Must Have Items Pet Lovers Can’t Live Without

We all love our pets. As a pet owner, making sure your animal has everything they need to be happy and content usually ends up being top priority. From a portable water dish, to high quality leashes, to healthy dog treats and everything in between, going shopping for your pet is one of the best parts of having one. Here are a few things that most pet owners agree they can’t live without.

An Active Pet Is A Healthy Pet

Every dog needs a place to rest, and that’s where a pet bed comes in handy. High quality dog bedding gives your little critter a comfy place to call their own. With it, they’ll leave your beds and chairs alone, giving you the space you crave as you lay your head down to rest every night.

If there’s one thing a household with pets need, it’s squeak toys. Playing and engaging with your pets is some of the most fun you can have on a daily basis. What’s better, playing with them keeps them healthy and active. So, be sure to stock up on your favorite toys- squeak or otherwise- and get down on the floor and play with your pets!

Treat Your Pet Once In A While

When your pet behaves, or when you’re trying to train it, you’re going to have to have some treats on hand to reward them with. All animals have different tastes and preferences, so try a few different types to get a handle on which they like best.

For those times when you have to leave for work, or when there’s errands to run, you’re going to need a way to keep your new pet secure. There’s nothing worse than coming home to soiled carpeting and torn belongings. A training cage is a great way to keep your pet in check, while at the same time not so confined that they can’t relieve themselves if need be.

Healthy food is important to both the life span and general health of your beloved pet. Even though it can be tempting at times, don’t skimp when it comes to their diet. Invest in their health, and keep your pets around for years to come.

The 5 Most Luxurious Pet Spas In The World

Dog and cat owners love their pets. So much so that sometimes, rather than taking their pet to the local groomer, owners instead choose to give their pets a taste of luxury, by sending them to a luxury spa for some rest in relaxation. Some of these resorts, however, can go a bit overboard. Every pet spa that you visit will be willing to provide your furry friend with the necessary vitamins and medications, if needed, whether it’s a treatment for a bad tooth for your feline soul mate or giving a dry skin dog supplement to man’s best friend and everything in between, and these resorts know what they are doing. Some spas aren’t content with the bare minimum and take luxury to an extreme.

The Grand Pet Resort And Spa

The Grand Pet Resort & Spa in Ft. Worth, TX offers pets three different size rooms for those that will be making a vacation, of their trip. The spa boasts some great services such as pedicures, a full brush out and expert grooming services. On top of that, they offer some of the best puppy treats that money can buy. And, they will be happy to cater a pet birthday party, for your furry friend and all their special friends.

Morris Animal Inn

From the aquatic massage to the “Pampered Pet Sessions” that include playtime, catch, and even a dip in the pool, the Morris Animal Inn in New Jersey really takes their job seriously. They want your pet to have a great time, relax, and be as pampered as possible and offer plenty of services to make sure that the pampering is every bit as luxurious, as you would want it. While your treasured friend is on “petcation” you can rest assured that they will be cared for better than in your own home. They will even tuck your pet in at night and read a bedtime story. They are that good.

Amber’s Luxury Pet Hotel

Amber’s Luxury Pet Hotel offers pet owners, in South Corona, CA, a luxurious spa for their pets. Among the amenities in this hotel, you will find plush beds, room service and group playtime, for their overnight guests. Pets are definitely pampered at this hotel and may not want to leave!

Best Friends

There is no question that when Disney does something, they go all out. Best Friends, located at the Walt Disney World Resort, is the perfect place to take your pet, if you are taking a trip to the Magic Kingdom. They offer suites at different levels of luxury and services, and there is no doubt, whichever package you choose, your pet is in for a fun, luxurious trip to this hotel and spa.

The Barkley

The Barkley is the pinnacle of luxury and your pet will feel like a canine King and a feline Queen, when they stay at this wonderful location. This all inclusive spa offers more options than your pet will ever need, to provide the maximum relaxation. They boast massage, bedtime stories with tummy rubs and room service. If you are crunched for time, The Barkley provides “transpawtation” to and from your home.

Spending money on your pet to have a nice day, or even a nice vacation, at the spa isn’t always affordable, but when you have the chance, your unconditional friend truly deserves to be showered, in luxury at least once in their life.

