All about Ticks

Tick removal

For many reasons, dogs are highly vulnerable to ticks. Because ticks carry diseases like Lyme disease, it is important to keep our dogs free of ticks.

Ticks are found around the world, but are more highly concentrated in tropical areas. They prefer warm and humid climates, which facilitates metamorphosis. Lower temperature climates hinder the tick’s growth from egg to larva.

How Ticks Find a Home

Since ticks can’t fly or jump, they must lie in wait for their host. In what is referred to as questing, ticks cling to leaves and grass using their back four legs while holding their front four legs outstretched, waiting to grasp onto a host.

While some ticks begin feasting on their hosts’ blood within minutes, others wander about searching for thin skin such as the ear area. Once the tick has found its spot, it cuts into the skin’s surface and feeds on blood.

Preventing Ticks on your Dog

Killing Ticks on your Dog

When your dog has a few acres to roam every day, it’s is almost impossible to prevent ticks completely. These dogs are lucky to have so much room to explore, but they also need to be checked regularly so that any tick found can be promptly removed.

Many pet owners use a pesticide product that kills ticks containing acaricides. This product either kills them on contact or works its way into the dog’s bloodstream, which poisons any tick attempting to feed.

One of the principal advantages of acaricides is the fact they prevent your dog from getting any tick-borne diseases.

Due to cats’ high sensitive to many different chemicals, always talk to your vet before using any insecticides or repellants on your furry feline.

Repelling Ticks from your Dog

Some pet owners also use a tick repellent product so that ticks are either unable to attach themselves or are killed by coming into contact with the repellant. Either way, repelling ticks results in preventing bites in the first place, which in turn, prevents tick-borne diseases.

Killing Ticks in their Habitat

Ticks will thrive when the following two conditions are met:

  1. High humidity (so that the ticks remain hydrated), and
  2. A dense population of hosts to feed upon.

Areas with a population of deer, sandy soil, water, hardwood trees and are ideal habitats for ticks that transmit Lyme disease.

There are insecticides you can use to treat specific areas in your yard that are likely dwelling spots for ticks. Be cautious and be sure to follow any warnings on the label concerning pets. Sometimes merely keeping weeds to a minimum helps a lot.

Removing a Tick

A quick and easy way to remove a tick is by using a pair of tweezers. Try to place the tweezers as close to the skin as possible, and then pull straight out without squeezing. The goal is to remove the entire tick without leaving the head in the skin, which can then cause an infection.

Be sure to clean the area well with a disinfectant after removing the tick. It is a good idea to store the tick in case your dog shows signs of infection later. If you were unable to remove the entire tick, consult your vet for assistance.

Pet parents must be diligent in their dogs’ health. Because there isn’t a vaccine for every tick-borne disease your dog is susceptible to, keeping a tick preventive product on-hand and on your dog is extremely important.

You can also consider an electric dog fence to keep your four-legged friend in a certain area less prone to ticks. Avoiding areas where ticks are more likely to be (…like deep woods) is another practical way to minimizing ticks on your dog.

Pet Super Store also carries a variety of tick and flea products to help you keep your dog pest free.

Tailgate Wear for Pets

Sit, stand, yell and bark with your dog dressed to win in a cool team dog jersey 

A true sports fan shows up to the tailgate all decked out in team colors. They are wearing the team hat, jersey or t-shirt, face paint (sometimes even hair paint), and waving a team flag—and their dog is also in team attire.

We want to make sure you get the perfect outfit or two for your pet, pup and best friend. They deserve to be treated with class and dignity and that is precisely what you will do when shopping from the Pet Super Store NCAA dog jersey section.

There are multiple sizes and many styles to choose from, ensuring your dog is the talk of the block by all other pups around.

Short haired dogs and long haired dogs will enjoy the comfort and style all of the clothing while showing everyone the team he’s “Roofing” for.

There simply is nothing quite as entertaining, cute and enjoyable as dressing your pet up in a team jersey whether it is for tailgating or just another Tuesday. Everyone will want to know where you purchased your adorable pet’s team attire.

