Posts Tagged ‘Grooming’

  • Petland Urges Safety When Handling Any Puppy


    “Regardless of where they come from, any puppy and dog can carry Campylobacter germs.” 

    According to the CDC, nearly 1.3 million people in the United States are affected each year by Campylobacter.  Petland is concerned to hear that 39 of these cases, or .0003-percent of all infections in the nation, were identified as having a likely connection with a Petland puppy. The health and wellbeing of our pets, staff and customers is Petland’s utmost priority and concern.

     

    Petland is committed and stands ready to assist in identifying any possible link between our pets and this bacterial infection.  Petland has requested but has not been given any information from the CDC or any other health department offices related to the dates, stores, or cities where the 39 infection cases allegedly originated. We have also not been provided any information or location of any employees affected.

     

    Petland has resources ready to deploy once we are given case specific information from the CDC.  The only information we have is the limited information shared with us from the CDC. Prior to the public notification from the CDC, Petland had not been contacted by any customers or employees regarding a confirmed or diagnosed human campylobacter infection after visiting a Petland store or from a Petland puppy.

     

    About Campylobacter

    Campylobacter is a common germ that can be spread in homes, parks, zoos, doggie daycares, boarding facilities, animal shelters, rescue groups and more. As stated by the CDC, “Campylobacter is one of the most common causes of diarrheal illness in the United States.”  CDC further states, “Most cases of campylobacteriosis are associated with eating raw or undercooked poultry meat or from cross-contamination of other foods by these items.”

     

    As it relates to human contamination by dogs, the CDC states “Regardless of where they come from, any puppy and dog can carry Campylobacter germs.”  In fact, a 2017 study by Texas A&M identified the “prevalence of fecal campylobacter shedding among sampled dogs was 75.7%.” The study states “approximately 70% of campylobacter-positive dogs had grossly normal feces.”

     

    PetMd states “Up to 49 percent of dogs carry campylobacteriosis, shedding it into their feces for other animals to contract.  Because of this, humans can contract the disease if they do not practice proper hygiene after coming into contact with infected animals.”

     

    The VCA Hospital website states “research has shown that campylobacter organisms can be isolated from both healthy and sick dogs.”

     

    Regardless of the widely-known threats of campylobacter contamination from dogs from various sources, Petland finds itself the focus of a national inquiry from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments with hundreds of media reports targeting Petland alone while Petland remains in the dark on any information related to these 39 cases.

     

    Tips for preventing infection

    Proper Hand-washing Techniques

    1. Wet your hands with running water — either warm or cold.
    2. Apply liquid, bar or powder soap.
    3. Lather well.
    4. Rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds.
    5. Rinse well.
    6. Dry your hands with a clean or disposable towel or air dryer.
    7. If possible, use a towel or your elbow to turn off the faucet.
    8. If soap and water are not immediately available, use hand sanitizer until you can properly wash.
    9. Adults should monitor children while washing their hands.

     

    If you have a specific personal concern relating to the possibility of contracting the bacteria, please call our help line at 877-658-5155.

     

    We look forward to our continued work with the CDC and will provide any further updates as they become available.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28371319

    http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/digestive/c_multi_campylobacteriosis

    https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/campylobacter-infection-in-dogs

    https://www.cdc.gov/campylobacter/index.html

     

    Petland, Inc. is a franchise operation with quality, full service retail pet centers across the United States, Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil and El Salvador.

    For 50 years, Petland Pet Counselors have been dedicated to matching the right pet with the right customer and meeting the needs of both. To its customers who already have pets, Petland is dedicated to enhancing their knowledge and enjoyment of the human-animal bond.

    Petland was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in south central Ohio. For more information on Petland, visit www.petland.com.

  • New Baby Bunny Take-Home Checklist!

