Pet Safety: Avoiding Autumn Seasonal Hazards

Does it feel like languid summer where you live, or is there a cool fall nip in the air? Perhaps you and your pet are taking advantage of the break in the heat to get active outdoors, or maybe you’re curled up inside, indulging in a new season of television. Autumn poses its particular challenges to pets, just like any season, but with a few precautions, you’ll still have plenty of fall fun. Take a look at these reminders from PetMD and the ASPCA.

Dwindling Daylight

If only fall didn’t come with fewer hours of daylight! Take care when walking your pet, keeping in mind that the reduced light makes it more difficult for drivers to see the two of you. Wear reflective gear and bring along a flashlight; you might even consider a light-up collar for your pet. Ensure that your pet’s tag and/or microchip information is up to date.

School Supplies

You might feel like your dog needs a refresher on what he learned in obedience school, but he certainly doesn’t need any school supplies! Keep glue sticks, markers, and other school supplies out of pets’ reach. Even an item with low toxicity can be harmful in other ways (as a choking hazard or the cause of a blockage).

Antifreeze

Don’t let your pet be lured by the sweet taste of antifreeze. This temptation is extremely toxic to pets, even in small amounts. Check your car for leaks, clean up spills immediately, and keep your pet away from areas where antifreeze is stored. Seek veterinary attention if your pet ingests it.

Rodenticides

Likewise, rodenticides are toxic to pets and should be used with extreme caution. Place them in an area that is completely inaccessible to pets.

Mushrooms

Most mushrooms are not harmful to your pet, but a small percentage of them are toxic. It’s best to remove them from your yard and to keep your curious pet away from an area where mushrooms are growing. Consult your veterinarian immediately if your pet ingests a wild mushroom.

Fleas and Ticks

Just because temperatures dip doesn’t mean it’s safe to stop your pet’s preventative medication. In most areas, autumn is one of the worst seasons for fleas and ticks. Consult your veterinarian, who will probably suggest that you continue your pet’s flea and tick preventatives year round. Follow label instructions carefully, and use only the dosage that is appropriate for your pet.

Cold Weather

Be aware of cold snaps and drops in nighttime temperatures. Ensure outdoor pets have adequate food, water, and shelter. If you take your indoor pet outside, keep in mind that he may not be able to withstand cooler temperatures for long periods of time.

Ultimate Anti-Slip Furniture Protectors

Are even traditional furniture covers no match for your squirmy, overactive ball of fur? Your pet has met its match with the Ultimate Anti-Slip Furniture Protector!

This unique furniture cover has two features to keep it from sliding around: an innovative anti-slip backing and adjustable straps for a secure fit. This easy-on, easy-off, one-piece protector can even be used on leather furniture.

In addition to its anti-slip properties, this cover is water-repellant and soil-resistant, giving your furnishing a defense against stains and pet hair. The microsuede material is box-stitched and available in three colors: dark beige, light chocolate, and slate gray.

Click here to view the Ultimate Anti-Slip Furniture Protectors and sizing/measurement information.

Ultimate Anti Slip Furniture Protector Recliner/Wing Chair

Ultimate Microplush Pet Furniture Cover with Bolster

Has your pet left so much hair or so many snags behind that you’re ready to start a “save my sofa” campaign? First promise: No pets on the couch! Of course, you know that wouldn’t last long, for your furry friend has squirmed his way into your mushy, relenting heart. So be a forgiving pet parent, and let your buddy join you… as long as your sofa is protected with the Ultimate Microplush Pet Furniture Cover with Bolster.

Available in five solid colors, this pet furniture protector is meant to cover only a portion of your sofa. Your pet can collect his fair share of pats and cuddles as he sits next to you on the quilted, water-resistant seat. And if he needs to get his 40 (or 400) winks in, he can rest his head on the bolster or snuggle up next to it. You’ll love the bolstered design too, since it prevents pet hair and dirt from collecting in the crevices of your furnishing.

This bolstered pet furniture cover is available in two sizes: Medium, with a 21”Wx26”L seat and overall measurement of 30”Wx30”Lx6”H; and Large, with a 27”x26”L seat and overall measurement of 46”Wx30”Lx6”H.

When you can convince your pet to hang out in his pet bed (or, more likely, your bed) for awhile, you can wash the cover; simply zip the cover off and machine-wash it on the gentle cycle using cold water.

