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Top 5 reasons ferrets are perfectly suited for city living

The news lately has been focused on why ferrets are wrong for a certain city. Today, let’s focus on why they are right for urban pet owners living in any city at all.

Ferrets don’t require a lot of space. Ferrets love to play, and play hard, but they don’t need a yard or a park to romp in. Any standard room will do–plus you and some fun toys, of course! Ferrets need four hours of daily outside-the-cage playtime, and that’s easily accomplished in the mornings before work and the evenings before bed.

Ferrets can adapt their schedule to yours. You may have heard that ferrets are nocturnal, but they are actually crepuscular, which means that they are naturally active at dusk and dawn. For many city-dwelling ferret parents, these are ideal times for ferret playtime. But a ferret’s schedule is easily adjusted to yours. Basically, you can wake them up when you want to play. They’ll sleep when you’re gone. No need to worry about a sad puppy waiting at the door, pining away and waiting for you to come home. And definitely no need to hire a dog walker!

Ferrets are litter-trainable. Obviously, this is a biggie for any pet that’s going to share its living space with you. Ferrets have great success with the litter box, and a little training and preparation can go a long way. Simply placing litter boxes in corners where ferrets play will greatly increase their chances of using it. The thing to remember with ferrets is that their digestive system is very short, so they can’t be expected to travel a long distance to relieve themselves. Keep the facilities close at hand, and your ferret is much more likely to use them.

Shedding is not an issue. Like any furry animal, ferrets do shed, but it’s manageable for two reasons: It’s only twice a year, and it’s not a lot. A healthy, properly groomed and cared for ferret will shed its coat twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. Beyond that, normal hair loss is expected, but because ferrets are so small, it’s usually not an issue. Vacuuming regularly and washing ferret’s toys and bedding are sufficient.

It’s perfectly fine for ferrets to stay inside all the time. As far as pets go, ferrets have delicate respiratory systems and are susceptible to some human-born diseases that do not affect other pets, such as pneumonia and influenza. For this reason, some ferret owners choose to limit their ferret’s exposure to the outside world. Of course, some ferrets enjoy walks on their harness and lead. Those ferret owners who take their fuzzies outside are always vigilant to look out for hazards like dogs, cats, vehicles, or anything that might bring harm.

Of course, there’s a plethora of other pets for city folk to choose from–from fish to lizards and rodents to even a small cat. But there’s something about the silly, affectionate, inquisitive ferret that is just perfect–and once you discover it, no other pet will do!

NYC’s failure to lift its ferret ban is nothing short of depressing.

Disappointing news for New York City ferret lovers rolled in earlier this week as the city’s Board of Health ruled to uphold the long-standing ban on owning ferrets as pets.

Sadly, only 3 board members voted in favor, falling far short of the 6 votes needed to lift the ban. “[Ferrets] seem to be uniquely problematic,” stated one official–a comment quite typical of the pervasive, incredibly vague yet intensely negative attitude toward ferrets we’ve been hearing from New York City for quite some time now.

Ferret ownership has been illegal in New York City since 1959. Lest anyone forget, in 1999, mayor Rudolph Giuliani pronounced a ferret advocate “deranged,” proclaiming that “excessive concern with little weasels is a sickness.” Note the glaring lack of substantive evidence as to WHY someone who advocates for ferrets must be deranged or mentally ill.

Regarding the current decision, New York City health officials cited a fear that ferrets are more likely to escape and become feral because of their “unique skeletal structure.” A fear that is completely unfounded, since feral ferret populations are not an issue in the United States, as evidenced by the fact that not a single state with legal ferret ownership has subsequently repealed the decision. Are things so much different in New York City than the rest of our nation–or the rest of their own state?

For the record, Marshall spokesferrets Tyrone and Trixie currently reside in Chicago, where their “unique skeletal structure” hasn’t aided them in much beyond wiggling themselves into new positions for snuggling and treat-begging.

A true public health risk, right?

“New York City’s Board of Health voted not to overturn the decades-long ban on owning ferrets as pets on Tuesday… a travesty of justice for a number of reasons,” wrote Dave Bry for The Guardian this week.

We couldn’t agree more.

Marshall Pet Products Launches Convenient Peggable Pouch Packaging and Pill Paste for Horses at Global Pet Expo 2015

Marshall Pet Products will debut a convenient peggable pouch for all Pill Paste product lines as well as new Pill Paste for Horses next month at the Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show.

WOLCOTT, NY, FEBRUARY 23rd, 2015 – Marshall Pets launches convenient peggable pouch packaging for Pill Paste, plus new Pill Paste for Horses, this year at the pet industry’s largest annual trade show. They’re the two newest additions to the company’s successful product line, which enables animal caretakers to “hide the bitter taste” and administer pills and capsules with ease.

By rolling out the new peggable pouch packaging, Marshall Pet Products is providing retailers an easier way to display and stock the hit product.

New Pill Paste for Horses is formulated with mint, which horses love and seek out in the wild. Like the other Pill Paste products, it is highly palatable, covers any size pill, and easily wraps pills with no stickiness and no mess. It’s the newest addition to a product line comprised of tasty Bacon or Peanut Butter for dogs, Bacon for cats, and Wheat-Free Bacon for dogs with food sensitivities or allergies.

