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Happy Healthy Cat Month

Happy Healthy Cat MonthWe know you’re spoiling your feline friends every month, but show cats a little extra love in September for Happy Healthy Cat Month.

Grab the laser light, it's play time: Play is crucial to having a happy and healthy cat. Having a variety of toys available for your cat will help ensure he doesn’t get bored and is stimulated each time he plays. Setting aside time to engage in play with your cat can help strengthen your bond. Play time helps provide him the exercise he needs to stay fit and healthy.

Nature is natural: The cats’ ancestry is rooted in the great outdoors and that need hasn’t left the domesticated house cat no matter how comfy he may look on that plush pillow. An indoor cat can be taken outside on a harness and leash, which will provide him a secure way to investigate the outside under your supervision. A cat unable to go outside can benefit from a catio, an outdoor enclosure that he can spend supervised time in. Other indoor cat parents may find that providing a perch by a window will help give their cat the freedom to look outside and be engaged by the surrounding nature. Cats love to munch on grass in the wild, so bring the outdoors inside with live cat grass or catnip.  

Open up and say ‘Meow’: Regular visits to the vet will ensure your cat is healthy and give him the preventative care he needs to prevent diseases. A vet should be able to catch and treat ailments as they arise. Vets can assist with questions you may have about your cat’s health and provide guidance.

No one likes a missing pet flyer: No one likes to think about the possibility of losing their pet, but some cats know how to make a quick escape while your guard is down. Take precautionary measures by making sure he is microchipped or wears a collar with an ID tag on it. Having identification will help ensure he is returned as quickly as possible when he’s found.

Staring at the bowl will make it refill: A well-balanced diet of a high quality food will provide your cat the nutrients he needs with none of the extra fillers. A healthy diet combined with exercise will ensure he is a healthy weight. Monitoring the amount of treats he has will help him maintain an ideal weight.  

There’s always room for one more: Cats are social animals and can benefit from having a buddy to play and socialize with. If you have adequate space for an additional cat and the time to properly introduce one into your home adopting a new furry friend may be purrfect for you and your cat.

Pamper away; it may get you extra kitty cuddles.

Training with Chain and Nylon Dog Collars

Choosing the right training collar is the secret to an enjoyable training experience.Chain And Nylon Training Dog Collars

Training with chain is a safe, effective tool with proper use. Chain training dog collars offer a great choice for dogs that need the maximum strength that chain offers. They are argon welded and chrome plated for durability. Prong dog collars simulate a natural pinch on the neck from the dog’s mother to correct unwanted behavior. Chain dog leashes are excellent for dogs that tend to chew on nylon leashes. Chain will not tarnish, rust or break but should not be used for tie out. Remember, you are training the dog to react to the crisp sound of the chain.

The Check Training Collar™ has a limited-closure chain combined with a nylon collar and is also available with a convenient buckle.  Nylon training dog collars offer an alternative to chain. Round nylon training collars are perfect for dogs with sensitive skin. The limited-closure No Slip® collars, with and without buckle, are excellent for dogs that easily slip their collar. Nylon collars also provide gentle correction training that is an excellent way to build a relationship with your dog.  They’re an excellent choice for owners that want a wide variety of color and size options.

Make sure to use these products property to maximize the training experience.  Coastal pet offers several training products and demonstrational videos on how to use the products correctly. 

Lost Pet Prevention

Personalized Dog Collar

There is nothing more frustrating than a Houdini pet that makes a mad dash whenever the door opens and escapes into the great outdoors before you can stop them. According to the American Humane Association, 1 in 3 pets will go missing in their lifetime. To help ensure your pet is returned as quickly and safely as possible put these tips into effect for Lost Pet Prevention Month.

