Jul 272017
 
 

There’s been a big shakeup in the pet food business: PetSmart has purchased the online delivery company Chewey’s. As a result of this, Chewey’s is no longer able to carry Orijen and Acana. 

Why is this? Champion foods, the company that makes these foods, is committed to the quality of their food and focusing on the smaller independent retailers and specialty shops. From their page about the change:

 
“Mass retailers operate different business models than specialty stores. They often require food makers to make significant investments in advertising and measure success through sales volumes and profits. This model is not who we are — our focus is and always will be on our foods.
 
At Champion, we invest in ingredients and research. The majority of cost in making ORIJEN and ACANA comes from their ingredients, not advertising. Our commitment to our foods is critical to our vision and mission. It sets us apart from multinational and marketing brands.
 
We believe that our pet specialty store partners recommend pet foods based on their trust in the food maker and the food’s performance, rather than advertising and sales volume.”
 
You can read their entire statement here
 
We’re proud and honored to be one of those independent retailers that carries both Orijen and Acana! And with our home delivery service you can still get it delivered right to your door! Just give us a call at 847-251-6750!
You’ll also save more with our automatic frequent buyer program and our Customer Rewards!
Your Wilmette Pet Staff
847-251-6750
Jun 082017
 
It wasn’t a terribly cold or long winter this year, but we’re still really glad when it’s over! And with the warmer months, there are a lot of things that we need to be aware of and do differently; in fact, there are so many we’ve gathered all of our top summer caresheets in one convenient place!
 
The warmer winter and rainy spring are bringing out all kinds of pests. Besides being a nuisance for our furry friends, they can actually dangerous to their health. And these pests bother more then just our dogs and cats, we have to be worried about our scaly and small furry friends, too. For a complete run down of all the pests we need to deal with and why, read our Problem with pests caresheet. We have our top tips and solutions for getting rid of with and preventing these pests on this caresheet, Dealing with Pests
 
It’s also brought about a big explosion in grubs and insect larvae, which is prime food for skunks. These wild animals have adapted to urban environments very well, and have been seen in increasingly greater numbers where we live. For tips to control and limit encounters with skunks, and what to do if our dog has found one, see our Dealing with Skunks caresheet.
 
With the summertime comes thunderstorms and lots of fireworks – and while the light and noise are enjoyed by many of us, it can be a source of terror for our pets (and, yes, for some people, too.) For our best tips and products to help reduce the stress and help them survive this scary time, check out our Surviving Thunderstorms caresheet
 
We spend a lot of time and money to have beautiful green lawns – just to have them ruined with yellowing and bald spots. But it doesn’t have to be that way, and our Saving you Lawncaresheet has all the tips, suggestions, and products to keep you lawn perfect for the summer!
 
This is the time of year that most animals begin to fill the world with babies. It’s also when we find helpless newborns and babies – and, being the loving and caring people we are, we want to try to help. Caring for an injured, sick, or weak wild animal really requires a licensed and professional rehabilitator. But as it can take some time to get the animal to the right person, we may have to step in. Different animals have different nutritional and feeding requirements, so check out our specific baby rabbit caresheet here and see this caresheet for the most commonly found baby animals. 
 
Step up your dog’s chewing time, and help keep them cool with tips and recipes on our Cool summer treats for a cool dog. These frozen treats will keep them busy and entertained while helping them cool down when the weather starts getting hot. 
 
There are many other changes and things to be aware of for all of our animals, not just our cats and dogs. For tips for all of our companions, check out our full Preparing our pets for Summer article.
Jun 082017
 
They’re one of our favorite animals. Nothing else is quite as energetic, as playful, and as full of life as the ferret! 
 
The pet ferret (Mustela putorius furo) is a hybridized and domesticated animal, thought to come from the European polecat and the Steppe polecat. They’re obligate carnivores, meaning, like cats, they must eat meat (and should never have sugar). In the wild they are incredible hunters, tenacious and brave and not shying from large prey, although mice, voles, and rabbits make up most of their diet. In captivity, they eat a high protein, high fat, and low carbohydrate diet. Because of this, their digestive tract is incredibly short and they must eat often. They have been domesticated for thousands of years, used to hunt and eliminate mice, rats, and rabbits. 
 
Ferrets are related to skunks and badgers and although they have been descented, they do still have a faint smell. It’s easily countered, though, by using towels in their cage, sprayed with scent neutralizing sprays like PureAyre; as they crawl and play through it it reduces any odor. 

One of the most endearing things ferrets do is something called the “weasel war dance”. It’s thought to be a hunting technique the native species use to dazzle and confuse prey, but with out pet ferrets it looks like nothing more than an invitation to play! It seems like they’re just happy being alive! 
 
