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National Pet Fire Safety Day

National Pet Fire Safety Day

July 15 is National Pet Fire Safety Day. This is a day to focus on keeping you and your pets safe, whether at home or enjoying the great outdoors. No matter where you are with your pet, the key to fire safety is prevention.

Safety Tips at Home

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 1,000 house fires per year are started accidentally by pets. An estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by home fires.

A few preventative measures will help prevent a house fire from starting and could mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged friends.

  • Never ever leave an open flame unattended.
  • Remove stove knobs or protect them with covers. Note that a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in a pet starting a fire.
  • Consider flameless candles. Cats are notorious for knocking over candles with their tails, overturning lamps or space heaters, or spreading hot embers from fireplaces or ashtrays.
  • Check for potential fire hazards such as loose wires, stove knobs and piles of paper or other rubbish.
  • Confine young pets when you are away from home in a safe, secure area.
  • Use stainless steel or ceramic water dishes on wooden decks. Filtered and heated through glass and water, the sun’s rays can ignite the wood beneath the bowl.

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Help in the Event of a Fire

  • Be sure to include pets in your family fire drills, including who is responsible for each pet in case of an emergency.
  • Pet doors can provide an escape route.
  • Consider monitored smoke detectors to contact emergency responders. These provide an extra level of safety over smoke alarms.
  • Tech Tip – surveillance cameras can be remotely accessed through smartphones, iPads or computers.
  • Keep pets near entrances where they can be easily located by rescuers in the event of a fire. Post critical information in a front window using a window cling or sticker. Include the number of pets and where they can be found. Be sure to keep this updated.
  • Keep collars on pets and leashes near doors for first responders to lead pets to safety.

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Safety Tips around the Campfire

We all love to take our dogs with us to enjoy the great outdoors, but remember that campfires and dogs don’t mix. Before you even light a fire, teach your dog to stay away.

  • Once a fire is burning, be sure to keep pets far enough away to protect them from sparks and smoke.
  • Never share food with pets around a campfire. Food becomes an added distraction from the dangers of open flames.
  • Keep in mind that fires hold heat for a long time after the flames are gone.
  • Sticks can be an irresistible temptation. Don’t allow dogs to play with the firewood…and be sure to put your axe safely away.

 

Keeping these fire safety tips in mind all year round will give you peace of mind and help keep you and your furry friends safe no matter where you roam.

 

Take Your Dog To Work Day

The week of June 19th is one giant party for those of us who own dogs. We kick the week off with National Dog Party Day on the 21st and continue the party with Take Your Dog To Work Day on the 23rd. For those of you who own rambunctious dogs, I am sure this week is sounding like a lot of work but I assure you your dog will quickly become the life of the office party. Many dogs got to celebrate "take your dog to work day" today with a special trip to their best friend's workplace. At Coastal Pet, our pets get to visit many days throughout the year for product testing and photo shoots. Here are a few dogs who visited with us recently.

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Zoe is a three-and-a-half-year-old Great Dane who will make you question if you’re really as tall as you thought you were. Nothing says fun like having a dog in the office that is taller than your desk. Thankfully for us, Zoe was relaxed during her day spent at the office. She is as sweet as can be and was quite the helper when it came down to making Instagram cut outs for an upcoming event. She even offered up her leg in place of a ruler. She stayed close to her owner’s desk and was quite the trooper when co-workers came by to visit and commented on her size. She rounded off her day with a quick photoshoot on Coastal’s front lawn.

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Mako
Hyperactive was taken to a whole new level with Mako in the office. She zipped in and out of offices and pulled toys out of boxes we didn’t even know existed. Despite her puppy ways, she was a hoot to have around. Mako is a 4 month old English Springer Spaniel puppy who may be energetic but is also cuddly to the core. While in the office, she took a field trip to a local state park for a full day photoshoot. She posed pretty, ate dirt and made some new furry friends along the way. By the end of the day she was happy to sleep and rest up for the next day’s adventures.

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Mr. Dog
Theo, or Mr. Dog as he is called by his owner, was thrilled to be at the office. He sniffed, explored and found his home in his owner’s office chair. His typing skills leave something to be desired, but he provided the moral support the office needed to get things done. Mr. Dog even had a mini doggie playdate with Gracie, another Goldendoodle while in the office. He left the office with not only new friends, lots of loving, and tired eyes but he also left with a new Coastal toy.

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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.

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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.