  •  Pet ID Tag – A tag attached to your pet’s collar will help the finder identify your pet and provides a way of contacting you. Make sure that ID tags are always on the pet because you never know when a pet may become lost.
  • Microchip – Microchipping a pet helps ensure they will always have a way of being identified if they become lost. Microchips are a great option for the owner who doesn’t keep a pet in their collar and tags while at home.  
  • Personalized Pet Collar – Creating a collar that is customized with your pet’s name and a phone number ensures your pet is identified right away when found.
  • Proper Collars, Harnesses and Leashes – Make sure your pet is wearing a collar or harness that fits properly so they can’t slip out of them during walks or travel. The leash should be the right size for the environment you’re in. For example, a traffic leash allows you to keep your dog close to your side in high traffic areas and a longer leash allows them more freedom to explore areas that are less busy and pet safe. All products should be replaced if they start to show wear.
  • Secure Outdoor Spaces – Check outdoor spaces your pet may be allowed to roam for properly functioning gates and fences. If you put your pet on a tie out, make sure the tie out doesn’t show any signs of weakness and never leave your pet unattended for extended periods of time.
  • Have All Paperwork Available – Be sure to have vet records and paperwork for your pet to help prove ownership when the pet is found. It helps to keep a current photo of your pet to use on lost flyers, show people or assist in proving ownership.


Pet Travel Safety

Travel Products for Dogs

The number of owners traveling with their pets in the car has doubled in the past decade. As younger generations are increasingly becoming pet owners, they are taking their pets everywhere with them. Before departure, you should always determine the right accommodations for your pet and if there are any pet laws in the area you’re traveling in to which you should abide.

In some states, it is illegal for your pet to ride in the car without being restrained. Not only can pets distract you while driving, they also can become a projectile during an accident. Only 28% of dog owners use some type of restraint to secure their dog in the car.

The most common restraint is a harness. Dog auto harnesses are easy to put on, comfortable and still allow your pet to see out the windows. A tether can also be used with harnesses to allow more comfort and convenience. Tethers are also adjustable to control the mobility of your pet. Some harnesses, like the Easy Rider® Car Harness, double as a walking harness. This is an easy way to travel safely and quickly start walking your dog upon arrival.

Dog Booster seats are also great for containing your dog in the car. Bergan® offers the Comfort Hanging Booster and Sitting Booster. The hanging booster is adjustable for different heights and hangs from the seat while the sitting booster has an elevated base that sits on the seat. They both offer storage pockets for travel accessories such as poo bags, water bowls and leashes.

Just like dog owners, taking a cat along in the car is more common among younger generations. Bergan® Comfort Carriers™ are great for small dogs and cats. They are often used for everyday errands or vet visits and are airline compatible. These soft-sided carriers feature mesh panels for maximum breathability and a washable fleece travel bed for convenience.  Some also come with wheels for easy mobility.

Don’t forget to give your pet plenty of water if you are traveling to the park or in the car for long periods of time. Collapsible bowls are easy to carry and store to keep pets hydrated.

Traveling safely with your pets, whether going to the park or on vacation, will make all trips more enjoyable. Learn more information at Coastal Pet’s Pet Travel Safety education center.


National Pet Preparedness Month

National Pet Preparedness Month

 June is National Pet Preparedness Month. As June is the first month of summer and hurricane season, this month urges pet owners to make preparations for their dog or cat should an emergency happen. This includes planning for hurricanes, tornados, floods, fires and other natural disasters.

These simple preparations can help keep your pets safe in the event of an emergency.

Identification:  A well fitted collar with an I.D. tag attached or personalized with a contact name and phone number is one of the easiest ways for your pet to be returned to you should they get lost or separated.

Awareness of Pets: A window cling or sign will let rescuers know how many and what types of pets you own to conduct a search.

Local Safe Zones: Learn nearby exit routes in your town and the locations of local shelters, pet friendly hotels and friends that can temporarily provide a place of care and safety for your pet.  

Keep Calm: Pets can sense your emotions. If you’re worried and stressed, your pet will feel the same. Be as comforting and calm as you can be given the situation.

Pet First Aid Kit: Build an emergency supply kit for your pet that all family members can locate. The kit should be clearly labelled for the pet and easy to carry. Contents should include:

  • Water and dry pet food to last 3-7 days
  • Extra pet collars and leashes
  • Copies of veterinarian and medical records
  • Bedding
  • Toys
  • Disposable garbage bags and disinfectants

Seek Immediate Veterinary Care: Emergency situations can expose your pets to stress, water, smoke and other harmful toxins. Taking your pet to the vet as soon as possible will help reduce further health issues.

Creating a pet preparedness strategy can help keep your entire family safe.

