1. Fine Art Animal Prints
Dogs may come in many shapes and sizes, but each has a personality all its own. One of the most delightful gifts you can give to a pet lover is a fine art print of his or her breed. You can see many prints on our walls at Pet Keepers. One of our favorite artists is Mr. Killian, originally from Jackson, MN. He has a great presence at the Wildlife Expo in downtown Charleston every year. His limited edition animal prints are sure to be treasured, as each comes with a consecutively numbered dog tag to match the tag in the print.
2. Crystal Animal Statues
Whether your gift recipient has a dog, cat, horse, or rabbit, he or she is sure to enjoy an elegant crystal animal statue. Typically made from 24 percent lead crystal, hand-finished animal statues are beautiful yet whimsical. Crystal animal statues can depict a wide variety of pets, from a sitting cat to a dog with a bone; from a turtle to a frog; from a horse to a mouse; and from a duck to a dove. We don’t advise bringing this to a kennel!
3. Stone Animal Statues
Who wouldn’t love a playful stone animal statue depicting their beloved pet? Animal garden statues are perfect gifts, as are stone animal statues for the home and office. While some statues – like a sleeping spaniel puppy or an eager dachshund – make you feel warm inside, others – like a cat holding a pair of binoculars up to his eyes, ever watchful for a bird – make you chuckle. Stone animal statues are available for virtually any type of pet, and are certain to be cherished. We stocked a line of figurines in the past, but they were so individual, we found that shopping in town was a better idea for our customers.
4. Animal Posters
If you’ve ever owned a pet, you know how funny they can be. Animal posters depict pets in a variety of outlandish situations, and are eminently affordable. You know you have seen some real winners along the way. An animal poster is sure to bring a smile to your friend’s face.
When it comes to gifts for pet lovers, there’s nothing more unique that pet-related entertainment. There is actually a music company that creates music for animals, so consider giving a gift of music about and for cats, dogs, or birds. Another great gift idea is to buy a DVD or video that is designed to entertain your friend’s dog or cat. It would also be a simple matter to make a short home video of your friends animals and post on YouTube, then send them the URL a day or before the holiday.
We don’t actually see these gifts at most kennels, we just hear about them. We see the smaller chewies or squeaky toys. It’s both thoughtful and original to give a gift that acknowledges your friend’s pets.
When people think of Lyme disease, they often think about it affecting people, but the truth of the matter is that it can easily be acquired by cats as well. Lyme disease is something that has been around for hundreds of years, but it is only in the last thirty years or so that it has become commonly diagnosed and understood. It is caused by the Ixodes tick, which is found in woodlands and grasslands. This type of tick will feed on deer, sheep, horses, cats, dogs and humans and when they are bitten, they can pass the disease on to their host. When you are concerned about your cat’s health, take a look at Lyme disease cats and make sure that you understand it.
How can you tell if your cat has been infected with Lyme disease? You might notice that your cat starts moving around as though they are stiff or as though their joints are causing them pain. They may be perpetually tired and listless or they might feel as though they are hot to the touch. Another indication that there is something wrong is that your cat might suddenly lose their appetite and even more alarmingly, they might suddenly collapse. However, it is also important to remember that because not all cats are equally healthy, it might not have any symptoms at all. Some owners only realize that their cats might have this disease when they actually see a tick or a tick bite.
If you see a tick on your cat, it is important to remove it right away. Early removal of a tick may actually prevent your cat from having any problems at all, as research has shown that a tick attached to a host won’t transmit the disease for some hours. To remove a tick, you should grasp it firmly with a pair of tweezers and remove it in a twisting motion. Do not jerk it away suddenly as this can leave sediment in the wound and cause an abscess.
It is important to remember that especially in the early stages, Lyme disease is easily treatable in both cats by a SC veterinarian and humans with a round of antibiotics. With cats, the antibiotics that you are looking at are typically tetracycline, doxycycline and amoxicillin. There is no vaccine available, and cats that have been infected before can easily become infected again.
