What’s in a pond, anyway?

Coy about Koi


A few years ago my sister installed a koi pond in her yard.  If you’re anything like me, you probably think koi are gold fish that grew too big for the fish tank.  That’s not necessarily true, although both are breeds of carp.  

Since installing the pond, my nephew has grumbled about finding supplies for their koi.  Although we have a fish store literally three doors down from us, they carry little to no pond products.  My nephew has been asking me to carry pond products for about a year now, and with the collapse of the dog shows – and business – I decided “why not?”

I’ve been doing some reading about koi ponds on KoiPondInfo.com.  There is so much information on that site it will take me weeks, maybe months, to figure it all out.  So I cheated.  I put my nephew in charge of our pond section.  I asked him to set us up with the basics, to begin with, so here is what we now carry:

Hikari Gold Color Enhancing koi food – A floating food pellet that does not cloud the water and brings out a natural brilliant color.

Kaytee’s Koi’s Choice Premium Koi Food – Another floating food pellet that is a staple for your koi pond.

Kordon Pond NovAqua Plus –  A tap water conditioner which provides everything necessary to handle all of the needs when treating tap water for aquatic life (except nitrogen compound removal).

PondCare MelaFix Antibacterial Remedy for Koi and Gold Fish – All-natural antibacterial remedy rapidly repairs damaged fins, ulcers & open wounds. Treats fin & tail rot. 

I’ve also added a few pump filters and other algae cleaners to the inventory, so if you have or are planning to start a koi pond, look no further than Davis Pet Products for your basic needs!

 

 

We Now Carry Spectra 5 & 10 Vaccines!

We now carry vaccinations for your puppy!

Puppy Season must not be too far off.  I have received numerous inquiries regarding vaccinations.  I have always been opposed to carrying vaccines, because they must remain refrigerated until they are used, and that is difficult to do when you’re traveling to the dog show every weekend.  However, since the shows are barely just a gleam in baby New Years eye, I decided that I would do my part to make puppy season a little easier for my local customers.  

When it comes to puppy  vaccines I chose Duravet Canine Spectra.  I have it in two options –  Spectra 5 and  Spectra 10.  

Spectra 5, as the name implies, offers five way protection against Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus Types 1 & 2, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus. It’s touted as an economical and ideal first shot for puppies.

Spectra 10 offers a slightly different level of protection covering Canine Distemper, infections Canine Hepatitis, Canine Adenovirus Type 2 (CAV-2), Canine Coronavirus, Canine Parainfluenza, and Canine Parvovirus (CPV) Type 2b, Leptospira canicola, Leptospira grippotyphosaLeptospira icterohaemorrhagiae and Leptospira Pomona.

While Spectra 10 offers protection from more infections, it does not include Canine Adenovirus Type 1 as Spectra 5 does.  

So how do you know which vaccine to choose?  There is a great website called vaccinateyourpets.com that has plenty of information to help you decide.  The chart on the right indicates that your initial vaccination should be Spectra 5, which is then followed up with Spectra 10 boosters.  

If you have a preference, or you are otherwise in the know, drop us a note and share your wisdom with us.

Greg

Canine Spectra
Canine Spectra

“Many infectious diseases act more quickly than the immune system’s defenses. The result can be swift, serious and often fatal. Vaccination is critical to immunize your pet before it is exposed to infectious threats.” -vaccinateyourpet.com

 

Got Cat?

It’s been over four months since we’ve been to a dog show and believe it or not we have noticed that some people have a different kind of pet.  They’re called cats, and they are quite different from what we are used to.  Even so, we’re going to show them some love.  We’ve added a “cat section” to our store, and we’re adding products to it almost every day.  If you have a cat, and you have a favorite product, let us know and we’ll do our best to stock it.

Cat Stuff.

How To Clean Up After Your Pet

The Canine Chronicle shared a great video about some of the options that are available to you when it comes to cleaning up after your pet – and we’re here to help!  Check out the products we have available:

Waste Products

Also, if you’re looking for a more “hands off” approach, we also sell pooper scoopers!

 

How to treat your pet’s itchy skin.

Does your pet have itchy skin?  

Most dogs and cats itch for one (or more!) of these six reasons:

  1. Seasonal Allergies – also known as “atopy”
  2. Food Allergies
  3. Dust mite / indoor allergies
  4. Parasites – including fleas, mange mites, or ringworm fungus
  5. Bacterial infection and/or allergic to bacteria
  6. Yeast infection and/or allergic to yeast

While you’re following the steps in the article below to help identify WHY your pet is itchy, you can treat the symptoms with a number of products that we carry:

 

Sensitive Skin Care Products

Look HERE for Royal Canin products for the elimination diet.

 

CBD Improves Arthritis Symptoms in Dogs

CBD, a non-addictive product derived from hemp (cannabis), can significantly reduce the production of inflammatory molecules and immune cells associated with arthritis. Subsequently, the study showed that in dogs diagnosed with the condition, CBD treatment significantly improved quality of life as documented by both owner and veterinarian assessments.