    While bunnies are an easier pet to take care of compared to a new puppy, you still need quite a few things to take home with you to properly care for them. At Petland, we carry all the necessary items for you to be a successful and caring pet owner! Check out our list below of things we know you will need when bringing home your newest family member:

    1. Cage – proper housing is essential when bringing home a baby bunny. They need to have a safe place to hang out, sleep and eat, away from any other pets you have in the house. The cage needs to be big enough for the bunny to grow as well!
    2. Food & Water Bowls – pretty self-explanatory, but that doesn’t make them any less important!
    3. Bedding & Litter – this is so you can keep your bunny’s area clean for multiple days at a time. You can also purchase a litter pan and litter to start the process of litter-box training your bunny.
    4. Hide-aways – baby bunnies need to sleep in a “den-like” area where it’s dark, so they feel protected from their surroundings. It’s also a good idea to have the hide-away be chewable, so they don’t get the bright idea of chewing on their cage!
    5. Hay – baby bunnies need a diet of both juvenile rabbit pellets and alfalfa hay until they are six months old. After that, you can introduce fresh fruits and veggies as treats as well as timothy and other types of hay, but it still needs to be about a 50/50 split ratio of pellet food and hay.
    6. Treats & Toys – we can’t stress this one enough! A stimulated bunny is a happy one! Baby bunnies love to play and chew, which is why having a good ratio of treats and toys (or treats that are toys and vice versa!) in their cage is essential for them to keep from developing destructive behaviors. They also need things to help grind down their teeth, which are always growing!
    7. Grooming Tools – this one may have slipped your notice, but it’s actually very important to keep your bunny’s hair brushed and nails trimmed to keep your bunny happy and healthy!
    8. Exercise Pen – you have to watch your bunny very closely when it is out of its cage, but if you aren’t able to do that, an exercise pen is just the ticket! Your bunny can get the daily exercise it needs and you can walk away if you need and know that the bunny will be safe and sound.
    9. Carrier – and lastly, it’s important to have a carrier for your bunny for trips to the veterinarian or over to a friend’s house to play!

    We hope you enjoyed this checklist for bringing home a new bunny! Stop by today if you’re interested in checking out the bunnies we have in the store and what we suggest on bringing home with them! Thanks again for reading our blogs!

  • 10 Must-Haves for Your New Puppy Checklist!

    You are now the proud caregiver of a new puppy! Over the next several weeks, months, and years you’ll come to learn and experience so many wonderful things. But one of the keys to success is preparation. Make sure you have these puppy checklist items on hand before you’re distracted by a licking, happy ball of fur in the house.

    1. Dog Food

    Growing puppies need a dog food that is specially formulated for their developmental stage— the “puppy” life stage. Puppies need certain nutrients to grow strong bones and muscles, to feed their developing brains, and to build their immune systems without overdoing it on the calorie count. Look for large breed puppy foods for puppies which will be 55 pounds or more once fully grown as an adult.

    2. Dog Treats

    Dog treats are the highlight of a puppy’s day. They can make dog training a snap and improve the human-puppy bond through a positive reinforcement program. However, because it’s easy to overdo, make sure dog treats are small enough to be a tiny bite of flavor … not a meal replacement. In fact, treats should not account for more than 10 percent of your puppy’s daily calories.

    3. Dog Toys

    Teething puppies have an intrinsic need to chew. If you don’t have an adequate supply of dog chew toys on hand, you can kiss your shoes, purses, and furniture goodbye. Inappropriate chewing is annoying, expensive, and possibly even dangerous, so set your puppy up for success with dog-appropriate chew toys.

    4. Bedding

    Puppies should have a safe, comfortable, clean spot to sleep. Many owners find crate training an indispensable tool in the house training process, and this solves the problem of both house training and a designated slumber spot.

    5. Dog Gates (or Pens)

    Dog gates are an excellent way to block doorways to rooms you’d like to keep off-limits to your puppy. Some may even be configured as a personal play pen.

