would contribute to your pet’s overall well-being.

Contrary to the situation a few years back, online pet shops have become a reality now. Courtesy of several online shopping sites having sprung up, animal products are now just by a click away. Be it food, dressing, accessories – you name it and they have it on their list. Although for some pets like cats, dogs and birds, pet food is easily available, in case of rabbits, it is an aspect that needs plenty of thinking over.

Quest for such a shop begins by typing in the relevant keywords in a global search engine like Google or Bing. From amongst the innumerable results that are thrown up, it should be your prerogative to short-list names of websites that appear to be genuine and offer a wide variety under each category. Checking on reviews and testimonials is a good way of ascertaining how authentic the website is and having done this it is time to write to their customer service. Depending on how prompt and proactive the response is, you could form your opinion about the pet shop and decide if it is the best online option for you as also your pet.

What constitutes a rabbit’s usual diet is hay, carrots, strawberries and fresh leaves and finding these on a daily basis could be quite a task. Brands like Oxbow rabbit food are few of the names that have been specifically designed to cater to needs such as these. Not only do they provide the right variety and texture of hay, strawberries and carrots but also offer these in different flavors. But before buying any product for your pet, you must ask yourself – should you buy something for your adorable pet from just any shop that you come across?

The biggest problem that pet-owners face pertains to identifying products that suit their companions the best because the latter have no way of communicating when if they feel uncomfortable or under the weather. This holds good particularly in case of food wherein if what you might have bought from an online pet shop does not agree with them, it could spell the beginning of whole lot of problems. Being sensitive that animals are, an adverse reaction could manifest itself in myriad forms ranging from stomach upset to allergies and so on.

Animals such as rabbits are frail and fragile and hence need special care in terms of grooming and food wherein every aspect from skin and fur to digestive, urinary and other organs is subjected to careful scrutiny. All this calls for a high level of awareness pertaining to your pet, its requirements and possible venues where these can be procured from. Buying food with fancy names and labeling certainly does not help, especially if you do not know what goes into it. In such situations, relying on a tried and tested online pet shop is the safest course of action that you can opt for.

Few brands feature a detailed list of ingredients of what actually goes into the can, an example being that of Oxbow rabbit food. So the next time you embark on an online shopping spree for your cuddly pet, do ensure the reliability of the store in terms of their supplies, services and safety measures, especially if it is your beloved fluffy rabbit whose well-being is at stake.

Online Pet Shop Has Given the Animal Lovers

Animal lovers all across the globe can now rejoice gleefully. The animals they love and had always wanted to own can now be had in the easiest of manners. Technology that has been providing solutions to various problems has now once again given us a new reason to smile. The now all pervasive internet can now be used by the animal lovers to buy their favorite pets and those too at the most economical rates. All that is required is a click of the mouse and you can get to see the most beautiful pictures of your favorite animals. You can also listen to their voices and watch videos of them online.

All this has been made possible by the efforts of some people who can fathom the relationship between the humans and their pets. It is important that all the people who want to own some pets should get in touch with these people and be the proud owners of the animals that they love. Having somebody to love or be able to share your emotions is a desire of every human being. Animals like dogs, cats, rabbits, fishes or any other farm animals can be a great companion of man in this regard. The online pet shop can make sure that you get the animals you love easily as well as economically.

If you are a lover of cats then the online cat shop can help you in getting this animal that you love in the easiest of manners. If you are a lover of dogs then the online dog shop would help you in owning a dog easily. There are many people who love more than one animal. Even in such cases, the online pet shop can help you in getting your favorite animals. A click of the mouse and the push of a few keys would make sure that you get the pets you love quickly and efficiently.

How to Start a Pet Shop

Even in the period of the financial crisis Russians would rather scrimp on themselves than on dumb animals.

Since we become responsible, forever, for those we have tamed.

Pet shops are seemed to be one of few businesses which haven’t suffered recession. Well-known trade-marks such as Pedigree, Chappy, Whiskas, KiteKat indefatigably encourage us from TV screens to buy food and toys for our pets.

The market of pet products is huge and full of prospects.

In this article we’ll discuss how to open a pet shop.

It is very good if you have your own pets and you are a regular customer of a pet shop yourself. Then you have an idea on what you like in the currently available shops and what you can improve. Certainly, the perfect alternative is to have a veterinary education and wide knowledge about pets.

The most simple and low-cost way to start business in the pet products sphere is to set up a small shop where the choice will include food, grooming products and accessories.

License for such shop set up is not required; its floor space can start from 10 sq. m.

It is better to look for the room for such shop in a bedroom suburb. If there are no competitors nearby, you can safely open you own small pet shop. With proper assortment and comparable prices, such shop will always find its customer.

Assortment in a small shop should be formed of the most fast-moving items – these are goods for cats and dogs. Such small shops usually pay back within a year; however it is not worth expecting a big gain from a single shop.

Traditionally a pet shop owner, who has opened one store and has well-proved sale technology, sets up the next one.

An average retail margin in small pet shops amounts to 30%. As for the most demand goods (popular food and litters) the margin is less, for rarely sold items the margin can come up to 200%.

The second variant of a pet shop presupposes a large range of pet goods, starting from food and finishing with pets on sale. In this format there are absolutely different requirements to the floor space of the shop, its staff and product range selection. The sales area of the full-range store usually starts from 70 sq. m. You can find a shop room both in the center of the city or in a bedroom district. It will be profitable to set up a pet shop attached to veterinaries or not far from it. Payback of such store is 1-2 years.

