• Pet Information - Puppy Farms
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    Pet Information – Puppy Farms

    Most people probably haven’t even heard of puppy farms. If they have they probably haven’t given them much thought. However, if you only ever remember one piece of pet health information, you should remember never to buy a puppy from one.

    Puppy farms are places, often well away from towns, where unscrupulous dealers put profits before dog welfare. The female dogs which breed in puppy farms are treated in a similar way to battery hens. The mother dogs are kept in small pens, never see natural light, are not given space or time to exercise and a bred so frequently that they fall pregnant straight after giving birth most of the time. These female dogs’ bodies are weak due to being bred too often, never being able to exercise and being fed the absolute minimum food for their needs. Cramped conditions mean that disease amongst dogs on farms is rife, compromising pet health.

    Breeders who are keen to make as much profit as quickly as possible ensure that mother dogs fall pregnant as soon as possible after giving birth. In addition to this cruelty, they also remove puppies from their mother’s care far too quickly in order to make a profit sooner. As a result, puppies from puppy farms are likely to be weaker and less healthy than other dogs. That’s if you’re lucky: they have probably been exposed to potentially life threatening diseases in the puppy farms and are likely to have at least minor behavioural problems because of their unhappy life at the puppy farm.

    In a survey of dog owners, 95% of them said they’d never consider buying a dog from a puppy farm. Yet, some animal welfare charities suspect that as many as 900,000 people may have bought their dog from a puppy farm, through a dealer or pet shop without realising. Many dog owners buy from internet or newspaper adverts as well as pet shops which are often supplied by puppy farms.

    Advice from the kennel club is to buy directly from breeders to guarantee pet health. Dog dealers are supplied by puppy farms and often pose as simple breeders, so when looking for newspaper adverts be wary of anyone selling more than one breed of dog, as they may be dealers. When buying a puppy from a breeder, always insist on seeing the puppy with its mother and any siblings. If a …

  • Do You Know What Makes Your Dog Tick?
    Pet Supplies

    Do You Know What Makes Your Dog Tick?

    It is very important to understand that your dog is not like us. In fact they are very different creatures that little bundle of fur you just adopted derives its heritage from the wolf.

    It is and always will be a canine and so it will always have the natural instincts of a wolf. It doesn’t matter what kind of dog you have, no matter how big or small it is. They all have thousands of years of instinct in them and no amount of training will ever completely remove these instincts.

    Although you may think that there is not much for your new pet to learn. When you bring them into your house it is very different surroundings to what your dog is used to.

    You for instance. That’s right your puppy will need to adjust to the idea that it has to live amongst these strange creatures that walk around on two legs instead of four.

    Remember that this animal is not used to living in a house and so will not understand a lot about living in one. It will need to be taught everything it needs to know by you.

    As responsible pet owners we must understand the difference between or dogs and us, If we understand them the transition into your life will be much smoother and you will get a great mate in the process.

    Fitting into the pack

    Like I said, your dog has natural instincts that can never be removed, and that is why you will need to think of your family as a pack from now on.

    This pack structure is your dogs way of life and it will always be there. The first thing to know is that you are always pack leader. Your dog should never feel like he is pack leader. This means what you say goes.

    It might be easier for you to imagine the pack as a ladder, with you on the top and your family and pets on the lower rungs. There are no equal ranks in the structure. The pack is organised be dominance, so the strongest person is the leader (that’s you) and then each other member of your family is placed in order of dominance.

    This is extremely important if you own more than one dog. Let’s say that you have a dog Ben, and then a couple of years …

  • Is Owning a Pet Store in Your Future?
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    Is Owning a Pet Store in Your Future?

    Are you a pet lover? If you are then you may just be ready to start an online pet store. I believe that you absolutely have to love pets in order to own a pet store. There is just no way to fake it with pets, the simply know who loves them and who doesn’t. If you are looking for an exciting business than take a hard look at the pet industry. An online pet store can be build as extension of other companies like pet food, pet toys and pet training aides.

    Now you may think that starting an online pet store will be an overwhelming experience but it doesn’t have to be. In this day and age you can sell products online but you don’t have to stock those items. There are lots of companies that will fill your orders for you they are called drop shippers. Therefore, you may only have stock very little in actual products if any at all.

    All you will need is what is called a ecommerce website which will allow your visitors to browse your inventory an click on the item they are interested and then simply check out and pay for the items. Then you will receive a notice that someone has purchased something from your store. In some cases you can have these orders automatically forwarded to the drop shipper but I personally like review my orders then forwarding them on at my discretion.

