Summer Safety Tips for Pets

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The summer is a great season to spend some high quality time with your pets. For dogs, in particular, there will be opportunities throughout the summer where you can spend time outside and in the community together. Whether you go to a summer festival or sit on the patio of a restaurant, plan to hang out with your favorite pet this summer.

However, as fun as the summer is, the heat can be dangerous to your pets. Use these summer safety tips to keep your pet safe throughout the warmer months.

Keep Your Pets Hydrated

When it’s hot outside, pets can dehydrate much like their owners can. If you have a cat that has access to a screened in outdoor patio, make sure that you have a bowl of fresh water on the patio in case they get thirsty. For dogs, offer plenty of water at home, while on walks, and throughout your time spent in the community. You can carry a collapsible water bowl and a bottle of water in a bag so you’re never without water for your pet.

Avoid Cute Outfits in the Summer

While it’s a lot of fun to dress up your dog in a themed outfit or hat, be more careful about having your pet wear cute outfits this summer. Wearing extra layers of clothing can cause your dog to easily overheat. Remember, your pets already have a layer of fur that keeps them safe and warm.

Go Outside When It’s Cooler

If you’re planning to spend time outside with your pet, avoid the hottest part of the day. While this may vary depending on where you live, in general, it is the hottest in the middle of the day from around 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. By planning to go outside before or after this window, you’ll significantly reduce your pet’s risk of dehydration, overheating, and sun stroke.

Think Carefully About Dog-Friendly Summer Events

Before you agree to go to a dog-friendly event in the community this summer, carefully think about your pet. For instance, if your dog spends a lot of time sitting on the couch, walking or running a 5K during the summer may be too much for him even if he’s allowed to go. Or, if it’s a really hot day, will the asphalt burn your dog’s paws? Think about whether your dog will actually have a good time and your dog’s temperament before making firm plans to attend a dog-friendly summer event.

Ensure Your Pets Take Heartworm Medication

Heartworm disease is related to mosquitoes, which are more prevalent during the warm summer months. Even if you don’t use heartworm medication all year, consider using it during the summer months to protect your pet when he is the most vulnerable. Heartworm disease is a painful and lethal condition that you can prevent with heartworm preventative.

Make this summer great for you and your pet. Use a little common sense to avoid the heat and stay hydrated. These tips are a great place to start. For some great pet products for the summer, check out www.njpetsupply.com.

Oravet Dental Chews

OraVet Dental Chews

Dental hygiene is an important factor in your dog’s overall health and wellness. Maintaining dental hygiene will prevent problems like plaque and tartar build up, which can lead to gingivitis as well as other health problems.

Plaque and tartar are very common problems in dogs. Bacteria attaches to the teeth which leads to plaque. The plaque builds up and hardens, which is then referred to as tartar. This build up of plaque and tartar leads to bad breath and other problems.

While daily dental care is ideal, most pet parents cannot keep up with brushing a dog’s teeth every day. But there are alternatives to the traditional toothbrush and toothpaste routine. One product in particular, OraVet, is a daily dental chew that helps maintain clean teeth and a healthy mouth.

OraVet is a daily dental hygiene chew that features dual cleaning action – it cleans and protects.

The chewing action of OraVet loosens and dislodges plaque to help it break away from the teeth. OraVet then helps create a barrier on the teeth that helps protect against the bacteria that leads to plaque and tartar, resulting in fresher breath and a cleaner mouth.

OraVet is the first of its kind that features the ingredient Delmopinol. Delmopinol works to create a protective barrier that blocks bacteria from clinging to the teeth, which then prevents the formation of plaque and tartar build up.

There are four sizes of OraVet available to meet the needs of different sized dogs.

  • 3.5-9 lbs.
  • 10-24 lbs.
  • 25-50 lbs.
  • 50+ lbs.

Choosing the right size for your dog ensures that the product will work to its full potential.

OraVet dental hygiene chews are now available at njpetsupply.com.

Bravo!!

Bravo Homestyle Complete

Complete and balanced nutrition for dogs of all ages and breeds.

Bravo Homestyle Complete Dinners for Dogs provide your pet with a meal that’s packed with high quality ingredients and flavor.

The recipe is simple: the #1 ingredient is premium, raw, freeze-dried meat or poultry that has been raised without added hormones or antibiotics. Organs, chick peas, garden vegetables, and cranberries are added next. Homestyle Complete Dinners are then topped off with natural herbs, such as sage and turmeric.

