Me-owy Christmas and Season’s Grrrrrrreetings from Pet Supplies Plus on Highland Rd. in White Lake Twp.!
Our Christmas open house is always a great time — pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, treats for pets and hot chocolate and cookies for their people, and some great specials on pet food and supplies!
Dr. Andrea Putt, DVM, of Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital, provided an excellent overview of how to tell if your dog or cat is in pain, the difference between chronic and acute pain, and the latest treatments for preventing and treating pain in pets.
She also talked about what NOT to give your pet including human over-the-counter pain medications – many of which can be fatal to pets.
Thank you Dr. Putt for the great insights and for taking the time to answer individual questions from the audience!
Be sure to follow my blog for information on our NEXT Pawsitively Healthy workshops in January and February 2016.
We’d love your input on future workshop ideas! Please comment and let us know what you’d be interested in learning about.
What is Pound Patrol?
Pound Patrol is a veterinarian-guided weight-loss challenge being sponsored by Pet Supplies Plus of White Lake (Highland Rd.) for dogs and cats to help them reach their ideal weight. There is NO COST to participate. How does it work?
Pet owners bring their pets to Pet Supplies Plus of White Lake at 6845 Highland Rd., on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a no-cost evaluation and weigh-in by veterinarian Andrea Putt, DVM, of Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital. (PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED – SEE ATTACHED FORM.) Dr. Putt will evaluate your dog’s or cat’s weight and body mass. Pets who need to lose weight will get a suggested weight goal and be asked to return for regular weigh-ins once a month for 6 months. (A weigh-in schedule will be provided to you.) Pet Supplies Plus will record your pet’s weight-loss progress and keep it on file for you. Pets coming closest to reaching their ideal weight will win some great prizes! What types of pets can participate?
The challenge is open to all healthy dogs and cats. If the veterinarian is concerned about a pet’s health, she may recommend, instead, that your pet see your regular veterinarian. How do I register my pet?
There are two ways you can register.
1. Click here for a printable registration form. Complete the form and turn it in at Pet Supplies Plus of White Lake (Highland Rd.) at the cash register or to any team member. The form must be turned in BEFORE the weigh-in on January 28, 2016.
2. Click here to register your pet online. This must be completed BEFORE the weigh-in on January 28, 2016.
In 2014, Americans spent an estimated $350 million on Halloween costumes for their pets. (Source: National Retail Federation) That’s a lot of costumes. But how do you know if you are choosing the RIGHT costume?
First of all, keep in mind that some pets are not comfortable in ANY type of costume. Do not force your pet to wear a costume. If he or she struggles and tries to get out, or looks stressed or unhappy, you are better off to look at some costume alternatives. Be sure to follow my blog and watch for a future post on “Fun alternatives to Halloween pet costumes.”
If you think that your pet will tolerate a costume, then make sure that you do not choose one that may cause injury or discomfort. For example:
Avoid any type of face or ear covering like masks that may confuse or disorient your pet.
Watch out for ties or decorations that hang down and could trip your pet — or get tangled in their legs..
Choose a costume in which your pet can easily stand and move.
Avoid costumes that have removable parts – that could fall off — or get chewed off — and potentially choke your pet. Or take off any removable pieces before you use the costume.
Avoid costumes that are restrictive in any area of your pet’s body, especially the neck. Always check to make sure you have a loose, comfortable fit around the neck, tail and legs.
Choose bright colors so that people can easily see your pet – especially if you are going to be in a crowded or dimly lit place.
We hope you were able to join us at our June 20, 2015 Neighbor Appreciation Block Party.
As you can see, a great time was had by all. Neighbors enjoyed:
Free hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn and cotton candy
Free caricatures by caricature artist Mooshe Nickerson
Free pet nail trims by Spot on Pet Grooming
Pet Supplies Plus dunk tank
Hose demonstrations by the White Lake Twp. Fire Department
Prizes from White Lake Twp. Police Department D.A.R.E. program
Autographs from former Detroit Tiger pitcher Dave Rozema (at Ace Hardware next door)
Exotic pets from Turtle Creek Farms
20% off everything in the store (with the exception of sale and clearance items)
Plus the weather cooperated! If you were unable to join us, we hope to see you next year! Get alerts on Pet Supplies Plus events, contests and sales by signing up for our neighbor emails. It’s easy – just ask your cashier to sign you up!
See hissing cockroaches, along with snakes, reptiles and other exotic pets from noon to 5 p.m. They are all from Turtle Creek Farm, an educational farm and children’s nature camp in Waterford. The farm is not open to the public, but is available for pre-arranged group tours, birthday parties and other events. Read more about it at http://www.turtlecreekfarm.org/
Our block party will also feature special discounts (20% off everything in the store with the exception of clearance and sales items), free caricatures of pets and humans, free nail trims for pets and free hotdogs, popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones.
So come out and join the party animals. You might even get hissed at.