General Information

Why Set-up a Properpet.com Account?

Perks of having an account:

  • You’ll get a safe, secure, and convenient place to save your information for future use.
  • You can check the status of your orders so you know what’s happening with your packages.
  • You can move through the checkout faster to save time while shopping.
  • You are able to store multiple addresses. If you want to send a gift to a friend or relative, this is an easy thing to do. Just store their address and it can be sent directly to them, saving you the time and hassle of re-packaging and avoiding the long lines at the post office, especially during the Christmas season.
  • You will have the option of seeing old orders and be able to easily re-order that same order.
  • You can create wish lists and send them to others so you can make sure you get the items you want.

Once an account has been created, an email will be sent to the address you provided along with your password. When you log into your account you will notice on the left-hand column a My Account section that has multiple tabs underneath.

  • The Account Dashboard Tab gives you an overview of your recent activity for easy viewing and allows you to make changes to your account as needed.
  • The Account Information Tab displays your name and email address. It also allows you to change your password.
  • The Address Book Tab allows you to place additional information and addresses for convenience.
  • My Orders Tab allows you to views your orders.
  • My Product Reviews Tab displays your reviews of products. As you are viewing various products on the site, under the description you can “Add a Review” of your thoughts on that particular product.
  • The Newsletter Subscriptions Tab allows you to sign up for the weekly newsletter and additional information about promotions so you don’t miss out on the great deals and savings.
  • My Wish List Tab is where you can keep track of your wish lists and view any products you have added to it.
  • My Down Loadable Products Tab easily stores all your down-loadable products
  • The Help Desk Tab allows you to create tickets if you have any questions or concerns about a product or an order you have placed.
  • Check Your Gift Card Balance Tab allows you to do just that. Simply enter in your card number and your pin. This provides a no-hassle way of keeping track of your balance.

When you are done shopping, reviewing and updating your wish lists you just simply log out,  by pressing the Log Out button located in the top-right corner, which will conveniently redirect you to the homepage. When you return to the site, just go back to the top-right corner and click the Log In button to quickly and conveniently access your account.

Creating an account with us will make your shopping experience easier and more convenient. Sign -up and experience all the benefits of having an account today. Set-Up My Account.

Trick or Treat for your Pets

As we are carving pumpkins, picking out costumes and loading up on candy, let’s not forget our furry friends for Halloween.

  1.  Halloween Safety Tips: read this helpful article from ASPCA with the TOP 10 safety tips for pet parents.
  2. Costume Ideas: not sure what costume to choose for your pet? Check out Good Housekeeing’s results from their pet costume contest for great ideas.
  3. Treats: your precious pooch also deserves some tasty treats on Halloween. For a full selection of dog treats including the flavors of fall be sure to shop properpet.com.

Happy Halloween from Proper Pet!

Finding the Right Pet for your Child

We’ve all likely asked for a dog or cat at some point when we were children. I remember I wanted a dog when I was six and my parents said I was too young to handle the responsibility. At the time I didn’t understand, but choosing the right pet for your child is an important step in making sure both your child and your pet are happy and safe. The ASPCA recently published an article that offers some suggestions on how to pick the right pet for your child.

The article broke down each age group.

