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Pets and Summer Care Tips

We all love spending the long days of summer outdoors with our furry friends. However, when planning to be outdoors for extended periods of time, it is important to take a few precautions to keep our pets safe.

Visit the vet— Summer is a great time to check-in with your vet about their recommendations on safe flea and tick control. It is important to talk to your vet about these options to keep your pet happy and healthy, especially when their time outdoors may increase.

Keep them hydrated—Pets can easily get dehydrated when it’s warm out, so be sure to give them plenty of fresh, clean water.

Never leave them in the car— To prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke, never leave your dog in a car in the summertime heat. Even if the windows are cracked, temperatures can quickly reach a deadly 100+ degrees Fahrenheit.

Seek shade— If you are going to be outdoors, make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun and be careful to not over-exercise them. Hot pavement can also potentially burn sensitive paw pads so it is best to keep walks to a minimum during times of excessive heat.

Know the warning signs— Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature.

Keep up the grooming –If your pet has longer fur, feel free to trim, but never shave it as the layers of their coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Instead focus on keeping up your regular grooming routine. Brushing cats more often than usual can even prevent problems caused by excessive heat. Also, be sure to check the labels on any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use to make sure it is safe for use on animals.

Credit: ASPCA, Petsamerica.org

FUR Dry Offers Summertime Towels for Effectively Drying Wet Dogs

Whether it is from grooming, rain or from swimming in the family swimming pool or lake, dogs attempt to dry themselves, and household furnishings can take a beating. The FUR Dry towel offers a solution to this dilemma by eliminating the dog’s need to rub furniture, thereby making it a must-have accessory during the active summer season.

The FUR Dry can be easily slipped over the dog’s head and tail, cinching around the dog to fit comfortably, while preventing water from dripping onto the pet’s feet. FUR Dry is made with special microfiber fabric that rapidly draws water away from a dog’s coat and into the material’s absorbent fibers. Because the towel’s fabric allows the dog’s fur to dry faster, the wet, sour dog smell is reduced, offering an additional benefit for the pet owner interested in keeping their home looking and smelling its best.

FUR Dry towels are available in two colors, blue or purple, and in five adjustable sizes, from extra-small to extra-large, for dogs of all breeds and ages.

FURminator: Dog, Cat and Small Pet Allergy Relief

With warmer weather now upon us, pet owners who want their homes, families, friends and pets to look better and be healthier rely on FURminator products to reduce shedding when they tackle seasonal allergies. Although pet shedding occurs all year, it is typically heavier in warmer months because the pet’s winter coat is progressively replaced for a lighter summer coat.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, from 15 to 30 percent of people with allergies have allergic reactions to cats and dogs. People with pet allergies have supersensitive immune systems that react to harmless proteins in a pet’s dander (dead skin that is shed), which are called allergens. Pet hair, while not an allergen, can collect dander and harbor other allergens like dust and pollen. Grooming your pet with a FURminator deShedding Tool, can alleviate these potential problems.

Using a FURminator deShedding Tool at home a few minutes once a week keeps shedding under control, removing dander and other allergens like dust and pollen found on pet hair so that allergy sufferers can breathe easier. With regular deShedding sessions, hair goes into the trash can instead of on your floors, furniture and clothes, keeping your home clean and family healthy so that you can take advantage of more fun activities this summer.