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Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

Many Americans are preparing for a weekend of barbecuing, hanging by the pool, trips to the beach and of course enjoying the fireworks! Unlike people though, pets aren’t the biggest fans of fireworks, some pets are actually terrified of fireworks and often panic when they hear the load booms. It’s important to keep your pet safe this weekend and fireworks aren’t the only thing you should worry about when it comes to their safety. If you plan on having your pet alongside you during the festivities this weekend keep these safety tips in mind:

Keep Your Pet Indoors

This may sound obvious, but even if your pet is used to being outdoors, they may not be used to the loud noises. The American Humane Association reports that July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters, due to pets that panicked from the noise of firecrackers and fled from their owners or backyards, winding up lost or injured. The best way to avoid this is to keep your pet inside during the noisy evenings. If you are going to have your pet out be sure he/she is on a leash and has an identification collar on or has been microchipped.

Watch What You Put on Your Pet

If you are planning on having your pet enjoy the festivities during the day, you will need to apply sunscreen and bug repellent on your pet. Never use products that are meant for humans on your pet. Many ingredients found in human sunscreen and insect repellent can be toxic for your pet. DEET, which is commonly found in human bug spray is toxic to pets when it is licked or ingested, you can learn more here.

Adult Beverages & Pets Don’t Mix

Whether you plan to bring your pet to a barbecue or you are hosting one of your own, you need to watch them around alcohol. When pets drink alcohol they can become dangerously intoxicated, causing them to go into a coma or, in severe cases, die from respiratory failure. Keep a good eye on your pet, even a beer can be toxic.

Be Prepared with Food & Water

Whenever you plan on being out all day with your pet, you should always bring food and water with you. Water is especially important in the hot summer months when your pet is at risk of heat stroke. If you're going to a barbecue don't assume you can just feed your dog a burger or a hot dog off the grill, any change in a dog’s diet, even for just one day, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea. Keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals. Learn more about what foods can be harmful to your pet on ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control page.

Say No to Glow

Everybody loves glow jewelry and you might think it looks adorable on your pet, but did you know that the luminescent substance contained in these products could cause excessive drooling? Gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.

Keep It Out of Reach

Fourth of July weekend or not, matches and lighter fluid should always be kept out of reach from your pet. The ASPCA states that certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop. You should also be cautious with your pet around citronella candles, insect coils and tiki torch fluid, these can also harm your pet. Dogs have a tendency to eat anything they find, you need to keep a close eye on them, especially if you are bringing your pet to a barbecue, don’t assume others will watch your pet.

Avoid the Crowd

This kind of goes back to keep your pet indoors, but if you are planning to go to an event this weekend, perhaps a firework show, where there will be a large number of people, you should seriously consider leaving your pet at home. Pets can become quickly disoriented with load noises and crowds, it really isn’t as fun for them as it is for you. The best way to keep your pet safe during the festivities is to keep them at home, we know that is not ideal for everyone, but know that your pet will appreciate the safe, quiet spot at home over the loud booms, bright lights and masses of people. And, remember once the festivities come to an end check your yard and clean up any firework debris before you let your pet run around. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Summer Safety Tips: Water Safety for Dog Parents

Taking a dip in the water is a great way to cool off from the summer heat. You and your dog can have a lot of fun together splashing around in your pool or at your local swimming spot, but you need to take precautions. A day of fun can easily take a turn if you are not prepared. To ensure you and Fido have a safe time splashing around in all types of water, take note of these water safety tips below: Learn to Swim Many people think all dogs are natural swimmers, but that is not always the case. The only way to find out how well your dog can swim is by slowly introducing him/her to water. Never just throw your dog in, this can be very traumatizing and you may find out quickly your dog can’t swim at all! It’s also important to realize that not all dogs will actually enjoy the water so if your dog resists don’t push. Follow these steps to introduce your dog to the water: 11836727_10205190758272766_5667783967896916370_n

  • Start at the edge, keeping your dog on a leash, and let them check it out on their own terms. If they are enjoying splash around at the edge go on to the next step.
  • Find a shallow spot in the water and have your dog come out to you.
  • When your dog begins to paddle with their front legs, lift their hind legs to show them how to float.
  • If your dog’s showing skill throw a toy into deeper water for him/her to fetch and bring back.

