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Stay Fresh, Stay Cool Cat!

Summer is here, which means HOT weather is here! Did you know that your cat isn’t able to sweat like we are? This means it is important to keep your pet’s cool and smelling FRESH!

Keeping your cat cool throughout a heat wave can be difficult especially if your home does not have air conditioning! There are SO MANY items you can get to help your pet stay cool at home! Everything from cooling bandanas to cooling mats will help you make sure your cat stays cool while you’re gone. If you ever have to take your cat to the vet on a warm summer day, you can keep them cooler in the car with the Metro Cooling Fan. It’s also important to make sure there is lots of fresh, cool water available to them at all times. A drinking fountain can be a fun and interactive way to help your cat drink enough water on those warm days!

A great way to help ensure that your cat stays as fresh as a kitten is to make sure you provide them with the proper preventative products to keep their mouth healthy! Many cats suffer from bad breath, and this gets SO MUCH WORSE in the summer when they are panting and laying in the sun. YUCK! This can be detrimental to your sleeping and snuggling routine. It is important to first determine if your cat’s bad breath is coming from a dental problem. After a visit to the vet, you can keep your cat’s mouth and breath fresh all day long with products like Slurp N’ Fresh, which is simply added to water to promote healthy oral hygiene, and keep breath fresh. It’s basically a pet safe DRINKABLE mouth wash! There are also a variety of dental treats available to clean your pet’s mouth! Get Naked Dental Treats help clean your pet’s teeth while providing them with a tasty reward!

 

Stay Fresh, Stay Cool Dog!

Summer is here, which means HOT weather is here! Did you know that your dog isn’t able to sweat like we are? This means it is important to keep your pet’s cool and smelling FRESH!

Keeping your dog cool throughout a heat wave can be difficult especially if your home does not have air conditioning, or if you are out of the house! There are SO MANY items you can get to help your pet stay cool at home! Everything from cooling bandanas, to cooling mats, and even special dog popsicles! When you’re on adventures with your pet, you can keep them cooler in the car with the Metro Cooling Fans, keep their body temperature down with a cooling vest, and keep them cool during play time with Freeze N' Float toys! It’s also important to make sure there is lots of fresh, cool water available to them at all times.

A great way to help ensure that your dog stays as fresh as a puppy is to make sure you provide them with the proper preventative products to keep their mouth healthy! Many dogs suffer from bad breath, and this gets SO MUCH WORSE in the summer when they are panting. YUCK! This can be detrimental to your sleeping and snuggling routine. It is important to first determine if your dog’s bad breath is coming from a dental problem. After a visit to the vet, you can keep your dog’s mouth and breath fresh all day long with products like Slurp N’ Fresh, which is simply added to water to promote healthy oral hygiene, and keep breath fresh. It’s basically a pet safe DRINKABLE mouth wash! There are also a variety of dental treats available to clean your pet’s mouth! Get Naked Dental Treats help clean your pet’s teeth while providing them with a tasty reward!

Buckle Up for Safe Cat Travels!

We all know the importance of making sure that we are buckled up to keep us safe in the car. Our cars come equipped with seatbelts for humans, but how do you keep your pet safe while driving in the car?

There are a variety of options to keep your cat safe and secure while riding in style, and our in-store employees can help you make sure you choose the right option for you and your pet!

Crates and kennels are easy ways to make sure your cat stays contained and safe in your car. Typically the safest place for a small crate or kennel to be placed in your car is on the floor of the back seat, behind the driver, but these can also be strapped to seats or secured in the back hatch area of a vehicle!

Some cats get extremely stressed when they're on the road. Avoid this, by using calming suppliments, catnip and distracting toys to keep them comfy while on the road!

To view all of our awesome travel safety products click here!

Buckle Up for Safe Dog Travels!

We all know the importance of making sure that we are buckled up to keep us safe in the car. Our cars come equipped with seatbelts for humans, but how do you keep your pet safe while driving in the car?

There are a variety of options to keep your pet safe and secure while riding in style, and our in-store employees can help you make sure you choose the right option for you and your pet!

Crates and kennels are easy ways to make sure your pet stays contained and safe in your car. Typically the safest place for a small crate or kennel to be placed in your car is on the floor of the back seat, behind the driver, but these can also be strapped to seats or secured in the back hatch area of a vehicle! 