Unite to Fight Pet Cancer with Morris Animal Foundation

Take a walk for health and help fight canine cancer.Unite To Fight

What’s better than taking a walk on a beautiful day with your favorite four-legged friend? When that walk can raise money to fight pet cancer! On May 22, grab a leash and join Morris Animal Foundation’s third annual Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Virtual Walk.

Cancer is a leading cause of death in older dogs and cats. Each year, nearly 12 million dogs and cats are diagnosed with cancer. Despite tremendous improvement in our ability to diagnose and treat pet cancers, we still have a long way to go. Morris Animal Foundation has been a leader in pet cancer research since the foundation funded its first pet cancer study in 1962.

 The foundation’s Virtual Walk helps in the fight against pet cancer, and also reminds you of all the benefits of walking your dog daily, including:

 Keeps your pet healthy, agile and limber (and you, too!)

  • Helps with weight control.
  • Aids the digestive system.
  • Prevents destructive behavior (a tired pup is less likely to find ways to entertain himself!).
  • Helps calm your pet.
  • Promotes a strong bond with your pet.

 Whether you want to walk solo, on a team, or with friends and family, register for our Virtual Walk to help Morris Animal Foundation increase awareness and raise money to help support pet cancer research. Your Virtual Walk can take place “virtually” anywhere you are. You also can ask friends and family to donate to your virtual team. Every dollar that you raise, including your registration fee, will be matched up to $50,000.

 Take a walk today! You’ll make a difference not only in your pet’s life, but in the lives of the dogs and cats diagnosed with cancer each year. It doesn’t matter how far or fast you walk, your registration fee adds to the money we can spend on cancer research, bringing us closer to saving more animal lives from pet cancer.

National Pet Month


We love our pets year round, but National Pet Month calls for a pause to truly appreciate all the ways pets enrich our lives.

The benefits of owning a pet are endless, but here are the top five reasons for letting a furry friend into your life.

1. According to the American Heart Association owning a pet can help lower the risk of heart disease. Pets may provide social support for their owner, which will help them stick with or adopt healthy behaviors or habits. A pet can help lower stress, which may result in lower blood pressure. People with dogs tend to be more active because of the exercise their pooch requires.

2. Pets can help an owner that is feeling blue through unconditional love. A pet may also give an owner a sense of purpose that will help if they are feeling down. Pets provide companionship, which keeps you from feeling lonely and can improve your overall mood.

3. Having a pet may expose you to more social situations, such as training classes or being out in a park. A pet can provide a topic of conversation when trying to get to know new people. Pets are sometimes used as ice breakers to get a conversation moving.

4. Children growing up with pets benefit in numerous ways. They can learn more ways to express themselves and caring for a pet can help to teach responsibility. Having a pet can improve a child’s immune system and prevent allergies.

5. There is nothing quite like the unconditional love a pet can provide. A pet is willing to play when you’re feeling energetic and adventurous, sit by your side and listen when you need an ear and offer a snuggly cuddle when you’re feeling down. When properly cared for a pet can provide years of companionship, health benefits, love and affection.

 Take a moment to show your pet extra love this month with a bonus treat, a few more throws of the ball or five more minutes of cuddle time.

Grooming Your Pets at Home


Regular grooming of your pet's coat will keep it clean and healthy, and time spent grooming increases the bond between you and your pet. Half of dog owners perform grooming themselves at home, with an incidence even higher among owners of large dogs. These tools and tips will help ease the grooming process at home.

Frequent brushing helps prevent hairballs and enhances the coat's natural luster. Brush in the direction of hair growth, from head to tail and then down the legs. Use flowing strokes, separating the hair as needed. To fluff the coat, brush against direction of hair growth. Avoid removing too much hair at one time. Watch for mats behind ears, on chest, stomach and hind legs.

For coats with mats or tangles, use a comb or rake to detangle the hair prior to brushing. Starting at the head, move toward the tail, then down the legs using long strokes that follow the direction of hair growth. 

Be sure to accustom your pet to having its nails trimmed at an early age to make the experience an enjoyable one and increase the bond between you and your pet. It is important to your pet's well-being to keep the nails properly trimmed. Holding the paw firmly, trim tip of nail with a single stroke. Be careful to stop short of the quick, the blood vessel inside the nail.

To use a shedding blade, gently pull the toothed side through your pet's coat. Begin at the head, working toward the tail following the direction of hair growth. Be sure to thoroughly groom the chest, underbelly and hind legs.