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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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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

10 Facts about Pet Cancer

10 Facts about Pet Cancer

By Dr. Kelly Diehl
Scientific Communications Adviser
Morris Animal Foundation

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May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month and a great time to learn about the risks of cancer, and what that means for your beloved pet. Cancer remains one of the leading causes of death in older dogs and cats, and affects one in four pets in their lifetime. Our pets share many of the same types of cancer that affect humans, as well as the same diagnostic tests and therapeutics. Here are 10 facts you should know about pet cancer:

  • An estimated 6 million dogs and 6 million cats are diagnosed with cancer each year
  • 50 percent of dogs over 10 years of age develop cancer
  • Lymphoma is one of the most common types of cancer in both dogs and cats
  • Second-hand smoke increases cancer risk in dogs and cats
  • Obesity has been linked to the development of certain forms of cancer in animals
  • Spaying a dog or cat before their first heat cycle significantly reduces a dog or cat’s chances of developing breast cancer
  • Skin cancers are more common in white-haired cats than in cats of other colors
  • There are more than 100 different types of pet cancer
  • Dog breeds with a higher risk for cancer include golden retrievers, Bernese mountain dogs, Scottish terriers and boxers
  • Dog breeds with decreased cancer risk include Chihuahuas, toy poodles, Yorkshire terriers and dachshunds

You can help protect your pet from cancer by checking out these Pet Cancer Prevention Tips.

Morris Animal Foundation has been funding pet cancer studies since 1962, and we’ve invested almost $7 million dollars to study cancer in not only dogs and cats, but in horses and wildlife, too. Read about our current cancer studies, and learn how you can join our fight against pet cancer.

Nighttime Walk Safety

As the nights grow warmer, dusk and nighttime walks become more common. Our dogs love to be outside chasing fireflies and enjoying the outdoors with us. Walking and adventuring in the evening can pose a safety concern for you and your pet. Unfortunately the light of the moon is not enough visibility to keep you and your dog safe while taking late walks. There are products that have reflective features that will help ensure your furry night owl stays safe.

Lazer Brite® Reflective Collars and Leashes 

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Do you want your pup to rock the sidewalk streetlight like it’s a spotlight on the runway?

Lazer Brite® collar and leashes come in fun colors and unique laser cut designs that are sure to fit any fashionable pup. They are made with the reflective material safety professionals use and are reflective up to 600 feet away.   

Coastal® Reflective Wrap Harnesses

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Are you unwilling to part from your favorite collar and leash, but want to make sure your dog is safe during your evening walks?

The Reflective Wrap Harnesses are available in six vivid colors that will pair perfectly with your pooch’s favorite collar and leash set. Harnesses are made from soft, breathable mesh and feature reflective piping and patch for nighttime safety.

Coastal® Reflective Safety Vests

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Are you and your dog on the go all day and night with no time for an outfit change?

The Reflective Safety Vest ensures your dog is visible during the day and night with fluorescent colors and reflective material. The adjustable design and lightweight material offer a comfortable fit for all-day use.

K9 Explorer® Reflective Collars, Leashes and Harnesses

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Do you and your four-legged explorer lose track of time while on the trail and find yourself getting back later than intended?

The K9 Explorer® collection combines outdoor fashion and reflective safety with quality to withstand the elements.

Using products that have built-in reflective properties will help keep you and your pup visible during all of your favorite nighttime activities.

Spring Has Sprung: What to Watch for this Season

April Blog 2017Headache? Take an Advil. Stomach ache? Take Pepto. Not sure what is wrong? Talk to a doctor. Being sick is a hassle but our voice allows us to communicate exactly what we need during those moments. As soon as I feel a migraine coming I am able to tell my family that I need Advil and a cold cloth, but what about your canine companion? I don’t speak in barks so figuring out when they are feeling ill is a little more challenging. This is especially true if their sickness leaves no physical evidence behind.

Instead of playing the guessing game, I make sure to stay up-to-date on all of my dog’s shots and prevention medications. Spring is here, so it is time to make sure you are taking all the precautions this season to ensure your pup stays happy and healthy. With the flowers blooming, Lyme disease is a big factor to consider this season.