If your dog doesn’t enjoy spending time in a kennel or crate, dog seat belt tethers can be easily installed in your car to ensure that your pet stays safe and secure. We have seat belts that come with a harness, or ones that attach to your dog’s own harness! Some keep your pet stationary in one spot in the car, while others allow your dog to move around the back seat while staying tethered in!

Do you have a dog that loves to ride shot gun, but you find it incredibly distracting? There are even stylish barriers you can purchase to help keep your pet in the backseat and away from the steering wheel!

To view all of our awesome travel safety products click here!

Fabulously Freeze Dried Cat Food

Did you know that your cat needs protein? Cats are notorious for being picky eaters, we all struggle to keep them satisfied while ensuring that their nutritional needs are met! Cats can turn their nose up at the food they have been eating for years! Maybe your cat only likes chicken as a protein, or maybe only fish! Maybe you just feel like switching it up for your furry friend! At Ren’s we now carry a variety of freeze dried food options for cats to keep them loving their food at every meal! 

Sounding good so far? Guess what! Freeze dried food is the perfect middle ground, where you can still get ALL of the benefits of wet food, with the convenience and simplicity of kibble! There is a long shelf life on these products too, so you can stock up when they are on sale! They are also lightweight, so you can easily store them anywhere! 

Even more important for us cat owners, your cat will love it. The irresistible taste of freeze dried will not only make your cat excited for dinner again, but there are SO MANY health benefits too! Some additives can cause cat allergies, medical reactions, and sensitivities. Freeze dried cat foods are free of these additives! And the benefits don’t stop there! Most cats who eat these have healthier teeth and digestion (not to mention improved appetites), due to the lack of added ingredients that can build up and cause damage to teeth. Many cats see a reduction in dandruff and hotspots when all of the additives in other foods are removed too! Is your ’s coat looking a little dull and feeling rough? Even more cat owners consistently comment on the improvements to their cat’s coat!

Even if you’re not ready to go full freeze dried you can use these amazing products as toppers to enhance your cat’s diets, adding variety and flavour and getting them some of these great benefits, without the worry of completely changing their diet.  They can even be fed as a healthy treat!

With all of these amazing benefits for both you and your cat, there really isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t try these great NEW products today!

Fabulously Freeze Dried Dog Food

We have all been there, your dog has been eating the same food for years, then one day, they turn their nose up at it. Perhaps you have needed to switch your dog’s diet for medical reasons and they just simply WILL NOT try the new food. Maybe you just feel like switching it up for your furry friend! At Ren’s we now carry lots a variety of freeze dried food and meal mixer options! Gone are the days of tossing treats and lunch meat into your dog’s bowl and begging them to eat! No more need to give up your food to trick them into eating! 

Sounding good so far? Guess what! Freeze dried food can even be fed as a replacement for kibble! Lots of dog owners have been discovering the AMAZING benefits to feeding their pups a raw diet, but it can be a little daunting for owners! Finding the freezer space to store the raw food, and planning meals out can be difficult for raw feeders! Freeze dried food is the perfect middle ground. There is a long shelf life on these products, so you can stock up when they are on sale! They are also lightweight, so you can easily store them anywhere! Goodbye hauling giant bags of dog food into the garage!

Even more important for us dog owners, your dog will love it. The irresistible taste of freeze dried will not only make your dog excited for dinner again, but there are SO many health benefits too! Some additives can cause doggie allergies, medical reactions, and sensitivities. Freeze dried dog foods are free of these additives! And the benefits don’t stop there! Most dogs who eat these have healthier teeth and digestion (not to mention improved appetites), due to the lack of added ingredients that can build up and cause damage to teeth. Many dogs see a reduction in dandruff and hotspots when all of the additives in other foods are removed too! Is your dog’s coat looking a little dull and feeling rough? Even more dog owners consistently comment on the improvements to their dog’s coat!

Even if you’re not ready to go full freeze dried you can use these amazing products as toppers to enhance your dog’s diets, adding variety and flavour and getting them some of these great benefits, without the worry of completely changing their diet.  They can even be fed as a healthy treat!

