Can you guess the busiest day of the year for many animal shelters in the United States? According to the American Humane Association, it is July 5th—that’s right; the day after the Fourth of July. This year, make a “pledge” that your pet will not be among the many that flee their homes in a panic after unsettling firework celebrations begin. Here are just a few tips, including some from the AVMA and the Humane Society, to keep your pet safe this Independence Day.
1. Make sure that your pet has a properly fitting collar with an attached ID tag and that all the information is up to date; likewise, check that all microchip information is current.
2. Take a picture of your pet so that you have a current photo just in case.
3. Earlier in the day, take your dog for a walk or run (but be vigilant about the summer’s heat and don’t overdo it). Exercise will help calm him and tire him out before the fireworks start.
4. Don’t take your pet to firework festivities or set off fireworks around your pet. Keep your pet indoors where he is safe; if possible, bring your outdoor pet indoors.
5. Keep exterior doors, pet doors, and windows shut to prevent a terrified pet from escaping outdoors and running away from the fireworks.
6. Lower blinds and cover windows so the bright lights of the fireworks don’t distress your pet.
7. Make sure your pet has a safe place in an interior room where he can retreat. Your pet may prefer a small, enclosed area to “hide” when he’s scared.
8. Place your pet’s favorite toys or familiar blankets nearby for comfort.
9. Turn on a calming television show, soothing music, or even a fan to help block out some of the firework noise.
10. Provide your dog with a safe chew toy to distract him and ease anxiety (and make sure cords are out of the way so they don’t become chew toys).
It’s summer, and you and your pet have been having all kinds of fun, so maybe rules are lax around the house. If your pet has claimed a spot beside you on the couch, you might have decided to just go with it. At least you can still protect your sofa with the Mason Faux Suede Pet Cover with Bolster!
Instead of covering your entire sofa, this protector covers only a portion of it, providing your pet with his own dedicated snuggle space beside you. Made from polyester microfiber, this cover has a double diamond-quilted seat that is soil-, snag-, and water-resistant. And your pet will love the comfy bolster around the sides; he can rest his head on top or cuddle up next to it. The bolster also prevents pet hair from finding its way into the nooks and crannies of your sofa—though no promises for the rest of the house!
This special furniture cover is available in two sizes and several solid colors. It can also be monogrammed for a pet-perfect touch. The zippered cover is machine washable, so you can freshen it up whenever you like.
The Mason Furniture Cover with Bolster is a Touch of Class® exclusive design, so you won’t find it anywhere else. Click here to view measurement information and to order this cover.
Can you have both pets and high-quality area rugs? Of course! From Mohawk, a leader in the flooring industry worldwide, the Sarasota Area Rugs provide tasteful tropical embellishment, durability, comfort underfoot, and superior stain resistance.
Made in the USA, these rugs are a wonderful decorating solution for households with children and pets. Durable DuPont™ Sorona® fibers are spun into SmartStrand® fibers, which are super-soft. You’ll fret less over messes, because the built-in lifetime stain and soil resistance never wears or washes off. These charming, machine-woven rugs also resist crushing and matting.
The Espresso coloration has a basket weave design, while the Burgundy color has a striated field.
Click here to view and purchase the pet-friendly Sarasota Rugs.
A special-needs pet is one with a physical disability, a chronic injury, or emotional/behavioral issues. Today, we celebrate special-needs pets and encourage animal lovers with plenty of compassion, time, and energy to consider adopting one. Here are a few points to ponder from Vetstreet:
1. First, research.
If there’s a special-needs pet that has captured your heart, be sure to research its issues thoroughly beforehand so you understand the care that is required. Talk to veterinarians, specialists, and owners of similar special-needs pets so that you can make the best choice for both of you, instead of a spur-of-the-moment decision.
2. Consider the financial commitment.
Be sure that you have the financial resources to properly care for a special-needs pet. Again, research the expenses associated with your prospective pet’s condition, including food, grooming, medical care, and special equipment.
3. Remember the time and energy involved.
You might not be bringing home a frisky puppy that’s going to romp all over the house, but a special-needs pet still requires your time and energy. Be sure that you have the patience to handle its physical limitations or extra needs, and that everyone in your family does as well.
4. Make sure you’re up to it, physically.
Not all special-needs pets are physically demanding, but be sure you have the strength and capability to care for one that is.
As long as you’re fully prepared to welcome a special-needs pet into your home and to accept the responsibilities involved, you can enjoy a loving, caring relationship with your new furry friend!
You might have done a full sweep of the house when you tackled spring cleaning this year, but did you remember your pet’s food bowl area? Freshen it up a little with a charming pet food bowl mat!
These darling mats have a soft polyester face with cute dog designs and a skid-resistant rubber backing (just in case your furry pal tends to push his food mat around). Mats are machine washable; simply line dry or flat dry them once they’re clean.
The Give This Dog a Bone Mat is the perfect pet placemat for smaller spaces. Measuring 19”W, it features a puppy wearing a bandana on a mingled paw print background.
The You Had Me at Woof Mat has a larger size that makes it great for use as a decorative floor mat or a pet food bowl mat. Measuring 29”W, it depicts four different pups in various attire on a watercolor-style background.
Click here to view and purchase these adorable pet food bowl mats!
To your pet, there are just so many interesting sights and smells in your home to explore—but that candle burning atop your table shouldn’t be one of them. Some rowdy playing nearby or a swish of that furry feline tail, and (oops!) you could have a real mess and dangerous situation on your hands.
Opt for flameless candles instead! Most battery-powered LED flameless candles provide a warm, flickering glow but are not hot to the touch. You don’t have to worry that if the candle is tipped over, the flame will start a fire. You don’t have to be concerned that your curious pet will get burned from the flame or the hot, dripping wax. And finally, you won’t be exposing your pet to potentially harmful fumes (some flameless candles are scented, so you may want to opt for unscented varieties).
Stock up on LED candles for a safer environment in your home. Flameless candles can be used in mantel displays, centerpiece arrangements, lanterns, wall sconces, and even seasonal decorations.
Today, February 20th, is National Love Your Pet Day! Of course, you love your pet every day, but this unofficial holiday is a great reminder to do something special or spend more quality time together than you normally would.
If your pet got a little neglected in the hubbub around Valentine’s Day, make sure he gets plenty of affection today! Here are just a few simple ideas:
❤ Special grooming session
❤ Food treat that you know he loves
❤ New toy
❤ Walk together
❤ Play together
❤ Teach him a new trick or command to keep his mind active
❤ Any bedding update that makes him more comfortable
❤ Extra pats and cuddles
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