Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Fri, 18 May 2018 21:35:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.14 Your Guide to (Responsibly) Renting Your First Apartment http://ashevilleblog.com/guide-responsibly-renting-first-apartment/ http://ashevilleblog.com/guide-responsibly-renting-first-apartment/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 21:35:41 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11679 Hunting for your first apartment is a big task; equal parts exciting, equal parts scary. While the prospect of living without parents, siblings, or dorm-moms may sound like a dream come true, the reality is that there’s a lot of responsibility involved. Enter: your guide to responsibly renting your first apartment. Read on for everything you need in order to be a responsible, respectable renter.  

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Hunting for your first apartment is a big task; equal parts exciting, equal parts scary. While the prospect of living without parents, siblings, or dorm-moms may sound like a dream come true, the reality is that there’s a lot of responsibility involved. Enter: your guide to responsibly renting your first apartment. Read on for everything you need in order to be a responsible, respectable renter.  

Monthly “Budget” isn’t just about the rental price

While the majority of your monthly budget will surely go to paying the monthly rental cost, there are a lot of other factors involved. In most cases, you’ll need to pay your own utilities, including water, gas, and electric. Will you want internet? Cable? It’s going to cost you.

Start determining your budget range by using a rent calculator like this one. Get a better idea of additional monthly expenses by asking property managers what residents often pay on utilities. Find out which internet providers service your area and what they charge. Even seemingly small things like laundry will add up over the course of a year, and the last thing you want is to get stuck with a monthly total you can’t afford.

Need to have or nice to have?

While granite countertops and hardwood floors are many a renter’s dream, their price tag isn’t always doable for your first apartment. Think about the features you really need in your first apartment, and set aside the ones you don’t. Consider your lifestyle: do you cook a lot? Suitable counter space may be a need to have; stainless steel appliances are nice to have. Do you work from home? An office sure would be nice, but room for a desk and chair is definitely necessary. While it may be tough to turn down a community pool or an on-site gym, that just may be the choice you need to make.

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Get down to the nitty-gritty

Lease-wise, that is. Legalese is boring, yes, but it’s incredibly important. Your lease is a binding contract and contains vital information that you, as a renter, need to understand. Make sure to take your time when reading the lease and understand every element. You may want to ask a family member to look over it with you, and call your landlord if there’s anything you don’t understand. While we are all guilty of clicking “I accept the terms and conditions” without reading a single sentence, your lease is the wrong contract to pass up.

Check yourself before you rent yourself

Perhaps the most intimidating element of renting an apartment is the often-dreaded rental credit check. Your landlord needs to verify that you’re trustworthy with your money, and they’ll likely do so with a comprehensive screening of your background. It sounds scary, but don’t stress. Be honest about anything in your past that may come up on the background report, and you’ll be fine.

Sit down, relax, and stay a while

Wherever you choose, you’re going to be spending a lot of time there. While a midday viewing of an apartment may portray a tranquil haven, once rush-hour hits, you may find yourself gridlocked in a loud, busy nightmare. Stop by the apartment multiple times, during the week and on the weekends, and at different times of day. Get an idea of what it’s like on a Saturday morning or a Wednesday night. Spend some time hanging around to discern whether your upstairs neighbor hosts a lot of guests or the dog two doors down has a barking problem. You’ll thank yourself later.

Finding your first apartment can be a daunting task. By following this guide, you can turn “daunting” into “doable” and rent responsibly.

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Protecting Your Dog From Pests: Things To Remember http://ashevilleblog.com/protecting-dog-pests-things-remember/ http://ashevilleblog.com/protecting-dog-pests-things-remember/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 00:47:41 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11666 The joy and excitement that your dog spread in your home through her unconditional love, naughtiness and by being playful, makes her the most important part of your family. You can’t imagine a day without her waiting to welcome you at the door when you are back from work after a long day. So, it’s …

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The joy and excitement that your dog spread in your home through her unconditional love, naughtiness and by being playful, makes her the most important part of your family. You can’t imagine a day without her waiting to welcome you at the door when you are back from work after a long day. So, it’s really important that your furry friend stays healthy, fit and happy. Pests and parasites are a major threat to the health of your dog as well as to your family.

Pests tend to thrive in places that are warm and humid. Your dogs have a higher chance of pest infestation when they go outside for a walk or to play during the warm summer seasons. Pests like fleas and ticks usually stay hidden on tall grass and when your dog comes in contact with the grass the ticks and fleas could enter her body. Mosquitoes, ants, bees, and wasps are some of the other pests that attack your pets including dogs causing a number of health issues.