Bravo Homestyle Complete is made in the USA by a family-owned company. It is both grain free and gluten free, with no artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors.

Homestyle Complete Dinners are easy to make: for every cup of food, add one cup of warm water. Let soak for 15-20 minutes and serve. *For a dinner with a light broth, add 1 1/2 cups warm water for every cup of food.

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Cups to feed per day by body weight

Weight

Cups of Food

2 lbs.
1/4 cup
5 lbs.
1/2 cup
10 lbs.
1 cup
20 lbs.
1 1/2 cups
40 lbs.
2 1/2 cups

National Pet Dental Health Month

National Pet Dental Health Month

February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Just like people, taking care of your pet’s teeth is an important part of their overall health. Just like we take regular trips to our dentists to make sure our pearly whites are healthy, your pets should also visit their vet at least once a year to get their teeth checked out. This yearly visit is helpful in keeping the teeth healthy and determining if there are any potential health concerns.

If you notice any of the following symptoms or problems, you should have your pet’s teeth checked sooner rather than later. These symptoms can mean they are suffering from a larger problem.
• bad breath
• broken or loose teeth
• extra teeth or retained baby teeth
• teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
• abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
• reduced appetite or refusal to eat
• pain in or around the mouth
• bleeding from the mouth
• swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth

Periodontal disease is the most common disease that occurs in adult dogs and cats. Periodontal disease begins when plaque forms on the dog’s or cat’s teeth. This plaque hardens and then becomes tartar. This tartar firmly attaches to the teeth. The plaque and tartar then spread under the gum line. Bacteria in this plaque then begin to cause damage to the tissues around the tooth. Eventually, this causes the tooth to fall out. This bacteria will continue to damage the tissue in the mouth. This can also have an effect on your pet’s immune system, making it less able to function properly against this bacteria.

 

In order to avoid your pet getting this disease, there are steps you can take to have a healthy dental routine. According to PetMD.com, the three top tips for pet dental care are:
1. Dental Cleaning
2. Tooth Brushing
3. Dental Treats

1. Dental Cleaning
Professional cleaning can be done by a veterinarian. This is much more thorough than a regular tooth brushing. They make sure to clean any of the plaque build up and will examine to see if any other problems exist.

2. Tooth Brushing
Ideally, you should brush your pet’s teeth daily. However, this is not so easy for everyone to do. You should aim to brush your pet’s teeth at least once a week, multiple times throughout the week if possible. When brushing your pet’s teeth you should not use human toothpaste – it contains fluoride and foaming agents that may be toxic or upset your pet’s stomach. You can use pet toothpaste, but that is not necessary. Brushing your pet’s teeth with a wet toothbrush alone will be effective in cleaning the teeth and removing any plaque that may have built up.

3. Dental Treats
It seems like there are hundreds of dental treats on the market these days that help with oral health in pets. While some treats are specifically marketed as dental treats, almost anything that your pet has to chew is going to help keep their teeth clean. Some popular dental treats are things like Greenies that are given daily to keep the teeth clean. The shape of the Greenies, along with the ingredients they are made with, help remove plaque and tartar. There are other products, that aren’t treats, that help with dental health. For example, there is a water additive that can help keep your pet’s teeth clean.

No matter the route you take or which products you decide to use, all that’s important is that you are being proactive in making your your pet’s teeth are kept clean and they’re putting their best mouth forward!

 

New Year’s Resolution

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Every year when January 1st hits, we make resolutions for ourselves to lead happier and healthier lives in the upcoming year. But why should it stop with us?

This year, make some resolutions for your pets so they can also live the best year yet!
1. Take your dogs for more walks – Walking is great exercise for both you and your four-legged friend. Clip on that leash and step outside! Explore your neighborhood or take a trip to a park and enjoy the fresh air.

2. Annual wellness exams – All pets should visit the vet at least once a year for a wellness exam. This is a routine exam done by a vet to ensure that your pet is healthy. It’s also the best way to detect if there are any problems, and to take action before things get too serious.

3. Make more play dates – Whether you plan a get together with another pet parent or take your dog to the local dog park, continuing to socialize your dog is a good goal for the new year. There’s no such thing as a dog that’s too friendly!

4. Love your pets unconditionally – While this should go without saying, in 2017 you should continue to show your pets unconditional love. You are their whole world. Enjoy every moment you have with them – they make our lives so much better.

These are just a few pet resolutions you could make this year. There are plenty more you could come up with for you and the animals in your life.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and tail-wagging New Year!
From, NJ Pet Supply