    6. Cleaning Supplies

    Puppies are messy, no two ways about it. They rip things up. They have “accidents” (hint: enzymatic cleaners are very helpful in these cases). They sometimes vomit on the rug. A good supply of cleaning supplies is indispensable. However, choose cleansers that are designated “pet safe” to ensure that even if Fido sneaks a lick, it won’t be a problem for him or for you.

    7. Grooming Supplies

     Your puppy will certainly be in need of a bath at some point. You will need one specific to dogs, as their sensitive skin is easily irritated by the stripping cleansers in shampoos designated for people. Have a good brush on hand as well to get your puppy used to being groomed and to keep their puppy coat in tip top shape. Brushing helps keep the coat shiny and healthy by spreading the oils in their skin through the coat.

    8. Leash

    Dogs aren’t born knowing how to walk on a leash. Training them to get used to a dog leash (and collar) early is an essential socialization skill. For young dogs still learning manners, make sure your leash is short enough that they will be in your control and save the long leashes for when they are a bit older. If you have a small dog — under 20 pounds — you may also want a travel carrier.

    9. Collar

    Dog collars should be snug enough that your puppy dog can’t back out of them, but large enough for 2-3 fingers to slip comfortably underneath. Remember, a growing dog will need a new collar several times during the puppy stage as he or she gets bigger.

    10. Dental Care

    People often don’t think about starting dental care at the puppy stage, but it’s really the only time to start! Getting your puppy used to brushing their teeth and/or using water based tarter control is much easier than getting an adult dog to let you root around in their mouths! And having a set routine for your dog’s dental care will only save you money and time in the future by not having expensive teeth cleanings or (eek!) tooth removal at your veterinarian’s office.

    Well, that will about do our essential puppy checklist! Here at Petland, we specialize in making sure you have everything you need to be successful for your new puppy as well as all the extra supplies they need as they grow into adulthood. And you don’t have to purchase a puppy from us to be able to enjoy how knowledgeable and friendly our Pet Counselors can be when it comes to all things four-legged (or feathery!) So come on down to our store today!

     

  • Are You and Your Pooch Good Neighbors? Check Out These 5 Tips for Making Sure!

    Sure, you and your dog are perfect housemates. You give Fido food, and the pooch gives you snuggles. Sounds like it all works out. But are you and your pup good neighbors? If you’re not sure if the folks on your block would say yes, then check out this list and see if you do these things.

    1. “No poop left behind” should be your mantra.
    Never ever leave your dog poop just lying around, like little smelly minefields waiting to find shoe victims. Not only is it bad for the environment, but not cleaning up after your dog is just a crappy thing to do and sure to get you on your neighbor’s naughty list.

    2. Teach your pooch some manners!
    You’re bound to pass some people on your walk who love your dog and want to say hi. But not everyone does (though we don’t understand why). Teach your dog not to bark, growl, jump on, or hump passersby. Consider an obedience school. A little training goes a long way.

    3. Stay in bounds.
    For the love of dog, don’t let your canine roam the neighborhood. Also, if you use a retractable leash, don’t let your dog get too far from you. It will be harder to properly supervise if Fido isn’t nearby.

    4. Keep the peace.
    There could be a lot of reasons why your dog barks all day, but none of them are going to please your neighborhood when they have to listen to it. Assess the situation and act accordingly. If you have a high-energy dog, you might need to take longer walks or hire someone to walk the dog walk you’re away. If your pooch has separation anxiety, talk to your vet and trainer about the best way to handle the situation. Consider a doggy daycare.

    5. Introduce yourself and your pooch.
    When you make an introduction, you’ll be able to find out how your neighbor feels about dogs and if they have any concerns. And should your dog ever escape, you’ll have another set of eyes in the neighborhood. Assure your neighbor they can come to you at any time with concerns.

    Don’t forget that Petland works with the best dog training companies around! If your pooch needs a little extra (or a lot extra!) training to keep you in your neighbors good graces, never hesitate to stop by and let us give you tips or refer a trainer. We also carry a ton of training treats or toys to keep your pet occupied while you’re away, we’ve got what you need! Good luck, and may your neighbors give your pooch lots of belly rubs!