They do need to live in a good sized cage. Give them lots of things to play with, especially tunnels, tubes, and hammocks. Sturdy cat toys can be offered to give them things to play with. And boy do ferrets love to play! They need plenty of time outside of their cage, too, in a play gym or, even better, in a ferret-proof safe room. Keeping them on a harness will help control them and prevent them from getting into places they should’t. They do like to get into mischief, chewing up and stealing anything that catches their fancy.
 
We have our ferret care sheet on our website; check it out for all the details you need to know, and stop by to meet these incredibly friendly companions and see why they’re one of our favorites.
Jun 082017
 
We have two very cool new foods to introduce:
 
Our pets were not meant to eat pellets. There’s nothing like it in the wild, where their food is full of water. We feed them pelleted foods for one reason only: convenience. But Repashy is changing all of that. 
 
They’re well known for their powdered crested gecko food. It is an amazing diet, and is thought to be responsible for increasing their lifespan in captivity. And now they’ve taken that idea of an incredibly nutritious diet one step further with recipes for all of our reptile companions in a unique gel formula. 
 
Repashy makes it incredibly easy to prepare your own moist, nutritious food for your pets:
Add one part powder to two or three parts hot or boiling water. Let it cool at room temperature (spreading it out in a pan helps it set faster, as does putting it in the fridge), then cut up into cubes. Placed in a bag, it will stay fresh for up to two weeks in the fridge or 6 months in the freezer. 
 
Grub Pie – Our Insect Based (75%) Meal Replacement Gel for Insectivorous Species of Reptiles and Amphibians. Great for Bearded Dragons, Skinks, Dwarf Monitors, Salamanders and more. Insects are raised in the USA on high quality ingredients!
 
Meat Pie – Our Meal Replacement Gel for Carnivorous Species of Reptiles and Amphibians. Great for Monitors, Tegus, Newts, Salamanders, Horned Frogs and others.
 
Veggie Burger – Our Moderate Protein Level, Plant-Based Gel Formula for Omnivorous Reptiles such as Bearded Dragons and Blue Tongue Skinks. Also makes a Great Occasional Treat for Herbivores such as Tortoises and Iguanas.
 
Grassland Grazer – Our Low Protein, High Fiber Gel Formula for Leaf, Grass, Flower, and Veggie Eating Species such as Tortoises and Uromastyx.
 

Grub pie for fish – Our Insect Based (75%) Meal Replacement Gel for Insectivorous Species of Tropical Fish. Great for Livebearers, Gouramis, Catfish and even Amphibians. Insects are raised in the USA on high-quality ingredients!
 

Gut load your insects properly with a gel!
 
Bug Burger – Our Complete Diet for Crickets, Roaches, and Other Insects. Three ounces of powder makes 1.25 pounds of finished gel feed. Feeds AND Hydrates. Calcium Fortified.
 
Stop by for a sample of this great food and learn how to train your pet to eat it. 
 
For our finned friends we have:

Bug bites!

 
Since the dawn of time, insects have been hunted by fish in the wild as they offer a widely available, nutrient-rich food source. This instinctive feeding habit is the foundation behind Bug Bites™, which are formulated with Black Soldier Fly Larvae as the #1 ingredient. Employing a unique and sustainable process, the larvae are raised on human-grade fruits and vegetables to provide several “super food” benefits versus any ordinary insect:
  • “super food” benefits versus any ordinary insect:
  • Excellent amino acid profile
  • High in protein
  • Low in carbs
  • No exoskeleton – easily digestible
  • Appealing taste fish crave
 
It’s available in multiple formulas for every kind of fish and feeder in your aquarium. 
They use more than just bugs. Check out their page to see the other high quality proteins and supplements, plus their levels of quality control.
Jun 082017
 

With the longer days and the changes in the weather comes a huge fear for many of us and our pets: thunderstorms.  The noise, lightening, and air pressure changes can be too much for some dogs, sending them quaking in fear. Some dogs bark, whine, or pace. And while it can be difficult for us, because we can’t explain that they’re safe, we have some solutions to help everyone get through it.

Our top solutions:

Thundershirt – Similar to swaddling a baby, the Thundershirt exerts a gentle, constant pressure to help calm and relax your dog. It is vet recommended, drug free, and easy to use. Read more here.

Cannagurt – From Steve’s Real Food comes Cannagurt. It starts off with raw goat milk yoghurt – with the benefits of probiotics and prebiotics – and adds high-quality hemp oil. CBD is the medicinal, non-psychoactive cannabis plant that seems to help relieve anxiety and stress. Check out their page here for more details.

