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Dog Beds

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and so do dog beds. Sorting through the many types of dog beds that are available to pet owners today can be overwhelming. In selecting from the potential dog beds out there, you will want to make sure you choose the one from all the dog beds that is best suited to your dog.

When shopping for dog beds, keep these five tips in mind. Measure and weigh your dog before starting to look for dog beds. Using a tape measure to find your dog’s length from his nose to the tip of his tail will help guarantee you buy dog beds that are adequate. Knowing his weight is important as well when choosing sturdier or lighter dog beds. Before shopping for dog beds, choose where in your house you plan on keeping dog beds. This allows you to view all the dog beds with the size of the planned space in mind. Next, take the time to sort out what specific features of dog beds are most important for your dog. With so much variety of dog beds available, it will help to narrow the choices of dog beds if you think about how much padding you need, whether heated dog beds should be considered, or whether your dog might enjoy dog beds with a hood. Consider the style and colors of dog beds ahead of time as well. Are you looking for dog beds that show less fur or dog beds that match the design scheme of your house? Finally, we recommend checking the washing instructions for dog beds before purchasing one. The majority of dog beds will be machine washable, but it is a good idea to read the label on dog beds just in case they need a different type of care.

Dog Collars

Dog collars date back to being used by the ancient Egyptian civilization as training tools for dogs as well as decorative pieces of art. In ancient Greece, dog collars commonly had spikes like some dog collars seen today. With frequent use of sheepdogs to heard and maintain flocks of animals, the Greek dogs required these specifically designed spiked dog collars to help protect their dogs from potential wolf attacks. Evidence also exists that dog collars were used to document the relationship between a dog and its owner by inscribing stories of devotion onto the dog collars. In the Dark Ages, dog collars were mainly used as identifiers for hunting dogs. Around the time of the Renaissance, dogs were more affordable as pets and therefore more affordable dog collars made of leather and often had tags for identification. Padlocked dog collars also were popular to show the true owner of a particular dog. As time went on, dog collars grew in variety and became increasingly about decoration.

As a staple for every dog owner, today dog collars serve many purposes and come in many kinds. Flat dog collars are the most standard dog collars and come with a snap or buckle as well as a ring on which to hang dog tags. Make sure that flat dog collars are tight enough to not let your dog slip out of them, but not so tight that your dog is choked in any way. If you can fit two of your fingers beneath flat dog collars, than they are the perfect tightness. Another of the available kinds of dog collars is martingale dog collar. These dog collars are sometimes called limited-slip dog collars and are designed for dogs that tend to try to slip out of dog collars and dogs that naturally have smaller or thinner heads. Martingale dog collars are made to safely tighten when a dog attempts to slip out of it. Head collars are an option for stronger and more rambunctious dogs that may jump and pull. One strap of head dog collars loops around your dogs muzzle while the other strap of these dog collars sits high on your dog’s head, above the neck, while the leash is meant to attach at the bottom of the loop of the muzzle. Beyond these various types of dog collars, dog collars come in nearly infinite sizes and colors so you can customize which dog collars you use for your dog to suit both the dog’s need and your personality.

Dog Crates

Dog crates are welcome and useful commodities for any dog owner. Providing a safe and comfortable place for you dog, dog crates can be used for travelling, training, and general containment of your dog during times of stress or sleeping. Crate training is a specific type of method used that orients your dog to behaviors based on using the dog crate. Toilet training a new puppy, travelling in the car, showing at dog shows, and providing a space to go when having guests over are some of the ways in which dog crates are used.

The main features of dog crates to consider when purchasing one are cost, durability, style, and portability. Solid plastic dog crates are very durable and ideal for travel, such as when flying for some reason, and can be more secure in the event of a car accident. However, solid plastic dog crates take up a lot of space and cannot be easily stored by folding down to a manageable size. Dog crates do exist that have been designed specifically to be used in certain cars. These crash tested steel dog crates are designed to crumple is matched ways to their intended car as a way to further your dog in the event of a car crash. They are not, however, suitable for many other situations. Aluminum and wire dog crates can be designed to remain fixed or be foldable for storage. The benefits of this type of dog crate is their portability, they are reasonably easy to move (although they vary in weight depending on the material used), they tend to be very sturdy, and they allow for a great amount of airflow for your dog and visibility for the owner. Finally, soft dog crates are very lightweight and easy to store. The only warning with soft dog crates is to be aware if your dog is likely to chew or scratch at the dog crate, as these are more easily damaged than other types of dog crate.

