pets stressed at back to school time

Why back to school season can be stressful for pets (and what you can do to help!)

It’s not the full moon, Mercury in retrograde, or your imagination: the end of the summer season can trigger behavior issues in pets. We often see an increase in training and behavioral questions from our customers right around when school is back in session. Pets get used to having their adult and kid owners around more often, and can act out when they head back to school and/or work. Most often, negative autumn behaviors manifest themselves in households that have children

Keep Pets Hydrated with Wet Food

Keep those Pets Hydrated in the Summer with Wet Food

We are always happy to answer questions and point you in the right direction for your particular pet. Nowadays, the variety of dog and cat food available makes the “what do I feed my pet?!” decision feel daunting, but it’s not as complicated as it seems. Many pet owners are opting to feed their pets a variety of foods to maintain a balanced diet that is closer to nature’s intention. When choosing the type of food(s) you want to feed your

Pets Plus Community

Pets Plus Cares about the Community

At Pets Plus, our owners are your neighbors. We are dedicated to serving the community, because it is also our community. A common misconception is that Pets Plus is part of a chain or franchise. We are actually an independent, Parrish family-owned pet store, offering services and products that are locally needed and desired by our customers. We host the following veterinary services in the community: Low Cost Vaccination Clinics: Twice a month, we offer low-cost vaccination clinics on Saturdays. A local

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Learn more about Pets Plus’s Second “C” – Convenience!

At Pets Plus, we love being your “just around the corner” independent pet store in eastern Manatee County. Every decision we make when expanding our offerings or making changes to the store is done with our customers’ convenience in mind. We know everyone is looking for ways to save time, but many still desire the quality, vetted pet supplies and the personal touch that shopping local provides. That’s why we have made some major updates to Pets Plus in the

Think the internet is cheaper? We beg to differ!

Think the Internet is Cheaper? We “Beg” to Differ!

It is a common notion that items from large online retailers are cheaper than items at an independent, brick-and-mortar store. It’s an understandable thought. Large virtual retailers probably have a huge warehouse, low overhead, and the ability to buy in bulk and extend the savings to the customer, right? Actually, that is not entirely true. Besides having such supportive customers over the years that have enabled us to purchase in larger quantities ourselves; there are also several “hidden” advantages that

Beat the heat with your pet this summer

Beat the Summer Heat with your Pet

This won’t be news to any Floridian: our summer weather is downright brutal. It’s hot, humid, sunny, and oppressive. While we get to enjoy a mild winter climate, we pay for it in spades when summertime rolls around. From May to October, karma delivers a ruthless punch for all of those pictures you sent your family up north in January. Read on to see what can you do to make sure your pet is safe during the summer’s hottest months. Stay

Find a pet at a shelter

How to Find a Pet: Adoption is Always Best!

Considering adding a new furry member to your family? We chatted with Jessica Bowers, shelter manager for the Humane Society of Manatee County, to learn the tips and tricks for a successful adoption. Here is what she shared with us! Household Harmony When looking to adopt a new pet dog or cat, we always ask if they have other animals, or two-legged kids and their ages, etc. It is essential that everyone is excited to adopt a pet, and that no one

small pet vacation

Traveling? (Maybe) Take your Small Pet with You!

When planning a trip out of town, it’s easy to assume you should leave your small pet with a sitter. Actually, in many cases, small animals can come right along for the trip – with many benefits for both owner and pets. This can be particularly beneficial for small pets with special medical needs or a strong attachment to their owner. Packing for your Pet There are some logistics to consider before bringing small pets on vacation. Most everyday cages are too

Pets Plus 3Cs

Our 3Cs: Why Choose Pets Plus over the Internet?

At Pets Plus, we are proud to be Parrish’s locally owned pet store. We know that today’s consumer would like to spend money with a locally owned business, but we believe that they should not have to spend more or be inconvenienced by doing so. With that in mind, we have been working hard over the past several years to implement programs and incentives to help our neighbors choose to shop locally with us instead of with virtual competitors. These

elderly dogs

Keeping an Old Dog Young with Diet

Thanks to a variety of factors, dogs are living longer than ever before. The canine senior years have been extended, and it’s wonderful to enjoy more time with our best furry friends. This shift toward better wellness and longer life also creates different challenges for owners as we try to take steps to keep our senior dogs happy, healthy, and comfortable throughout the golden years. Dietary Changes It is important to discuss with your vet the best dietary options for your senior