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Pet Supplies Buying Guide

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Pets bring joy to the lives of their owners, and it is the owner’s responsibility to make sure pets enjoy healthy, happy lives. Whether one’s pet is a dog, cat, fish, bird, lovable rodent, or even a reptile, it is necessary to find the pet supplies these special friends need. This guide gives current and prospective pet owners pointers on how to pamper their pets with treats and toys as well as take care of them using necessary equipment, keeping pets healthy and happy for life.


Pamper the Pooch With Dog Supplies

Although the rewards far outweigh the costs, caring for dogs takes a lot of hard work and patience. The perfect dog toy, an effective training method, or a low-cost solution to a flea problem can help bring harmony to one’s home.

Dog Toys

Consider the size of the dog when choosing toys to ensure safety. Find a dog toy that is big enough so the dog cannot swallow it but small enough so the dog can get a good mouth grip on it. Dog toys come in a variety of durable materials. Hard rubber dog toys and nylon dog toys are ideal for serious chewers. Latex dog toys and vinyl dog toys are a better choice for lighter chewers. Use plush toys only if the dog is looking for a toy to carry around and snuggle up with. If the owner sees signs of heavy chewing or tears, it is time to replace the toy. Some popular brands of hard rubber or nylon dog toys are Nylabone, Kong, and Happy Dog Tennis Toys.

Dog Collars and Leashes

Select a dog collar that is appropriate for the size and weight of the dog. A thin dog collar on a huge dog will hurt if the owner needs to give it a strong tug, and a huge dog collar on a small dog will feel heavy and unwieldy. Nylon dog collars are durable, light, and preferable for dogs that love the water. Leather dog collars are durable, long lasting and - should the owner want the tough look - can come with spikes. Dog leashes come in nylon, cloth, leather, and retractable styles. Retractable dog leashes allow for a wide roaming area. A spring inside the leash rewinds the slack as the dog comes closer and the owner can also lock a retractable dog leash at the length they desire.

Dog Training Guides

Dog-training guides can range from dog harnesses and dog whistles to bitter-tasting sprays that keep dogs from chewing on household items. A dog bark collar or electric fence may help address more serious behavioral issues. When training a dog, however, make sure to use a consistent and humane method.

Dog Food and Treats

When choosing dog food and dog treats, make sure to take into account the particular dog’s needs. Growing puppies need food with the right balance of vitamins and minerals, while working and sporting dog breeds need dog food that will sustain their high-energy lifestyle. Older dogs need reduced-calorie dog food to keep from gaining weight.

Canine Health Care

A dog’s health is a primary concern, so be sure to take measures to prevent flea and tick infestation. Many of today’s flea and tick medications make it easier than ever to prevent and stop a pet from suffering. Just put a drop of the flea and tick medication on the back of the dog’s neck, and it will do the rest. Popular brands of flea and tick medicines are Advantage, Advantix, and Frontline.

Dental care is another important part of keeping a dog healthy. There are many dental products made especially for dogs, such as dog toothbrushes and toothpastes. Many dog toys have the additional benefit of being good for a pooch’s teeth. Some rope toys work like floss, and some rubber toys are designed with ridges that remove food particles and massage the gums.

Dog Crates

Dog crates are essential to safely transporting a dog, and they can be made of many different materials. Wire dog crates and plastic dog crates are popular and widely used. There are also collapsible dog crates made of a mesh-screen material.


Favor a Feline with Cat Supplies

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but for a growing number of pet owners, feline companionship is simply the cat’s meow. Cat owners can keep their favorite feline healthy and happy with toys, collars, nutritious food, and health products.

Cat Toys

Cat toys will keep a cat occupied while their owner is away. Cat toys that swing and dangle trigger a cat’s hunter instinct, while catnip-filled toys make the cat extra playful. Cat toys are made from a variety of materials, from rubber to animal fur. Make sure that the cat toy is durable, and if it ever breaks or tears, throw it out and replace it with a new one.

