Pet Food Retailers Are Pulling Treats From China

Earlier in May, PETCO announced they would stop selling treats made in China in response to the number of dogs who have become ill from eating the treats. It was the first pet store to decide to stop selling the treats but it isn’t the last one.

In an article from TIME, PetSmart has also announced that it will remove the pet treats from its shelves. The article cites that there were over 1,000 deaths that were linked to the dog treats. However, it looks as if this problem has existed for years and it was only the huge spike in 2013 which raised eyebrows.

There has not been any solution or reasons given to why the treats were contaminated or how many products were affected. The two large pet store chains hope to have the China imported jerky treats removed by 2015 from all their stores. For now, if you buy dog treats, check the labels, check where they are from, and keep your receipt in case you need to return them.

To read the rest of the article from TIME, click here.

Upcoming Pet Events Around Chicago, Illinois

Lots of amazing charity-inspired pet events are going on in Chicago and in the suburbs of the city the next couple weeks. There are also a few useful seminars on dogs and aquariums at the local Petcos.

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Montrose Harbor

Chicago, Illinois

May 1

This event will start at 9:00 AM and go on until 12:00 PM. It will be a 5k/3.2 mile walk to raise funds for the Animal Anti-Cruelty Society. Humans can walk with or without dogs. Registration will begin at 7:00 AM; advance registration for this event is $25 for adults, $20 for children.

Puppy Socialization Seminar

Petco

Chicago, Illinois

May 2

This free seminar will be at 10:00 AM, and you can learn valuable skills on your puppy’s development so it may turn into a happy, healthy dog.

Kitten Shower

Treehouse Bucktown Branch Adoption Center

Chicago, Illinois

May 2

This will be the first annual Kitten Shower for the Tree House Humane Society, which is a cageless, no-kill cat shelter. There is a $5 suggested donation, and there will be kitten shower games, kitten namings, fun prizes, coffee, juice, food, and, of course, kittens.

Things you could donate for the shower include: kitten formula, food, toys, nursing bottles, towels, blankets, non-clumping litter or stuffed animals.

Loose Leash Walking

Petco

Chicago, Illinois

May 3

This free seminar will start at 6:00 PM, and will teach dog owners different techniques on how to effectively walk your dog on a leash.

Freshwater Aquatic Workshop

Petco

Bloomingdale, Illinois

May 7

This workshop will begin at 6:00 PM, and will educate people on how to set up and maintain a freshwater aquarium.

Strut for Strays

Ladd Auditorium

Evanston, Illinois

May 8

This three-mile walk can be done with or without dogs. Registration begins at 8:45 and ends at 9:15 AM. The walk will begin at 9:30 AM. After the walk, people and dogs can enjoy the Doggie Carnival and free refreshments.

There is a $25 minimum pledge before the event, or $35 minimum on the day of the event. If you give $50 or more, you will get a T-shirt and goodie bag (by registering in advance).

Tails in the City 6 Year Anniversary Party

Level Nightclub

Chicago, Illinois

May 14

This party will go on from 6:00-9:00 PM, and dogs and humans are welcome to celebrate the upkeep of this pet store. The party’s tickets cost $45 in advance, or $50 at the door; this is meant to benefit the Anti-Cruelty Society. The dresscode is “canine chic.” There will be an open bar, red carpet photos, a photo booth, a beauty lounge, caricature artists, goodie bags and more.

Upcoming Pet Events in the Bay Area, California

There is a variety of different pet events going on soon in the Bay Area of California. There is one fancy film screening, along with a book signing with a famous cat author. Other options are expressing your artistic side with pet mosaics, or taking your puppy in for a play session!

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Dogpolis Dog Daycare and Boarding

San Francisco, California

February 6

This event will be a glamorous sequel to last year’s sold-out fundraiser in Oakland. There will be a double feature of SNIFF and MINE, and you can bring your dog along to watch these movies!

