How to Navigate On-line Pet Classifieds and Protect Yourself

Whether you’re looking to purchase a new pet or advertise pets for sale, the Internet is perfect for seeking out information, reputable breeders and potential pet-buyers. However, with the convenience and vast selection that on-line pet classifieds provide, there also comes the need to check references and ask lots of questions. Keep reading for great tips on how to get the most out of advertising pets for sale or purchasing a pet online.

1. Ask for references

Always ask for references. As a pet buyer, you want to make sure that the breeder from whom you’re purchasing is reputable and known for placing their animals in good homes. Actually call up the references and ask about the breeder’s follow-up, their health screening and the conditions of their breeding business.

If you’re a breeder and posting a “pets for sale” online classified, then you also want to make sure that your prospective buyer is the kind of person that will love and properly care for the animal. Feel free to ask them for character references or a veterinary reference if they own other animals.

2. Access the online pet/breed community

The Internet offers animal researchers a wealth of animal information, including access to pet communities with forums, image galleries and lots of breed information.

If you’re looking to purchase a new animal (dog, cat, horse, bird, etc) through an online classified ad, try locating an Internet based pet community and joining. Once you’re a member, ask questions, request referrals for quality breeders and solicit advice on your particular breed or species. It’s like a neighborhood meeting, but specifically tailored to your pet questions.

A good pet classifieds site will also include information about different breeds and animals, as well as access to these valuable communities. For example, there are a few sites that are essentially a pet-based web community offering more than ads.

3. Ask for a picture

If you’re trying to buy a dog online (or cat, horse, or bird), always ask for pictures or video. Many quality breeders will be happy to provide remote buyers with short video footage of the prospective puppy playing and interacting with his brood.

If the animal is being sold as a purebred or as having been born from registered parents, ask for scans of the parental registration along with all the paperwork. Feel free to phone up the appropriate club or registration association to confirm the information.

4. Ask questions

If you’re trying to sell an animal online through pet classifieds, don’t be afraid to ask the prospective buyer questions. You want to make sure your prized horse, puppy, bird or kitten is going to a good home, so don’t hesitate to ask about yard size or living conditions.

Buyers, the person selling you the animal should also be willing and ready to answer questions about everything from specific breed requirements to feed suggestions to how they house and care for their animals.

Remember, the Internet is a great opportunity to get in touch with qualified breeders and buyers all over the world, but with that potential comes a certain amount of responsibility. So, get documentation, ask questions, get references and access your online pet community.

Naming Your Pet Should Be an Act of Joy, Not a Cause For Stress

One of your happiest days is the first day that you bring your pet home to live with you. You have decided to love and care for this creature that you are welcoming into your home. You have, no doubt, gone through much careful consideration and deliberation before deciding to take this step. Now is the time to immerse you in the joy of having a pet. So, don’t stress out about the naming process.

Finding the right name for your new pet is not all that difficult. Sure, there are many things to take into consideration, like your pet’s appearance, their breed, their temperament and personality, but do not get overwhelmed. More than likely, the right name for your pet will jump out at you among all the choices that you are considering. Most times, a pet’s name becomes glaringly obvious to the owner after just a bit of consideration.

If you are having difficulty deciding on your pet’s name, don’t take it as some personal failing. Sometimes a good idea takes a while to develop is all. Start by making a list of names that you like. Introduce your new friend to family, friends, and neighbors. Ask them about what names they would choose. Go to Internet sites devoted to naming pets and pick a few you like there. Use the names of characters from books, movies, television, or cartoons to give you a feel for what might work.

Make a game of it. Have fun hunting down your pet’s name. You will know it when you find it, or perhaps your pet will know it. Take some time to find the right name. Do not feel like you have got to name your pet immediately. Call a few names out to your pet and see how he or she responds.

Most of all, do not allow naming your pet to become a daunting task. People can get too carried away with this. While your pet’s name is important, don’t give yourself a stroke choosing it.

Remember that once you have chosen a name, make it an absolute. You do not want to change your pet’s name several days or weeks after you have been using it. This can become very confusing to the pet and a source of anxiety for both of you.

So just relax, have fun picking a name and watch the right one just jump out at you sooner than you think!

The How-Tos of Home Pet Grooming

So, Fido is getting a little scruffy. Pet grooming professionals can be very expensive and sometimes all you need is a quick touch-up. Home grooming has gained popularity in the last 10 years. The dilemma faced by the novice pet groomer is where to find the right animal grooming supplies – you’ll need a variety of clippers, scissors, brushes, and combs. The supplies you need vary with the type of pet you have and whether that pet has long or short hair. The thickness of the coat also plays a role.

Grooming supplies can be found at your local veterinarian’s office. Here you can find clippers, nail clippers, and even small, little clippers that can cut ear hair. This is not your best bet in respect to expense. The veterinarian usually has a high markup in all their pet grooming supplies. The advantage is that you will find veterinarians close to your home and will not have to mail order or order the supplies off of the Internet. You might want to call ahead to make sure that your but veterinarian has the proper grooming supplies for your breed of animal. Different breeds sometimes require different supplies, and if you have a rare breed for your area, it may be hard to find the proper grooming equipment. Veterinarians will also offer a dearth of valuable information for the curious first-time pet groomer.

If you’re looking for more value, and a larger selection, many online animal grooming supply companies exist. Some offer next day delivery and though the shipping cost might be expensive, the quality of the product and the assurance that the product meets your grooming needs is worth the cost. Online pet grooming sites offer tips on how to groom your pet, and they also offer tips on trying different styles and cuts. Online grooming sites also offer a variety of products like shampoos, conditioners, and products that remove vermin such as fleas and ticks. Be careful if your animal has sensitive skin. Some products may have an acidic quality that may leave rashes or irritating marks on your animal’s skin.

If you live in a large urban center, a large pet outlet store may be the right fit for you. They carry pet grooming supplies as well as other supplies your pets might need. These stores often have professional groomers with whom you can make an appointment or discuss grooming techniques. Some have a walk-in policy, while others need an appointment well in advance. The store personnel will offer advice on animal grooming tips that match up with your pet’s breed, size, and hair type. They will also have a large assortment of shampoos, brushes, clippers, and scissors.

No matter what venue you explore to find the best grooming supplies for your pet’s needs, make sure you ask questions and investigate the proper techniques to keep your pet looking and feeling great.