  • Summer Bathing, Are You Doing It Right?

    For most of us, taking a shower or bath is usually a calming experience. For our pets, however, bathing may be anything but relaxing. Between the water, the noise, the confinement, the scrubbing and the suds, it’s no wonder why your cat or dog may sprint in the other direction of the tub. Unfortunately, grooming our pets is a necessary evil. It minimizes shedding, keeps your pet’s coat healthy, reduces allergies, decreases chances of infection and diminishes the spread of dirt and germs throughout your home. While your dog or cat may never willingly jump under the faucet, you can make bath time as positive, easy and fast an experience as possible by avoiding these common mistakes:

    Wrong Water Temperature
    Shoot for lukewarm water, says Jocelyn Robles, a professional groomer at Holiday House Pet Resort, a veterinarian-owned pet resort and training center in Doylestown, Pa. Water that’s too hot or too cold will create a negative stimulus for your pet, which may turn them off of bath time for the long haul. So how do you know it’s the right temperature? Spray the nozzle on your forearm first, just like you would if you were giving a baby a bath, Robles says. The area of skin is more sensitive to temperature than your hands.

    Harsh Spray
    The easiest way to bathe your cat or dog is with a handheld shower head or faucet nozzle in a tub or sink (if you have one, there’s no need to fill the tub or sink with water when you bathe your pet), but the sound of the loud running water combined with the water pressure may frighten and upset your pet. Instead of spraying the water jet straight on to his fur, try to keep your pet calm by letting the water hit the back of your hand first as you move the nozzle across your pet’s body, Robles says. Your dog or cat will feel your comforting touch as opposed to the pounding of the water. Once he is at ease, you can move your hand away—just make sure you get his entire coat wet.

    Wrong Shampoo Selection
    Don’t automatically grab your own shampoo—even if it’s an “all-natural” solution or a mild baby shampoo, Robles says. “A pet’s skin has a different pH balance than humans,” she added. “Your shampoo will be drying to them.” Your veterinarian can help you with product recommendations, but you’ll generally want to look for brands that are specifically formulated for cats or dogs and follow the directions for shampooing on the label. Oatmeal-based shampoos are a gentle option. Medicated shampoos are an essential part of treating many skin conditions. Ask your veterinarian which might be right for your dog or cat. If your pet has sensitive skin, test the shampoo on a patch on the back of his leg first, and then look for any signs of irritation a couple days before a bath.

    Poor Soap Application
    You may want to apply soap to your pet’s fur and then let it “soak in” for a couple minutes, but you won’t remove all the dirt and oil that way, Robles says. You need to agitate the shampoo to trap the grime and wash it away. Actively massage the soap into your dog or cat’s fur with your hands and fingers for four minutes. Start with your pet’s legs and work your way up to his face (the most sensitive area), Robles says. Clean his face with a cotton ball or washcloth and be careful to avoid his eyes. Wash the outside of his ears with a tiny bit of shampoo on your fingers, a washcloth or a cotton ball. Tilt your pet’s head down before rinsing (for instance, if you’re washing his left ear, angle the left side of his head down) to keep water from going into the ear canal and to prevent ear infections, Robles says. Pay extra attention to your pet’s paw pads, too, as these areas can sweat and trap odor. Then rinse away the shampoo with the shower nozzle, reversing the order in which you shampooed. Start with your pet’s head this time and then work your way down to his legs. That way, if any soap got in your pet’s eyes, they’ll be rinsed first. Make sure the water runs clear of suds before you finish.

