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Social Petworking

Social networking is prevalent in today’s society, but this domain is no longer dominated by humans. Pets are not only appearing in random posts or embarrassing videos on YouTube, but now have their own accounts where they share their activities and favorite products. The whole month of June is dedicated to recognizing the use of social networking by our favorite companions.

There are a wide variety of accounts and personalities throughout the social petworking realm. Some accounts are owners sharing their pet, while others are from the perspective of the pet. Social petworking can even be used to draw attention to important topics in the pet world, such as finding homeless pets forever homes or reconnecting a loss pet with its owner. These accounts are trying to gain a larger audience to share their message with people and companies who can relate and/or help. Coastal Pet reaches out to some of these accounts to help spread awareness of some of the awesome products we make and to stay in contact with real life users of the product to get great feedback. Here is a list of just a few of our great models who social petwork on Instagram:

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1. ronanthebrave

Ronan is a 5-month-old Vizsla puppy who shares posts of his daily adventures around the greater Toronto area. With his young age and endless energy, adventures are a common part of Ronan’s life, which can clearly be seen throughout his Instagram. Some of his favorite items are the K9 Explorer® Reflective Harness, Soy Adjustable Collar and Bergan® Collapsable Travel Bowl which are great for his hikes throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

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 2. elwoodandozzy

This next social media duo are English Bulldog brothers Elwood, 5 years old, and Ozzy, 6 months old. While they like going on walks to prepare for warmer weather, they also know how to enjoy a good power nap. How else are you suppose to stay awake for those crazy additional innings during the World Series, where Elwood and Ozzy’s favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, finally won?! Continuing with the importance of comfort, Elwood and Ozzy also enjoy going out in style in their Coastal® Reflective Wrap Adjustable Harness that not only offer comfort but safety on those nightly walks to the park.

 Pumpkin

3. pumpkinthebengal

Pumpkin is an energetic Bengal kitty that gets his name from his birthday being the day before Halloween. He likes to be in constant motion and climbing on anything he can. His account is full of adorable videos of his antics, some favorite videos include the ones of him flicking his cute little tongue for endless entertainment. While indoors, he is captivated by the Mega Turbo™ Scratcher and loves how it has two engaging sides for twice the fun. When he is on the go, he finds the Bergan® Comfort Carrier™ to meet his comfort and style needs.

Charlie

4. charlie.the.sunshine.dog

This account is all about a Lab and Hound mix named Charlie that features all the fun he gets into on his farm and his other travels. As his username references, Charlie would like to spend as much time as possible outside in the sunshine to see what the day has to offer. Since he is busy keeping an eye on everything while also having tons of fun with his friends and family outside, he relies on his Sublime® Collar and Leash. This way he knows his collar has the strength to withstand his many activities and dirt in his life while also providing him with a stylish and funky option.

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5. keepingupwiththeodor

Theodor is “the fluffiest” red toy poodle with the best taste in outfits. He loves to rock articles of clothing that shows off his strong and individual fashion choices (like his personal embroidered jean jacket) that make us love him even more! One of his favorite accessories is the Bergan® Comfort Sitting Dog Booster; it offers him a great view and keeps him secured. This is important for a dog who enjoys traveling to different locations to try something new and meet new people like Justin Bieber!

After a long day, there is nothing better than to get on social media and see these cute petworking accounts and see a sneak peek into their awesome lives!

Ways to Beat the Heat

Ways to Beat the Heat

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Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s already time to consider ways to beat the heat. I’m sure that your pets beg to go outside every chance they get. Keep the following tips in mind to help ensure a safe and fun summer for both you and your pet.

Tip #1 Stay Hydrated

Keeping your pet hydrated is one of the best ways to keep them cool and happy this summer. While it seems simple, it is something that is easily overlooked. Whether you are going to the park, on a walk or just out romping in the yard, be sure to plan ahead and bring plenty of water for both you and your pet. The Bergan® Collapsible Travel Bowl can snap onto your leash, making it an easy solution for when you are on the go. Light and compact when flattened, you can pop it up on the way and fill it from your water bottle or at the drinking fountain.

Tip #2 Maintain a Healthy Coat

A dog’s coat is a powerful tool for helping them regulate their temperature in all weather and it also provides natural protection from the sun. While some may enjoy a summer trim, many need to keep their coats year round. Regular brushing helps to remove dead hair which lightens their load and helps keep them from matting. In the summer months, brush your dog more often to help keep their coat light and healthy. Shed Magic® De-Shedding Tool is a great tool for helping to remove the undercoat and your dog will surely thank you for the relief.

Tip #3 Leave Breathing Room

Have you noticed that your dog seems to pant every time they get hot? This serves two purposes. One benefit is that panting allows moisture to evaporate from the tongue as well as from the lining of the lungs. The other major benefit is that the blood vessels in their face and ears expand causing the blood to flow closer to the skin allowing the heat to dissipate. If you typically use a muzzle when walking your dog, be sure that it does not restrict their ability to pant. When properly fitted, Coastal’s new Soft Basket Muzzle provides room to breathe comfortably.

Tip #4 Enjoy the Shade

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Shade is another easy way to beat the summer heat, so when you notice your pet getting warm or tired, take a break in the shade and let everyone cool down.

Tip #5 Learn About Your Pet

Some breeds are prone to overheating, especially ones with tight airways such as Boston terriers, bulldogs and pugs. Overweight dogs are also at a higher risk for heatstroke and dehydration, so be sure to do your research and take all heat-related precautions that you find.

Tip #6 Never Leave Your Pet in a Hot Car

Even parked in the shade or with the windows cracked, the temperature in a car can rise well over 100 degrees on a warm day. If you must make other stops it is best to either leave your pet at home or bring along a friend who can stay with them and keep the car running.

Key Warning Signs to Look Out For

According to Pet Web MD, some of the top signs of overheating to look for in your pet include:

  • Heavy panting
  • Heavy drooling
  • Trouble breathing
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dark or red gums and tongue
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Agitation

If you notice any of these symptoms be sure to cool your pet down and offer them water to stay hydrated. If the symptoms persist, contact your vet immediately.

Keeping these tips in mind will ensure you and your pet get the most out of this summer!

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For more information check out these sources:

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/features/dog-cool-summer#1

https://www.scienceabc.com/nature/animals/dogs-keep-cool-summer.html