Category Archives: Dogs

July Is National Pet Hydration Awareness Month

It seems fitting that July is National Pet Hydration Month—we humans are trying to stay hydrated and cool this month too! Whether your pet is soaking up the summer outdoors or chilling indoors with the A/C, hydration is key. 

First of all, how much water does your pet need each day? According to PetMD, your pet needs about a half ounce to one full ounce of water per pound of body weight. As you might expect, large pets will need more water than small ones, and dogs will drink more water than cats. 

To ensure that your pet gets its daily H2O, PetMD recommends providing fresh, clean water that’s easily accessible, supplying multiple water bowls if you’re a multi-pet family, and keeping the water bowl away from noisy areas if your pet seems skittish. 

If you and your dog are out exercising, remember to stop for water breaks, especially if you notice that your dog is panting hard. PetMD recommends providing enough water to quench your pet’s thirst but not allowing large gulps that could lead to stomach upset.

Have a safe (and hydrated) July with your pet!

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Indoor/Outdoor Pet-Themed Mats from Liora Manne

Add a pop of color to your home while displaying a love for “paws”itively adorable pets. With a balanced combination of both bold and subdued hues, the Liora Manne pet-themed mats are sure to brighten up your home and provide a fun invitation to guests.

These hand-hooked polyester/acrylic mats can be used indoors or outdoors seasonally. Made in China, each mat is .375” thick with a cloth-covered latex backing. Pet-themed mats are available in four designs and three rectangle sizes: 30”x20”, 36”x24”, and 48”x30”.

Click here to shop all Liora Manne Indoor/Outdoor Mats from Touch of Class®!

Stretch your muscles beside three French bulldogs portraying different yoga poses on brightly-colored mats with the Yoga Dogs Mat.

Yoga Dogs Mat

Yellow eyes peer over the edge of the Meow Cat Mat, which depicts a black cat and a black and gray cat with the word “Meow” in teal.

Meow Cat Mat

Against a backdrop of blue sky, seagulls, and a net, set sail alongside a retriever in a captain’s hat sitting before a ship’s wheel, a bulldog in a striped hat, and a black Lab sporting a yellow hat with the Arrf Ye Mateys Mat.

Arrf Ye Mateys Dog Mat

Playfulness abounds with the Cats and Butterflies Mat as two cats, one black and the other black and gray, track three richly-hued butterflies flitting above their heads.

Cats and Butterflies Mat

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June Is National Pet Preparedness Month

Your pet is a part of your family, and preparation for an emergency is important. As a pet parent, it’s your responsibility to include your pet in your emergency and disaster plans. When making or revising your emergency and/or disaster plans, know where your pets are going and have anything they might need ready to go. For more details and a comprehensive list of emergency kit necessities, visit the CDC web site.

  • Plan ahead. If you live in a disaster-prone area, learn what kinds of problems those disasters can present for both you and your pets. If your pets can’t go with you during an evacuation, don’t just leave them at home. Pets need a safe place to stay in an emergency, so find out where they can go ahead of time, and be prepared for the possibility of multiple pets being unable to stay in the same place. Remember: if it’s not safe for you, then it’s not safe for your pet.
  • Create an emergency kit. You’ve made one for your family, but your pet needs one, too. Include food, water, bowls, medications, a litter tray/litter or disposable bags, extra leashes/harnesses, and toys that are easily transportable. Include veterinary information, medical records, and current pictures of your pet in a waterproof container.
  • Stay up-to-date. Make sure the information on your pet’s collar, carrier, and in the disaster kit is current. If your pet is microchipped, ensure that information is up-to-date as well, in case your pet gets lost. Have your pet’s vaccinations updated often, and check clasps on collars regularly.
  • Sheltering in place. Some emergencies require you to take shelter in your home, so establish ahead of time which room is the safest place for you, your family, and your pets to shelter in. The ideal room will have few or no windows and be free of anything that could be toxic to your pet. For small animals, make sure to block off any small spaces they could get stuck in.
  • Returning after an emergency. Changes in routine can make pets irritable, defensive, or aggressive, so keep a close eye on your pet when establishing the new normal. Tell family and any visitors that your pet isn’t his or her usual self so your pet has less reason to lash out, and be aware that the disaster may have disoriented your pet by destroying or changing scent markers.

