The Pawfect Summer
We're dedicated to creating safe homes for our owners and we want to make sure your pets get the same treatment. Whether they're furry, feathery, or scaley, here are some tips to ensure we all have a great summer!
Help your pet stay cool this summer with a trim or groom, but make sure you don't shave them! Your pet's undercoat actually helps to regulate their body temperature by keeping cooler air next to their skin. Shaving them interferes with their ability to stay cool and let's be honest, it's not a good look. Poor Fido should not be your DIY summer project.
Did you know that dogs can get a sunburn? Besides it being extremely painful, sunburns can lead to more serious medical issues like skin cancer. If you and your pup are planning on spending a lot of time outdoors, it may be wise to invest in some dog-friendly sunscreen or protective clothing. If you're going with the sunscreen, make sure it does not contain zinc oxide or para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) as these chemicals are toxic to dogs.
The Great Indoors
When you want to come indoors to beat the heat and enjoy some air conditioning, here are a few things to be mindful of...
With summer in full swing, you may want to try your luck with planting. Don't let all those dead plants from last year get you down! Houseplants are a great way to add some lively decor, but be aware that some can be harmful to your pets, such as lilies, aloe vera, ZZ plants, snake plants, monsteras, cacti, and more.
Essential oils can offer a range of benefits, but keep in mind your pets have a much stronger nose than you do! If you're using a scent diffuser, pay attention to how your pet reacts and make sure they are able to come and go from the room freely. Certain essential oils can be toxic to pets if ingested so make sure the lids are closed tightly on bottles and they are stored out of their reach. Each pet is different, but some common pet-friendly scents include sage, cedarwood, frankincense, and chamomile. The following are dog but not cat-safe: eucalyptus, lavender, and orange.
TO THE BACKYARD
If it is especially hot outside, a cool idea is to freeze your pet's favourite treats or toys for them to enjoy in the backyard. Use snacks such as frozen carrot sticks, or make your own "pupsicles" by blending dog-friendly fruits (apples, bananas, blueberries, watermelon, etc.) with low-fat unsweetened yogurt, then freeze! Also remember to keep your pet well hydrated and provide access to shade for those extra sunny afternoons.
From our family to yours, have a great summer!