Product Spotlight: NATURE’S MIRACLE Skunk Odor Remover

Look no further for how to remove that lingering skunk odor when your pet is sprayed by a skunk!

Product Overview:

NATURE’S MIRACLE® Skunk Odor Remover is the go-to option for pet owners looking to remove stubborn skunk odors from both pets and surfaces. Our powerful, bio-enzymatic formula works to neutralize skunk odors by breaking down oils found in skunk spray and effectively removes odors from directly-sprayed pets as well as products that have come into contact with a skunked pet such as bedding or clothing. Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover may be used on pets, carpets, hard surfaces, clothing kennels, and carriers for skunk-related odors.

How it works:

Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover works to break down the toughest skunk odors—in contrast to many products on the market that may simply mask or cover up odors with perfumes or scents.  Our bio-enzymatic formula works to effectively break down and neutralizes skunk oils and other odor-causing matter to permanently eliminate many unpleasant smells. Due to this process, Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover works best when given time to dry naturally (sometimes taking up to two weeks on certain surfaces). Pets should also be allowed to air dry before bathing or additional applications.

Pet Blog: Picnic Pet Safety!

As the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day is a great excuse to get outdoors. But whether you’re partying, barbequing, or just soaking up some rays, it’s important to keep your pet’s safety in mind at all times. To prevent any Memorial Day mishaps, we’ve put together some tips to help protect animals during the “Dog Days” of the season.

Party Smart
Barbequing is one of the best parts of Memorial Day, but remember that the food and drink you serve your guests may be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from animals, and remind guests not to give them any table scraps or snacks. Raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate, and avocado are all common at barbeques—and they’re all especially toxic to animals.

Be Cool Near the Pool
Don’t leave pets unsupervised around a pool or lake—not all dogs are expert swimmers! Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Also, try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains potentially dangerous chemicals like chlorine.

Skip the Spray
Unless specifically designed for animals, insect repellant and sunscreen can be toxic to pets. Signs of repellent toxicity include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, and lethargy. DEET, a common insecticide in products for humans, may cause neurological issues in dogs.

Made in the Shade
Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so if you’re spending time outside, give them plenty of fresh, clean water and make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun. Note that animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

IDs, Please
Time spent outdoors comes with the added risk of pets escaping. Make sure that your pet is fitted with a microchip or ID tag with identifying information, or both. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Opt for a Humane Holiday
Everyone loves a Memorial Day barbecue, but for those who eat meat, eggs or dairy, avoiding the worst factory-farmed products can be tricky. For help making the most compassionate choices this holiday (and all year long!), be sure to reference our humane picnic tips.

Reptile Blog: Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragon

All pet owners have a responsibility to look after and care for their pets. If you’re thinking about having bearded dragons as pets, learn as much as you can about how to care for them beforehand. You should take your lifestyle and household into account when deciding whether you can offer them a good home. This guide explains a bearded dragon’s basic needs so you can decide if they’re right for you…

Are bearded dragons the right pet for you?

Bearded Dragons as pets

Bearded dragons are one of the simplest lizards to look after, and make great pets for older children and adults. They are easy to handle and have lots of character. Smaller dragons can be delicate so as with all pets, children should be supervised when handling them. Bearded Dragons are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day, and can live up to 10 years old. Males tend to be larger than females, and if cared for properly, can reach their maximum total length (including tail) of 60cm in one year.

Do I like company?

They do not have the same needs for companionship as most mammals do, so are happily kept on their own. Once they are comfortable around their owner, they seem to enjoy being handled and will quite happily sit on your knee or shoulder. It is not always possible to sex them when they are small. It is important to note that males tend to fight when they mature, whereas females may live peacefully together. A male who is housed with one or more females will form a fairly natural social group, although breeding is almost inevitable. Bearded dragons lay eggs which need to be incubated at the right temperature and when hatched these need to be raised for several weeks away from their parents before they are allowed to go to new homes. It is important to note that it is often very difficult to find homes for babies.

Both males and females ‘head bob’ to each other, which is one of the ways they communicate. Both sexes also communicate by waving one of their front legs. This behaviour is natural and can be seen even when dragons are kept alone.

Creating a home for your bearded dragon

Bearded dragons originate from the hot dry deserts of central Australia. Like most reptiles, they are normally housed in an enclosed cage with glass doors, known as a vivarium. They have specific requirements, therefore it’s essential that the environment within the vivarium is controlled precisely and monitored continuously.