    Bad Brushing Technique
    You should brush your dog or cat before and after a bath, but only if you regularly brush him at least three times a week, Robles says. Brushing can be painful and uncomfortable if there are matts or knots in your pet’s fur. “This can turn grooming into a negative,” she says. “You can’t just brush them out.” If your dog or cat has tangled fur, take him to a professional groomer first, then start a regular brushing routine. This will not only keep your pet’s coat shinier and tangle-free, but also keep him cleaner between baths. For breeds with double coats that shed (such as Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds), you can brush your pet while he is shampooed to help remove some of the excess undercoat, but for all other breeds, make sure your pet is as dry as possible after the bath and before brushing, Robles said. If his fur is too saturated with water, you’ll only create mats. You can even wait until the next day to brush. A slicker brush and/or long-tooth comb will work best for most breeds. Some de-shedding tools and undercoat rakes have been known to knick the skin and cause infections, so double check all tools with a professional groomer or veterinarian you trust before using them, Robles says. A groomer will also be able to demonstrate the proper way to brush your pet from head to paw.

    Hasty Drying Technique
    Make sure you have towels ready to go before the bath (the last thing you want is a soaking wet pet sprinting through your home!) and, if you own a dog, have a few towels on the floor and one ready to drape over his back in case he wants to shake off during the bath. After a bath most pet owners quickly towel down their pet, but you should try to get the fur as dry as possible, Robles says. Use a towel to gently squeeze the fur and pull out as much water as possible, she said. By the end, your pet should be damp but not dripping wet. You’ll want to leave using a blow dryer or any other type of drying tool to the professional groomer, Robles says. It’s difficult to regulate the temperature of the airflow, which increases the risk of burning your pet’s skin. Plus, most animals are scared of the noise, which may put a damper on the end of an otherwise positive bath time experience.

    Bathing Too Often
    Dogs and cats naturally groom themselves, so you probably don’t need to bathe your pet more than once a month, Robles says. Too many baths can actually strip away the natural oils in your pet’s coat and cause skin irritation. Speak with your veterinarian to determine the best grooming schedule and best type of shampoo for your pet’s breed and activity level.

    Here at Petland, we have a wide variety of shampoos, conditioners, spritzes and grooming tools to help you help your pet happy and healthy this summer! Stop by today!

  • 6 Steps for Choosing the Right Dog Food for Your Dog

    6 Steps for Choosing the Right Food for Your Dog
    We all want to be responsible pet owners and a big part of caring for your dog is seeing to its nutritional needs. Our beloved four-legged family members cannot tell you want they need, so it’s up to you to be able to navigate the every-growing sea of dog food brands. Keep in mind that no two dogs are exactly the same and differences in age, growth, activity level and reproductive status all play a role in which dog food might be right for your dog. And while there are many good dog food options with regards to nutrition, there is no one “best” dog food and these steps should help you evaluate the most important needs for your individual pet. So let’s get started!

    1. Your pet’s age and activity level. These categories are very important when deciding on a dog food. A growing puppy needs more calories than an older pet would, just as a high energy breed of dog needs more calories than a breed that prefers to laze around the house.

    2. Evaluate the specific nutritional needs of your dog. You should ask the question of whether your dog is in healthy shape. Can you see a discernable waist and feel the dog’s ribs with your hands? It can be fairly easy to see if your dog is a little on the thin side or if he has been packing on the pounds and this should factor into your dog food decision.

    3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. When comparing dog foods inside a pet supply store, allow the employees to help you by asking questions about each dog food you’re considering. They are usually pretty knowledgeable about the dog food they stock and can help point you in the right direction or give suggestions based on your pet’s individual needs.

    4. Talk to your veterinarian. If you’re worried about your pet being at its optimal weight or if it has very specific health problem that is affected by diet, then your first resource should be your veterinarian. You should be able to discuss options and develop a plan that’s right for your pet. Typical diet related health problems can include dry/irritable skin, chronic loose stool and diabetes.