Besides redness, severe itching and rashes, pests like ticks and fleas are responsible for more serious diseases like anemia, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. All these conditions are pretty serious, which require prompt medical treatment to prevent fatal situations. The different products at https://pet-lock.com/products/ can treat ticks, fleas, and other pests and can prevent them from spreading further. What are some of the things to keep in mind while trying to protect your dog against pests?

Do not use a pest repellent for humans to treat your dog

If mosquitoes are a problem and you are worried about your dog getting infected by heartworms the best way to stop it is by seeking the advice of a veterinarian to get specific medicines for your dog. Make sure that you do not use a mosquito repellent for humans on your dog as the chemical substance called DEET used in most of the insect sprays made for humans is very harmful to pets and could even poison them. Some of the chemicals could also cause respiratory issues in your dog if the fumes are inhaled accidentally.

Use the correct dosage to treat your dog

Using spot-on medication is one of the most effective ways of treating fleas and ticks on your dog. This medication removes these pests quickly when you use the correct amount of medicine prescribed. However, if you give a dose higher than what is prescribed thinking that the cure would be better, your dog could be poisoned or even killed. Dividing the prescribed dose to make it last longer would fail to cure your dog.

Don’t treat your dog using medication for humans

Most of the medications for humans tend to be toxic to dogs and other pets. Using a skin cream to relieve your dog’s skin irritation and itching could poison your pet as they tend to lick their fur. Avoid treating your canine friend using medicines for humans unless your vet says so.

Treat pest infestation promptly

Once you notice the presence of ticks or fleas in your pet, make sure you take remedial measures quickly. It would be a mistake if you fail to do it hoping that the colder seasons would get rid of it. Pests tend to breed and spread quickly and it would take a longer time to remove it completely.

Don’t ignore signs of illness

Sometimes, the presence of certain bacteria and ticks may go unnoticed but unless treated they could lead to serious health issues. You need to keep an eye on your dog for pests and if you notice any sign of illness you need to take her to the vet immediately.

Don’t forget to treat your pet’s habitat and the surroundings of your home

Treating just your pets to get rid of fleas, ticks and other pests would be a mistake. You need to treat the entire home as well as the surroundings to get rid of pests completely.

Pest control medication for dogs and cats are different

Make sure you use pest control medicines that are specific for dogs to treat them. Medication for dogs and cats vary as they are two different species. Using a cat’s medication to treat dogs and vice-versa could be poisonous to these animals.

Giving the right vaccinations and medications, and grooming your pet on a regular basis can prevent ticks, lice, fleas and other pests from causing serious health disorders. It is the best way to keep your dog safe.

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6 Tips to Keep Your Pet’s Coat Healthy and Shining http://ashevilleblog.com/6-tips-keep-pets-coat-healthy-shining/ http://ashevilleblog.com/6-tips-keep-pets-coat-healthy-shining/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 00:46:08 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11664 Pet lovers are always on the scout for the best advice on keeping their best friends healthy and happy. While today there is a plethora of tasty treats you can buy for your pet’s specific health needs, nothing beats the discipline of everyday care and grooming of your pet. Your dog’s coat, in particular, is …

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Pet lovers are always on the scout for the best advice on keeping their best friends healthy and happy. While today there is a plethora of tasty treats you can buy for your pet’s specific health needs, nothing beats the discipline of everyday care and grooming of your pet.

Your dog’s coat, in particular, is greatly affected by their diet and general care. In fact, vets globally treat a lack-luster coat as a sign of an underlying health problem. This could be anything from a nutrition deficiency to a bacterial infection to a malfunctioning thyroid gland.

So here are 6 ways to care for your pet’s coat and keep it soft and shining.

Pay attention to a dull and/or dry coat

First and foremost, be attentive to a dull and dry coat, which is usually indicative of a nutritional deficiency caused by poor diet, for which your vet may prescribe a nutritional supplement besides suggesting changes in daily meals.

Dullness and dryness can also be caused by the chemicals in pet shampoos and other pet care products. Check if you’re recently switched to a new product, which may be causing the issue. Other causes of your pet’s coat losing its shine and bounce are fleas and infections, and immediate medical help must be sought for these.

Switch to a healthier, wholesome diet

Most pet problems have a nutritional deficiency at their root. By introducing nutrient-rich foods to your pet’s daily meals, you can improve their internal health easily and effectively, which will show in their coat, temperament and general behavior.

