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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

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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

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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

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Bargain Pet Food Brands Recalled Due to Findings of Euthanasia Drug

Recently, a national supplier of bargain pet foods issued a recall of dog food following the FDA’s investigation of claims that pentobarbital, a drug used in the euthanasia of pets, was present in the food. At least 31 varieties of dog food owned by Smucker’s were removed from shelves. The brands include Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Skippy, and Ol’ Roy. Read the entire story here. Your pets’ wellbeing is our number one priority at Pets Plus, and

What to Do About Pet Skin Issues

The condition that is often referred to as “dandruff” by pet owners, is highly common in dogs and cats. Most often, scaly skin has fairly benign origins and is not a big deal, but excessive cases of scaly skin / dandruff can point to an underlying cause. There are numerous reasons a pet can be experiencing skin issues, so tests must be done to determine the specific cause and the proper treatment. Here are some common causes: Primary or Secondary Infections Infections

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Vote for Pets Plus in the 2018 People’s Choice Awards!

Pets Plus is once again in the running for Best Pet Shop and Best Groomer in the Bradenton Herald People’s Choice Awards! Please help us win these two categories again this year by taking a few minutes to vote for Pets Plus. Between January 16 and January 30, 2018, visit www.bradenton.com/peoples-choice and vote for Pets Plus in the Best Pet Shop AND Best Groomer categories. Thank you for shopping local with Pets Plus!

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Being More Active with your Dog

Many people aim to start exercising more often at the beginning of the year, but few maintain their New Year’s resolution longer than a couple of weeks. It takes consistency to turn an activity into a habit, so why not get your best furry friend involved to help you stay motivated? Having an exercise partner can dramatically increase your chances of sustaining your goals. Here’s how to get started with your dog on an exercise regimen: Start slowly and build up

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Home Aquariums For Beginners

There are many popular movies and shows featuring wildlife found in our oceans and seas. If Finding Nemo (or Dory!) has inspired you to have a fish tank in your own home, here are some hints to help you be successful. Best Fish For Beginners
 When visiting the fish area at Pets Plus, ask which fish make the best pets for beginners. The answers will depend on the size of tank you are thinking of, where you plan to keep the tank

Why a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Shop local and save! Slightly smaller bag sizes can give the false impression that others’ prices are better, when they actually are not! Check out the actual cost comparison below. Don’t forget, we also offer a FREQUENCY PROGRAM and PETS + REWARD$ on all of our products!

Pet Safety around the Holidays

It’s soon to be the most wonderful time of the year! As a pet owner, when you’re gathering with family and friends during the holiday season, nothing can ruin the moment quite like a trip to the emergency vet. Fortunately, there are many precautions you can take to help ensure that your furry, scaly, and feathered friends stay safe during the holidays. Traveling Concerns Are you going away for the holiday? Whether you’re planning to bring your pet along or board them,