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Max Warehouse Offers New-Pet Tips for National Pet Month

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(Press Release) Whether it runs, tweets or hops, there’s a lot you can do to prepare your home and family for the new addition.

Adding a pet to your family is a big decision. Cats and dogs can live for many years, to say nothing of a parrot, which can outlive you! It’s not a decision to be taken lightly, so here are a few things to consider before deciding on a pet:

  • Can you commit to its care? Different pets need different levels of care and some do better if there is someone at home at least part of the day. A dog, for example, is happiest with someone home and with several walks a day. A cat is more independent. An iguana really doesn’t need you to be there at all!
  • Do you have time in your lives for a pet? It’s a big responsibility to bring home a pet. Are the children old enough to help take care of a pet? Do you have the time? Do you travel a lot? Think about these things when deciding on the type of pet that you might want to start with and involve your kids in the decision. After all, if they’re going to help take care of it, they need to be on board!
  • Any allergies? This is a big one! You don’t want to find out four days in that your youngest is crazy allergic to cat dander! Expose the kids to different animals to see if there are any issues. Perhaps it’s an option to dog sit for a friend for a few days? Hypoallergenic dogs and other pets are always an option!

Let’s assume that you’ve done your research and decided on a pet, whether furry, feathered or covered in scales. Here are some tips for ensuring a smooth transition for your new family member, and those that are already there!

Pet proof your house

Getting your home ready to receive your newest family member is not hard but it does depend on the kind of animal you’re getting. For example, if you’re getting a dog, you might want to go around on all fours and see what kinds of things they could get into and chew on. Chemicals need to be moved to higher shelves, latches should be placed on garbage cans, cords should be hidden or protected (this one is true for cats too! They love to chew on cords!). If you have an outdoor space, make sure that it’s safe and that there are no gaping holes in the fence that Rover can charge through on his first day home!

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Find a quiet corner for the crate, cage or tank. Somewhere accessible to members of the family so that everyone can see when Hammy Hamster is out of food, but not in the middle of the hustle and bustle.

For caged pets, it’s not recommended that they be left in children’s rooms. Better to place the cage in a communal space, so that everyone can spend time with your new friend!

Set up a care plan

Who is going to do the walking, cage cleaning, poop and scooping in the backyard? If it’s agreed that everyone is helping out, a good way to keep on top of it is to keep a chore chart with everyone’s scheduled times to do the work.

If the kids are doing everything, keep on on eye them! The first few days that the new pet is home will be a flurry of activity, with everyone wanting to help out and care for the animal but don’t be surprised if their interest level wanes a little over time, as the kids discover that it’s actual work! You don’t want to find that the guinea pigs are sitting in poop from a little too much cage neglect!

Equip yourself

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Buying equipment for a new pet is a little like buying for a new baby: you can easily go overboard! There are essentials though, for every type of creature:

  • A safe place to sleep/rest/ live. For a dog, that will mean a crate. For a cat, a fluffy bed in a box. Smaller furry creatures need an appropriate cage and hiding place, while a good quality tank will go a long way to keeping your fish friends happy.
  • Age and species appropriate food. Food quality is important: your pet can avoid downstream health issues by getting a high quality food from the beginning. If you don’t care for the brand your pet is currently eating (pet store / breeder / animal shelter choices), it’s important not to change brands / foods quickly but instead transition slowly, over a period of several days. Otherwise, they could end up with quite an upset tummy!
  • Walking/hygiene related items. Dogs need collars, identity disks and leashes. Outdoor cats should also have a collar and ID. Litter boxes, litter, bedding, grooming tools and more are all important, depending on what kind of pet you have. While cats litter train in no time, dogs can take a little longer. Consider things like training pads to make sure that the accidents are contained!
  • Toys. All kids need a few toys to spark the imagination and your pets are no exception. Make sure they are safe for the species and away you go!

Get a vet and consider insurance

Before you bring home your new pet, find a vet that will take them as a new patient. Not all vets will take guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits and other so called ‘exotics’, including birds and reptiles, so be sure you have a handle on that first and foremost.

Pet insurance, for animals like dogs and cats, can be a lifesaver… literally! The cost of veterinary care can climb quickly in the case of accident or illness so a generous insurance policy will help ensure that you won’t be put in the position of not being able to afford the care that your new family member requires.

With all of that said, it’s important to enjoy your new pet! Spend time with them and their little personality quirks are sure to delight everyone in your family.

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Show off Your Pet’s Tricks with the Vital Essentials Nationwide Contest

It runs through Jan. 27.

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(PRESS RELEASE)With the new year comes new goals and adventures. So, while you’re working on your personal goals, don’t forget about your four-legged family members. January is National Train Your Dog Month and an excellent opportunity to make a resolution to learn something new with your dog.

Vital Essentials is hosting its first ever “Train Your Dog” Contest on Instagram to help promote the importance of socialization and training for happier, healthier dogs. The contest runs Jan. 13-27. Two winners will be selected from photos posted on Instagram with #TricksforVETreats.

