August 15th Is Check the Chip Day

Perhaps just as important as Love Your Pet Day, Check the Chip Day is a reminder to make sure that your pet’s microchip information is up to date.

This pet “holiday” was created by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). These two organizations encourage you to take time to verify that all of your pet’s microchip details (especially phone number and address) are correct.

You can read more about Check the Chip Day by clicking here.

If you’re interested in learning more about microchipping, the AVMA has an FAQ page here.

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Product Spotlight: His Hers and Pup Dog Leash Wall Hook Rack

Do you find that your entryway area needs an organizer for all members of the family—including the one with four legs? The His Hers and Pup Wall Hook Rack is the delightful answer!

Use the “His” and “Hers” hooks for jackets and scarves, and put the dimensional “tail” to good use by hanging your pet’s dog leash. You’ll always be ready for a quick walk around the block or a leisurely stroll. This hook rack also makes a unique gift for a couple with a furry friend of their own.

Finished in white, the distressed wood wall plaque has cast iron hooks and measures 11”Wx2.5”Dx6.5”H. The back has two keyholes for hanging.

Click here to view and order the His Hers and Pup Dog Leash Wall Hook Rack from Touch of Class®.

His Hers and Pup Dog Leash Wall Hook Rack

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July 15th Is National Pet Fire Safety Day

If you have a plan in place in case of a fire, give yourself a pat on the back—but make sure that plan includes your pet too! Today is National Pet Fire Safety Day, and it’s great time to make sure you’re doing everything you can to protect your pet.

Here are a few tips from the American Red Cross and American Kennel Club.

  • Include your pet in your family plan.
  • When you practice your escape plan, include your pet.
  • Prepare a disaster supply kit for your pet.
  • Never leave pets unattended around open flames.
  • Use flameless candles instead of ones lit with real flames.
  • Remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before you leave.
  • Use pet notification clings noting the number of pets in the house.

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Mason Ultimate Personalized Recliner Covers

Are you looking for a unique, customized gift for the pet lover in your life? Consider a personalized recliner cover!

The Mason Ultimate Recliner Cover can be personalized with up to 14 characters, including spaces. The quilted, microfiber faux suede cover is a great way to protect a recliner from a pet; the cover is soil-resistant, snag-resistant, and water-repellent with a polypropylene backing. Just machine wash and line dry the furniture cover when it needs freshening up.

Choose from several solid colors to complement any decor!

The Mason Ultimate Recliner Protector is a Touch of Class® exclusive design, so you won’t find it anywhere else. Click here to view measurement information and to shop this furniture cover.

Mason Ultimate Recliner CoverMason Ultimate Recliner Cover

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Keep Cool! How to Protect Your Pets This Summer

Bring on the summer! What activity does your pet like best? Maybe it’s 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.

“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. Even if your pet is wearing a life vest, stay vigilant.

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.

Chemical Reaction
While you’re slathering yourself in sunscreen, keep in mind that the common zinc oxide formulation is only intended for you, the pet parent. PetMD recommends that you protect Fido’s ear tips 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.

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Paws in the House? Keep Clean with Aqua Shield Pet Mats

If you and Rover have been traipsing in and out of the house as summer draws near, you might be having mixed feelings—it’s great to get the exercise but not so much fun to clean up the floor.

The Aqua Shield™ pet mat is a great solution!

Each specialty mat is made in the USA and boasts an exclusive Water Dam border to keep dirt and water inside the mat, as well as a slip-resistant rubber backing. The mat can be used indoors or outdoors year round, and it will not mildew, mold, or rot.

Each mat can be used as a food and water bowl mat if you prefer!

The Paws and Bones Mat can be personalized with your pet’s name, while the Bark Bark Mat has paw prints and the repeating word Bark. The Dog Treats Mat features dog bone shapes.

Click here to view and shop all the Aqua Shield™ pet mats mentioned above.

Paws and Bones Aqua Shield Pet Mat

Bark Bark Aqua Shield Pet Mat

Dog Treats Aqua Shield Boot Tray Mat

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It’s Be Kind to Animals Week!

Can you name the nation’s longest-running humane education campaign? It’s Be Kind to Animals Week!

We “paws” this week to make sure we’re treating animals with care and kindness. Wondering how you can help? Check out these suggestions from the American Humane Association:

❤️ Take the “Kindness Pledge.”
❤️ Adopt a shelter pet.
❤️ Commit to animal kindness all year long.
❤️ Promote this week on social media.
❤️ Watch movies noting “No Animals Were Harmed.”
❤️ Report suspected animal abuse.
❤️ Make sure your pet’s ID information is up to date.
❤️ Teach children to be kind to animals.
❤️ Spend some quality time with your pet!

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