With all of these amazing benefits for both you and your dog, there really isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t try these great NEW products today!

Healthy Happy Cats

Our pet’s health matters, and we all want to do the absolute best to keep our pets healthy and comfortable all through the year! This can be accomplished through regular vet checkups, providing nutritional food and using supplements and vitamins! Pet nutrition has come a long way in just a few short years, at Ren’s we have lots of different supplements and products to help you manage your pet’s physical and mental health! Vets will often recommend supplements to help your cat stay healthy. After a visit to the vet, you may be left wondering what exact products could help your cat! To help keep your cat healthy and feeling amazing, come into your local Ren’s and chat with our extremely knowledgeable staff! Check out the great supplements we have from HomeoPet, Thrive and Vet’s Best to help you and your pet with everything from allergies and hot spots, to joint problems and anxiety!

Common spring and summer seasonal health issues in cats include allergies and anxiety.

Did you know cats can be allergic to almost anything! This includes ingredients in food or environmental allergens such as plants, mould, dust, dander and cleaning products! Common symptoms of allergies in cats include scratching, hair loss, itchy or runny ears and eyes, sneezing, paw chewing and constant licking. Sometimes, the cause of a cat’s allergies are quite obvious, while other times it takes a bit of investigation. If you suspect that your cat has allergies, it is best to take your pet to the vet first! From there, your vet can help you figure out what supplements and food can help alleviate your cat’s allergies!

Many cats also experience anxiety related to thunderstorms and fireworks, can you blame them? They don’t always understand what is happening, and this can be extremely stressful for any cat owner! But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are lots of products to try to help alleviate these symptoms and keep your pet calm during these scary times! We carry everything from natural health products to calm your pet to ThunderWorks pet calming solutions. 

Check out all of our supplements and health products! If you have any questions about these products, contact your local Ren’s to learn more!

Healthy Happy Dogs!

Our pet’s health matters, and we all want to do the absolute best to keep our pets healthy and comfortable all through the year! This can be accomplished through regular vet checkups, providing nutritional food and using supplements and vitamins! Pet nutrition has come a long way in just a few short years, at Ren’s we have lots of different supplements and products to help you manage your pet’s physical and mental health! Vets will often recommend supplements to help your dog stay healthy. After a visit to the vet, you may be left wondering what exact products could help your dog! To help keep your dog healthy and feeling amazing, come into your local Ren’s and chat with our extremely knowledgeable staff! Check out the great supplements we have from HomeoPet, Thrive and Vet’s Best to help you and your pet with everything from allergies and hot spots, to joint problems and anxiety!

Common spring and summer seasonal health issues in dogs include allergies and anxiety.

Did you know dogs can be allergic to almost anything! This includes ingredients in food or environmental allergens such as plants, mould, dust, dander and cleaning products! Common symptoms of allergies in dogs include scratching, hair loss, itchy or runny ears and eyes, sneezing, paw chewing and constant licking. Sometimes, the cause of a dog’s allergies are quite obvious, while other times it takes a bit of investigation. If you suspect that your dog has allergies, it is best to take your pet to the vet first! From there, your vet can help you figure out what supplements and food can help alleviate your dog’s allergies!

Many dogs experience anxiety related to thunderstorms and fireworks, can you blame them? They don’t always understand what is happening, and this can be extremely stressful for any dog owner! But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are lots of products to try to help alleviate these symptoms and keep your pet calm during these scary times! We carry everything from natural health products to calm your pet to ThunderWorks pet calming solutions.

Check out all of our supplements and health products! If you have any questions about these products, contact your local Ren’s to learn more!

Passion for Pets

Originally printed in Best Friends, The Pet Magazine of the Ontario Veterinary College. Read the full issue of Best Friends online at www.pettrust.ca/bestfriends. Or pick up a copy at any Ren’s Pets Store! 

To learn more about OVC Pet Trust visit www.pettrust.ca

“Passion for Pets
Ren’s Pets Gives Back to Companion Animal Health

It wouldn’t come as that much of a surprise that you’d be greeted by a couple of friendly “woofs” when you walk into the head office of Ren’s Pets in Guelph. Life-size letters on the wall above reception welcome guests to headquarters: “Passionate about pets and the people they own,” which not only serves as the company’s corporate mission, but also embodies the way of life for employees and customers alike.