Remember to never leave your dog alone in the water, always make sure you are with your dog and never lose sight of them while they are playing in the water. Even dogs that swim well can tire very quickly, even faster than you, because they don't understand the concept of resting or treading water – they just swim and swim, until they can't anymore. When swimming with your dog, don't let them swim too far away from you, because they could get into trouble quickly. NEVER let your dog drink the water, whether it’s the pool, ocean or lake, there are things in the water that can make your dog very ill. Be sure to have fresh water with you to keep your dog hydrated. Tips for the Pool Having a pool in your yard is perfect, you don’t have to go far to cool off! Here’s how to keep it safe and pet friendly: swimming chocolate labrador series

  • Get a fence up around your pool and when it’s not time to swim be sure that the entrance is closed and locked, so that your pup doesn’t wonder in when you’re not watching.
  • Do you have a cover for your pool? Make sure it’s sturdy and let’s rain water drain through. Dogs have drowned in puddles on top of pool covers or have collapsed the pool cover entirely and drowned.
  • Teach your dog how to get in and out of your pool. Show them where the steps are or a ramp that can be used for them to climb out of the pool.

You should always check the temperature of the water, not just the pool, wherever you are swimming, because some breeds can’t handle very cold water. So if it’s too cold for you it’s probably too cold for your dog. Tips for a River, Lake or Pond Mother Nature has provided us with some really nice fresh water spots to take a dip on a hot summer day. If you plan on taking your dog for dip at any of these spots keep these safety tips in mind: black labrador retriever swimming and retrieving toy at summer

  • Steer clear of areas with blue-green algae, this could make your dog sick. Learn more about the toxic effects of algae here.
  • Remove your dog’s collar while he is swimming to avoid it snagging on any underwater plants or branches.
  • Always keep your pet away from people fishing. You don’t want him running into a hook or caught in a fishing line.
  • If you are on a river check the current. Make sure you are swimming where it is safe, not where the currents are strong and can cause trouble for you and your dog.

Tips for The Beach If you have a dog friendly beach in your area follow these safety tips below: dog with sunglasses at the beach on summer vacation holidays

  • Be aware of hot sand. If the sand is hot for you it’s too hot for your pooch. You may want to take your trips to the beach in the morning or in the evening when the sand isn’t so hot to avoid your pet's paws getting burned.
  • Watch out for jellyfish. You may find some washed up on the beach, don’t let your dog go and stick his nose in it.
  • Watch out for broken shells as well. Sharp shells can hurt your pet’s paws.
  • Just like the river check the current, if it’s too rough it’s not a good idea to let your dog swim. Keep him/her on the leash and let them splash around close to shore.
  • The beach can get very hot and there is no shade. So once again be sure to bring water with you to keep your dog hydrated, heat stroke is a very real danger. Learn more about heat stroke on our blog ‘Summer Safety Tips for Pet Owners’. 

Tips for a Boat 12659656_10156398986185005_1972802362_n Being on a boat during the summer is a great way to spend the day, but if you plan to bring your dog along you must be prepared to keep them safe.

  • Make sure your dog has a life preserver on at all times. If your dog jumps or falls off the boat this will not only keep him a float, but he will be easier to spot.
  • You should be sure before you venture out on your boat that if your dog were to jump or fall into the water you are capable of pulling him out and back on board. If you have a big dog and you, or anyone on board, can not physically lift your dog from the water it might not be the best idea to bring him, unless you can put him in a confined area where they would be unable to jump or fall in.
  • When boating at night you should always keep your dog in a confined area or close to your side. If they were to fall or jump in at night they will be much harder to locate even with a life preserver.
  • If there will be fishing on the boat keep your dog away from the bait, fishing lines, hooks or other sharp objects, which can all pose a danger to your dog.
  • You should always use a pet sunblock on your dog when you're going to be out in the sun, but especially if you are out on the water all day where the sun’s rays are very strong, your dog will definitely need protection.