Dog Houses

A dog house is just as it sounds—a house built just for your dog! Typically a dog house is some type of shed designed to protect your dog from the elements outdoors. As a safe space sheltered from the weather, a dog house is a great idea for any dog owner who let’s their loved one play often outdoors in a fenced-in yard. Use of a dog house dates back to almost 4500BC when the Egyptians would keep their dogs in a dog house, commonly built of mud or brick. With the rise of hunting, the importance of owning a proper dog house grew. As dog breeding came into its own, the more elite members of society became more involved in it and began to house their pups in a dog house that matched their level of wealth. The most common type of dog house at the time was the pitched roof dog house. Until recently, a dog house would most commonly have been built by hand on an individual basis. Now, each dog house typically comes assembled straight from a factory. The use of plastic to build a dog house was not a common method until the 1960s. Today, it is common to both buy a dog house pre-made and to build a dog house from scratch. Either way, having a dog house as a source of shelter for your dog is an excellent idea for any dog owner.

You can find a dog house in any shape or size you desire, or make your own dog house to perfectly suit your needs. A dog house might be built to be stationary or portable. A portable dog house may also be known as a dog box, a dog crate, or a dog tent. Within the category of a stationary dog house, there are numerous types to consider. Wood is the most popular material for building a dog house. A wooden dog house is inexpensive, easy to work with, and aesthetically appealing. There are three main roof designs for a wooden dog house. A pitched roof dog house is a classic peaked roof, reminiscent of a typical human home. A single panel flat roof dog house involves a single flat cut of wood, slightly tilted toward the back, allowing for run off and a comfortable place for dogs to relax. Finally, a loft roof dog house utilizes the roof as an overt loft. There might even be some type of railing or stairs for dogs to use. A plastic dog house is another popular option for dog owners. A plastic dog house is often inexpensive, very easy to assemble, and requires minimal maintenance. Some more common shapes of dog house when make from plastic include the igloo shape and the standard peaked roof. A metal dog house is rarer, but an option. Usually a metal dog house will be a standard rectangular shape and be made from either stainless steel or aluminum. Pet World carries a variety of wooden and plastic dog houses.

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Bunnies

Bunnies can be the perfect pet if you are looking for a long-term, high-energy commitment. The lifespan of bunnies is usually between nine and twelve years but can be longer. The diet of bunnies mainly consists of plants, like grasses, clover, and dandelions as well as parts of plants, such as leaves, twigs, seeds, roots, bark, and buds. Bunnies that are house pets will generally eat timothy-grass or hay in conjunction with balanced diet pellets and fresh vegetables. An average range of size for bunnies is 10 to 20 inches in length and 14 ounces to 6.6 pounds in weight. Bunnies get around by using the tips of the five digits they have on each of their feet—a method called digitigrade locomotion. With the exception of European bunnies, which are a very social breed, bunnies typically are not highly territorial but live a pretty solitary life in the wild.

Bunnies in the wild generally stay in close range of home with known spaces to hide for protection against predators, and bunnies will even dig holes and burrow for this purpose. Having eyes set laterally on either side of their head provides an almost completely circular field of vision for bunnies, further protecting them. Smell is incredibly important for bunnies and they have an acute ability to detect different odors and communicate with other bunnies. Glands that are located on bunnies’ cheeks, chin, and groin allow them to mark parts of the landscape to alert other bunnies of their territory or make it none that they are looking to reproduce.

Domesticated bunnies need large cages and plenty of time outside of their cages for play and exercise. We recommend that bunnies be kept indoors so that they get plenty of social interaction with their owners and are completely protected from the variable New England weather.

Bunnies do not form life-long partnerships with mates, but rather mate with different individual bunnies throughout their lifetime. Bunnies are capable of producing a large number of offspring every year. Bunnies are able to start conceiving at a very young age, litters of bunnies can consist of up to seven offspring, and the gestation period for bunnies is 30 days. If you have a pet bunny, it is recommended that you have your bunny spayed or neutered by a qualified veterinarian. Unaltered bunnies will often spray to mark their area which can be a nuisance and having them spayed/neutered can also protect them against some forms of cancer.

At Pet World, we have a variety of bunnies that are looking for a caring and fitting home. Ask our staff whether your lifestyle is conducive to owning one of our adorable bunnies, and about any questions you might have about bunnies as pets.