  • Pets for Infants: Infants are unable to grasp the concept of pet responsibility. If you already have a pet when your infant is born, be sure to properly introduce your child and your pet to each other. Supervision is key. As your child and pet get to know each other, generally increase the time the two spend together.
  • Pets for Toddlers: The ASPCA suggests pet owners look for pets that can be handled in a way conducive to a toddler’s way of learning. Toddlers grasp and tug to learn about their surroundings. A pet that is sensitive to having its fur pulled may not make the best pet for a toddler. Always be alert and supervise your toddler and your pet when they are together. The ASPCA also reminds parents to watch your pet’s food and water bowls, litter boxes and other items (such as cords, tanks, etc.) since toddlers can move quickly and are curious about new things.
  • Pets for Ages 3-5 Years: Since children at this age are learning about contact and empathy, it’s best to choose a pet that likes to be held and touched. The ASPCA recommends a pet like a guinea pig since they enjoy being held and are not standoffish. This avoids any uncomfortable confrontation between your pet and child.
  • Pets for Ages 5-10 Years: Children in this age group tend to have short term attention spans. Animals such as fish or gerbils are the ideal animal. These types of animals are perfect for educating your child on the importance of proper hygiene when handling pets. It’s also a good age range to teach responsibility when it comes to caring for a pet.
  • Pets for Ages 10-13 Years: This age group tends to have a greater interest in animals and ability to grasp the responsibilities of owning a pet. Preteens are usually old enough to handle larger pets like dogs, cats or rabbits. They are also able to take on added involvement with a pet such as cleaning, feeding and exercise.
  • Pets for Ages 14-17 Years: Since teenagers tend to be quite busy, a pet that requires frequent attention and time is not necessarily ideal for either the teen or the pet. Animals like birds or fish are easier to care for with a busy schedule and don’t always require constant care.

Sometimes it’s more than just choosing the right pet for your child. Making sure both your child and pet are happy and safe is key. Before you introduce a pet to your child, it’s always wise to keep these suggestions in mind.

Christmas Gifts for your Pet

Christmas DoggiesAs we write our shopping lists, break out the tree decorations and bake cookies, we don’t want to overlook our beloved pets who provide us with constant love and comfort throughout the year. Make sure to include your pet on your Christmas shopping list. As we do with loved ones in our life, we can take the same approach to our precious pooch when we are choosing the perfect gift. Here are a few tips in finding the ideal present:

  • Budget: Before you even begin shopping, set a budget for how much you can and are willing to spend. More importantly, when you are shopping stick to your budget.
  • Practical or Fun: Consider whether you want to buy your pooch a practical or fun gift. Do they need a new bed, dish, leash, collar, winter coat? Christmas is the perfect time to purchase an item they your furry friend could use. If they already have everything they need, opt for a new toy, treats or even an adorable pair of pajamas. If you buy a practical gift, you can always purchase a small bag of treats or small toy to accompany the larger gift.
  • Wrapping: For fun touches you can place the gift in a stocking or attach a new bone or toy to the ribbon. You don’t even have to use traditional wrapping paper. You can use brown paper bags from the grocery store and decorate the bag with bones and bows for a festive look. This is a great project for your kids to break out their crayons.

For a variety of additional ideas, visit properpet.com. But remember, the best gift you can give your furry friend is the love they give you every day.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here’s how you and your pooch can help.

According to www.breastcancer.org, “about 1 in 8 women in the United States (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime [and] in 2010, there were more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.” It is important to keep the number of survivors growing and to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Every donation to breast cancer research, no matter how big or small, helps.

Coastal Pet Products Inc. is carrying a line of Breast Cancer Awareness items, featuring pink ribbons and paws. The items will include collars,  leads and harnesses for both dogs and cats. With every purchase made, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research including the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, Inc. and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Whether walking in the neighborhood or dog park, show your support for breast cancer research.

In The News: Woman Punches Bear to Save Dog

Hats off to Brooke Collins, the Alaskan woman who rescued her dachshund, Fudge, from a bear recently. Apparently, a black bear had been hanging around Brooke’s neighborhood, looking for easy meals (I can certainly understand how a dachshund would look like an easy to meal to a bear). When Brooke looked out of her window and saw the bear crouching over Fudge, she ran out of her house, yelling and screaming.

Then she punched the bear on its nose.

It should go without saying that most wildlife experts do not recommend running up to strange bears. In fact, that’s the exact opposite of what they advise.* But for Brooke, it worked like a charm. The bear dropped Fudge, and her boyfriend was able to chase it away. Fudge escaped without serious injury.

As pet owners, most of us love our animals so much, we would do anything for them. It’s kind of inspiring to see that love in action. Three cheers for Brooke, and best wishes for a speedy recovery for Fudge.