Herbsmith Calm Shen – This calming blend of Chinese herbs help maintain relaxation and relieve stress by bringing the body back into natural balance. Calm Shen is not an immediate solution, as it needs to time become effective, so start using it when the weather begins to warm up and use the whole time they may be exposed to thunder. See the ingredients and the theory behind Chinese medicine here.

Sentry Calming collars – Sentry calming collar contains pheromones, natural scentless chemical messengers, mimics of ones mother dogs produce that calm their puppies. They are clinically proven effective to reduce stress, have a pleasant lavender and chamomile scent, and last for 30 days.

Some tips that can help:

  1. Helping your dog handle thunderstorms begins well before any storm comes. There are some things you can do to help prepare them for it – starting to calm them as the thunder booms is not going to be nearly as effective. 

Start them as young as possible. Practice getting your dog to settle on command; use a special inside leash and teach them to lie calmly at your feet. Praise and treat them when they are calm. When they learn the routine, it helps them know what to do when the storm comes up. Getting them used to their crate helps give them a sense of security later when they need it.

Some desensitize their pets to thunderstorms by playing CDs of thunderstorm recordings and getting them used to it. Do it during quiet times (like the winter) and slowly increase the volume over time while rewarding their calm behavior. It does only address one of the aspects of storms that can bother dogs, but it can still help reduce their stress.

  1. Communicate in a way that our dogs understand. Dogs take their cues on how to act from the most important person in their life: YOU. We all have this natural reaction when our dogs are nervous or afraid to speak to them in a soft, high pitch voice. To other people that sounds comforting and reassuring. To a dog, though, you now sound nervous and afraid, so they become more anxious. One dog trainer we’ve worked in the past recommends, especially for her female clients, to drop their voice an octave or two, and to speak very calmly and matter-of-fact. Now, since you sound calm and collected, your dog can relax some, too. 

This technique even works when scared and nervous dogs come in to the store. Nervous dogs often change their demeanor and body language when a deeper, less nervous sounding voice is used.

  1. Distraction. Plain and simple, keep their minds and bodies engaged to help distract them from the sounds. Offer to play with them with their favorite toy or game, petting, and offering their favorite treats – as long as they stay calm. A Kong, stuffed with healthy treats, can keep them busily chewing instead of worrying (see some recipes here). Playing louder music or white 

noise can compete with the sound of the thunderstorm and help them ignore it.

  1. Safe place. This can be a crate, the basement, or another room where they feel safe. Allow them to choose the space, and don’t keep them confined, as that can increase their stress. Watch were they like to go and try to make it dark, cozy, and shielded from the light and the noise of the storm. A locked room can also prevent a panicking animal from bolting outside should the door unexpectedly opened. 
  1. Last resort, seek professional help. There are many different dog training methods out there, and some of them, like Tellington TTouch, may be of help to reduce tension and stress. A trip to the vet may be in order; although many prefer to stay drug free, some dogs may need to use medication to help ease the stress of thunderstorms. It can, with some other changes in environment, make all the difference and reduce everyone’s stress.

Not one thing works for every dog, and usually a combination of things are needed.  The inevitable storms that come with the warmer weather do not need to be a source of fear and anxiety for our four-legged family members. 

May 182017
 
We’re always looking for the best foods on the market. We’re pretty strict about what we’ll carry in our store. Since nutrition is the basis of our health, we only look for the best for your pets.(Check out our series on Understanding your pet’s food to see why we chose the foods we offer.)
 
Our newest food is no different: Hi-Tek Naturals. Their diets are made with the healthiest, most natural ingredients. With no animal by-products, no corn, soy, or wheat, and by using natural preservatives like vitamin E instead of adding Ethoxyquin, they’re careful and proud to use this term for their diets. 
 
It’s great nutrition at a smart value!
 