Add fish (sardines, tuna, salmon) and Omega-3-fortified eggs to your pet’s diet; add a spoonful of sunflower oil to each meal; use flaxseed oil (mixed in food) often; and feed them healthy natural foods such as coconut (or coconut oil) for great results.

To fulfil protein requirements naturally, give your growing pet turkey and chicken.

Explore health supplements for proper nutrition

For those strapped for time, there are of course solutions that can help you bolster your pet’s health in a convenient and effective way. Health supplements for pets are all the rage nowadays, and not without reason. They are enriched with essential nutrients and are available as tasty treats that can be fed to your pet without fuss.

Tom Wisnewski from Vet IQ says that the right health supplements for your dog can prevent unnecessary vet visits.

A little extra in your pet’s daily diet can go a long way in managing their health with minimum effort. If you buy only quality wellness supplements enriched with vitamins, proteins and Omega 3 fatty acids—and you will see results in a short time.

Maintain proper hygiene but don’t overdo it

Just as applying too much soap leaves human skin dry and scaly, shampooing your pet’s coat too frequently will do more harm than good as the chemicals will rob their coat of natural moisture and skin oils, leaving it dull and dry.

Give your pet a bath once in 15-20 days with only a hypoallergenic shampoo that’s gentle on the skin. Follow this with a generous application of almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil or any other skin-nourishing oil. This will keep your dear friend’s coat soft and supple.

Another alternative to bathing your dog is to give them a spa either at the salon or right at home. Use a quality essential oil for best results.

Don’t be wary of the vet

While we tend to self-medicate for a number of minor health problems, it’s best to avoid doing this for your pet. If you notice itchy or scaly skin or any other sign of trouble, visit the vet as soon as possible. Delaying proper treatment will only make the condition worse and increase your pet’s suffering.

Aside from SOS visits to the doctor, regular check-ups must be incorporated into pet care, regardless of the present health of your little friend. This will ensure that your pet’s getting regularly screened for any skin infections. Additionally, each visit will give you an opportunity to get sage advice on nutrition, diet and other important information regarding your pet’s wellbeing.

Protect your pet from extreme temperatures

Whatever the weather, your pet must have adequate protection from extreme hot and cold weather conditions. Give them proper shelter and bedding both outside and inside the house, use weather-appropriate clothing, and apply sunscreen when going out in the harsh sun. Basically, do all that you would do to protect a young child from the elements.

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Tried Tested Tips to Buy HCG Drops http://ashevilleblog.com/tried-tested-tips-buy-hcg-drops/ http://ashevilleblog.com/tried-tested-tips-buy-hcg-drops/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 00:43:45 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11662 HCG drops are the most effective alternative to injections. This product is especially helpful for people who are looking for ways to lose huge amounts of weight in less time. If you are one of those people who is struggling with weight issues, then you would be happy to know that HCG drops are not …

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HCG drops are the most effective alternative to injections. This product is especially helpful for people who are looking for ways to lose huge amounts of weight in less time. If you are one of those people who is struggling with weight issues, then you would be happy to know that HCG drops are not only a good option but also readily available. However, you need to exercise caution when buying these drops as you must only buy from a reputed seller, be it online or a retailer.

The Purpose of HCG Drops

HCG hormone is present in both men and women that act as a foundation hormone for a lot of functions in the body. However, Dr. Simeons, father of HCG diet, realized that when injected into an obese person’s body it has a remarkable ability to curb the appetite and use abnormal fat as energy reserves. As a result, HCG diet plan was born. Today it is one of the most popular forms of weight loss that actually produces results.

Now that you know that a solution to your weight loss problem is within reachable distance, the next question is how and where to buy these drops. Don’t worry, this article will tell you how to safely buy the dosage that will last through the 3 phases of HCG drops diet plan.

So here is a step-by-step guide to choose the right drops and know exactly where and how to buy them!

Homeopathic Vs. Non-homeopathic Drops

When you decide to take the HCG diet plan route for weight loss, then the decision-making process doesn’t end there. The next step is to choose the method. Since you are reading this article, it is safe to assume that you chose the HCG drops over injections. So now you need to pick between homeopathic and non-homeopathic variants. But to pick one over another, you need to know the effectiveness of each.

Homeopathic drops do not contain high amounts of HCG hormone and can be bought over-the-counter without the prescription. This is ideal for people who are struggling to lose just the last remaining inch of their body fat or trying to get back in shape. A little bit of calorie restriction along with exercise combined with HCG drops can help you achieve your weight goal with minimal effort.

