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Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe This 4th of July!

4th of July Dog

With 4th of July celebrations right around the
corner, we wanted to share some helpful tips and suggested precautions to keep
your four-legged friends and family members safe!

Check your pet’s
ID tag.
Be sure your dog is wearing an up-to-date and visible ID tag on their
collar at all times. This way, in the unfortunate event that they get lost,
they can be returned to you promptly! Each year, many dogs run away trying to escape the commotion of fireworks. Animal shelters across the country are prepared for receiving these “4th
of July dogs.” If
you find a lost pet, check their tag first and contact their owner, but if they
don’t have a tag, we recommend that you take them to your local animal shelter,
where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.

Never use
fireworks around pets.
When curious pets get too close to fireworks, whether
activated or unused, there is the potential for severe burns and/or trauma. Many
types of fireworks contain toxic substances including arsenic, potassium
nitrate and other heavy metals. Also, the noise and sight of fireworks displays
can spook pets, leading to anxiety and distress. As previous mentioned, many pets will try to get away
from the commotion so it is best to keep them in a safe and secure place, preferably at
home.

Never leave your
pets alone in a vehicle on hot days, even if it is just for a few minutes.
Leaving
the windows down and/or parking in the shade is not good enough! Temperatures
rise very quickly inside a vehicle and since dogs sweat differently than
humans, they are not able to cool themselves down enough and can suffer from serious
health effects, including death. Due to this, many states have made it illegal to leave a
pet in a car during extreme weather.

Keep your pets
on their normal diet.
Human food and drinks should be out of reach of pets.
Any change in a pet’s diet can result in indigestion and diarrhea. Foods and
drinks such as alcohol, onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins,
salt and yeast dough are especially harmful and can be potentially toxic to
animals. Ingestion of alcohol may cause intoxication and weakness that could lead
to a coma and/or respiratory failure. Keeping dog treats on hand will allow guests
who want to give your dog food a healthy and safe alternative.

Always keep
matches and lighter fluid out of pets’ reach
.
Many types of matches contain
chlorates, which if ingested can damage blood cells and lead to difficulty
breathing, in the most severe cases it can result in kidney disease. Lighter
fluid is also very harmful and can cause skin irritation or gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression if ingested. If inhaled,
aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.

Keep citronella
candles, insect coils and oil products away from pets.
If a pet were to
ingest any one of these products, it can lead to stomach irritation and
possibly even central nervous system depression. Much like lighter fluid, when
these oils are inhaled they can cause aspiration pneumonia.

Never apply any
sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet unless it is labeled
specifically for use on animals.
Ingestion of sunscreen products can result
in vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and drooling. Insect repellents that
contain DEET are especially harmful and can lead to neurological problems.

If needed, take
additional precautions to keep your pet calm.
Even well-adjusted pets can
get anxious during out-of-the-ordinary events. If your pet is prone to anxiety,
please consider consulting with your veterinarian on ways to alleviate their
fear and anxiety prior to the 4th of July festivities. There are
many natural calming products that may help. We also recommend exercising your
dog early in the day, whether they are prone to anxiety or not. Make sure that
any off-leash time is securely fenced and any walks have a good leash as some
people may set off fireworks before dark.

We hope these tips are helpful, and wish you and your pets a
fantastic Independence Day filled with safe summertime fun!

Cool Your Canines: Top Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

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Nothing makes a summer adventure more enjoyable than having our beloved four-legged companions in tow! However for animals, the summer heat can be quite uncomfortable as our furry friends are covered with fur and walk directly on hot surfaces that can severely effect their body temperature. 

To help keep our critters safe and comfortable all summer long, check out the following  tips, ideas and products to keep summer from being a bummer for our pets!

1. Car Heat: Avoid heat exhaustion and DO NOT leave your pet alone in the car during the remotely warm weather. During warm weather the inside of your car can reach 120° in a matter of minutes, even if you're parked in the shade with the windows opened a little. Pet owners that carelessly leave their pets unattended in a hot car are now subject to hefty fines and possibly jailtime, so don't even think about it!

2. Let the Fur Fly: Dogs with extremely thick or long fur should be trimmed during the hot summer  Kool3 months. Regular use of a deshedding tool, such as the FURminator deshedding tool can remove tremendous amounts of undercoat hair.


3. Creative Cooling
: Water or gel-filled cooling mats, cooling vests and cooling collars are great for dogs that are kept outside or if you do not have air conditioning in your home. As well, an elevated pet bed can help keep pets cool and comfortable and the raised sleeping surface keeps your dog off the hard ground, away from bugs and has an added bonus of great air circulation.

4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: Provide plenty of water and shade for your pets so they can stay cool. Be aware that water will vaporize on extremely hot days. Collapsible Water Bowls and Gulpy Water Bottles are convenient portable water sources for your pet, especially if you're on the road. 

Gulpy Muttropolis  5. Exercise at Dusk & Dawn: Pets need exercise, but on very hot days it is best to limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Keep in mind that asphalt and beach sand gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws. Consider protective booties to protect sensitive paws from hot pavement.

6. Avoid Sunburn: Pets can get sunburned too, and your pet may require special dog-friendly sunscreen his or her nose and ear tips. Especially pets with light-colored noses or light-colored fur on their ears.

7. Be aware of the Signs of Heat Exhaustion: Heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue are all signs of possible heat exhaustion.  What to do in the event of heat exhaustion: Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck and chest or immerse them in cool (not cold) water. Let them drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes and consider taking them directly to a veterinarian.

Do you have some favorite tips to share to help our pets beat the heat? I welcome you to share them with fellow pet parents in the comments below!