Thursday, May 5, 2016

Five Places Pets Should Be More Welcome

The United States has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. It is estimated that 65% of American households own pets, that's over 163.3 million pets! Although people with pets account for over half the American population, there are still many limitations pet owners face in their everyday lives. Here at VetShopMax, we believe pets are family and should be free to join us wherever we go, and in whatever we are doing. Have a read of our top five places we think pets should be more welcome.

1. Work

Here at VetShopMax our pets are not only our friends, but our co-workers too. We love having our pets at work with us, and believe bringing pets to work improves staff productiveness, reduces stress levels and creates a positive and fun atmosphere for all.

2. All Homes

We understand that people with investment properties have to put a lot of trust in their tenants to take care of their homes. But should it be so difficult for families with pets to find a rental? As long as the home is cared for, and there are no hidden surprises left when inspections come around, why can't our four-legged friends be given a set of keys too?

3. Aeroplanes

It is known that some pets can travel in the cabin area with us on a number of well know United States airlines including, American Airlines, Delta and JetBlue to name a few. This practice is commonly seen within the country, however if you are travelling far outside the U.S or Canadian boarder, say bye bye for now to your fur friend as they will have to be placed below deck in the cargo hold. Cargo holds can be dark, noisy and they are not as strictly temperature and pressure regulated as the passenger cabin. Your pet is not under constant supervision and there just seems like a lot of opportunity for something to go wrong. Perhaps some more thought could go into creating practices and new regulations that allow pets to travel by our side no matter the distance or destination.  

4. The Beach and Parks

Although there are the few allocated dog beaches and dog friendly parks across the country, these locations are not necessarily convenient or close by for all pet owners to consistently travel to on their routine morning and afternoon walks. It is understood that pet owners face criticism for apparently never picking up their dog's mess or letting their dogs run riot. However, beaches and parks can be covered in everything from general trash and disposable nappies, to discarded food and broken glass bottles. Walking a dog is a time where people can relax, take a break from their busy lives, and bond with their fur friend. We believe this simple task shouldn't be restricted and people should have the freedom to walk their dog wherever they please!

5. Vacations

The more pet-friendly vacations are, the better! Most pets spend every day at home or in a familiar surrounding. And just like us pets probably get sick of seeing the same house/life at times too. Surprisingly, there are more and more hotels and holiday apartments that will allow pets. Many hotel comparison websites now have a 'pet friendly' option to select. Hooray! Now our fur friends can join in on the vacation fun too!

If you’d like to know more about pets in the workplace, learn Dr Marks Top 5 Tips for Bring Pets to Work here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spectacular Surfing Dogs From Australia!

Now that's something you don't see everyday. Check out these spectacular surfing dogs all the way from the world renown, Noosa Festival of Surfing in Australia!

Click here for Dr Mark's Top 5 Tips For Bringing Pets To Work.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Dr Mark's Top 5 Tips For Bringing Pets To Work

1. Training
Ensure your pet is suitably trained and well socialized before bringing into work. Set aside time during the day for toilet breaks, however it’s recommended to also provide training pads to avoid accidents. Use positive reinforcement when your pet shows good behaviour, including whenever they do the toilet in the correct place. This will help reduce the likelihood of your pet playing up or toileting in the wrong area.  

2. Comfort
Allow your pet some free time when you arrive in the morning. This will give them time to get to know their surroundings and say hello to other co-workers. Bring along your pet’s favourite blanket, bed and toys to help them feel comfortable in the new environment. Keep these items by your desk to encourage your pet to stay by your side and avoid causing disruption to other workers. 

3. Environment
Consider if your workplace is a safe environment before bringing your pet in. Is there any hazardous machinery, substances or open flames? If so maybe your workplace is not suitable for bringing in your pet. Also be aware of security and if your pet could escape easily, and if so is there a busy road outside. Above all, your pet’s safety is what matters most. 

4. Cleaning
If you or other staff members are regularly bringing your pets to work, ensure the office is equip with relevant cleaning products, such as paper towels and disinfectant. If your pet does toilet in the office, it’s always best to display no reaction. Clean the area thoroughly to remove any scent, as this will reduce the likelihood of the pet doing it in that spot again.

5. Vaccinated
Before bringing your pet to work, it’s important to ensure their vaccinations are up to date and that they are free from any diseases or illnesses that could spread to other animals. Also consider the risk of any hidden parasites that may be residing at your workplace and administer protection accordingly. This will allow for a happy and healthy environment for all.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

8 Hacks That Will Make Every Cat Owners Life Easier

We think all cat owners can agree when we say our kitty friends can sometimes get themselves into some strange situations. Well look in fear no more as VetShopMax's Dr Mark reveals his Top 8 Hacks that will make every cat owners life easier.

1. If your cat would prefer to do their business in private, remove a cabinet door panel and add a curtain with a tension rod to hide a litter box inside.

2. To give indoor cats a little feel for the outdoors lifestyle, make a tiny bed of grass for your cat to sit on. 

3. Cats enjoy high places so they can keep watch and look down on their surroundings. Create a cat stairway to heaven using Ikea Lack shelves.

4. Create a D.I.Y kitty exercise tower by cutting out squares in a bookshelf for your cat to climb through.

5. If you suspect your cat has fleas, in addition to administering an appropriate flea control, light a candle and it should trap any stray fleas. 

6. If your cat eats too quickly and then throws up, place their food in a shallow plate. This will stop your cat from shovelling large amounts of food into their mouth, and encourage them to take smaller bites. 

7. If you don't want your fur friend making home on your new couch, temporarily place double-sided tape on the areas your cat jumps. Cat's will not like the sticking feeling on their paw's, and as a result stay off the areas where the tape is placed.  

8. It seems to be a 'cat' thing whenever we go to do some work in the office, our cats take the opportunity to come join us and place themselves in all the wrong places. On the keyboard, in front of the monitor, over your arm, the list goes on. Place a cardboard box of some sort (upside down board game boxes work great) on your desk. We guarantee your cat will make this new, of so comfy place home and allow you to finally get some work done in peace. 

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Hump Day Dog Fact

If puppies are not exposed to a variety of food flavors and textures in their diets, their adult food preference can be limited. However, puppies that are exposed to a variety of food flavors and textures early on seek out variety in food as adults.

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