On the other hand, the non-homeopathic variant is more potent and used by people who need to lose large amounts of weight. Non-homeopathic HCG drops give you energy when you are on a low-calorie diet. You will not be required to exercise a lot, just 30 mins of light-impact exercise such as yoga or walking will do the trick. You would require a doctor’s prescription to buy these drops.

Tips to Buy the HCG Drops

Once you have picked the one you want, the next step is to choose the right one to buy. Here are some tips that will help you make an informed decision.

  • Research your Options: There are many factors that help you determine the right product that can help you reach your weight loss goal easily. Some factors include the price of the drops, customer satisfaction, reputation in the market, etc. Start researching your options based on these factors, look for brands that meet these requirements, and rank them on the basis of their credibility.
  • Drops Vs. Injection: During your research, you may also come across another option, HCG injections. Before you get confused as to which one is better, it is important to know that HCG drops are a great alternative to the injections. They are painless and do not require an expert for your dosage.
  • Ranking: Ask around for recommendations, go online to read reviews, ask professionals for their insight on brands and then rank the product based on effectiveness, reviews, credibility, potential, and user experience. You can also checkout HCG websites to see the products that are doing well in the market. You need to combine all these factors to zero-in on a product that meets the standards of quality.

Where to buy?

By now you have probably acquired a good amount of knowledge from your research. However, that still doesn’t answer the question – where to buy? It is very important to choose the right platform to purchase these drops as the last thing you want on your hands is a fake product that can cause more harm than doing any good. It doesn’t matter if you are buying homeopathic or non-homeopathic drops, you need to be sure that whoever you buy it from is a reputed seller. Lucky for you, HCG drops are available in both retail and online stores. Here are some points you should consider when buying from a store:

  • Only buy from licensed stores that assure you best quality products
  • Make sure that the product you buy is FDA approved
  • You can buy your HCG supplement from trusted online stores or by visiting the manufacturer’s website
  • Be sure to keep an eye out for FDA banned products
  • Check for in-house doctors if they are selling non-homeopathic HCG drops

So once you establish the store’s integrity, it is safe to buy your HCG products from them.

Choose a Reputed Seller

Buying HCG supplements is not a decision that you would want to make in a rush. Not only do you need to find a reputed seller, you must also ensure that the manufacturer you are buying from also holds merit. There are many brands and companies that are selling HCG products but not all can be trusted. You need to carefully study the buying guide of each seller to know the ingredients, their process, their limitations etc.

Once you have bought your HCG supplement, it is time to start the rigorous routine of the diet plan that is sure to give results. While it may seem to be a lengthy process to find the right HCG drop on the market, it certainly is an important step towards safe and healthy weight loss.

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How to dress to go to a music festival or a concert http://ashevilleblog.com/dress-go-music-festival-concert/ http://ashevilleblog.com/dress-go-music-festival-concert/#respond Fri, 04 May 2018 11:51:40 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11659 The music festivals or concerts are those events that we remember for life and today I want to leave you several ideas of looks so you know what to wear. For most people, visiting concerts or music festivals can alleviate stress and if you do not have enough money to go to a concert, a …

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The music festivals or concerts are those events that we remember for life and today I want to leave you several ideas of looks so you know what to wear. For most people, visiting concerts or music festivals can alleviate stress and if you do not have enough money to go to a concert, a quick loans UK can be one of the best solutions.

Although not all of us have the opportunity to go to this festival, if we can inspire ourselves to attend any other festival in our country, so if you would like to dress with a bohemian and original look, this type of look is for you:

Your style with infallible basics:

If you are going to an outdoor festival during the whole day, it is best to opt for the clothes that can not be missing for a summer festival look: shorts or jeans, a t-shirt and some sneakers or booties. Also, you can not miss a jacket. With this combo it is impossible to fail!

Everything is in the details:

The details can be elevated, so first choose a look that fits you well and is comfortable for the concert and then choose the accessories carefully since these are the ones that will add style and attitude to your look.

Avoid:

– Heels since you will not be able to walk easily and you could get tired faster. Heels can cause injury in some situations. Avoid things that can potentially cause injury. Foot injuries are not something you want from a music festival.

– Clothing that makes you feel uncomfortable. As cool as it is, if you do not feel comfortable, you better not use it. Convenience is the main thing when you attend a music festival especially music streams like rock, punk and heavy metal.

– Very hot or too fresh clothes. It is best to take both to be able to shelter and take off your coat depending on the climate and the environment in which you are.

