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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 challenges to pets, 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 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.

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Pet Safety Tips for Fourth of July Fireworks

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, 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).

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Cockatoo Tropical Bird Home Decor

Birds of a feather flit through your home with tropical flair. Display tributes to this fun-loving and energetic pet throughout the rooms of your house in a variety of designs and mediums.

Display these elegant birds perched among flowers inside your home or outdoors in a covered porch or patio with metal and wood wall art. Grant space for a cockatoo to alight on any table in your home with a glossy and detailed table sculpture.

Or choose exclusive accents you can only find at Touch of Class®! These white parrot-like birds perch among the tropical fronds of their native environment. Give any room a soft glow with bird-inspired candleholders and store your trinkets in a palm frond-shaped decorative tray.

Looking for more tropical cockatoo décor to fill your home? Check out the Touch of Class® web site!

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Five-Star Pet Gifts

Are you looking for quality pet gifts for the animal lovers in your life? This five-star-rated pet decor will delight those who consider their cat, dog, or bird a member of the family. 

Find a resin cat garden statue that doubles as a bird feeder to brighten their outdoor space, or select an indoor table sculpture that closely resembles their beloved pal.

A microplush bolstered pet cover will allow their pet to snuggle up beside them on the sofa. For beds, a faux suede protector will cover the foot so their four-legged friend has a spot all its own. Each cover can be monogrammed with the pet’s name for a special touch.

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Natural Curiosity Cat Bird Feeder
Ultimate Microplush Quilted Pet Cover with Bolster
Good Dog Table Sculpture
Tropical Friends Parrot Table Sculpture
Mason Ultimate Bed Protector for Pets

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It’s National Pet Week!

National Pet Week was created in 1981 by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the AVMA Auxiliary. Celebrated each year during the first full week of May, National Pet Week encourages pet owners to take steps to keep their pets happy and healthy. In honor of the 40th anniversary of this special week, the AVMA is highlighting seven essential actions to improve the welfare of pets. Click here to learn more!

Sunday: 
Choose well and commit for life.

Monday: 
Socialize now. New doesn’t have to be scary.

Tuesday: 
Nutrition and exercise matter.

Wednesday: 
Love your pet? See your vet!

Thursday: 
Travel with care.

Friday: 
Emergencies happen. Be prepared.

Saturday: 
Give your pet a lifetime of love.

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Charming Pet Decor for Spring

There are so many sights and scents for your pet to explore now that spring is here! Draw upon your pet’s adorable curiosity as you decorate your home for spring. Inquisitive expressions, soft tones, and playful personalities are all on display here.

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The striped orange feline of the Intrigued Cat Sculpture isn’t quite sure how a butterfly landed on its nose—or what to do with it now that it’s there. Made from resin, this lighthearted sculpture features realistic details that will remind you of your own cat’s fur.

Pastels are always pretty in spring, and the Urban Felines Wall Art Set will enhance your home with subtle color. Resembling pastel chalk drawings, these hand-embellished wooden plaques depict two watchful kitties looking out apartment windows at city skylines.

Intrigued Striped Orange Cat Sculpture Urban Felines Cat Wall Art Set

A trio of cats can mean triple the fun or three times the mischief. The Kitten Trio Table Vase will win the hearts of cat owners with its cute design. Made from resin and metal, the whitewashed decorative vase is ready to hold your faux greenery or artificial spring flowers.

This frisky cairn terrier will be happy to live outdoors when the weather is nice or indoors when it turns colder. The Oliver Dog Sculpture is hand-cast from bonded marble resin and hand-rubbed with a moss finish. The two of you will share a secret too—there’s a key safe in the bottom.

Kitten Trio Table Vase Oliver Cairn Terrier Dog Sculpture

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Coastal and Tropical Furniture Covers for Spring

Refresh your decor for spring while also protecting your furniture! Coastal and tropical furniture covers have a casual, laid-back appeal that will lighten the ambience of your living room.

Give your home island vibes with a leaf-print furniture cover, or make a splash with fun sea life designs. Click the images below to shop these furniture protectors on the Touch of Class® site.

The Paradise Leaf Tropical Furniture Cover features beautiful watercolor-style leaves in sage and neutral tones. Water-repellent and soil-resistant properties protect your furnishing, while straps and D-rings (on all except the recliner cover) help keep it in place. Ogee quilting gives this cover a finished, polished appearance.

Paradise Leaf Tropical Furniture Cover

The quilted Under the Sea Coastal Furniture Cover features aquatic wonders, including seahorses, coral, and seashells in warm green, light brown, and dark blue. The elastic strap helps to secure the protector in place. Enjoy two looks in one—this cover is reversible to ticking stripes.

Under the Sea Coastal Furniture Cover

The Harbor Life Furniture Cover teems with coastal splendor. Seashells, fish, seahorses, coral, starfish, and words decorate the surface in cocoa and aqua hues on off-white. This reversible furniture cover from Lush Decor has vermicelli quilting and bound ends.

Harbor Life Coastal Furniture Cover

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Live, Love, and Bark with New Farmhouse Dogs Bath Accents

Let your faithful companion guide you through a way of simple living with the lovely Farmhouse Dogs Bath Accents. With classic motifs and neutral hues, these accessories will bring delightful charm to your bathroom while your “fur-ever friend” reminds you to “live, love, bark.”

The Shower Curtain features a classic off-white and black buffalo plaid coupled with embroidered dogs perched on a velvet applique ribbon. We recommend the use of a waterproof shower curtain liner, not included.

Farmhouse Dogs Plaid Shower Curtain

The 5-Piece Bath Set includes a lotion/soap dispenser, a brush holder, one bath towel, and two hand towels. The white ceramic bath accessories have handpainted black accents. The lotion/soap dispenser is shaped like an adorable dog, and the brush holder resembles an openwork doghouse with a pup lounging inside. The off-white towels feature embroidered dogs, cute sayings, and dashed hems in charcoal, silver, and black.

Farmhouse Dogs 5 pc Bath Set

These delightful and classic bath accents are the perfect update for any dog lover’s powder room. Shop the Farmhouse Dogs Bath Collection on the Touch of Class® web site now!

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Snuggle Away! Reduce Pet Allergens with Pet Agree Bedding

Never miss another opportunity for snuggles with your pet again! The Pet Agree Bedding adds comfort to your bed while reducing pet allergens—allowing you to sleep beside your pet with a greater peace of mind.

Filled with garnetted polyester, this soft white cotton bedding features Purissimo™ technology that utilizes natural probiotics. Due to friction, the microcapsules burst open, and the probiotics germinate and multiply, using the allergens as a food source. Bedding is machine washable on the gentle cycle.

Click here to shop the Pet Agree Bedding on the Touch of Class® site.

The Pet Agree Down Alternative Comforter is available in Twin, Full/Queen, and King sizes. Independent testing showed a 66.7% reduction in dog allergens and a 92.8% reduction in cat allergens.

Pet Agree Down Alternative Comforter

The Pet Agree Mattress Pad has a waterproof laminated polyester barrier that provides assurance against accidents. The polyester knit 16” deep skirt stretches to fit mattresses up to 18”. Available in Twin, Full, Queen, King, and Cal King sizes.

Pet Agree Mattress Pad

 

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“Paws” for Warm Holiday Wishes

Take some time during this busy and festive season to “paws” and spend quality time with your furry family member. New pet or long-time companion, brighten up their holiday and yours with purrs, kneading, and tail-wagging.

We wish you and your four-legged friend a purrfectly merry holiday—and a howling good 2021!

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