Pets often mean as much to us as the rest of the family, so make sure you’re including them in your plans, kits, and drills. The more comfortable they are with the routine in case of emergency, the easier it will be to ensure their safety along with your own. For special considerations for animals such as horses or birds, check out the ASPCA web site.

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How to Safely Exercise Your Dog in Warmer Weather

As the warmer weather rolls in, you want to get outside and enjoy it. Of course, you love taking Fido with you! Just remember that while you can shed the layers of clothing you’ve bundled up in all winter, your dog doesn’t have that same advantage. Here are some tips from the ASPCA for exercising with your pet under a summer sun:

• Keep a close eye on your canine companion. If your pet seems tired and doesn’t want to continue exercising, don’t force her, and make sure she gets plenty of fresh, clean water.

• Watch for symptoms of overheating. Unlike humans, dogs don’t sweat, and they’re much closer to the hot pavement. If your pet is panting more than usual or having difficulty breathing, let him rest in the shade for a while.

• Stay indoors during the heat of the day. Exercise during the cooler times of the day for your dog’s comfort, such as around dawn, dusk, or in the evening.

• Swimming unsupervised isn’t safe. Not all pups can swim, so don’t leave your pet unattended around large bodies of water. If you’re out on a boat or in a deep pool, get her a life vest to ensure her safety.

• A dog’s fur helps regulate body temperature. Even if your dog has long hair, don’t just shave it off. His fur coat has layers to it, and removing them makes it more difficult for him to stay cool during the hot days and could lead to a painful sunburn.

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Protect Your Floors with WaterHog Pet Mats

With the days lengthening and summer beckoning you and your pet out more often, you don’t want to spend extra time cleaning mud and dirt off of your floors. The solution? Durable pet mats!

WaterHog® pet mats are USA-made and can be used indoors or outdoors year round. Crafted with an exclusive Water Dam border to keep dirt and water on the mat and off of your floor, these antistatic mats will not mold, mildew, or rot. Place a mat inside or outside your door, or use it as a tray for food and water bowls.

Backed in slip-resistant rubber and available in a variety of colors, each floor accent has a tone-on-tone dimensional pet-related design. The Bark Bark Pet Mat has the repeating word “Bark” and paw prints. The Paws and Bones Mat is patterned with paw prints and dog bones and includes free customization with your pet’s name!

Click here to shop all colors and styles of the “pawsitively” darling WaterHog® mats from the Touch of Class® site.

Bark Bark WaterHog Pet Mat

Paws and Bones Personalized Pet Mat

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Bound Into Spring! How to Get Your Pet Ready

Spring is coming! Soon you’ll be cleaning and organizing, or finally hauling those Christmas decorations back into storage. During this time where happiness spreads with warmer and sunnier weather, remember that your pet needs some help with spring cleaning, too.

In the spring, you can help your pet shed its winter coat so hair isn’t trailing throughout your home. Your pet relies on you to be aware of how the coming season can affect it: from bugs carrying parasites, to lawn chemicals or plants that can cause harm, to seasonal allergies. Here are a few ways you can help your pet get ready for the season.

1) As your pet begins to shed more than usual in preparation for warmer temps, help her out. Give her a bath and regular brushings to remove loose hair. Not only will this keep her cooler, but it will help keep your home clean and your furniture fur free. And while you’re spring cleaning, wash up her bedding and toys so they smell fresh.

2) Pets can have seasonal allergies, too, although they often show via skin irritation. Watch out for excessive scratching, biting, or licking and contact your vet for how to best treat him. Keep an eye out for grass munching, as well, since some yard treatment chemicals will make him sick. According to Project Pawsitivity, some common seasonal plants like daisies are also toxic to pets. Check out a full plant list here.