What you should know, going to a concert does not mean endangering you. Keep it fair and always consider all the risks. Do not force yourself to attend a concert if circumstances are not possible. If the atmosphere becomes uncontrollable, get out of the festival area as soon as possible. Some situations may endanger your soul.

Hopefully by reading this article you can better prepare your presence at concerts or music festivals. Good luck and enjoy the music!

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The Diverse Expressions of Asheville Art http://ashevilleblog.com/diverse-expressions-asheville-art/ http://ashevilleblog.com/diverse-expressions-asheville-art/#comments Thu, 03 May 2018 15:15:19 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11649 There is no single set of values or aesthetic traits that defines art.  Art is made up of a highly-diverse range of activities that create visual, auditory, or performed artifacts reflective of the artist’s imagination and mood.  It is created to be appreciated for its beauty or the emotion it stimulates. Art can be a personal journey and for some, and extremely decompressing, while providing laser-sharp focus and the opportunity for perfectionism.

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There is no single set of values or aesthetic traits that defines art.  Art is made up of a highly-diverse range of activities that create visual, auditory, or performed artifacts reflective of the artist’s imagination and mood.  It is created to be appreciated for its beauty or the emotion it stimulates. Art can be a personal journey and for some, and extremely decompressing, while providing laser-sharp focus and the opportunity for perfectionism.

One of the most perfect places in the world for artistic inspiration is Asheville, North Carolina.  The Asheville arts scene is an explosion of performing arts locations, hundreds of artists, and countless art galleries.  Art festivals and events abound in this city and are woven into every aspect of Asheville life.  Art is not hidden away in Asheville; it is shouted from every vantage point.  Walls, buildings, and even underpasses, are canvases for Asheville’s creatives.

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It is an exercise in futility trying to list all of the best places to visit, so let’s look at some of the must-see attractions and a few of the unusual. Worth visiting is the Black Mountain College Art Museum and Art Center in the heart of downtown Asheville.  Artists Robert Rauschenberg and Willem de Kooning received their tutelage at North Carolina’s Black Mountain College, a progressive art school opened in the 1930s.  The art center now pays homage to this legacy in the form of art exhibitions, performance arts, film and more.

Another essential visit is to the River Arts District (RAD), a former industrial zone with 22 buildings along the French Broad River that are simply teeming with artists.  The once-polluted area is now celebrated by both businesses and the local artists who work year-round.

For those who like the feeling of self-expression, there are many workshops you can take to fully-immerse yourself in the art experience.  You should pay a visit to The Village Potters, which is also in The RAD.  It is a community, with talented potters in-house, that also nurtures creative self-expression. The fully-outfitted Education Center provides ongoing classes in wheel and hand building, among other classes for beginners and intermediates, plus advanced programs for the serious potter-to-be.  You can even book your own personalized Get Your Hands Dirty workshop for yourself or a group of enthusiasts.

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Asheville is famous for its beer, but a cafe latte is almost as popular. And a set of perfect microbubbles can be turned into an art experience called “latte art”, which can be found at any of the coffeehouses nestled in the middle of the RAD. There’s even a Chemistry and Latte Art workshop where baristas learn exercises on how to pour latte art. 

You can also unleash another unusual art treat when you take one of the daily glass-blowing workshops at the North Carolina Glass Center.  Using century-old techniques, visitors can make beads, cups, or even paperweights from hand-blown glass.

Asheville is an art lover’s utopia.  From the countless galleries to the milky taste of unusual latte art at a pastry shop, the experience can be a surfeit of visual experiences that will satiate even the fussiest of art lovers.  It can also be a highly-personal journey where, as a visitor, you can look for a workshop on pottery, the performing arts or anything else creative that meets your whims and fancies. Diverse choices in a diverse city make Asheville a personally therapeutic and inspired experience.

 

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6 Tips That Will Help You Set Up And Run A Pet Store Successfully http://ashevilleblog.com/6-tips-will-help-set-run-pet-store-successfully/ http://ashevilleblog.com/6-tips-will-help-set-run-pet-store-successfully/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 15:03:52 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11643 Operating a pet store can be incredibly profitable. But just as with all other business, it requires detailed planning and dedication on your part. If you set up a pet store at a good enough location, market it very well, and provide excellent service, you can actually do pretty well in this field. Below, we provide six tips that can help you set up and run a pet store better.