A single adult will need a vivarium which is at least 120cm long. Groups will need more room and should be provided with multiple basking spots.

It is essential that the lighting and heating within all vivariums is correct. Without having the right levels of ultraviolet (UV) light, they are unable to absorb calcium which will cause deformities. This can be prevented by choosing the highest UV rated specialist reptile lights. The output from these lights can diminish over time and therefore they must be replaced according to manufacturer’s recommendations, usually around 6-12 months. Lights should be controlled by a timer and be on for 10-12 hours each day. These lights can prove expensive, therefore it is necessary to consider the cost implications of keeping a bearded dragon before purchasing one.

As these dragons are desert animals they need to be kept warm. Their natural routine is to bask in the heat of the sun in the morning, giving them enough energy to feed and move to and from cooler areas. To allow them to do this, they need a spotlight to bask under at one end of their enclosure, so that the other end can be kept cooler. The temperature under the heat source should be at least 35ºC and at the cooler end, 20º – 25ºC. At night, the temperature should not fall below 15ºC, although it is best to keep younger dragons warmer. There are several ways to provide background or night-time vivarium heating, for example non-light producing heaters such as ceramic lamps or heat mats.

These should always be controlled using an appropriate thermostat. It is essential to ensure that pets do not come in to direct contact with any of the heating equipment used, as the equipment can be at a very high temperature, for example ceramic lamps can get to 200°C.A substrate of sand can be used with a stone or other décor so that your pet can bask under the spot lamp within the manufacturers recommended distance of the UV light source.

There should also be areas of shelter to enable them to hide should they want to. Artificial ornaments and plants can be used to create a desert-like environment, they are also easy to clean and less likely to harbour germs, although must be fixed securely so that they cannot be knocked over.

The shopping list on the back of this care sheet can be used as a guide. Our trained colleagues in store will be happy to offer advice and guidance.

Feeding your bearded dragon

Unlike most reptiles, adult bearded dragons eat mostly vegetables rather than solely feeding just on a diet of insects. Fresh plant foods should be given every day, with insects offered to adults on alternating days. Juveniles less than 30cm in total length need more protein while they’re growing and should be fed ample insects daily. Adult Bearded Dragons which are over-fed on insects could become obese or encounter other health problems and their diet should be predominantly suitable vegetables. Unlike most pets, food can be withheld for a day or more without causing harm and may even be beneficial if it is part of a considered management regime.

Bearded dragons enjoy eating live whole insects such as crickets and locusts which themselves need to be well cared for and fed nutritious foods. The insects then need to be ‘dusted’, by shaking them in a sealed container with a vitamin and mineral powder before being offered to your dragon. It is a good idea to alternate daily between calcium and multivitamin supplements. As a guide, the insects fed should be smaller in length than the distance between your bearded dragon’s eyes, if the insects are too large they may be difficult to swallow. Release the insects into the vivarium to be hunted by your reptiles, as this will provide them with natural stimulation. Other livefoods can be given as occasional treats, such as mealworms and waxworms.

Fresh foods should consist mainly of greens, such as dandelions, watercress, spring greens and rocket supplemented with vegetables such as grated carrot or pepper.

Occasionally fresh fruits such as apples or grapes can be offered but these should be a very occasional treat. There are dry foods available that are an alternative to fresh foods and are easy to use. Prepared dry foods or greens should be provided in a suitable dish and should always be fresh.

They will drink small droplets in just the same way as they would drink morning dew in the wild. As a guide, offer juveniles 2-3 times a day live, dusted and ‘gut loaded’ insects. Fresh or prepared foods should be available at all times and calcium powder can be provided in a small bowl.

Keeping your bearded dragon fit and healthy

As long as they are given the correct food, environment, care and attention, bearded dragons are normally problem free. Humidity and poor ventilation should be avoided at all costs.

A healthy bearded dragon will be bright eyed, have strong legs and be active in searching for food during the day. Personal hygiene is as important for reptiles as it is all other types of pets. Pet owners should wash their hands after contact and pet food dishes should be washed separately.

It is natural for all lizards to shed their skin which comes off in small pieces rather than all in one like snakes. Baby dragons may shed their entire skin almost once a month in the first year. Whilst this is happening they may look a little shabby, but this is nothing to worry about.

