1. Check for ticks after going outside. Look between toes, inside ears, between legs and around the neck, deep in the fur. If you do find a tick, remove carefully and make sure to get all parts of the tick’s body.
2. Use preventative products.There are many products available to help protect your pet and kill ticks on contact such as sprays, spot on treatments, oral medications and collars both natural and chemical. Topical sprays kill ticks quickly and provide protection. Be careful around your dog’s face. Spot on treatments like Frontline are applied on a monthly basis. Oral medications such as Advantus come in pill form and are given once a month. Collars such as Seresto can last up to eight months.
3. Treat your house and yard. Keeping your lawn, bushes and trees trimmed will help reduce the population of fleas and ticks in your area. Consider using household and yard sprays such as Wondercide, Zodiac and Earth Animal.
West Paw Design is an environmentally green company that cares about the sustainability of the environment and believe in making a positive impact in and beyond the pet industry.
They incorporate recycled and recyclable materials in their pet products and in their packaging too. You’ll find eco-friendly dog mats, organic dog beds and recycled IntelliLoft® filling,
By sourcing the best materials, they are able to make designer dog beds and durable pet toys that are more than eco-friendly, but safe too. Their pet products are non-toxic and safe for pets. They even take the extra step and prove their safety by offering a full line of third-party certified safe dog toys and beds.
Check out the cutest Spring Chickens EVER!
Adorable, squeaky dog toys will surely make your dog feel like a puppy again. These bright-colored, squeaky dog toys will add endless fun to your pet’s day.
Spring Chickens are made with a long-lasting squeaker and designed to provide endless entertainment.
And, who can resist a stuffed dog toy named Boogey?
Unlike the Boogey monster this handcrafted fuzzy and completely adorable squeaky dog toy won’t hide under beds. Your dog will be too busy having fun squeaking him around the house.
Boogey is made with a long-lasting squeaker, 100% recycled polyfill and is designed to endlessly entertain your pooch!
Don’t let the soft, furry fabric fool you – this is one strong fabric dog toy! Made in the USA
Heyday Bed for Dogs
Your dog is sure to have his spotlessly-clean moment in the sun in this American made, hand sewn, pillow dog bed. The cool color palette and patterns complement home décor. This soft dog bed cozies up dog crates and is travel friendly.
Aussie Natural’s mission is to make outdoor life more comfortable and to create Green & Earth Friendly Pet Gear. By using: jute, wool, cotton, coconut fiber, natural gum rubber and leather in their products, they are ensuring a long and healthy Eco Sustainable future. Check out their line of Aussie Natural Krinkle Family Toys!
Hand rolled in Wisconsin and made from USDA, USA/Canadian chicken breast. This product is produced under USDA oversight and from 100% human grade raw materials.
No chemicals or preservatives are used in their preparation and they are individually wrapped for added convenience
Tucker’s believe they deserve nothing but the best that nutrition has to offer.With all of the problems with foreign sourced Chicken breast treats…Tucker’s offers you these scrumptious treats for your pets in four delicious flavors.
Pretty, sweet, healthy and delicious! These cookies are made in Connecticut and are adorable!
Their treats are made in the USA with the best natural, healthy, human grade ingredientssourced in the USA. Whenever possible they use local ingredients from local farms and businesses. No preservatives, chemicals, fillers, artificial dyes or animal byproducts are found in their dog treats. No artificial coloring. The coloring in their decorated treats is from natural organic veggie and fruit powders. Every batch of treats is baked by hand and in small batches to make certain you receive the freshest product.
Temporary ID Tags: Consider temporary ID Tags with your cell phone number. It does no good to have your name and address on the tag if you are at the Grand Canyon!
Medical Certificates/Records: Keep a copy of your pet’s rabies certificate in the car and list of medications.
Local Vets: Find out the nearest vets where you will be traveling and have their phone numbers and addresses handy.
Decrease Stress: Bring along stress relieving items like Rescue Remedy, familiar smelling objects like stuffed toys, blankets and pet beds. Unfamiliar environments can cause undue stress and high anxiety for your pet.
Restrain/Crate: Use Animal Restraining Belts/Crates. Small pets can literally fall out the window if not secured properly.
Driving Safety: Only roll down windows enough for your pet’s nose to poke out. Wind and flying debris can get in your pet’s eyes and cause dry tear ducts and other issues you can avoid with common sense.
Water and Potty Breaks: During long rides, stop for water and potty breaks often. Have enough water with you for your family and your pets. Keep any raw pet food in coolers at the proper temperatures.
Safety: Keep your pet on a leash, especially when exiting a vehicle. Pets can get loose unexpectedly, no matter how cautious you are. Who hasn’t watched Judge Judy to see all the bad things that happen to nice people.
ExtremeWeather: Don’t leave your pet in a hot or cold car especially in extreme temperatures. If you have to ask, it’s probably too hot or cold!
And finally, put together a Pet First aid Kit. It should include:
Rolls of Gauze and GauzePads
First Aid Tape
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As our dear friend Bruce says, “MADE IN THE U.S.A…. (ok, Mr. Springsteen said, Born in the USA, but anyway…) Many of you have been asking where many of our products are made for various reasons. We understand your concerns and make a conscious effort to buy products not just made in the USA but sourced here. That means the ingredients are from America too.
We carry chicken tenders, treats, toys and many cat and dog diets sourced and produced in the USA. One of our most popular items is Bravo Bully sticks, Tracheas and Duck Feet; 100% grain free and free range USDA approved.
Toy companies such as Kong, Nylabone and RuffWear are also based in the USA and offer lots of fun and healthy toys for your four legged friends.
Here are just a few of the home grown vendors we recommend:
Hypothermia and Frostbite; Two conditions you should be aware of. Prolonged exposure can be life threatening. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, shallow breathing, weak pulse or lethargy. Frostbite signs include discolored skin, swelling or blisters.
Anti-Freeze; This sweet smelling chemical is deadly. Clean up all spills and consider switching to a safer Propylene Glycol product.
Ice Melt; Ice melt can irritate your pets’ sensitive skin. Wipe their paws and for those small pets who are close to the ground, their bellies too.
Autos; Just like in the summer months, winter can be dangerous too. Vehicles can act as refrigerators by holding the cold in.
Spots are filling in for Pet Rock Fest, happening Sunday, Sept. 9 from noon to 5 p.m. at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, MA.
Pet Rock Fest is the largest benefit for animals of its kind around, and you’ll want to be part of it. This year, the musical lineup is headed up by the Jon Pousette-Dart Band and special guests, as well as local acts. All the favorites are back: microchipping and ask the vet by VCA, the doggie water park, vegetarian food, the adoptable pet parade, the dog contest, the cat photo contest, speakers, raffles and a lot more. We’ll update you throughout the summer, and be sure to check www.petrockfest.orgfor plenty of updates.
Summer Picnic at WARL
Join the Worcester Animal Rescue League and Pet Rock fest for a picnic with you and your dog on Saturday, Aug. 4, from noon to 3 p.m. The day will include a hot dog vendor with veggie alternatives, live entertainment, a “Like No Udder” ice cream tent with Kona Ice, nail trims, microchipping and baths, games for kids, a raffle, professional photos and more details to be announced.