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How to Impress Your Vet with Routine At-Home Grooming!

Your Veterinarian relies on you too closely monitor your pet for warning signs that something might be wrong with your furry friend.  A dog’s skin, hair, nails, eyes, ears and teeth all provide a glimpse of our pet’s overall health. Keeping up with a regular grooming routine with your pet, not only ensures cleanliness, but frequent at-home grooming is also beneficial to your pet’s health. Developing a regular grooming routine will help you create a stronger bond with your dog, catch potential issues swiftly, and score major brownie points at your next vet visit!

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Changes in your dog’s skin will occur over the years and these changes can be perfectly normal due to aging, but some changes may not. If your dog’s skin is very dry or very greasy, if there is an odor or your pet develops sores or hotspots, you may need to call your vet. Certain symptoms can be caused by allergies, some by parasites, thyroid problems, pigment changes and skin cancers. If you have a regular grooming routine you will know your dog’s skin, and know the difference between when your dog needs a bath or your vet’s attention. Need some bathing tips? Don’t know how to choose the right shampoo? Learn more here.

Check for Lumps and Bumps

According to WebMD cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10, but half of all cancers are curable if caught early, experts say. 82263773662101.BVxPwMSW1SS17K3drPNl_height640Palpating the body from head to toe is part of a thorough vet exam, but it’s easy to miss a tiny lump or bump when the patient is moving around a lot and covered in hair. AND, if your routine examination is once or twice a year and your vet does discover a suspicious lump, it is difficult to know how long it’s been there or whether it has grown or changed in size. Keeping up with brushing and trimming your dog’s hair at home will help you detect a new or developing growth on your pet, and with cancer, early detection makes all the difference.

Fleas and Ticks

Dog on leash As pet owners we all fear these gross little parasites. Fleas have the strength in numbers, when undetected they can become more then just gross, they can become dangerous to your pet’s health. Besides the itchiness and discomfort of a flea infestation, dogs suffering from a flea allergy can develop rashes, lesions and skin infections. Many dogs with fleas end up with tapeworms when they swallow a parasite while chewing at their itchy skin. Outdoor Protection is so important when you and your pet are enjoying the great outdoors. As for ticks, just one tick can transmit Lyme Disease. Tick-borne diseases cause symptoms ranging from swollen, painful joints to neurological symptoms or even death. Rare cases of tick paralysis have also been reported in dogs. Learn more about protecting your pet from Lyme Disease here. The sooner you locate these pesky parasites on your pup, the faster you can eliminate them and protect your dog from serious health issues, but remember prevention is the best protection!

Take Note of Your Dog’s Coat

82263773662093.k6k65rcx6srqu9idxewq_height640 If you notice your dog’s coat seems dull or dry, notice dandruff or even hair loss, these can all be a sign that something is not right. It could be a number of things from inadequate bathing and grooming to nutrient imbalance or a thyroid condition, but dog owners who have a regular grooming routine will know immediately whether a change in their pet’s coat means it’s time to see a vet. When you keep up on regular bathing and grooming you won’t have to second guess if your pet just needs a bath. Don't have a regular grooming routine or need some pet bathing tips? Check out our blog here.

Keeping up With Ear Care

9374183_l When was the last time you cleaned your dog’s ears? If you can’t remember, or the answer is never, you are like many pet owners who tend to forget about the ears when it comes to grooming. Unfortunately, the ears make the perfect breeding ground for various nasties, making pet ear care extremely important. Adding ear care to your pet’s grooming routine is the best way to help ensure healthy ears and keep them safe from infections. Proper ear care will also keep you alert to symptoms that linger, and if you do suspect your dog has an ear infection it’s time to call a vet. Learn more about pet ear care here.

Doggy Dental Care

22613432_l Unfortunately, many pet parents don’t notice a problem with their dog’s teeth until their pet is already in the later stages of a dental disease. These later stages can cause pain, gum inflammation, tooth loss and even organ disease when tartar, plaque and infection are swallowed. If you want to save your pet the pain as well as saving yourself a ton of money at the vet, follow these tips to practicing good doggy dental care, here.

Watch Your Dog’s Nose

21820639_l Your dog’s nose can provide hints that can help you understand his/her needs better. Checking your dog’s nose should be a normal part of your at-home wellness exam. Getting acquainted with the look and shape of your pet’s nose when it’s healthy is important, because then you’ll be able to determine when a problem pops up and it becomes unhealthy. Learn more about symptoms to look for and how to help care for your dog’s nose, here.

Making Your Dog Comfortable

This may be the number one reason you will impress your vet. Some dogs are less than cooperative when it comes time to visit the vet, but when you establish regular routine grooming with your pup, he or she becomes comfortable with being touched and examined. Looking in ears and mouths, brushing hair and trimming nails help to desensitize dogs to the treatments they will receive at the vet. This will minimize fear, anxiety and aggression when it comes time for the exam. Making it safer and easier for both your vet and your pet!

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Pura Naturals Pet at Super Zoo: Visit Booth #2089

Viva Las Vegas! That’s right we are heading to Las Vegas. Pura Naturals Pet™ will be exhibiting at Super Zoo, August 2-4, at Mandalay Bay Convention Center and we hope to see you there. This will be our first time at Super Zoo and we can’t wait to meet new people and reveal some awesome new products!

