Congratulations! You’ve got a new puppy and you’re ready to take him home. Whether you adopted your pup or bought them from a breeder, you’re in for a real treat. While you’re squealing over your new bundle of joy, there are a couple of things to consider to get your house ready for a new puppy. At My Pet Savings, we have some tips to make a smooth transition for your pup!
- Puppy-proof your home. Find objects around your house that your puppy may chew on. These include electrical cords and wires, shoes, and other objects on the floor.
- Establish which words mean what train. Does “down” mean sit, or lay down on the ground?
- Take your new pup to their toilet area immediately and have him explore his new home. Give your new pup plenty of family time, but also time alone to get used to it.
- Let your pup see and sniff out his new bed. Keep his new bed in a safe, warm area near your bed.
- Have lots of fun!
Adding a puppy is a wonderful addition to your life. You will get to watch him grow up and explore the world around him. For some great toys and other puppy essentials, check out PetSmart.com!
Happy Puppy Parenting!
The last Friday of April is recognized as National Hairball Day. This day was created to increase awareness and clear up misconceptions many have about hairballs, often thinking they are a normal part of a cat’s behavior. As an owner you may deal with the occasional hairball, more than two in a year is considered a problem. Hairballs are caused by an ingestion of fur while cats clean themselves. The buildup of ingested hair causes irritation and the result is a yucky hairball coughed on your floor. While your cat keeping themselves clean is a good thing, too much self- grooming can be bad. Regular grooming and cleaning of your cat can help solve this problem and provide many great outcomes such as:
- A great activity to do to bond and become closer to your cat.
- Giving your cat with a beautiful clean coat.
- Using brushing as a reward instead of treats in order to prevent over eating.
Providing your cat with a beautiful coat is easy with products from PetSmart, check out their grooming supplies section for great deals!
Happy Cat Grooming!
Robotic pets? Puppies groomed to look like Spiderman? All over the world, there are owners who have unconventional pets. In this latest post, we’ll take a look at some popular pet trends around the world!
- In China, the fad is (safely) dyeing their pet’s hair crazy colors to make their dogs seem like they are other animals! For instance, in Chinese pet stores you may see dogs that look like tigers, panda bears or even Spiderman! This fad has been popular since mid-2010 and shows how the Asian culture has found a unique and creative way to show off their dog!
- Remember Tamagotchis? These playful pixels were all the rage in the 90s popular among kids who were able to own, take care of and provide for their “own” pet, also teaching the children responsibility as the pets meet their end with a “game over” if they go too long without taking care of them. Although the Tamagotchi trend ended in the late 90s, they’re coming back strong in 2013 with a new app available to download and play!
- Coming on to the scene in the early 2000s, robotic pets are still on the rise around the world. These pets are perfect for the owner who isn’t interested in taking their pet outside for walks or cleaning up after their mess! Robotic pets can come as dogs, cats, or other animals! Robotic animals can be used as companions and also for therapy for the elderly.
At My Pet Savings, we’re always interested in finding ways that people show off their pets around the world, whether it’s grooming their pets to look like other animals, or if their pets aren’t real animals (like a Pet Rock!) No matter what your pet is, My Pet Savings is always here to help you with your pet needs. Check out Coupons.com for great deals on all your pet needs!
Happy Pet Trending!
The month of April is recognized as Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Started by the APSCA in 1889, this month is set to teach how to prevent animal cruelty, and teach others how to fight against it. At My Pet Savings, we care about the safety and well-being of our animals and here are some tips for you to teach and inform others about the importance of this month.
1. Teach children how to handle animals and to respect them. Teaching children when they’re young how to handle and respect animals can often lead to the better treatment of animals as violent acts towards animals can lead to violent acts later in life.
2. Say no to puppy mills! Many animals from the stores are often bred in commercial kennels that breed for quantity, not quality, and can come with a list of behavioral and health problems. Instead buy from a reputable breeder or adopt from a shelter.
3. Spread knowledge to others about preventing animal abuse. The more information they know, the more they will do something about it. Also, treat your pets with love and care to set a positive example for others to follow!
This month, take some time out to tell your neighbors and friends with animals about Animal Cruelty Prevention and make changes to inform people! Animals are innocent creatures who rely on their caretakers for their safety and wellbeing, and anyone who compromises that should have to deal with the consequences. For more information on how you can help with Animal Cruelty Prevention, check out your local animal shelter for volunteer opportunities, or check out Dr. Becker’s Bites for more information on Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month.
Happy Pet Prevention!
We all know dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years, but have you ever wondered when exactly our furry four legged friends became our companions and not partners while hunting? The answer may be surprising…it was during the Victorian Age!
During this time, the dynamic between dogs and humans changed. The Industrial Revolution caused the economy to grow around the world, meaning more people were getting wealthier, and because of this, dogs became a status symbol of people’s wealth. They were now owned for companionship and to show one’s place in society instead of hunting. As more information was being understood about biology, scientists used this knowledge to try and bring back old breeds but instead created new ones that we know of today!
Toy breeds and lap dogs, such as Pekingese and Pomeranians were the top choice of the women in high society. These dogs often came from breeding different types of dogs to get specialized dogs that were requested of the customers. These new breeds went everywhere their lady went, whether that was to the opera or to the dinner table. Dogs of ladies were kept extremely well groomed to show off in high society. For some dogs who were a hassle to take care of such as the Yorkshire terrier and the Poodle, they were given their own assistant to take care of their grooming needs. This area was also the era that doghouses were invented!
Thanks to the people of the Victorian Age, we now know own our dogs as our companions and also where our favorite dogs breeds have come from! For the lovable pooch in your life, go to PetMountain.com for a variety of items!
Happy Pet Knowledge!
No one can resist a cute puppy: their faces, wandering curiosity and being able to cuddle and hold them! Everyone loves puppies, but did you know there’s actually a day dedicated to them? Since 2006, National Puppy Day has been recognized as a day to celebrate the cuteness and innocence of puppies and also to educate the public on the dangers of puppy mills and to help save orphaned puppies across the world. Getting your very own puppy is exciting and a little nerve racking; you are given a new life to take care of and the responsibility is solely up to you! If you have a brand new puppy, here are some starter tips from My Pet Savings to help get you on your way!
• Puppy-proof your house! A puppy will chew on anything it can find, and puppies love to explore with their mouths. Shoes, electrical cords, and anything else that can be chewed on should be put away in a safe place out of the puppy’s reach. Give your puppy designated chew toys to teach positive chewing habits.
• Make your new puppy comfortable in your home by showing him around the house and getting him familiar with their new surroundings.
• Play with your puppy often with their new toys and by himself. It’s important to have your puppy feel loved and to create a strong bond to last all through their life.
Owning a puppy can bring much joy to your life. Studies have shown that dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression and enjoy happier, longer lives than those who don’t. To start your fun journey of owning a puppy, head over to PetSmart.com for all of your puppy needs!
Happy National Puppy Day!