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Our canine companions are itching to enjoy the sunshine just as much as we are. Whether it is rolling in the grass or walking down to the park your dog is encountering the great outdoors. These sunny moments bring the risk of being exposed to ticks. Make sure you are checking your dog daily, especially during warmer months. To check your dog for ticks run your hands through their fur being mindful of any small bumps along the way. These bumps could potentially be ticks hiding. It is in good practice to check any of your pets that venture outdoors for ticks. Ticks like cool, wet places so make sure you are checking the following areas thoroughly, in addition to the rest of their coat:

  • Between the toes
  • Behind the ears
  • Around the tail
  • Around the head
  • Under the legs

Keep in mind that ticks vary in size. When you are checking your dog, a tick could feel as small as a pinhead or as large as a grape depending on how long it has been attached. Make sure you remove the tick within 48 hours or less. According to peteducation.com, a tick will not transmit disease to your dog if detached in under 48 hours.

If your dog has been bitten by a tick watch for the following:

  • Fever
    • Your dog’s normal temperature ranges from 99.5-102.5F.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Reduced energy
  • Swelling of joints
  • Discomfort or pain

These are all signs that your dog may have contracted Lyme disease. Symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs versus humans is much different. Lyme disease symptoms will not occur until much later after a tick bite in dogs. Dogs will also not develop a rash or a circular area of redness around the bite like humans who have been affected.  

If you think your pet has contracted Lyme disease consult with your veterinarian for testing and treatment plans.

To reduce the risk of Lyme disease in your dog consider the following:

  • Flea/tick topical medication that is applied periodically, as instructed.
  • Cut back any shrubbery around the house and clear the area of any fallen leaves or debris that could serve as hiding spots for ticks.
  • Since the common deer is an essential part of the lifecycle of a tick, try to stay away from planting any plants/flowers that deer are fond of in the vicinity of your pets play areas.

For questions about Lyme disease consult your veterinarian. For more information consult the following websites:

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2102&aid=458

http://www.akc.org/content/health/articles/lyme-disease-in-dogs/

http://www.dogsandticks.com/protect_your_pet/around_the_house.php

Pet Poison Prevention Month

61471 PFS12 6663 PFSSML (8)In honor of March being Pet Poison Prevention Month, let’s take a few minutes to think about common threats that could be around your home.

Plants

Plants are a common threat to pets, especially cats, who often try to make a tasty treat out of poisonous houseplants. Before bringing home a new plant, or even putting a vase of fresh flowers on the kitchen table, take a moment and check whether they might pose a threat to your furry friends. Some of the most common houseplants that can cause issues include aloe plants, asparagus fern, caladium, ivy, lilies and philodendron. However, these are only a few; a complete list can be found at http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poisons/.

People Food

Food that we eat every day can also pose a serious threat to pets. From processed foods to fresh fruits and veggies, here’s what’s safe and what to avoid. Common foods that you want to be sure to keep away from your pet include alcohol, avocado, caffeine, cherries, chocolate, grapes, raisins, mushrooms, onions and salt. This may sound like it doesn’t leave much for you to share, but if you are looking for some healthy options to snack on with your pet, bananas, blueberries, pineapple and strawberries are all good choices.

Household Items

Other hazards that are often overlooked include small everyday household items. It is good to develop a daily habit of checking the floor for small items that can pose a choking hazard for your pet, from coins to LEGOs. Specifically keep an eye out for batteries, breath mints, soaps and mothballs, all of which can poison your pet if ingested.

Human Medication

Both prescription and over the counter human medications are common poisons for pets. Be sure to keep meds up and in closed cabinets. If left out on the counter, cats can knock them down for the dogs to chew on. Also, make sure to keep purses and bags up and closed to prevent your pet from helping themselves to the contents.

Pet Medication and Insecticides

When it comes to pet medication, make sure that you are applying the proper dosage for your pet’s weight. Also, always check with a veterinarian or the product manufacturer when using multiple products at once, or if administering medication to a sick, senior, pregnant or nursing animal.

How To React

If you believe that your pet has gotten into something that they shouldn’t have, call your vet immediately. If they are not available, you can contact a number of pet poison control helplines that will listen to your problem and provide tailored advice on what to do next. Be advised that many helplines do charge a consultation fee. It is best to be proactive and create a plan ahead of time, so if an emergency arises you will be prepared and know who to call.

 

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So it is with poison prevention. Spending a little time each month to make sure your home is safe for your pets may be all it takes to prevent disaster and keep your furry friends happy and healthy for years to come.

If Your Pet Had Thumbs What Would They Do?

Pets are a hot topic for some wacky holidays but If Pets Had Thumbs Day is by far one of my favorites. My pets manage to get themselves in trouble without thumbs so I can’t begin to imagine what they would do if they had thumbs! The result of their thumb filled days would have me hiding under beds in hopes that they showed mercy. Who knows what kind of anger they have built up from years of me not giving them that last piece of cake on my birthday. This holiday is a day where we, as pet owners, can reflect on how truly thankful we are that our pets haven’t miraculously sprouted thumbs. But if they did, here are some things I think they would do.