You and your dog can also enjoy the rolling out of the green carpet, dog massages, “pupperrazzi,” a dog bar, and more fun. You will also be able to meet the directors of these films, as well as mingle with other Bay Area dog owners and movie lovers. Some of the proceeds will go towards local animal organizations.

Doors open at 4:30 PM, and the first movie starts at 5:00 PM. Everything will wrap up around 10:00 PM. You can buy tickets online.

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Book Signing Event with Rosie Sorenson

PetSmart-Daly City

Daly City, California

February 14

Award-winning author Rosie Sorenson will be at PetSmart, where you can pick up an autographed copy of her book, “They Had Me at Meow: Tails of Love from the Homeless Cats of Buster Hollow.” Reading this book creates awareness about feral cats and caring for them. Sorenson will donate part of the proceeds to cat rescue shelters. She will be there from 12:00 noon-4:00 PM.

Mosaic Pet Portraiture Workshop

Hayes Valley

February 20, 21

This workshop will be held from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM on both days. It costs $100, and all of the materials are included. All levels are welcome to this session; you do not need any mosaic experience. All of the portraits will be based on photographs. They will instruct you on how to use mosaic tools, and how to turn a photograph into a mosaic art piece. The class will be at a private studio at 616 Hayes Street.

To register for the class, please email: [email protected].

Puppy Playtime

Petco-El Cerrito

El Cerrito, California

February 25

From 4:00 PM-5:00 PM, you can take your puppy (ages 8-16 weeks) to Petco for a safe play session, where it can learn to socialize with other puppies. You must provide proof of your puppy’s vaccinations.

Upcoming Cat and Dog Events in the NYC Metro Area

The New York metropolitan area has a handful of different pet events in the next few weeks. There is a workshop about what to do about feral cat colonies in your neighborhood, as well as dog training sessions and adoption events!

How to Manage a Feral Cat Colony

Bronx Library Center

Bronx, New York

December 12

This workshop will last from 1:00-4:00 PM, and there is no fee. It will cover how you can assist and care for any feral cats around your neighborhood. It will tell you about some resources for food and access to getting them fixed. You can register by emailing: [email protected].

Winter Dog Fest

4 Old Lake Road

Nyack, New York

December 13

This event has free admission, and is going to take place from 12:00 noon-4:00 PM. It will feature a $5 nail clipping with “The Pet Barber.” There will also be a load of free activities, including free indoor dog training sessions with “People Training for Dogs”; free “Ask the Vet” sessions with Rockland Veterinary; free holiday pictures for humans and pets; and free dog product samples. There will be both indoor and outdoor activities, and this will occur rain or shine.

Traveling with your Pet Workshop

Petco-Syosset

Syosset, New York

December 22

This Long Island Petco is holding a workshop on how to keep your pet safe while traveling. It starts at 10:30 AM. It’s a good idea if you’re taking your pet on a long trip this holiday season.

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In Store Adoptions

Petco-Carle Place

Carle Place, New York

December 26

Maybe the day after Christmas, you will decide that your family needs a furry addition. Stop by Petco for their adoption fest to get some ideas!

Basic Training Dog Class

Petco-Baldwin

Baldwin, New York

December 27

Starting at 12:00 noon, Petco of Baldwin is holding the first session of a six-week dog training class. The instructors will educate you and your dog on house training, digging, chewing and other behavioral problems. You should see the store for more details. Definitely a good holiday gift if someone you know is getting a puppy.

Dog Show

Westchester County Center

White Plains, New York

January 9, 10

The Saw Mill River Kennel Club and the Kennel Club of Northern New Jersey are teaming up for the first time and bringing these two dog shows to the Westchester County Center. They will have many different dog breeds on display, as well as some contests, like Best in Show, and Best Puppy in Show. It will go on both days from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, and the winners of the contests will be announced towards the end of the day. It costs $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children, and free for children under 5.

Pet Stores Around Danbury, Connecticut

If you’re headed to Danbury, Connecticut, there are many great pet services and stores in the area. There are several places to buy dogs, cats, birds and fish. The types of stores range from practical to frivolous. There is even a mobile grooming service!