Stop by Booth #2089 and Learn More About Pura Naturals Pet™

Our mission is simple. We are dedicated to delivering the highest quality products using only the best materials the Earth has to offer. That dedication means we deliver USDA certified organic ingredients, plant based foams and plastics, biodegradable elements that have amazing natural properties – like rice hulls – in every product. The best part is, those ingredients not only make the SAFEST product but also the most comfortable. What does comfortable mean? It means shampoos and lotions that won’t irritate the skin, scents and perfumes that don’t trigger allergies, and materials that are relaxing, safe, renewable and earth friendly. AND, we do all of this right here… Every product is sourced and made in America! Stop by our booth for some FREE samples and ask about our FREE SHIPPING promotional offer. Visit us online at puranaturalspet.com to browse our products, BUT we won’t be revealing any new products until we get to the show. Hope to see you there!

July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day

Did you know that nearly 500,00 pets are involved in a house fire each year? With about 1,000 of them started by the homeowner’s pets! National Pet Fire Safety Day is a day to spread awareness about how to keep your pet safe during a house fire and how to prevent your pet from potentially starting one.

Prevention is Key: 

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Pets can be curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even fire in your fireplace. Never leave your pet unattended around an open flame and make sure to put out any open flames before leaving your home. 

Remove or Protect Stove Knobs

Pets accidentally turning on stove knobs is the leading reason for pet started fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Remove or protect stove knobs when you are sleeping or going to be away from your home.

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Consider investing in flameless candles, which contain a light bulb rather than an open flame. This takes the danger out of your pet accidentally knocking a candle over, something that cats are notorious for.

 No Glass Water Bowls on Wooden Decks

Like starting a fire with a magnifying glass, the reflection of light through glass bowls can generate enough heat to ignite a wooden deck. Stainless steel or ceramic water dishes cannot focus light in the same way.

Inspect and Pet Proof

Be alert to loose electrical wires, appliances, and other hazards within your pet’s reach.

 Keeping Your Pets Safe in Case of Fire:

 Pet Rescue Sticker

Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 2.46.34 PM Affix a pet rescue sticker to a front window of your home. Mark the type of animals inside your home, dog, cat, bird etc. and the number of each, as well as your name and contact information. This will let rescuers know that there are pets inside that need help. Often times owners are not home when a fire starts and this sticker could save your pet’s life.

 Smoke Detectors

Consider smoke detectors which are connected to a monitoring center that will contact emergency responders when you are away from your home. If a fire starts and you’re not home your pet can’t escape or call for help, so you need rescuers to be alerted as quickly as possible. The quicker they arrive at the scene the better chance your pets have of surviving.

Designate a Pet Buddy

Have more than one pet and a few family members inside your home? If so then assign one pet to each person as their responsibility. This will save confusion during a fire when everyone is trying to quickly make their way outside.

CatDogHidingLocate Your Pet’s Hiding Spots

Know where your pet’s hide. During a fire your pets will be frightened and will most likely run to a place they feel safe. During a fire you will not have a lot of time to run around and search for your pet. It is important to locate them quickly so you and your pet can get outside to safety as fast as possible.

Secure Your Pet When Evacuating

Keep leashes and pet carriers near entrances and ready to access. Just like your pets are afraid of fireworks, smoke will have the same effect, They may bolt on you the minute they get out the door, making it hard to find them. Be sure your pets are on a leash or contained in a carrier when exiting your home.

Pet Emergency Kit

Be sure to have a pet emergency kit, you should always keep one in your home as well as one in your car. Learn more about pet emergency kits here.

Create an Open Access

If you must evacuate and you can not find your pet, leave a door open which leads to the outside. Once you are safely outside call your pet’s name, with any luck they will follow your voice and head for the exit. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work as well with cats as it does with dogs. Be sure you and your family have a designated meeting area outside the home, where you can account for everyone including your pets.

Fun DIY Projects for Pet Owners

The days seem so much longer in the summertime, which is why it's the perfect time to take on a DIY project. We found some great DIY for pet owners on Pinterest and we are adding these to our to do list this summer, how about you? Do you have any DIY projects that you will be doing this summer?

PVC Dog Washer

PVC Dog Washer Looking for an easy, hands free way to wash your dog? Check out this DIY self standing dog washer by SpecificLove.com. Learn how to make your own here.

Dog Bed

DIY-Dog-Bed-From-A-Tire-2 Do you love recycled crafts? If so you will love this DIY dog bed made from a recycled tire! Get the tutorial at practicallyfunctional.com.

Food Station with Storage

Food Station and Storage This DIY dog food station with storage prevents your dog from knocking over their food and water dishes and it's built to hold a 10 gallon storage tub! Learn how to build your own at addicted2diy.com.

Dog House with Roof Top Deck

Dog House with roof top deck Everybody loves a roof top deck and so will your dog! We absolutely love this DIY project. Get the instructions to build your own at the homedepot.com.

Puzzle Dog Toy

diy-puzzle-dog-toy-02 Perfect for when you and your furry friend are stuck indoors on a rainy day. This is a real simple DIY from Good Dogs & CO, learn how to make it here.

Hanging Basket Cat Perch

diy-hanging-basket-cat-perch-how-to-pets-animals-repurposing-upcycling We can’t forget about the kitties and this is an absolutely adorable DIY project. We all know cats love to hang out by the windows so why not make it more relaxing for them. Get the complete tutorial at hymnsandverses.com.

Unicorn Costume

Unicorn Costume Ok we had to add this in because it’s super cute and we think it could be made for either a dog or cat. Learn how to make this silly costume at livecolorful.com.