When President Scott Arsenault started with the company seven years ago, there were three Ren’s stores. The premier pet retailer has grown to operate 16 stores across Ontario, with plans to open seven more this year and expand nationally across Canada in the coming years.

“Everyone who works at Ren’s makes a difference in the lives of pets – from accounting, to marketing, to the front lines. Each employee plays a role in the big picture of our business,” Arsenault says.

A couple of years ago Ren’s head office adopted a pet policy, where employees are allowed to bring their dog to work with them. While there are guidelines, morale has increased and job performance has remained intact and perhaps even improved. “Everyone is so much happier. When you walk by purchasing and see Pivot the Border Collie, you have to stop and smile and say hi,” Arsenault says.

When it comes to giving back, Ren’s focuses on the pet owner community, confidently standing behind and passionately endorsing products and services aimed at improving healthy pet lifestyles. 

Locally, Ren’s works with humane societies within the communities in which they operate. They also strive to support organizations that value the bond between pets and the people that care for them. When they opened their fifteenth store in 2017, Ren’s partnered with Don Cherry to exclusively sell a line of beef liver dog treats in honour of fallen Canadian soldier, Corporal Nathan Cirrillo, who was an avid pet lover and was killed in the line of duty at Parliament Hill in 2014.  All proceeds from the sale of the dog treats support the training of rescue dogs as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) service companions for military veterans and first responders in Canada. 

Giving back to companion animal health and well-being is another important goal for the company. This past August, Ren’s celebrated National Dog Day by raising funds at their store locations across Ontario for OVC Pet Trust, the company’s national charity of choice. The event raised $15,000, funds that will go towards advancing pet health through research, teaching and care at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).

“Pets are our family members,” says Arsenault, who has three dogs and two cats of his own at home. “That belief is at the core of our business. We know our customers consider their pets to be an important part of their family and only want the best for them.”

Arsenault believes OVC is the premier location for discovery and treatment for companion animals in Canada and beyond. “If you are a pet owner, you know the high level of care a pet will receive when someone says they are taking them to the University of Guelph (U of G),” Arsenault says.

“Even if your pet hasn’t been referred to OVC for advanced or emergency care directly, the U of G will somehow have an influence on your pet’s life. Whether it be the advanced care for animals that is available in their hospitals, treatment options that may not be available today but will be tomorrow because of the innovative discoveries of their researchers, or the training and education provided to their graduates (the family veterinarians that work in our local communities), your pet probably has been or will be positively affected by OVC during its lifetime,” Arsenault says. “It may not be today; it may not be tomorrow. If you have a pet, they will most likely be touched by the work that’s being done at Guelph. How can you not support it?”

Arsenault acknowledges $15,000 was a good start for their first year of corporate support. “We play in the land of great at Ren’s. Our goal is to give up to $250,000 annually,” he smiles.

Visit your local Ren’s Pets store on this year’s National Dog Day (August 26, 2018) to support OVC Pet Trust.”

Pawdicures & Peticures for Cats!

With any pet it is important to keep their nails trimmed!

Nail trimming and clipping can be done at home by using clippers. It is important to understand how a cat’s nail grows, as they are not the same as humans! Most animals grow nails with tissue in the middle, filled with a rich blood supply. This is called the quick. One mistake pet parents make is trimming their cat’s nails too close to the quick. When this happens, the quick begins to bleed, causing pain for the cat and stress for the owner! Without proper care, a cat’s nails can become painful and effect how they walk!

It is important to understand how to properly cut your cat’s nails to make sure that you don’t hurt your cat! Check out this great video to learn some tips and tricks for trimming nails at home!

Do you have trouble with your cat constantly scratching furniture in your home? Scratching is a natural and important part of a cat’s daily routine and can also help keep your cat’s nails healthy! It is important to keep items your cat is allowed to scratch around your home! Items like cat trees and cardboard scratchers are an essential for cat owners and we have lots of them available at Ren’s!

If you have issues with your cat using items they shouldn’t, you can try attracting your cat to their scratchers with Kong Catnip Spray or deterring your cat from scratching furniture with Naturvet, Organics No Scratch For Cats. 

 

 

 

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