Our selection includes the following:

  • MLB Jerseys & T-Shirts
  • NFL Jerseys & T-Shirts & Sweaters
  • NBA Jerseys & T-Shirts
  • NCAA Jerseys, T-Shirts, Sweaters, Cheerleader Dresses, & Hoodies
  • NHL Jerseys
  • Nascar Jerseys (4 options)

Baseball, basketball, football games and race day are all occasions for tailgate parties—even if they’re in your yard. You throw on your team tee shirt, paint your face with your team colors and scream at the TV every play. You are a sports fan to the core. So why stop there with the excitement?

Get your dog in the race wearing an officially licensed Nascar dog jersey!

Nascar race day is like no other. You invite your friends over to watch the exciting race on your huge TV. Just don’t forget to dress your Nascar loving dog. We offer four popular choices:

  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  • Jeff Gordon
  • Jimmie Johnson
  • Tony Stewart

Every self-respecting sports fan’s dog wears team colors on game and race days. Our prices are so reasonable you will want to be sure to purchase one for every sport.

Of course, team attire for pets doesn’t have to be just on game day or for tailgating. When you are at the dog park, make sure everyone knows which team is your dog’s favorite.

No tailgating party is complete without pet cheerleaders. Pet Super Store has a huge selection of NCAA cheerleader dresses for your pooch.

During football and basketball season, make sure you have a team sweat for your dog. It will help keep him warm during tailgates as well as the after party.

8 Signs You Have a Chic Pet

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Instead of banishing their furry friends to the yard, many pet owners are taking their dogs out in style. Humans like to look good when we go out, and we want our pets to look just as chic.

Is your pet “chic?”

1.       Rhinestone Collar

Every self-respecting chic dog has a rhinestone collar. In fact, chic dogs have multiple sparkly collars in a variety of colors, which brings us to what’s next on the list.

2.       Matching Colors

Wearing a dog collar that complements your outfit is part of the code. Some owners do, however, draw the line when it comes to buying a hot-pink dog collar for their male bull mastiff. Although that is an acceptable excuse, we encourage you and your pet not to make fun of other male dogs wearing pink.

3.       Pet Carrier        

The Rodeo Drive Pet Carrier is for when you want your dog to be noticed—which is ALWAYS! You absolutely must tote that special doggie in a special Italian leather handbag made with the finest quality materials and craftsmanship. Not your average carrier, these bags are a staple item for the woman who knows that fashion is an indispensable part of her daily life as well as her pet’s.

4.       Strollers

When a pet carrier isn’t the perfect accessory, a pet stroller is the answer. Pet owners with aging or disabled diva pets will really appreciate the mobility a stroller offers their pets. For super convenience there’s the 4-in-One stroller that also functions as a pet carrier and a doggie car seat. Whether it’s a brisk jog or a leisurely stroll, the Travel Sport Stroller  combines great Italian design with superb functionality.

5.       Pool Accessories

When you go to the beach or lie out by the pool, you provide a nice cool comfortable spot for your precious one with the Poolside Mat. Chic pets don’t lie on hot sand or hot cement!

6.       Proper Apparel

Your baby needs a princess outfit to truly be considered chic. For the more masculine pet, a nice Cool-It Bandanna provides luxurious comfort for those really hot days.

7.       Lounging Bed

Pet owners of chic dogs provide their cherished loved-one a Supreme Comfort Pet Bed to relax on when lounging around the house. Unmatched support and comfort are top priorities. It’s a dog’s life, and the least you can do is to make sure that your pet is able to rest and ease sore joints for a truly restful night’s sleep.

8.       Water                  water                                              

All dogs need a water bowl, but chic dogs have a higher standard and need continuous aerated fountain water. The Lotus Drinking Fountain provides your pooch with the freshest filtered water possible.  A dog drinking fountain provides continuous free-falling streams of fresh water with all the hair and debris filtered out. Chic dogs are kept entertained as well as hydrated.

