“Pittie of Love” Dog Adoption Day, Saturday, May 2nd

Posted on: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
Pittie of Love - Animal Welfare Organization

On Saturday, May 2nd, Fairmount Pet Shoppe will host a dog adoption event with Pittie of Love rescue group from 11 AM to 3 PM. Pittie of Love is a non-profit, Philadelphia based, animal welfare organization dedicated to matching adoptable animals with the right homes and promoting the humane treatment and training of all animals. They have a soft spot for pit bull type dogs, since they are often misunderstood and have a great need for rescue. For more information on this rescue group visit them at Pittieoflove.org and on their Facebook page.

Spring cleaning for you, and your pet

Posted on: Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Now that there's a hint of spring in the air, everyone is ready to start their spring cleaning routines. Fortunately, there are tons of great products to help freshen up your home and your pets!

For your home...

Nature's Miracle

Nature's Miracle Nature's Miracle provides a line of pet-specific cleaning sprays. The bleach and other chemicals that are used in conventional house cleaners are not able to properly remove the biological matter from pet stains. In fact, using a bleach-based cleaner on pet urine can actually worsen the smell, in addition to encouraging the pet to continue marking the area. Nature's Miracle is specially formulated to break down the enzymes in pet stains and totally remove the odors - even ones that only your pet can smell. I comes in a convenient spray bottle as well as larger sizes.

Pet Odor Eliminator Candles

Pet Odor Eliminator Brand Pet Odor Eliminator makes specially formulated product to remove animal smells in your house, in addition to other strong scents such as cigarette smoke. Their products are designed to with enzymes that actually break up the odors, versus conventional products that only cover the scent. Their long-burning candles have been a long-time favorite with our store employees, however the brand now also offers air freshener sprays, reed diffusers, and hanging car fresheners. The seasonal scents ensure that you'll never get bored!

Magic Coat Clean Up

Magic Coat Clean Up Brush In addition to working as a brush for your pet, the Magic Coat brush's rubber material is designed to quickly remove pet hair from carpet and furniture. The angled shape makes it easy to reach fur in crevices that a vacuum may not pick up.

For your pets...

Earthbath Grooming Wipes

Earthbath Wipes When you don't feel like giving your dog or cat an entire bath, you can try Earthbath Grooming Wipes. The wipes contain gentle cleansers that help maintain smell and coat in between full baths. They are especially helpful for dirty paws and faces! The wipes come in 100 and 28 counts in four different scents: green tea, mango, puppy cherry, and hypo-allergenic.

Earthbath Waterless Grooming Foam

Earthbath Waterless Grooming Foam Another option for waterless bathing is grooming foam. The rub on, towel off option leaves your pet smelling and looking fresh. The gentle cleansers also help cut down on dander and saliva, which in turn can help ease pet related allergies.

Furminator Pet Brush

Furminator The Furminator brushes claim to reduce shedding in cats and dogs by 90%, and they're not lying! The design of the bristles allow the brush to reach through the topcoat and gently remove the undercoat and loose hair - where most shedding comes from. Not only does it keep your house clean, it also reduces hairballs!

Pet Nail Trimmers

Nail Trimmers Nail trimmers come in a variety of styles and sizes depending on your pet. Clipper style trimmers are similar to nail scissors and come from tiny cat size to large dog. Guillotine style clippers function by putting the nail inside an opening, then a blade trims the nail. Again, they are available in a variety of sizes.

Come on by and give your Spring a fresh start!

Make your pet even more huggable this Valentines Day

Posted on: Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Not only is it Valentine's Day, February is also official Pet Dental Health Month. Poor dental health can lead to tooth decay and stinky breath -- and no one wants to smell that when snuggling up with their favorite pet. Here are some product that can help you keep your pet's breath fresh, and its gums and teeth healthy!

Virbac C.E.T. Chews

Virbac C.E.T. Chews C.E.T. chews are one of the number 1 recommended dental chews by vets. These enzymatic rawhide chews come in different sizes as well as a cat formula. The chews combine a natural antiseptic and an abrasive texture that work with a pet's chewing motion to help control plaque and tartar. Because they are chicken flavored, the chews are very appealing to many pets. C.E.T also makes a dental rinse and pet toothpaste.

Virbac C.E.T. Toothbrush and Toothpaste Finger Toothbrush

Toothpaste and Toothbrush Both dogs and cats can benefit from having their teeth brushed at least every other day. Start by placing a small drop of pet-specific toothpaste on your finger as a treat, then slowly move to using a toothbrush or finger brush. Once your pet has become accustomed to the toothpaste on the brush, begin a light brushing movement! Over time, many pets view tooth brushing as a special treat. We carry both toothbrushes and finger brushes, as well as pet-specific toothpaste in flavors such as peanut butter, chicken, and vanilla mint.

