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Winter weather doesn’t just affect you; it also affects your pets. And pets depend on you for their safety. There are many ways to be prepared for the cold, so why not start planning now? Check out these helpful hints!

1) Provide an adequate shelter, protected from the wind, snow and rain. Use straw, shavings or a blanket to keep pets toasty. All PET also sells a variety of indoor and outdoor heated pads, made just for pets, that provide low heat. Just make sure that all pets have room in their homes to periodically get off of any heated beds.

2) Dogs walking in snowy areas may develop large ice balls between their pads, which can cause them to limp. Be sure to keep ice clear from this area, and be sure to use an ice melt product that is safe for animals, such as Paw Thaw (download the Gazette for a valuable coupon!). For dogs that have a lot of hair between their pads, keeping it clipped shorter will help with ice-ball formation. Dog Boots also offer protection to any dogs that will tolerate wearing them. Boots also help protect dogs from any harmful salts or chemicals.

3) Cats are heat seekers and often look for warmth under the hood of a car. Before starting your car, knock on the hood or honk the horn to scare off any cats and prevent a needless winter tragedy!

4) Keep all antifreeze out of the reach of pets. Antifreeze is sweet and most animals will lap it right up, but it is, to them, a lethal poison!

5) Make sure your pet always has ID on, especially in the winter.
In the snow, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. Because of this, more dogs are lost during winter than any other season.

6) Never shave your dog in the winter as a longer coat will provide more warmth. Likewise, we suggest using a coat or sweater for shorter hair dogs in the winter months to keep them from getting too chilly!

Following these tips will certainly help keep your pets safe during the winter months. If you have any questions about how to “winterize” your pet, your home, or your pet’s homes, let us know! We’ll do all we can to make sure you and your pet happy all year long. Stop by All PET – where our next warm, satisfied customer is YOUR pet!

Fact: Every year, July 5th is one of the busiest days for pet shelters and rescues. Scared by painfully loud noises and blinding lights, pets become frantic to escape the stimulus only to become separated from their owners. The lucky ones are found by caring individuals who try to reunite them with their families. But many are never found or meet disastrous ends. The pets that do make it through the firework displays face another danger. Contact with very hot or flaming fireworks can result in severe burns of the face, mouth and paws. Even unlit fireworks can be quite dangerous or lethal.  Fireworks contain many agents including black powder, potassium nitrate and heavy metals such as mercury, antimony, copper, barium, strontium, and phosphorus. Ingestion or absorption of even small amounts of these chemicals can result in severe illness. As a pet parent, there are simple steps you can take to ensure pets’ safety during the Independence Day holiday. By following these suggestions, we are sure that you and your pets can safely enjoy July 4th and July 5th this year!
• Before you start your firework celebration, exercise your pet so that they will be able to rest quietly in the evening without excess energy.
• Very Important! Make sure all pets have a collar and easy-to-read identification tag. Consider having your pet micro-chipped, because collars and tags are not foolproof.
• Close all doors and windows. Make sure to close and lock all pet doors. Turn on a TV or radio for some background noise.
• Arrange an enclosed indoor area for your pet to feel secure away from noise and lights. Choose a crate for your dog, or a bathroom or bedroom for your cat, but never leave them outside or take them to the show. Turn all small animal and bird cages away from the lights and noise and consider covering them during the worst of the display. Also, give small animals lots of bedding to burrow down in; it will help them feel much safer.
• Try to avoid leaving your pet alone. Allow them to vocalize and demonstrate their distress. Do not try to cuddle or comfort your pets as they will interpret this as you being worried too. Instead, stay relaxed and act normally. Reward your pets for calm behavior. Distract them with a special treat or toy.
• Even if your pet has never exhibited extreme sensitivity to the loud noises and flashes during past experiences, consider having natural stress remedies, like herbal pills or drops on hand. Consult with your veterinarian about prescription sedatives for severe cases.
• Finally, diligently retrieve and properly dispose of any and all firework paraphernalia before you allow your pets outside. Do not consider that you can properly supervise them while you work on pick-up.  BL

Spring has sprung, and now is a time when you may be considering getting a small animal for yourself or for the family. Whether adding or upgrading, from twitchy nosed whiskers to floppy bunny ears, the home you purchase for your new little friend is one of the most important decisions you will make. Selecting a cage is not only about finding the right size or the easiest to keep clean, but it’s also about making sure your pet’s habitat is safe, comfortable, and durable.

Keep in mind that each type of small animal has very different needs for its health and wellbeing. That’s why we’d like to invite you to come visit your favorite All Pet store, where our knowledgeable staff will help you create the perfect habitat for your littlest pets! And don’t forget to bring in this issue’s exclusive Gazette coupon for free food with your purchase of a new small animal habitat at All Pet! Clearly, we’re not kidding around when we say that, whether they’re big or small, our next satisfied customer is YOUR pet. AV

Q: My 7 month old dog is fine when he sleeps in the crate at night, but he seems to get really upset whenever I leave him at home alone. I started a new job recently. He’s accustomed to his crate and I always leave a food stuffed Kong toy in the crate with him. He is clean in his crate, however, I find chewed pieces off of his blanket when I get home from work and I hear him whining and barking as I lock the door and leave for work. This really has me worried. Am I being cruel to my dog?

