Summer Pet Travel Products

Have you been dreaming about that upcoming weekend trip or summer getaway? You might have packed some tiny toiletries, mini packages of tissues, or spill-proof beverage mugs… all items intended to make your life easier when you travel. But what about your pet?

The four-legged member of your family deserves special consideration when it comes to travel, so leave a little room on your packing list for his necessities. These summer pet travel products will keep both of you happy on those warm-weather jaunts.

When it’s time to hit the road, let Fido ride shotgun (even if he doesn’t “call it”) safely with the Snoozer Pet Lookout Car Booster Seat. This comfy seat has a quilted exterior and a Sherpa interior. The booster seat straps in with your existing seatbelt and also has a safety strap for use with your pet’s harness. The small size can hold up to an 18 lb. dog, and the medium size can hold up to a 25 lb. dog.

Snoozer Pet Lookout Booster Car Seat Snoozer Pet Lookout Booster Car Seat

The Snoozer 4-in-1 Collapsible Rolling Pet Carrier is another innovative option for summer travel. This versatile pet accessory has four functions: a wheeled pet carrier with telescoping handle, a traveling pet bed, a backpack carrier with padded shoulder straps, and a pet car seat. This durable pet carrier is quilted microfiber with mesh panels. When not in use, this pet carrier can be collapsed and easily stored. The small size can hold up to a 7 lb. dog, the medium size can hold up to a 15 lb. dog, and the large size can hold up to a 30 lb. dog.

Snoozer(TM) Rolling Pet Carrier

Your furry friend needs to stay hydrated, and a portable pet water bowl will be a welcome sight on hot days. The Presto Collapsible Bucket is made of watertight, lightweight nylon and folds flat when not in use, making it ideal for travel. This durable, convenient accessory also includes a zippered nylon carrying bag. (Product is shown here as a wash bucket.)

Presto Collapsible Bucket

Pet Treat Canister Sets for Cats and Dogs

Kibble bags and treat boxes, while handy at snagging even the most inattentive pet’s attention, are not attractive additions to the home. (Here’s looking at you, fifteen-pound dog food sack slouched in the corner.) For the new year, why not harmonize your living space with your pet’s? These pet treat jars store your pet food in fluted canisters with species-centric lids.

The Kitty Treats Canister Set features cat finials that seem to hail from Ancient Egypt, with high heads and angular faces. Finished in antique silver with paw print accents, these vessels can display cat nip treats, dry food, or any one of kitty’s snacks.

The Doggy Treats Canister Set exhibits old-fashioned charm with its antique bronze finish, calling to mind faithful hounds of yore. Tail curled neatly over their feet, the dog finials pose above a ring of bone accents.

These pet treat canisters have airtight lids, assuring food inside stays fresh. Small, medium, and large sizes provide a variety of arrangement opportunities. Easy-to-access and attractive, these pet treat jars could bring you and your pet one step closer to domestic harmony!

Patterned and Animal Print Pet Furniture Covers

Pet furniture protectors prevent everyday mishaps: claw snags in your antique loveseat, pet hair on that priceless sofa. But printed pet furniture covers can break up solid surfaces in a room or even provide the final touch on a decor theme. These pet furniture protectors are utilitarian and stylish, with patterns to enliven your room. Each is available in a sofa cover, loveseat cover, or chair cover.

The Lodge Pet Furniture Cover, with its country “patchwork” appeal, unites forest animals, a checker print, and zigzags on its diamond-quilted face. Use it to draw attention to a monochrome piece or to promote your lodge theme.

In the same way, the Zebra Print Pet Furniture Cover exhibits light cream and chocolate stripes for a safari flavor.

Both the Zebra Print Pet Furniture Protector and the Lodge Pet Furniture Protector are sewn with longer back flaps to keep the cover in place.

Finally, the Paw Print Pet Furniture Cover, black with white paws on polyester fleece, is a darling addition to other pet-related decorations. Straps secure this protector to furniture, assuring it does not slide when pets hop aboard.

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Pet Owner: Clothtique Santa Figurines

Santa is an unabashed animal lover. His main mode of transportation, after all, is drawn by reindeer! And how else would you explain his strange adamance to live among polar bears and killer whales? Santa’s affinity for the animal kingdom is well-documented in the latest batch of Possible Dreams(R) figurines from Ann Dezendorf. Immaculate detail and handcrafted costumes make these Clothtique(TM) figurines critically-acclaimed in the collectible world. Charming scenes make them the perfect holiday gifts for the pet owners on your list!