Greenies Dental Chews

Greenies Dental Treats The unique texture of Greenies Dental Bones for dogs help remove plaque and tartar buildup as well as stimulate gums and freshen breath. The weight-specific sizes help guarantee that the bone is the proper texture and firmness to clean your dog's teeth properly. The bones are designed for every day treats, and therefore are low in fat! Greenies also makes Feline Dental Treats for cats. The treats are shaped like miniature toothbrushes and they come in a six flavors.

Dental Fresh

Dental Fresh Liquid Just adding a Dental Fresh to your pet's water bowl to equates brushing every time your pet takes a sip! The formula attacks bacteria and helps reduce and prevent plaque buildup. It is odorless and flavorless, so it won't effect your pet's drinking.

Old Mother Hubbard, Minty Fresh Breath

Old Mother Hubbard's Minty Fresh Breath Treats No dog can resist a good biscuit, and Old Mother Hubbard's Fresh Breath treats also help to freshen breath with spearmint, parsley, and fennel.

Next time you stop by, check out some of these products to guarantee your loved ones stay fresh and huggable all year long!

Winter safety tips for your pet

Posted on: Friday, January 16th, 2015

Winter is finally here! Now is a great time to take your furry friend for a romp in the snow, or a fireside cuddle. Here are a few winter safety tips to keep and mind as we move into colder weather.

A good rule of thumb: If the weather is too cold for you, it is too cold for your pet. Keep cats inside to prevent freezing, frostbite, or injury. Make sure short-haired dogs wear proper winter gear when playing outside. We carry a variety of jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts for all sizes!

Especially in a city environment, stray cats will often curl up in car engines to keep warm. Bang loudly on the car hood before starting your engine to prevent injury to these cats.

Ice melter and salt can be painful on your pup's paws. After a snow, put booties (such as Pawz brand) on your dog before going for a walk . If your dog won't tolerate booties, you may also use special paw protection wax such as Musher's Secret. Wipe your dog's feet, legs, and belly clean of any salt or snow once returning to your home. In addition, use only pet-safe ice melter on your property.

Check between your dog's toes for redness, cracking, or any other sign of irritation. This can be caused by road salt, or from repeatedly moving from cold to warm temperatures. Keep your home humidified, and if irritation is noticed, get a paw repair balm such as Halo Herbal Healing Salve or Opie & Dixie's Pawstik.

Give your pet a warm place to sleep such as a pet bed or couch. This area should be dry, heated, and draft-free. This will prevent your pet from finding warm, but possibly dangerous, areas to sleep. Make sure any space heaters or wood stoves aren't left unattended and that fireplaces are covered with a grate.

Like humans, animals are more susceptible to colds in the winter time. Don't medicate your pet without asking your vet first. Many over-the-counter medications such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Pepto-Bismol, Tylenol, and some decongestants are poisonous to animals.

Most importantly, enjoy the winter season cuddled up with your furry friend!

10 Holiday gift ideas for your pet

Posted on: Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Don't forget your furry friends this holiday season! They have been (mostly) good all year so treat them with a few surprises under the tree. Here is a list of our top 10 selections for your pets, for the holidays.

Jingle Jangle P-Nuttier Dog Snacks by Old Mother Hubbard

1. Jingle Jangle P-Nuttier Dog Snacks by Old Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard baking company is expanding on its traditional baked treat, made with real peanut butter, by introducing a variety of holiday shapes! The stocking, snowflake, and tree-shaped biscuits will be a hit with the family, and the all-natural ingredients will be a hit with your pup!

YEOWWW! Catnip Candy Cane

2. YEOWWW! Catnip Candy Cane

Know for their extremely strong-scented catnip, YEOWWW! Candy Cane is the perfect stocking stuffer for your feline friend. For non-Christmas celebrating kitties, we also carry YEOWWW! toys in the shape of fish, cigars, fruit, and rainbows!

Life Is Good Rocket Gel Dog Toys

3. Life Is Good Rocket Gel Dog Toys

Life Is Good makes a variety of toys from their patented "Rocket Gel" - a rubber that is non-toxic, dishwasher-safe, and rinses clean. The light mint flavor of all of the toys recalls holiday peppermint, and helps maintain your dog's fresh breath. Our "Funny Bones" and fetch balls with rope come in an assortment of colors and sizes, so there's one to suit every dog's tastes! In addition, the Life is Good company donates 10% of its annual net profit to help kids in need. You can't get much more in the giving spirit than that!