    5. Check the list of ingredients on the label. After you’ve narrowed down your pet’s nutritional needs, now it’s time to make sure the dog food fits those needs. Many people don’t realize, but dogs are omnivores that can eat a variety of vegetables, meats and grains. The thing to be on the lookout for is the first listed ingredient, which should be the protein source or the meat that you want your dog to have. Stay away from foods that have a grain or vegetable listed first, unless you are specifically looking for a vegetarian diet, and beware of foods that have “meat by-product” or “beef or chicken meal” listed first.

    6. Check the protein and fat analysis on the label. This gives you a starting point for deciding if it’s right for your dog. Also important is the adequacy of the food for your pet, does the bag say that the food is appropriate for “all life stages” or is it specifically for “adult maintenance”? These are all things to consider with choosing a dog food.

    The key element here is that doing a little research can go a long way to picking the perfect dog food for your pet. Here at Petland Kennesaw, we have landed on Health Extensions brand dog food and it is what we feed and recommend in our store. Health Extensions is an American made dog food company that is family owned and operated, which is an important factor with us as we are family owned and operated ourselves! It has several protein sources to choose from, organic chicken being the most popular, as well as formulas for senior, weight management, small breed specific and grain-free. And if that doesn’t fit your needs, we have many other high-quality dog foods for you, and your four-legged companion, to choose from!

  • 6 Homemade Treats We Think Your Pooch Will Love!

    6 Homemade Treats We Think Your Dog Will Love!
    Are you looking to spoil your little furbaby with some homemade treats, but don’t know where to start? Well, we’ve got some recipes here that are sure to be a hit! It’s important to make sure that everything that goes into homemade treats are safe and palatable for your four legged friend.

    1. Peanut Butter, Oatmeal and Banana Dog Treats:
    Ingredients:
    • 1 egg
    • ⅓ cup peanut butter (chunky or creamy)
    • 1 cup whole wheat flower
    • ½ cup oats
    • 1 mashed banana (1/2 cup)
    Directions:
    • Preheat oven to 300 degrees
    • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and knead until a dough ball forms. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour.
    • Roll it out on a lightly floured surface and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. (I use the cap of spices for tiny circles, since he’s itty bitty.)
    • Place the cutouts on a baking sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes
    Via: http://thecozycook.com/peanut-butter-oatmeal-banana-dog-treats/

    2. Spinach, Carrot and Zucchini Healthy Treats:
    Ingredients:
    • 1 cup pumpkin puree
    • 1/4 cup peanut butter
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
    • 3 cups whole wheat flour, or more, as needed
    • 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
    • 1 zucchini, shredded
    • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
    Directions:
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
    • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
    • Gradually add old fashioned oats and 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky. Add carrot, zucchini and spinach, beating just until incorporated.
    • Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
    • Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.
    • Let cool completely.

    Via: http://damndelicious.net/2015/06/10/spinach-carrot-and-zucchini-dog-treats/
    3. Oat and Apple Pretzel Dog Treats:
    Ingredients:
    • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oat Flour
    • 3/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats
    • 1 free range egg, beaten
    • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce

    Directions:
    • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    • Beat egg and set aside.
    • Combine applesauce, oat flour, and rolled oats in a large bowl. Pour all but 1 tablespoon of the egg over the mixture and set aside the remaining 1 tablespoon of egg.
    • Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture until a dough forms. The dough should be tacky but not overly sticky. Add a bit more or less flour if necessary.
    • Take a two tablespoon sized piece of dough (approximate) and roll into a tube. It should be about 10 inches long and about the width of a pencil.
    • Take each tube and make into a U shape, then twist the ends together and fold back to the top. This makes the pretzel shape. Pinch the ends in to make sure they’re secure.
    • Place the pretzels onto the baking tray. Brush the top of each pretzel with the remaining egg.
    • Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes until they’re slightly browned and become crispy. The pretzels should be pretty hard, just like pups love them!
    • Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.
    • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

    Via: http://www.thecookierookie.com/oat-and-apple-pretzel-dog-treats/

    4. Chewy Cheddar Puppy Puffs:
    Ingredients:
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
    • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • ½ cup evaporated lowfat milk
    • 1 large egg

