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Housetraining Tips for Dogs and Cats

The key to training your pet to eliminate where you want them to is to prevent accidents, and reward success. Never punish, yell, or rub a pet’s nose in an accident. This doesn’t teach them anything, and may make them afraid of eliminating in front of you at all. Positive reinforcement works best for pets. Dogs Young puppies can be particularly difficult to train, as they have small bladders and lack bowel control. To encourage good habits, take your pet’s age in months and

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Pets in Your Life

Unbelievably, it’s that time of year again. While you’re making your holiday list, and checking it twice, don’t forget your furry friends! There are so many options for cute and useful gifts for pets. Fill their stockings with things they’ll love! Dogs Our most faithful companions are usually fairly easy to shop for, since we know the way to their hearts is through food, and fun! Mini treats can be given throughout the day without disrupting a balanced diet, and can also

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The First 30 Days with a Newly Adopted Dog

New dogs are incredibly exciting additions to a household. The first month that a new pet is home is important for setting up structure and expectations. Here are some tips to help a newly adopted dog transition into your home. Before you Adopt To crate or not to crate: Determine if you are going to crate train or not. Crate training is a wonderful way to let a dog have their own personal safe space while you’re away, or during stressful situations. If you decide to crate train,

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Welcome, New Puppy to the Pets Plus Family

by Rachel McGinnis Mourning the loss of a pet takes a toll on all of us. When are you ready to add to your family? Will you ever be ready? Is it too soon? Did I wait too long? All of these things that went through our minds. I must say from experience, everyone is different. Many of you know that Patrick and I had the loss of our Maltese, Gnocchi, a little over two years ago. After a two year battle

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Cat & Dog Body Language 101

Body language is something that ALL species utilize, human and pets alike. Since our pets can’t speak (well, some pet owners may disagree there!), we have to rely on their outward appearance to determine what they’re trying to tell us. While some pets are easier to “read” than others, here are some general helpful hints about cat and dog body language. Cats: Body orientation and context are the first things to consider when determining a cat’s mood. Cats will “point” their body

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Pet Safety around Halloween Doesn’t Have to be Scary!

Halloween is such a fun time of year for humans and animals alike. While it’s fun to dress your four-legged friends up for the occasion, there are several concerns about safety when it comes to pets. The Pet Poison hotline says they receive a 12 percent increase in calls during Halloween. Read on to learn how to protect your pets! Safe Storage / Unsafe Foods Pet owners should store all candy in a safe place, well out of a dog’s reach, as

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First Aid Tips for Pet Owners

Recently at Pets Plus, our groomers and many staff members took a pet CPR course and first aid training. We learned a lot, and wanted to share some tips with our customers. When a pet is hurt or sick, you can help keep them safe before bringing them to a veterinarian. Basic First Aid Always have a first aid kit on hand. Include the number for animal poison control (888-426-4435 or 24/7 – 855-886-7965), your vet’s phone number, an emergency vet’s phone number, a copy of

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Why Moisture in Your Pet’s Diet is Important

Hydration is so critical to all living things, and we know how essential it is to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Keeping pets well-hydrated is just as important for their health as it is for humans. Since we can’t simply tell our pets that they should be drinking more water, we as pet owners have to get creative to ensure they receive adequate hydration. Why is keeping pets hydrated so important? Dehydration causes a host of physiological issues, including urinary tract infections (especially common for cats),

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Return to Sender: How to Find a Lost Pet

Gate left open?  Bolted after squirrel? Spooked by fireworks? Wandered off to see the neighbors’ barbecue? There are many reasons that a pet can go missing. Keeping some sort of ID on your pet will go miles towards getting them back. When finding a lost pet, the first place most people will look is the collar for a tag or embroidered information. At Pets Plus we have a tag engraving machine with many stylish tag and collar options to choose from in store. Don’t see one you like? We

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Hurricane Season: Prepare your Pets!

Hurricane season is here! For years, Pets Plus has been advising pet owners on the best ways to prepare for a hurricane when pets are involved. The following tips are simple and easy to do, but get started NOW so you’ll be ready… just in case! Dogs / Cats Kennel: Keep in mind that most hurricane shelters will not allow you to bring your pets. However, if you must seek safety and higher ground with friends or relatives, we recommend that you