When you are thinking about Lyme disease, remember that prevention of the disease is far easier and far more effective than curing it. One surefire way to make sure that your cat does not contract this disease is to keep your cat indoors. If you live in a wooded or grassy area, there are likely ticks out there, and keeping your cat indoors can be extremely beneficial. If you allow your cat to roan, a tick collar might be helpful. When your cat comes in from the outdoors, make sure that you take a moment to search his coat for ticks.
Take some time and make sure that you consider what Lyme disease risks your cat might be taking and what you can do to mitigate them.
Veterinarians and boarding kennels recommend that you don’t let your pet food get stale and use pet food storage containers.
If you like to buy your pet food in larger quantities, you may worry about it going stale. Though some of the bags it comes in are made to keep the food fresher for a longer period of time, you may have noticed that your beloved pets start to stick their nose in the air at the food you give them when you get towards the bottom of the bag. This is just one of the reasons why pet food storage containers are a good idea not just for animal hospitals and dog boarding kennels, but also for regular families. There are others as well. Shopping for these should not be too hard, as you can get these just about anywhere and in just about any size.
When you are choosing the pet food storage containers that you want to buy, all you have to do is find something that will hold the size of bag you normally buy in cat or dog food from your veterinarian – or whatever food you get for any other types of pet. You may have to do some simple math, but all containers for either pet food or general use have a capacity listed on them. Make sure you get one just big enough for the size you buy. If you may get bigger bags now that you have containers, make sure you keep that in mind. Buying pet food in bulk saves money as pet resorts and kennels will tell you, so you may want to get more at a time now that you have a way to keep things fresh.
Storing pet food to keep it from going stale is not the only reason why you may want to get appropriately sized pet food storage containers. Some pets are not happy if they are not fed as soon as they think they should be, and they rip the bags. Cats are known for this and dogs will knock them over if they can. They can smell the food, and if you are late from work and they are hungry, they may just help themselves. Good, sturdy plastic containers keep the smell contained, which is important for animal hospitals, kennels and residences. Of course, they may figure it out soon enough, but you can more easily put these up high than you can large bags of pet food.
Yet another reason for these get storage containers for pet food is so that you can take your pets with you when you travel and when you go camping if you don’t let the vet clinic or doggie spa take care of them. Hauling around half opened bags of pet food is never a good idea, as they spill way too easily. If you are camping, pet food storage containers are a must if you are going where bears may be lurking. You know to hide your food so they can’t smell it, but you must do the same with your pet food. The scent of it will attract bears, but these containers mask the scent rather well.
Go to any store, veterinary office, cat and dog boarding facility, or look online for pet food storage containers. Most general department and discount stores will have these, as will many pet stores. They all work the same, though the ones you get from pet stores are made with pets and their owners in mind, and may be built a little differently or have a few extra features you won’t find on generic storage units you find elsewhere. See what you like, and don’t forget the scoop.
Though you may know people that have only one dog in their home, most have more than one. Some even have five or six. Dogs are amazing companions to people, but they are much happier if they have at least one of their own kind that lives with them. They can also keep each other company when their people are at work, or when their people simply do not have the time to play with them. Having more than one dog is a lot of fun and a good idea, but it might mean that you have to keep an eye out for dog food coupons so that feeding them all is not going to break the bank.
Look for dog food coupons that are common in the inserts you find in your Sunday paper. You may not always find the brands that you prefer, but you can usually find something that can save you some money. Though you may have a favorite brand of food, you may want to find a few others that are just as good for your dogs so that you can expand your options when you want to use dog food coupons to save money on feeding your furry friends.
You can also go online to find dog food coupons. You may even find offers for free food from certain companies. They give away samples – that can sometimes be very large – so that you can try them out for yourself. They are hoping that your dogs will love the food, and that you will buy from them from then on out. You can take advantage of these offers for free foods, and you may just find something that your dogs like more than the brand that you currently use the most. After that, they may offer you even more dog food coupons if you sign up for mailers with them either in snail mail or email.