Pet Super Store encourages you to pamper your pet and show everyone you encounter just how a chic pet rolls—even if you’re interested in a more practical roll. Feel free to contact us if you have questions or needs—or—check out our dog doors.

Dog Grooming Tips Every Dog Parent Should Know

Professional groomers are terrific, but if your budget doesn’t allow that luxury regularly, you can learn to do a lot of your dog’s maintenance at home. To get started, know that your dog has seven very important body parts. Listed from nose to tail, they are: Nose, Teeth, Eyes, Ears, Coat, Paws and Rear end.

What’s That Smell?

 Your dog’s nose is amazing!  You have approximately  5  million scent receptors in your nose.  Your dog may    have as many as 300 million!  Your dog’s nose        provides most of his sense of taste, can completely    replace his eyes, lets him “read” and identify his    surroundings, and will lead him home from hundreds of miles away.  He also has his own, unique noseprint, as individual to him as your fingerprints are to you.

He really can smell fear.  Frightened dogs produce an alarm pheromone that is unmistakable in the nostrils of another dog.  Medical studies have proven that dogs can also smell a number of different illnesses, resulting in a relatively new canine profession: Doggy Diagnostician.

Let his nose know you care:

Apply a gentle sunscreen when he’s going to be spending a long day in the sun—unscented, please!

Give him a vitamin supplement formulated just for dogs, so he has the nutrition his nose needs to keep him smelling good!

Why Rover, what big teeth you have!

The better to smile at you, Mommy!

Did you know your dog has baby teeth, just like you do?    He is born with 28 puppy teeth that fall out by the time  he’s six months old.  He will grow 42 strong, white teeth  to replace them.

Dental care is important to your dog’s health.  The bacteria from a dental infection can take root in other parts of his body, like his kidneys, heart, intestines and joints.  If your buddy has bad breath, he might not need a breath mint, but rather a toothbrush.

Keep him smiling:

Provide him with puppy chews to help him shed his baby teeth, then with adult dog chews to keep his permanent teeth strong for a lifetime.

Brush his teeth with his own toothbrush and toothpaste.  If you start when he’s small, brushing his teeth will be a simple and pleasant procedure for both of you.

Don’t Cry!

How dare those hideous stains besmirch your  beautiful, snow white angel!  The truth is, most  breeds  of dogs have tear staining to some extent.  It  just really  shows on white dogs.  Its cause is  generally two-fold:  Excess tearing, from allergies,  irritants or just plain  genetics, keeps the hair around a dog’s eyes damp,  creating a perfect breeding ground for Ptyrosporin, or Red Yeast.  It is, as the name implies, red.  More than that, it is a symptom that some sort of low-grade infection is present.  If severe, the stains may indicate clogged tear ducts and you may need your vet to irrigate your dog’s eyes.

Preserve her big browns:

Preventative hygiene is your best defense.  If your dog has allergies, ask your vet for a safe antihistamine.  Wash the corners of your dog’s eyes daily with a clean, soft cloth and saline solution.  For the existent staining and to prevent new, use a dog tear stain remover.

Do You Hear What I Hear?

 Imagine what your dog would miss if he couldn’t hear!  The  Twilight Barking Dog Communication Line would pass him  by; he wouldn’t hear the bells on his lady friend’s collar far  enough in advance to adopt his nonchalant look for her.    No “Good Boy!”  No glorious rattle of a treat bag.  No  howling along with the occasional siren.

Seriously, your dog’s hearing is his second-most-important sense.  Breeds with floppy ears hear every bit as well as breeds with stand-up ears, but are more prone to ear infections, which are smelly, painful and often expensive to treat.

Keep those waves of sound rolling in:

Always dry your dog’s ears after a bath, a swim or just being outside in the rain.  Dampness provides a starting point for all kinds of bacteria.