Pet parents can enter our “Train Your Dog” Contest in three easy steps:

  1. Teach your dog a new trick or help them perfect one they already know.
  2. Capture a photo or video of your dog showing off their trick.
  3. Post the photo or video on Instagram with #TricksforVETreats.

All entries will be featured in Vital Essentials Instagram highlights. Winners will be selected on Jan. 31 and will receive a prize pack that includes five Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Family Size Treats, an $80 value. These newest additions to the Vital Essentials lineup are great for multi-dog families or for sharing on your pup’s play dates.

“Our high value treats are ideally suited for training puppies, teaching new tricks or reinforcing positive behaviors,” commented Melissa Olson, VP marketing and sales. “Because our treats are made from single protein and freeze-dried, their nutritional value is much higher than other treats that are highly processed. Dogs eagerly follow commands to get their Vital Essentials reward!”

National Train Your Dog Month was established in 2010 and is designed to promote the importance and benefits of training dogs. Too many dogs are turned into animal shelters each year for behavior and training issues that could be easily solved with proper socialization and positive training. Most importantly, training your dog is not just beneficial, it’s FUN!

For more information and to see some great pet tricks, follow Vital Essentials on Instagram. Contest rules available at vitalessentialsraw.com/sweepstakes

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Oxyfresh Launching Cage Cleaner and New POP Display at Global

The company will be at booth 5970.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Oxyfresh will be exhibiting and showcasing its full line of premium pet dental health and grooming products at Global Pet Expo. The Oxyfresh booth 5970 will be launching its new point-of-purchase display featuring products from its dental line, as well as its new non-toxic Cage Cleaner.

Oxyfresh does not use harsh chemicals or additives that can be harmful to pets. Its groundbreaking, proprietary ingredient Oxygene is what sets the company’s products apart. It is unique because it gently and safely neutralizes the bacteria that causes pet bad breath and periodontal disease, helping pets live longer, happier lives.

The Oxyfresh booth will showcase some of its most popular and beneficial innovations. These include: Pet Dental Water Additive, Pet Ear Cleaner, Pet Shampoo, Pet Dental Gel Toothpaste, Pet Dental Breath Spray and Pet Deodorizer, to name a few. The recently launched Pet Dental Kit will also be displayed, which includes everything needed to help pets achieve a healthy mouth and fresh breath.

“Our Pet Dental line has had tremendous success over the years, which is why we are very excited to offer our new point-of-purchase display highlighting some of our most popular dental products at Global Pet Expo,” says Mariano Tellarini, president of Oxyfresh. “This new eye-catching, high-resolution POP display will help us to continue establishing brand awareness, increase revenue, and promote our innovative pet dental care creations.”

In addition, Oxyfresh is excited to officially launch its new Cage Cleaner at this year’s show. The Cage Cleaner is ideal for cleaning kennels and cages for small animals (birds, gerbils, mice, etc.) Like all products at Oxyfresh, Cage Cleaner is made in the USA, cruelty-free, non-toxic, safe, gentle, effective and won’t disrupt immune system.

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Europet Brings Unique Pet Products to US

The first two brands to be intoduced are Croci Spa from Italy and RelaxoPet from Germany.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Europet’s mission is to bring new European pet products to the U.S. market.

“We will be supplying “Europe’s best kept secrets” to American pet retailers across the country,” says Daniel Stopnicki, owner and founder of Europet, which is a subsidiary of My Family Canada.

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Stopnicki has been in the pet industry for nearly 40 years, specializing in market development for high quality European brands. Having been dedicated to the aquatics segment from the 1990s into the 2000s, he made the switch in 2016 when he introduced the revolutionary My Family Engraving system brand to both the USA and Canadian market place. As the owner of My Family Canada, he is the exclusive Canadian distribution partner for My Family.

Having solidified the My Family distribution network in the U.S., Stopnicki has transitioned out of the market development role with My Family USA. He is now able to focus on bringing his passion for high-end products and unique pet industry marketing expertise by providing access to the lucrative U.S. pet supply industry to a select number of European brands.

The first two brands that Europet will introduce are Croci Spa from Italy and RelaxoPet from Germany.

Europet is the exclusive U.S. distribution partner for Croci Spa, Pet Products from Italy. Croci was founded in Varese in the 1990 thanks to the entrepreneurial intuition of the Croci brothers. The company later gained success in Italy and abroad developing its own high-quality branded products.

Europet is also the exclusive U.S. distribution partner for RelaxoPet, a compact sound module that provides high-frequency vibrations for deep relaxation in dogs, cats, birds and even horses. Invented by Frank Bendix, the RelaxoPet pro Animal relaxation trainer can be used to relieve anxiety-related stress situations in most pets by influencingstress reaction in a subtle and hardly noticeable way — even preventively.

Europet will be exhibiting at the upcoming Global Pet Expo where it will have officially launch its new products.

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