Hedgehogs

A hedgehog is a mammal belonging to the Erinaceinae family. Seventeen species of hedgehog exist, and here at Pet World we sell the domesticated African Pygmy hedgehog. Hedgehogs are nocturnal creatures. Interestingly enough, hedgehogs are not related to porcupines, despite the similarity of their spiny appearance. Baby hedgehogs are called hoglets. A hedgehog weighs between 0.5 – 1.25 pounds on average and is typically 6 – 8 inches long. Approximately 35% of the body weight of a hedgehog consists of its spines. Hedgehogs have between 36 and 44 teeth in their adorable little snout, and unlike rodents, hedgehog teeth do not grow continuously and so they do not have the same habits of chewing on toys or wood to grind them down. Beneath all of those prickly spines, hedgehogs also have soft white fur. Additionally, on the underside of its chin, a hedgehog commonly will have a chin mole. This is sometimes referred to as a cutie mark and is quite normal. Hedgehogs do not have a scent gland and therefore do not omit a foul scent. Hedgehogs will typically live between 5 and 7 years when living in captivity. Hedgehogs in the wild live an average of 2 years due to living amongst predators.

Hedgehogs do not have very good eyesight, but they make up for it with their other senses. A hedgehog has excellent hearing and smell. With proportionately large ears, a hedgehog is able to hear an enormous amount. This may lead to a defensive reaction as a hedgehogs gets used to new sounds within a household. Another capability of hedgehogs is motion detection. Hedgehogs have an exceptional sense of motion and even when they are rolled up, they can still notice movement. It is important not to wake up a hedgehog or poke one if it is curled up into a ball. Hedgehogs can be somewhat defensive and might be easily startled in these situations resulting in the hedgehog raising its spines and puffing itself up.

Rabbits

Rabbits make excellent pets. They are however, a high-energy animal and a long-term commitment. Rabbits love to eat grasses, plants, some weeds, bark, seeds, leaves, and sometimes flower buds. As a domesticated animal, rabbits typically consume timothy hay or grass, some form of pellet food, and vegetables. Rabbits commonly live more than nine years, but often less than twelve. Rabbits range anywhere from 14 ounces to 6.6 pounds can be between10 and 20 inches lengthwise.. Rabbits tend to be solitary animals, living on their own or in small packs. However, European rabbits are distinct in that they tend to live in larger colonies of other rabbits. Additionally, rabbits all have five distinct digits on each of their four feet and move around by balancing and propelling themselves from the tips of these digits. This method of movement, called digitigrade locomotion is common among rabbits.

Rabbits have a number of qualities that protect them in the wild. By remaining near their shelter and by burrowing or digging holes, rabbits work to always have a place to hide from any predator. Furthermore, rabbits have an incredibly wide range of vision because rabbits’ eyes are very laterally placed on their heads. Their wide-ranging vision helps to further protect rabbits. Rabbits use their fine-tuned sense of smell as a means of communication with other rabbits, and as a way to mark territory. Different parts of the landscape might be marked by rabbits with secretion from groin, cheek, or chin glands in order to notify other rabbits that they are looking to reproduce or as a way to alert other rabbits they are on claimed land.

Rabbits will mate with a number of different rabbits rather than having one partner for the rest of their life. Rabbits can have multiple litters of offspring each year, as they are able to reproduce at a young age. The average litter of rabbits consists of up to seven baby rabbits and gestation only lasts 30 days for rabbits. Another interesting fact is that mating itself actually activates female rabbits’ gestation, making them reflex ovulators.

Come into Pet World today to ask more questions and hear more information about rabbits. We carry a huge variety of rabbits and want to set them up with a loving and suitable home.

Fish & Reptile

Amphibians

There are three orders of amphibians. First, there are Anura amphibians. This order has about 5,800 different species within it and includes amphibians such as frogs and toads. Second, there are Caudata (or Urodela) amphibians. This second order contains 580 species, two examples of which are newts and salamanders. Third, there are the Gymnophiona or Apoda amphibians that include caecilians and approximately 170 species. Caecilians are amphibians that look like giant earthworms and mainly have habitats underground or under the water.

Amphibians are cold-blooded animals, or ectothermic. What this means is that they are unable to generate their own body heat when too cold or to cool down when too hot. Amphibians rely on their outside environment in order to regulate body temperature and require cooling systems or heat lamps to properly do this. Amphibians live all over the world and can be found on every single continent except for Antarctica. Since amphibians can be found in so many different places, it is no surprise that various amphibians inhabit a range of environments such as deserts or rainforests, rivers or streams, and even mountains. All amphibians are vertebrates and therefore have a spine, breath through their skin (rather than nostrils or mouth like humans), and go through a process known as metamorphosis. Metamorphosis is the process by which amphibians change physically as they develop. Amphibians are hatched from eggs in a form that does not match the appearance of adult amphibians, but rather structurally change with age.

Amphibians fit right in the middle of the food chain as an important link, being the predator to some animals while the prey of others. One of the main food sources for amphibians is insects and bugs. By eating insects classified as pests specifically, amphibians can help to lower the spread of disease often carried by these bugs and also can assist agriculture and crops by protecting plants susceptible to these bugs.