In the first set, Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their trio of adorable hounds are Going for a Walk. The Mrs. is bundled snugly in her husband’s coat, a small Maltese pup hitching a ride in the carrier under her arm. Santa, a few paces ahead, holds a leash in one hand. In one other, he holds a tasty treat, no doubt as incentive for the rambunctious “pack leaders” to behave. A black Labrador pup bounds onward while the beagle pauses to drink in his surroundings.

The Micestro Clothtique(TM) Figurine Set illustrates a decidedly “indoorsy” Santa in house shoes and suspenders. His rosy cheeks curving under a smile, Santa dangles a toy mouse. The three kittens at his feet, bearing sparkly Santa hats, stand suddenly at attention. They mew their astonishment! Small bells fastened to their collars and tails fill Santa’s workshop with the merriment of their play.

The Man’s Best Friend Clothtique(TM) Figurine Set casts Mr. Claus back out into the cold, but he hardly seems to mind. A yellow Labrador puppy, lightly panting, is ample company in the snowy wilderness. A small tree—the perfect size to mount outside a dog house—is slung over Santa’s shoulder. Worn-out but smiling, the two head for home. Light flakes of snow fall, dusting Santa’s boots and the needles of the tree.

In the next set, Old St. Nick does not appear to have been expecting morning mail. “I’ve Been Good,” claims the sheet of paper a white puppy extends hopefully from the mailbox. Patriotic stripes accent Santa’s attire and the mailbox. Packages, a candy cane, and a “good” list fill his arms. Santa reaches out to accept the letter, face crinkled in an amused chuckle.

Finally, perhaps most heartwarming of all, is the Lab Results Clothtique(TM) Figurine Set. Santa and his longtime companion—perhaps one of the “pack leaders” from before—hover over a red box, anxious to take a peek. Nestled inside are three sleeping puppies, all wearing Santa hats. Shocked, Santa’s own hat shoots straight into the air. But the gentle pride belies his surprise. A bone and a few head-scratches tell this new mother everything his overwhelmed mouth cannot.

Animal lovers everywhere will find their parallels in these Clothtique(TM) figurine sets. Possible Dreams sidesteps the “traditional” Santa sculpture and throws in a touch of the everyday life of the pet owner.

Tips and Tricks for Walking Your Dog

The first day of autumn is bearing down on us like a teething puppy after your designer leather shoes, so get those late summer walks in while you can—preferably, with a leash in hand! Just imagine it: the bleary blink of lightning bugs, the nostalgic croon of a turtledove, the rhythmic panting of your canine companion as he paces contentedly at your side. Of course, for many people, walking the dog is a much more, shall we say, involved activity. If you’re spending your dwindling summer getting dragged down the street and clotheslining random passersby with a leash, you might want to read these handy tips, courtesy of the ASPCA:

1. Compile a Survival Kit: Okay, so you’re not venturing that far outside of your home. Even so, you and your pet will need water, some treats to encourage good behavior, and, the most important items of all, some plastic bags and a scooper. Pack some mosquito repellent for yourself, but don’t use it on your dog. A toxic ingredient called DEET could damage your dog’s nervous system; there are pet-friendly alternatives out there!

2. Wear Him Down: This one may seem counterintuitive, but your dog is far less likely to chase squirrels and bound at breakneck speeds ahead of you if you spend some of his energy first. Play some fetch, soak up the sun, then cap off the day with a relaxing walk.

3. Hop to It: Yes, appreciate the scenery, but don’t by any means drag your feet. Your dog will lose interest—quickly—and this is how you get to that point where you’re disentangling his leash from a mailbox. So step lively!

4. Protect the Public: Your dog is so excited to see this random jogger neither of you have ever met before, he could just knock her over and kiss her repeatedly. And probably, he will do just that, if you allow him. The ASPCA suggests teaching your dog the “sit” command beforehand, requiring him to sit before he can interact with a person. You—or the relieved jogger—can then lavish him with treats, of course.

The main thing to remember is that your dog is just being a dog. The desire to chase, to investigate everything from that discarded piece of gum to a total stranger’s tennis shoe, is all perfectly natural. Don’t get frustrated, and don’t let up on your training. If you remain consistent, you and your dog might soon be strolling side by side down the promenade, admiring the changing leaves.