After Swimming Tips Always make sure to clean your dog up after a swim.

  • Rinse your dog off with the hose after he has been in any type of water. Seawater minerals, salt, chlorine, algae, and pollution can irritate or damage his skin and fur.
  • Rinse and check your dog’s paws for any damage, this is a great time to apply our Certified Organic Paw Rescue to keep your dog’s paws healthy.
  • Don’t forget the ears! Moisture in a dog's ear can set the ideal stage for an ear infection, so make sure to clean your pooch's ears thoroughly after each romp in the water. Our Pura-Tips™ Ear Cleansing System is an easy, all-natural way to clean your dog’s ears.

We hope you found these tips helpful and if you have any tips of your own please share them with us in the comments below. Be sure to check back on our blog as we post more summertime tips for pet owners!

Fun Ways To Keep Your Pet Cool This Summer

Summertime is the perfect time to get outside and have some fun in the sun! It's the time of year where people and their pets take time to enjoy the great outdoors, but sometimes that summer heat can be brutal. Just as the rising temperatures can be uncomfortable for us, it's also uncomfortable for our pets and can be dangerous to them as well and cause heat stroke. Learn more about preventing heat stroke on our blog Summer Safety Tips for Pet Owners. Don't let the summer heat stop you and your pet from having fun outdoors. We searched the web we found some really fun ideas on how to keep your furry friend cool this summer! Below is a list of our favorites:

Frozen Treats

Who doesn't like a frozen treat on a hot summer day? Your dog will love cooling off with these two frozen treats: The Dogsicle - Recipe via True Blue Me and You Dogsicle Frozen Yogurt Bones - Recipe via Doggy Desert Chef strawberry-blueberry-yogurt2-516x387

DIY Cooling Collar

This is a fantastic way to keep your dog cool when you are out and about this summer, check out the tutorial on how to make your own at arborescence.typepad.com 6a012876481850970c0133f2b65d98970b-500wi

Traveling Water Bottle and Travel Bowl

When you're having fun at the park or the beach your furry friend needs a drink just like you. Now you can get a water bottle for your pet that looks like yours, but designed to help your dog slurp up the water. Check out h2o4k9.com. H2O4K9-Dog-Water-Bottle-+-Travel-Bowl-

Bottle Sprinkler

Ok so this one isn't just for your pet, you can have fun with this too! Follow the directions at instructables.com to make your own. Bottle Sprinkler

Purchase a Baby Pool

If your dog loves splashing around in the water, why not get them their own pool to splash around in on those hot summer days? (Photo via urdogs.com) baby7

Go For A Swim

If your dog is a big fan of the water take a trip to your local dog friendly swimming spot. Both you and your pup can cool off together! luci1   We hope you found these ideas helpful and fun if you have any ideas of your own please share them with us in the comments below. Be sure to check back on our blog as we post more summertime tips for pet owners. Stay cool!

Summer Safety Tips for Pet Owners

Summer sun, fun, and safety! Summer is a great time for us and our pets to get outside and have some fun, but with the rising temperatures there are certain precautions we should take with our pets. Below are some tips to keep your pet safe from the heat and sun:

Pets Need Sunscreen Too!

17355372_lJust like us our pets have delicate skin that need to be protected from the sun. Did you know skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in dogs and second most in cats? The fur on our pets provide some protection, but not enough. You should apply a PET sunblock every 3-4 hours on your dog if you are going to be outside for a long period of time. Never use your own sunblock on your pet. Sunblock made for humans may contain zinc oxide which is toxic for pets. Your pet’s belly, nose and ears are most susceptible to the sun and getting burnt, so be sure you have covered those areas with sun protection.