Cat Collars

Owners can purchase cloth cat collars, nylon cat collars, or even velvet cat collars. The most important thing to remember when purchasing a cat collar is to buy one with an elastic section. That way, if the collar gets snagged while the cat is climbing, he can wriggle his way out and avoid accidental strangulation.

Cat Food

Cats are strict carnivores, but they require more than just meat to survive. In the wild, a cat would eat the entire kill. Bones, hair, and skin all provide a cat with vitamins and minerals that meat alone lacks, and proper cat food has the right balance of protein and vitamins. Keep in mind the cat’s age when choosing cat food. Kittens grow quickly and require calcium to aid in bone growth, while older cats need a lower-calorie cat food to keep them lean.

Cat Condos

Cat condos are a source of amusement for a pet cat, and they also provide a place to perch and catnap during the day. Most cat condos are encased in a durable scratch-resistant covering that provides a good grip for climbing.

Cat Litter Boxes

Cat litter boxes are essential for indoor cats. There are several types of litter boxes available, such as plastic open pans, covered plastic pans, and automatic cleaning machines. It is also important to pick the correct litter for the type of cat that will be using the pan. Kittens need larger granules and older cats can use the fine-grained types of litter.

Feline Health Care Products

Products like Advantage, Frontline, and Revolution serve as one method of flea and tick control. These back-of-the-neck flea and tick control medications usually offer a month’s worth of pest deterrence with very few applications.


Fish and Aquarium Supplies

Fish make colorful, easy-going pets, and maintaining and decorating their aquariums can be a rewarding hobby. There are many products available today that can help make their lives the best they can possibly be.

Fish Food

Fish food comes in four different varieties. Below is a chart that describes the different type of food and how often it should be given to pet fish.
 

Type of Food

Description of Food

Ideal Use

Fish Food Flakes

Flakes are by far the most common fish food. Conduct a little research to find out which food a particular variety of fish would eat in the wild, and choose the flaked food accordingly.

Daily Food

Fish Food Pellets

Pellets are similar to flakes, but they are made for larger fish with bigger mouths.

Daily Food

Frozen Fish Food

Frozen fish foods come in sealed packages for easy distribution. Most frozen foods consist of animal remains, like brine shrimp and bloodworms.

Daily Food or Treat

Live Fish Food

Live food consists of brine shrimp, bloodworms, nematodes, wingless fruit flies, or even garden worms.

Daily Food or Treat


Fish food flakes and pellets are the most common types of food, and frozen and live fish food are becoming more popular as a treat for ornamental fish.

Aquariums

Fish owners can choose either an acrylic aquarium or a glass aquarium. Aquariums also come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including rectangular aquariums, hexagonal aquariums, or even spherical aquariums. The size of one’s aquarium will determine how many fish can live in it.

If a fish owner only want a couple of small fish, then a two- to five-gallon fish tank should suffice. However, if one wants a community of fish, then get a fish tank that accommodates at least 20 gallons. The larger the fish tank, the easier it is to maintain healthy water, and it is usually recommended that beginners start with a 20-gallon fish tank to make aquarium and water maintenance as easy as possible.

Filtration systems ensure that fish swim in a safe and clean environment. From simple under-gravel aquarium filters to pumps that use charcoal, filtration systems are not only good for the fish, but they also keep the aquarium looking its best. Protein aquarium skimmers provide an added level of cleaning by blasting millions of tiny bubbles into the aquarium to help separate the oils and other biological wastes from the water.


Basic Bird Supplies

As many bird enthusiasts know, there is a lot more to keeping a bird than just providing seed. Birds require a well-balanced diet, a clean habitat, and toys to keep them occupied. Be sure to research which specific supplies each bird requires.

Bird Food

The ideal diet for a bird includes no more than 50% seed and has few, if any, fattening seeds like sunflower or safflower. Include a wide range of greens like lettuce and broccoli. Birds also benefit from potatoes and carrots. Pellets have all the nutrition and roughage that birds need. Some common brands of pellets are Vetafarm, Wombaroo, and Kaytee. Vitamins provide a boost in nutrition, especially if the bird is sick, breeding, or molting.