    Now picking a company to handle your drop shipping is as easy as doing a search online. There are literally hundreds of drop shipping companies. The main goal is to first choose a reputable company. Most online companies will have testimonials plus you can check with the Better Business Bureau in the state they are located in. After you have chosen a company try to build your inventory around items that are popular to start. Be careful about listing high priced exotic items until you have gotten your feet wet.

    These items generally have a high return rate. You will be much better off starting with those items that in fact you would purchase, like high quality feeds, pet enclosures, leashes, toys and pet training books and videos. This way you will begin to start making money and build a reputation. From their you can add items that are purchased more on a whim …

  • Does Your Dog Experience Separation Anxiety?
    Dogs

    Does Your Dog Experience Separation Anxiety?

    You’ve just arrived home from work and before you even open the door, you can hear your dog whining for you on the other side. You open the door and, after being knocked down by your dog’s enthusiastic greeting, walk into the living room to see what was destroyed today…

    Sound familiar? If so, chances are your dog is experiencing the all-too-common separation anxiety. The bad news – we as owners may unknowingly be contributing to this problem. However, once we understand how our behaviors affect our pets, we can instead significantly reduce their anxiety.

    What causes Separation Anxiety?

    One contributing factor to separation anxiety is our long, drawn-out good-byes. If you’re like most people, you feel so bad leaving your pet that you give them a lot of attention and kisses before walking out the door. As a result, your dog actually gets excited and left with a lot of energy that he some how has to release. Unfortunately, most dogs will resort to chewing, digging, or their own preferred method of destruction.

    Then, when we finally arrive home and see the mess he made, we make the situation worse. While we may be angry with the dog, in most cases, we also feel guilty for having left him alone. We try to “apologize” to our dog with lots of attention and treats. We may feel better, but this tells your dog that tantrums are acceptable. And of course, our guilt returns the next day when we have to leave, and we’re back to where we started.

    This cycle only gets worse for the dog over time. Older dogs may not be as destructive so in many cases, their energy comes in the form of stress. We all know the effects stress can have on our health – and it’s no different for dogs. OK, now we really feel bad leaving them… cue: repeat of cycle.

    How do we prevent Separation Anxiety?

    To prevent this anxiety, the most important thing to do is not make a big deal about leaving. Instead, make sure you leave quietly with your dog feeling secure and comfortable. Consider giving your dog some attention and exercise before you leave and allowing him time to calm down while you are home. Then, when you finally get around to leaving, he will be relaxed and tired and more likely to just sleep while you …

  • Dog Medicine Used to Treat Heart Worms in Puppies
    Pet Supplies

    Dog Medicine Used to Treat Heart Worms in Puppies

    T.S. Eliot once called April “the cruelest month,” though he probably wasn’t thinking about heartworms at the time. You see, April is the month that most veterinarians start checking dogs for heartworm organisms they may have been exposed to during the previous mosquito season. The worms can only be detected after they reach sexual maturity, which takes about six months. Before this time, the host will not exhibit any symptoms. According to most experts, heartworms are easy to prevent, but hard to cure.

    Because the disease is spread by infected mosquitoes, cases of heartworms are more common in temperate and tropical areas. That said, cases have been reported in all 50 states, even in Alaska! Dogs of any age can contract the diseases, even puppies. In fact, they are far more likely to succumb to it, since they have immature immune systems. That is why most veterinarians recommend starting puppies on heartworm preventives as early as four weeks of age. These medications have been proven up to 99 percent effective at preventing the disease.

    How do they work?

    For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can protect your furry friend from this deadly disease. Pills, tablets, and topical solutions can be purchased with a prescription, either online or at your vet’s office. The most popular preventative treatment is a beef-flavored chewable tablet that must only administered once a month. Trust us, it’s worth the money!

    Prescription Products

    * There are a number of effective medications on the market today, including:

    * Interceptor: Available in flavored, chewable tablets, it guards against heartworms, roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms.

    * Sentinel: Combines a heartworm preventative with a flea-control agent.

    * Heartgard Plus: Sold in chewable cubes, it protects against heartworms, roundworms, and hookworms.

    * Proheart: Prescribed in tablet form, it guards against heartworms alone.

    * Revolution: This topical solution is the latest in heartworm preventative care. It also protects against fleas, ticks, and ear mites.

    Treatment

    Heartworm disease isn’t always easy to detect, even for a trained professional. The symptoms come on slowly, as the worms grow; and they are often mistaken for other, more common conditions. Your puppy may have a nagging cough or be a bit lethargic. But it is only during the final stages that symptoms are impossible to miss. For example, your furry friend may pass out because the worms are obstructing the blood …