There are other sources of your dog food coupons that you can try to use. You can ask your veterinarian for samples and coupons, though keep in mind they may only deal with the most expensive brands of food. You can look through mail flyers from other stores, even if they are places where you commonly do not get your dog food. Also look for discounts by shopping through a warehouse store, or by finding a pet food supplier that has a local outlet type of store. These are easy to find in rural areas if you look nearby.
Do you have a cat? If the answer is yes, then you likely want to feed them the best food on the market. In addition to offering them the proper nutrition available today, you should also consider how much you’re feeding them. I for one know that felines can pack on the pounds. In my house we have three. All like to consume much more than they actually need. At one point the vet requested that I put them on a diet, since all of them needed to drop a few pounds. Now you have to consider that – a few pounds” is a large percentage of their body weight. If your cat weighs 15 pounds total, and the vet tells you he needs to lose three of them, that’s 20 percent of his/her weight. Imagine how much that would be for a human. Get the picture? Well, you can do what I did and purchase an electronic cat feeder. This makes things pretty simple. Even when you’re not home or off on vacation for the week.
Every morning I used to wake up to my three crazy felines screaming. What were they fussing about? FOOD! It’s always about food and water for cats. Ponder how much easier life would be if you had an automatic cat feeder. It took me a while to realize this, but I final made the switch. Pet Keepers near Mount Pleasant told me about this. This is basically how it works. The new-age electronic cat feeder I bought has several compartments. I fill each compartment with a portion of cat food. However, only one compartment opens at a time, and the cat feeder works off of a timer. This way a portion of food is accessible on a specific schedule. I set mine to reveal three small potions per day. And since I have three cats, I naturally have three cat feeders.
You should consider making your life easier. Hey, you won’t have to listen to that agitating meowing every morning. Your automatic cat feeder will feed your feline without any assistance needed from you. Let it do all the work. And furthermore, consider an automatic litter box. These are ideal for eliminating odors and removing the hassle of constant poop scooping. I think that’s something we could all live without.
Running out of dog food isn’t a pleasant experience. You’re always meaning to pick up dog food on your next trip out, but somehow, it just slips your mind at the exact moment. Of course, there are always table scraps and other snacks around the house that you can feed your dog. And you do it because your dog looks so sorry for himself without his meal. Well, don’t you remember what happened the last time you did that? Dogs have delicate digestive systems. Any time you bring up an abrupt change of diet, they hurl everything as soon as their systems realize that you’ve switched diets on them. That’s where the thought that you can buy dog food online comes up. Why would you want to do that, you ask? When you go buy dog food online, the store lets you set up a regular order system to suit your needs. You don’t have to remember to pick your dog’s favorite brand up – the store’s computers remember it for you. Set up a repeat order system at your favorite online store, and you’ll never have to worry about running out of dog food ever again (or cleaning up a mess). Always remember that the FDA watches your back and has regulations that must be adhered to. Another site that offers pet nutrition insight is: http://www.petfoodnutrition.com/
So you’ve made up your mind to set up a supply chain of kibble for your dog. That’s great, as soon as you decide on the details of where to buy dog food online. There are stores all over the place. You’ll probably get a lot of information at an online pet forum for help finding out which online stores have the happiest customers. You’re basically looking for a great selection of dog foods and dog treats of the kind your dog prefers, and you’re looking for a dependable delivery system. It wouldn’t hurt to look for low prices too. Most online prices are cheaper than store prices anyway.
The best part of buying online is, that you usually get choices that physical stores usually don’t carry. You get specialty organic dog foods and other niche products that many physical stores would find unprofitable to carry a regular line in. Before you go through with setting up a regular ordering system with an online pet food store, make sure that the first time purchase that you make goes through smoothly. Make sure that the dog food you get is exactly what the description says it is. Shop with PayPal for the best security the first time around at least, and you should have nothing to worry about.