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Operating a pet store can be incredibly profitable. But just as with all other business, it requires detailed planning and dedication on your part. If you set up a pet store at a good enough location, market it very well, and provide excellent service, you can actually do pretty well in this field. Below, we provide six tips that can help you set up and run a pet store better.

Decide Your Niche

Every business needs a clear-cut vision of its niche. So does a pet store. You need to decide what pets you will be focusing on. Will you be catering only to dogs or cats? Or will you cater to both? Will you also be selling items aimed at rabbits, parrots, hamsters, and so on? Ask yourself these questions and you will arrive at a clear-cut answer as to which pets you will cater to in your store. And as a beginner, it is recommended that you only focus on a few pets that people generally have in their homes, like cats and dogs. Setting up a shop catering to all kinds of pets can become incredibly complex and financially taxing. Offering a focused service is the key to success.

Determine The Layout Of The Store

You will also need to determine the layout of the shop. Once the customer enters your store, they should be able to navigate the space with ease. If the sore is too small, then the customers will find it tough to move around the various shelves, which will give them a bad experience of the store. This can eventually dissuade people from coming to your pet shop since they find it too uncomfortable. So, talk with your interior designer and instruct them to make sure that the entire store is easily navigable even for an old person.

Provide Training To Employees

The quality of the employees will have a big effect on how much business your store generates. If the employees are knowledgeable and pleasant in their dealings, the customers will be delighted enough that they will come back to the store. In contrast, if the employees are confused when the customer asks any doubts and they mostly behave in an irresponsible, arrogant manner, then you will end up losing tons of customers. So, ensure that you only select employees who can talk in a friendly manner and that all of them are provided full knowledge of each and every product in the store.

Get Into Partnerships With Local Vets

You should also consider partnering with local vets for mutual benefits. Check out the local yellow pages and create a list of vets near your area. Contact them one by one and set up an agreement where they will refer their clients to your pet store. In return, you can agree to direct any customer looking for a good vet to them. This is a win-win situation for both parties. And once in a while, you can conduct free pet checkups in association with the vet at your store to give a boost to your business.

Offer Grooming Services

Most pet stores only focus on selling products. But you should not limit yourself to sales alone. Expand your business and look into other opportunities to profit from. An excellent choice will be to start offering grooming services to dogs. If the regular customers see that you are offering a dog grooming service, then they are likely to come to you when they want to groom their pet dogs. Make sure to use high quality-products when grooming the pets. For example, if you are removing flea and other pests from a dog, then use a quality product from https://pet-action.com/ rather than a cheap one. This will provide the best results, which will ensure that you get repeat business from customers.

Associate With A Local Animal Shelter

There are many animals that roam the street, living in harsh conditions without any owner. Fortunately, animal shelters do find some of them and provide comfort. You can associate with any local animal shelter and advertise their animals in your store. Just take some pictures of dogs, cats, and other animals, and post it in the store together with the contact details of the shelter. By doing so, customers will start perceiving your shop as being a ‘socially responsible’ one since you are helping poor animals find an owner. And consequently, these customers are more likely to come to your pet store again because of the good identity you have created.  

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Keeping Those Fleas and Ticks Away – Essential Pet Care http://ashevilleblog.com/keeping-fleas-ticks-away-essential-pet-care/ http://ashevilleblog.com/keeping-fleas-ticks-away-essential-pet-care/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 15:01:45 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11640 Our beloved pets are an integral part of the family. Taking care of your favorite four-legged buddy is a big responsibility and we need to be able to see the sign if something is not right. Keeping a pet dog or kitty in the home involves a lot of grooming. Sometimes though, our pets can catch a flea infestation, which kept unchecked can lead to many problems.

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Our beloved pets are an integral part of the family. Taking care of your favorite four-legged buddy is a big responsibility and we need to be able to see the sign if something is not right. Keeping a pet dog or kitty in the home involves a lot of grooming. Sometimes though, our pets can catch a flea infestation, which kept unchecked can lead to many problems.

How do Pets Get Fleas and Ticks?

Why do fleas love dogs and cats so much? The nice fluffy fur that we love about our pets also provides the best habitat for these jumpy tiny insect parasites. The danger of fleas is that they live on the blood of the host animal. If your pet is interacting with another infected animal, fleas can easily jump from one colony to a brand new one – your dog or cat. So keeping them away from flea carriers is the best way to prevent an infestation. But that is easier said than done, and once in a while fleas do pop up on your pet’s body.

Ticks are another common parasite that lives off other animals. Just like fleas, they too get transmitted from carriers. Other insects that can be of major inconvenience to your pets include mosquitoes, biting flies and lice.