3) Warmer weather brings those pesky bugs: fleas, ticks, and mosquitos. As if bites from these bugs weren’t bad enough, they can also carry parasites that could affect your pet’s health. So, before the warmth really sets in, ensure that she has preventative medication for heartworms, fleas, and ticks.

4) Before taking your pet out to enjoy sunny days, make sure his shots are up to date. According to Petcube, having his shots recently updated will cause him less problems if he encounters animals who haven’t had their shots. Also check that his tags and microchip have current information and are readable, and that leashes and collars still fit and aren’t fraying.

5) While humans can exercise throughout the winter in gyms, that’s not always true for our pets. As warm weather rolls in, give her time to adjust to a more active lifestyle. Start with short walks and don’t force her to play if she looks tired. Just like us, your pet’s muscles take time to strengthen.

Pets are just as happy as the rest of us that the sun is shining brighter and the temperature is climbing. But just as we have preventative measures against bugs and allergies, so should our pets. Give them love, care, attention, and help as they prepare for sun-filled days in the ways only they can.

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It’s a Pop Quiz… for Love Your Pet Day!

National Love Your Pet Day has popped up again this year—along with a couple fun quizzes. Spend some quality time with your pet today, whether that means exercise, extra grooming time, or plenty of snuggles and cuddles.

When you have a few minutes of down time, put your knowledge of cats and dogs to the test!

🐱 Cat Quiz 🐱
🐶 Dog Quiz 🐶

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Proclaim Your Love for Your Dog!

It’s the sweetest time of the year—so let everyone know that if they love you, they must also love your dog! Each accent has a hooked design, brown hues, a dog silhouette, love my dog wording, and a red heart. Place the decorative pillow on an indoor entryway bench, side chair, or sofa. Lay the accent rug nearby for a duo that’s too cute to resist!

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Dog Love Decorative Pillow
Dog Love Accent Rug

Looking for home accents your dog can enjoy too? The Premier Puff Furniture Protector is snag- and soil-resistant, with a longer back and tuck-in flaps to help it stay in place. You both will love the soft, plush design—and you’ll be happy that the furniture cover is machine washable.

Premier Puff Furniture Cover

Premier Puff Furniture Cover in Chocolate

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New Cat and Dog Pet Sculptures for 2020

How do you feel about welcoming a new animal friend into your home for 2020? These darling pet sculptures require no feeding, but their features are so lifelike, you might be tempted to give one a treat.

Click here to view measurement information and to shop these pet sculptures on the Touch of Class® site.

With soulful eyes and a tail curled at its side, the Lovable Labrador will wait patiently for you to come home. Labrador Retriever owners will want to “fetch” this dog sculpture while it’s still available!

Lovable Black Labrador Dog Sculpture Lovable Yellow Labrador Dog Sculpture

This Intrigued Cat is entranced by the tiny visitor on the tip of its nose—a colorful butterfly. Realistic resin fur details and a wide-eyed expression make this cat sculpture a fun one for feline aficionados.

Intrigued Gray Cat Sculpture Intrigued Black and White Cat Sculpture

Shh—don’t wake the sleeping kitty. The Resting Cat just might convince you to catch a few winks of your own. Enjoying a little nap, this cat rests with its paws tucked beneath its body.

Resting Black and White Cat Sculpture Resting Orange Cat Sculpture

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Meowy Christmas and Happy Howlidays

Whether you’ve recently welcomed a new furry creature into your home, or you’re spending some quality time with your faithful four-legged friend, we wish you both a very merry holiday.

Here are a few of our favorite posts from 2019!

Get Organized! Helpful Products for Tidier Living with Pets
Service Dog Month + Proper Etiquette
Fire Prevention Pet Safety Tips
Mason Ultimate Personalized Recliner Covers

Christmas Mantel with Pet Figurines

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