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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Keep Your Pet Safe Over Easter

Are the members of your household bunny-hopping into Easter—and fluttering like butterflies with preparations? Amid the hubbub, make sure your pet doesn’t frolic its way into any springtime hazards. Check out these Easter pet safety tips from PetMD and the ASPCA.

1. Choco-no-no
Keep chocolates, raisins, and artificially sweetened treats away from your pets. Chocolate is potentially toxic to dogs and cats; according to PetMD, dark chocolate and unsweetened chocolate are the most toxic. Consult your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has eaten chocolate.

2. “Fill”-ing like trouble?
If you’re looking for another reason to dislike Easter grass, here it is: This filler can pose choking and digestive hazards to pets. Keep pets out of baskets—candy wrappers, foil, plastic eggs, and toys can also be dangerous.

3. Not so egg-cellent
Pets shouldn’t eat raw eggs due to possible salmonella contamination. While you’re on the egg lookout, make sure the dye you use is nontoxic.

4. Food blues

PetMD cautions that you shouldn’t give fatty foods, onions, or garlic to your pet. Fatty foods like ham can upset your pet’s stomach (or cause more serious issues), while onions and garlic can be toxic, depending on the amount.

5. Flower away
All parts of the lily plant are highly toxic to cats. Consider other decorations if you share your home with a feline. View the ASPCA’s entire plant list here.

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Dog and Cat Wine Cork Holders

Do you love both animals and wine? Your fondness for both can materialize in the whimsical form of these pet-themed cork holders! 

Each unique pet Cork Caddy™ is hand-sculpted from metal and finished in a rich patina. Stylized, openwork designs and decorative colored stone embellishments add to the adorable appeal of these cork holders.

Each animal has a chalkboard accent or accents that allow you to personalize the item. Each pet Cork Caddy™ will hold approx. 55 of your wine corks.

Click here to learn more about these delightful pet-themed cork holders.

Dog Wine Cork Caddy Cat Wine Cork Caddy

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March 23rd Is National Puppy Day!

Did you remember that there’s a day just to celebrate puppies? If you forgot, that’s okay; accidents do happen in the puppy world. Though pet parents don’t welcome a puppy into their home until the puppy is a couple months old, here are a few facts about newborn puppies in honor of this special day.

According to PetMD:

Puppies can hear a little bit when they’re born, but their ears are still closed until about 14 days of age.

Puppies are born with fur and nails but no teeth. You’ll see their baby chompers around 4 weeks.

At around 4 weeks old, puppies will start to play in groups.

Puppies are born with a blue-gray color to their eyes; expect their true eye color around 10 weeks.

Puppies can’t regulate their body temperature well, so they need to be in an area around 75 degrees.

Newborn puppies sleep about 90% of the day in between feedings.

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Outdoor Pet Sculptures for Spring

These charming animal sculptures are delightful as “outdoor pets”! Let them play worry-free in your flower bed or watch passersby from your porch. Each outdoor sculpture has realistic details and a lifelike expression. Which pet sculpture will find its way to your patio or garden this spring?

Click here to view a variety of outdoor animal sculptures, including the ones featured below.

With his ears perked up, Oliver looks like he could get into some mischief—but he promises not to dig any holes in your yard! He’ll even safeguard your spare key in the compartment in the base. Hand-cast in the USA, this dog sculpture is available in moss and antique white finishes.

Oliver Outdoor Dog Sculpture

This precious tabby is full of Natural Curiosity, but she won’t harm any of your feathered friends; she seems more interested in the snail on the tree stump. Add your birdseed to the basin of this cat sculpture, and enjoy the amusing sight of birds sharing their dinner space with an inquisitive kitty.

Natural Curiosity Cat Bird Feeder

Who could resist the pleading eyes of this dachshund? This cutie appears to be waiting patiently for his Morning Walk, and the adorable details of this dog sculpture will win over dachshund devotees.

Morning Walk Dachshund Dog Sculpture

Nothing escapes the attention of this cat, who’s always On the Ready! Will it keep watch over your garden terrain or stand sentry on your porch? This darling cat sculpture is evocative of a real feline with a curled tail, smoky taupe color, and piercing, alert eyes.

On the Ready Outdoor Cat Sculpture

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