Pet Talk - All about the care and feeding of your pets.

We know your pet, whether you have a dog, cat, bird, fish or small animal - is an important part of your family. Here are some excellent resources that we feel share our values and love for pets.

These Articles are not only interesting, but are very informative:

Pet Products Technical Information Series by Natura can help pet parents learn more about pet health and nutrition.

Pet University by Central Garden and Pet contains lots of helpful and fun information on just about any kind of pet.

Pet Food Labels 101 by Jean Hofve, DVM from Animal Wellness Magazine is full of helpful information for your pet.

Label Information 101 by The Dog Food Project is very informative.

Ingredients to avoid by The Dog Food Project is a must read for every dog or cat owner on pet food.

Additionally, we find the Pet Food Comparison Wizard to be a tremendous help to people looking for the right pet food for their dog or cat.

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The following is some helpful information on the care and feeding of your dog, cat or bird. Please let us know if you have any questions at all.

- Basic care for your Cat or Kitten -

A cat may be a low-care, but not a no-care pet. He is dependent on you for food, lodging, health care, training, and loving attention. Knowledge or your cat's normal habits will help you give him the best possible care.

Feeding: Kittens should not be taken from their mother until they are seven to eight weeks old. If you acquire a motherless kitten younger than six weeks old, consult a veterinarian about feeding. Kittens have high caloric requirements because of their high energy level. Feed kittens less than six months old canned kitten food three to four times daily, removing any uneaten food after ten minutes. Overfeeding can result in diarrhea and or vomiting. At about six to eight months of age, reduce canned feeding to two times daily. Dry kitten food and fresh water should be available at all times for kittens of all ages. When your kitten reaches one year of age, gradually change to adult food by mixing 1/4 adult food with 3/4 kitten food. Gradually increase the adult food to 100% over a five to ten day period.

- Bringing your new Dog or Puppy home -

When bringing your puppy home for the first time, try to make the transition safe and gradual. Transport your puppy in a pet carrier, which can also serve as a crate and a sleeping area. Remember that a young puppy will tire easily and require plenty of sleep. Create a warm, safe area. Make sure to puppy-proof your home. Remove any small objects that your puppy could swallow. Like small children, puppies will get into everything.

As soon as your puppy enters your home, begin to socialize him by exposing him to different sounds and experiences. Between the ages of 6 and 8 weeks, your puppy will absorb every sound and experience, creating a mental catalog. The more your puppy is exposed to at an early age, the better adjusted he will be.

Take him on family outings to expose him to friendly strangers. Do not allow anyone to annoy or frighten him on these outings - always supervise closely. Keep your puppy away from strange dogs until all vaccinations are complete. Enroll your new puppy in 'puppy kindergarten' classes. They are offered by a number of local trainers and help your pup learn to listen to you even when other dogs are present - and they're fun.

- Bird Grooming -

Grooming your bird includes trimming its wings and nails, filing its beak, preening your bird and bathing your bird. This gives you a chance to spend quality time with your bird and helps you to form a stronger bond with your pet.
Clipping your bird's wings serves several purposes. The taming process is much easier and faster with their wings clipped and you have better control over your bird while taming it. Wing trimming will also prevent your bird from flying into objects such as windows or mirrors and injuring itself.

Although wing clipping is necessary for all pet birds, it does remove one of the exercises that birds depend on. Therefore, it is important for you as a responsible bird owner to offer your bird an alternative exercise method.  A cage large enough for your bird to climb around in, with several different toys to encourage play would be beneficial. It is important that you have your bird out of its cage as often as possible.

A good place for the bird to play when it is out of its cage is on a playpen.  A playpen provides your bird with a place of his own where he can exercise and play without being confined to his cage. Birds with clipped wings will almost always stay on their playpens, especially if the playpen offers a lot to keep them occupied.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to seeing you and your pet at our Sechelt pet food store!


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