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Are You Up for an Adventure with Chickens?

Are You Up for an Adventure with Chickens?

Country farmers aren’t the only ones raising chickens anymore. People in urban and suburban areas are now raising chickens as pets so they can have their own fresh eggs. They essentially create a backyard chicken farm. Many believe that chickens are beneficial in a variety of ways. For starters, chickens eat yard and garden bugs and pests. They may fertilize your yard or garden and they are low-maintenance. These are all wonderful aspects of chicken ownership, but there are responsibilities, too. They are animals and so need to be feed and watered every day, and their coop or area needs to be cleaned regularly – not much different than any other pet. However, unlike some other pets, they can be an economical pet that pays their way by saving you money on eggs. Chickens lay eggs in spring, summer and fall and you should be prepared to gather eggs once or twice a day. Not every chicken will lay every day, but by the end of the week, you should have plenty of eggs to feed your family. They will continue to lay eggs for 3-5 years. Create a chicken-friendly – and healthy – environment Check with your city or community for laws or ordinances for chicken farming. In most neighborhoods, roosters are prohibited and sometimes even illegal for the obvious reason that they create a noise problem with their crowing. Some communities might prohibit the chickens or the type of coop that you construct. And some communities require that you sign an agreement before owning a backyard chicken farm. Chickens are social creatures and that means that they... read more
How to Meet the Chewing Needs of Your Small Animal Pet

How to Meet the Chewing Needs of Your Small Animal Pet

If you own a small rodent as a pet, like a hamster, gerbil, guinea pig, mouse or rats, then you’ve probably noticed that they like to chew on things. If they were loose in your house, this chewing might be a nuisance that you’d want to stop. But, as your pet, you need to know that chewing is important to your pet’s survival. Small rodent pets chew for survival Rodents are the only animal that have teeth that continually grow. They have two teeth at the center of their upper jaw and two at the bottom. Because these teeth never stop growing, they would die if they didn’t wear them down. Without the chewing, the teeth could go through their upper mouth and into their brains, killing them. Guinea pigs have another reason to chew Guinea pigs also chew for another reason. They are considered semi-ruminant, which means they have to chew their food twice. Food and toys for these pets need to allow them to safely gnaw You can make sure that your small pet gets the opportunity for chewing with the right food and accessories. Grateful Pet has an array of products that will be safe for eating and will enhance their chewing. American Antler Critter Chew – American Antler Critter Chews are natural bone chews. They provide calcium, minerals and nutrients for your small pets that chew. The chews are long-lasting, with no splinters or odors. Oxbow Bene Terre Organic Barley Biscuits – Oxbow Bene Terra Organic Barley Biscuits are made from certified organic ingredients like hay, fruits and vegetables. The ingredients are baked into crunchy... read more
Yes, You Can Provide Healthy Seasonal Meals and Products to Your Pets

Yes, You Can Provide Healthy Seasonal Meals and Products to Your Pets

Do you ever feel that your pet’s dietary routine can tend to be a bit routine? Feeding your fur babies the same food regularly not only gets boring, but can feel that they’re being treated as less important members of the family. We receive variety in our meals, why can’t our pets? With the holidays around the corner, Grateful Pet offers a variety of fun, tasty, and healthy seasonal meals and products for your beloved companion. Merrick Seasonal Canned Dog Food Merrick Seasonals Grain Free Friday Night Lights Fest Canned Dog Food – Your Friday night or Sunday morning tailgate will feel incomplete this year without this grain free, nutritious meal for your furry friend. With a balance of high-quality meat, poultry, fruits and vegetables, this meal is a touchdown dogs with food allergies or sensitivities. Merrick Seasonals Grain Free Christmas Day Dinner Canned Dog Food – Without all of the hard work and preparation, your companion can enjoy a hardy meal of chicken, duck, sweet potato, and peas in gravy on Christmas this year. With a meal like that, even your family will be envious! Merrick Classic Grain Free Venison Holiday Stew Canned Dog Food – That tradition served every year on New Year’s Day is now available for your amazing dog. Venison Holiday Stew is prepared with Venison, Red Jacket New Potatoes, Carrots, Zucchini, Sugar Peas, & Red Apples and is a fan favorite. Winter Seasons Specials Grateful Pet doesn’t just bring you holiday treats that can change with the seasons, but other products that can make the winter seasons special, and a bit more comfortable for... read more
3 Rules of Dog Walking Etiquette

3 Rules of Dog Walking Etiquette

This sweet spot between summer and fall is a great time of year for walking your dog. Following the right etiquette practices and being responsible with your pet can make these outings fun for both of you—as well as anyone else you might encounter on your walk! Dog walking etiquette is pretty straight-forward when you follow these three simple rules. Review the best practices for this type of exercise, then grab any additional supplies you might need. Grateful Pet can help you walk your dog like a pro. Keep Fido Leashed Be safe on your walks by making sure your dog stays right at your side. Letting your puppy run off can be dangerous around traffic—even in quiet neighborhood settings. Crossing on to another pet’s property might invite trouble, as well. The leash is for protection, but it’s also just good manners to prevent any trespassing. Depending on your environment, you might want a shorter, nylon leash to keep your pet close. If you have a little more flexibility with the distance, a retractable leash might work well. We love the leash styles from Wigzi because they come in fun, bright colors. Depending on your dog’s size, your leash can extend from 13 to 16 feet. Clean Up—Every Time It’s normal for dogs to “do their business” while on walks, so be sure to keep a collection of bags to clean up after they go. No one wants to see that mess by the sidewalk! Responsible dog owners know how to respect their environment and neighbors. Dispose of the waste in a public trash bin, or wait to throw... read more