Labor Day Weekend Pet Safety Tips

What will Labor Day weekend be like for you and your pet? We hope your extended weekend is stress-free and safe, whether you and your pet are lolling about on the patio, enjoying a late-summer party, or traveling to see loved ones. Reduce the chance of mishaps with these Labor Day weekend pet safety tips.

Before You Leave

PetMD recommends a number of steps for safely traveling with your furry pal, starting with proper pet identification. Make sure all tag and microchip information is accurate and up-to-date, just in case the two of you would become separated. If your pet isn’t a frequent traveler, take him on short trips ahead of time.

Be Prepared

Keep Fido in mind when you’re preparing your packing list – you never know when you’ll face a wrinkle in your plans. PetMD recommends compiling a first aid kit that includes items like gauze and bandages, as well as your pet’s medical records. Remember to bring along extra pet medication, food, and water.

On the Road Again

Though a dog’s blissful face sticking out the car window is one of summer’s most cherished images, PetMD recommends that you secure your pet at all times. Use an appropriate restraining harness that connects to the safety belt. If you use a carrier, ensure that it is well-ventilated, large enough for your pet, and secured inside the car. Never leave your pet alone in a hot car; even with the windows down a bit, the temperature can rise quickly and endanger your pet.

Fun in the Sun?

If you and your pet are spending time outdoors this weekend, have fun, but make sure you don’t overdo it. Avoid exercising during the hottest times of the day, and limit the intensity of activity in accordance with the temperature. Remember that your pet will need protection from the heat, including an open, shady area to rest and plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Swap outdoor fun for indoor quality time if your pet is elderly or ailing. The Humane Society reminds pet owners to be on the lookout for signs of heatstroke, such as heavy panting, difficulty breathing, and lack of coordination. Take your pet to a veterinarian if you suspect heatstroke.

A Pup-Perfect Dog Treat Jar

You’ll never be tired of looking into your pup’s adoring eyes, but his treat bag is another story. Whether the packaging is too gaudy for your decor or simply looking a bit grungy, you’ll be happy to swap it out for this cute, yet classy container. Give his “Good boy!” treats a dedicated home inside the Dog Treat Jar.

Made from ceramic, this treat jar is accented with the word “Treats,” paw prints, and a heart-embellished bone handle. An airtight seal helps keep dog treats fresh and ready for reward-time. With its adorable appearance, this dog treat jar also makes a fabulous gift for your favorite pet owner.

Dog Treat Jar Cream

Delight Feline-Fond Hearts with Cat Sculptures

When you’re not observing your own cat’s acrobatic antics, you can have a chuckle at Merlin and Sox. These cat sculptures capture two felines in true-to-life poses that will remind you of your own four-legged furbaby. Both are available in gray stripe, orange stripe, and black and white. Sox is also offered in a tawny coloration. Each cat sculpture has realistic colors and intricate details meant to resemble the texture of fur. Merlin doesn’t need magic to coax his way into your heart. This feline cutie is nearing nap-time, with just enough energy left to scratch at that itchy spot near his front legs.

Merlin Cat Sculpture Black/White Merlin Cat Sculpture Gray
Sox is indulging in a long stretch after a pleasant afternoon catnap. He extends his front paws as he curls his tail contentedly. His languid pose suggests he might need a few minutes to shake off his slumber before he’s ready to bat at his favorite toy.
Sox Cat Sculpture Orange Sox Cat Sculpture Tawny

Pet Safety Tips for the Summer

Bring on the summer! What activity does your pet like best? Maybe it the simple pleasure of rolling around blissfully in the green grass, leaping into the air to capture a Frisbee in his teeth, or sprinting after a neon yellow tennis ball. Soak up the fun, but keep these summer pet safety tips in mind.

We’re Having a Heat Wave

Though a walk around the neighborhood can be relaxing for you and your pet, common sense dictates that it’s not always a possibility in the summer. Avoid the midday swelter, and opt for early morning or late evening strolls. Shorten your walk when necessary, and keep your pup hydrated. Remember that your pet’s feet aren’t protected by sneakers, so lead him away from scorching pavement that can burn his paw pads. In addition, never leave your pet alone in a parked car, no matter how short the errand or how pleasant the day. According to the Humane Society, even if it’s only 72 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 116 degrees in less than an hour.

Paws” at the Pool

Splashing around poolside or taking a dip in the cool water might be the epitome of summer fun for you, but not necessarily for your pet. When possible, teach your dog to swim and consider outfitting him in a bright life vest; PetMD cautions that accidents can happen even if your pet is wearing a life vest, so stay vigilant. Even if your pup happily takes to the water like a fish, never leave him unsupervised near a pool.

Keep your furry pal from drinking chlorinated water, especially large amounts. The AKC recommends that you gently rinse him off after he exits the pool and then dab his ears with a dry towel. Remember that pool-time might be a challenge for puppies, short-legged dogs, arthritic or debilitated pets, and pups with vision loss, so consider spending quality time indoors instead.

Chemical Reaction

Those scraggly weeds might be an eyesore begging to be eradicated, or maybe you’re ready to give extra encouragement to your slow-growing plants, but think again if you own a pet. The Humane Society recommends avoiding pesticides, fertilizers, or gardening products that can pose hazards to pets. And while you’re slathering yourself in sunscreen, keep in mind that the common zinc oxide formulation is only intended for you, the pet parent. Protect Fido’s ears and nose with a pet-safe sunscreen created specifically for dogs.