Clever pill-hiding Pill Paste doesn’t crumble, won’t dry out, doesn’t stick to fingers, and covers any size pill–unlike the competition. The original Pill Paste won a 2013 Pet Business Industry Recognition Award in the Dog Healthcare Category.

Marshall Pet Products will offer various promotions on orders at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida March 4-6 at Marshall Booth #2225. For more information about the company and its innovative new pet products, email info@marshallpet.com or visit www.marshallferrets.com.

About Marshall Pet Products

Since 1993, Marshall Pet Products has provided innovative pet solutions for cats, dogs, birds, horses, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, gerbils, and guinea pigs. Top brands include Earth’s Balance, GoodBye Odor, 180XT, Pet Solutions and Good Mews. Marshall is committed to continually developing new products to enhance the special bond that pet owners have with their pets. The company was recognized with two Pet Business Industry Recognition Awards and one BlogPaws Award in 2012 and one Pet Business Industry Recognition Award in 2013.

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Marshall Pet Products

5740 Limekiln Road

Wolcott, NY 14590

Phone: (315) 594-1760

Toll Free: 1-800-292-3424

info@marshallpet.com

Press Release: Marshall Pet Launches Ferret Lax Chews and Furo-Vite Chews

Marshall Pet Products will debut Ferret Lax Chews and Furo-Vite Chews next month at the Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show.

WOLCOTT, NY, FEBRUARY 23rd, 2015 – Marshall Pets launches Ferret Lax Chews and Furo-Vite Chews this year at the pet industry’s largest annual trade show. Both previously available as a popular tube supplements, the two additions bring a new level of portability and convenience to ferret owners.

Bacon-flavored Ferret Lax Chews are a convenient way to help eliminate and prevent hairballs as well as aid in removing accidentally ingested items–as ferrets are prone to intestinal blockages. Ferret Lax Chews are convenient and non-messy, with no added sugar, artificial colors or flavors, petrolatum or mineral oil. Each chew contains fewer than 6 calories.

Furo-Vite Chews are a convenient way to give ferrets their daily dose of essential vitamins and minerals, acids and enzymes. They’re great for maintaining overall ferret health, as well as for seasonal weight loss, post-surgery recovery and loss of appetite. Easily digestible Furo-Vite chews contain no artificial colors, flavors or added sugar, and like Ferret Lax Chews, contain fewer than 6 calories per chew.

Marshall Pet Products continues to build upon and expand its lineup of products that enhance the ferret ownership experience. Beginning in 1993, Marshall Pet Products has steadily expanded its market, first starting with ferret-support items such as sturdy and comfortable hammocks, escape-proof harness and lead sets, bell collars, premium homes, top-of-the-line nutrition, grooming, vitamins, supplements, toys and more.

Marshall Pet Products will offer various promotions on orders at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida March 4-6 at Marshall Booth #2225. For more information about the company and its innovative new pet products, email info@marshallpet.com or visit www.marshallferrets.com.

About Marshall Pet Products

Since 1993, Marshall Pet Products has provided innovative pet solutions for cats, dogs, birds, horses, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, gerbils, and guinea pigs. Top brands include Earth’s Balance, GoodBye Odor, 180XT, Pet Solutions and Good Mews. Marshall is committed to continually developing new products to enhance the special bond that pet owners have with their pets. The company was recognized with two Pet Business Industry Recognition Awards and one BlogPaws Award in 2012 and one Pet Business Industry Recognition Award in 2013.

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Marshall Pet Products

5740 Limekiln Road

Wolcott, NY 14590

Phone: (315) 594-1760

Toll Free: 1-800-292-3424

info@marshallpet.com

Dook, Dook, Smile! February is Pet Dental Health Month

How often do you change your toothbrush? How about your dog’s? Neglecting your pets’ dental health can cause significant–and costly–issues down the road. This is definitely a situation where an once of prevention can be worth a pound of cure.

Sponsored every February by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Pet Dental Health Month serves to remind pet owners that brushing their pets’ teeth is good for both your pet and your budget.

Unfortunately, pets’ teeth don’t get the same level of care and attention that we give our own teeth, even though they are subject to the same debilitating problems.

According to Dr. Clark K. Fobian, president of the AVMA, “One of the most common problems veterinarians see in pets is dental disease, and, unfortunately, these issues can get serious if untreated. I remind pet owners that an untreated dental infection can spread to the heart, kidneys and other organs, and suddenly become life threatening.”

Dr. Jan Bellows, president of the American Veterinary Dental College, acknowledges that certain foods can help pets’ teeth. “The texture of those foods generates a mechanical cleansing effect on the surface of the tooth as the pet is eating.” This is great information for owners whose pets will not tolerate brushing.

Cats and dogs aren’t the only pets who benefit from regular dental care–ferrets do, too! With a little patience and perseverance, you can persuade your fuzzy buddy to accent a toothbrush in his mouth. Start by handling and rubbing your ferret’s cheeks and mouth and getting him used to having you interact with this area.

Since ferrets love any and all attention, it’s shouldn’t take too long to win him over and convince him this is a good, fun thing. Before you know it, you’ll be able to introduce the toothbrush to gently and thoroughly clean your ferret’s teeth and gums.

Remember–never use human paste. Marshall’s Dental Gel for Ferrets is pH balanced and formulated with baking soda and aloe vera, and was created specifically for ferret mouths.

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