Fish Tanks

Having a fish as a pet can be both rewarding and fun! Aquatic pets are unique in many ways. One universal experience for all fish owners is choosing from many available fish tanks. Fish tanks come in numerous shapes and sizes and vary in specific qualities needed by your aquatic pet. Fish tanks and their dwellers can provide entertainment for hours, and the scenery fish tanks afford is calming and beautiful.

Basic fish tanks are defined as any glass container with as least one transparent side that is used to house aquatic animals. Fish tanks can be used to keep fish, turtles, reptiles, amphibians, or even plants. From a small bowl to large aquarium, fish tanks come in many shapes and sizes. For households however, fish tanks are typically smaller scale. In the early twentieth century, the air pump was invented to replace electricity as a source of power with running water. Fish tanks grew in popularity with the spreading of electricity accessibility, as this allowed for lighting, filtration, and heating capabilities. Additionally, as more types of fish were able to be imported, fish tanks expanded even more into a hobbyist market. Keeping up fish tanks is now the second most popular hobby in the country.

Fish tanks are most commonly assembled from glass panes and silicone sealant. Today, acrylic and plastic fish tanks are growing in popularity because of their stability. Fish bowls, the most commercialized type of the many fish tanks available, are extremely common in households with one to two fish. However, fish tanks come in other shapes, such as cuboid, rectangular, hexagonal, bowed, L-shaped in order to fit into a corner, and more. Fish tanks are sized according to need, but can range from tiny household 1-litre fish bowls to giant public aquariums with entire ecosystems. The majority of fish nowadays require fish tanks with at least two forms of filtration. Most of the available filters come with both mechanical filtration and biological filtration. Fish tanks require daily maintenance to ensure the health of their inhabitants. This includes checking the fish, the cloudiness of the water, the temperature inside the tank, and anything else that might affect the climate within fish tanks.

Goldfish

Goldfish were one of the first fish to be domesticated (originally in China over a thousand years ago) and remains one of the most common fish to be kept in home aquariums. A freshwater fish, and a member of the carp family, goldfish can vary in shape, size, and coloration. Goldfish can be bred in a manner that prolongs and intensifies specific characteristics, making them differ from the traditional goldfish. Goldfish that possess a rounder body or a double tail are referred to as fancy goldfish and are an example of the development of certain features. Fancier breeds of goldfish cannot be kept in ponds because they are delicate by nature and unable to withstand the fluctuating temperatures.

Each goldfish has a unique personality of its own. A common behavior of goldfish are to crowd into one corner of the tank in hopes of getting food whenever a person comes into the room. Goldfish are incredibly smart. With time and effort, your goldfish can be trained to do tricks and even eat right from your hand. Compared to many other typical pets for children, families, or fish enthusiasts, goldfish are generally low maintenance animals and do not run the risk of behavioral problems when interacting with their owners. Furthermore, in a fish tank that is big enough, goldfish will all get along with each other if you have the desire for more than one. These clever little creatures are a staple of many homes and provide a beautiful background in any room. A goldfish could be the perfect pet and companion for you.

Reptiles

Approximately 13 million reptiles are maintained as pets in the households of U.S. citizens today. Reptiles form one of the main groups of animals that include birds, fish, amphibians, invertebrates, mammals, and reptiles. Reptiles have two key features that make them reptiles. First, reptiles are cold-blooded. When an animal is cold-blooded it means that its body temperature reacts to the environmental temperature surrounding it. Accordingly, if reptiles are under warm lights or the sun, they will heat up, and if reptiles are in the shade or in cool water, they will cool down. A second feature held by reptiles is that they are covered in scales. The scales of reptiles can be large or small as well as hard or soft, and are necessary to protect the bodies of reptiles from abrasion as well as loss of moisture. Additionally, reptiles are distinguished by their ability to lay hard shell eggs. A distinguishing feature of reptiles that makes them different from humans is that reptiles do not have sweat glands. This is why they need to use their environment to cool down. Also, the scales of reptiles consists of the same substance that human nails and hair is made of—keratin.

Reptiles are classified as tetrapods, meaning that they have four legs. Even snakes who have lost their legs through the process of evolution are descended from tetrapods. Some commonly known animals which are classified as reptiles include turtles, snakes, crocodiles, alligators, tortoises, and lizards. Species of reptiles can be found all over the world on every continent, except for Antarctica. Reptiles have some of the longest lifespans of any animals in the world. Some tortoise reptiles can live up to 150 years of age. At Pet World we have a nice selection of reptiles for you and your family to choose from, including but not limited to Bearded Dragons, geckos, and green anoles.

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