How to Protect Pets From Fleas and Ticks

We all suffer through it: the keening buzz, the telltale sting, the insatiable itch that sends your fingernails—or hind leg—scrambling to provide sweet, skin-raking relief. Whether you are of the two-legged or four-legged variety, we all have to weather flea and tick season. Being human means you can take preventative measures like applying bug spray or choosing not to slather yourself with perfume and tromp through the woods in your shortest shorts smelling like the world’s sweetest blood-filled eclair. Dogs and cats, however, will need a bit of help if they hope to emerge from flea and tick season with their fur still intact.

1. The Perils of Having Blood: The adverse effects of blood-sucking pests affect canine, feline, and homo sapien alike. Fleas could leave your pets with patchy pelts or scabby skin, and if they accidentally ingest a flea infected with tapeworm, they might soon be facing a new infestation. Lyme’s Disease and West Nile Virus are diseases you and your pets could contract from just one bite from the wrong bug.

2. Nip It in the Blood: The EPA is a treasure trove of preventative measures that can be taken to protect yourself and your pet. Indoors, vacuum daily in suspect areas and wash pet furniture every two to three weeks. Outdoors, keep brush and grass maintained and preferably as far from your house as possible. Interestingly, a moat of wood chips and gravel between your yard and the wood line will deter any pests hoping to turn your home into an all-you-can-eat buffet.

3. Don’t Overdo It: All joking aside, serious health complications can occur in your pet if pesticides aren’t used correctly. Elderly, pregnant, allergic, or ill pets may be particularly sensitive to pesticides, so read those instructions carefully. Don’t use pesticides meant for adult pets on the young, and don’t use cat flea preventative on a dog and vise-versa. Finally, keep a close eye on your pet after the initial administration—if he or she appears to be having a reaction, apply a mild soap and liberal amounts of water to its fur right away. You’ll want to hang onto the package too in case these side effects do occur—further instruction on how to handle the reaction or contact the manufacturer might be included.

As the EPA points out in the start of the article, pesticides may not even be required with proper prevention tactics. Keep on top of the pest problem, and you’ll be sparing yourself a host of future problems this summer!

How to Keep Pets Safe Over the 4th of July

You take your pet everywhere—to the grocery store, the drive-thru—so he’s undoubtedly coming to your Fourth of July cook-out too. Except, he probably shouldn’t. “What?” You cry. “But I wanted to show off Bentley’s star-spangled top hat! And it just isn’t a party until Lola’s muzzle-deep in the potato salad!” Although it’s hard to imagine a Fourth of July away from your pet, it might be time to (figuratively) loosen the leash, for reasons like wayward sparklers, tasty-looking lighter fuel, firecracker-curious children, and, above all, the deafening noise! Any animal sitting calmly through a fusillade of stroboscopic explosions is a strange one indeed. If you truly want to make this Independence Day enjoyable for all involved, here’s what to do:

1. Sad But True: Leave all four-legged family members at the door! Large crowds and shrieking fireworks are major stressors for pets, who may bolt blindly away and get lost. PetMD suggests sound-proofing your home (think noise-blocking curtains) for the truly noise-phobic, who might cower at the other summertime frequenter, the thunderstorm.

2. Furnish a Happy Place: About.com’s Veterinary Medicine submits that background noise, like the TV or even therapeutic dog music, provides ample distraction from the chaos outside. A kennel or a pet bed positioned strategically in the corner and away from windows acts as a sanctuary from all the “festivities” as well.

3. Let’s See Some ID: If you must venture outdoors with your pet for anything, keep him on a leash or in a pet carrier, or you’ll spend July 5th tacking “Missing Pet” signs to telephone poles. Double-check your pet’s ID tags to make certain they are up to date before the fireworks begin.

4. A Little Peace & Quiet: If you don’t mind missing the show, you and your pet can always scoot out to a more secluded place to enjoy the summer night. Somewhere rural, with a low concentration of houses and people, is preferable. Go stargazing, catch lightning bugs—bring the top hat, if you feel so inclined!

5. Noise Phobia: Consider the possibility that your pet might be noise-phobic. Veterinary Medicine lists trembling, excessive drooling, barking, howling, loss of appetite, loss of bladder or bowel control, and feverish attempts to hide in or escape from its enclosure as symptoms. If you suspect your pet might be noise-phobic, consult a veterinarian for treatment. With every new storm system that moves through your area, your pet develops the potential to exhibit worse and worse symptoms and behaviors.

Bottom line—don’t involve your pets in Fourth of July festivities. Playing frisbee is all well and good, but the moment the fireworks go off, the party will be over for your pet. Do your best to keep him comfortable, safe, and, most importantly, at home. After all, it’s only for one night!

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