Hitch Hike to the Park

If you find yourself frequently exhausted from work related activities the odds are that your pets are feeling your pain, too. Now they can hitch a ride to their favorite park! With those cute wide eyes, wagging tails and happy demeanors who wouldn’t pick them up for a quick trip to the park?

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Use a Can Opener

The smells that come from those delicious wet pet food cans are so enticing for your pet. With easily accessible thumbs, forget feeding your pet dry food. They will take matters into their own hands and seek out the good stuff they know you are hiding.

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Open the Fridge

Forget the whole only eating three meals a day thing. Those opposable thumbs open up a world of opportunities for eating! No more waiting for food, pets will open the fridge themselves and pick their own food. Better hope your favorite pizza isn’t what will satisfy your pet’s grumbling tummy.

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Use the Computer

Fingers crossed your pets are the best of friends. Otherwise, you just might find the dog discovering EBay and selling the cat.

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Clean Up

Let’s be honest, they won’t, but it would be awfully nice of them wouldn’t it?

Dog Shaming 

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I frequently speak for my pets in a voice I feel like they might use. Most of the time it’s way higher pitched than they are probably comfortable with. With thumbs, their personalities could shine through their texts. I imagine I would receive lots of messages about squirrels from the dog. Hopefully she would even include some selfies for me to admire while at work.

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Dogs Playing Poker

All of those pictures of dogs playing poker would finally hold some truth. They could actually hold the cards!

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Thumbs Up

Having the approval of your pets, is there anything better than knowing they think you’re something special, too?

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Drive

Dogs would drive to Starbucks for their pupachino, of course!

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Selfie

Pets love their hoomans just as much, if not more than their hoomans love them. This is why I think our pets would want to take a selfie to commemorate the day of opposable thumbs.

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What do you think your pet would do if they had thumbs?

Show Your Pet Some (Extra) Love

Vday (2)There is nothing better than the look of pure joy your pet gives you when you buy him a new awesome toy, give him an extra of his favorite treat or take some time to cuddle him on the couch. We think Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse for showing your pet a little extra love.

Buy The Ridiculously Awesome Toy

We know you probably have a bin full of your pet’s favorite toys and that you get tired of picking the discarded favorite of the day up, but there is nothing like the smile he gets from rooting around in your pet store bags. Brighten up your pet’s day by trying out a new toy he doesn’t have. Here are a couple of our favorites.

  • Dog:
  • Cat:
    • Turbo Scratcher®- The ball will never stop spinning on this toy that doubles as a scratching pad.  
    • Turbo® Catnip Belly Toys- Adorable plush animals that have a hidden pouch of catnip to keep your kitty batting it around for hours.

Fuel Their Love Of Nature

No one loves long walks more than your dog, but sometimes the February weather can keep you a little too cooped up. Take some extra time to show him you haven’t forgotten his love for a good hike through the park. If the weather isn’t cooperating, spend some quality time playing with your pup in front of a toasty fire.

If your cat doesn’t venture outside, you can still show his curiosity for nature some love with the purchase of a cat tower or window perch. These items will provide your cat with a view better than the nature channel.

Spend Some Time On Their Pearly Whites

February is Pet Dental Health Month so there is no better time to give extra attention to your pet’s smile. Your pet’s teeth should be checked once a year by a veterinarian to help prevent and detect periodontal disease. The best prevention is brushing his teeth regularly to remove dental plaque. Taking care of your pet’s pearly whites can help him live a longer, healthier life.

Keep Them Stylin’

Fashion is forever changing and who doesn’t love an updated look? Keep your furry friends rocking the runway with these styles:

  • Dog:
    • K9 Explorer®- Keep your explorer ready for the next great adventure with collars, leashes and harnesses that combine outdoor fashion with reflective safety.
    • Ribbon- The fashionable pattern options will allow your pup to show off his personal style.
  • Cat:
    • Safe Cat® Fashion- More than 20 cute, classy and fun patterns will allow your cat’s personality to shine. 
    • Safe Cat® Glow In The Dark- These fashionable patterns charge during the day to glow all night for added safety.

 No Begging Needed, Give The Extra Treat

Those eyes are just begging for you to reach into the bag and pull out an extra treat. Giving him a bonus snack is sure to reward you with an extra slobbery kiss, or 10 additional minutes of cuddle time.