Puppy Love

Interested in buying a dog in Connecticut?

This is a privately owned store that sells puppies, and claims to be puppy experts. They have an educated staff that can give you advice as to what type of puppy suits your lifestyle and family. They also have large open crates in a large room, so puppies are easy to see, as well as puppy playrooms. If you are just headed there because you want to see cute puppies while you’re away from your dog at home, you can also shop around for treats, toys, teething bones, beds, training supplies and grooming supplies.

Bird Haven

This Danbury store is specialized in everything bird. They have a friendly and knowledgeable staff, and they sell a selection of birds, cages, food, toys and more. They an also assist you in any questions you may have about owning a bird.

Pawsitively Pretty Pets

This is a mobile grooming service by an experienced groomer who has gone mobile since 2002. This groomer can offer service to cats and dogs around the greater Danbury area with high quality shampoos and conditioners. She also offers a variety of retail items like food, treats, toys and stylish accessories.

Petco

Located in Brookfield, Connecticut, this chain store has a branch that contains most of what you’d need. Vaccinated, well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to join you at Petco. They also offer supplies for cats, fish, reptiles, amphibians, small animals and birds.

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Statewide Pets

Located in Orange, Connecticut, this store has been open since 1972. They sell many breeds of puppies, some kittens, fish and aquariums. They offer professional dog and cat grooming, along with a full line of dog, cat, bird and reptile supplies.

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Shaggy Little Pooch

This is a cute pet boutique located in Bethel, Connecticut. They specialize in many designer cat and dog beds and other furniture. They offer things like orthopedic dog beds, if you deem that necessary for your dog. They also offer an interesting selection of cat scratching items in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They also offer dog clothes, accessories, bowls, feeders, toys, leashes, collars, treats and foods; for cats, they also offer toys, food, bowls and placemats. They have a selection of eco-friendly products if you and your pet are going green!

Agway of Bethel

This chain store offers many different wellness products, pet products, foods and supplies. They also offer extensive hardware and gardening equipment.

Pet Stores in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio, has some wonderful shopping options for pets. The city offers cute local boutiques, custom aquarium designers, breeders, as well as chain stores to visit.

Posh Pets Boutique

This store always gets named for all sorts of titles like Best Pet Store in town. It offers fine collars, leashes, toys, foods, pet beds, designer pet carriers, handmade treats and more. It is very nicely and aesthetically laid out. It is mainly cat and dog themed.

Jack’s Aquarium and Pets

This store chain has been open for 58 years. It offers pets and pet supplies for fish (freshwater and saltwater), dogs, cats, birds, small animals and reptiles. There are five stores around Columbus, Ohio, as well as others all around the state.

Petland

This store offers birds, fish, reptiles, small animals and puppies and kittens! There are three locations in Columbus.

Captive Born Reptiles

This store carries all sorts of baby rattlesnakes, kingsnakes and milksnakes that will hatch soon. Captive Born Reptiles is one of the biggest American retailers of captive reptiles and amphibians, and it has been open for over three decades. They also carry reptile and amphibian products, cages, lights, bedding, books, frozen rodents, live rodents and rabbits. They even sometimes sell crocodilians! They sell to places like the National Aquarium in Baltimore and to the Columbus Zoo. You’re dealing with professionals!

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Aqua Art Aquariums

Located in Dublin, Ohio, this store has been open for 22 years. They have free estimates, and offer any shape, size or color. They use acrylic on their tanks because the material is half the weight of glass, easier to transport and insulates better than glass.

Petsmart

This chain store offers all sorts of products for cats, dogs, birds, wild birds, fish, reptiles and small pets. They even offer weird stuff like pet sports jerseys, and they hold events sometimes. Currently, they all are stocked with holiday-themed pet gifts. There are six locations that are in proximity to Columbus.

