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Have You Ever Wanted To Go Into The Pet Business?

June 30, 2010 12:41 pm

image I know I’ve thought about it, I can’t imagine a better way to spend a day than with my dogs at my sides – working with other animal lovers and pet owners for a living. Now I have no idea what the best franchise to own as far as a pet business goes, but I do know how to search out good information!

I took a look over at entrepreneur.com and they had a lot of great ideas and tips for starting a pet business, such as:

  • Pet Sitting/Dog Walking
  • Dog Training
  • Pet Grooming
  • Pet Food/Treats
  • Upscale Pet Products

I remember going over to Halifax and they had a new franchise called ‘Camp Bow Wow’ which I thought was really innovative and cool. I sort of lost interest when I came back home, but over at entrepreneur.com they list that the pet business is well over a 35 billion dollar (a year!) industry so there is definitely room for new products, services and innovation. The article is one of the best I’ve seen in terms of listing the pros and cons or all things pet!

Take a look at the article over at www.entrepreneur.com

Need Some Extra Cash Doing Something You Love?

May 14, 2010 11:44 am

I don’t have a lot of time today – but I did want to write something that I’ve been thinking about lately. When I think about todays’ youth – I’m  a little troubled by the fact that they spend almost all the time indoors and don’t seem to go out and ‘play’ anymore. I remember as a kid, I wouldn’t want to spend 5 minutes inside let alone every day!

Start a Dog Walking BusinessSo that’s a little off topic, but you know – there’s a lot of people out there that work every day from 8-5 (like myself) that would love to have their dog looked after or a little bit of attention. Why not start a dog walking business? This business doesn’t require a big cash register or a Symbol LS2208 barcode scanner – this is simple.. you need a pair of walking shoes and some free time!

The way I would work it is to simply charge $20 a week or something – and promise to have their dogs walked for say.. an hour every day during the day. Let’s do the math here.

Say you can walk 3 dogs at a time (there’s $60 for that hour), but also say that you were able to do this 4 times a day.. hmm.. now that’s a total of 12 dogs – or $240 a week! Pretty great for a teenager isn’t it??

This is obviously a rough estimate and obviously the price would change, as well as the fact that some dogs can’t be with other dogs, etc, etc.. but I tell ya, there’s some money to be made with dog walking!

A Few Health Alerts For Your Pets I’ve Seen

March 16, 2010 11:41 am

A few alerts which I've come across this week which I'd like to relay to you!

Xylitol Alert – Artificial Sweetner is dangerous to dogs

Found this information over at Bark.com which is a great new site which I've started visiting regularly.

March 14 is the start of Poison Prevention Week, so here at The Bark we've been getting alerts about which household products are toxic to pets. The poisons lists feature pretty much the usual suspects, including, but not limited to, Ibuprofen (such as Advil), Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol), antidepressants, chocolate, certain fertilizers, pest control products, and a special Easter-season warning about certain types lilies that are especially toxic for cats. But the folks at the Pet Poison Helpline surprised us with xylitol.

Many sugarless gums, including some Trident, Orbit, and Ice Breaker brands as well as candies contain xylitol, a sweetener which is toxic to dogs. Desserts and baked goods can also be made with xylitol. Even small amounts when ingested can result in a life-threatening drop in blood sugar, or with large amounts of ingestion, liver failure. Signs of low blood sugar include vomiting, weakness, difficulty walking, tremors, and seizures. Treatment includes decontamination, checking a blood glucose/sugar level, treating with IV fluids and glucose, liver monitoring tests, and drugs to protect the liver.

Natures Variety voluntarily recalling all Chicken Formula and Organic Chicken Formula products

And according to http://www.naturesvariety.com/news/33, there's a recall of some of it's food.

Nature's Variety has received new test results from an outside facility that indicate that Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet with the "Best If Used By" date of 10/29/10 and Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet with the "Best If Used By" date of 11/9/10 may be contaminated with Salmonella. Therefore, we are voluntarily recalling these date codes of product from the marketplace. Also, out of an abundance of caution, we are expanding our voluntary recall to include all Chicken Formula and Organic Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diets for dogs and cats with any "Best If Used By" date on or before 2/5/11. We believe taking this action is an important and responsible step in order to reinforce your confidence and trust.

I highly suggest you run over to the site and check it out if you use either products. We can never be too careful! Ironic isn't it how I'd take some of the best diet pills I could find and pop them without so much as a thought – but I'll search high and low for anything related to my hounds. Ha.

Best Way To Clean “Dogs Tear?”

January 20, 2010 9:31 pm

So after I headed to the AVC today to say "Good luck tomorrow" to my boy, I decided to head out to the folks place for a bit. They have two approx 8 year old dogs named Turner and Daisy.. and when I was looking at them, I noticed that they had what I think is called 'dog tear'... it looks like they've been crying.

I was wondering if there was a way to get rid of that.. and I noticed some under eye cream such as the following for pets at Pet Privy.

It reads:

"The Bio-Groom Under Eye Stain Cover Cream for dogs and cats with white fur is amazing at lightening stains and imperfections. The cream coating also provides protection from staing tears on skin and hair under the eyews of your cat or dog. The under eye cream for your pet dog or cat is hypoallergenic, 100% fragrance-free, and all-natural. The cream also includes a comb/brush applicator for even distribution.

Bio-Groom Under Eye Stain Cover Cream is available for $8.99 for .7 oz."

Now I clicked on that link above and of course it didn't work... so then I went in search of another answer..

Apparently there is a product called 'Angel Eyes' which does wonders for that tear stain (usually found on lighter colored, smaller dogs).. anyhow.. I found a link.. check it out if you're interested.


So Hunter Needs Surgery.. Now What?

November 25, 2009 11:06 am

Well it appears that my boy Hunter needs Surgery on his CCL (Crutiate Knee Ligament). This comes as a pretty big shock as I have done a lot of research and know that there are all kinds of different surgeries available to him.

I've asked all my vet friends, and most have given me great direction and advice as to where to turn or what to do. Still lots to think about.

Now with my boy.. I can tell you that money is not a huge issue as he is considered my 'son' and I would do anything for him, that said of course.. I will be seriously looking into Pet Insurance after this is completed. The cheapest insurance quotes that I can find are with PC Financial and they are VERY reasonable and offer a variety of different amounts.

Obviously they can't have a pre-existing problem if I sign up for this insurance, so I will look into this as soon as I get Hunter all straightened out.

I would LOVE to know if anyone out there has any advice of experience with CCL surgeries (TPLO, TTA, Extracapsular, or the newest which isn't offered anywhere in the Maritimes - Tightrope CCL)

I would love for him to get the Tightrope CCL after doing all this research.. but I don't know if I can get it done.

We'll see..