The product range should be large; in the meanwhile it should include goods, which enjoy high demand. Exclusive and rarely purchased goods should be sold on request.

The assortment should include pets, birdcages and boxes, toys, there should be a section of veterinary preparations, vitamins and mineral supplements.

You can gain good profit selling pets, but take into account that animals can die at mismanagement.

Wide-range shop assistants should be well-qualified; they should perfectly know all the ins and outs about pets and products for sale.

Competent advice is a very important component of a pet shop success. If an assistant of the shop recognizes that a customer is inexperienced, he should query the client about his pet and help to make the right choice.

Sale of pet pharmaceutical products is subjected to licensing. In order to get a license there must be a veterinarian in the store staff, but the veterinarian is required not only to obtain all essential documents. If assistant veterinarian works in the pet shop, this fact causes customers’ trust and pushes up sales.

The third variant of the pet shop is a specialized store. If you have experience and knowledge in one specific area, you can set up a high-specialized shop.

For example, aquariums grows in popularity and you can set up a store specialized exceptionally on toy fish.

Being engaged in toy fish business, you can sale a broad range of fish, aquariums, fish food, veterinarian preparations and books on toy fish. The shop assistant should be much aware of goods for sale. You can also gain an extra income from customs aquariums manufacture, its installation, designer aquarium décor and aquarium service.

If you have chosen a high level of specialization, you should offer you customers a full complex of services in the given field and provide clients with full information during sale. Then you can rely on the popularity of the store.

The retail margin in such shops is higher, than in the wide-range ones, but for the higher price your purchaser gets more qualitative consultations and an opportunity to buy unique goods, which are not available in full-range stores.

If you intend to set up a small store, it is more reasonable to start cooperation with only one supplier, who has a wide product range even if the prices are not the best. The larger a projected shop, the more quantity of suppliers it is efficiently to cooperate with in order to buy goods at the best price. You can ask the suppliers for recommendations on the primary assortment formation. In the beginning of the work mistakes in the product range are unavoidable, but in few months it will become clear what products are in demand, what products should be purchased additionally and what should be returned to the supplier (discuss this option in advance).

In any case forming the primary product range your should presume that the assortment should include food for cats, dogs, rodents, birds and dry food for fish, litters, grooming products and accessories.

If you will sell pets, configure a line of additional products which can be purchased along with these pets.

Give your preference to the goods of the well-known producers, which are actively advertised.

Don’t try to earn big profits at once, it is better to advice a client more suitable product that more expensive one. The customer will appreciate it and will come next time in our shop.

Arrange degustation, distribute probes, let your purchasers know about newly-developed products, carry our promotion actions.

All the product range should be properly exhibited on display and grouped thematically, price tags should be large.

If products on request are sold in the shop, the correspondent information should be easily available for clients. Colorful catalogues and full information should be provided for such products.

Cat Pet Shop Online

Preparing for a new kitty is an exciting time! It’s really easy and fast to choose the right products for your cat on cat pet shop. You can find anything your cat might need by shopping from the convenience of your home. If you share your home with a cat then you should not be without these 10 items:

Clawing wood pegs. Cats need a place to sharpen their nails every day. Cats often sharpen their claws right ater their nap. Give you curtain a break from your cat’s eager claws by providing her with a personal scratching post set by her favorite snoozing spot. This way, your cat will use the post instead of scratching your household items.

Trays and litter. You don’t want your cat using a corner of your living room as a latrine so always make sure you keep his litter box clean. In order to keep the scent of urine at a minimum between litter-box cleanings, it’s important to use an odor-absorbent, fast-clumping kitty litter. Different varieties of litter trays are available for cats at pet shop, there are open trays, covered trays and also automatic self cleaning trays.

Catnip and toys. Cats possess a keen intelligence and desire both interaction with their people and active entertainment when left on their own. Having toys and catnip available at all times can keep your kitty out of trouble by avoiding boredom.

Cat water bowls and water fountains. There are a lot of choices of shape and size for bowls for your cat. Let your kitty be the cat’s meow with stylish, personalized fancy ceramic dishes, or keep it on the down low with simple no fuss acrylic bowls.

H2o fountains are also a major product to feature in the shelter because cats savor crunchy, graceful thing (this is the reason they enjoy drinking from a faucet so often). Put a filter on your water fountain and the water will remain fresh.

Baskets and beds. One of the most beneficial things you can do for your cat is to give them a comfortable place where they feel safe and can fall asleep. A washable bed or basket provides the cleanest rest for your pet. At an online kitty pet store you will find many different types.

Cat flaps as well as nets. If your cat is going to be an indoor/outdoor pet, then allowing then access to come and go as they please can be a great way to help them keep their independence. Look for cat flaps and nets that have weather-proof lining to keep the outdoor air from coming inside.

Carriers and transport. A visit to the veterinarian will be twice as traumatic for your cat if it feels threatened in any way while riding in the carrier. It is easy to find many kinds of hard or soft sided carriers for cats by searching online pet product distributors.

Leads and collars. When you take your cat out for a walk, a collar and lead will keep it safe. Even a strictly indoor cat needs a collar; wearing an identification tag, with your contact information, is essential for your pet’s safety.

Health care and grooming. From nail-clipping tools and ear cleansers to hairball reducers and brushes, your cat’s health will reflect your attention to them in this area. No entity what identify of cat you love are roughly to transmit housing, these 10 products are must-have items and can easily be purchased online from a cat pet search. Hooray for cozier, happier cats!