Dangers of Parasite Infestations

Fleas and ticks can cause your pet a lot of misery. As they start digging into your pet’s skin to suck blood, there will be a lot of itching and irritation. Sometimes pets can scratch themselves so hard that the skin gets wounded or damaged, leading to other infections.

A flea infestation can lead to tapeworms in your pet’s system. Tapeworms can live inside a flea and get transferred to the host animal. These can grow up to 12 inches long living inside the pet and they can cause many health complications.

Young animals which get flea infections are susceptible to flea anemia, a condition where their red blood cell count decreases. This can be fatal if not treated immediately.

If you are living in areas where the climate is warm then you have to watch out for fleas all year round. Most parts of the USA see flea infestation cases spike in the summer. However, even when the weather turns cool post-summer, fleas can make their way indoors and thrive. Therefore keeping the pet home clean and pest-free is very important.

You should also not forget that insects that cause your animals discomfort can also be a hazard to the human inhabitants. There are many diseases that humans can get from fleas and ticks.

Constant Grooming Helps

Dogs and cats with thicker furs are more susceptible to a parasite infestation so regular grooming is very important. Regular brushing is important as it massages the skin below the fur to release essential oils that keep the fur healthy. The longer the fur of your pet, the more brushing is required. It also keeps your pet clean and reduces the chance of a flea or tick infestation. Pet shampoos are specially formulated for your whiskered friend. They are milder than human shampoos and are recommended for pet baths.

You should also keep the pet’s bedding clean along with the rugs and carpets in the house.

Ways to Combat a Flea or Tick Infection

You must be very careful when choosing a chemical solution to get rid of the fleas and ticks. Keep in mind that most solutions are like mild insecticides that can also affect the sensitive skin and fur of your pet. At that time, this product can help to choose an effective way to solve the problem quickly.

Flea and tick solutions come in different forms and you can choose one depending on how your pet would react to it. Shampoos are a popular format for delivering a flea and tick removal method. There are also formulas that are topical, you need to apply them on affected areas once a month (or as prescribed by the vet). Sprays are a convenient way of treating a flea or tick problem, especially with animals who struggle a lot when getting a bath.

As a prevention method, you can also use sprays in the surroundings where your pet lives and plays. There are products for indoor use as well as those meant for outdoor spaces like your yard or garden. These formulas prevent fleas, ticks and other pests to form a habitat in the spaces which your dog or cat loves to explore.

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Things To Remember When Selecting Dog Food And Treats http://ashevilleblog.com/things-remember-selecting-dog-food-treats/ http://ashevilleblog.com/things-remember-selecting-dog-food-treats/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 14:59:23 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11638 If you are a dog lover, you will agree that life becomes so much more exciting when you have a four-legged friend in your home. At the same time, you are faced with certain challenges to keep your special friend fit and healthy. One such challenge is selecting the best food and treats for your dog. It’s a known fact that a complete and balanced diet is essential to ensure proper health and growth of your pet. But choosing healthy dog food and treats is easier said than done, especially if you are new to the task. Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting healthy dog food and treats.

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If you are a dog lover, you will agree that life becomes so much more exciting when you have a four-legged friend in your home. At the same time, you are faced with certain challenges to keep your special friend fit and healthy. One such challenge is selecting the best food and treats for your dog. It’s a known fact that a complete and balanced diet is essential to ensure proper health and growth of your pet. But choosing healthy dog food and treats is easier said than done, especially if you are new to the task. Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting healthy dog food and treats.

Consider your dog’s age

The nutritional requirement of dogs changes with their age. It is important that you feed your dog healthy food and treats that are formulated for his age. For instance, a puppy will need food or treats that are rich in protein. This will help them to develop their growing muscles and attain strength. But for a grown-up dog, you will have to look for food that matches his activity level. Also, you need to make sure that the food or treats you are offering will help to ensure a healthy weight for your pet. After all, you don’t want your dog to become obese and inactive due to inappropriate food.

Keep your dog’s activity level in mind

Dogs belonging to different breeds have different activity levels. Some dogs may be more active than the others of their own breed. As such, you need to think about your dog’s activity level when selecting food or treats for him. Does your dog indulge in regular activities that help him to burn more calories? Or, an occasional walk is the only exercise your pet gets throughout the week? If you have a highly active dog as your pet, you need to go for food and treats that are rich in nutrients. Such food will help them to get the energy to keep up their activity level without feeling fatigued. On the other hand, for a dog with a less active lifestyle, you may opt for dog food designed to maintain proper weight.