    Directions:
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Mix all of the ingredients together until well combined.
    • Drop the dough by teaspoons full onto a greased cookie sheet.
    • Bake for 9-12 minutes or until golden.
    • Remove from the oven, cool and store in an airtight container

    Via: http://bitzngiggles.com/chewy-cheddar-puppy-puffs/

    5. Doggie Breath Mints:
    Ingredients:
    • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats, (optional whole wheat flour)
    • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/4 cup of water, plus 1 teaspoon
    • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (unrefined extra-virgin is best)

    Directions:
    • Preheat the oven to 325° F
    • Add oats to a blender and pulse to a flour like consistency. In a large bowl whisk together diced parsley and mint, egg, water, and oil. Add oat flour and stir to combine. Knead dough a few times then turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
    • Using your hands or a rolling pin, flatten dough to about 1/8″ thick. Using a cookie cutter or knife cut out approximately 40 (1-inch mints) mints. Place mints about 1/4-inch apart on a parchment lined or non-stick cookie sheet. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
    • Allow mints to cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container.

    Via: http://skinnyms.com/diy-doggie-breath-mints/
    6. Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Bone Treats:
    Ingredients:
    • 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour (can substitute whole wheat flour if you know your dog is okay with wheat)
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree (can substitute mashed sweet potato, thinned down with a little water)
    • 1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter (no sugar added)
    • 2 large eggs
    • Pinch of salt

    Directions:
    • Preheat oven to 350f.
    • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin puree, and peanut butter until smooth. Add the flour and salt and mix with a rubber spatula or your hands to form a stiff, dry dough. (If the dough is too dry to hold together, add a few drops of water, or a little more pumpkin puree, as needed).
    • Dust your counter or work surface with a little more flour and dump the dough out. Knead the dough into a rough ball, and roll between 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Use any cookie cutters you like to make the biscuits. Re-roll and cut any scraps. If you’d like, use the tines of a fork to poke indentations about half-way deep into each biscuit.
    • Place biscuits onto an un-lined baking sheet (they can be spaced as close as you like, since they won’t spread at all) and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the tray and flip each biscuit over – return to the oven and bake for another 10-20 minutes, or until completely dry. Let cool before treating your pup!

    Via: http://www.willcookforfriends.com/2012/12/pumpkin-peanut-butter-dog-biscuits-tummy-friendly-treats.html
    Make sure before adding or changing your dog’s diet that you consult your veterinarian if they have any food allergies or you think they might have food allergies. Also, make sure not to give too many treats at one time as they can upset your dog’s stomach, everything in moderation!

  • Choosing the Best Furry (or Feathery!) Friend for You!

    Here at Petland Kennesaw, we have many different types of animals that you can visit with and learn about, but when you’re looking to add a new family member, it can be hard to choose which one might be best for you! Below, we have some descriptions of the most popular pets we have and you can decide for yourself which one best fits your lifestyle!

    Hamsters – whether it be a dwarf hamster like the Roborovski or a full-size like a Panda Bear or Teddy Bear hamster, these pocket-sized pals make a good starter pet for people of all ages. They do require a cage that is big enough for them, but not too big that they can escape! Chew toys, proper food, an exercise ball and wheel and a few grooming tools will put you in business to take care of these little guys, but otherwise, they are fairly low-maintenance. Just watch out that the breed of hamster you choose might be nocturnal, which means they are most active at night, in which case, make sure the wheel you choose is a silent one!

    Bunnies – these also make a perfect first pet for many different people. Rabbits tend to be gentle and easy to handle as long as you keep a sure grip on them. Younger children need to be monitored carefully that bunnies don’t jump out of their hands and do better when the child is sitting on the ground and the bunny can be in their laps. Rabbits do require a much bigger cage as they can reach several pounds in weight depending on the breed you go with. Rabbits also need a varied diet that includes not only pellet food, but all hay and fresh fruits and veggies once they reach adulthood. They also need stimulation in the form of chews, treats and toys and, of course, lots of love from their owners! If a slightly higher maintenance pet is still okay with you, then a bunny might be right up your alley!