This grooming chart will help you find the combs, brushes and tools needed to properly groom your specific dog or cat breed.

Safari® by Coastal offers a wide selection of grooming tools to meet your pet’s needs for a happy, healthy pet and home.

Prepare for Flea and Tick Season

FleaandtickAs the weather gets nicer your pet will most likely be spending more time outdoors and become more susceptible to bringing summer pests into the home. It is important to protect pets from fleas and ticks and know the proper steps for treating them.

The best way to avoid fleas and ticks is by taking preventative measures. The most common prevention methods are topical treatments that are generally applied once a month to your pet’s back. Oral and injectable treatment options are also available. Different brands and methods may treat different common pests, like fleas, ticks and other pests, so be sure to note the capabilities of the treatment you’ve selected.  Sprays and flea collars can be effective prevention methods if used properly and reapplied per the directions on the product. You can also take preventative measures in your outdoor space. Fleas tend to be in warm, moist, shady areas with organic debris so focus efforts on taking care of leaves, straw, grass clippings, etc.  

If you find a flea or tick the problem should be addressed immediately for the health of your pet.

A pet that spends a lot of time outdoors should be checked regularly for ticks so it can’t move from your pet to a person or another pet. This will also help catch a tick before the 24 to 48 hours it takes a tick to transmit an infection. A tick can be removed using a clean pair of tweezers or tick remover. Be sure to pull the tick straight out and remove all of it, including the head. If a part of the tick is left behind it can cause infection. The wound should be treated with a disinfectant and treated with a triple antibiotic ointment.        

Flea bites can be painful and itchy and some pets can have an allergy to the flea saliva, which causes red skin, scabs and hair loss from scratching and biting. When the pet bites and grooms it ingests adult fleas that may carry tapeworms, a parasite that lives in the intestines. A large flea infestation may also cause a pet to become anemic from blood loss. Bathing an infected pet with a flea shampoo will help to kill the adult fleas. Flea combs can be used to help pull adult fleas out of the hair. Keeping up with bathing or using an above mentioned prevention treatment is imperative to ridding your pet of fleas because they have multiple stages in their life-cycle.

If your pet brings fleas into the home it will need to be treated while the pet is undergoing treatment. Vacuum high traffic areas every day and the entire home thoroughly once a week. Putting a flea collar in the vacuum will help to kill fleas quicker, but make sure to empty the vacuum and discard bags after each use. Flea foggers, powders and sprays can be used on carpets, furniture and baseboards to kill adult fleas and stop the development of eggs and larvae. The pet’s bedding should be washed weekly until the home and pet are clear of fleas.

Keeping up with flea and tick prevention and treatment will ensure a happy and healthy pest free summer with your pets.

Poison Prevention for Dogs and Cats

Pet Poison Prevention WeekA house is filled with items that may be toxic for your pet if they ingest something they shouldn’t. The first step to prevent accidental poisoning is to be aware of what household items are dangerous to your pet. Help ensure your pet’s safety by making sure these most common toxins are out of your pet’s reach.

Household Cleaning Products

Make sure cleaning products are kept away from animals and watched during use. Removing a pet from the room you are cleaning can give peace of mind that they won’t get into the products while you’re hard at work. If you use a cleaning product to clean a pet’s crate, toys, bowls, etc. make sure it is properly diluted, everything is rinsed thoroughly and air dried. Immediately after cleaning, chemicals should be properly disposed of or put away.

Human Medications and Cosmetics

Medications and cosmetics should be stored in a cabinet or a closed off bathroom. Some common toxic medications and cosmetics include anti-inflammatory drugs, ADD drugs, nasal decongestants, mosquito repellent, breath fresheners and soaps.


When dealing with a plant that is toxic to cats and dogs it is best to keep the plant locked in a room that the pet doesn’t go in. House plants poisonous to both cats and dogs are emerald ferns, elephant ears, lilies, jade plants and aloe plants. Make sure to research plants before bringing them into the home.

Human Food

Sometimes it’s impossible to resist those begging eyes and we cave to feeding table scraps. The following list includes some of the most toxic foods for pets. 

  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Nuts
  • Onions
  • Raw Eggs
  • Raw meat
  • Salty foods
  • Yeast Dough

If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, contact your vet immediately.