What You Can Learn from Animal Planet

Do you need to have the best satellite TV provider in order to receive the Animal Planet Network? Well let’s see—it’s offered by both cable and satellite services so I would say the answer is no. But you do need cable or satellite to watch it.

Your Kids Are Going To Watch TV Any Ways…

They might as well watch something educational and enjoyable. If you’re considering satellite TV for your home, you can genuinely feel good about it where your kids are concerned. There are any numbers of educational and enjoyable programming and networks available through satellite TV. Animal Planet is one of those networks. Though some images displayed may be a little brutal for both kids and adults alike; they are true to life and part of the balance of nature (and also unfortunately a sickening display of how humans sometimes treat animals). This channel covers everything from river monsters to wild animals and pets; it basically runs the gamut.

Are There Other Animal Channels or Shows?

The beauty of satellite TV is that it brings so many channels and shows to so many homes. Animal planet is probably one of the best channels to tune into if you’re interested in animals but the National Geographic channel frequently has shows about animals as well. Some of the best or favorite shows about animals are as follows: Animal Advocate Television; It’s Me Or The Dog; Animal Miracles; Dog Whisperer; Faithful Friends; Dogs With Jobs; E-Vet Interns; Wishbone; Breed All About It; That’s My Baby; and K-9 to 5. These shows air on various channels but chances are that if you’re going with any kind of satellite TV or cable provider you should be able to find them.

Whether you choose to watch Animal Planet or some other channel having something to do with animals, be sure to share the experience with the kids whenever possible. Children need to grow up understanding the lives and needs of animals all the way from those in the wild to our beloved companions.

Sourcing Pet Medicines

We all love our pets but they can be expensive especially when they encounter medical issues that require prescription medication. Thankfully help is available and you can now buy affordably medication for your pets online.

Where to Shop Online

One of the best places to shop online for pet medication is via the Canadian Pharmacy. Due to the CIPA any pet owner can have confidence that they will be able to purchase the highest quality medications for the most affordable prices.
Not only can you buy pet medications online you can also buy Plavix from Canada and a variety of other prescription medications as well too.

Before Buying Medication Online, Do This

  • Always make sure that you’re purchasing medication that’s prescribed by your doctor or, if you’re purchasing medication for your pet, make sure that you possess a prescription from their veterinarian.
  • Read the fine print of the online pharmacy website that you choose just so you know how long it will take that Pharmacy to ship the medication to your house.
  • Choose an auto-refill option to reduce the risk of running out of your medication and then going through the painful process of having to wait for it to be refilled.

Truffles the Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Truffles in parking lotIn late January of 2007, my Pembroke Welsh Corgi bitch, Truffles, injured her neck by some unknown method, and as a result could not bear weight on her left front leg.  Truffles was prescribed six weeks of crate rest, prednisone, and pain killers, but the treatment that most facilitated her recovery was the acupuncture and Chinese herbs prescribed by her holistic vet, Dr. Tracy Lord.  Truffles continues to this day to see Dr. Lord for acupuncture, chiropractic and other holistic treatments.  Truffles recovered fully and returned to tracking in the late spring of 2007.truffles-with-mom

On Sunday, August 2, 2009, at the Tracking Club of Maine’s Variable Surface Tracking Test, held at Colby College in Waterville, ME, Truffles, now age 10, passed on Track 3 under judges Ed Presnall and Mary Thompson, to earn her VST title and with it the title of Champion Tracker (CT). To earn this title a dog must obtain all three AKC tracking titles–Tracking Dog (TD), Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX) and Variable Surface Tracking (VST). The CT title says to the world that she has demonstrated proficiency in following human scent in open fields, over obstacles and at age, and in urban conditions including through parking lots, sidewalks and around buildings.  Truffles’ track was 657 yards long, 3 hours 10 minutes old, and it took her 31 minutes to complete.

Truffles is now CT Heronsway Harbor Sweets, CDX, VST, AX, AXJ, VCX.  She will be seeing Dr. Lord on Wednesday, as usual.

Michele Gillette, Hanover, VA

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