Setup a Ferret Cage

A ferret is one of the most entertaining pets that you can have around your home. The number of the ferrets might not matter so much like the set-up of its new home. It is basic to prepare a ferret’s cage but following the guidelines is very essential. The design of the cage that you put the ferret depends on the time that you will have to interact with your ferret. If the time you have to play with the ferret is plenty then setup a ferret cage using the most basic design.

The first thing that you have to consider is the health of your ferret. Maintaining your ferret’s health will need you to equip the cage in such a way that the ferret will be having a variety of its requirements every day. These animals are known to be very social hence they will require plenty of time to interact with the other ferrets. therefore, the longer the ferret stays in the cage, the more accessories have to be in the cage so that it can be having a lot of activities to engage in. allowing the ferret to have at least 4 hours to play around freely in the home when supervised or in a ferret proof playpen is very essential.

Ferret Cage

Essentials for the Cage

Lining the ferret cage bottom is the first thing that you should do. There are numerous materials that you can use but make sure that you use soft and smooth material that has an even texture to line up the bottom of the cage. However, the material that you use should be easy to remove and wash. You can use materials like fleece blanket, sweatshirt, sweatpants old clothes or even towels. You can also use a carpet to keep your ferret comfy but make sure that the carpet is easy to put in the washing machine and also easy to remove. If you decide to use anything else, make sure that it is fragrance-free. To facilitate the mobility of your ferret, make sure to go for a good ferret lining. Moreover, you need to have blankets, proper beddings and water and food bowls for your ferret. All these should be easy to use and should not contain chemicals that can trigger allergic reactions. You also need ramps and shelves as well as covers that will keep your ferret secure. You also need toys that will keep the ferret busy and entertained. (more…)

Light for Leopard Gecko

Leopard geckos unlike most of the other animals have their body temperatures far more attached to the environment than anyone can ever fathom. Their survival and healthy highly depends on the availability of natural light for the provision of the required nutrients. Research indicates that leopard geckos use the environment as a means of body temperature control. If you have such an animal at home as a pet, you have to ensure that you provide an alternative source of UVB light. Otherwise, the health, comfort and survival of your pet will be at stake.

Sources of Leopard Gecko Light

Mostly, pet owners are advised not to keep their pet cages in places where sunlight can reach. Excess sunlight can overheat your animal and its habitat resulting in dehydration or death in severe cases. Also, taking them outside to bask in the sun might as well not be okay because you will be required to do it the same time every day. With the human busy days, such a schedule might not be possible hence leading to a situation where the animal does not get enough vitamin D. to avoid such an instance, you should consider artificial light for a leopard gecko. Through the use of heat and light bulbs, you can provide a thermogradient where you place a lamp at one edge of the cage where heat and light are at its maximum and less in the other corners. Where the bulb is placed, the temperatures during the day should range between 28 t0 30 degrees and 24 to 26 degrees at night.

Light for Leopard Gecko

At night, the temperatures in the cage should not be allowed to go below 18 degrees. The use of a ceramic heat lamp or a heat mat makes this possible. It is not only the heat from the lamps that are necessary but also light. The light spectrum of natural light is rich in vitamin D3 that is very essential to the gecko. Creating bulbs that have almost a similar spectrum has ensured easy keeping of leopard geckos as pets. If the environment in which the pet lives does not receive any UVB light, the survival of the animal becomes threatened. You can easily notice the obvious health issues that the animal starts to suffer from. These pets are crepuscular animals rather than nocturnal as it was earlier speculated. This means that they mostly tend to busk in dusk and dawn when the light is not so much. At such a time, their skin is able to absorb almost all the vitamin D that strikes it. They have the ability to absorb more UVB when the light is low in comparison with the other animals. This makes the best time for their busking to be the few hours when the sun is rising and when it is setting (more…)

Food for Ferrets Chart

Food for ferrets chart refers to the dry types of foods for kitten cats and ferrets having been mathematically rated. All the food that is available on the chart is the type that can easily be consumed by the ferrets with enough amounts of proteins to keep them healthy and well nourished. However, it is not all the necessary information that is provided on the food labels. Therefore, determining the quality of the food just from the provided information is just not easy. Moreover, its meat content is not easy to come up with.

Since the amount of information provided about the foods is very limited, the best thing that can be done with this information is approximating the foods that provided meat content claim. The food for ferrets chart is an assessment for the amount of proteins contained in the foods as well as the scoring of each one of the sources in terms of their quality. Moreover, the table penalizes the foods with high carbohydrate amounts such as sugary foods as well as vegetables.

Food for Ferrets

Animal Protein

According to the table, an animal protein refers to the proteins obtained from the animal products where animals are seen as the main source. It is part of the food for ferrets chart because it constitutes the main source of proteins for carnivores. Since ferrets are carnivores, animal proteins are highly considered.