Where, Oh Where, Can He Be?

Summer brings with it all sorts of curiosities and even a few scares for your pet. Even calm or well-behaved pets might scamper after a taunting squirrel, or flee after a turbulent bout of thunder or fireworks. Bring your pet indoors before stormy weather or a pyrotechnic display that might cause him discomfort. Make sure his ID tags and microchip information are up-to-date.

How to Protect Your Pets During Flea and Tick Season

Ah, the delight of spring and summer months. You might be eager to dive into those carefree, halcyon days, but you’ll forgive your pet if he’s quite not ready to share in your enthusiasm. If he could talk, he’d probably tell you that he dreads the warm-weather flea and tick frenzy: the itching, the irritation, and, worst of all, possible infection or illness. Keep your beloved pet from becoming parasites’ most appealing, furry snack with the help of flea and tick preventatives and treatments.

Proceed with Care
Consult your veterinarian to determine the safest option for your pet, and always follow the label instructions carefully. Monitor your pet after administering a flea or tick control product, especially if it’s a new addition to your arsenal. According to the AVMA, you should be on the lookout for these negative reactions: anxiousness, excessive itching or scratching, skin redness or swelling, vomiting, or abnormal behavior. If your pet has a bad reaction, immediately contact a veterinarian.

Keep in mind that many flea and tick control products are not intended for the youngest puppies and kittens, nor elderly cats and dogs. In addition, not all products are safe for underweight, sick, medicated, pregnant, or nursing animals. If you have both a dog and a cat, resist the temptation to give them the same medication, unless the product is formulated specifically for both cats and dogs. Finally, know the weight of your pet, and pay careful attention to the dosage level.

Choices, Choices
Lost in a jumble of choices? PetMD outlines the differences:

1) Spot-ons refer to medications that are applied directly to the pet’s skin. The active ingredients will be released over several weeks’ time. Spot-ons are convenient to use, but you must exercise care: Seclude your dog from other pets and from children until the treatment has dried fully. Wear gloves, or wash your hands with soap and warm water after applying the medication.

2) Oral medications provide a simple alternative to topical treatments. Some will work to kill adult fleas and can treat sudden outbreaks and infestations.

3) Sprays and powders are inexpensive ways of controlling fleas and ticks. A powder is rubbed into the pet’s fur. Read all labels carefully, and monitor your pet for side effects.

4) Shampoos typically kill adult fleas on contact; however, they won’t usually stop an infestation or keep the fleas from returning.

5) Dips are concentrated liquids that are applied to the pet’s skin and left to dry. Dips should only be used on healthy, adult pets. Keep the dip away from your pet’s eyes and mouth, and take care to protect your eyes and skin.

6) Flea collars repel fleas and sometimes ticks with a concentrated chemical. Monitor your pet for irritation or hair loss.

Keeping It Simple
If you’re looking for gentle ways to protect your pet during flea and tick season, consider some simple and natural home remedies. For a healthy, adult dog, PetMD suggests rubbing a freshly squeezed orange or lemon onto his fur, or bathing him with a gentle shampoo or citrus-based dish liquid. Tenacious though they may be, fleas are repelled by citrus. Another alternative is to apply rose geranium oil, a natural repellant, to your dog’s collar. PetMD cautions pet owners that this solution is for dogs only – not cats, who may have an adverse reaction to essential oils.

Protect Your Furnishings with Patterned Pet Furniture Covers

Are you tired of solid color pet furniture covers, but you still want to protect your furnishings from your four-legged pals? These quilted, patterned furniture protectors will ease your mind while enlivening your room.

Soil- and snag-resistant properties help protect your furniture from frisky pets who don’t understand “off limits.” In addition, the longer back provides better staying power if your cat or dog does decide to curl up next to you. If these pet furniture covers need freshening up, or if there’s an accident, don’t fret; these furniture protectors are machine washable – simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Four furniture cover options are available: a chair cover, recliner/wing chair cover, loveseat cover, and sofa cover.

The pretty English Floral Furniture Protectors feature a botanical print on a natural-colored background; choose flowers in a tea rose or sky blue coloration.

English Floral Furniture Protector Cover Chair

English Floral Furniture Protector Cover Chair

The Seashells Furniture Protectors have a cool, coastal vibe with seashells, coral, and seahorses in medium blue on a wavy striped light cream and champagne background.

Seashells Furniture Protector Cover Medium Blue Chair

Hands-Free Foot Pedal Pet Gate

Your beloved furry pal has a nose for smells (and an eye for occasional mischief), so some areas of the home are best off limits. You might want to keep him from scampering underfoot while you’re cooking a meal or protect him from unsafe areas. Perhaps you just need to get some cleaning done, or you want to restrict him from romping around formal rooms.

The Hands-Free Pet Gate allows you to block off an area of the home but provides easy-open access, even if your hands are full. Whether you’re carrying a steaming dish, a bag of groceries, or a clunky vacuum cleaner, you need to be able to open the pet gate with ease. This hands-free pet gate has a double-sided foot pedal. Step on the foot pedal from either side of the gate to release it – no fussing with latches required! The door opens in both directions. A handsome espresso finish makes this pet gate an attractive addition to your home.

Hands Free Pet Gate Espresso

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