    Cockatiels – these feathered friends are easily spotted in our new aviary at Petland Kennesaw! If you’ve never considered having a bird as a pet, you are surely missing out! They make great pets, especially our hand-raised babies, to first time pet owners. They can learn to whistle tunes and even talk in some cases! They can also be very affectionate, giving their owners “kisses” and grooming their hair. Birds do require an appropriate sized cage, as well as many types of toys and chews to keep them entertained and daily interaction from their owners. They can sometimes be very demanding, so make sure you are prepared for that if you decide that an avian pet is right for you!

    Puppies – as man’s best friend, we couldn’t leave the dogs out of our examples of pets! While dogs can be the most demanding of pets, they can also be the most rewarding. It takes a lot of responsibility to take care of a new puppy or dog, but the unconditional love they show you over the course of their lives make it all worth it! Sometimes the amount of training, toys and nutrition they need can be daunting, but we can help you rise to the occasion if you decide that a puppy is the pet for you!

    We hope you enjoyed this brief description of our store’s favorite pets! And if you are still unsure about which pet may be right for you, come in our store and let our dedicated Pet Counselors answer any questions you might have about pet ownership. We can make sure you have everything you need to be a responsible (and happy!) pet owner. Thanks for being such a valued member of our Petland community!

  • How to Find the Right Dog Groomer

    How to Find the Right Dog Groomer

    Your pet is an important part of the family. So, just like any family member, you want them to stay healthy, happy and clean.

    Many pet owners rely on the services of a professional breeder to help maintain their pet’s hygiene, look, and health. Whether you’re bringing a new puppy home, or looking to find a new groomer in your area, our staff has put together some tried and tested tips for finding the right dog groomer for you and your pet.

    Find a groomer – ask friends who they might recommend. Talk to your vet, your neighbors, or your coworkers. They should be able to point you in the right direction. A quick Google search for groomers in your area can also help you find the name of a groomer near you.

    Stop by – Once you’ve found a groomer you like with a solid reputation online, pay them a visit in person. You can ask questions about their background, credentials and if they might be right fit for your pet. An in-person visit also gives you the chance to tour their facilities.

    Get the full picture – make sure you understand what the service will cost and what it will include. Also, be sure to understand the procedure for setting up an appointment, cancellation policies. These important details matter when you’re choosing a groomer who you’ll want to work with for multiple grooming visits.

    Finally, prepare for your pet’s first visit – make sure your pet is up to date on his or her vaccinations prior to scheduling your first appointment.

  • Bringing Puppy Home: What You Need

    Bringing Puppy Home: What You Need

    It happened. You fell in love.

    Now, it’s time to take your new family member home.

    Are you sure you have everything you need for your first days together?

    The staff at Petland Kennesaw have matched puppies with new families for many years, so we’re experts on making sure those matches end up being the perfect fit. It starts on knowing the right supplies you need to make everything perfect for puppy’s first week home.

    Here’s what we recommend you have in advance to make sure your first days with puppy are the best they can be.

    ● Dog toys – make sure they’re designed for a new puppy. Toys for full grown dogs can be too tough on a young puppy’s teeth.

    ● Dog treats – to help get a head start on training!

    ● Dog food – this should be puppy formula food. Puppies have special dietary requirements in the first stages of their life.

    ● Bedding – provides comfort for the new puppy and a designated place to sleep in.

    ● Cleaning Supplies – despite that cute face, your puppy WILL have accidents, so it’s best to be prepared with cleaning equipment in advance.

    ● Dog Grooming – if puppy makes a mess or gets into one, have puppy shampoo and brushes available to help get her clean.

    ● Dog Leashes and Collars – so you can take your new family member out for walks and start leash training