Prioritize nutrition but do not forget the taste

The right food can ensure a long and quality life for your dog. So, you need to give utmost importance to the nutrition contained in your dog food. But, like human beings, your dog also loves to indulge in tasty food. So, you need to maintain a balance between the two. Having a nutritious food that does not appeal to your dog’s taste buds is not a great idea. Your dog may even avoid eating the food if he does not like the taste at all. That is why you need to look for food and treats that are great for health and good in taste as well. You can check out the food and treats from Betsy Farms if you are looking for the perfect blend of nutrition and taste.

Think about food allergy

Food allergy can result in much discomfort in your pet, including itchy skin and dog hair shedding. If your dog suffers from any kind of food allergy, look for food items that won’t trigger the allergy in your pet. Most new pet owners can’t even recognize the food items or ingredients in food that causes allergy to their dogs. When you are in such a position, the best idea is to consult your veterinarian and seek advice about the same. Your veterinarian will be able to identify the ingredients that can trigger the allergy in your dog. Once you know which ingredients are to avoid, pick out food and treats that do not include them in their ingredient list.    

Ensure that the food is easily digestible

Improper digestion can cause much discomfort for your dog and can even affect his health adversely. If you find that a particular dog food results in flatulence or your pet does not defecate properly after having it, then it’s time to change the food. You can know that the food is easily digestible if your dog maintains his pooping schedule and defecates properly. Also, your dog must not show any symptoms of discomfort or stomach ache after eating the food. Homemade food may seem to be a good solution for this problem. But such food may not contain all the nutrients required for the wellness of your dog. So, it’s better to opt for a nutrient-rich and easily digestible dog food.

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The top 3 reasons you should learn to play the ukulele http://ashevilleblog.com/top-3-reasons-learn-play-ukulele/ http://ashevilleblog.com/top-3-reasons-learn-play-ukulele/#respond Mon, 30 Apr 2018 14:01:47 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11634 You can derive lots of pleasure from playing a musical instrument, as compared to many other leisure activities out there. Research also shows that learning how to play a musical instrument can improve your creativity. You are probably wondering, which is the best musical instrument to learn? One of the best instruments you can learn how to play with great results is the Ukulele. In case you are in doubt about this, here are the top 3 reasons you should learn to play the Ukulele.

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You can derive lots of pleasure from playing a musical instrument, as compared to many other leisure activities out there. Research also shows that learning how to play a musical instrument can improve your creativity. You are probably wondering, which is the best musical instrument to learn? One of the best instruments you can learn how to play with great results is the Ukulele. In case you are in doubt about this, here are the top 3 reasons you should learn to play the Ukulele.

  1. It’s easy to learn

Learning how to play a music instrument can be a tasking affair. As such, starting out with a complex instrument might demotivate you along the way. That’s why you need to start out with a simple instrument like the Ukulele, then grow from there. The Ukulele has a very low string action that makes it easy for anyone to learn.  On top of that, changing the strings is pretty simple with the Ukulele. Once you get around the basics, you will fall in love with this instrument. Given that it is easy to learn, you can use it to introduce your kids to musical instruments. Learning a musical instrument has an impact on creativity, which means it can be a great step towards enhancing your children’s creativity.  You can learn more about the Ukulele and why it’s easy to play on, https://soundchime.com/instruments/ukulele/best-ukulele-for-beginners/.

  1. It can help you bond with friends and family

Music is an excellent way to get people together, especially during weekend meetups. Now picture how much more amazing it would be, to hang out with friends as you play them a music instrument! That would be nice, right? Well, the best instrument you can do that with is the Ukulele. This instrument is designed to be loud, which means you can play it to a large group of friends and catch everyone’s attention easily.  Besides, the Ukulele is made of durable materials, which means it can last long enough for you, and all your friends to learn how to play together as you have fun, without a replacement. This is undeniably one of the most effective ways for friends to spend time together, rather than taking alcohol, or engaging in other harmful activities.

  1. It can help you relieve stress

Learning how to play a musical instrument can help you deal with stress, especially if you work in a high-pressure environment.   That’s why it makes sense to learn how to play the Ukulele, one of the easiest musical instruments to learn, and use it to calm down your nerves after a long day’s work.  Besides, the Ukulele is a very portable musical instrument. In essence, once you learn how to play, you can always move around with it, to wherever you may want to go and relax. You can even carry it to work, and no one will even notice that you have it, until you start playing.

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