All vets have a basic understanding of reptiles but those with a specialist interest are worth seeking out. If your pet shows any signs.

DogBlog: Feed with a Clear Conscience

Open Farm Dog Food – Feed with a Clear Conscience

There is no denying that high quality protein is the building block of a healthy canine diet.

As a former vegetarian, it has always been hard for me to cope with the fact that despite buying high quality kibble for our dogs, the source of the protein in this food is not selected with the same care as the meat I buy for myself.

The reality is that even when meat is sourced in the USA, the protein in your favorite kibble is likely part of the factory farming system which places company profit over the welfare of animals.  As an animal lover, it is difficult to rationalize advocating for the care of animals while at the same time supporting this industry.

Open Farm Pet Food Logo

This is why we are so excited to tell you about Open Farm Pet Food – a company that is making a huge commitment to changing an industry.

Open Farm Pet Food

Open Farm is a family run company based in Toronto, Canada. Aside from creating some of the healthiest dog food available, the major thing that sets them apart is that all of their ingredients are ethically sourced. This means taking great care and effort to source both humanely raised meat as well as fresh and local vegetables.

Open Farm Dog Food Varieties

The Recipe’s and Ingredients

Open Farm currently offers 3 wholesome recipes – formulated to be interchangeable in a rotational diet:

  • Homestead Turkey & Chicken
  • Catch-of-the-Season Whitefish & Green Lentil
  • Farmer’s Market Pork & Root Vegetable

Open Farm is among the best dry dog food we have ever reviewed.

Each formulation contains roughly 30% protein and 14% fat. Furthermore, you won’t find any “meat meals” in their food which are often unregulated and difficult to trace. Open Farm dog food is also grain free in addition to being free of wheat, corn or soy.

Our Golden Retriever Charlie checking the ingredients

Have a question about an ingredient? Hover over any ingredient on their website and it will tell you exactly why it is there, and the benefits it provides your pet!

Open Farm is some of the Healthiest Dog Food available

Finding What’s Right for You

Since switching to a homemade diet, it is much easier to know where the meat that I feed the boys comes from. While I can scream from the rooftops about the positive changes we have seen in our boys since switching to this diet….

Wait there is more! Continue reading on Blog MyDogLikes



PetSaver is thrilled to be expanding into the Webster area and is set to open spring of 2016! The new location will be 980 Ridge Road, in the Webster plaza, Between the Webster library and the Scott Miller Salon & Spa! Construction starting now! Please tell all your friends! Thank you to our loyal shoppers for supporting our locally owned pet store throughout the years! Our great team can not wait to show Webster the PetSaver experience Rochester loves so much!





Turkey Day Pet Safety

For most, Thanksgiving means family gatherings with an abundance of delicious food for everyone. And even though we want to include our dogs in on the celebrations, some of our holiday food is not safe for them. the best way for you to have a restful and happy turkey day. To help keep your pets safe, here is a list of the dangers this time of year:

  1. Fatty foods such as butter, bacon, fatty meat drippings, gravies, and meat scraps may seem harmless but can pose very real threats of pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas that can result in clinical signs of vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain. Some breeds, such as Miniature Schnauzers, are very prone to developing pancreatitis but all dogs that ingest a large enough quantity of these foods are at risk. Symptoms may not be immediate and can occur up to four days after exposure.
  2. Discarded food items such as corn cobs, discarded turkey trussing’s, and bones can result in an obstructive risk or gastrointestinal injury that have the potential of requiring surgical removal or repair.
  3. Brine. Who would have thought that the popular trend of brining your turkey prior to Thanksgiving would be a risk to your pets? When you remove the turkey, this salt-saturated solution can be very attractive to dogs and cats, who will readily lap it up resulting in salt toxicosis. Clinical signs are excessive thirst and urination, vomiting, and diarrhea. This can potentially result in serious electrolyte changes and brain swelling.
  4. Xylitol. Candies, desserts, or other foods that are sweetened with an artificial sweetener called xylitol are dangerous to pets. Xylitol can result in a rapid drop in blood sugar in dogs along with liver damage. In the past, we saw xylitol limited to the ingredient lists of sugar-free gums, mints, and dental products but xylitol is now very commonly used in sugar-free or low-sugar baked goods, vitamins, and even some types of peanut butter. Even quantities that appear to be very small have the potential to quickly become life-threatening to dogs. Always check the label.
  5. Raisins, currents, and grapes found in some of our favorite Thanksgiving foods are a very serious concern for dogs as they have the risk of resulting in acute renal failure with even small ingestions.
  6. Chocolates in our desserts or treats are dangerous to our pets. Remember that the darker the chocolate, the more serious the ingestion, means the less they will need to ingest to develop clinical signs of vomiting, diarrhea, agitation, tremors, increased heart rate along with potential seizures.
  7. Nuts are high in fat and have the risk of pancreatitis. Macadamia nuts are more serious and can ingestions can result in vomiting, diarrhea, inability to rise or walk normally (they take on a drunken appearance and can even drag their rear limbs as if injured), along with hyperthermia.
  8. Holiday decorations are a concern for many reasons. Bittersweet flowers are many times included in fall floral arrangements and can cause gastrointestinal upset. Candles can result in burns and flameless candles contain batteries, that when ingested can result in gastrointestinal burns and corrosive injury.