Natural foods with whole grains make these outstanding foods among the best selling of premium diets. Thoroughly balanced with the vitamins and minerals dogs need at every stage of life, formulas of Hi-Tek Naturals have been provided to meet the needs of every breed and every lifestyle. These are exceptional diets!
  • This balanced diet is a combination of protein and whole grains with antioxidant health from omega 3 and omega 6
  • Chicken meal is a rich source of protein, fat, and important vitamins and minerals that helps to maintain vibrant muscles, strong bones, and a robust immune system
  • Wholesome whole grains like barley, rice, brown rice, and oatmeal provide rich sources of readily available energy and retrain natural fibers and complex sugars to support a healthy colon and firm, consistent stools
Created in response to thousands of requests from loving pet owners, this grain free alternative provide the benefits of outstanding nutrition from an unparalleled ingredient selection.
  • This balanced diet is a grain free combination of chicken meal, sweet potatoes, pork meal, duck meal and salmon meal, rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
  • Chicken meal is a rich source of protein, fat, and important vitamins and minerals that help to maintain vibrant muscles, strong bones, and a robust immune system.
  • 100% grain free with an ideal balance of vitamins and minerals – no supplements needed
  • Antioxidants come from tomato, blueberry, and raspberry and this formula doesn’t contain any corn, soy, wheat, or rice
  • Suitable for any adult dog regardless of breed or activity level and formulated to provide all the energy and stamina dogs need without grains or grain products
 
Hi-Tek Natural Treats come in three great flavors your dog is sure to love. These premium treats offer irresistible taste and unparalleled ingredients at an economical price. They’re great as training aids and as rewards. Available in Peanut Butter, Gingerbread, and Cheddar Cheese.
Apr 272017
 

WPC has Up’d Your Savings

Wilmette Pet Center is happy to announce our new and improved customer appreciation program. You now have more savings on top of our already low prices with our fast, responsive and knowledgeable service

It’s our way of saying thanks for shopping at your local Wilmette Pet Center

Receive 2% rebate on all of your purchases!

And we mean everything – including sale items. Every time you accumulate $50 on all your purchases, you will immediately earn $1, ready to use on your next purchase. Use it towards anything in the store or save for something special!

Buy 12 Cans of Dog or Cat Food Get 1 Free!

Now when you buy 12 cans of your dog’s food or 12 cans of your cat food, you’ll receive the 13th free. Mix and match any brand any formula any size at any time*.

*Equal or lesser value is free. Sorry, dog and cat foods cannot be combined. *Canned foods are not accumulated in our frequent buyers program.

Earn Free Pet Food, Hay, and Litter!

With your WPC customer appreciation rewards, each time you purchase a bag of your favorite dog and cat food, you earn your way towards free products.  We participate in a number of manufacturer frequent buyer programs and have made it easy. No longer do you need to keep your receipts, loyalty cards, or cut out UPC codes. Let us take care of that for you and remind you when you have earned your free products. Our frequent buyers program is available for all our dog and cat foods, World’s Best cat litter as well as Oxbow foods and hays. We’re working hard with our suppliers to add more money saving programs in the near future! See the other side to see the current list of our participating manufacturers.

 

WPC’S Customer Frequent Buyer program*

Blue Buffalo: buy 10 get 1 one free

Carna4: buy 12 get 1 one free

Canidae/ Felidae: buy 12 get 1 one free

Fromm: buy 12 get 1 one free

Fussie Cat: buy 12 get 1 one free

Grandma Mae’s Country Nat: 10 get 1 one free

Honest Kitchen: buy 12 get 1 one free

Horizon Pulsar: buy 12 get 1 one free

Merrick: buy 12 get 1 one free

Nature’s Logic: buy 12 get 1 one free

Nature’s Variety: kibble buy 12 get 1 one free

                                freeze dried buy 12 get 1 one free

                               frozen buy 12 get 1 one free

Northwest Naturals: frozen buy 12 get 1 one free

                                     freeze dried buy get 1 one free

Open Farms: buy 12 get 1 one free

Orijen/Acana: buy 12 get 1 one free

Oxbow: pellet diets buy 6 get 1 free

                hay buy 6 get 1 free

Primal: frozen buy 12 get 1 one free

               freeze dried buy get 1 one free

Stella and Chewy’s: freeze dried buy 12 get 1 one free

                                    frozen buy 12 get 1 one free

                                     kibble buy 12 get 1 one free

Taste of the Wild: buy get 1 one free

World’s Best Cat Litter: buy 10 get 1 free

Wellness: buy 12 get 1 one free

Wild Calling: buy 8 get 1 one free

Zignature: buy 12 get 1 one free

Ziwi Peak: buy 12 get 1 one free

 

*Various formulas and sizes of the same brand can be combined to achieve free product. Cannot combine cat and dog, or style (freeze dried, kibble). Free product will be of equal or lesser value. Program for free product expires 24 months from first product purchased. Wilmette Pet Center LLC reserves the right to end the program at any time.

Mar 162017
 

Our friends over at Classic Kids Photography have an incredible event coming up!

Get some adorable pics of your kids with the cutest rescue rabbits from us, and they’ll donate $50 to Adopt-A-Pet! It’s Friday and Saturday, March 24th and 25th. Go to classickids.com to find out more and reserve your space now.