February 2011

Dear Petlover,

Hi there it’s Marko, one of the owners/administrators on Pets.ca and this is our first newsletter of 2011! We intend to put out only 1 newsletter every second month or so, so rest assured you will not get bombarded with mailings. If you think you know another pet lover that may like our newsletter, please just forward this email to them and ask them to sign up on almost any page on Pets.ca. If you have any comments or suggestions feel free to email them to newsletter ( A T ) pets (Do T) ca (please use the correct formatting) Now, onto some info.

A few months ago the Pets.ca website was redesigned and this newsletter is the first one with our new look and logo. We felt it was time to freshen the site and allow people to interact with our content by opening up our articles and tips to visitor commenting. In the next few months further tweaking of the redesign will take place and the store will be revamped as well. Thanks to everyone that sent us comments about the new redesign! Now, onto some pet information.

Featured podcast (New VIDEO recording)

How to Give a Pill to a Dog

Although the majority of our podcasts are audio, sometimes video is better to demonstrate specific techniques. If you need to give your dog a pill, here is the recommended technique by animal behaviourist Sherry Bedard.

You can listen to these recordings easily by clicking the embedded player at the bottom of each particular post. Click here for the How to give a pill to a dog video podcast.

A podcast is simply audio (similar to a pre-recorded radio program) that you can listen to on your computer or on an mp3 player like an ipod any time you like. At this time we have recorded over 55 shows and many of them are interviews with specialists like the trainers from Tenderfoot Training and Dr. Lee our amazing podcasting veterinarian.

Just Answer – Fast answers from a live veterinarian 24/7

Although Pets.ca offers tons of free pet information, sometimes pet lovers need a quick answer from a vet. Even though we associate with different vets including the amazing Dr. Lee, when you need an answer from a vet lickity split, you need a place to ask the question. We have partnered with Just Answer for this very purpose. They always have vets online to help for a small fee. Full disclosure: This link gives Pets.ca a standard affiliate amount that helps support our site.

Advertise to 6,000 petlovers

Thanks to all of the petlovers that have told 2 friends about our newsletter and to everyone that has sent us private messages and emails telling us how much they like the newsletter. This newsletter now goes out to approximately 6,000 pet lovers and with subscribers joining daily. If you’d like to feature your pet product or service in this newsletter to our targeted audience of pet lovers, please email us at advertise at pets.ca using standard email formatting.

Pet Photography

Photography on Pets.ca – There are many places to see cute pet photography on Pets.ca including our Pet photos section. We also have a special forum just for pet photography in our pet forum, where each month we set up a challenge or theme. It’s all fun and it’s all free and here are just a few pictures from this winter. Here’s some cute and cuddly pictures from the December challenge.

December 2010 Photo Challenge – Cuddling

This month’s challenge is February 2011 – Pets in Black and White) and pics from that challenge will go in our next newsletter. Thanks to Sugarcatmom, Marty11, 14+kitties, krdahmer and hazelrunpack for the use of their pics in this newsletter. Please note: There were MANY pix that we did not use even though we wanted to. We only use pictures that members from our pet bulletin board have allowed us to use by posting in this list. Please add your name if you want us to consider your images (it’s fun and free of course).

Pet Videos

Pet videos are so cute and so much fun that we have decided to add pet videos to ourbulletin board. We’ve only just started adding a few videos but the ones that we’ve added are likely to make you smile. One that is busting with sweet cuteness is Puppy whistles. Anyone can see all the videos but in order to comment, you need to be a bulletin board member (it’s free).

Lesser Known Poisons for Dogs

Most dog owners are aware that many dogs will eat almost anything. This is especially true of puppies and younger dogs. It is for this reason that houses need to be dog proofed or puppy proofed. Good house proofing will keep dogs away from medications, poisons, inedible objects etc. and this is a great start. We know that even though dogs eat the weirdest stuff, the greatest temptation comes from foods that they are not supposed to eat. By now most dog owners know that chocolate is a MAJOR ‘no no’ and certain types of chocolate can actually kill a dog. Other known foods that are toxic to dogs include onions, garlic and Macadamia nuts. This article will focus on a few of the lesser known foods that are toxic to dogs.

Don’t Apply Human Food Rules

One of the problems in deciding if a food is good for our dog or not is that we tend to use our own human logic to make the decision. We intuitively know that pizza is bad for dogs because it is full of fatty cheese (and onions). We know fatty cheese is bad for humans so we don’t give it to our dog. We DO know that fruits and vegetables are great for us, and so many of us think it’s okay to feed those foods to our dog. STOP right there!
Read the full tip on lesser known food toxins for dogs here.

2 cute gifts for pets and pet lovers

New products for pet lovers have recently been added to our store including our newFlower power Pet ID tag and Monkey Pet ID tag.

Suggestions Welcome and Our No Spam Policy

We love to get feedback and suggestions. That’s the best way we can improve and give you the information that you want. Please send any suggestion or feedback to newsletter ( a T) pets.ca. (Please use the correct standard email formatting)

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