Birdcages

A birdcage should be wide enough for the bird to spread its wings and fly. Long, squat, rectangular birdcages are better than tall ones, because most birds cannot fly up as easily as forward. There are a wide variety of bird cages available, including vintage and specialty cages for both small- and large-breed birds.

Birdcages for large-breed birds, such as parrots and macaws are substantially different from birdcages designed for smaller birds, such as parakeets and finches. They are made of a thicker metal. Make sure that the bird has plenty of room to spread its wings and that there is room for multiple perches and plenty of bird toys. Also, many large-breed birds are highly intelligent and have been known to unlock locks and untwist bolts, so an investment in a quality cage is well worth it.

Bird Toys

Bird toys, such as mirrors, bells, swings, ladders, and chew toys, are an essential addition to any cage. They provide exercise, entertainment, and can keep a bird occupied while the owner is away. This is particularly important for keeping large-breed birds content and out of trouble.

Bird Egg Incubators

Bird egg incubators are essential if one is planning on breeding birds. Different bird breeds will have different needs as far as incubation is concerned, so research how a particular breed would care for its eggs and what kind of incubator would be best suited for the breeder’s needs.


Small Mammals: Guinea Pigs to Ferrets

Some pet owners prefer smaller animals to large dogs or cats. Small mammals, such as guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, rabbits, ferrets, and sugar gliders, require good food and a healthy habitat to thrive.

Small Mammal Food

Owners can feed most rodents a high-quality rodent food in pellet form plus fresh fruits and vegetables to enhance the small animal’s nutrition. Guinea pigs cannot produce vitamin C, so make sure they get lots of dark greens. Sugar gliders are omnivores and need a diet of both plants and meats. Insects are key, as is fruit and sap from acacia and eucalyptus trees. Rabbits can easily be fed on pellets, fresh vegetables, and alfalfa. An occasional treat of fruits is also a good idea. Ferrets do not need much fiber, so do not feed them many fruits or vegetables. Instead, focus on protein and fats.

Small Mammal Habitat

Most rodents can be kept in cages, and one can lodge mice and rats in glass terrariums. Mice need 40 square centimeters of space per adult mouse, and rats need 60 square centimeters each. Owners can house guinea pigs and rabbits in wire cages with removable tops for cleaning and handling. Ferrets and sugar gliders are commonly kept in birdcages. Make sure the cage is secure, as these smart little animals are well-known escape artists. To keep a ferret or sugar glider happy, make sure the cage is equipped with a hammock.


Slither Up to Reptile Supplies

While some people find reptiles repulsive, a herpetologist would gladly say that reptiles and amphibians, such as lizards, snakes, turtles, and frogs, make lovely pets. The wide range of reptiles available means that owners can find one that fits a person’s living arrangements and style.

Reptile Food

Reptile feeding habits vary greatly depending on the species. Some reptiles need to graze constantly throughout the day, while others, like snakes, need to eat only once a week. Reptiles eat everything from dry reptile food pellets to mealworms, crickets, and live mice. Be sure to research dietary requirements for one’s specific pet, as it is essential to their health that owners select the proper food.

Reptile Habitat

Most reptiles and amphibians can lodge in either a glass terrarium or fresh-air terrarium, also known as a reptarium. For ectothermic reptiles, such as lizards, who are not able to regulate their own temperature internally, make sure to include a heat source, such as a heat lamp or hot rock. Most reptiles and amphibians also appreciate a good hiding place, so do not forget to decorate the terrarium with rocks, tree trunks, and driftwood,
arranging them in such a way to form little caves.


Conclusion

There are as many pets as there are types of people, and prospective pet owners are sure to find a companion that suits their current living arrangements and space. Once the ideal pet has been found, it is simple to find the necessary supplies to keep the pet happy. With nourishing food, some toys and treats, and a safe living environment, one’s pets are sure to live a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.

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