Cat-Man-Doo Dried Bonito Flakes

4. Cat-Man-Doo Dried Bonito Flakes

These dried fish flakes are a pure protein treat for your discerning felines. All natural and high in protein, the flakes are perfect not only for treats but also as a healthy meal additive. The strong fishy smell makes our store cats go wild (they've been known to steal bags in the past)!

Pet Odor Exterminator Candles

5. Pet Odor Exterminator Candles

These 13oz soy candles work double duty! Unlike regular candles, Pet Odor Exterminators are enzyme formulated to break up and remove cat, dog, and small animal odors instead of just masking them (imagine the technology used in enzymatic pet cleaners such as Nature's Miracle). While ridding your house of odors, it also creates a warm and inviting environment for guests. Perfect for holiday housewarming parties! We carry the candles in a wide variety of scents, including limited edition seasonal scents such as Pumpkin & Spice, Gingerbread Lane, Harvest Cider, Sugared Cranberry, Winter Winds, and Evergreen & Berries.

Plush Puppies Reindeer, Santa, and Elf Hats

6. Plush Puppies Reindeer, Santa, and Elf Hats

Available from small to large, they will fit small cats to even the largest dogs and make them a hit at your holiday party! Some of the plush hats even feature their own ears!

Plush Toys by Plush Puppies, Grriggles, and Zanies

7. Plush Toys by Plush Puppies, Grriggles, and Zanies

A plush toy an item that is sure to remain fun for your dog even after the holiday season. Dogs' personalities come in all shapes and sizes, and so does our stock of plush toys! Squeakers, tug toys, and stuffing-free products are stocked up in tons of different holiday and winter shapes!

Savvy Tabby Gift Toy Sets

8. Savvy Tabby Gift Toy Sets

What to get the tabby who has everything? More of everything, of course! These 10-piece gift packs include plush balls, crinkle balls, stuffed mice and catnip pillows in a variety of holiday shapes. They come in two color themes: red/green and blue/silver!

Zack and Zoey Knit Sweaters

9. Zack and Zoey Knit Sweaters

While you're curled up by the fireside, don't forget to keep your companions warm as well! Sweaters are not only a cute fashion accessory, they also help shield dogs from dropping winter temperatures. Zack and Zoey sweaters come in sizes XXS to XL, and have colors to compliment all varieties of fur. In addition to sweaters, we carry a range of heavy-weight winter coats and raincoats.

Da Bird Cat Teaser

10. Da Bird Cat Teaser

Maybe your kitten can't have part of the Christmas turkey, but they can have their very own holiday bird! The replaceable feathers on the end of this rope teaser toy flutter across the room like it's the real thing. One of our biggest cat toy sellers, we've yet to meet a feline friend who doesn't enjoy the hunt for Da Bird.

Bonus: Bugs!!

Don't forget to treat your amphibian and reptile friends this Holiday season! You can purchase live crickets, mealworms, and waxworms from us for a special holiday meal for your terrarium dwellers!

We also offer gift certificates for those hard-to-buy-for pet lovers in your life. Come on by and check out these great gift ideas!

Tips for introducing new pets!

Posted on: Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Have you been thinking of adding a new furry friend to your family? Here are some tips on choosing the best match and introducing them into your home.

When considering a new pet, it's best to start by thinking about your other pets' personalities and what kind of a pet would work well in your home. Are your pets older and relaxed? A super active, young pet might not be the best match. Is your pet playful and cuddly? A pet with a similar demeanor might be great! While it cannot be perfectly guaranteed how new pets will respond to one another, trying to find complementary traits is the best place to start. It is helpful to find out whether or not your prospective new pet has lived with other animals before and to consider your current pets' history with others as well.

A new cat..

  • Give your new cat a safe space Set up a calm and comfortable place for your new cat to settle into before bringing your them home. Try to find a small room, perhaps a bathroom or spare bedroom, where your new pet can adjust to the new environment, get to know you and smell your current pets in a safe environment.

  • Introduce your new pets by smell first Swapping bedding, toys, or other items between your current cat(s) your new cat can help ease into the introduction process.
  • Be sure your new cat is comfortable before introducing them Your new pet should stay in their nook until they are comfortable enough and ready to explore the rest of your home, this could take a week or so or could be as soon as you bring them home, depending on their personality.

  • Arrange supervised visits Once your new friend is ready to explore, take him or her out on supervised visits. Let them explore at their own pace and meet and greet your current pets on their own, with you watching and making sure all goes smoothly.
  • Don't let hissing worry you Hissing and growling are a normal part of cat introductions. If things get heated, return your new cat to it's safe space and try again later.
  • Promote positive interactions Give treats and play with fun toys so the pets start to associate one another with happy times. As everyone becomes more accustom to one another, your new cat can begin to have free reign to move about the home.

