Seasonal Preview: Holiday Pet Decor for 2015

Do you plan your Christmas list far ahead of time? Are you an early bird when it comes to holiday decorating? Even if you’re not, you can still enjoy a little online window shopping. Here are just a few of the holiday pet items we have to offer this year. Cuddle up with your furry friend, and have a look!

Put some levity in indoor or outdoor decorating with these holiday dog rugs from Liora Manne’s Front Porch Collection. Each rug depicts a mischievous dog who has managed to get himself tangled up in the Christmas lights. These humorous holiday rugs feature a Yellow Lab or Black Lab, along with a message: “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings.” Not only are these indoor/outdoor rugs funny and festive, but they’re also UV-stabilized for less fading and naturally insect- and mildew-resistant.

Yellow Lab Happy Holidays Accent Rug Red  Black Lab Seasons Greetings Accent Rug Green

Kind-hearted Santa loves pets as much as you do! Treat yourself, your veterinarian, or your favorite pet owner to a holiday collectible featuring Kris Kringle with his animal pals. The Paws and Claus Clothtique depicts “Dr. Santa” with a basket full of tiny, adorable animals. In the High Five Clothtique, an eager pup raises his paw to congratulate Santa on his Christmas deliveries. Sure to warm the hearts of Yellow Lab and Golden Retriever owners, the dog wears a festive red coat to coordinate with Santa.

Paws and Claus Clothtique Santa Red  High Five Clothtique Santa Red

If you’re curious (like your cat) and you’d like to see more cute holiday pet decor, simply click here.

Pet-Shaped Doormats

As you step toward your door after a tough day, what thoughts are racing through your mind? Wouldn’t it be nice to be reminded of the furry friend who awaits inside, with happy barks or an affectionate nuzzle? These pet-shaped doormats might just remind you to shake off that stress and enjoy some quality time with your cat or dog.

Both decorative and functional, these adorable doormats feature the rubber outline of a pet, with coir in place of fur. Durable, mildew-resistant coir bristles are great for removing dirt from your shoes so you don’t trek it inside. These pet-shaped doormats also have a rubber backing to help keep them in place. Whether you choose the cat doormat or dog doormat, you’ll be happy to see its cute outline welcoming you inside.

Dog Doormat Brown 16 x 26 Cat Doormat Brown 16 x 26

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.


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