Fruits

Fruits are never considered as part of the natural diet for the ferrets. They are a good source of vitamins but at the same time, they are considered to be sweet with a lot of sugars hence making them a bad diet for the ferrets. On the table, they do not constitute a large part of the best food for ferrets. However, it is very okay to have them on the lower parts of the table as the last ingredients on the list. (more…)

Ferret Food

The company we get from our pets is exceptionally satisfying. However, we should not get too comfy and forget that the health and comfort of our animal acquaintances matter too. Do you have a ferret in your home or are you thinking to get one? These amazing animals are fun to have around the house. When it comes to feeding them, you need to provide them with the most essential diet to keep them strong and healthy. Do not worry about ferret food anymore because, in this article, we have shed enough light on what you need to know.

FERRET-FOOD

Research conducted on the eating habits of ferrets indicates that they are very aggressive eaters. Their metabolic process is very active which means that they spend a large part of the day eating. When you have one of them caged in your house, you should provide it with 8 to 10 small meals every day to cover up for the high metabolism. Just like cats, ferrets are carnivorous hence you will require a good source of proteins for their food. When you visit the pet store near you, you can always find food pellets that are highly rich in proteins for your pet. However, before you purchase the package, going through the written information on the package to ensure that the ingredients making up this food are high in proteins is essential. You do not need to spend a lot on foods that do not meet your pet’s food requirements. Moreover, the best among such foods are the ones that have the list of ingredients beginning with the ones that have the largest amount of proteins down to the lowest. For good ferret’s food, lamb and chicken should always be on top of the list. Moreover, you should always avoid foods that are made from corn or grains. (more…)

Cat Food for Hedgehog

For the last few years, people have been using hedgehogs in their homes as pets. They attractive and fun to have around. However, they are a mess when it comes to diet. However, in the wild, they feed on a variety of products. Breeders and owners of hedgehogs have been on the run to find the best diet for these animals. However, agreeing on the best meal for hedgehogs has spooked a very heated debate. Nonetheless, it has been discovered that hedgehogs can feed on cat foods.

Most experts say that cat food is the best for hedgehogs. Before hedgehog food arrived in the market, these animals have always been feeding on cat food for the hedgehog. However, the arrival of hedgehog food was rather devastating than expected since they were never up to the expected standards.

Cat Food for Hedgehog

Some of the best cat food for hedgehogs are easy to find. Some of them like chicken soup for soul kitten can be used as supplements or as stand-alone meals. This food has vegetables incorporated into it which makes it very effective for hedgehogs since they like vegetables. Hedgehogs require a lot of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids. They are also always in need of vitamin E as well as zinc ions all which are present in the chicken soup for kittens. This form of meal is said to be good for the hedgehogs since it contains pearled berries which are cracked, chicken fats, chicken liver, and chicken meals. (more…)

Pamper Your Pet with Style at The Doggie Bag Boutique!

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We are very proud to announce the launching of our new Doggie Bag Boutique website!  Those of you that have never had the opportunity to visit our shop, can now visit us through the web.  But, we hope if you are ever in our area you’ll drop in to visit. 

Our shop is a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of your typical pet shopping experience.  We offer the finest in products for cats, dogs, and the people they love.  Whether its an all-natural gourmet treat,  the hottest new fashions for your pooch, or that perfect gift for the pet lover on your list, we are your source for all your pet pampering needs!

We are adding new products to our website everyday, so keep checking back to see what’s new.  If you don’t see what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to give us a call, we will be more than happy to help in any way we can.

Lakeland Florida’s Original Speciality Pet Boutique

The Doggie Bag has been specializing in top quality pet products, most of which are USA Made, since 2002. We offer the finest in premium pet foods, pet treats, pet supplements, pet apparel, pet collars, pet leads, pet harnesses, pet bedding, pet toys, and much more for dogs, cats and… their humans!

Our combined experience of over 27 years provides us with the knowledge and expertise to help and guide our Lakeland Florida and Polk County customers with their pet’s nutritional needs. We have the highest of standards with the products we stock on our shelves. If we won’t feed it to our own pets, we won’t sell it to your pets! If you do not see something on our shelves, just ask. We’d be happy to help. After all, we’re a family owned and operated business, and we pride ourselves on providing our four-legged customers and their humans with true customer service. Our goal is to make every tail wag and every face smile!

The Doggie Bag Pet of the Month

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Doggie Bag Pet of the Month

Duncan is our Doggie Bag Pet of the Month!  Duncan is a happy little Sheltie that truly loves life.  He loves to come in and visit with us at The Doggie Bag, and he always steals the show at our Yappi Hour Events.  Duncan brings smiles to those around him, and no doubt will put one on your face!

 

Measuring Your Pet

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It is important to measure your dog as accurately as possible to determine a proper fit.  With a measuring tape and your dog in a standing position, use the chart to to fit your dog for collars, harnesses and apparel. 

A dog’s garment size is determined by
measuring from the base of the neck to the base of the tail.

A  Measure your dog’s LENGTH from the base of its neck to the base of its tail.
B  Measure around the NECK, close to the shoulders.
Lastly, measure around the CHEST just behind the front legs.