If you think that your pet has ingested something poisonous or harmful, it is always easier, less expensive, and safer for your pet to be treated earlier, rather than waiting for severe clinical signs to occur.

The Perfect Gift Idea!

With holidays just around the corner we know you are dreading the last minute holiday rush! We all have family, friends and Co Workers that own pets and love them so much; A PetSaver Gift Card is a thoughtful way of saying you love their whole family! It is super easy, You pick the amount and your good to go! Available at both locations now!

PetBlog: 7 Ways YOU Can Help Your Local Animal Shelter

7 Ways YOU Can Help Your Local Animal Shelter

Not everyone has the ability to write a check for their local shelters, but these animals need more than just your pocket change. Here are a few simple ways you can help your local animal shelter:

1. Donate Your Skills and Experience

Shelters need help from those with specialized knowledge and skills. For example, those who love taking photos or making videos of animals could be a huge help in closing the gap between animals and adopters. It takes a lot of skill to photograph a dog who just wants to play catch! But if you can do it, your skills would definitely help animals find homes.

2. Donate Your Time

Volunteering to spend time with the animals at your local shelter or rescue is an incredible gift, not only to the animals, but to those that work there. Animal shelters need all the extra hands they can get. There are a lot of dogs to walk and cats to groom. By donating your time to these animals, you will not only build relationships with them but you will begin to see the impact your spare time is having.

3. Donate Your Pet’s Used Items

Most animal shelters have a wish list that you can donate to. Maybe your dog isn’t interested in the toy you bought him so instead of burying it in the bottom of the toy box, donate it! Just because these animals are in shelters doesn’t mean they don’t like a good game of tug-a-war. You can contact your local animal shelter to find out more about some of the items they may need and that you might have lying around at home. Items like lightly used pet beds, food/water bowls, leashes and toys are always welcomed.

4. Donate Household Items

Do you have old towels and sheets that you don’t know what to do with? Donate them to your local animal shelter. Just ensure they are clean and washed properly as most shelters use them to provide comfortable bedding for cats and dogs. Even paper towels, pillows and wash cloths are needed. Animal shelters can get pretty messy considering their residents, so cleaning supplies including, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquids, bleach and soaps are all used to keep your local shelters clean and safe. Garbage bags, brooms, mops and sponges are all thoughtful donations.

5. Donate Grooming and Medical Supplies

Animals waiting in shelters rely on being groomed to look their best for potential adopters. Shampoo, pet soaps, brushes and combs are all needed in your shelters. Even flea and tick treatments are needed. All these pets deserve to get dolled up, especially if it will help them find a forever home. Consider donating medical supplies to help sick or injured animals. Anything from cotton and gauze products to vitamins and treatments can help save the lives of animals in need.

6. Donate Pet Foods and Formula

A large amount of the money donated by generous individuals goes toward buying pet food and milk formula. No one likes going to bed on an empty stomach, which includes the pets at your local shelters. Donate a few bags of food or formula to ensure those waiting to be adopted don’t go to bed hungry. Reach out to your local shelter to see if there are any specific brands they may require or treats the pets like.

7. Donate a Place in Your Home

Being a foster parent can be unimaginably rewarding. Giving an animal in need a place in your home allows them to feel something they may not have felt before, safe. Donating a place in your home will not only bring the animals spirits up, but it will be a fulfilling experience for you and your family. Contact your local animal shelter to find out more about fostering animals in need.