A: Be sure that the pup has had adequate exercise every day and ample chances to eliminate outdoors before you put him in the crate and go to work. Remember that a dog is a den animal. Dogs in nature seek out enclosed spaces to feel safe and happy. The use of an appropriate crate, such as Precision Pet’s Great Crate, may protect your pup from harming both himself and your house. It may also help him build a sense of security and calmness when you are away from home.

I’d stop using any bedding for awhile until the dog matures and his anxiety issues are dealt with. Continue using a Kong toy with food inside. Try leaving one of your favorite house slippers near his crate so he has your scent near him. If possible, surprise him occasionally by coming home on your lunch break.

Most importantly, many dog owners have success calming their anxious pups using Dog Appeasing Pheromone products (DAP), which are available in a collar-mounted dispenser, such as Sergeant’s Pheromone Collar, and in a plug-in diffuser, such as Farnam’s Comfort Zone. Remember that the dog relies on his nose more that any other sense organ.

Finally, make your goodbyes brief and be calm and relaxed when greeting the dog when your return in the evening. Your pup is likely to adjust to your new schedule fairly quickly.  CK

Can you believe it? Summer is right around the corner, and we all know what that means: the kids are home from school, people in the Ozarks are enjoying the great outdoors, and it’s almost time for that action-packed vacation! At All Pet Supplies, we know summer means that you’re “on-the-go,” so we’ve put together a list of travel tips that will help keep your pets involved in all your summer activities.

• Be sure your pet wears it identification tag at all times, even in town! In many places, you can be fined if your pet gets picked up without its tags.
• Keep your pet tethered in public places, especially when you are around people and places your pet doesn’t know!
• Never, under any circumstances, leave your pets unattended in the car.
• Make sure your lodging choices accept pets, and find out if there are any restrictions (pet must be kept confined in a crate, and so on)
• Before purchasing a pet carrier for air travel, check with the airline about its carrier regulations! This will ensure no surprises and no delays.
• Purchase your carrier a few weeks before a trip to allow your pet to get used to it.
• Get a note from your veterinarian – signed no more than 10 days before the trip – stating that your pet is in good health and that it is up-to-date on immunizations.
• Always feed your pet a light meal a couple of hours before traveling.
• Don’t forget to bring along any favorite toy or blanket to help your pet feel secure!    JG



Dogs are den animals that are born with an instinctive desire to urinate and defecate outside their homes. This is to prevent their enemies from locating them, their food and their families.

As new puppy owners, we need to teach them that our house is their new den and that they have to go outside the den to relieve themselves. To do this, we must start by only allowing the puppy access to one small area at a time. As he understands what areas are for play, sleeping, and eating, he will also be learning that outside is the only acceptable place to go “potty.” As he matures, you can add additional areas for him to explore and use as his den.


Step 1 – Choosing a Crate

Choosing the right crate is very important when housetraining your new puppy. You must choose one that lets the puppy stand up, turn around, and fully lie down. It must not be too big so that your pup can potty in one area then sleep and eat in the other. If your puppy will be growing quickly while still being potty trained, you might consider getting a larger crate and using a divider to make a smaller area until he has grown larger.


Step 2 – Association

Hang some bells on the door handle, making sure they reach the floor where the puppy can touch them. Use the same door each time and jingle the bells while saying the command “Let’s go potty.” Be sure to go out with him and praise him when he is finished. As your puppy becomes more mature, he will use the bells to let you know whenever he needs to go outside.


Step 3 – Dealing with “Uh Ohs”

The puppy will have some accidents while being housetrained. Just accept this and understand that he is still just a “baby.” When you catch him urinating, IMMEDIATELY get his attention so he will stop, then quickly take him outside to finish. If you find a soiled area, DO NOT punish. Just clean it up without letting the puppy see you. If he sees what you’re doing, he might think that it’s a fun game for you and he may try to make more “games” for you throughout the entire houe… uhhhgg!


Step 4 – Routine

Never make the puppy stay in his crate longer than he can physically handle not urinating. Depending on his age, you may need to have someone let him out again after 3-4 hours. Make sure they praise him after he finished and give him clockxa little playtime before going back in the crate. Remember to do the same as you get home.


As long as your puppy is getting positive feedback only when he goes outside and NO praise or attention when he goes inside, he WILL learn where to go and not to go in his new home!


Here’s a typical schedule.

Morning – Immediately take your puppy outside to “potty” as soon as he is awake. Make sure to go out with him and praise him when he is finished. Let him eat no later than one hour before you leave, and give him some supervised play time. Before leaving, make sure to take him back out to potty, and then place him inside his crate with a toy and some water.


Evening – As soon as you walk in the door, IMMEDIATELY take him outside, stay with him, then as soon as he’s finished, praise, praise, and PRAISE the little guy for being so good!


Bedtime – Before bedtime, make sure to take him outside one last time before putting him in the crate. And remember: don’t let him have any food at least one hour before crating him before the night.


If you’re able to be home most of the day and the puppy can hear and/or see you, this could cause him to be very excited and anxious. Make sure to take him out every 30-45 minutes to prevent any possible mistakes he may have.