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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

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How to Teach your Dog to Swim

If you’ve ever watched a French Bulldog in the water, you know that the ability to swim is not innate in every dog! Some breeds, like Retrievers, are more predisposed to picking up the doggy paddle naturally, while others will always have a harder time due to their physiology (sorry again, French Bulldogs!) However, most dogs can learn to love swimming when they learn to do it correctly from the start.   The right gear is critical for water safety. Life jackets are very important when dogs

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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

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Why You Should Feed Your Pet A Rotational Diet

Most people would get very tired of eating the same food day in and day out. Imagine having to eat the same exact food your entire life (maybe with a few treats thrown in!) This is essentially how most people feed their pets, not realizing there is a different way to handle their furry friends’ nutritional needs. “Rotation feeding” or “feeding a rotational diet” is all about offering a variety of foods in a manner that won’t upset a pet’s system. Varying both proteins (chicken, beef, bison,

Pets Plus’ Position on Recent FDA Study

Stewardship to the pets of our community is one of our company’s core values, and something that we take very seriously. As such, we have been monitoring the FDA’s studies on grain free dog foods quite closely. On June 27, 2019, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration posted an update on a condition in dogs known as Dilated Cardio Myopathy (DCM) which included reports it has received regarding pets with DCM. The update listed a few pet food brands by name as foods that some pets

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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

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Summer is coming… Sunshine, Picnics, Baseball, Swimming, and FLEAS!

Ugh, fleas. They make pets’ lives miserable, and their human parents begin to itch just at the thought of them. Pet consultants are often asked what method of treatment works best to eradicate a flea problem. The true answer is that there is no “magic bullet” that will make your entire problem go away overnight. However, the good news is that with a little understanding of your foe and their characteristics, along with carefully following a few key steps, your

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Freezer Foods are super healthy for pets!

Pet owners: have you heard the term “BARF”? This acronym stands for Bones And Raw Food, and is a feeding method that is highly recommended by many veterinarians and pet care professionals. This diet is supposed to mimic how an animal would consume food in the wild, providing pets with a diet that closely resembles their natural eating habits. Raw food formulas are species-appropriate, and highly digestible, which allows for easy absorption of essential nutrients. Believe it or not, raw foods are easy to feed! Many come ready-to-serve,