This unique pet furniture cover can even be monogrammed with your pet’s name! Click here to view and purchase the Ultimate Microplush Quilted Pet Cover with Bolster.

Ultimate Microplush Bolstered Pet Cover

International Assistance Dog Week (August 7-13)

“Paws” and mark your calendar! Next week, August 7-13, is International Assistance Dog Week! During this special week, we recognize hardworking service/assistance dogs and all their contributions.

According to the IADW site, the goals of the week are the following:

  • Recognize and honor assistance dogs
  • Raise awareness and educate the public about assistance dogs
  • Honor puppy trainers and raisers
  • Recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities

Now is a great time to brush up on service dog etiquette too! Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll show the service dog team respect and courtesy.

Paradise Solid Color and Tropical Pet Furniture Covers

When the summer heat ushers you into the sweet coolness of the indoors, relax in bliss upon a Paradise Furniture Protector. This attractive furniture cover will protect your furnishing from pets, stains, and dirt. There’s no need to fret about your furry pal destroying your furniture; this microfiber polyester cover is water-repellant and soil-resistant.

Paradise Leaf Furniture Protector Parchment Recliner/Wing Chair Paradise Solid Color Furniture Protector Recliner/Wing Chair

The Paradise Pet Furniture Cover has a quilted pattern and covers more than 90% of your furnishing. Straps and D-rings secure the protector—just another reason to de-stress and ignore the summer swelter. Treat yourself to a little slice of paradise with a refreshing watercolor tropical print or a tranquil solid tone: sage, chocolate, or natural. Recliner/wing chair, loveseat, sofa, and extra-long sofa sizes are available. The Paradise Furniture Covers are exclusive designs for Touch of Class®, so you won’t find them anywhere else.

If your dog or cat loves the cover as much as you do, no problem. The Paradise Furniture Protectors are machine washable on the gentle cycle; line dry.

Click here to view the Paradise Furniture Covers and sizing/measurement information.

Click here to view the entire Paradise Collection, including coordinating window treatments and other home decor.

Paradise Pet Furniture Covers

Before You Take Your Dog to the Beach: Tips and Etiquette

If Fido has had his fill of playing in the kiddie pool and running under the sprinkler, you might be planning a trip to the beach sometime soon. If it’s your first trip to the sandy shore together, or you just need to brush up on the basics, check out these beach tips and etiquette from the American Kennel Club and Animal Planet.

Are dogs allowed?

Check local ordinances before you leave to make sure dogs are allowed. At the beach, take notice of any rules posted.

Basic etiquette

Follow the leash laws, and supervise your dog at all times. Skip the beach trip if you have an aggressive dog or a puppy under four months. Remember waste bags to clean up after your dog.

For your dog’s safety

Ensure your dog has proper identification and is up to date on vaccinations.

Protect his skin and coat

Thirty minutes before going outside, apply a pet-safe, zinc-free sunscreen to your dog’s ears and nose and the inner part of his back legs. When you’re ready to leave the beach, use fresh water to rinse the seawater off his fur.

Saltwater temptation

Don’t let your dog drink seawater; offer him cool, clean water as an alternative. Pack a first aid kit in case you need to tend to a jellyfish sting or cut paw. Consider a doggie lifejacket for beginning swimmers or short-legged breeds. Be cautious of riptides, sharks, and deep water.

Hot, hot, hot

Limit your pup’s exposure during the hottest times of the day. Have a blanket or towel at the ready in case the sand gets too hot for your dog’s paws. Scope out a shady rest spot ahead of time or bring along a beach umbrella.

Remember to have plenty of fresh, cool water for him to drink, and watch for signs of overheating, including rapid panting, coordination problems, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Tropical Parrot-Themed Dining Accessories

All you exotic bird lovers will be flapping your wings over these adorable parrot-themed dining accessories. These serving accents will bring color and tropical flair to your table while you season your food or pour your favorite beverage.

Designed by ©Suzanne Nicoll, these earthenware accessories resemble a green parrot with blue accents. Each cute parrot is handpainted with a gloss finish.

Click here to view the Tropics Parrot Salt and Pepper Shaker Set.
Click here to view the Tropics Parrot Beverage Pitcher.

Tropics Parrot Salt and Pepper Shakers Green Set of Two
Tropics Parrot Beverage Pitcher Green

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