Soothe Burns Safely

Forgot the sunblock? Usually a sunburn is a 1st degree burn and as long as the skin is not broken, you can treat the burn yourself without calling your vet. You can submerge the area in cold water or apply a cold, wet compress. Never apply ice to your pet’s burn, because it can end up making their pain worse. After you cool your pet’s skin with cold water, there are a few natural products you can use as a natural soothing and healing agent:

  • Vitamin E: One way to heal your pet’s sun burn is to break open a vitamin E capsule, squeeze out the oil, and dab it onto the burnt area once or twice a day. Vitamin E is an antioxidant with healing properties. It can help soothe your pets burn and heal it.
  • Raw Honey: You can use honey to treat your pet’s burn, but be sure to use RAW honey. Raw honey will help draw fluid away from the wound and suppress the growth of microorganisms. Part of what gives raw honey its antibacterial properties is an enzyme called glucose oxidase.Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 10.44.08 AM
  • Organic Healing Balm Restorative Salve: If your dog gets sunburn, his skin will lose a significant amount of moisture, making it dry and sore. Help to restore his skin's natural moisture balance by applying a natural moisturizer such as our Pura Naturals Pet™ Organic Healing Restorative Salve. This cream contains shea butter to moisturize the skin, as well as healing oils such as organic calendula extract, organic neem oil, organic tea tree oil, organic thyme oil and organic willow bark extract.
  • Certified Organic Nose Rescue: If your pups nose gets a burn our Certified USDA Organic Nose Rescue is the perfect blend of organic, nourishing, healing and moisturizing ingredients. Apply this all-natural balm to your dog’s nose to prevent, or heal, a dry, cracked nose. This amazing balm will soothe and softened your pup’s nose leaving them feeling happy, healthy and loved!

Want some tips on how to keep your pet’s paws safe this summer as well, check out our blog Pet Paw Care - Summer Tips.

Resist The Urge to Cut Your Pets Hair

You may think you are doing your pet a favor to give your pet a hair cut in the summer, but “A dog’s coat is kind of like insulation for your house,” explains Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of the ASPCA Animal Hospital. “Insulation stops your home from getting too cold in winter, but it also keeps it from overheating in summer—and your dog’s coat does the same thing.” In fact, a dog’s coat has several layers, and these layers are essential to your dog’s comfort in the heat. Robbing your dog of this natural cooling system can lead to discomfort and overheating. So what can you do? It is ok to give your long-haired dog a trim so the hair is more manageable, but it’s best to leave the cutting to a professional groomer. Never shave down to the skin or try to cut the hair yourself with scissors.

Prevent Heat Stroke

Many pet owners don’t even realize when their dog is overheating. Heat stroke is a very real danger for dogs and will cause nausea, loss of consciousness, brain damage, and even death.

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  • Walk your dog in the mornings and at night when it is cooler outside. The hottest times of the day are usually between 1 and 4 PM.
  • If you must go out be sure your pet has access to a shady area where they can cool off and always have fresh water on you to give your pet so they will stay hydrated.
  • NEVER leave your pet in a car, even with the windows cracked the interior temp can rise by 19 degrees in as little as 7 minutes. On a hot day this can be deadly for your pet.
  • Keep your home cool. Many people tend to shut off their AC or raise the temperature up while they are out of their homes for long periods of time, but remember if that temperature is uncomfortable for you it is too hot for your pet as well.

Signs your dog is suffering from heat stroke:

  • Heavy or excessive panting
  • Dry or bright red gums
  • Redness around the eyes
  • Signs of weakness, wobbly legs
  • Irritability
  • Thick drool or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Collapses

You can try to cool him/her down by giving him cool water to drink – not cold water. Cold water may make him/her vomit. Use a cool wet towel to sponge your dog off or soak him/her in a tub of cool water (not ice cold water, your dog could go into shock) and keep a fan on them to help bring down their body temperature. A dog’s normal temperature is between 100°and 103°F, so once he/she hits 104°F they are in dangerous territory (106° or higher can be fatal) If you can’t keep your dog’s temperature from rising or your dog's gums are grayish, tongue is blue, or is unconscious, call your veterinarian immediately. Severe heatstroke is an emergency. We hope you found these tips helpful and if you have any tips of your own please share them with us in the comments below. Be sure to check back on our blog as we post more summertime tips for pet owners!