*(Seriously, please don’t go looking for bears to wrestle. It’s a really, really bad idea.)

Guest Post: “Get This In Your Yard: Woodpeckers”

A big hello and welcome to our friends at the Wild Bird Blog! The WBB is an absolute gold mine of information about backyard birding. This week we are bringing you a post about how to bring woodpeckers to your yard. All of you bird lovers and pet bird owners can expect to see posts periodically from WBB from now on. For this week’s post, blogger Crinda explains what you can do to attract woodpeckers:

“I am starting the Get This In Your Yard feature with my personal favorite: Woodpeckers. I feed mine all year long and proudly share my spruce tree with 2 pairs of Downy’s and a solitary male Red-Bellied.

As August flies by, summer’s natural abundance will drop off for all of our favorite birds and we prepare for autumn feeding. With their flashes of red, yellow and white, woodpeckers always make a great impression hanging at all angles from your feeders.

Woodpeckers are a wide ranging group that can be found just about all over the world (sorry Australia and Hawaii). Here in North America they can be found in forests, swamps, deserts, and best of all, in your yard.

You can attract these guys using seed feeders you already have. Woodpeckers are clinging birds and really like to perch on the sides of mesh and wooden feeders but they will also hang on regular perches if they see something that looks good. They love black oil , shelled sunflower, all varieties of nuts and even unshelled peanuts. Try putting out pumpkin seeds as well. Your woodpeckers will love you for it… [to read the remainder of this post, click here – content and photos courtesy of the Wild Bird Blog]

How to Calm Your Kitty for the Vet

Most cat owners don’t enjoy taking their feline friend to the vet. A visit to the vet’s office usually involves lots of hissing, whiny meowing and having to Vulcan-grip your cat the moment you put him on the examining table so he holds still. It’s almost enough to make you swear off those routine check-ups, but they are vital to the health of your kitty. What can you do to make visits to the vet easier and less of a hassle?

1. The first helpful thing you can do is put your cat in a relaxed mood before you leave for the vet’s office. This differs depending on your cat’s preferences, so whatever relaxes your cat the most will work. For many cats, it’s relaxing to spend several minutes sitting with their owners being pet. Some cats prefer long, connective strokes along their backs, while others just like being scratched under the chin. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it calms your cat. If your cat’s eyes are closed or look very heavy and they are purring, he is likely relaxed.

2. Next, load your cat into his pet carrier. Make sure the pet carrier you own is roomy enough so he is comfortable during the drive to the vet’s office. It can agitate your cat to have to sit in a cramped carrier for an extended period of time, which will only amplify his nervousness the moment you let him out for the vet to examine him. Also, place a towel, small blanket or old sweater on the bottom of the carrier if it’s hard. It will be cushier for your cat to lie on, making him more comfortable, and can set him more at ease.

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3. Make sure your cat has been fed before you take him to the vet. It’s never fun to deal with a cranky, hungry cat that’s agitated. Give him a generous helping of food—not too much, but about as much as you would give him for a regular meal. Just be sure to do it shortly before your vet trip. Best case scenario: your cat will feel so stuffed and relaxed from eating that he will be calmer during the appointment. You can also give your cat a few treats immediately after you load him into the carrier. Toss him a few treats during the car ride to the vet’s office too, to ensure your he is full and more at ease.

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4. Make the car ride to the vet’s office as calm and smooth as possible. That means no music blaring and no weaving in and out of traffic, like you’re re-enacting a movie car chase scene. Leave early so you’re not in a rush. The smoother the drive is, the better your cat will behave.

Try these tips for your cat’s next vet visit. We can’t promise your cat will be 100 percent calm during every appointment, but trying each of these methods can’t hurt. Some cats are just naturally nervous and won’t settle down no matter what you do. Others can greatly benefit from one or more of these tips, and you will notice a difference in their behavior if you change the way you take them to the vet.