Petco

Petco is a well-known chain, that has dog supplies and food, cat supplies and food, fish supplies, live fish and rock, natural foods, small animal supplies, reptile and amphibian supplies, bird supplies and wild bird supplies. They also hold some holiday supplies. There is one location in Columbus, and it offers vaccinations, full service grooming, pet photography, self-service dog washes and an aquatics department. Click here for coupons.

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Great Pet Stores in Manhattan, New York

Manhattan, the central burrow of New York City, is one of the famous shopping centers of America and the world. As a result, there is fantastic pet shopping in all neighborhoods of the island.

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This is a small, nicely packed store that has a cute, fat cat walking around it. It is located in the West Village on happening Bleecker Street. Friendly staff.

Posh Paws of Manhattan

This shop is located in West Harlem, pretty close to Morningside Park. They are known for having a friendly, helpful staff, and they deliver around NYC. They have a quality selection of toys, food and treats for cats and dogs.

Petropolis

This store offers high quality and fancy goods, treats, accessories and food for competitive prices. They are located in the Financial District. They also groom dogs, and offer free delivery around NYC. They even offer seminars about pet health. They have products for all sorts of animals, such as cats, dogs, birds, fish and reptiles. They have custom pet furniture available.

Petco

dscf5342The Petco located in Union Square is huge! It is located right near the park and all the subway stops, so it’s very easy to get to. They have over 10,000 products for all sorts of pets. They also have cats and other small animals for adoption.

Trixie and Peanut

This store is located on East 20th, and it always gets rated for one of NYC’s premier pet stores. Right now, they are offering an insane selection of crazy pet costumes for upcoming Halloween and Halloween parades. They have a selection of toys, accessories/jewelery, pet carriers, pet apparel, beds, blankets, food and more. They also hold an eco-friendly selection.

The Barking Zoo

This store is located in Chelsea, and is a bit pricey, but has a lot of cute products. They have nice treats that are organic or made from free-range meat. Very fashionable and chic, like the rest of the neighborhood, but has practical things too.

Parrots & Pups

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Pet Health Store

This shop is located in the fancy Upper West Side and offers terrific products for cats and dogs. For cats, they offer litter, treats, scratchers, cat furniture and more. For dogs, they carry beds, toys, supplements, pet hair pickups, and flea and tick medication.

Shopping for Cat Carriers

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Traveling with your cats? Most likely, you’ll want to get a cat carrier where your cat is comfortable. All airlines require that your cat be in a carrier, so make sure you choose the right one. If you are traveling with a kitten, it may be a good idea to buy a carrier it will fit into for the next few years. Choosing the right carrier will make the trip better both for you and your cat.

One top factor in shopping for a cat carrier is ventilation, especially if your cat will go on a long trip or go in an airplane. Most carriers offer ventilated surfaces on at least three sides for air flow. If your cat is on a long trip, make sure to also have a bowl attachment for water. Also be certain that your cat carrier can be fastened shut, that none of the latches will come loose, especially for air travel. Metal nuts and bolts are best, as they are sturdy and difficult to undo. Some new cat carriers come with a top-loading feature, in which you can place your cat in from the top instead of the side (as some cats are impossible to get in!).

You have the option of a soft-sided carrier versus a hard-sided carrier, both of which have advantages and disadvantages. Soft sided-carriers may be easier on the cat when it is moving around in its space, but they are sometimes not as well ventilated. Keep in mind they are more difficult to clean.

One well-rated cat carrier is the Jazzy by Sherpa. It is airline compatible, well-ventilated with mesh surfaces, has washable liner, has a seat belt strap and folds into storage. It has side and front entry, and there is a handle and detachable shoulder strap.

Another great one is the Sherpa Milan carrier. It has four mesh handles for ventilation, a padded bottom board for stability, front and side entry and an inside leash ring. It also has a handle and shoulder strap, and can easily fit into storage.

Some carriers are meant for dogs, but cats can easily use them just as well. To get your cat used to its carrier, have it out in the house sometimes so that it becomes familiar with it. Put a blanket or towel inside, and give it treats when it goes in.

Check out Buy.com and Petco for different options of cat carriers.