Make a thorough ear cleaning part of your dog’s bath routine.  You will need a pair of hemostats, cotton balls and an ear care preparation like Excel’s Ear Cleansing Liquid.  Squoosh a cotton ball up so it’s small and compact.  Grasp it with the hemostats.  Soak it in Ear Cleansing Liquid and gently rub it around the entire inside of your dog’s ear.  Get a new, dry cotton ball, grasp it the same way with the hemostats, and dry the ear.

Important note:  If your dog has brownish gunk in his ears, it is a sign of ear mites.  Ask your vet about the proper medication for your dog and use it according to his directions.

Great Things Come in Furry Packages!

Your dog’s coat isn’t just a coat.  It is his warmth in winter, his protection from the sun in summer, his camouflage, his crowning glory, and a reliable indicator of his overall health.  Northern breeds of dogs, such as Malamutes, have heavy fur on their paws to protect them from ice and snow.  Dog breeds that originate in hotter climes tend to have shorter, thinner fur.  Dogs like the Puli pictured here actually sport natural “dreadlocks,” the purposes of which are a mystery.

By now you have surely noticed a pattern:  Anything smelly on a dog indicates a problem.  Some dogs have notoriously fussy skin.  A super-thick coated dog like the Puli needs his human’s help to prevent his cords from becoming one thick mat, which could harbor all sorts of infection.  Dogs that are allowed to become very matted suffer from something quite akin to bed sores in humans.  Thin-furred or hairless dogs risk sun-related damage.  Some dogs’ coats are wonderfully wash-and-wear.

Cultivate a fur coat to envy:

First and most importantly, brush your dog.  It keeps your buddy comfortable and your house fur-free.  Brushing stimulates the production of natural oils that promote healthy skin and add a lustrous sheen to your dog’s fur.  It gives you a daily chance to inspect his skin and notice any problems right away.  Different coats require different brushes, so find out which one is best for your dog and then make brushing a habit.

Bathing your dog at home does not have to be a nightmare.  At Pet Super Store, we carry an extensive line of grooming and bathing tubs and supplies.  Finding just what your dog needs is as easy as a mouse-click.

Remember that dogs need shampoo made for them.  Unlike people, who have one shaft of hair per hair follicle, dogs often have as many as four or five.  Only dog shampoo is formulated specifically to clean a dog’s hair and follicles thoroughly, preventing blocked pores.

Oh, Mine Paw Paw!

You know how important your feet are.  Rover has twice as many!  Because the world has become so small, his feet are no longer always perfectly equipped for his environment.  Little, short haired paws need protection in the winter.  Fluffy paws meant for snow and ice pick up burrs with astonishing ease.  Long claws click on floors and ruin furniture.  Hot pavement is a threat to almost all dogs’ feet.

Step up!

If you start clipping your puppy’s nails when he’s a baby, you will never have to look down at your shoes and explain to your groomer that he won’t let you trim his claws.  You’re the boss!  Make sure your dog understands that you are allowed to handle any part of him you see fit.

Heavy fur on the bottoms of a dog’s feet becomes matted and uncomfortable.  Burrs will work their way right through that fur and into skin.  Inspect your buddy’s feet regularly, especially if he spends time in the field with you.  Check his pads and between his toes.  Keep the fur clipped away so his feet stay clean and healthy.

Last, But Oh-So-Not-Least!

Your dog has two little organs called, “anal glands.”  These glands produce a thick, bad-smelling secretion that it is believed once assisted the purpose of marking territory.  Normally, a small amount of this secretion is released each time your dog voids his bowels.  Big dogs can express their anal glands regularly without human aid.  Sometimes the toy breeds have problems.  This is where your groomer comes in.  Almost all dog groomers offer expression of the anal glands as part of their service.  Regular emptying of these glands prevents impaction and—you guessed it!—unpleasant smell.
Thick-coated dogs may not be able to do their  business without taking some… you know, away  with them.  A trim works wonders.  If you are  confident in your own ability, just trim it down  every so often with haircutting scissors or an    inexpensive electric clipper.  If you’re not, your  groomer will be happy to take care of it.

Good grooming habits are essential to keeping your dog in tip top form, nose to tail!