A new dog...

  • Make introductions on neutral ground Try and introduce everyone in as neutral a spot as possible, perhaps outside somewhere if your other pet is also a dog. If you have more than one pet already, try to introduce each pet individually.
  • Walks are a great way to introduce dogs Walks provide a bit of familiarity and a little distraction. Hold the dogs at a short lead length, and keep a brisk pace during the walk. Treats can help to reward good behavior. Bring a friend on this first walk in case the dogs need to be separated.
  • Supervise your pets' interactions Early on, avoid leaving pets together unsupervised. Instead, use a transitional room or crate for a period after the initial introduction. Separate dogs during feeding time, and remove any highly desirable toys or items in order to prevent fights.
  • Don't let growling worry you Growling is a normal part of dog introductions. If things get heated, return your new dog to it's safe space and try again later.
  • Reward the behavior you desire Let both dogs know when they are doing a good job, by giving them a small treat. Treats can cause competitiveness, so be sure to give them in a way that minimizes this. Having both dogs sit and stay before giving a treat is a good idea.
Remember, the key to introducing a new pet is to gradually introduce new experiences. All animals should be provided with a private 'safe space' during the first few weeks, especially when unsupervised. Lots of quality time with the pets is also crucial until they become comfortable with each other. By following these tips, you'll be on your way to successfully introducing a new furry friend into the family!

Jerky Treats Are Back!

Posted on: Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

In March pet businesses around the country were forced to pull all non-US made jerky treats from their shelves due to an ongoing FDA investigation. Since then we've been on the hunt for safe snacks to satisfy the jerky loving dogs and cats in our area.

Jerky is typically a limited ingredient treat, that is low in fat, and often often grain and filler free. Our new jerky products are all made in the USA, and represent the best we can offer your pet. Check out our new additions...

True Chews Chicken Jerky Made in the USA No Artificial Colors or Flavors

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Turkey Jerky Made in the USA No Artificial Colors or Flavors Grain Free

Merrick Jerky Strips Made in the USA No Artificial Colors or Flavors Locally Sourced

Bixbi Chicken Jerky Made in the USA No Artificial Colors or Flavors No Gmos Added supplements- Skin and Coat/ Hip and Joint

Zuke's Jerky Natural Bites Made in the USA No Artificial Colors or Flavors Grain Free

Hare of the Dog Made in the USA No Artificial Colors or Flavors Grain Free

Cat Hare - Jerky for your cat! Made in the USA No Artificial Colors or Flavors Grain Free

Welcome to the new and improved FairmountPetShoppe.com!

Posted on: Sunday, January 12th, 2014
We've finally outgrown our old website, and moved into the now. The new site will keep better track of goings on around the shop, and feature seasonal tips and suggestions to help you take care of your pets. The new site is now Facebook enabled, so if you don't already "Like" us there, not is a great time to start. Just click the Facebook "Like" box. Some features are still being integrated, so please let us know if you feel any bumps along the way. Hope you enjoy the new site! - Your Happy FPS Development Team

A Raw Diet could be the Right Option for Your Pet

Posted on: Monday, January 30th, 2012
Nature's Variety Products Raw diets provide nutrition the way nature intended. The raw diets we carry are formulated like your pet’s ancestral diet with meat, organs, and raw ground bone, fruits and vegetables, and are free of grain fillers. Dogs and cats are meat eaters by nature, and a diet consisting primarily of raw meat, organ meats, bone, and fat reflects what your pets would eat in their natural habitat. Eating close to the way nature intended, your pets will get natural vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from whole foods themselves, not from processed additives. These are 100% digestible foods, that your pets will love! The diets we carry are Primal, and Nature’s Variety, they are both made in the heart of the USA in a USDA Certified Organic Processing Facility. Each piece of food is individually quick frozen to seal in freshness, natural flavors, and nutrition. Primal Starter-Pak Just a few of the many benefits of these raw foods:
  • Shinier coats
  • Healthier skin
  • Cleaner teeth
  • Fewer allergies
  • Higher energy levels
  • More compact, firmer stools
Right now we are offering free Primal starter packs. Each starter pack includes a sample of 4 different flavors for your cat or dog as well as a guide to feeding and transitioning to raw. Feline versions include Turkey, Chicken/Salmon, Beef/Salmon, and Quail. Canine versions include Chicken. Beef, Lamb and Duck. Offer is one per customer and while supplies last.